Family Status: Single
Occupation: IT Specialist
Location: North Carolina
Starting Weight: 262 pounds
Current Weight: 205 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I’ve lost 57 pounds and I’m still dropping! I went from a 40 pants size to a 32!
James’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
When I started truly noticing how much bigger I was compared to when I was younger.
What made you decide to lose weight?
When I realized I was tired of being tired ALL the time plus little children, especially my nieces and cousins, have a funny way of telling you the truth.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
My daily food intake and switching from soda and juice to high quality water.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
A little something I call the “seesaw” effect. The constant lose weight and gain it back scenario. This became very discouraging because I was trying so hard to keep the weight off and then to see it jump back after one “cheat” day, it just killed me. Plus the constant “Big Man” comments from everyone gets truly and utterly OLD!
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I can definitely say it was about two weeks when I started having more energy and being less exhausted when doing anything labor intensive.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
1 year today! I keep it off by monitoring my caloric intake using a calorie tracker and keeping myself abreast on learning body makeup and exercises to compensate.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
My family, my friends online and ShapeFit.com’s success stories of course. I want to give a shout out to Roland!
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
Honestly, the emotions I feel daily when I look in the mirror every morning is out of this universe. For the first time in my life, I have never felt so accomplished and blessed all at the same time. People that once mocked me and made fun of me due to my size are now looking at me with shock and admiration (definitely a confidence booster times 1,000). I am always energized and stronger than I have ever been which includes my high school days when I was at my peak.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Never ever EVER give up! The road to weight loss and nutrition is very tough but once you achieve it, you will never feel a more satisfying overflow of self-worth and accomplishment. And if you can’t find a local motivational partner, trust me when I say the online family keeps me on the straight and narrow.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com has provided me with great fitness advice and honestly the weight loss success stories section couldn’t be anymore motivating then it is. Once again, a big shout out to Roland and his success story. ShapeFit gave me with a wealth of knowledge including workout routines for each muscle group. It’s one thing seeing a bunch of exercises and trying them out but when you have a plethora of success stories from people whom were in the same position as you and succeed it truly gives you hope and motivation to continue further. Thank you so much ShapeFit.com!
James’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Kill the sodas and juices.
Weight loss tip #2:
Weight loss tip #3:
Celebrate any and every success.
Weight loss tip #4:
Weight loss tip #5:
Find dedicated accountability partners.
James’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Fruit, slice of fiber bread, water with enhanced flavor.
Fruit or low-calorie snack with water.
Baked chicken or fish, mixed vegetables and water with enhanced flavor.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Fruit or low-calorie snack with water.
Omega 3’s and cinnamon.
James’s Weight Loss Workouts!
Cycle through muscle groups 3-5 days per week, doing high reps (15-20 reps per set) and low weights which is comfortable but challenging.
Daily cardio of 15-30 minutes running and walking on the treadmill, 10 sprints on the track and basketball twice a week.