SUCCESS STORY / Brittany Shy, 27: From 225 pounds to 160 pounds
Former weight: 225 pounds
Current weight: 160 pounds
Pounds lost: 65 pounds
Height: 5 feet 1 inch
Age: 28 years
How long she’s kept it off: She started in May 2016 and reached her current weight this past August. She plans to lose 20 more pounds.
Personal life: “I live in Decatur and work as a registration associate at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I am a full-time worker and a full-time student with one more year. … I’m working on an MBA with a health care concentration,” Shy said.
Turning point: “My best friend was getting married in October 2016, so I wanted to lose weight for her wedding. … We were trying on dresses … I was up to a size 22. The salesperson was really nice, but I was like this is out of control. I lost 20 pounds before the wedding. When the first few pounds came off — I just kept going. I realized I can do this; it was not as bad as I thought once I got a good rhythm going. … A friend did a weight-loss contest on Facebook, and I lost another 25 pounds. … In February, “I wanted another incentive to keep going,” so she joined CHOA’s annual weight-loss challenge, Mission: Slimpossible. Shy and her team won. “It was awesome,” she said.
Diet plan: Eggs are a breakfast staple. Lunch and dinner are a protein and a vegetable. She has fruit in the afternoon, and she doesn’t eat after 7 p.m.
Exercise routine: “I exercise five days per week. I do the boot camp at Taddas Fitness. … When I first started losing weight, I didn’t get on the scale at all for five months. You can gain muscle and it goes up. Your whole story is not in that number on the scale.”
Biggest challenge: “Maintaining a social life. I am not married, and I don’t have kids. I’m just trying to enjoy what is left of my 20s. My friends are going out eating and drinking, and they go out to eat at 9 o’clock and I am trying to be done eating by 7 p.m.”
How life has changed: “I can go into a store and find something with ease. When you are heavier, you don’t realize it is weighing you down. I feel lighter on my feet; it is a boost to your self-esteem. I’m just proud of myself that I kept going. I have tried to lose weight many times in the past, and I wanted the end result so fast, but it takes time. … Before, I wanted a number goal, but I did not do that when I started in May 2016. I didn’t say: I wanted to lose 100 pounds; I just said I wanted to lose weight. And once it started staying off, I just kept going. … It is really a lifestyle — you can’t do fad diets and think it is going to come off, you have to change everything: the way you eat, the way you drink, everything — it is more mental.”
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