What are your weight-control goals?
I really started out wanting to not feel sick and tired all the time. I had health issues and my feet and knees hurt all the time. I decided it was time to change my way of life - not just with weight, but fitness and health as well.
What is your motivation for losing weight?
Mainly that I didn't like who I was - I didn't like who I was in the mirror and I didn't like the fact that I never felt inclined to exercise. I had health issues and was always tired and had no energy. I wanted to change my life and change the person I was. Every other area of my life was doing ok - marriage, kids, career, but I didn't like me. I wanted to like myself. I wanted to learn to love myself!
What is your weight-loss method?
I am currently doing Weight Watchers, but have used CalorieKing as a great tracking tool as well. I work online all day, and find it handy. Mostly I started moving. At first it was slow, just easy things like taking the stairs every time I could or sometimes I would walk to the shops. I then took up tae kwon do because my kids were doing it and I didn't have a lot of time for exercise, so figured I would kill two birds with one stone!
I am currently running 4-6 days a week, going to tae kwon do for two hours twice a week, and throwing in some kind of other exercise as often as possible such as squash with my son, hiking, abseiling, kayaking.
After a few fitness classes in tae kwon do, I started to feel like going for a run occasionally (I had NEVER felt like that in my life before!). I decided to do the Bridge to Brisbane and set it as a goal and started training 3-5 days a week. I have since signed up to do a 500km Relay Run (Summer Challenge 500) which is a fundraiser for my work (Endeavour Foundation). With a team of around 20 people over three days, we will run 500 km from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba and down to Gatton. That takes place in November.
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What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
Yes lots - people telling me it doesn't matter if I have something "just this once". They don't understand it isn't just once - if I choose to say no then let me! Also, people telling me "now you are thin, you don't have to worry any more!".
My biggest obstacle, though, was my difficulty staying motivated. There were hours, days or weeks that I didn't keep on top of what I was eating. I have to be organised and make sure there is food that I want to eat in the house that is healthy.
Keeping motivated to exercise was, and is, hard sometimes as well. I have done things like get into my exercise clothes as soon as I get home from work, even if I don't exercise until 8 or 9pm. Everyone says not to exercise at night, but I did for a long time. It stopped me from snacking at night (one of my failings) and was sometimes the only time I could get to exercise. If it is a choice between exercising at an unusual time or not exercising, I will choose to exercise!
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
*Commitment is the key. Are you committed to changing the way that you live?
*Drink lots of water - I never did before and it really does help. Eat all your meals - I used to skip breakfast, but now always eat something at breakfast time.
*Don't allow yourself to get really really hungry! Find out what your trigger foods are (mine were chips and other such things) and DON'T allow them into your house. Find something that can replace the need for that food (a lower fat or sugar version). I eat Pitos instead of chips now and love them.
*Don't try to deny yourself all the things you love. Allow yourself to eat some of those things, some of the time. There are everyday foods and sometimes foods - learn to know the difference!
*Find an exercise you enjoy doing - consider unusual things and team sports. It doesn't just have to be going to the gym, or walking. Tae kwon do not only helps me exercise, but also gives me confidence from the self defence classes. I love it! My kids are also so proud of me for doing it and it's a great way to spend some quality time with them and gives us more to talk about. Talking to your kids is a great thing!
*Most of all - believe in yourself and reward yourself (not with food!) when you are doing well.
If I can do it - believe me so can you. (Stop with all the excuses!!!)
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
I feel great - more energetic, healthier, and I can look in the mirror and see that I am ok - maybe not stunningly beautiful, but ok! I have found out that I love exercise! I wish I could tell people how to do it, how to get to the point that you are ready to do this, but it's different for everyone.
My health is 100% on what it was, I no longer have reflux at all, my knees and heels feel great and I can look in the mirror and like what I see. I still have a couple of kilos to go, but feel and look a magnitude better!
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?
I love the food database! You can find nearly anything you like there, and it makes it easier to track what you are eating for real! For me, I can convert the nutritional information into Weight Watchers points. It is also great for someone who is online all the time, it's so easy to just visit the CalorieKing website during your working day.