Family Status: Single
Occupation: Weight Loss Coach
Location: Los Angeles, California
Starting Weight: 256 pounds
Current Weight: 152 pounds
Current Waist Size: 27″
Olivia’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose?
I’ve lost 104 pounds so far! I started at a size 22 and now I’m a size 10. I’ve lost over 30 inches off of my body and I even lost a shoe size and 3 ring sizes!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I’ve been obese my entire life, from as far back as I can remember. When I was growing up, I never really cared about my health until I reached high school. I never had body issues, but I was never completely comfortable in my own skin. When I was in college I gained about 30 pounds within four years and finally decided to get my life on the right path. Going into my senior year of college, I decided that I wanted to look and feel amazing for my graduation day! I never looked back after that.
What made you decide to lose weight?
One day I was walking to class and had to go up a few flight of stairs. By the time I got to the classroom, I was sweaty and out of breath like I had been running, but all I did was walk to class! At that moment, I just got really embarrassed at myself and started to change my mindset to get healthy. I was tired of not having any energy and acting like I was happy with my appearance, when in reality, I wasn’t.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I started with changing my mindset. I knew that if I wanted to lose a significant amount of weight, I had to be serious about it so I started educating myself on health and fitness. I stopped eating out and started cooking at home every day. I started meal prepping to keep myself disciplined and on track. I also started going to the gym on campus 5 days a week for 60-90 minutes per workout.
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
Just staying motivated and not letting anyone get to my head. It was important to not let people’s opinions get to me and I reminded myself that I had a purpose for doing what I was doing.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
My family and friends started seeing results within the first month, but I didn’t personally see results until three months into my journey.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took me 15 months to reach my current weight.
Did you have any issues with loose skin after losing the weight? If so, how did you deal with it?
Luckily, I haven’t had too many issues with loose skin. I did a lot of HIIT cardio (High Intensity Interval Training) and strength training together so I could prevent that, but I do have a little bit of loose skin. It’s minimal but it’s there. My advice is to add weights to your workouts to help tighten up the skin.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I’ve been maintaining by sticking to my game plan. I switched from lots of cardio to weightlifting, so just shifting my workouts is the only change I’ve been doing. Eating clean (as fresh and whole as possible) has been my savior for maintaining my weight. There are weeks where I’ll only go to the gym once and other weeks when I’ll go every day, so my training isn’t as consistent as it once was, but my eating hasn’t changed.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
Sharing my weight loss success with my friends and family, and being part of the fitness community online. I take progress photos to keep me going when I feel like stopping. I started sharing my journey on Instagram and being able to meet new people who are on their own journeys likes myself, has been amazing. It’s nice to have people doing the same thing that you’re doing so you can all strive together to reach goals!
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
Losing weight has made me find a new passion for fitness and now I’m in the process of becoming a personal trainer so I can help others!
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Don’t doubt yourself. You’re going to have your good days and bad days, but don’t let any excuses win. Remind yourself why you’re losing the weight and use that as your motivation to reach your goals. Consistency is key!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I would visit ShapeFit.com to look at other weight loss stories and save the before and after photos as motivation for myself.
Olivia’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight Loss Tip #1:
Drink water! Consume at least half of your body weight in ounces daily.
Weight Loss Tip #2:
If it’s fake, cheap or fast, don’t eat it! Try to eat as clean as possible when starting your journey so you have no temptations to binge eat or lose focus.
Weight Loss Tip #3:
Get active! Whether it’s going for a 30 minute walk a day or just taking the stairs instead of the elevator, try to find ways to get more active every day.
Weight Loss Tip #4:
Make your health a priority and not an option! If you make time for something that you really want, you won’t let any excuses get in the way.
Weight Loss Tip #5:
Embrace your body! Learn to love your flaws and your entire body throughout your journey. It’s an amazing thing to see your body transform in front of your own eyes.
Olivia’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
Bacon, eggs, oatmeal, multi-grain Cheerios, sausage, smoothies or I’ll make a combo of veggies with my eggs.
What do you normally eat for lunch?
Anything grilled or baked for different meats, salads, smoothies. If I find a new healthy recipe, I will try it out.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
I always eat protein at dinner, whether it’s fish, beef or chicken. I also have veggies and brown rice, or I’ll make a recipe I found online.
What do you normally eat for snacks?
Strawberries with whip cream, apples with peanut butter, sugar-free Jell-O, veggies with ranch, pepperoni, cheese sticks, fruit smoothie.
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
I haven’t taken anything so far on my journey but I am looking into taking a pre-workout supplement to give me more energy for my workouts.
Olivia’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training?
Different types of squats (sumo, jumping, pulse), deadlifts, bent-over rows, lateral raises and pull downs.
What do you do for cardio training?
HIIT cardio (High Intensity Interval Training). I take spin class 3-4 times a week. I also like running or walking in intervals, running hills, running stairs and doing BodyPump.