Weight Loss Stories – Thea Lost 229 Pounds and 14 Sizes

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Thea’s Weight Loss Statistics

  • Name: Thea
  • Age: 36
  • Family Status: Engaged with 4 combined children
  • Occupation: Teacher and Bus Driver
  • Location: Okolona, Mississippi
  • Height: 5’4″
  • Starting Weight: 388 pounds
  • Current Weight: 159 pounds
  • Current Waist Size: 30″

Thea’s Weight Loss Interview

How much did you lose (pounds, inches, dress/pants size)?
I lost 229 pounds and went from a size 24 down to a size 10/12!

When did you become unhappy with your weight (were you overweight as a child or did you gain weight as an adult)?
I was overweight my entire life. When I was overweight I was taking 5 insulin shots or more a day! I’m now completely off all of my medications. I have truly been given a second chance!

What made you decide to lose weight?
My overall health and a failed marriage were the things that made me decide to make a big change in my life and lose the weight.

What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Portion control, carbohydrate control and exercise were the most important changes I made to lose weight.

What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
The emotions and mental battles of feeling defeated while still continuing to struggle with my weight issues were very difficult to deal with.

How long did it take you to start to see results?
It took a year and then I finally noticed and felt the results from losing weight.

How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took me about 4 years 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 (surgery, etc)?
I do have issues with loose skin from the weight loss. I’m working out and trying to tone up those areas with resistance training.

How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I have maintained my weight loss for a year now and I’m still working hard at it. I will never stop fighting because my family needs me to be healthy!

What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
My family and improving my self-confidence are the key factors.

How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
I am healthier and more involved in all parts of my life now!

Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Find your motivation and never lose focus on that and always keep faith in yourself!

How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I love to be inspired and ShapeFit.com provides great weight loss success stories and other fitness information to keep me motivated.

Thea’s Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss Tip #1:
Start small! I started my journey by simply avoiding potato chips along with walking for 30 minutes.

Weight Loss Tip #2:
I found a partner to help me lose weight together and support me which was a huge help! We created a nutrition plan that focused on portion control and carbohydrate control. The support from the other person is a major benefit.

Weight Loss Tip #3:
Never give up! Never say, “I cheated on my diet, so my journey is over.” Just enjoy that little cheat meal and start all over again the next day.

Weight Loss Tip #4:
Never say, “I’m defeated.” What hurts more, hunger or being overweight and unhealthy? Stay focused and you will succeed with your weight loss journey!

Weight Loss Tip #5:
Fight every day toward your goals! Try new meals and workouts to keep things new and exciting.

Thea’s Weight Loss Eating Plan

What do you normally eat for breakfast?
4 eggs and one slice of toast with peanut butter and coffee.

What do you normally eat for lunch?
Greek yogurt, low-carb wrap and broccoli.

What do you normally eat for dinner?
Healthy baked chicken or deer steak.

What do you normally eat for snacks?
Greek yogurt and all-natural almonds.

What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
I don’t currently take any nutritional supplements.

Thea’s Weight Loss Workouts

What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I do resistance training on my Bowflex workout machine.

What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
I like to walk and use my step board because it’s fun and challenging!

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