What are your weight-control goals?
I want to lead a healthy life, so I'm committed to:
- Exercising regularly and maintaining an eating plan which is practical and enjoyable;
- Playing sport in summer and winter; and
- Being accountable for the amount of food I eat and the exercise that I do.
What is your motivation for losing weight?
I was unhappy with my appearance, and felt as though I was in a rut health-wise. I knew I was very unfit, but it didn't hit me just how unfit I was until a friend and I started jogging; I struggled! That was not a situation I wanted to be in, as I'm only 26. I realised that I didn't want to spend the rest of my life being overweight.
What is your weight-loss method?
I follow a kilojoule-controlled diet. I started with a target of 6000 kilojoules a day.
I eat lots of whole-grains and low GI foods. I didn't bother with any high-protein/low-carb fad diets. I just tried to match my level of exercise with my food intake.
Along with having more healthy eating habits, I started exercising more. I went walking the first week. In the second week I added a little jogging. I continued to slowly add more jogging to my routine each week. I now run a whole circuit of 4.2km! I have been doing the same circuit for six months and what used to take me 50 minutes walking, now takes only 17 minutes running.
I now eat 7000 kilojoules a day and I am still losing weight.
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What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
Time is my biggest obstacle! It takes time to cook and exercise. I am forced to get-up earlier and plan meals ahead of time to make sure I don't snack on junk food. After a while planning ahead became a habit, so it's easier now; it's part of my lifestyle.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
I know that often the hardest thing is getting started - making that first step and getting off the couch, or getting up early and going for a walk. Change can be hard, so take the time to do it properly. Quick fixes just don't work in the long run.
Find an exercise partner. It has helped me a lot to have a partner to train with.
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
I feel sensational! I have energy to burn and the compliments from people feel really nice.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?
CalorieKing Australia online has given me a visual forum to monitor my weight loss and fitness. Allan Borushek's Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter book is easy to use and contains vital dietary information, especially on the nutritional information in foods. The book is small enough to keep with me in case I need to check what I am eating.