Family Status: Single
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Starting Weight: 248 pounds
Current Weight: 128 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 120 pounds!
Sarah’s Weight Loss Story!
I started my journey a year and 7 months ago and I have currently lost 120 pounds. I have been battling my weight my entire life! I would lose 30-40 pounds and gain it right back. For my 30th birthday I took 2 weeks off and traveled to Las Vegas for a few days, to Los Angeles and then to San Diego. I took at least 100 photos and I hated them all. I didn’t realize how heavy I had gotten. I got back home to Shreveport, Louisiana and decided a change was a must. So, I signed up for a “Couch to 5K” program and my goal was to run the race without stopping and to lose 30-40 pounds.
I couldn’t run more than 30 seconds when I started the program. Not only did I complete the race without stopping (it took me 54 minutes which is pretty slow) and I lost 40 pounds but I continue to run 5-10 miles a day. I have run several 5K races since (even some 10K races). Surprisingly, I actually won the last 2 races for my age group and placed in the top 20 overall. I can now run a 5K in 24 minutes. I also do CrossFit 3-4 days a week. I completely changed my diet and my lifestyle. I started with a modified “Atkins” diet eliminating as many bad carbs and as much processed sugar that my sweet tooth would allow!
Every day is a struggle but each day someone stops me and tells me how much I inspire them or how proud I should be and it gives me the confidence to “push that cake away” and through the power of prayer anything is possible. I just want to inspire people to make a change. It is so worth it and it feels amazing! I wish I had done this years ago. My motto is “sometimes you have to encourage yourself”.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Interview!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I have always been self-conscious and unhappy about my weight.
What made you decide to lose weight?
In September 2012 after going on vacation for my 30th birthday.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Exercise! I make sure I do something active every day.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Dieting. I can workout all day but fighting with my “mind” and fighting the cravings can be so hard.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
About every 3 months I could tell I was starting to look different but around month 8 I was like OMG!
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
1 year 7 months.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I’m still losing weight. I haven’t gained any weight since I started this journey 19 months ago.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
Looking at before and after pictures and I love when people come up to me encouraged by my transformation. It makes me want to stay the course and help others reach their goals.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have confidence that I never thought possible. Plus, I now have the energy and endurance to do anything I put my mind to.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
If you mess up on your diet, it’s okay. There is always tomorrow. The 3 important tips I always follow are: (1) never miss a Monday at the gym, (2) never go more than 2 days without working out, and (3) get on the scale every day. It’s easier to control (lose) 5-10 pounds than waiting until your clothes get too small and realizing you have gained 30-40 pounds.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
When I need a pick me up, ShapeFit’s weight loss stories keep me going.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Weigh yourself daily.
Weight loss tip #2:
Never miss a Monday.
Weight loss tip #3:
Weight loss tip #4:
Workout with friends.
Weight loss tip #5:
Drink lots of water.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Yogurt, hard boiled eggs, turkey bacon.
Chicken salad, or tuna.
Steak, baked chicken, asparagus, kale, broccoli.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Cheese slices, nuts, Jell-O.
I don’t take any supplements.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Workouts!
Light weight lifting in the morning (3 sets of 20-25 reps) and CrossFit (heavy weights) at night, 3 days a week.
I do an hour of cardio in the morning at the gym. I also get cardio in doing CrossFit. On Tuesday and Thursday I run with my Couch To 5K group for 4-5 miles. I try to get in 5-10 miles of running a day.