Weight Loss Success Stories - Christina Sunday Lost 19 Pounds
Location: Macomb, Michigan
Starting Weight: 242 pounds
Current Weight: 223 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I've lost 19 pounds so far!
Christina's Weight Loss Story!
Christina is a FitTracker
member who goes by the username of rockchick_82808 (view
her FitTracker profile) and she has contributed to the ShapeFit
forum where she documents her weight loss journey (read
her forum topic). This is a candid and heartfelt interview with
the ShapeFit.com forum moderator.
When Christina first joined ShapeFit.com in July 2009 at age 21,
she had been training for around 2 months. In that time, she had
gone from around 222 pounds to 216 pounds and was looking forward
to changing her life for the better.
Since then, things have been very up and down for Christina and
sometimes it has felt like weight loss is a task, that has been
too difficult to achieve. However, through perseverance and finding
a new direction in recent months, Christina is finally finding the
right path to a new and more fulfilled self.
This is a conversation where Christina talks candidly to Bossman
about how she started on this journey, how it's gone and what she
believes is possible in the future.
Christina's Weight Loss Interview!
So Christina, please tell the readers a little about why you
decided to start on a weight loss journey.
When I initially started to get back in the game of weight loss,
it was because of a picture that was taken of me on my last day
at my old job. Before that day, I didnt allow myself to
take full body shots. I knew I had gained weight since my size
16 jeans were now a size 22! Not only that, but my poor scale
was screaming in pain when I bumped from 213 to 241! I just didnt
want to face it.
Caught up in the fun of my going away party at my job, I didnt
care if full body shots were taken. When I got home that night
and looked at them, I was in shock! I started to cry and asked
myself how did I get here? How could I of allowed myself
to get this way? It was in that moment I decided to make
a change. With starting a new job, and working my way to becoming
debt free, I decided to make this year, an all around new beginning.
Clearly a life affirming moment then; so can you please tell
myself and the readers, what steps did you take to start making
your end goals a reality?
After my first month at my new job, I saved enough money to re-enroll
at a local gym. I knew that when I joined I needed help. I couldnt
do this on my own. If I am going to dedicate myself to this, its
all in or nothing. My gym set me up with a fit point. The fit
point is a series of tests to determine my body fat percentage
and body age. My body fat was 44%! My body age was 49! The results
were depressing, but instead of feeling down and hiding in a corner,
I faced it. I even said to the trainer administering the test,
that these figures will never be seen again!
A couple weeks later I joined a group at the gym called TEAM
WEIGHT LOSS. A rigorous cardio based program with some minor weight
lifting and resistance training. We met up three days a week.
Monday was half workout and half nutrition. Wednesday was all
treadmill and dumbbells, and Friday we went outside to do lunges,
sprints, tire flipping, etc.
Becoming a part of something like this held me accountable to
attend the class, and it became something to look forward to!
With my amazing trainer Shelly who motivated me, cheered me on
and kept pushing me along the way, it became fun! Even the other
people who were a part of the class helped me meet those who had
Sounds like you found the right antidote to your problems; but
in your own opinion, what was it that so often caused your weight
loss attempts to stutter?
I went through a series of events over the years that caused
me to fall back. I had a very bad home life where family treated
me poorly. I moved multiple times and at one point chose to live
out of my car, because going home was unbearable.
I was put down constantly and their words and actions made me
feel worthless which put me into a deep depression.
Once my boyfriend came into my life, everything changed. His
family took me in and gave me the life I never thought I would
have. Even though that was a major positive change, other things
occurred. My grandfather died and at the age of 22 I had organized
his funeral myself and was by my grandmothers side through
it all. I was even at the hospital with her the moment he passed.
To top it all off, I was swallowed alive in debt. I realized
with the job I had, it would take me years to get things paid
of. The idea of going to college was out of the question. I was
just miserable with where everything in my life was going. I became
unsocial, I was grouchy, sad, and soon it began to affect the
ones I loved.
Obviously a very difficult time for you, and I think myself
and the readers can appreciate how difficult and challenging the
nature of your circumstances must have been at the time. So when
there were moments where things did seem to fall apart a little
bit, at what point in the last 3 years, did you feel like you were
at your lowest and can you please describe your feelings and how
they manifested themselves?
The moment I felt the lowest, was when everything hit me. All
those events just took a toll on me. Every time I looked in the
mirror I hated what I saw. One day, I had an anxiety attack in
the shower and fell to the floor in tears. I was crying too much
and so loud my boyfriend found me. He turned off the shower, wrapped
me in a towel and sat there with his arms around me until I calmed
down. The next day I realized I could either continue down this
dark road that lead to nothing but deeper depression and self
hate, or I could create my own path and give myself the life I
So at what point do you think things finally started to click
and what prompted this new, more productive change to your life,
that you currently are undergoing?
it came to the realization of needing to make a change in my weight
and all around health, it was when I had to transition from job
to job. While looking at the picture, I thought how in the
world am I going to change this? Im going from a fast paced
job where I was active all day long, to a job where I sat all
day long. How can I possibly keep this from getting any worse?
When I joined Team Weight Loss, the first three weeks I did great
on the workouts, but I didnt change my eating habits. It
wasnt until the second weigh in when I noticed I gained
a pound and then it just clicked! Here I was working so hard in
the gym and getting no results. This isnt the life I wanted
for myself. I was not only embarrassed about the weight gain,
but mad at myself for sabotaging myself. I had the constant fear
of failure and instead of allowing the slight chance of failure
happening, I created it. Enough was enough. I had to slap fear
in the face and say bring it, because its now or never to
make a change. Not tomorrow, or the next day, NOW!
However, I feel that sometimes, some of the hardest realizations
to swallow can be some of the most defining revelations in our lives,
as I'm sure some people reading this will agree with. So if you
can, can you please describe how you feel about your weight loss
efforts currently and how you feel about the future?
I feel amazing about my current success! It has been consistent
which in itself is a big motivator. Over the past 14 weeks my
views on this weight loss journey have changed. When I first started,
my only goal was focused on weight loss. As time passed and I
saw myself creating new mile stones; such as completing my first
boot camp course (not to mention being the only non-boot camp
member there and not lean and cut like the others) and I realized
there is so much more to take from this. Its about creating
an all over new lifestyle. To take on the world in a new way.
I recently completed my first 3.4 mile race last week! Last year
I was only able to jog 1 mile. On the home stretch of the race,
I began to cry because at that moment I realized just how far
I have truly come.
From here on out, I only keep looking up and I know the future
for me is a bright one. I cant wait to see how I continue
to grow from this.
I think it's great to see you have found a more settled and
positive outlook on life and if there are any lessons you have learned,
or things you can pass on to others in the past 3 years, could you
please tell myself and the readers what those are?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that success is a journey,
not a destination. The doing is often more important than the
outcome. No matter how hard things may be, you have to continue
to find the strength in yourself to keep going. There will be
people who will put you down, say horrible and hurtful things
that go skin deep. You need to say to yourself, This is
my life. I am the one who has to live it. If you dont
have friends or close ones at home who are interested in being
fit, dont hesitate to go the gym like I did.
mental aspect is the hardest to overcome. Dont allow yourself
to think you dont belong there, because you do. Dont
worry about what others may be thinking of you when youre
there. Stay focused on why you're there! Most of all, dont
you ever, not for one second, say or think the words, I
cant. Truth is you CAN! When you change your way of
thinking and push through it, you will be proud of what you will
Find a good support group. Dont be afraid to talk to the
people here on ShapeFit.com using FitTracker
and the fitness
forum. Everyone on ShapeFit is here to help one another. You
dont need to be alone. Whether its making friends on this
site, starting a blog, making friends with the gym staff or the
gym members, find someone you can talk to. Having a good support
system that keeps you motivated is the key to continued success.
Lastly, celebrate every little achievement along the way! Make
what you do fun and have fun celebrating it! Whether you celebrate
walking the extra distance, jogging further than ever before,
or running your first race, you have bragging rights and use them!
You deserve it! You work hard day in and day out to achieve your
goals. You earned the right for the happiness you have been working
so hard for!
So finally, is there one thing you would like to say that sums
up your whole journey so far?
The one thing I can say about this journey so far, is its life
altering. The more success I have, the more I want to push myself
and try new things. Every day is a learning experience. Im
still not perfect at my eating habits, but knowing that I keep
putting in the best effort possible and that over time I will
get where I need to be, keeps me thinking positive. I dont
beat myself up anymore if I slip on occasions. I just lift myself
up and try again. Change doesnt happen overnight, but it
wont happen at all if I dont put in the effort.
Well, I must say thank you very much for your time and kindness
Christina, you have been extremely gracious. As far as the future
goes, it seems that for this bubbly young lady, there is definitely
a lot of sunshine on the horizon and the chance to live a healthier
and more productive life.
The message I want to send with this interview, is to highlight
that with a bit of continued self belief and by finding healthy,
safe and productive ways to enhance your well-being without using
stupid diets, pills, surgery or other methods, you too can improve
your chances of losing weight and becoming happier and healthier
like Christina. As you just learned with Christina's story, every
life is a gift to the person and not one to misuse, but if you choose
to make a positive step to a better you, then you deserve the right
to find that person that exists inside of you and you too, can make
your life so much more productive and enriching. Christina is doing
that and proving what any individual of any age with weight problems
can be capable of and I hope that you can find some inspiration
or comfort from Christina's wonderful story.
If you want to read more about Christina's journey, comment and
follow her progress, please check
out her forum topic.
Bossman, ShapeFit.com forum moderator
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