Family Status: Single
Occupation: Auto Factory Worker
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Starting Weight: 330 pounds
Current Weight: 195 pounds
Current Waist Size: 34″
Javon’s Weight Loss Story!
I weighed around 330 pounds last year and I have completely changed my diet plan and exercise routine in order to achieve my fitness goals. I joined a weight loss competition at my job just to kickstart my diet and I have not looked back ever since. I am currently weighing in around 190-194 pounds depending on the fluctuations of my diet and I have stayed at this weight for about 2 months. The lowest I had gotten down to was about 188 pounds but I began weight training and started to put on some lean muscle mass.
My goal is to continue my program I am following and just stay in shape. My new eating habits are so much healthier now and I feel a lot better in my everyday life. I am thankful I started my diet and I believe it’s the best thing I have done in my life so far. I always encourage people that they can achieve their weight loss goals because I am proof that hard work, staying determined and how just a few simple changes can have an amazing effect on people. I try to always stay positive and motivate others because it also motivates me to continue reaching for higher goals because I believe the sky is the limit!
Javon’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose?
I lost a total of 135 pounds and I went from wearing a pants size of 44 to a 34.
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I was always overweight as a child and it slowly began to increase with age and after playing sports there was no real motivation for me to continue regular exercise habits. I became unhappy in March of 2014 when I had reached my heaviest weight of 330 pounds. I never believed I could weigh that much!
What made you decide to lose weight?
I just wanted to have a healthier lifestyle. I grew tired of feeling sluggish and tired on a day-to-day basis and knew it was time for a change.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
My eating habits. Although working out was a factor, I felt it was much more important to change my diet.
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
Eating habits. I learned that once I could take control of my diet, I could achieve my goals. I had to learn to eat correct portion sizes and maintain constant eating times. I figured out that eating is really mental and people will eat even when they are not hungry and also overeat when they are full and that was a struggle to decipher.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I began seeing results within the first month I started on a juicing diet. I used to blend up a lot of vegetables and mix them into an 8 ounce cup and drink that 3 times a day.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I reached my goal in a little under 10 months and for the last two months, I began working on building muscle mass.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I have been maintaining my weight for about 4 months and it has become easier than I imagined. It’s like once you discover your key to doing it, it becomes extremely easy to keep the weight off.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
Just being healthier and loving the way I look is very motivating. I have also motivated others to live a healthier lifestyle which has helped me to push even harder.
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
Being more active and really enjoying myself.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Stay focused! It’s always hardest in the beginning but once you get the ball rolling, the sky is the limit!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
Seeing other people achieve what I wanted helped to keep me motivated and determined to reach my goals!
Javon’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight Loss Tip #1:
Be mindful of your eating habits. We often eat more than we need to and consume more than our bodies can hold. They say it takes 15 minutes for your body to register that it is full so keep that in mind since you might continue eating while already being full.
Weight Loss Tip #2:
Stay active! Always find new ways to be active whether you’re at home, work, with your kids or anywhere else. An example would be instead of using the escalator at the mall, take the stairs.
Weight Loss Tip #3:
Don’t enjoy too many cheat days. When people begin to lose weight they tend to have a lot of cheat days and eventually resort back to their old ways. Always remember that you worked very hard to get there so work even harder to stay there.
Weight Loss Tip #4:
Cut your carbs and sugar intake. Those are the two things we love the most but are also the most harmful when trying to lose weight.
Weight Loss Tip #5:
Eat at least 5-6 meals a day. Avoid really large meals and focus on smaller portions. Drink a lot of water because the body is like a machine and if you take care of it, it will take you a long way!
Javon’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
Eggs, oatmeal, turkey sausage or bacon and sometimes cereal.
What do you normally eat for lunch?
Broccoli, grilled chicken, turkey or a salad.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
Fish, vegetables, grilled chicken.
What do you normally eat for snacks?
Protein bars, fruit, peanuts.
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
Protein powder, fish oil, and Mega Man Sport vitamins.
Javon’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I do circuit workouts which consist of constant back-to-back training sessions on multiple machines. I lift using higher repetitions and lighter weight. My main focus is to tone and maintain.
What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
Bootcamp style workouts which don’t include any weights. These consist of squats, burpees and other full-body type exercises. I also do 20 minutes on the treadmill about 4 times a week to keep my cardio and stamina up.