Family Status: Married with 1 child
Occupation: QA Analyst
Hometown: Cedar Park, Texas
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 92 pounds!
Starting Weight: 213 pounds
Current Weight: 121 pounds
Bridgette’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I struggled with my weight my whole life. But, my final turning point was when I had to get self-employment insurance because my consulting firm was not going to be able to provide group insurance to the Texas employees. So, that meant every consultant for my company working in Texas had to get their own insurance. Once the agent found out how much I weighed, they put me in a high risk category, which meant my rate changed drastically. This was the wakeup call I needed.
What made you decide to lose weight?
Health and economic issues.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I admitted that I was a food addict and if I wanted to lose weight for good this time, I had to change my lifestyle. So, that meant changing my diet and getting more active.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging for me was dealing with others around me. There were so many sabotagers in my path. But, little by little, I pushed them out of the way and continued on my quest for a healthier life.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
Within the first month, I lost 13 pounds!
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I started my journey January 2007 and I reached my current weight March 2008, so a little over a year.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
Since March 2008, so almost 2 years!
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
Tremendously! I am actually running in my first 5K in April 2010. I am more active. I keep up with my 5-year-old daughter. I love shopping for new clothes. And I take more pride in the way I look. I even talk to people more than I did in the past. I actually love myself now.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com came along just in time for me during my start of maintenance. I lost the weight with the help of Nutrisystem, but what I have learned from ShapeFit has helped me in so many ways during maintenance. I have learned new ways of exercising, eating and get inspired by the success stories of others. ShapeFit has helped me to gain the tools I need to continue with my weight maintenance. I get inspired each day from their articles and success stories.
Bridgette’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Plan all meals ahead of time.
Weight loss tip #2:
Don’t let others discourage you.
Weight loss tip #3:
Stick to your plans.
Weight loss tip #4:
Eat breakfast everyday.
Weight loss tip #5:
Exercise at least 3-4 times a week for 30-40 minutes.
Bridgette’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Special K cereal or low-fat granola, banana or fruit, skim milk or low-fat yogurt.
Turkey wrap: Greek style flat pita bread or whole wheat tortilla, lean thinly sliced turkey breast (low sodium – 2 oz), tomato slices, banana, peppers.
4 oz. lean chicken breast or fish, 2 cups steamed veggies, low-calorie dessert or Weight Watchers Smart Ones or something I bake up from one of my low-fat cookbooks (under 250 calories).
Snacks or Mini Meals:
100 calorie snacks (no more than 3 fat grams), 94% fat-free popcorn, my own homemade trail mix bars.
Bridgette’s Weight Loss Workouts!
3-5 pound dumbbells, push ups, squats, circuit training.
Run and speed walk on the treadmill, walking outdoors, cardio boot camp with Kendall Hogan on Exercise TV and FitTV shows.