Family Status: Married
Occupation: Financial Manager
Hometown: Sardinia (Mediterranean Sea)
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 76 pounds!
Starting Weight: 233 pounds
Current Weight: 157 pounds
Ally’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
All of my life. I never had “real” confidence. I never felt comfortable in my own skin. Since I married in 1995, I had gained over 90 pounds.
What made you decide to lose weight?
It wasn’t just one thing. I believe it started with my father passing away a few years ago from a sudden heart attack, then my uncle passed in 2009 of the same thing. At 34, my cholesterol was out of control and I had developed PCOS and severe asthma. I had a friend that was going through the process of getting the lap band surgery and I thought it would be a great idea to look into it. When the doctor approved me for it, it hit me hard that I was actually considered morbidly obese. That was the day I decided NO more! I was not happy or healthy. Needless to say I did not get the surgery but became determined to change my life forever.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Exercise and learning to eat better. Knowledge is power! Also keeping track of everything I put into my mouth. For me, portion control and just getting up and moving is the most important and reminding myself this is not a diet, but a lifestyle change.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
My husband and I used to eat like it was our hobby. Learning what I could and could not eat was a huge challenge. In the beginning, going out with my husband and friends to eat and watching them eat everything I loved but couldn’t have, was the hardest. In time, it got easier and now I take pride in ordering something healthy from the menu. I don’t even think twice about it anymore. Seeing myself how others do and not still as the biggest girl in the room. Getting over the “phantom fat”.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I saw results in the first month.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It has taken me six months.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I am not maintaining as of yet. I still have 12 pounds left to lose before I start to maintain.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
How has my life not changed! I no longer have asthma, I am able to menstruate on my own and my cholesterol is normal. I have real confidence now, I don’t just pretend. I feel so comfortable in my skin. I am looking forward to doing things I’ve never done before, either because I didn’t have the confidence or just was too heavy to actually do it. I look forward to each day.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com has been very important to me. I have learned almost everything from this site. Reading the weight loss stories of the women who took control and changed their lives, kept and still keeps me motivated. To know there are other women who have gone through the same weight trials and tribulations and have overcome it gives me so much hope. I also learned excellent food and exercise tips.
Ally’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Knowledge is power.
Weight loss tip #2:
Keep track of calories each day.
Weight loss tip #3:
Weight loss tip #4:
Eat several small meals and snacks during the day.
Weight loss tip #5:
Get up and move, do anything. Just move!
Ally’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
1/2 cup of natural oatmeal mixed with 1 tbsp of peanut butter or 1% milk and splenda.
Nonfat yogurt, any type of fruit, Special K cereal bar.
Smart Ones grilled chicken and salad. Anything I want really, just in a smaller portion.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Fat-free pudding, Special K bars, almonds, cheese sticks, peanut butter, fruit, veggies.
Ally’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I weight train 2 to 3 times per week. Upper arms and legs, abs every day.
I do cardio 3 to 4 times per week. Elliptical for 30 minutes, or treadmill walking on an incline, or jogging.