What are your weight-control goals?
My goal has been to change my attitude to eating and exercise, so that a healthy pattern is seen as normal and not a chore or deprivation.
What is your motivation for losing weight?
I have been "big", not morbidly obese, but tall and always a little overweight, all my life. I got fed up with feeling guilty about being fat. I got sick of wishing I was smaller. I got tired of getting up every day and thinking about doing something about it. I decided that 50 years of procrastination was enough. I decided that I deserve better and I have no right to continue the way I was. Having two grand-children (so far) made me realise that I can participate more fully in their lives if I am fit. What sort of role model have I been to my children and my grand-children? Providing an example to my adult daughter and some others close to me was also in my mind.
What is your weight-loss method?
Eat a balanced, varied diet - three meals and two snacks a day. Exercise most days. I swim 1 km three or four times a week. I do a 1 hour (group) session with a trainer once a week and use some exercise equipment at home.
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What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
I have no obstacles in my environment - lots of time, plenty of support, happy life, financial security. However, the two major obstacles for me in the past were: a sense of deprivation; and the feeling of failure if you go off track. Now I look at healthy eating as the "norm". I used to feel a sense of entitlement to eating whatever I felt like - cakes and biscuits, sweets. Now, I have turned that around and I don't feel deprived of anything, because I know I deserve to be healthy. That is my reward. On occasions when I might have days (or weeks) of variations from healthy eating and exercise, I just accept a slight weight gain and know that I will get back to normal and recover. One thing that is different from past attempts to get fit is that I didn't have a finite goal. That is, the aim was not to get slim for a particular event, but just to eat better and exercise regularly - forever.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
Instead of "Why can't I have that?", think, "Why should I have that?". A cruise fitness instructor left a message on the board when he left - "Remember - you can get fit or you can make excuses, but you can't do both." You not only have the right to be slim and healthy, you have a responsibility. I stopped giving myself permission to eat junk and be lazy and thought, "Wake up to yourself and take responsibility." I looked at people around me (including my two sons), who are slim and fit and realised that their attitude to food was so different from mine. I emulated their approach. They don't have sweets after every meal. They don't frequently console or reward themselves with junk food. They see exercise as a normal part of life. They nourish their bodies rather than just feeding their desires.
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
Apart from the obvious benefits of feeling more energetic and stronger, fitting into smaller clothes, fewer aches and pains in my joints and a sense of achievement, I am starting to think of myself as someone who is fit and slim. I look forward to the time when I don't think of myself as a fat person who has lost weight, but just feel I really am a normal, slim, fit person.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?
I use CalorieKing to analyse my diet and check that I am getting the desired balance of nutrients. One very useful tool is to put in the ingredients of a recipe and have CalorieKing work out the nutritional information for me. I can then decide confidently what portion of the recipe will fit into my plan or make adjustments to improve the balance. As a mathematician, I find the charts very useful and interesting. I record my weight and measurements from time to time, especially when I want a boost to my motivation.