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Stavroula

BeforeAfterYoung mum, Stavroula, lost 28 kgs with the help of CalorieKing's Food and Exercise Diary.
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NOW
Stavroula lost 28 kg
Start Weight99 kgCurrent Weight71 kgHeight153cm

What are your weight-control goals?

My weight-loss goals are to reach a healthy BMI and to run a half-marathon in May 2008.

What is your motivation for losing weight?

My main motivation for losing weight is to be a good role model for my 2 year old daughter Chelsea-Lee. After I came home from hospital I let myself go. I didn't exercise and I ate erratically. My life had no structure. When I went back to work full-time in May 2006 I realised I had let myself go and I vowed to set things straight immediately.

What is your weight-loss method?

Initially, I was walking 3 times a week in two lots of 30 minutes. I monitored my daily calorie intake and realised how easy it was. I used to weigh all my foods to know what were good portion sizes and that meant I wasn’t guessing, I was dealing with real numbers. I am now running 3 times a week and I have joined a running club in Sydney called NRG. I started out not being able to run for more than a minute and now I can run 12 kms without any fuss!

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What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?

No obstacles whatsoever. Losing the weight has garnered me so much support, it's amazing. My family and co-workers encourage me every day and I gain so much confidence from the lovely comments I receive as I get smaller.

What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?

Never deny yourself! I still eat pizza and chips but I weigh my portions so I know the exact caloric value of that meal. It makes me accountable and it makes me feel I am not missing out. The main thing is to be consistent with everything you do. I am consistently running 3 times a week and I am making sure my portion sizes are adequate.

How do you feel now that you're achieving success?

I feel strong and I feel motivated. I love shopping for new clothes and, to try to keep costs down, I shop at St Vinnies. I have found some lovely items and I am not ashamed to tell people how much my jeans cost - $6!!! What a bargain!!! I figure I shouldn't spend too much money on clothes because I still want to lose 12 kilos.

How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?

I have used the online food diary for over six months and found it invaluable. I love inputting all my food and seeing what my net calories for the day are. I especially love seeing a negative figure. That has really helped with my weight loss figures to date. I also love reading people's blogs. It's good to hear of people's successes and struggles. I often think I should blog myself but I'm too lazy, so I'll continue to read other people's in the meantime!

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