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Today’s weight loss superstar is Shelly B from ”A Forty-Somethings Weight Loss Journey “ She was kind enough to answer the same 5 questions I always ask:
What was the #1 thing you focused on to lose lose the weight (i.e, cutting calories or exercise)?
“At first, and for quite a while, it was cutting calories. I never was a very physical person so getting up the energy to exercise, especially when I was so heavy, was hard to do. Eventually as the pounds came off the exercise was easier to do.
How long did it take you to lose the weight and how long have you kept it off?
It took me about a year and a half to lose 100 pounds, and I still have about 20 left to lose. The important thing for me is that even though my weight loss has been slow, I’ve not had any noticeable gains along the way, which tells me that I really have changed the way I eat. “
Now that you have lost the weight, what is your favorite go to meal when you need to get back on track?
“Big salads filled with lots of good stuff like broccoli, cucumber, mushrooms, avocados, grilled chicken breast, strawberries and toasted nuts – very filling and healthy. I seriously could eat a variation of these just about every day of the week.”
What is your favorite form of exercise?
“I really like my cross-fit workouts, which give me a lot of strength-training along with cardio. I have a small group that I workout with and a couple of trainers, whom I love. I never thought I would like working out as much as I do, and I’m convinced that having a group and trainers that I’m accountable to is instrumental in keeping me going week after week. I bike ride a lot in the warmer months, and I’ve also started running, which shocks me as I never did that, even when it started being popular in the 70’s (when I was a mere child!).”
What advice would you give to someone else starting their weight loss journey?
” Get going now. Don’t wait until after that holiday or birthday – just jump in and do it. Celebrate your successes and accept your failures – everyone has them. Look to other bloggers for ideas and inspiration – there is a very supportive community of weight-loss bloggers out there who are willing to help. And remember, if something isn’t working, don’t give up – just change it up.”
Looking good Shelley, lookin’ good! Congratulations. Would you like to be featured? Just send me your real life weight loss stories w/before & after pics to firstname.lastname@example.org.