It’s sometimes easy to wonder if the people working at fitness or weight loss companies really know anything about the difficulties of losing weight. It’s hard to know just how challenging weight loss can be if you’ve never experienced it personally.
But here at IdealShape many of us have our very own weight loss story. Their weight loss experience makes them really good at their job because they know what it’s like to lose the weight and can help you do the same.
Shelby is just one of those people. If you’ve ever been a member of our Private IdealShape Up Challengers group on Facebook, you’ve probably seen Shelby comment and post. Maybe she’s even given you the right encouragement at the right time to help you stay on track. What you probably didn’t know is that for the last 3 years, Shelby has been on a fitness journey of her own.
How Shelby Reached Her Ideal Shape
After high school, Shelby moved in with friends. She loved it! But living with friends meant a lot of fast food, junk food, and soda. She also became a lot less active. It was easy to relax at home with her friends instead of going out and doing things.
So it wasn’t a surprise when the pounds started to pile up. Even in her childhood, Shelby struggled with her weight. It held her back from trying new activities and getting active.
“Throughout my childhood, I always struggled with my weight, I was always uncomfortable with my body and how I looked. Which held me back from doing a lot. I didn’t play sports or have any type of active hobbies,” Shelby shares.
When she was 20, Shelby was working for IdealShape. She loved the environment and the people but despite the good influences that surrounded her at work, her bad habits stuck around. That is until she got a bit of a wakeup call.
“I just wasn’t feeling well. I was getting dizzy and so I decided to go to the doctor for a check-up. When you go in you have to step on the scale. I was shocked when the scale read 184,” Shelby says.
Not only had she hit her highest weight, Shelby also found out that she was anemic too. She knew she needed to make a change.
So the very next Monday she began her own weight loss journey. She began replacing two meals each day with an IdealShake meal replacement shake. She also signed up for the 12 week IdealShape Up Challenge.
In her first week, she lost five pounds!
“People were noticing and were complimenting me. When people compliment you it really helps you to keep going,” Shelby says. “I ended up losing about 20 pounds doing that.”
But Shelby wasn’t going to stop at 20 pounds. She was ready to get serious about her exercise and nutrition. She wanted to take the next step. That’s when she turned to Trainer Lindsey for help.
“I was able to maintain my weight and then Lindsey joined our team at IdealShape. I was talking to a couple co-workers and they told me that they were doing a meal and workout plan from Lindsey and loved it. I still wasn’t comfortable with my weight so I thought I’d give it a try,” Shelby explains.
It was then that things really started to click into place for Shelby. For her the meal plans were easy. She didn’t mind weighing her food and sticking to a meal plan. Her workouts, on the other hand, were a different story.
“Everyone else says that nutrition is the hard part but for me it was opposite,” Shelby reveals. “I would tell myself, ‘You’re going to go to the gym and you’re going to do this workout you’re going to feel great after!'”
Once she got into a routine, nothing could stop her. Not even her early morning schedule or times where she would fall off the wagon and eat whatever she wanted. Even after setbacks, Shelby kept on going. She was determined to achieve her goal weight of 135!
“I didn’t want to feel the way I did. Technically I was obese as a kid. I got made fun of for it,” Shelby says. “The days that I cheat I hate the way that I feel. I know that I’ve eaten something bad. I beat myself up about it because I don’t want to feel the way I used to.”
With a little bit of help from IdealShape and Trainer Lindsey, and a whole lot of commitment, Shelby lost just about 50 pounds!
It didn’t happen overnight for Shelby, it took her three years of hard work and determination in order finally reach her ideal shape.
But her journey isn’t over. Now that she’s completed her weight loss journey she’s excited to continue on a fitness journey to build muscle and get more toned.
“You just have to keep going. You’re going to have bad days you’re going to have good days but you just have to keep going.”
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