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!
Starting Weight: 195 pounds
Current Weight: 145 pounds
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.
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?
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.
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:
Eat 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!
Slice of double protein bread with natural peanut butter.
Chicken or tuna with whole grain rice and veggies.
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!
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.
I like running and jumping rope for cardio.