Family Status: Married
Hometown: Langston, Oklahoma
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 70 pounds!
Waist: 29 1/2″
Starting Weight: 246 pounds
Current Weight: 176 pounds
Karen’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I started gaining weight back in 2004 after a car accident and having steroid injections made me pack on pounds.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I got tired of seeing myself being unhealthy and I was tired all the time. I couldn’t hardly go to the store without my feet and back hurting.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I started doing Weight Watchers with a friend that was a member. She just told me what she ate and I mirrored what she did.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Trying to eat the correct amounts of foods daily and logging my foods that I ate.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
After 1 month, I lost about 15 pounds so I kept on doing it.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took about 20 months to get where I am but I am still trying to lose more and tone up.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I continually eat healthy with some of the Weight Watchers items but I focus on more fresh veggies, fruits and lean meats. I haven’t eaten beef and pork in 17 years so I am able to eliminate a lot of fat from those meats.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I feel so much better. I can get around better and I inspire others who are trying to make the weight loss journey.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
By reading other ShapeFit weight loss success stories.
Karen’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Drink plenty of water (no sodas).
Weight loss tip #2:
Exercise everyday if you can and keep moving. Walking is exercising if you do enough of it.
Weight loss tip #3:
Buy something you can’t fit and keep trying it on along the way to see how much progress you have made.
Weight loss tip #4:
When eating out, eat more salads, steamed veggies and lean meat. Try meatless meals also (they are good).
Weight loss tip #5:
Always set a goal so you know where you want to be.
Karen’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
1/2 cup of oatmeal with 1/2 tsp of flaxseed, 1 tsp Splenda, 1/2 tsp Smart Balance and fat-free milk, 1/2 piece of any fruit (orange, pears, apples) and 1 cup fat-free milk (Braums is what I prefer).
Most of my lunches are leftovers from dinner the previous night. Baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli and baked potato with Smart Balance and 1/2 tsp light sour cream. Water to drink.
Whole wheat pasta with turkey meat and no salt added spaghetti sauce, salad greens with hot house tomatoes, fat-free dressing and whole wheat french bread. Water to drink.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
12 Special K crackers (multi-grain), 1/2 piece of fruit, 6 oz of Light and Fit yogurt with 1 tbs of flaxseed cereal. 1 stick of Weight Watchers string cheese.
Karen’s Weight Loss Workouts!
5 pound weights, doing several reps for arms and upper body.
Walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day (everyday). Now, I’m down to 1 to 2 days a week.