I recently interviewed a friend that had lost weight the old fashioned way and looks great!
Her name is Cara and she made a commitment and stuck with it.  I wanted people to hear from someone that was successful in losing weight and to hear how she did it.  She used a
lot of the same suggestions that I have posted on my blog.  Below is my interview with Cara.

  • I understand you lost weight recently. To what do you attribute your success?
    I attribute my success to pure will and determination. Losing weight is extremely difficult, but if you set your mind to it, you can achieve it.
  • What inspired you to lose weight?
    I saw pictures of myself at a wedding and I was unhappy with the way I looked and I was almost 200lbs on the scale, that was a real motivator.
  • What kept you motivated to continue to lose weight?
    Each week when I would see a 2-3lb loss and even when it was a small amount the number on the scale was a huge motivator and my Weight Watcher’s leader was a big motivator as well.
  • Did anyone encourage you?
    I attend Weight Watchers weekly so the support you get from your peers and leader is great. My family and friends also encouraged me.
  • How much weight did you lose?
    So far I’ve lost 40 lbs give or take depending on the week :-)
  • How do you feel about your accomplishment?
    It feels great to be down about 40 lbs.  You don’t realize how much that is until it’s gone. I never felt like I was overweight but obviously I was and it was very eye opening.
  • What things did you find worked best for you?
    Weight Watchers has a simple start plan that worked great for me. I don’t like to count points or calories. I just want to eat good food and as MUCH as possible and you can do that when you’re eating healthy fruits, veggies and lean meats and SPICES.  It’s got to taste good so I learned to jazz up my food with herbs and spices.
  • What is your exercise regiment or routine?
    I do not like exercise in the least little bit so I would take things like cleaning and turn that into a workout or play outside with my kids (baseball, football).  I like to ride a bike and I would go for walks occasionally with friends so it’s more of a social hour than a “workout”.
  • What do you eat in a typical day?
    I do not miss breakfast that’s a major change I made.  I never used to eat breakfast, but now I eat something like a Special K breakfast sandwich or oatmeal (which I hate but it is filling and good for you). The rest of the day I just try to make good healthy choices but I also allow myself indulgences otherwise I would not make it and end up binging on junk food.  I try not to eat late, that was a BIG problem before, but if I am hungry I’ll reach for veggies and a low fat dip vs. high fat processed snacks.
  • Did you have a weight loss goal?
    I did.  My goal was to reach 150 lbs.  I keep waffling between 5-10 lbs of that goal, but if I never hit it, I’m still happy with the results I’ve attained at this point.
  • Did you have trouble sticking to your weight loss goal?
    Yes.  It was very hard in the beginning, but after about a month and the first few weeks of weigh-ins that showed pretty good losses I was hooked and that made it easier to stick with.
  • How long did it take you to lose the weight?
    It’s taken me about 10 months to get to this point.
  • What was the hardest thing you dealt with while losing weight?
    Cravings and changing my habits,  I never ate breakfast so making sure I did that daily was hard and then not eating bad things late at night but I just switched out high fat snacks for healthy things like veggies and fat free dip or fruit and that helped.

Thanks so much to Cara for allowing me to interview her.  Cara is definitely an inspiration to all of us.  I’m sure a lot of us can relate to the challenges Cara faced and overcame.

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