Family Status: Married
Occupation: Sales Consultant
Hometown: Wyong, New South Wales, Australia
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 146 pounds!
Height: 5 ft 10 inches
Waist: 39.37 inches
Starting Weight: 385 pounds
Current Weight: 239 pounds
Christine’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
When my husband suffered heart failure last March.
What made you decide to lose weight?
It made me realize that life was too short and I needed to change my life.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Realizing that 99.9% of the battle is with the mind. Also realizing that this was going to require a lot of hard work, that no excuses could compensate and to be truthful with myself. Once I got over that, I was flying and nothing could stop me from getting to where I wanted to go. I went from being virtually “INACTIVE” to now being a total gym junkie. Exercise is the key – more importantly training efficiently and hard. Diet was another HUGE factor, portion sizes and staying within the 1500 calorie range.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Initially it was the long process of adjusting how I viewed myself. My self image was so distorted that even after losing a fair bit of weight I still couldn’t see what others could see. Which just totally messed with my whole motivation. It was not until my mother sent me photos of me at my heaviest did I realize that I actually have lost weight. Once realized, my motivation and determination soared and helped me to fine tune things and become even more focused to achieve my goal.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
It wasn’t until I had lost nearly 60 pounds before other people started seeing results.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
A year and a week
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
Well I’m not in maintenance yet. I still need to lose another 65 pounds. My goal weight is 185-165 pounds.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have incredible amounts of energy and I’m so much more confident. I know that nothing is impossible and even though I am 38 I have goals that I am working towards – such as becoming a personal trainer, a club manager at our Women’s Health Club and eventually owing my Fernwood Women’s Health Club Franchise.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I used ShapeFit so much before I took up a personal trainer. I used the various weight exercises to develop my own program. The information on this website is so valuable. ShapeFit has been such an awesome website. It helped me so much and got me started!
Christine’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Eat loads of fiber. Eat clean, lean and cut out sugar and processed foods.
Weight loss tip #2:
Train efficiently and hard. There’s no magic pill. It takes a lot of sweat, hard work and determination
Weight loss tip #3:
Eat 5-6 meals a day.
Weight loss tip #4:
Interval cardio, running and hill sprints are the best form of exercise.
Weight loss tip #5:
Progressive overload of weights. You have to constantly challenge your body.
Christine’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
2/3 cup of porridge, 3/4 cup of tin peaches and a little of lite soya milk. I slice of dark brown toast with marmite.
150 grams of tuna or a veggie burger. Loads of salad – I love chopped up mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumber and broccoli with a small drizzle of sweet chili sauce.
More salad and veggies. Plus meat like either kangaroo meat 125gm or another veggie burger or chicken.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Diet yogurt 200 grams with 3/4 cup of peaches for a morning and afternoon snack.
Christine’s Weight Loss Workouts!
1 hour of weight training – 4 times a week.
4 personal training sessions a week (half an hour each). As many cycle classes and step classes at the gym as possible. Also an hour 4-5 times a week of using the cardio equipment at the gym doing interval training with loads of incline on them to make you work real hard.