Family Status: Married
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 70 pounds and 5 dress sizes!
Starting Weight: 185 pounds
Current Weight: 115 pounds
Kerryn’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I was horrified when I saw my 40th birthday photos! As well, I had health problems, hated shopping for clothes, and just couldn’t keep up with my 3 sons. It took me almost 3 more years to do something about it though.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I finally received a wake-up call when my mother had to have a total hip replacement. I could see myself headed the same way in another 20 years if I didn’t do something NOW.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I totally overhauled the way I ate – I switched to small, frequent meals and mostly unprocessed foods like fruit and vegetables, oats, yogurt and lean meat and fish. The biggest change of all for me was joining a gym. I’d never really exercised, apart from walking and thought that I was going to hate it. To my surprise, I loved weight training!
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Maintaining my focus was hard at times when results weren’t happening. I had to remind myself that consistently eating right and exercising would pay off – I just had to learn to be patient.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
Weight loss started happening right away, but it was at about the 6-week mark that I realized my shape was changing, thanks to weight training. There were a few times when my weight loss plateaued, but overall it was steady progress.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I lost almost 60 pounds in just over a year, then maintained my weight for another year and a half before hiring a trainer to help me reach my next goal of ditching another 10 pounds.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I’ve maintained my weight loss for a year, by continuing my training regimen and making sure I have 5 or 6 small healthy meals each day. I still indulge in things like chocolate and wine, but not usually more than once a week.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
My health has improved so much that my doctors barely recognize me, I’m fit enough to keep up with my kids and I now run my own personal training business. I love to shop for new clothes and life is great!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
The exercise guides are great – it helps to have clear pictures and instructions of various exercises.
Kerryn’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
First of all, BELIEVE that you can achieve your goals.
Weight loss tip #2:
Make sure you have a plan that will work, but more importantly, one that will fit your lifestyle.
Weight loss tip #3:
Have patience – results don’t usually happen overnight.
Weight loss tip #4:
Eat 5 or 6 small meals for maximum energy and fat burning power.
Weight loss tip #5:
Make sure that your exercise program includes weight training to really give you that WOW factor.
Kerryn’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Rolled oats with fruit or egg whites with grainy toast.
Chicken or tuna, rice or sweet potato, lots of veggies or salad.
Lean steak, fish or chicken, plus a big serving of veggies.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Fruit, nuts, protein shakes, yogurt.
Kerryn’s Weight Loss Workouts!
3 sessions per week, alternating between upper and lower body – and always training with maximum intensity!
Running intervals, cycling, power walking, the occasional cardio class. Variety was important here, I find cardio a little boring.