Family Status: Mother and wife
Occupation: Content Owner
Starting Weight: 255 pounds
Current Weight: 165 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 90 pounds and 47 inches (chest: 5″, waist: 17″, hips: 15″, thighs: 7″, biceps: 3″)!
Amber’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I was always on the thicker side as a teen and as an adult. When I became a mother I gained weight very easily and didn’t take control of my health until after my third child was born.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I wanted to be a good role model for my children. I realized that I wasn’t healthy and wanted to change so my children wouldn’t have to follow in my footsteps.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
At first I just ate smaller portions and chose healthier foods over fried and fatty foods. Part way through my journey I converted to a vegetarian lifestyle. Although my family still eats meat, I do not.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Overcoming the dreaded weight loss plateaus!
How long did it take you to start to see results?
It took me a good 6 months to see the results in my clothing.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
Nearly 2 years.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
It’s only been a few months but I’m not going back!
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
My family and group fitness classes.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I finally have the self-confidence that I always lacked.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Just keep going and don’t let anyone stop you from reaching your goals, including yourself.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
Reading ShapeFit’s weight loss stories from other people.
Amber’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Eat sufficient protein.
Weight loss tip #2:
Exercise (including lifting weights).
Weight loss tip #3:
Don’t snack at night.
Weight loss tip #4:
Stay away from sugars as much as possible.
Weight loss tip #5:
Amber’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
2 egg whites and sauteed veggies (such as broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms or peppers) and a sprinkle of cheese.
Vegetarian chili, a few saltine crackers and an apple. Or a salad of any kind with lots of raw veggies.
Steamed or sauteed veggies, rice and beans.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Dried edamame or boiled eggs.
Calcium, vitamin B12 and iron. I also have some occasional protein shakes.
Amber’s Weight Loss Workouts!
1 hour of Les Mills Body Pump 3 times per week which include squats and lunges along with exercises that target the chest, back, biceps, triceps, shoulders and abs.
Running 2 times per week plus Zumba 1-2 times per week.