Family Status: Engaged, mother of two boys.
Occupation: Academic Advisor
Hometown: Gary, Indiana
Starting Weight: 196 pounds
Current Weight: 161 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: To date I have lost 35 pounds!
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?
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:
Pray for strength and knowledge.
Weight loss tip #2:
Weight loss tip #3:
Eat healthy foods.
Weight loss tip #4:
Water, water, water!
Weight loss tip #5:
Maya’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
High fiber organic cereal, yogurt or egg whites, fruit.
Spinach salad with a BUNCH of veggies and one serving of protein, fruit, whole grain crackers.
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!
Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred incorporates weight training in the videos, P90X Ab Ripper X.
Running and Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred.