What are your weight-control goals?
I try my hardest to maintain a healthy lifestyle, chock-a-bloc with fun outdoor activities so I don't necessarily have to rely on 'going to the gym', I can get my exercise jogging on the beach with my dog, not because I feel I should exercise, but because I genuinely LOVE it. I needed to drop the kilo's and find some fitness before this was possible.
What is your motivation for losing weight?
Similar story to most I guess, you see yourself in photos, you always look worse than you feel. I kid myself for years that I was just a 'big bloke', kid myself that I was reasonably fit, kid myself that airplane seats were ridiculously small, kid myself that they should cater for 'bigger boned' people like myself. I only had to lose 10 odd kg to realise that there's nothing wrong with the size of plane seats!!! Also, I have a partner in crime, my little sister is doing a similar thing and seeing her succeed certainly spurs me into gear, she tells me I do the same for her, so that has helped.
What is your weight-loss method?
It's a little unfair I think, I switched from a desk/fly/drive job to a fly-in-fly-out job involving a fair bit of manual labour in a place with only two things to do after work: drink company subsidised beer daily & smoke a pack a day (the old me), or make use of the well equipped gym complete with personal trainers, wellness programs, circuit classes etc. etc. The choice was pretty simple for me.
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What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
Giving the smokes up was step 1 for sure - it was a huge set of handbrakes on developing the fitness I needed to really throw some kilo's. Strangely I started trying to lose weight by fixing my diet & doing a few sessions in the gym after work BEFORE giving up the smokes. It really makes it hard. I had three sessions of hypno-therapy and haven't looked back - it's been about 18 months now. Social occasions are always hard, but its all about balance, have a blowout, who cares? Make up for it tomorrow with a jog on the beach and a garden salad instead of a steak sanga - not rocket science!
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
1) Be prepared to turn your whole life around a bit, if you have a sedentary job, then switch into something a little more labour intensive - you can walk out of the gym whenever you like but if the boss is on your back you HAVE to do it! Think of it as personal training where YOU get paid!
2) Consider spending a little less time with the friends that enjoy an 'unhealthy' lifestyle, and strengthen the friendships with those that don't mind getting outside once in a while, the ones that own pushbikes and kayaks for instance!
3) Try to keep busy enough that food plays a less important role in your life, I think this is really important. If we just ate as a means of getting fuel into our body, the obesity crisis wouldn't exist.
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
Fantastic! I actually get itchy after a day of inactivity, If I walk along a beach I get the urge to run! (as a side effect, my Kelpie is looking a lot fitter these days too!). Walking into a surf shop & buying a pair of normal sized jeans and a cake of wax for my board (and looking like I know what to do with it!) is an awesome feeling, not to mention the smile from the girl behind the counter - I didn't think I'd ever get out of the 'Big Mens' section.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?
MAKE IT YOUR HOMEPAGE!!!!! Just the constant reminder is helpful. Calorie counting has been hugely beneficial for me, finding out what foods are better than others, so I can 'tune' my diet a little. I'm only just now getting into the diary logging, it's becoming a bit of a hobby actually, seeing how the exercise offsets the calorie intake etc, bit of fun & interesting too. Can't wait to get more data in so I can get some graphs etc.