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Success with Determination

By Sheila on Jun 14, 2010 11:00 AM in Success Stories

57lbs lighter, Fuera is thrilled with her new figure.  Here she tells us how she made lifestyle changes that included regular exercise, portion control and eating healthier - all of which helped her shed those unwanted pounds.

She contacted us through our Share Your Story feature, and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.

1. What made you decide to lose weight this time?

My senior year in High School, I finally decided that I was going to do something about my weight which had been slowly going up over the years. I was so sick and tired of no longer being able to find clothes that fit me in the JR's section, and I realized that if I didn't do something my weight would keep increasing. Also, when the time came around for my senior pictures to be taken, I saw for the first time that I had really let myself go. I wasn't happy with those pictures, and I wasn't happy with the way I looked in them.

2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?

I never really tried any other diets, I guess this had been my first real attempt at weight loss, and it worked! Lucky for me! I didn't give up!

3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?

Looking back now and evaluating my lifestyle then to what my lifestyle is now, I can easily say I was a completely different person. I went from being a very sedentary individual who avoided any type of physical activity. To an active person, running or doing some type of cardio everyday, and walking everywhere. I went from eating very large meals, full of calories and fats and eating all types of junk foods, to practicing portion control and living on a diet high in fruits, veggies and whole grains. Attitude wise, I have completely changed, I am more optimistic now and exercise with a smile on my face. Before I was lazy and more reserved and now I am more active and confident. The most important change was making sure that I have some sort of physical activity everyday, whether it be a 30 min walk or a 30 min jog, or a day full of house cleaning.

4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?

Calorie Count made it so much easier to lose weight by counting calories. The database is pretty impressive and adding it to your food log is very simple. With Calorie Count I'm now able to analyze what I eat, which makes it easier to diagnose what foods and nutrients I'm lacking and what foods I'm having to much of.

5. What was most challenging about losing weight?

Keeping my head up high, and pushing myself through it, no matter what others said. Being Mexican doesn't help. To many of my family members my weight loss went against there basic beliefs when it came to food. Also sticking through it while my "friends" weren't as supportive as they should be was difficult, but in the end it's totally worth it.

6. How long did it take you to see results?

I didn't really see results until October of last year, but I can remember having to tighten my belt as far back as March of 09. When I was losing weight I went by how clothes fit me rather then use a scale every chance I got.

7. When did you realize that you were a success?

I realized I was a success when I came back home for winter break and people could not stop complementing me, and old classmates could not stop staring. I fit into a size 9! Something that I haven't been able to do since the 8th grade!

8. How do you prevent relapse?

I look back on how I looked and acted, and then I compare it to how I am now. It helps me realize how much work I've put into my weight loss, all those hours at the gym all those temptations I conquered, and I think to myself "after all that effort so I can gain it all back again?" No, I don't think so!

9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?

I am so much more confident now and much more comfortable in my own skin! With my weight loss I have also discovered that I like being active, and that I am slowly but surely becoming a runner.

10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Don't give up! No matter how hard it gets it will be worth it in the end!
  • Find an exercise activity you enjoy.  Around the 4th month of my
    journey I got bored with the treadmill and stopped going to the gym,
    but then I discovered classes such as Zumba, and Kickboxing and I fell
    in love with working out all over again.
  • Ignore those snide remarks, they're just feeling insecure around
  • Allow yourself a sweet every once in a while, for me its everyday!
    Just don't overdue it.
  • And lastly learn to love yourself!  If you do then your setbacks
    won't seem as grave, and you'll realize that no matter what happens
    you'll always be yourself and no one can take that from you!


If you would like us to feature your success story, you can submit it here. The most insightful stories will be featured on this blog and in the weekly "Success Stories" newsletter.


Fuera, I am inspired and refreshed by your story! I have a similar amount of weight to lose myself and I have been putting off the work outs for far too long! Your story has inspired me to don my running shoes this evening and go for a jog :)


Thank you and a happy and healthy life to you...



Hi Fuera!

Your story is very inspiring. I come from the same background, also Mexican and struggling with confidence and "support." I've learned from your story that I'm my best support system and I really have to lean to appreciate my own success.

You've achieved so much, and you have so much to be proud of! I just hope I can reach my goal soon too!



Woohoo!  I love hearing stories of young people who 'get it under control' now....rather than let it go so far into their 20's and beyond.  Your ability to follow through and maintain discipline will be the key to your continued success.  Keep it up!!!

Congrats Fuera,

Many youngsters leave the it for too late. It is also nice to know that instead of trying various weight loss diets you decided to change your sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately as our lifestyle is filled with comforts physical activities reduce considerably. This coupled with junk food is a sure recipe for bulged midriff.

IF everyone can use the snide remarks to motivate themselves like you did, the world would certainly be a fitter place.

You look great in your new avatar.Smile

Here is an article can be of help to working  people " How to stay fit in Office"


you wrote exactly how I feel. I feel so guilty and disgusted with myself, If I could just start walking.  I also do zumba, but it is not enough.


THANK YOU!!! for inspiring me to fight harder, your personal tips are something i will carry along with me as i continue this journey to a better me :)

Congratulations on losing the weight and maintaining an active lifestyle! You look great and it sounds like you feel great too!




You look great!

Your story is so inspiring and reminds to stick to my goal of losing 45 pounds.

so far i've shed 11 pounds.

Awesome job Fuera =)

Wow, tou look amazing! Congrats! :)

you* sorry!

Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your story.  I think Calorie Count is a great service and after reading your story, I feel even more inspired.  Cool

I start my goal of losing 50 pounds today and your story is an inspiration!  Thank you.  I will keep your advice and your results in my mind as I start my weight loss!

I start my goal of losing 50 pounds today and your story is an inspiration!  Thank you.  I will keep your advice and your results in my mind as I start my weight loss!

Awesome. I have very similar numbers to you and I'm close to your age.
So this is a story I could better relate to.
Thanks! :)

Fuera you look awesome!!  Your an inspiration to me that hard work DOES pay off, great job!

Thanks everyone for all the compliments! : ) It feels great to know that I have inspired you all in some way! Hard work does pay off, and it feel great knowing that I am on that other side of that mountain.  Good luck to all (though I doubt you'll need it!)


Great work!!!  You look amazing! Continued success.

You're beautiful Fuera!! Way to go girl.  You gave great examples of how "different" you actually feel being healthy vs. not doing anything at all.  After feeling this good why would anyone WANT to go back?

Thank you for your story and inspiration!



I never want to go back, looking at the pictures and seeing that a thinner you is a healthier you, inside and out. Great job and take care of yourself. Have you met your goal or are you still reaching for it? Was just wondering. I have lost 56 lbs and have 14 more to go, :( The last 14 seem to be the hardest. I am falling short of my eating and am having a hard time getting back on track. Just speaking out.

You look great, congrats.

Way to not let those unsupportive people get you down!

I think sometimes when people feel like you might be stealing their thunder, your successes make them insecure.

It's awesome that you recognized it's not about how others see you, it's about how you see yourself and the lifestyle YOU choose. Plus, if your friends aren't helpful- you can always come here for support!



You look great keep up the good work .... i love calorie count ... i still got 20 pounds... gotta keep grinding away :) ..... keep staying active

I was a little unmotivated this week because I gained a little. And even though I know it's normal, I was discouraged, well reading your story made my motivation go up again :) Thanks alvot for sharing it with us!!!

Fuera, good job! that is so inspring, I just found this site today, signed up right away and I am so optimistic with how things will go. Your "before" and "after" pictures are so different, you look way better. Thanks! I realized that in losing weight, it is really a matter of determination, and all boils down to attitude.

Awesome job Fuera!!! Congratulations!!!

I myself have lost 49 lbs since January 11th and I'm now down to a healthy, happy, sexy size 10. I just recently discovered Calorie Count and boy do I wish I found it when I first started. This site REALLY shows you the numbers and that alone does wonders to keep you on track. Your story was inspiring and will push me to work hard to lose those last 7lbs. This journey has been a tough one but it is well worth it> Good luck to you and I wish you continued success!! Smile



Great job!!!

Fuera, thank you for sharing your story!!!! I read these a lot to see that others actually "Do It!" You mentioned your Mexican Heritage and I would love to share a brief story with you...I come from a small town in Southern Michigan, Adrian. For some reason we had many Mexican Folk living there. I belong to a sire were we all talk about growing up in that town, and almost to a member, we agree, we lucked out by getting to eat some of the best Mexican Food in the world. We are all hopelessly spoiled! So many people had the little restaurants set up in parts of their homes!! It was wonderful. And I love the food! I spent many years trying to duplicate the terrific salsa's we used to get and have come mighty close. Now I work to create low calorie recipes, so I may continue to enjoy my favorite food. Surprisingly, I have found some mighty good stuff. I leave of the cheese, but add more fresh vegetables. It is fun. I know I will never truly duplicate that wonderful food and those great places and people of my memory, but every now and then I get something good enough to ponder and say: yum!


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