Weight Loss Stories – Florence Lost 165 Pounds in 18 Months

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Name: Florence “Flossie”
Age: 37
Family Status: Married
Occupation: Medical Professional
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 165 pounds!
Height: 5’8″
Waist: 32″
Starting Weight: 325+ pounds
Current Weight: 175 poundssuccess-stories-new-layout-florence

Florence’s Weight Loss Story!

My life has gone through many changes over the last 2 years. The biggest was in November when I celebrated my second anniversary of “finding myself” and getting healthy. THAT is a big one in itself. Two years ago, I entered a weight loss clinic due to the “day of reckoning” where on a jet I couldn’t fasten my seat belt. Three days after my business trip, I checked myself into Solutions For Life, a weight loss clinic. Through the clinic, I met some very awesome, wonderful people whose stories I will never forget as long as I live. Through the first year, I went through many inner struggles, fought off food, fought off the 325 pound woman who took ME away all these years, fought off the negativity the world has that surrounds a person who is trying to change into BETTER things. The beginning of June 2008, I hit my goal weight with a loss of 165 pounds. Through 2008, the fight that I have been fighting, has gotten easier in ways, however, the demons of obesity whisper my name in the background reminding me never to let my guard down.

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August 11th, I had the first of the surgeries to remove the old “shell” of me left over from losing 165 pounds. Monday, January 5, I will be having my second surgery to help say GOOD-BYE to my old suitcase that I used to carry around. I feel very blessed to be able to do this, as not many women get the opportunity to get rid of the excess “whatever” that hangs around after losing so much weight. I am looking forward to going back to school this January to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, doing personal coaching for others who need a little motivation and direction, and have my EYES set on the Mrs. Kansas Pageant! Then the Mrs. Kansas United States! Although I have set personal goals, my biggest goal is to educate my 7 kids on health and nutrition so that they grow up healthy and active!!

Florence’s Weight Loss Interview!

When did you become unhappy with your weight?
November 2006.

What made you decide to lose weight?
The biggest was in November when I celebrated my second anniversary of “finding myself” and getting healthy. THAT is a big one in itself. Two years ago, I entered a weight loss clinic due to the “day of reckoning” where on a jet I couldn’t fasten my seat belt.

What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I have my confidence back!

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What was most challenging about losing weight?
Not letting negativity bring me down!

How long did it take you to start to see results?
6 months.

How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
18 months.

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How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
6 months. Stick to clean foods, lean protein and carbs such as vegetables.

How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I was outgoing before, but I never left the house. Now I am outgoing and OUT TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com is motivational to read and I get ideas from other people. The articles are absolutely wonderful. When I run out of ideas, I just read through the website and I always find something that sparks my interest!

Florence’s Weight Loss Tips!

Weight loss tip #1:
florence-weight-loss-story-4Eat clean.

Weight loss tip #2:
Drink lots of water.

Weight loss tip #3:
Exercise every day.

Weight loss tip #4:
Keep you first.

Weight loss tip #5:
Love yourself.

Florence’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!

Breakfast:
Spanish omelet cooked with olive oil, half a banana.

Lunch:
Bison burger on a bed of spinach topped with avocado and salsa.

Dinner:
Tilapia with asparagus and yellow squash.

Snacks or Mini Meals:
Sweet potato with cottage cheese.

Florence’s Weight Loss Workouts!

Weight Training:
6 days a week, alternating body parts.

Cardiovascular:
7 days a week, minimum 30 minutes per workout.

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