Joe Balfe

Lost 65lb (20%) and maintained in 216 days

Before MyNetDiary
— MyNetDiary helps me know exactly how many calories I consume

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

I saw the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and it inspired me go back on a diet. At the start, I was on 9 different medications for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. My goal was to get off medication. About a month after starting my diet, my work announced a weight loss competition. I signed up and this gave me some extra incentive to keep going.

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

Weight Watchers. I have always had success while on the program, but once I reach my goal I just go back to old habits and pack the pounds back on.

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?

Burn more calories than you consume. I use MyNetDiary to count my total calories (between 1200-1500 a day). I do 30-60 minutes of cardio 7 days a week (hiking, swimming, elliptical machine, jogging).

How has MyNetDiary been instrumental in your achievements so far?

My only plan is to burn more calories than I consume. MyNetDiary helps me know exactly how many calories I consume and it roughly lets me know how many calories I'm burning.

What roadblocks did you face while losing weight?

I love to eat and I hate to exercise. Going out with friends and family is tough because food is always a part of getting together.

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

The first week I saw results. Getting off all of my medication will define success. I started on 9 and I'm down to 3.

What do you do when you start feeling yourself slipping?

Forget about it and re-focus

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

More mobility and less money spent at the pharmacy.

How long have you kept off your lost weight?

6 months and counting.

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

  1. Add an exercise routine. Diet alone does not work for me.
  2. Learn to be an expert food label reader. All foods are not created equal and you can not trust the marketing slogans written on the front of packing. It is all about the calories, and "Low Fat" does not equal low calories.
  3. I only weigh myself once a week. Weighing in daily creates too many ups and downs.

Live Success Story of BigDaddy: 27 lb lost

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Weight Plan

  • Start weight: 325lbs on 02/17/12
  • Current weight: 298lbs
  • Weight loss wanted: about 128lb
  • Timeframe: 15 months and 14 days
  • Lost so far: about 27lb

Personal details

  • Gender: male
  • Age: 43
  • Height: 5ft 9in
  • Activity level: Sedentary

About me

Current goal: Get below 200 lbs. Get off diabetes medication.
Favorite diets: Calorie Intake < Calories Burned
Favorite activities: Hiking, bowling
Need help with: Staying motivated when I'm not in a competition
Geographic area: South Dakota
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