Family Status: Married
Occupation: Ward Clerk
Location: Central Valley, California
Starting Weight: 193 pounds
Current Weight: 154 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I have lost 39 pounds so far!
Natalie’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I have been unhappy for a long time but I really hated being unable to buy normal size clothes or keep up with my kids.
What made you decide to lose weight?
Everyone at work was signing up for a biggest loser contest, so I decided it was time. I wanted it to be for me and my life not just for a cash prize.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Eating and always having healthy snacks and making time for myself to go to the gym and not feel guilty.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Not seeing the scale come down as fast as I’d like but it didn’t take me overnight to gain it. Patience is the hardest part.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I saw and felt results almost instantly. In 3 weeks I was down 7 pounds.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
My current weight is 154 pounds. I started in January of 2012. I still want to lose 20-25 more pounds.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I’m still working on it.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have the energy I always wanted and needed. My confidence is also back.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com helped me by reading other people’s weight loss stories and tips.
Natalie’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
EAT! I eat more now than before.
Weight loss tip #2:
Weight loss tip #3:
Don’t beat yourself up for indulging. I don’t have any “off limit” foods. Moderation is key.
Weight loss tip #4:
Know everything you put in your mouth.
Weight loss tip #5:
Natalie’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Oatmeal with banana or fruit. Or, Slim Fast with fruit.
Smart Ones frozen meal. It’s easy for work.
I honestly don’t eat dinner. I work nights so I snack a lot. When I’m off, I eat steamed fish, veggies, brown rice and salads. My salads include onions, spinach, carrots, avocado, bell pepper, cucumber, and lime for dressing.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Yogurt, Laughing Cow cheese with Kashi crackers, Quaker chips, veggies, fruit, string cheese, almonds.
Natalie’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I have not started weight training yet.
40-60 minutes on the cross trainer machine. Or, I run on the treadmill for 1-3 minutes as fast as I can then slow down for a few minutes and repeat (HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training).