Name: Jamie Lynn
Family Status: Single
Occupation: Firefighter and Paramedic Student
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 45 pounds!
Starting Weight: 200 pounds
Current Weight: 155 pounds
Jamie Lynn’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I have always been unhappy about my weight, but was too lazy to try to do anything about it.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I wanted to become a female firefighter and I knew that there was no possible way to accomplish those goals at 200 pounds.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Completely changed my diet and exercise plan, it was that simple.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Making it a routine, to wake up every morning and workout and make sure I read every label of everything I eat.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I saw results on the scale within the first couple of weeks, but I, personally, did not see results until people started commenting about how good I looked.
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?
I just lost all of the weight.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
My confidence is through the roof. People seem to look at me different. Because I work out all the time, now, people always ask me how to lose weight in certain areas and what foods not to eat and what foods to eat. I have become a lot more educated on what goes on with my body. I feel in control of my body and not my body in control of me.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
There are copious amounts of exercises on ShapeFit to keep my routine fresh and help me from getting bored with one certain workout. ShapeFit.com is an extremely informative website. Like I said earlier, when my workout started to get boring, I went to Google and typed in exercise tips and ShapeFit popped up. Now I use ShapeFit for all sorts of exercise queries. I have found that, for me, the most important thing about my whole weight loss experience is to make sure I am happy and educated. The more I read information off of ShapeFit, the more in control I feel, therefore, the happier I am. The variety of exercises and instructions are extremely interesting and keep my routine fresh.
Jamie Lynn’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Limit certain types of carbs.
Weight loss tip #2:
Make sure you are happy with your weight loss plan, or else it will never work in the long run.
Weight loss tip #3:
Keep your exercise exciting, make it to where you want to exercise, not that you have to.
Weight loss tip #4:
Read labels, familiarize yourself with nutritional facts.
Weight loss tip #5:
Go shopping periodically throughout the duration of your weight loss to see the drop in your sizes.
Jamie Lynn’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
2-4 exchanges of protein; 2 eggs or 2 egg whites and a piece of Canadian bacon; later in the diet, I started eating high protein cereal.
Small green salad with cucumbers and mushrooms (2 exchanges of carbs) topped with 2 protein exchanges (crab meat, chicken, lean steak) with a low-calorie, low-carb dressing, or my favorite was vinegar.
Apple and cottage cheese; lean cut of steak and asparagus; 6 protein exchanges and 2 carb exchanges.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
No snacking, just large amounts of water. I tried to consume at least 2 gallons of water each day.
Jamie Lynn’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I started with basic muscle training on the machines in the gym and as I got a little more comfortable I started using free weights and using the tips on ShapeFit. My other secret is take advantage of the weight training classes offered at your local gym, these classes have kept things fresh.
When I began my weight loss program, my ultimate goal was to be able to run 1 1/2 miles in 16 minutes for fire fighting school. So I started out on the treadmill and running the trail near my house, but I had never just run to exercise, so I was getting really discouraged with my lack of progress. So I decided to switch things up and run the treadmill twice a week and do the elliptical the other 4 days a week and every Sunday we did physical training for school. I noticed that my endurance was improving, but my speed was not. When I was on ShapeFit, I read that to increase speed, try running sprints. So changed it again, and now I do run sprints, but I also do aerobic classes at the YMCA and all the different classes they offer affect my body in the same way sprints do.