Shantrell lost 45 pounds. She’s a 31-year-old entrepreneur and graduate student from New Orleans. After being diagnosed with digestive issues, she decided to change her eating habits. She also likes to mix up her workouts with dance fitness, cardio, strength training, barre, yoga, cycling, etc.
I’m a 31-year-old entrepreneur and graduate student from New Orleans, LA. My weight loss journey has been up and down for the past five years. I recently discovered I suffer from digestive issues, which causes me to bloat immediately after I eat. My daily unhealthy eating habits also didn’t help. I decided to start making healthier lifestyle changes. I have lost a total of 45 pounds!
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
My son definitely inspires me. He has always been my number one supporter. He encourages me daily.
How did you change your eating habits?
I struggled for years with weight loss, bloating, and digestive issues. Little did I know that my body no longer needed fatty carbs, sugar, or fried foods on the regular. Eating more fruits and vegetables helped the process. I started using the My Fitness Pal app to help me track my calorie intake. This held me accountable for my intake of fiber, protein, carbs, etc. Living in New Orleans is challenging because of the fantastic food options. However, for me to obtain results, I must keep discipline in my choices.
How often do you work out?
I work out Monday-Saturday for an hour. I recently started teaching a cardio Poms Poms class.
What did your workout routine consist of?
OMG! Everything! I’ve literally done it all: Dance fitness, high-intensity cardio, strength training, barre, yoga, and cycling.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I started at 235 pounds, and now I weigh 190 pounds.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey?
I started four years ago.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
I learned never to give up! Hold yourself accountable.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
- Set an achievable goal with a timeline.
- It’s ok to say no when you’re out with friends. Stay focused.
- Take before and after pictures as often as you can to track progress.
- Download the My Fitness Pal app.