Check out Rollie. Since joining Diet-to-Go last April, he's slimmed down 63 pounds!
Our success story-in-the-making is here today to inspire everyone in need of weight loss... and that includes all of us waiting until January 1st to resolve to get healthier in 2011!
Take it away Rollie!
"I'm now at 254 pounds for a total of 63 pounds lost.
"Here's a picture my wife took of me this morning. I apologize for the blond hair but it is left over from the Halloween party when I dressed up as Dr. Carlisle Cullen from the Twilight movie."
Starting weight: 317
Current weight: 254
Goal weight: 217
What do you like about Diet-to-Go?
Convenience, easy, fresh foods, healthy combinations, "real food"
What are your favorite Diet-to-Go meals?
I've tried all plans, but favor many of the meat and green vegetable dishes found in the Carb30 meal plan.
What differences have you enjoyed since dropping the weight?
Sleep better, more stamina, enjoy life more, more comfortable being seen in public...
What triggered you to get serious about weight loss?
Risk of dying of a heart attack and leaving my wife alone.
What advice do you have for people with a lot of weight to lose?
Do not get overwhelmed. Focus on one week at a time and make small permanent changes to your lifestyle.
What do you think led to your weight gain and what are your biggest food temptations?
Sedentary lifestyle, potato chips, carrot cake, viewing food as a reward.
What things are you doing now that you couldn't or wouldn't before losing your weight with Diet to Go?
Briskly walking, exercise, participating in physically active games.
At about age 30, I weighed about 220 pounds, a somewhat healthy weight for a 6'2" person. Then I became very sedentary as my work evolved into mostly sitting at a desk. From the age of 30 to my present age of 53, I have steadily gained weight, at an average of 4-5 pounds per year, or about 100 pounds total.
During this time I was diagnosed with heart disease and have been in and out of the hospital with various heart procedures including a triple artery bypass.
After trying numerous fad diets where I would lose 20 pounds or so, and which usually resulted in gaining all the weight back and a little more, and when my doctor indicated I had just tipped the scale with a BMI over 40 which was classed as Morbidly Obese, I decided I needed to do something permanent, not a fad, but a lifestyle change.
As I write this, I am convinced that as challenging as staying committed to losing weight is, the greater challenge will be what I do after I meet my weight loss goal. That is where most diets fail.
I was tired of the up and down cycle and was even disappointed with the typical solutions I had found. Since I love to eat, I was looking for a choice that I felt I could stick with for the long run, I didn't want to feel deprived all the time and irritable thinking I was missing out on one of life's pleasures.
I was attracted to the idea of signing up for one of the programs that provided my meals for me, so I didn't have to deal with the ongoing temptations of choosing what and how much to eat all the time.
Diet-to-Go was highly rated for it's freshness and quality of food. I decided to give it a try for 4 weeks to see what would happen. I started with the 1,600-calorie, low fat, 3 meals a day, 5 days a week program.
Since our family was very active on weekends attending family and social events, it seemed impractical to try to coordinate my special meals during the weekends, but seemed very doable during the structured part of the work week.
With a strong desire to succeed, I followed the plan very strictly, determined to only eat exactly what was in each meal and not add anything extra. Initially the hardest part was during the evenings when my time was idle and I craved my evening snacks.
Luckily the 1,600 calorie program provided snacks which I learned to save for that time.
As the weeks progressed, I learned to plan and prepare my own meals and to develop awareness of the various foods around me. I started looking at labels and learning the calorie content of just about everything I ate.
My wife and I discovered that ground turkey could be substituted for ground beef and we could cut back on the meat and grains and add more vegetables to many of the dishes which resulted in meals that were both filling and low in calories as well as nutritious.
With a little more confidence we started making our own breakfasts and even freezing our own homemade breakfast burritos for use during the work week.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rollie is determined to not only attain his goal weight but to also stay there when he does. We'll follow up on his progress. Great job so far Rollie. Happy holidays from us at Diet-to-Go to you and your wife!
Author: John McGran