What are your weight-control goals?
To achieve and maintain my weight in the recommended healthy range, preferably closer to 60 kilograms, although somewhere between 60 and 72 kilograms will be satisfactory.
What is your motivation for losing weight?
I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The ramifications of this disease can be eye problems and blindness, skin problems and the loss of lower limbs, kidney failure and heart disease. These truths were brought home to me by my local doctor.
I also suffer from severe osteoarthritis of the right hip and to a smaller degree in the left hip. Prior to losing weight, I had very little mobility in my hips.
What is your weight-loss method?
I write all food and liquid consumed into a diary. I found this easy at home, more difficult if out.
When out at an eatery, look at the size of the food and guess the weight. I made it my business to know the calorie value of foods before consuming it.
I started with small amounts of exercise, one to two minutes, and over time increased to five minutes. Now I exercise a minimum of forty minutes per day.
From day one I changed my high-fat, high-calorie diet for low-fat, low-calorie healthy food choices.
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What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
Some obstacles came from the one who had originally nagged me to lose weight. After I started and was focused on the weight loss program, my partner was not interested in joining in my new habits. It took a few months of progress on my part for her to adjust to the new food choices in the house.
I also had the occasional plateau and weight gain. I wasn't doing anything different to cause these, I was still exercising and being careful about what I was eating. However, after two to three weeks of continuing my good habits I started losing weight again.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
1) Write down your food and drink intake - don't cheat, be truthful.
2) Calculate the calories, fat, carbs and other nutritional information of what you eat each day with Allan Borushek's Pocket Calorie Fat and Carbohydrate Counter, the Nutrition and Exercise Manager software program, or the CalorieKing online Food and Exercise Diary.
3) Exercise daily. Start with small brackets of time at first, increasing in length over time.
4) Be single-minded about weight loss. Remain focused on the long term by using smaller goals to achieve it.
5) If you feel hungry, go for a walk, or drink a couple of glasses of water and get out of the kitchen.
6) If you slip up, get back into it immediately. Forgive yourself and go for your goal.
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
The difference in the feel and texture of my skin is amazing. It feels so good and looks so healthy. I have a lot more energy and am able to do things that I have not been able to do for years.
When I look back on the last seven months, I think I had believed a lie that I could not lose weight and/or exercise.
My weight loss has had an effect of the rest of the family too, with my daughter, son, and partner also losing weight. They all are looking fabulous!
I am now NOT a Type 2 diabetic and my blood pressure has reduced to 100/60 from 160/93. Yeah, I'm excited!
I have become a confident and successful person who wants to encourage other people through the weight-loss process.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?
Initially I used the Pocket Calorie Fat and Carbohydrate Counter, as well as the Pocket Food and Exercise Diary. Then I found the Nutrition and Exercise Manager Software on CalorieKing's website. The software made keeping a diary of exercise, food and drink so easy. I trialled it for one day and purchased it the next as it was so good.
I bought pedometers and used them to see how many steps I was taking per day.
I also joined the online CalorieKing club and have occasionally been involved in the online chat with dietitians.