Family Status: Single
Hometown: San Diego, California
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 75 pounds!
Starting Weight: 300 pounds
Current Weight: 225 pounds
1. What made you choose to lose weight?
My friends had come out to visit and she had sent a picture of us on the beach back to me. When I saw that picture of us, I seriously thought, “when did you become a beach whale”. I knew at that time I had to work on losing weight. Plus, I started having horrible knee problems, and I was getting winded just doing basic things like walking from the car to the building at work. I started to become fearful that I would become a victim to heart disease or diabetes. Finally, at work we started doing the Biggest Loser Challenge, competing for a day off from work. It was the motivation I needed to get me started on my journey. As others didn’t make it to the end of the two month contest, I continued and plan on to keep on keeping on for good.
2. What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I cut out all soda, fried foods and sweets. Then I began exercising. I started to adopt the the 3 Week Diet. I also added kickboxing into the mix. Finally, I started doing a super-intense interval program named Insanity. Oh yeah and lots of water!
3. What was most challenging on the subject of losing weight?
Just remaining patient in the beginning. I’m the type that wants instant results and I felt I was working hard and wanted to see the difference right away. I had to believe that it was working despite not seeing a huge difference right away
4. How long did it take you to begin to see results?
I started to see a difference in as little as a week. I started to notice my pants were getting a little loose and that was enough to motivate me to keep going.
5. How long achieved it take that you can achieve your current weight?
Only 5 months.
6. How long perhaps you have maintained your bodyweight loss and how will you do it?
Only a month, but I continue to workout as a lifestyle and my mindset about food has completely changed. I eat to fuel my workouts and energy throughout the day rather than eating to please my taste buds. If you don’t have a mindset change about food, you’ll revert back to bad habits. Of course I have cheat days, and those are good because I find I crave those kinds of food less and less!
7. How has your daily life changed given that you’ve lost weight?
The increased energy is the biggest difference. Sometimes I’m just hyper while everyone else is tired. Plus, it feels like the real me is back. I feel comfortable, I’m not embarrassed to walk into a room and suspect people are laughing at me, and my confidence has greatly increased.
8. How did the 3 Week Diet help you reach your weight loss goals?
the 3 Week Diet are so encouraging. I found the 3 Week Diet a few months ago and reading the book kept me inspired on down days and gave me clear guide that makes me believe that I could reach my goals! Some of these tips are mind-blowing totally change my view of weight loss and diets!
Weight loss tip #1
Stay committed to yourself.
Weight loss tip #2
Drink lots of water.
Weight loss tip #3
Take vitamins. They make a huge difference!
Weight loss tip #4
Adopt a healthy mindset. Your mind has to change, not just your diet.
Weight loss tip #5
Be patient. It takes time.
Honey Nut Cheerios, orange juice, banana.
Turkey, ham, or tuna sandwich with no mayo (honey mustard or mustard instead), baked lays, water.
Chicken and rice in some variation (i.e. burrito, in a bowl, etc) and veggies.
Nature Valley granola, fruit, yogurt.
I don’t lift yet. With the program I do, it uses your own body weight as resistance and shapes your muscles.
Initially, jump rope intervals is what got the first 40 pounds off. A lot of basketball, football, and track conditioning exercises. Super tough program, but amazing results.