Family Status: In a relationship
Occupation: Psychology Instructor
Location: Orlando, Florida
Starting Weight: 376 pounds
Current Weight: 152 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 224 pounds!
Laura’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I have been overweight all of my life. I finally decided to do something about it in 2009.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I was tired of not being able to do the things I wanted to do. I just couldn’t fit things in due to my weight.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I changed the way I ate and I added more exercise.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Sticking to a schedule. I have to eat every 2 to 2 1/2 hours. It does not work if I do not stick to this time table.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I lost 15 pounds in the first month and could see results even then.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took about 22 months.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I have kept the weight off for almost 2 years.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
Never wanting to be that size again. I know what I can and cannot do with my diet. I focus on what I can have now versus what I can’t have.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have a completely different life. I love being able to go places and do things without being embarrassed and uncomfortable.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
You have to lose weight for the right reasons. Don’t do it because you are being pressured. Don’t do it to meet some standard of beauty. You need to get the psychology right before you lose the weight or it will not work.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s weight loss stories are very inspirational.
Laura’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Find out what works for your body.
Weight loss tip #2:
Treat the reasons for the weight gain first before changing your diet.
Weight loss tip #3:
Weight loss tip #4:
Don’t give up.
Weight loss tip #5:
Find a workout buddy.
Laura’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
1 of 3 things: a breakfast bar, high protein cereal or some oatmeal.
Lean and green. A lean protein with a green vegetable. This is my usual dinner. I will change this up to give myself some variety.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Light yogurt with lean ham or turkey, protein bars, fruit paired with protein, or 100 calorie snacks paired with protein.
Laura’s Weight Loss Workouts!
Workout DVDs like The Biggest Loser.
Walking every other day.