Carol Lost 170 Pounds and Went from a Size 26 to a Size 6 by Counting Calories
Carol, age 47, proudly writes:
The day my daughter gave birth to my 4th grand child, they weighed my daughter at the hospital. I decided to weigh myself, as well, and much to my disbelief I weighed in at 333 lbs. I am tall, so I never really thought I was that big.
Shortly afterward I started having alot of problems with my knees and could hardly make it through the work day somedays because my job requires alot of standing and they would lock up. Not only did he tell me that if I did not lose the weight I would have to have total knee replacements but that I was a heart attack waiting to happen. My cholesterol was actually below normal however the weight was putting great strain on my heart. This was just not acceptable at 43.
I had always been heavy even as a child coming from a large hispanic family that food consumes every event — happy or sad.
I tried Alli, however that had little effect so I started doing alot of research online about what I should weigh and how to obtain my goals. The biggest thing for me was I set a 2lb at a time goal for myself so I did not get overwhelmed or frustrated.
I researched every food before I ate it to see what was in it and the calories. I went from eating white flour to healthy grains and exercised 6-7 days when I first started losing weight. I could only walk around the block and watched workout videos on Comcast on Demand. Now I can run 3-4 miles 4 days a week and weights 2 or 3.
The biggest thing for me was to set small goals and not get discouraged. I also did not deprive myself if I wanted to eat something unhealthy I did, but compensated for it by burning those calories with exercise.
The end result: I am now 47 can keep up with the grand kids, wear high heals which I had not been able to do in 10 years and am addicted to working out instead of food. I feel better then I did in my 20’s and have inspired both my daughter and daughter in law to start thinking about their future selves more and hit the gym.
My 5 year old granddaughter recently saw a picture of me from her parents wedding (which happened before I lost weight) and asked her mom “Who is that mommy?” — she replied, “That’s your mema.” My granddaughter said, “No, that’s not my mema, mema is not fat!” Albeit blunt, what a great feeling that was.