Family Status: Married
Hometown: Mascoutah, Illinois
Starting Weight: 138 pounds
Current Weight: 116 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 22 pounds!
Shelley’s Weight Loss Story!
About three years ago, I lost 28 pounds. My starting weight was 138 pounds and with a healthy diet and exercise, I went down to 110 pounds. I maintained this weight until last year, when I lost another 10 pounds due to a lot of stress that was going on in my life. This put my weight at an all time low of 100 pounds, which was not near enough on my 5’5″ frame. Since then, I have gained back 16 pounds and feel better than I ever have! I weigh 116 pounds now, which may not sound like enough, but I am small boned with a small frame. I feel better than I ever have! I go to the gym with my husband and we ride bikes together.
I’m 55 years old, have been married for 37 years and I’m a mom to four amazing kids and four beautiful grandchildren! I work hard to keep myself fit. I have had no cosmetic surgery. Not that I’m against plastic surgery but I just can’t fit it into my budget right now not to mention the fact that I’m a big chicken! I get a high from working out and for an old lady, I think I look okay!
Shelley’s Weight Loss Interview!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I gained 28 pounds after starting perimenopause. I went into a depression and just let myself go.
What made you decide to lose weight?
After our daughter had our first grandbaby, I decided it was time to get with it and get out of my funk! We now have four beautiful little grandkids who are the light of my life! I want to be able to keep up with them!
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I started eating healthier and working out at a gym! My husband and I ride bikes together and we workout with machines and free weights five times a week!
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Having to give up all the junk food I was eating! I love food! Also, losing it so slow. The last diet I went on before this one, I was 28 years old and the weight just fell off. I lost a pound a day! This last diet, I was over 50 years old and I was doing good to lose two pounds a week!
How long did it take you to start to see results?
About a month!
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took me about four months to get down to a decent weight, but then I went too far since I had a lot of stress going on at the time and I ended up losing too much weight! I know this makes some people sick, but I had to work just as hard to lose the weight initially. It just didn’t take me as long as it would take someone who needs to lose more weight than I did.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I lost my weight about three years ago. I looked and felt good but then lost more than I should have last year. I managed to gain it back and get to my present weight, about 8 months ago.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have more energy and feel so much better!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com helped with my workout routines and my diet! The weight loss success stories are so encouraging too! ShapeFit.com has really been an inspiration to me! I love having this information online!
Shelley’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Ditch the soda and drink water and green tea!
Weight loss tip #2:
Do NOT weigh in every day! Your weight will fluctuate and it can be discouraging if you don’t see a loss every day. I weigh in once a week!
Weight loss tip #3:
EXERCISE! Not only will you feel better, but you’ll see results faster!
Weight loss tip #4:
Don’t stress if you slip, just get back on track again!
Weight loss tip #5:
I taped a “fat” photo of myself on my fridge and one on my bathroom mirror. When I felt like eating junk food, I just had to look at these photos and I’d get back on track fast!
Shelley’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Bran cereal with low-fat milk, fresh strawberries and sometimes a yogurt.
Turkey on wheat bread and fresh fruit.
Either a baked or sweet potato, or rice, chicken or seafood. I love shrimp, fish and a salad. Lots of steamed veggies. I love broccoli and green beans!
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Yogurt, fruit (my favorites are apples, oranges and watermelon), crackers with peanut butter!
Shelley’s Weight Loss Workouts!
Riding a bike six times a week, Sundays are my day off! I go to the gym five times a week. I workout my upper body on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and do my lower body Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Crunches are done every day!
Bike riding six days a week. Sunday is my day of rest!