Glynn's 3 Stone Calorie Counting Success Story
|Current Weight||10st 10lb|
|Goal Weight||10st 10lb|
|Weight Lost||3st 4lb|
|Working to Rate of Loss||2lbs per week|
I have always done a lot of sport having played Rugby Union and Rugby League most of my teenage and adult life.
A bad knee injury in the 1990’s has resulted in me having a total knee joint replacement nearly 20 years later in March, 2010. A lack of activity followed and I put a lot of weight on.
As a self-employed accountant and tax adviser I am behind a desk a lot of the time. However, I now find time to do exercise.
Plus, divorced and now single -
"so the pub was a popular venue and that showed on my waistline."
I decided enough was enoughand with the help of wlr I started tracking and controlling my food/calorie intake each day.
I started getting out speed walking with my dog and going to the gym, doing weight training and non-impact aerobic work on the cross-trainers, bikes and rowing machines.
I now find time to walk 6 miles or more a day with my dog (I now walk at 4mph) and I spend an hour to 1.5 hours a day in the gym.
What diets (if any) have you tried in the past?
In the past I have tried to diet by starving myself and cutting alcohol out altogether.
"The problem was that after I lost weight I would start binge drinking and eating as I had been deprived and I would put the weight back on very quickly."
This time, as I am tracking my food and alcohol intake, I allow myself an occasional drink.
I have actually not been hungry as there is no reason to feel hungry if the right foods are selected from the database. As a result, I have no need to go back to post diet binging.
How has your weight affected your lifestyle/mood/stopped you doing things?
I do public speaking and I found my confidence went down with the extra weight.
It also affected me in relationships as after my divorce I found it difficult meeting someone – no problem now though!
What has been your main motivation to lose weight?
Health and I’m a wannabe speaker and writer on health & fitness and motivation.
Which tools and resources do you use regularly on wlr? Which tools do you find invaluable?
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Have you purchased/used any products/fitness equipment that has helped you with your goals?
"Heart rate monitor. I use it to calculate my average heart rate when I am training or speed walking my dog."
I use a tool/formula with which I can calculate my calories used using my average heart rate, age, weight and CO2 max. The tool is on the Triathlon Training Blog
Why do you think wlr has helped you lose weight where other diets have failed?
The easy tracking of food and alcohol intake and logging exercise – it helps maintain focus.
Have you struggled at points in your weight loss journey? What has kept you motivated?
Not struggled with wlr. I kept motivated by having an image of what I looked like in my rugby days and held it in my mind knowing I would be like that again once I hit target.
Since losing weight can you give some examples of how your life has changed?
I feel light. I get into 32” waist trousers and my confidence is sky high.
"I am also full of energy and moving forward to becoming a speaker and writer for health and fitness and motivation tips."
Exercise routines adopted.
- Exercise 6 plus miles speed walking my dog each day
- 1-1.5 hours of gym work, aerobic exercise and weight training
- I cannot run due to my total knee replacement.
What do you love about your body now?
I can talk about health & fitness and look the part. I also feel good in social situations knowing I look good.
Be focused and imagine what you will look like when you achieve target and keep that image in your mind.
If it seems painful, remember what Lance Armstrong (7 x Tour de France cycle race winner, Worlds toughest race) said – “Pain is temporary, quitting is for life”.
You can use the information on Weight Loss Resources to count how many calories you need to consume each day and how many you are actually eating.
* Note: The success stories published on Weight Loss Resources are written by WLR members, past and present, telling their own stories in their own words. As you will see if you read more than one or two of them, everyone's story is different and they have reached their success from a variety of starting points and lost weight at varying rates. Individual results may vary.