Family Status: Single Mom
Occupation: Medical Transcriptionist
Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Starting Weight: 310 pounds
Current Weight: 175 pounds
Current Waist Size: 30 inches
Sarah’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose?
I lost 135 pounds and 8 pants sizes!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I gained weight as an adult during and after my first pregnancy.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I saw pictures of myself and could not believe what I looked like. I wanted to feel better physically and mentally and teach my kids a healthy lifestyle.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Moving my body and slowly changing my eating habits.
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
Learning how to use food as fuel for my body instead of an emotional crutch.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I started seeing results in about 2-4 weeks.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took 6 years to reach my current weight.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I’m still losing and have about 15 pounds to go until I reach my goal weight. The key was making a healthy lifestyle change a priority in my life by eating healthy and exercising (running and strength training). I know now that when I make a healthy lifestyle a priority I feel so much better physically and mentally.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
Being there for my kids and teaching them a healthy way of life.
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
So many ways! I feel better about myself and I have more energy. Buying clothes is fun again! I’m also much more outgoing now.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Yes, don’t give up! Every little step is a step forward to your goal.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s weight loss stories are very motivational.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight Loss Tip #1:
Move your body every day. Even if you can’t do much, do what you can and do a little more each time.
Weight Loss Tip #2:
Weight Loss Tip #3:
Plan out your meals ahead of time. Know what you are going to eat before the hunger hits.
Weight Loss Tip #4:
Buy fresh fruits and veggies and then cut them up and put them in Tupperware as soon as you get home from the grocery store so they are on hand and ready to eat.
Weight Loss Tip #5:
If you “mess up” (and I did a lot), just get back on track. I had so many times where I would overeat and end up going right back to my old eating habits. It’s not worth it to have to re-lose the same weight you already lost. Don’t give up and just get right back on track.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
Banana and a protein shake.
What do you normally eat for lunch?
Lean protein like chicken, fish or lunch meat and lots of veggies.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
Lean protein and more veggies.
What do you normally eat for snacks?
Greek yogurt, reduced fat cheese, almonds, fruit.
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
I don’t take any supplements.
Sarah’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I do strength training at the gym several times a week.
What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
Running and the elliptical machine, but I started out just walking in the beginning.