Family Status: Single
Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 100 pounds!
Starting Weight: 248 pounds
Current Weight: 148 pounds
Phyllis’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
All my life!
What made you decide to lose weight?
No idea. I think it was the need to be seen as a person not as a “fat person”. Also, I think God moved me to begin to take care of my temple.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I ate less and exercised more. I ate better foods, fewer processed foods, more fiber, less fat. I also exercise 4 times a week.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Being hungry and not caring. Overcoming body image concepts.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
About a two weeks.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
18 1/2 months.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
Since November of 2005. I eat the same and exercise the same. I run, lift weights, walk.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I’m seen more by all people. Men find me attractive. I feel freer in my body.
Phyllis’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
It’s okay to be hungry. It’s America. You’ll eat again.
Weight loss tip #2:
Plan, plan, plan.
Weight loss tip #3:
Eat out and learn to eat out.
Weight loss tip #4:
Exercise is your friend. Want to eat more? Exercise more.
Weight loss tip #5:
Buy new clothes for each new size or find a consignment store. Do NOT go around in baggy old clothes or keep them. You are never going back there.
Phyllis’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Protein and some fruit.
A healthy diet of salad or lean meat or soup. It’s not what you eat – it’s how much of it you eat.
Moderately sized portions of non processed foods.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Fresh fruit, popcorn, meringue cookies, graham crackers with fat free cool whip between.
Phyllis’s Weight Loss Workouts!
Upper and lower body on alternate days one day of rest.
Running three days a week.