Family Status: Married
Hometown: Georgetown, Kentucky
Starting Weight: 374 pounds
Current Weight: 214 pounds
Current Waist Size: 43″
Michele’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose (pounds, inches, dress/pants size)?
I have lost 160 pounds so far! My goal is to lose a total of 200 pounds in the next 6 months. I have gone from a size 30 pants to a size 18!
When did you become unhappy with your weight (were you overweight as a child or did you gain weight as an adult)?
I have always been unhappy with my weight. As a kid, I felt bigger than everyone else and gained more weight after college.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I had to make a change, I was dying! My health was rapidly declining and I thought I should try one last time to lose the weight.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I changed everything about how I ate and I made the gym my top priority.
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
Coming off my medication was hard. My body was fighting itself and I had many weight loss plateaus. I would also struggle at the gym sometimes and have a hard time pushing myself through workouts. I am off all 9 medications now!
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I saw results within 2 months after starting my journey.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It has taken me 20 months to lose 160 pounds.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I am still losing weight. Keeping the pounds off is all about balance and dedication to being the best and healthiest person I can be.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
My trainer keeps me motivated. He is driving this bus to success for me. He is my constant supporter and biggest fan. He has been with me through all of this and still pushes me to be better each day.
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
Well, I can now walk more than 50 feet without having to sit down. I can do laundry and clean my house. I can go to the grocery store without having to drive myself in the “fat cart”. I can do anything I want to without stressing about it. I am finally free!
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
My advice it to take small steps every day to reach your goal. When I started, 200 pounds seemed so overwhelming to me, but I took small steps and made changes every day to get to where I am now. It is not about a quick fix (surgery, cleanses, fad diets). It is about changing your life slowly. You can’t climb Mount Everest in one day. You have to do it one step at a time!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com has great fitness tips and encouraging weight loss stories.
Michele’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight Loss Tip #1:
Drink water! I drink a gallon a day.
Weight Loss Tip #2:
Prepare your meals for lunch and take them with you to work.
Weight Loss Tip #3:
Track your food intake daily.
Weight Loss Tip #4:
Allow yourself that special treat sometimes (candy bar, etc), but just not every day.
Weight Loss Tip #5:
Find a trainer. I wouldn’t be where I am now without my trainer.
Michele’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
I don’t eat any carbs during breakfast so I usually have a protein shake or some eggs.
What do you normally eat for lunch?
I eat 4 ounces of lean protein (usually chicken) and 1-2 cups of a green vegetable like broccoli.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
I eat 4 ounces of lean protein and vegetables.
What do you normally eat for snacks?
Quest Bar, almonds, cheeses sticks, popcorn (not often).
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
I take vitamin E, coconut oil, red palm oil and a multivitamin.
Michele’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I do high intensity interval training (HIIT) 30-45 minutes a day with my trainer.
What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
After my HIIT training, I will do 30 minutes of cardio exercise usually on the treadmill at a high incline or the step mill. I also use the rowing machine and the recumbent bike a little.