Weight Loss Success Stories - Christina
Lost 97 Pounds
First Name: Christina
Family Status: Single
Occupation: Foster Parent
Hometown: Stamford, NY
or Inches Lost: I have lost 97 pounds and 30% body fat!
Current Weight: 117 pounds
Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I have always
been unhappy with my weight. I have been overweight since I was in grade school
and it always held me back. I finally couldn't stand it anymore.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I was watching
Dr. Oz on Discovery Channel and they showed an open heart surgery and he pointed
out the amount of fat the heart had on it. I decided then, and there, that I was
changing my life. I didn't want to be the woman with that heart!
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I first added lots of veggies, fruits, and whole grains. I cut out HFCS and
Hydrogenated fats. Every few months, I would tweak something new. I also made
a commitment to exercise.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
food. The exercise doesn't bother me as much as the fact that I can't always eat
what I want or how much I want.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
started seeing results in a couple of months. I started feeling results pretty
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I started on 1/26/06 and I officially decided to maintain where I was, 120
pounds, on 6/1/07.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I have maintained for two months now and, actually, lost 3 pounds while learning
maintenance! I still watch calories and exercise. Nothing really changed from
when I was losing weight. I just get to eat a little more now and can have a treat
every now and then.
How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
Everything has changed! It would take forever to explain. The main things are
that I have a ton more energy, people treat me differently, and I have a lot more
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
read each and every ShapeFit article. I used whatever resources they offered to
learn more about fitness and nutrition. I think ShapeFit is a lifesaver. It has
helped me tremendously!
Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Take it one step at a time so you
don't get discouraged.
Weight loss tip #2:
Start exercising right away!
Weight loss tip #3:
Don't start out too low with the calories
or you'll have nowhere to go.
Weight loss tip #4:
Plateaus happen! Think of them as
practice for maintenance and ride them out.
Weight loss tip #5:
Days speed by and you can either keep
waiting to start tomorrow or start today and see a huge difference next week,
month, or year.
Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Protein Shake and Cheerios.
Chicken on whole wheat tortilla, spinach salad,
tomato, cucumber, apple, and a small piece of 70% dark chocolate.
Low sodium vegetable soups with added chicken.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Cottage cheese and grapefruit with
1/2 whole wheat bagel and natural jelly. 1 oz almonds and a yogurt with fruit.
Weight Loss Workouts!
I do weights 3 times a week religiously
for 30-45 minutes each time. I switch up reps, exercises, anything I can to keep
it new and to prevent adaptation.
I run, walk, bike, or do the elliptical
for a total of 60 minutes at least 5 days a week. Cardio keeps me able to eat
at a higher calorie level and I love to eat!
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