Walking to Health and Happiness
Gbutterw’s conversation with his doctor about his high blood pressure prompted him to change his lifestyle. He has lost 31lbs by revamping his eating habits and adding exercise to his daily routine. In his story, he shares his weight loss experience as well as some tips on the necessity of making a lifestyle change, not merely going on a diet.
He contacted us through our Share Your Story feature and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?
I had to upgrade my clothes to 36" waist in 2011, but in 2012 my office space was relocated to a basement office three flights down from the main work force. It only took a couple of days of getting winded climbing the staircases to make me realize that something was amiss! Around the same time my annual physical weight was 190+ and my blood pressure was 'low high'. The doctor and I decided to work on a lifestyle change and weight loss to see if that would correct itself naturally - it did and is in the normal range for my age now.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I have had three significant weight loss events since my 30's. While still in the Navy I utilized portion control and running to go from out-of-shape 200 lbs to a 3 hour flat marathon runner with 6% body fat when I was 38. Fast forward two decades and job/family changes found be back at 190 with some chronic hip issues. Without running as an option, I found CC in Jan 2007 and utilizing its logging and nutrition information was able to drop down to 170 from 200 pounds in about five months. Then a bit of a yo-yo in 2011 lead me to buckle down again and was able to use CC one more time, supplemented by a walking regimen, to drop from 190 to 159. So at 62, I'm within four pounds of my peak marathon running weight when age 38.
3. Please describe how you reached your weight loss goal. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude? Did you implement any other strategies besides Calorie Count? What was the most important change?
The calorie logging to control portions and to plan a day's nutrition was the paramount path forward. The only other change was the introduction of a walking regimen which, along with the loss of poundage, has contributed to increased overall strength and vitality. Cutting back on the extremely fatty foods that were in my diet and cutting back on daily alcohol intake were two nutritional goals met.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
The ease of finding the foods consumed and ability to create the recipes for unknown foods. Half my business time is spent on the road, so being able to find restaurant and other pre-packaged items was extremely helpful. The information delivered visually in Food Log and Analysis were extremely helpful in maintaining my 500-600 daily negative calorie count while losing the weight and are proving just as helpful now that I'm in my maintenance mode.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Travel would cause spikes and plateauing, but that appeared more physiological to the flights needed for my business travel. Once the weight loss started, the CC Trend line was very stable for me.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
Within a week the loss started occurring 'by the numbers'. My 1 to 1.5 pound lost per week was in keeping with my average negative calories logged.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I will continue to utilize CC for the foreseeable future to preclude the yo-yo that happened when I thought I could control intake without logging food and activity.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
New clothes, less fatigue, better sleep, much more vitality in day-to-day routines and events.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I've be in maintenance mode about a month now with no issues at all with the added calorie intake to offset additional minutes to the walking routine.
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Log food religiously - you can't skip days thinking you can remember it all.
- Log food ACCURATELY - pick the food choice you ate - not the one with least calories.
- Be active - walk, play Wii, keep moving.
- Log the activities - Pick 'sedentary' and log everything! More accurate that way.
- Be dedicated - Life will try to distract you, but be true to yourself and your will to improve. This isn't just cosmetic, it is your life on the line.
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