What are your weight-control goals?
I'd like to be 75 kilos again, but I am really happy with the the weight I am now. I'm very fit now, and that was also one of my goals. I used to be an athlete and being fit like that again is wonderful. I'm not going to be competitive again - I'm too old and my joints are worn out from years of morbid obesity. I love how I feel now, though, and I love being able to 'power along' exercising for an hour without pausing!
What is your motivation for losing weight?
My motivation is that I don't want to die young from the complications of morbid obesity.
What is your weight-loss method?
I had bariatric surgery about six months ago. I've combined that with all the help and support of the CalorieKing Australia website and I've achieved results beyond my dreams. Some people think that bariatric surgery is a miracle cure for obesity, but it's not. You must combine it with sensible eating patterns, regular exercise and calorie control. If anything bariatric surgery makes things a little trickier. You are constrained by the need to control your calorie intake and you have to be aware of how important nutrition is. You also need to make sure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs.
I couldn't have lost the weight I have without the information and support from the CalorieKing Australia website; it's better than any weight loss program I've ever tried and I've tried them all! The bariatric surgery acts as an "extra" reminder and helper.
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What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
The biggest problem I've had has been my mind! It's hard fighting the feeling you have when you want to eat something and your mind convinces you that you are hungry when really you're not. I am, and most likely will always be, my own worst enemy when it comes to weight control. I don't think I'm alone with this. Throughout this journey I've been on (and all-up I've lost nearly 50 kilos since April 2008) my life has had some major upheavals and trials. Even with all that life has thrown at me I've managed to maintain my commitment and motivation. It could just be that I'm finally on the last weight loss journey of my life.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
- If you think you want something to eat then have a drink of water first. Have a full glass and drink it fast. After that have another glass and drink it slowly. If you still want to eat something afterwards then go ahead. Choose a healthy, low-fat, low GI food.
- If it want some chocolate choose a mini bar and crumble it into a skim milk latte. It's a treat, it's yummy and it takes a while to get through so it gives you a "treat" feeling for ages.
- Exercise! Do it! You might complain and moan about it, but still do it. Pretty soon you will feel better and you will love doing it. It's cliched, but it's true.
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
I feel strong, fit, motivated and healthy now that I'm succeeding at weight loss!
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?
I couldn't have lost the weight without CalorieKing.com.au . Its easy access, information, support and visual results are fabulous - and it's free, which I love!