Carrie Hammond

Lost 103 lb (40%) and maintained after 616 days

Before MyNetDiary
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I love having a desire to go out and experience new things without worrying about if I'm too fat to do something.

What made you decide to lose weight? What was the moment that made it "real"?

For a while, I knew I was unhappy being obese. I knew that my weight was dictating how I lived my life - what experiences I would or would not do, what situations I chose to avoid because I was too heavy, etc. Every year on my birthday (in October) I told myself that I would change my life, but it never happened. In winter of 2010 I read a book - the main character had been known as "Fat Addie" in her school years. I identified with her because I had always felt like the "fat friend" within my circle of friends in school. Her weight and subsequent transformation as she lost the weight was not a main focus of the book, but it was so subtle, it inspired me to do the same.

I started researching calorie counters and joined a gym. There were two moments that made it "real" - the first was my first day on my new plan - and seeing how many calories MyNetDiary recommended I consume. At the end of the first day, I wasn't hungry by any means, but I realized how badly I had been treating my body when I compared it to how much I was actually consuming before. The second "real" moment was the day I showed up to the gym for my fitness evaluation with a personal trainer. My body fat % was over 46%...almost half of me was fat. That's when I knew I would be transforming my life.

What diets or programs have you tried in the past? What results did you see with those?

For a while, I knew I was unhappy being obese. I knew that my weight was dictating how I lived my life - what experiences I would or would not do, what situations I chose to avoid because I was too heavy, etc. Every year on my birthday (in October) I told myself that I would change my life, but it never happened. In winter of 2010 I read a book - the main character had been known as "Fat Addie" in her school years. I identified with her because I had always felt like the "fat friend" within my circle of friends in school. Her weight and subsequent transformation as she lost the weight was not a main focus of the book, but it was so subtle, it inspired me to do the same. I started researching calorie counters and joined a gym.

    There were two moments that made it "real"
  • the first was my first day on my new plan - and seeing how many calories MyNetDiary recommended I consume. At the end of the first day, I wasn't hungry by any means, but I realized how badly I had been treating my body when I compared it to how much I was actually consuming before.
  • The second "real" moment was the day I showed up to the gym for my fitness evaluation with a personal trainer. My body fat % was over 46%...almost half of me was fat. That's when I knew I would be transforming my life.

What diets or programs have you tried in the past? What results did you see with those?

In the past, and I mean WAY in the past, I tried the Atkins diet. I lost about 20 pounds rather quickly, but soon learned it was not a sustainable lifestyle. I've also unofficially tried Weight Watchers, after getting my hands on a set of their points books from a friend. I didn't lose much following that plan, and quickly got frustrated with all the calculations and conversions, etc. I didn't want a specific plan or formula requiring a lot of extra work. I just wanted to be healthy.

Tell us how you have made progress so far. What specific changes did you make to your daily routine and lifestyle to achieve success? What strategies did you employ to make calorie tracking work for you?

To date, I've lost about 105 pounds. I started with small changes - eating fewer calories and exercising. I measured everything because I was so determined to make it work this time. I didn't want to have any excuses. I started going to the gym three days per week and slowly worked my way up to 5-6 days per week.

How has MyNetDiary been instrumental in your achievements so far?

MyNetDiary was a huge part of my success. I installed it on my smartphone, my iPad, and set it as one of the home tabs in my browser - no matter where I was, I was able to track what I was putting in my body…again, leaving no opportunity for excuses. I also loved that MyNetDiary did all the calculations for me - it automatically adjusted how many calories I could eat, I rarely had to enter my own foods because so many were already in the database. Calorie tracking took no time at all; I just planned what I would eat, entered it into the app and looked at the bottom line to make sure I wasn't overeating.

What roadblocks did you face while losing weight?

Roadblocks are everywhere! Social events with friends and family were always the most difficult where snacks and comfort foods are plentiful. I travelled a bit in 2011, where it's hard to control where and what you're eating. I didn't deprive myself of anything, but worked hard on controlling portions, and making sure I got right back "on the wagon" when I returned.

When did you start seeing results? What will be your definition of success?

As heavy as I was, I started seeing results on the scale after a week or two…the pounds came off pretty easily in the beginning. Now that I have surpassed my original goal weight (and really close to my new one), it has been more and more difficult to continue to get results. My body is still changing as I build more muscle and burn more fat, but I know that doesn't always translate to numbers on the scale. While I already feel successful, my definition of success is maintaining a healthy lifestyle long-term - eating healthy and exercising is now part of my life, just like working and sleeping. I want to look and feel fit and strong, not just thin.

What do you do when you start feeling yourself slipping?

I have slipped a few times, mainly when travelling as mentioned earlier. I allow myself some slippage, but when I feel like I'm slipping a little too far, I hit the gym extra hard. When I think of slipping, I generally think of eating poorly. When I hit the gym for an extra long workout or a long run after eating poorly, my body feels sluggish and sore. That's a quick reminder for me to get back on track and continue my journey.

What have been the biggest improvements in your life since losing weight?

ENERGY! I no longer crave days where I could lay on the couch or in bed for hours and watch TV. I love having a desire to go out and experience new things without worrying about if I'm too fat to do something. I no longer have anxiety about things like fitting in an airplane seat or riding a roller coaster. I don't break a sweat as soon as I walk out the door in the summer. I love not being limited on where I can shop for clothes, I can find something in my size almost anywhere!

How long have you kept off your lost weight?

I'm still losing, but it has been 19 months since I started my journey to a healthier life.

Please share with the MyNetDiary Community your top three tips to help them on their journeys!

  1. Take baby steps! Any drastic change right away can lead to frustration and possibly failure. Make small changes to your daily routine…they really can make a BIG difference!
  2. Mix things up! Don't get stuck in a rut - try new recipes with new foods (especially fruits and vegetables), try new workouts - don't rely on cardio alone to get you results. Lift weights, try yoga, and dance! Working out really can be fun - you just have to find what you enjoy.
  3. Don't give up! Throughout any weight loss journey, anyone is bound to have setbacks - small gains, plateaus, etc. Accept them and move on, don't let it stop you on your journey.

Live Success Story of Icarrie: 93 lb lost

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Weight Plan

  • Start weight: 260lbs on 01/09/11
  • Current weight: 167.2lbs
  • Weight loss wanted: about 22.2lb
  • Timeframe: 2 months and 22 days
  • Lost so far: about 92.8lb

Personal details

  • Gender: female
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 5ft 5in
  • Activity level: Sedentary

About me

Current goal: Lose 100+ pounds and continue becoming stronger than yesterday through healthy eating and exercise.
Favorite diets: Calories In < Calories Out
Favorite activities: Body Pump, Zumba and Body Flow at Gold's Gym!
Need help with: Curbing my sweet tooth...
Geographic area: Midwest
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