Lisa's Success Story

Lisa wrote the following to our CS email address, and I asked her if I could share her story. She was totally awesome and agreed. Here is it is!

"I have been using the cronometer website for a few days now, and I love it. I am using it to save all the addition and converting I was doing with paper and pencil. Once I figure out how to scan nutrition panels with my iPhone, it will be even easier to track everything. The best part is the nutrition data; the vitamins, minerals, etc. It is a fun exercise to try to create a balanced diet, and it was not possible to do that the way I was previously doing with only tracking macro-nutrients and calories, so I am sure I am eating a more nutritionally balanced diet than ever before. I have been interested in healthy foods since I was a teen in the early 70s, then got on the organic bandwagon when I had my children in the 80s, then after a car accident in the late 80s I was no longer able to be physically active for three years, and everything changed for me. I had given up the idea I could ever lose weight, then about a month ago I heard of fasting, and the refrigerator/freezer concept. It made sense to me so I embarked on a weight loss goal for the first time in many many years. I saw results right away, dropped a size, feel a lot more energetic, and somehow have been able to walk even uphill without huffing and puffing so much. All this with only 6 pounds lost. I cannot wait to see how I feel after losing the 24 pounds I plan to lose. But I was spending hours a day tracking my food consumption.

I had used nutritiondata in 2010, and gave it a go the day before trying cronometer, but found it to be buggy on my devices. The website kept reloading, and it was not possible to enter a custom recipe. It lost the data every time I tried. I tried a couple more, then found Cronometer.

Cronometer has a nice interface. It's so easy, it's fun! It was possible to use it right away, and I have been gradually finding and using all the deeper features. Today I was able to set up the LCHF keto ratios I have been following for the past month. The problem I encountered is each macro (carbs, protein and fat) was labeled only by color, and it took me a few tries to figure out which color relates to each macro.

I have been reading up on Every Other Day fasting as it seems like a good way to really keep the weight off after completing the weight loss phase, although I will not have to worry about that for some time. My neighbor has had great results with an Anti-Inflammatory diet, which seems way easier than what I'm doing, and I plan to implement the basic parts of it a little later. I am using a customized approach: Banting food lists from S. Africa, keto-carb, daily IF with a minimum of 16 hours between dinner and breakfast, and 1000-1100 calories a day. It seems like a lot, but like a law enforcement officer told a friend once, "if you throw a handful of pebbles at a window, some are bound to hit it." That was a totally different context, but it applies to weight loss. I do not believe there is any one right way to do it, it is a matter of finding what works for each person. So far this is working for me. But as I said before, with cronometer, I am certain my diet more nutritionally complete than ever before. So thank you for helping me achieve my goals, and making it fun too."

We wish you continued success Lisa!

Spencer D.
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