Weight Loss Stories – Maya Lost 35 Pounds in 8 Months

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Name: Maya
Age: 36
Family Status: Engaged, mother of two boys.
Occupation: Academic Advisor
Hometown: Gary, Indiana
Height: 5’6″
Waist: 32″
Starting Weight: 196 pounds
Current Weight: 161 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: To date I have lost 35 pounds!success-stories-new-layout-maya

Maya’s Weight Loss Story!

When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I became unhappy with my weight when I realized that I didn’t feel healthy, I was 2 pounds away from my highest pregnancy weight and I had a 10 pound baby! I could not fit into my cute clothes anymore. I was in a size 16 top and 14 pants and could wear clothes in the plus size stores (I used to wear petites). I was having chest pains and I was frequently tired. I also became winded after walking upstairs.

What made you decide to lose weight?
My doctor told me that I was obese because my BMI was over a 32. I was also diagnosed with high cholesterol and diabetes, and she wanted me to take medication. I told her I wanted to try it naturally and she was skeptical about my ability to change my lifestyle. I was DONE.

What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I counted calories and started eating MUCH cleaner incorporating fiber, fruits, veggies, lean proteins and more water into my diet. I also cut out fried foods, red meat, pork, candy, cookies, brownies and anything with excessive amounts of sugar, fat or sodium. I also started exercising 3-5 days per week.

What was most challenging about losing weight?
The hardest thing for me has been resisting temptation from the foods and drinks I used to enjoy SO MUCH and control my portions. I have researched alternatives to them and it has worked pretty well! I thank my faith in God for helping me be strong.

How long did it take you to start to see results?
It took about 3 months before I saw obvious changes in my body, although other people could tell before that point.

How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
8 months.

How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I am still working on it. Currently, I am 16 pounds away from my target weight goal!

How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have so much more confidence and feel so much better! My blood sugar is under control and my bad cholesterol is lower than it was in January. I am now 2 clothing sizes smaller than I was 8 months ago.

How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s weight loss success stories are very motivational.

Maya’s Weight Loss Tips!

Weight loss tip #1:
maya-weight-loss-1Pray for strength and knowledge.

Weight loss tip #2:
Exercise.

Weight loss tip #3:
Eat healthy foods.

Weight loss tip #4:
Water, water, water!

Weight loss tip #5:
Have fun!

Maya’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!

Breakfast:
High fiber organic cereal, yogurt or egg whites, fruit.

Lunch:
Spinach salad with a BUNCH of veggies and one serving of protein, fruit, whole grain crackers.

Dinner:
One lean protein, 3 servings of veggies, one healthy starch (sweet potato, brown rice, couscous, etc).

Snacks or Mini Meals:
Fiber bar or 100 calorie popcorn or a piece of fruit or mini-carrots.

Maya’s Weight Loss Workouts!

Weight Training:
Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred incorporates weight training in the videos, P90X Ab Ripper X.

Cardiovascular:
Running and Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred.

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