What are your weight-control goals?
To be fit and healthy, I haven't had kids yet, so I need to be healthy to have them and as I am in my late 30's I need to be strong, fit and healthy so I am around a long time to raise them.
What is your motivation for losing weight?
Long family history of health issues that may occur, and finally just being sick and tired of being overweight and tired all the time. It's pretty terrifying when you get puffed walking up to your front door every day, I wanted to start living, not just existing.
What is your weight-loss method?
Eating well and exercise. I hit a snag a couple of months back and decided to google some calorie information, since finding Calorie King, I discovered I was not eating enough and since I've been following their recommendations, investing in a HRM and even eating back my exercise calories for two months I've averaged a little over a kilo a week.
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What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
My first external outing to a restaurant terrified my the idea of getting out of my routine, and not being able to do much than estimate my calories, but since that first one, I've had quite a few outings and have continued to lose weight by making sound choices, I always include a salad or vegetables and some protein, once I asked for a steak with no chips and extra salad, they bought the plate with chips, I simply asked for extra salad and put the chips on a plate in the middle of the table for the others I was out with. I am very lucky to have very supportive, friends, family and work colleagues. My recent birthday bar-b-q held by my sister was all healthy except for the cake which I made sure I factored into my day's calories including a jog in the morning so I had some lee-way! This week I've done some damage to a tendon in my foot, I'm not allowed to jog but can still do some walking so I'll be figuring out how to get some exercise and keep my weight loss going while not exacerbating the injury. Life's like that there is always something, you just need to re-assess, may re-jig some things and keep going!
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
There really is no magic potion or pill, and it's not about starvation or denial, my special treat every day is a large skim mocha! But it is about making choices and getting your arse moving. It doesn't have to start all at once, in the beginning I simply started by taking a flight of stairs instead of an escalator, I did that every day for a week and then added on to it, till I was walking all 5 flights of stairs to my car every day, then I started walking twice a week at lunch time with work colleagues, I made sure I went even when they didn't. This motivated me even more and now I am starting my fourth cycle of a two day a week boot camp, and try to do something at least 5 or 6 days a week, even if it is just getting on my wii fit or watching a tv program while walking on my treadmill. Also there's no one size fits all approach, you have to be willing to tweak things to suit your lifestyle and goals and even capabilities. Sometimes it might mean trying something that doesn't work, so mark that off the list and try the next thing.
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
I feel really good, I've been a yo-yo dieter for many years and 130kg is the heaviest I had ever been, it scared me. What's different this time, I've finally got it in my head to not diet, everything in moderation and exercise is not until I reach my goal it's for life. I don't know how to help others find that mentality, I just know one day a light bulb went off and I finally got it! I have to say Calorie King has helped especially seeing I can still eat quite a bit and even work treats in, so I really don't feel deprived! This is the most amount of weight I've ever lost without returning to old habits, and it's the longest I've been committed to an exercise program, I really do believe changing small things in the beginning really helped rather than the all or nothing attitude. Because I really believe now that it's about a healthy attitude as well as better eating and exercise, it's finding that balance and running with it, so to speak!
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?
Keeping an eye on calories has been good, what I love about Calorie King is that you put it in the diary and it does all the work for you. I like to add everything I want to eat for the next day into it, then I add in any exercise and I can see where and how I need to add extra food in to reach my net. It seems scary at first eating so much, but with the weight still coming off, I feel the next 25 kilos is much more doable than I ever did before.