Family Status: Single
Occupation: Medical Assistant
Location: Long Island, New York
Starting Weight: 313 pounds
Current Weight: 128 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 185 pounds!
Sarah’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
When I went on a camping trip with my friend and was unable to hike to the top of a mountain.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I was unhappy with feeling so heavy, tired and not having any energy. I was growing out of all my clothes on a regular basis and soon, I wouldn’t be able to find my size in regular clothing stores.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I began cutting down my portion sizes and walking for exercise.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Maintaining my exercise routine.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
About a month.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
About 18 months.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I have maintained my current weight for almost 5 years now. The most important factor for me has been learning how to pay attention to my body’s signals that I am getting full, before I am actually full.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
How good I feel physically! I have all the energy I need and can sit in any position I want now, as well as being able to stand for hours at a stretch, which I was unable to do when I was over 300 pounds. I also have to admit that I like the way I look now so much more.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
My self-confidence has risen immeasurably. I gained the self-assurance I needed to put myself in social situations and as a result of that, I met and fell in love with my current boyfriend 🙂
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Throw yourself into it wholeheartedly. Approach your life with these new goals in your mind. In short, your entire mindset must reflect these goals and everything you have to do to achieve them.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Decrease your portion sizes.
Weight loss tip #2:
Exercise every day.
Weight loss tip #3:
Drink lots of water to flush your system and hydrate between meals.
Weight loss tip #4:
Use the many 100 calorie snacks that are available because they take away just enough of the hunger.
Weight loss tip #5:
When people around you are eating fattening things or especially if there is fattening food available and no one else is around which will make it more tempting to break your diet, simply pretend like it’s not there. If it’s not available to you, it doesn’t exist! That is how I sidestepped many temptations.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
A packet of instant oatmeal, any flavor. Coffee with low-fat milk and sugar.
A ham or turkey sandwich with one slice of meat and low-fat cheese and white bread. Juice or iced tea.
Soup (any flavor), chicken, corn or broccoli.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
100 calorie snacks! There is a wide variety and they fill you up just enough.
A daily multivitamin.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I personally did not do any weight training while losing weight, nor do I now.
I lost weight by walking, running, stationary bike, aerobics, and Pilates.