Family Status: Single
Hometown: Washington, DC
Starting Weight: 320 pounds
Current Weight: 217 pounds
Current Waist Size: 34″
Tracie’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose (pounds, inches, dress/pants size)?
I lost a total of 103 pounds and dropped 8 pant sizes!
When did you become unhappy with your weight (were you overweight as a child or did you gain weight as an adult)?
I became overweight after the birth of my 5th child and was taking birth control and never lost the weight after 11 years.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I had become unhappy with my appearance and I didn’t like the way my clothes were fitting. My younger brother had a heart attack which inspired me to get healthy.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I changed what I ate, when I ate and how much I ate. I cut out sodas, starches and fried foods.
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
People claiming that I had surgery to lose weight was difficult. It was also challenging to deal with how fast the weight came off.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
After about 2 months, people around me started seeing the results but for some reason I didn’t see anything. I knew I was losing weight because I was buying smaller sizes.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took me about 10 months to reach the weight that I’m at now.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I have maintained the weight loss for almost a year and the most important thing is to continue exercising and eating right while staying determined.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
All the wonderful people! Whether I know them directly or indirectly, they tell me how much I have inspired them and that keeps me inspired.
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
My life has changed dramatically! I have always dressed nice and had tons of confidence but with the weight loss it makes me feel awesome. I’m happy every time I look in the mirror and say “Hey, this is me!”
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
You have to be determined, have the will power and stay focused.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s weight loss stories are very motivational.
Tracie’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight Loss Tip #1:
It’s mind over matter.
Weight Loss Tip #2:
Learn the good foods from the bad ones and learn what works for you.
Weight Loss Tip #3:
You have to exercise and drink plenty of water.
Weight Loss Tip #4:
Keep focused and driven.
Weight Loss Tip #5:
Tracie’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
I normally have a green smoothie for breakfast.
What do you normally eat for lunch?
I eat tuna and drink water.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
I will make a smoothie or maybe have baked chicken or fish.
What do you normally eat for snacks?
I love ice so I will eat crushed ice throughout the day or maybe some grapes or other fruit.
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
I take a women’s one-a-day multivitamin for energy and to get extra iron.
Tracie’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I go to the gym 4 times a week. I workout with a trainer some days each week and also exercise at home. I try to never sit still and I’m always moving.
What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
I walk the stairs, run hills and take long walks.