Weight Loss Stories – Tracy Mahaffey Lost 65 Pounds

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Name: Tracy
Age: 32
Family Status: Married mom of 3 boys
Occupation: Administrative Assistant
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Height: 5’2″
Waist: 36″
Starting Weight: 228 pounds
Current Weight: 163 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: So far, I have lost 65 pounds!success-stories-new-layout-tracy-m

Tracy’s Weight Loss Story!

When did you become unhappy with your weight?
My weight really started to bother me at the end of 2007, beginning of 2008.

What made you decide to lose weight?
I was tired of being tired. I didn’t have any energy and I wanted my husband to have a fit, healthy wife. He married me at my heaviest and never “noticed” my size. He has literally been with me through thick and thin!

What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
The 2 most important changes I have made were diet and exercise. I finally started making time for myself.

What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging has been getting to the gym. I am a mom of 3 boys and a wife so between sports, school, housework and cooking dinner, I had to really focus on making myself a priority.

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How long did it take you to start to see results?
It took me almost 2 years to lose the first 30 pounds. I was not exercising at all. I would lose a few pounds and then gain a couple back. Finally, in the Spring of 2010, I hired my trainer, Heather Bear. She is awesome! She plans all of my meals and workouts for the entire week. After starting with Heather, I could really see my body change.

How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
So far, it has been about 2 and a half years. I am still a work in progress though. I recently had surgery and was out of the gym for 5 weeks, but I’m glad to finally be able to workout again.

How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I am not maintaining yet since I’m still losing.

How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I am a lot more comfortable and I have more energy.

How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s weight loss success stories are very inspirational.

Tracy’s Weight Loss Tips!

Weight Loss Tip #1:
tracy-m-weight-loss-story-2Make time for the gym. Schedule “me time” just like you would any other appointment.

Weight Loss Tip #2:
Take progress pictures. That way, if you have a few weeks that the scale doesn’t budge, you can see changes in your pictures.

Weight Loss Tip #3:
Water, water, and more water! I drink about a gallon a day. It’s so much better for you than soda and juice, plus it’s awesome for your skin.

Weight Loss Tip #4:
Keep track of your food. I know from one week to the next, what my meals look like. Everything is planned out. This helps keep me from making last minute “bad” choices.

Weight Loss Tip #5:
Set mini goals. I made a focus board that was covered with my mini goals. I broke my weight loss down into 5 pound increments. When I met a goal, I would mark it off. It was easier to focus on 5 pounds rather than 75 pounds.

Tracy’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!

Breakfast:
Scrambled egg whites or a whole wheat English muffin with natural peanut butter.

Lunch:
Salad with grilled chicken, craisins, banana peppers, almonds and spray dressing.

Dinner:
Grilled chicken or turkey, sauteed green veggies and half a sweet potato.

Snacks or Mini Meals:
Protein bar, protein shake, homemade trail mix.

Tracy’s Weight Loss Workouts!

Weight Training:
My weight training is split into 5 body parts: chest, shoulders, back, arms, and legs.

Cardiovascular:
I do cardio 5 days a week. I usually do treadmill or elliptical for 45 minutes and I am constantly changing my speed, incline, etc.

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