Weight Loss Stories – Laura Lost 50 Pounds and 25 Inches

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Name: Laura
Age: 22
Family Status: Single
Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania
Pounds or Inches Lost: I have lost 50 pounds and a total of 25 inches!
Height: 5’6″
Waist: 28″
Starting Weight: 195 pounds
Current Weight: 145 poundssuccess-stories-new-layout-laura

Laura’s Weight Loss Story!

When did you become unhappy with your weight?
2 years ago when I weighed around 180 pounds.

What made you decide to lose weight?
One of my friends asked me to do a spinning class with her. I went, looked into the mirror, and saw how big I really looked. I knew after that, that I needed to lose weight.

What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I started to eat breakfast, whole grains, drinking A LOT of water, and trying to eat every few hours so that I would not get too hungry and overeat. I also started running, which really changed my body.

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What was most challenging about losing weight?
At my workplace we had cookies and donuts in the break room at least 3 times a week. It was very difficult to ignore those, especially when people were offering them to me.

How long did it take you to start to see results?
About 2 weeks.

How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
1 year.

How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
1 year. I run 5 times a week and am currently training for a marathon. I also love to lift weights. I try to eat healthy and focus on non-processed foods whenever I can.

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How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I discovered running and it is now my favorite thing to do. I participate in at least 1 race a month, and have a drive that I never had when I was overweight. I feel healthy, strong, and happy.

How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I visit ShapeFit.com a lot for nutrition information and also really liked using the fitness calculators. I always check ShapeFit when I have any nutritional questions since they have so much information!

Laura’s Weight Loss Tips!

Weight loss tip #1:
laura-weight-loss-story-3Eat every few hours so that you do not get too hungry and overeat.

Weight loss tip #2:
Lift weights, the more lean muscle mass you have the higher your metabolism will be.

Weight loss tip #3:
Find an exercise you like to do. If you are doing something you don’t like, you won’t be able to stick with it.

Weight loss tip #4:
Put down your fork in between bites. That way you will not eat too quickly and overeat.

Weight loss tip #5:
Don’t be afraid of eating healthy fats. I have peanut butter and avocado daily!

Laura’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!

Breakfast:
Slice of double protein bread with natural peanut butter.

Lunch:
Chicken or tuna with whole grain rice and veggies.

Dinner:
Chicken or fish with green veggies.

Snacks or Mini Meals:
Lowfat cottage cheese, apple with natural peanut butter, fruit, nuts, protein shake after a workout.

Laura’s Weight Loss Workouts!

Weight Training:
I spend one day on legs, one day on arms and shoulders, and one day on chest and back.

  • Legs: lunges, single leg lunges, squats, hack squat machine, knee extension and knee curl machine, calf raises.
  • Arms and Shoulders: lateral raises, shoulder press, bicep curls triceps pull down, bicep exercise on cable column, dips .
  • Chest and Back: bench press, pec fly, lat pull down, chin ups assisted, rows, back extension.

Cardiovascular:
I like running and jumping rope for cardio.

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