Family Status: Married
Occupation: Stay at home mom
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 27 pounds and 5 dress sizes!
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Waist: 29 inches (75 cm)
Starting Weight: 157 pounds
Current Weight: 130 pounds
Jelena’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
After delivery of my child.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I was feeling self-conscious, generally unhappy and unable to find nice clothes
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I gave up on sweets and carbs, reduced bread and started an exercise regime as soon as I could since I had a Cesarean section and had to wait a couple of months.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Food craving since I was breast feeding for 8 months so I could not start dieting. I just tried to eat healthy and after I stopped breast feeding, I could really decrease the food intake and the cravings reduced. I tried to eat less in the evenings and I gave up on fast food.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
It took 6 months to start noticing that my body was getting shape but it took a year to get rid of the bulge. I really started to see the results after I consulted a dietitian and she put me on the 1 month regime. I lost 9 cm from my waist and six on my thighs and legs in 1 month. I lost 2 dress size and ended up being slimmer then I was in years. I’m still losing although I stopped the diet.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
1 year and 2 months but I am still losing.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I am still losing gradually although I have reached my target weight.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I was pretty sporty and slim for most of my life so I am very happy to have the old Jelena back. To be able to fit into clothes and choose the things that I love instead of trying to conceal the bulge. I feel much more attractive and my husband is very proud of me. Everybody is noticing and saying that I lost weight pretty fast but I’m still healthy.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I love reading the success stories! They gave me strength to start to do something about the problem and not to be too hard on myself. I realized that the patience and hard work will eventually get me there and it’s much better then a quick fix like a surgery or pills which are short lived and can even be dangerous. ShapeFit’s weight loss tips also really motivated me!
Jelena’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Don’t put yourself down. You will get there even if you stumble along the way!
Weight loss tip #2:
Each day is a chance to make healthy choices but if you do feel craving for sweets, choose dark chocolate instead of fatty choices!
Weight loss tip #3:
Enjoy the whole process because exercising makes you feel good! Praise yourself every time you choose the healthy stuff instead of the burger or ice cream. If you eat more one day, don’t put yourself down and eat less the next day along with a little more exercise and it will come off.
Weight loss tip #4:
Don’t be on a strict diet for holidays. Allow yourself to try some yummy treats but don’t go overboard.
Weight loss tip #5:
If possible, consult with a certified dietitian who can prescribe a balanced diet that works for you. It made all the difference for me!
Jelena’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Activia yogurt with cereal. Coffee with skimmed milk and sweetener.
Soup and salad or steamed trout or salmon and veggie. Apple, cup of green tea or coffee with skimmed milk
Risotto with veggie or Greek salad or soup with slice of brown bread.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Fresh apple or almonds and raisins, fruit, yogurt, cereal bars.
Jelena’s Weight Loss Workouts!
3 rounds of weight training in the gym.
30 minutes on the treadmill.