What are your weight-control goals?
I want to be fit and healthy and the less weight I am carrying the less strain this puts on my already injured knee. Ultimately I just want to be in the "healthy weight range" but I suppose you don't really know what this is until you feel it within yourself.
What is your motivation for losing weight?
I came back from an extended overseas holiday in 2007 and joined my local gym and in my first session hopped on the scales. I was mortified when it read 94.6kgs. At first I thought "How could this happen?". That was a massive turning point and I got down to 74kgs by June 2008. Since then I have put 6kgs back on due to injuries but am back on track and looking forward to getting down to about 69kgs. My mum has also promised my 3 younger sisters and myself if we reach our goals by Christmas Day then she will buy us all new wardrobes - that's motivation enough for me!
What is your weight-loss method?
Exercise for an hour (at least) each day. I find classes at the Gym are great as you don't even realise the time until the hour is finished. I have a really varied diet - you need to mix it up a lot to make sure you don't get bored. Don't be afraid to try new recipes and use foods you wouldn't normally eat. I never used to eat Avocado, Lentils, Salmon or Curries but now I can't get enough! I also subscribe to Womens health magazine - it is my bible! I recommend this to everyone (even men!)
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What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
I injured my knee twice (ligament damage and patella syndrome), both feet twice (ligaments, tendons and heel spurs) and been on crutches once, so the physio has made a fortune from me. Also a few overseas holidays really pushed me to the limit. You just have to know your foods and what they contain - there are a lot of surprises out there (especially Indian, which is my fav!).
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
Understand that exercise is the most important tool for losing weight. Exercise needs to be part of your daily activity - not something you dred. Learn to love it. Also learn to cook (if you can't already) and buy the Woolworths recipe magazine every month - they make it so easy. Mix it up - have red meat, chicken, vegetarian etc. dinners - not the same stuff all the time. Try at least one food a week, you'll be amazed how fun eating healthy is when you don't have to eat the same old boring food. Stay away from diet pills, shakes, bars and any gimmicks. Healthy weight loss is between 250g - 500g per week - no more! The longer it takes you to lose the weight, the longer it will take you to put it back on.
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
I feel thankful that I realised how to lose weight and have the motivation to do it. A lot of people never start trying because they assume they will fail. I also feel so empowered as when I first started seriously trying to get fit I couldn't run more than 1 minute. Now I am running 10kms in 58 minutes and have done the Bridge to Brisbane (10kms) two years in a row, and do at least one 10km run once a week - just to make sure I can still do it.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?
CalorieKing.com.au has offered me the support and guidance I needed to lose weight. Without this, I would probably still be stuck eating junk and not doing enough exercise. I regularly use the recipes from the CalorieKing website and find the Check-ins a real Motivator.