Family Status: Married with kids
Location: Kankakee, Illinois
Starting Weight: 480 pounds
Current Weight: 240 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 240 pounds and over 20 inches! I went from a size 54 pants to a size 34-36 pants!
Marlowe’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I began to put on weight around age 15 and have spent over 20 years being overweight. It was not until I was put on my 6th medication for health conditions at the age of 39 that I decided I had enough.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I was fed up with the doctor adding more medications to my regimen and I was tired of taking them. The next step was putting me on insulin for diabetes.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I’ve been more aware of what I put into my body. Eating real nutrient dense foods has been a game changer. Avoiding fad diets and sticking to a lifestyle change is key.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
People saying it would be something I would never stick to was challenging. Also, not having people around me who were on the same path in the beginning was tough.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took about 2.5 years to reach my current weight.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
About a year now but I’m not done yet. The most important factor for me is to continue and challenge myself to be better. Also, to remember that this is a plan for a lifetime of living healthier.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
To see all the people who are making a change in their life to work toward the same goal as myself.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
Losing the weight has made life much easier for me. Getting around is a different ballgame now. My love life is also much better!
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Make the choice to become a better you for yourself and your loved ones. Find your “Why”. Mine was to be around to see my kids and future grandchildren. It’s important to make sure I’m able to help my youngest be all that she wants to be.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I’m new to ShapeFit.com and hope to learn more about the site and the fitness information here.
Marlowe’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Wake up and drink a glass of lemon water to start your day.
Weight loss tip #2:
If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t eat the food!
Weight loss tip #3:
Stay away from processed foods.
Weight loss tip #4:
Do not drink sodas, alcohol or other sugary drinks.
Weight loss tip #5:
Remove bad carbs from your diet.
Marlowe’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Bowl of ViSalus Vi Crunch Protein Super Cereal or a bowl of quinoa.
ViSalus Vi-Shape protein shake or a bowl of some kind of beans.
A veggie of some kind and maybe a piece of fish.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Kale chips or a protein shake.
I currently do not take any supplements, I just try to eat foods high in fiber.
Marlowe’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I do high repetition weight training with light weights.
I like doing sprints and some light running.