Family Status: Single
Occupation: Youth Worker
Hometown: Oswego, New York
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 100 pounds!
Starting Weight: 227 pounds
Current Weight: 127 pounds
Renee’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I have been unhappy with my weight since I hit puberty. I have been overweight since I was 11 years old. I kept getting bigger and bigger. By 11th grade I weighed 196 pounds. I went on a diet and got down to 155 pounds but I gained it all back when I went away to college. By age 21, I was 225-230 pounds!
What made you decide to lose weight?
The day after my 21st birthday I uploaded the pictures to my computer and didn’t even think that was me. I couldn’t believe how big I was.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I snacked on fruits instead of chips or junk food and I think that was the most important changes, because I learned how to snack the smart way.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Some weeks there would be no change on the scale and I would feel like a failure. The hardest part was staying on track after mornings like that.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
People started asking me if I was losing weight after about a month. I saw a change on the scale after the first week.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I started my diet July 2006 and reached my current weight in July 2007.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I have maintained my weight for 6 months. I have managed to do this by tracking the food I intake.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I am happier and have much more self-confidence. I didn’t have many friends before and had never dated. Once I built self-confidence I was able to talk to more people, make many new friends, and I am not afraid to date.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
Looking at the before and after pictures of the helped me stay motivated and the stories helped me stay on track.
Renee’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Snack on fruit, its sweet and satisfying.
Weight loss tip #2:
Drink water. Everyone says that but its true.
Weight loss tip #3:
Track your food. You don’t realize how bad your eating until you track.
Weight loss tip #4:
Don’t rely on the scale. It doesn’t show all the changes.
Weight loss tip #5:
DON’T give up!!
Renee’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Fruit, usually apples and oatmeal.
I would normally have a veggie burger and some mixed vegetables.
I worked a lot during evening hours so my dinners were never consistent. I usually enjoyed a six inch sub from Subway and some fruit.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Raisins and grapes were my favorite. I also snacked a lot on rice cakes.
Renee’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I have not started weight training yet.
I would walk a lot for relaxation and exercise a few times a week. I would do 20 minutes of jogging and 20 minutes on the elliptical.