Family Status: Single Parent
Occupation: Assistant Manager for Apartment Complex
Location: United States
Starting Weight: 252 pounds
Current Weight: 219 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I have lost a total of 33 pounds!
Cher’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I’ve been unhappy with my weight for years. When I had my daughter 6 years ago I lost complete control.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I decided to lose weight because I was so unhappy. I was depressed and sad all the time. I turned to alcohol, drugs and food to solve my problems. I would walk from the kitchen to the living room and be out of breath. I was about to start wearing size 22. My face had gained so much weight I didn’t even recognize the person in the mirror. I was making horrible decisions because I was so unhappy. I watched a documentary called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” and I have to say it changed my life forever. I wanted to be happy and love myself for a change. It was time I taught myself to be healthy and happy.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I decided to start eating only fruits, veggies, chicken and other foods that were high in fiber about 5 times a day. I didn’t cut myself off completely though. My family has big Sunday dinners every week with lots of food. I would eat small portions and only one plate instead of going back for seconds. I didn’t want to lose the weight fast. I did allow myself to indulge once a week. I did a lot of workout using exercise DVDs and Zumba. I worked out for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes after work. I joined a gym with my coworker and that really helped a lot to have someone there to push me.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Most of my friends and family are smaller, so they didn’t understand where I was at or coming from. I had to learn to stay strong and retrain myself. When friends wanted a midnight snack of fried chicken, I stayed strong by eating my veggies.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
The first 3 weeks I lost 20 pounds. After 5 weeks everyone else starting noticing. I was able to wear things I hadn’t worn in years. I used to wear a girdle to make my curves smooth. After a month, I noticed I didn’t need it as much anymore.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It has taken 5 months to reach my goal. It hasn’t been easy. I have my days where I indulge too much, or skip the gym. But I’ve worked hard to get to where I am and I will NEVER go back to where I was.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
It has only been 6 months since making my lifestyle change but its the longest I’ve ever gone. Usually I stop after the first month. I look at before pictures and I look in the mirror. I remind myself why I started this journey and how I have come too far to throw this away now.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I look in the mirror and I am happy with what I see. I am more confident, and not as shy. I know that I can set goals and accomplish them. I know that I am way stronger than I ever thought. The best thing is knowing I’m not a quitter and that I can achieve what I set my mind to.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
Reading all the weight loss stories on ShapeFit.com helped keep me going. Instead of eating when I had a craving, I would read what people did to stop themselves. I would also research different healthy recipes so I didn’t get bored.
Cher’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Keep your eye on the prize.
Weight loss tip #2:
Retrain your taste buds to crave fruits and veggies.
Weight loss tip #3:
Seasonings are your best friend.
Weight loss tip #4:
Support from the people closest to you is the key.
Weight loss tip #5:
A little bit of physical activity is better than nothing.
Cher’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
1 apple, 1 cucumber, 3 celery sticks cut up with lime juice and fruit.
Grilled chicken breast with BBQ sauce on the side, 1 cup of veggies and a cheese stick.
Soup or salad with lots of veggies and fruit. Spinach is my favorite with salt and non-fat butter spray.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Yogurt, lentils, smoothies.
Cher’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I use exercise DVDs for weight training.
I use exercise DVDs and Zumba for cardio.