What were your weight-control goals?
Put simply, my goal is to be in a healthy weight range and to stay there for the rest of my life.
Secondary to that, I want to be able to shop for clothes without it being a depressing experience and to be able to fully appreciate this wonderful body I have been given!
What motivated you to lose weight?
I wanted to feel in control of my body. I was tired and Iíd had enough of the way I was wasting my life. It was like I was waiting for my life to Ďproperlyí start.
It wasnít until I started really looking at my prior habits that I realised how emotionally attached I was to my poor eating choices. Continuing to change these habits is certainly a motivating force for me to continue losing weight.
What was your weight-loss method?
My philosophy is pretty simple: Eat well, move more, keep up the fluids and have fun.
Given that I have always been overweight it has become clear to me that these changes need to be made for the rest of my life and so I have tried to find ways to make the changes easy and sustainable.
Having done next to no exercise previously I now love to swim, walk, do aerobics, weight training, play soccer in a park - basically anything that burns calories and is enjoyable!
The only foods that I have stopped eating are ones that I donít enjoy, however I do exercise portion control. I also try to drink at least 2 litres of water per day because I definitely see a difference on the scales when I havenít kept up the water.
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What were some obstacles you encountered while losing weight?
Iím fortunate that food and weight has never been a topic of interest with my family and friends and therefore I have been able to make these changes to my lifestyle without feeling pressure to justify the changes or to ask anyone else to make changes in their behaviour for me.
If I am cooking for my partner then I just serve him a little more. Those close to me have remained completely supportive of me and my goals.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
Write down why you want to lose weight and always keep that list in the back of your mind.
Learn from your mistakes but donít beat yourself up over them. Everyone has days where theyíd rather not admit what they ate but instead of getting upset by it, record it in your food diary and re-affirm your commitment to yourself.
Motivation can be overrated, not to mention fleeting, and so itís important to find ways to make a good choice EASIER than a poor one. For example, during my last bout of exams I would cook huge servings of soups, noodles, pasta sauces, etc to reheat (easier than driving to get fast food) when I was stressed out and I would use the gym as a chance to take a break and de-stress (more beneficial than the television).
Donít ban foods and try to learn to see food as neither 'good' or 'bad'. In my experience setting food up to be an adversary leads to eating for the wrong reasons, such as when youíre not hungry. It also means that you canít truly enjoy that chocolate or slice of cake when you do eat it (on those rare occasions of course!)
How do you feel now that you've lost weight?
Even though it took me a long time to feel like I was achieving success, I am quietly proud of myself and beginning to become more confident about my body and, as a flow on effect, what I can achieve with my life.
Iíve dropped three sizes, am stronger and fitter than I ever have been before and am developing a real sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing how much effort and work I have put into changing my life.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing.com.au helped you to lose weight?
Iím not sure I would have got this far without CalorieKing.com.au! The Food and Exercise Diary keeps me on the straight and narrow and I am religious about entering my food and exercise in each day. The CalorieKing University has been the catalyst for me really examining my relationship with food, and also with myself.
I am also very grateful for, and often humbled by, the honesty and support shown by the members on the CalorieKing.com.au forums.
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