Weight Loss Stories - Ally Lost 76 Pounds
First Name: Ally
Family Status: Married
Occupation: Financial Manager
Hometown: Sardinia (Mediterranean Sea)
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 76 pounds!
Starting Weight: 233 pounds
Current Weight: 157 pounds
Ally's Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
All of my life. I never had "real" confidence. I never
felt comfortable in my own skin. Since I married in 1995, I had
gained over 90 pounds.
What made you decide to lose weight?
It wasn't just one thing. I believe it started with my father
passing away a few years ago from a sudden heart attack, then
my uncle passed in 2009 of the same thing. At 34, my cholesterol
was out of control and I had developed PCOS and severe asthma.
I had a friend that was going through the process of getting the
lap band surgery and I thought it would be a great idea to look
into it. When the doctor approved me for it, it hit me hard that
I was actually considered morbidly obese. That was the day I decided
NO more! I was not happy or healthy. Needless to say I did not
get the surgery but became determined to change my life forever.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Exercise and learning to eat better. Knowledge is power! Also
keeping track of everything I put into my mouth. For me, portion
control and just getting up and moving is the most important and
reminding myself this is not a diet, but a lifestyle change.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
My husband and I used to eat like it was our hobby. Learning
what I could and could not eat was a huge challenge. In the beginning,
going out with my husband and friends to eat and watching them
eat everything I loved but couldn't have, was the hardest. In
time, it got easier and now I take pride in ordering something
healthy from the menu. I don't even think twice about it anymore.
Seeing myself how others do and not still as the biggest girl
in the room. Getting over the "phantom fat".
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I saw results in the first month.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It has taken me six months.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do
I am not maintaining as of yet. I still have 12 pounds left to
lose before I start to maintain.
How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
How has my life not changed! I no longer have asthma, I am able
to menstruate on my own and my cholesterol is normal. I have real
confidence now, I don't just pretend. I feel so comfortable in
my skin. I am looking forward to doing things I've never done
before, either because I didn't have the confidence or just was
too heavy to actually do it. I look forward to each day.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com has been very important to me. I have learned almost
everything from this site. Reading the weight
loss success stories of the woman that took control and changed
their lives, kept and still keeps me motivated. To know there
are other woman that have gone through the same weight trials
and tribulations and have overcome it gives me so much hope. I
also learned excellent food and exercise tips.
Ally's Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Weight loss tip #2:
track of calories each day.
Weight loss tip #3:
Weight loss tip #4:
Eat several small meals and snacks during the day.
Weight loss tip #5:
Get up and move, do anything. Just move!
Ally's Weight Loss Eating Plan!
1/2 cup of natural oatmeal mixed with 1 tbsp of peanut butter
or 1% milk and splenda.
Nonfat yogurt, any type of fruit, Special K cereal bar.
Smart Ones grilled chicken and salad. Anything I want really,
just in a smaller portion.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Fat-free pudding, Special K bars, almonds, cheese sticks, peanut
butter, fruit, veggies.
Ally's Weight Loss Workouts!
I weight train 2 to 3 times per week. Upper arms and legs, abs
I do cardio 3 to 4 times per week. Elliptical for 30 minutes,
or treadmill walking on an incline, or jogging.
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