Looking for New Year’s resolution inspiration? Christine’s dramatic weight-loss story may help keep your goals in perspective. Christine started her journey in a unique way: she won a contest held by a local personal trainer| Brent Brothers of The Den Fitness Center in Canterville| IL. “In December 2012 my best friend entered me in a contest for free personal training for life|” she told us. “I started training with Brent on February 11| 2013| and I haven’t looked back.” While Christine may have had help losing weight with a trainer| her determination and results will still resonate if you’ve ever wanted to drop the pounds for good. Check out Christine’s story below| and read more of our before and after weight-loss stories here!
POPSUGAR: What made you decide to start?
Christine Lipe: I decided to start my weight-loss journey because I won a contest to receive free training for life. If not for that| I’m afraid that I wouldn’t have made the choice.
PS: What’s your favorite way to work out?
CL: My favorite way to work out is with free weights| because I can do cardio and weight training at the same time.
PS: What’s your weekly exercise schedule?
CL: I work out three to four days a week. My trainer is really good about switching up my workouts| so that helps to keep my workouts exciting.
PS: How much weight have you lost?
CL: When I started| I weighed 443 pounds. Since then| I’ve lost 180 pounds. I still have some weight to lose| but my life has completely changed for the better.
PS: What was the first big difference| other than the number on the scale| that really made you feel proud and excited?
CL: It was when I could wear jeans purchased from a store. Before I had to buy my jeans online.
PS: How often do you weigh yourself?
CL: I weigh in once a week. I also measure about once a month.
PS: What’s a typical day of meals and snacks?
CL: Breakfast: whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter. Snack: protein bar. Lunch: a wrap with meat| cheese| and veggies and a piece of fruit. Snack: protein powder in water. Dinner: eggs with ground turkey and cheese.
PS: How many calories do you eat per day?
CL: I really don’t know how many calories I eat per day. I don’t count them. I just try to stick to some carbs in the day and little to no carbs at night.
PS: What healthy staples are always in your fridge?
CL: Eggs| broccoli| fruit| and whole wheat English muffins.
PS: What advice do you have for anyone starting out on a weight-loss journey?
CL: Stick with it. It’s going to be difficult| and you’re going to want to give up| but the end result is well worth it. I will never go back to how I used to be.