Family Status: Married
Occupation: Lifestyle Reinvention Coach
Location: Gig Harbor, Washington
Starting Weight: 260 pounds
Current Weight: 160 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 100 pounds!
Renee’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I was unhappy with my weight gain long before I actually did what it took to lose the weight. But the breaking point came for me on July 7, 2010.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I had been arrested on DUI charges after being pulled over for not wearing a helmet on my moped. The arrest record said I weighted 260 pounds!
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I quit drinking. Then I improved my diet and reconditioned my body. I changed everything about myself that needed to be corrected.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Not eating when I was bored. I noticed that when I dieted, I thought about eating a lot! It was a challenge to be patient and understand that if I took it one day at a time, I would reach my goal.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
About a month. After I quit drinking, I lost about 30 pounds very quickly. My stomach shrunk because I was no longer bloated and retaining water.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
About 1 year. I gained back a few pounds here and there, but my weight was under control and within a reasonably controlled limit. Now, I follow a very healthy diet which consists primarily on vegetables, fruits, protein, nuts and seeds. Every now and then I cleanse and follow a planned regimen until I lose 10 pounds or so.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I have maintained my weight for 1.5 years by eating a well-balanced diet consisting of nutrient rich superfoods.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
I never want to go back to where I was before my weight loss. I avoided mirrors and refused to have my photo taken. I like the way I look and feel at 50 years old! I enjoy hiking, practicing yoga, and riding my horse. I’m motivated by inspiring others to do the same as I have done because I understand the pain involved in being fat.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I feel much better. I’m not in pain anymore. I’m flexible. I can wear regular sized clothes and I don’t have to go through the painful experience of buying fat ladies clothes that do not look good on me anyway.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Do it now! Find someone to guide you through the process of lifestyle reinvention and make the effort to change today.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I look at the weight loss photos, read the fitness articles and study other people’s success stories. It makes me happy for them and I know if they can do it, so can I. ShapeFit.com kept my attention long before I actually lost the weight. The website kept me dreaming about a better body and improved health. Even though I looked terrible, I never completely gave up.
Renee’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Choose fruit as a snack.
Weight loss tip #2:
Always have salads ready.
Weight loss tip #3:
Cook and prepare food ahead so you always have it ready.
Weight loss tip #4:
Don’t drink alcohol.
Weight loss tip #5:
Get moving. Find an activity you enjoy and do it regularly.
Renee’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Oatmeal with flaxseed, berries and almond or soy milk. Or, a 5-6 egg omelet with broccoli, onions and peppers.
Lean protein like chicken, turkey or beef with a garden salad or plenty of steamed vegetables. I’m big on vegetables and I’m lucky to love them so much!
The same as lunch but I make different choices. Sometimes I eat Asian food out at restaurants but I’m careful to be sure and pick the choices which are full of vegetables and lean protein. I limit my starchy carbohydrates.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
I eat a lot of fruit in between meals. Sometimes I have yogurt, a piece of cheese, a protein drink or a blended juice drink or smoothie.
I supplement my diet with a good natural multivitamin, omega-3’s and a probiotic for women.
Renee’s Weight Loss Workouts!
My average weight training workout consists of free weight flyes, dumbbell presses, lat pulldowns, triceps pressdowns, biceps curls, leg extensions, leg curls, and leg presses.
My cardio training consists of hiking uphill, walking uphill, and dancing to the rhythm of the beat. I also practice yoga and ride my horse.