Family Status: Single
Hometown: Whyalla, South Australia
Starting Weight: 169 pounds
Current Weight: 134 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 35 pounds!
Melanie’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
When I saw photos of me in Rome back in June, 2011.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I realized it wasn’t acceptable anymore and it was ruining several areas of my life. I was reluctant to go to barbecues and I lost confidence in my work and love life.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I increased my walking and kept a calorie counting book. I also joined a gym and started doing classes.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Getting frustrated at not seeing results soon enough.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
As soon as I started walking I saw results in my thighs, but the rest was slower.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
Walking, Body Pump class, sit ups, free weights, etc.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I feel much more confident in social situations. I also feel attractive again and I’m able to enjoy things now that I was not able to before I became overweight, such as shopping for new clothes and going to nightclubs, etc.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s inspiring weight loss photos.
Melanie’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Don’t drive somewhere if you can help it (walk instead).
Weight loss tip #2:
Join a gym and don’t be scared of classes. There are people like you as well as the super fit.
Weight loss tip #3:
Keep a calorie counter and put it in your purse so you can capture everything you eat.
Weight loss tip #4:
Do weight training exercises.
Weight loss tip #5:
Don’t get down at not seeing results quick enough, it’s going to take a while.
Melanie’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
1 or 2 slices of toast with vegemite or tinned salmon on wholemeal bread if possible with instant coffee or green tea.
Wholemeal sandwich with lunch meat, salad or stir fry.
Stir fry, lean curry with rice or steak and veggies.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Mini chocolates like maltesers, sakatas.
Melanie’s Weight Loss Workouts!
Body Pump and squats, lunges and situps in the weight room.
Walking normal, then walking uphill or on sand to make it harder.