I have reached yet another milestone...40 pounds gone!
My starting weight of 287 is starting to become a distant memory ...as I am in the 240's now (246.5) for the first time since I don't really know when. Honestly it's been a LONG time. The best part is there is no looking back really.
I like to try to remember when I was at this weight last, but I just can't do it ...I'd have to say early college and that was 13 years ago! Once I started working out, I really, really enjoyed it. And, now I don't want to miss a workout. It's amazing to me how much more muscle definition I have in my legs, arms, neck and shoulders. I carried most of my weight in my chest and belly, so that's the part that's going to take the longest to lose, but crunches and leg lifts are working my abs ...I'm really into it that's for sure.
I don't look at it as a diet per se, but more of a change of lifestyle and it's working!
I really appreciate your support and encouragement also. It's been cool to have someone who knows what they're doing with fitness to keep an eye on me...It's amazing that when you commit to a healthier/more active life how easy it really is! Even after a Super Bowl Party!.. Still going down! Loving it! -- Sean Flora
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14.5 pounds lost, 17.25 inches lost and 7.3% body fat is away
I am a 50 year old female who has struggled with slowly added pounds through this last decade of life like many women I know. I have been in and out of weight watchers for 20 plus years. I still believe their "point system" works but I NEEDED MORE STRUCTURE! I was tired of THINKING about it all the time and trying to manage it and at best maintaining my weight but never seeing any consistent weight loss.
I now get up and click on the computer and see what I will be eating that day. Print off my sheet and put it on the refrigerator. Later I go back in and click up my workout and leave it up till I am done and check off each weight as I do it or register my time walking, or elliptic. Now, I can just get up and DO IT and know I will see results. This is for anyone who says, "Just tell me what to do and I will do it!" There is no THINKING about what to eat, what exercises to do, how long and hard should I keep my heart rate up for, or what snacks to have... I have found that there is freedom in submission.
I tried it MY way and it was EXHAUSTING SECOND GUESSING MYSELF! Now I just obey and IT WORKS! If you know you have to vary something, you are told how many calories and fat and protein you are shooting for in that meal. No more guessing. I really like also being asked HOW OFTEN I would like to eat. Eating more often really works for me so 7 times a day is great!
Accountability with Matt weekly is motivating too. Weighing in weekly while including all measurements is an other big motivator because we all know it is not just about the weight.
I guess in a nut-shell I would say this program is FREEDOM in letting someone else steer the boat! Now I can get on with LIVING because I know I WILL SEE RESULTS, so I can rest and enjoy the ride. - Pat Norwood
He emailed back when I asked a question. His replies were fast and accurate, but most of all he sensed my frustrations.
I went from a sloppy 171 lbs. to a firm 144 lbs. in about 3 months....
Last October I heard a rumor that others thought I'd had "work done" (plastic surgery) because I look so good. Wrong.
My M.S. is in business and I have 30 years as an entrepreneur so I pay attention to statistics. I also follow Vibrant Nation a great deal. It's a site for women over 50 years of age and often statistics are displayed there. The "discouraging" statistics that say women over 50 "just can't" loose weight. I gained 25 pounds writing my doctoral dissertation. I not only wanted it off, but I wanted it to s-t-a-y off. I joined Changing Shape to have an experienced coach with the knowledge that I could not afford to hire in person.
I am 63 years of age. I now weigh what I did when I was 15 years of age. But the best part is that when I read something just too hard to imagine (like at my age 23 military pushups is "average") I just write Matt and I know that I am getting the real story from him. I don't need shock value. I don't need to feel incapable (I can do 23 push-ups from my knees, but not from my toes); what I need is the truth. I get just that from Matt.
Matt listened, asked wise questions and gave answers that showed he cared about helping me to find and maintain my life's health goals.
I walked across the stage to get my diploma with total confidence. There was nothing "hiding" under my doctoral gown other than a slim waistline. I have improved my self-esteem to new heights (btw: nothing is harder on self-esteem that rewriting your dissertation for the 87th time) and I feel so healthy. Most of my classmates are half my age or younger, but none of them overshadowed my physical health. -- Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie, PhD
I 'transitioned' to a better shape because of following the Changing Shape website and listening to Matt's one-on-one advice. Try it. You might like YOUR mirror's reflection a WHOLE lot more.
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I was 26 and had been fighting a loosing battle with my weight since high school. Being overweight definitely runs in my family and I was worried that if I didn't get my weight gain under control, I would start to encounter the health problems that my Aunts and Uncle are going through at middle age. Plus I've been told it only gets harder to lose weight the older you get.
I had tried the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, and Weight Watchers but I tended to loose a few pounds and gain it right back. Plus I hated that with Weight Watchers you had to rely on their system of sliders, points and packaged food, which seemed like a disconnect from the thing that really mattered: i.e. how many calories you ate vs. how many calories you burned. I was starting to get really depressed; I hated the way I looked and felt. I really wanted a personal trainer who could help me understand what I was doing wrong and how to stay on track, but I knew I couldn't afford one.
So one day I typed 'Online Personal Trainer' into Google and I found Changing Shape. This was my chance to get help from a real human being without breaking the bank. So I signed up.
Matt immediately helped me set up a nutrition program that worked with my on-again off-again Vegetarian diet and helped me set up a workout routine on the his website that allowed me to work with just the equipment I had access to. I also used the Diet Contract form on the Changing Shape site to figure out what I was really trying to accomplish and to pin-point the reasons my dieting had not worked in the past.
The best part was that Matt was really good about writing back to me the very next day after I had filled out a Diet Contract, sent him a weekly check in or just emailed him asking a question. I really appreciated having a real person to talk with and feeling like I was accountable to someone who really cared was extremely motivating. So for months I counted my calories (with the help of an iPhone app) and sent Matt my daily calorie intake, and I followed the exercise plan he laid out for me.
Finally success. After nearly a year of working with Matt, I reached my goal weight! I lost a total of 30 pounds and felt SO much healthier and proud of my body. I was able to fit back into my old skinny jeans and got lots of compliments. And the workout sessions paid off in other ways, I was in better shape overall so I can now keep up with my boyfriend better when we go on hikes and was able to help a friend train for a 40 mile Breast Cancer benefit walk. So now I've actually reset my goal to a slightly lower weight (only another 10 pounds so I'm very close) and then I plan to work with Matt on learning how to maintain that weight and build muscle mass. I'm looking forward to these challenges because now I know I can accomplish my goals. -- Katie Roberts
I have been wanting to get a personal trainer to help me loose the 30 lbs I need to loose before July.
When I found the website of changingshape.com I was so happy to know that I could have the personal coaching without have to pay the $$ for their expertise.
Matt Johnson has been such a great help to keep me motivated and stay on track to reach my short and long term goals.
The meal planners are great and the weekly updates help you realize if you are on track they also help you keep the enthusiasm because you see the results!
Thanks Matt for all your help and to help me reach my goals!! I also want to say that the service you provide over the net is wicked and I am so happy I came across your site :)
I had been wanting something like this for so long now and Thank God I have found it now :)-- Jamie G
I went online to look up eating routines and how I could make my eating ways healthy. I stumbled upon a website which referred me to www.changingshape.com. What captured me with changing shape was the food program you were given. I have always been a heavy trainer and the winner mentality has never swayed away from me. But I have never really figured out how much and exactly what to eat. I’d never considered myself for a fat person but I always realized that I was on the heavy side. When I saw what result I could achieve by joining changing shape I was intrigued. So I decided to join and I am glad I did.
What specifically improved my training was the change I made with eating and sleeping. By having a schedule on how to eat and train made the day so much easier and there wasn't’t a day where I was’t happy for making this commitment.
The results are staggering and I cannot emphasize enough on how glad I am that I joined Matt Johnson and his team. During my twelve week of training I lost 26 pounds (whilst gaining muscle mass). -- Fríði J
This site has given me the tools I needed to effectively change my overall health.
I was stuck with not knowing what foods to eat and what kind of exercise program I should be doing to lose the weight I needed to.
The meal plans tailored to what weight I needed to lose, and the exercise plans and with Matt's help and guidance am I am finally seeing results that I never thought possible. The weight is consistently coming off, I feel better and I am more aware of the foods I put into my body.
Thank you to Matt and to this site for helping me find the inspiration that I needed.-- Christine Gagne
Matt Johnson's one-on-one attention is remarkable.
The weekly check-ins help remind me of my goals and Matt keeps me on track with encouraging words and support. As a graduate student who rarely cooks, the versatility of the diet plans are a huge help. -- Molly OSaben
I truly think your Program & Website are Great! Everyone should be able to see that you have spent an tremendous amount of Time & Money.
I will follow up with my sister to make sure she does not procrastinate about joining. I have about 5 other people I have sent an email to. Let you know, I tell them they can look at my profile. Is that O.K.?
As I lose weight, I will send more people an update. I can think of about 30+ people who could & should really join your program. If you are not a huge success, I am sure it is just a matter of time! I am thrilled now to have lost 6 pounds down from 165 lbs. to 159? Thanks to you .....Weighed today, just need to key the Numbers & the Measurements in. --Natalie C
Matt, thanks a lot for this. The routine looks great!!! Also, my muscle mass increased (I can see it!) and I lost some weight but I am still over the desired weight mainly due to nutrition which I improve gradually. Just a note that your routines are great especially on the core area but also on the rest.
It is the first time after several years that I can see a tangible change.-- Nikolaos Vasileiadis
The day I first met Matt Johnson was a day that will be forever etched on my soul and body ...before this... my weight was over 220lbs.
I found Matt luckily enough through an advertisement thru ChangingShape.com. Matt proceeded to evaluate my current profile and was always improving his tactics. I told him that I didn't have the available time to exercise so he gave me a plan that worked best for my lifestyle. The type of man Matt Johnson is can't be found anywhere else cause I've been to them all. Been there, done that, so to speak. His tenacity is so genuine and desirable that I stayed with him while I was with ChangingShape.com. He was able to encourage me to accomplish what no other could or would even bother to try. I feel I've accomplished a lot with his guidance and support.
So in closing I'd just like to say that without the awesome help and support from Matt Johnson I never would have been able to accomplish what I was able to accomplish. Thank you Matt for your hard work and support while I struggled to get into the best shape of my life. You're the best there is, I believe! -- R. H.
I was weighing about 252/255 pounds before I started visiting ChangingShape.com.
I was impressed by the personal responses by Matt and his team to provide me with an exercise schedule to help me reach the goal of losing weight.
Currently, I am weighing about 215 pounds... I would highly recommend this web-site to anyone who is serious about losing weight in a systematic slow manner. Even if you gain back a few pounds, that is ok - work with Matt to discuss the issue and he will make sure you stay on your track. Thanks.-- Purvesh Khona
I love this program! I am a "do it myself on my own time" kind of person and this is perfect for that. Matt/Changing Shape, gives you the routines and you can go to the gym at your own time and do your workout. If something doesn't work right or if you get tired of the routine he will change it very quick for you. He always follows up on your new routines or if you haven't done your weekly check in for awhile. It may be an online program but he makes you feel like he he sees you each week. -- Shawnda Keeling
I lost 15 pounds with out much thought ...simply following the advice provided by Matt/simply Friends even noticed. Sound advice and quick replies to any questions or concerns I had. No gimmicks, no special meals, and no gym membership (albeit access to a gym helped me). It's like having your very own personal trainer... and nutritionist that can be accessed via your mobile phone or computer. Matt takes your thoughts and safety to heart while providing a tailored program to help achieve your goals. Changingshape.com is not just about losing weight...it's about a healthy lifestyle -- Jeff DjtoGo
Been with Matt and changing shape since 2007, and has changed more than my fitness....my LIFE!!! A huge inspiration so much that I am now a certified in group fitness and well on my way for Certification for Personal training/wellness consultant!!! MATT, YOU SO ROCK!!! -- Susanne Oddie Armstrong
I have been a client of Matt's for more than 2 years. Living in Asia has its advantages but finding knowledgeable fitness advice from someone who speaks English difficult. Matt has been there every time I had a questions or concerns. He is diligent in his work and always provides the results you need. After signing up and getting started on Matt's program, I lost 25lbs without pain or injury. I looked and felt better than I had for years. I fell off the workout wagon during a terrible 10 months in my life and just recently got back to the gym. Since getting back at it I have lost 10 pounds again with Mats guidance and encouragement. My wife and daughter have seen the result I have achieved at Changing Shape and have gotten into the gym themselves. I cannot recommend Matt and Changing Shape more highly. It is a great program which motivates and encourages you at every turn. It guides you to better results than you could achieve on your own. Great job Matt!. -- Kevin Parker
Got into a smaller size pant today. Size 14 I was shocked...
I really appreciate your time, your help, and your support. Losing weight and getting in shape is a very personal and emotional thing for me. It is hard for me to reach out for help, but I am hoping that this time things will be different for me. I am hoping to be one of your success stories!...Matt, your site is very well organized though and impressive. Your tech people are really good! Sincerely-- Beth M
My clothes keep seeming to fit better and be loser. I've actually thrown some away...
From the very start of this whole thing, my BMI has dropped from about 60 to about 53. 7 points! (I was initially appalled when I saw my BMI. I figured I was probably in the upper 30s...!)
My hips have gone from 55 to 53 in. My chest has gone from 40.5 to 39.5 in. My waist has gone from 47 to 39.5 - I can't really see that myself, but it HAS to be b/c the numbers show it. Looking at the comparisons really make me happy. -- Jessica S
I was weighing about 252/255 pounds before I started visiting Matt...
I really needed that support! I'm so happy to tell you that today I feel fantastic and yesterday and today have been great getting back on track days!! I feel like I'm caught up a little on my life and that helps tremendously. Some positive things are that I'm wearing whatever I want really in my existing wardrobe instead of the running out of options level I was at one month ago. I see a difference in parts of my body where they have slimmed down, around my stomach and face especially. My energy is great too! Thanks for everything Matt. Your positive encouragement is so refreshing and meaningful. Take care! -- Mari R
Tried out my new workout at the gym. Good core workout, something I have really been needing...
The dinner recipes continue to be a big hit with both me and my family. The shopping list is a new tool I have tried. Very helpful...Over all, the program is working well for me, and I feel healthier and am losing weight. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm getting hopeful. -- Vivian H
I really appreciate your help. If you wouldn't have asked what you could do for me I probably would've given up and not followed through with a new strength training regimen. Thank you!! -- Krista Allen
Hi Matt, thanks for the encouragement. I can commit to you that I will accomplish my goals this time and I will be more than happy to check in with you at least weekly...The good news is that I lost 4 pounds when I weighed myself this morning! -- Kristen Castillo
I commit! I think writing all that stuff down really changed my motivation. It's pretty rad. I will check in with you once weekly. -- Jennifer Taylor
I bought the body fat analyzer 2 years ago and the lowest my body fat has ever registered is 33%. I'm pretty darn close to that now, so I'm going to see what I can do about breaking that record in the next few days :-) -- Alisa White
I like the way the "weekly exercise routine" is so flexible. I recorded my work out and the exercises I couldn't find I just created!! It was great! Thanks for your support -- Teri Hanes
I thank you for sharing your site, it is a GREAT site! -- Laura A
Digestion is better, slightly more energy and can do more before fatigued...legs and arm muscles are tighter and showing definition ...Regular and not feeling thirst as often - am staying hydrated. -- Kristin Vanderstelt
I have noticed the size of my stomach is slowing getting smaller. Eating 4-6 times a day will be fine for me. I will also start preprinting my menus for the week to help me prepare ahead of time. -- Mandi Haldenwang
Hi Matt. Thanks for your e-mail. I can commit to you that I will do it this time. Looking forward to enjoying the site. It has many great features. -- Lisbeth E
Thanks! So far this week I have followed the meal plans and did both the cardio and worked out twice... I am on track so far!! I am getting more motivated as I see results ...I can see my muscles have become stronger. They are more obvious, larger and stronger. -- Jacquie P
I feel better (mentally) from doing my gym workouts. Even though I've just been going for two weeks, I feel stronger physically, too. I have more energy and feel less sluggish -- Vanessa B
I REALLY like this and it's something I can stick to. Many thanks. -- Jill K
I'm surprised, I didn't expect a real person to email me. It's very cool, but it might take some getting used to :-) Thanks, and yes I can commit! -- Laura V
Matt, I found the website to be great! The meals look fantastic and I am looking forward to starting the program! -- Thomas H
Everything is going great. I hope to have several friends join your site soon. I'll let you know if they do ...I just finished today's workout from one of yours online and it was great. My back did not have any problems. Yeah! ... I can tell my waist is already smaller because some of my clothes are a little bit lose. I know I have only lost 3 pounds but I can tell. -- Michelle Davis
Thanks Matt, I've completed my contract and weighed in. I love your website, it is really great and I'm glad I found it. Thanks you! -- Shaneil W
Thanks! And my arms were a little sore, but not too bad. That's one thing I really like about the workout, if I follow it and my muscles do get sore I'm pretty much recovered by the time I work those muscles again ...which is how I think things are supposed to be. -- Vy-Dana L
Today is April 4 and I googled exercise plans and came across the changing shape website. I thought that it sounded like a great option for me. I don't have the time to devote to going to a gym and working with a trainer. So I am glad to have found this option. The communication with Matt has been awesome! I am feeling very motivated and am excited to get started. I received my workout plan for the week and my questions were promptly answered. Thanks again Matt. So without further ado......let's get this party started. Day 1--the first day of the rest of my healthy, fit, slimmer self!-- Wendy W
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I've spent the past 13 years feeling trapped in this huge body (when I used to be petite), and I've trying unsuccessfully to get out of it.
There was NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, LA Weight Loss, Weight Watchers, health club memberships, neighborhood walks, blah, blah, blah...
I'm liking this so far and I'm 1/2 a pound away from my 1st short-term goal!.. (almost 20 lbs now)... I'm starting to be able to tell in my body form that I am losing weight and shaping up. I can actually suck my tummy in and see a difference ...Some clothes are noticeably looser! My skin looks great- can get away without make-up and look like I have it on! Hair looks healthier. Face looks thinner... Skirts are getting too big; my winter coat zips now!
That's all great and exciting, but I'm thinking that my clothes are gonna go back to not fitting so well... I hope you have an awesome day and thanks again for all the encouragement you provide- I know it's a big reason for the success I've had so far!...You are a blessing to me!!...I give any credit for success so far, to you and God-- L. W.
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As a 40-year-old woman who has been overweight most of my life and tried more diets than I care to count, I was more than a little frustrated when I tried an internet search in November of 2007 looking for diet menu plans.
I wanted something that would take the effort out of menu planning and enable me to fix well-rounded meals that are satisfying and enjoyed by the family as well.
I found something better than menu plans - I found Matt :) When I first looked at changingshape.com, I couldn't help but think, "if something seems too good to be true, it probably is." In English, there's an exception to every rule. Matt is the exception to the "too good to be true" rule. I reluctantly signed up for the service because of the limited trial (hoping that when I wanted to cancel it I could actually get my money back!) My free trial has long since come and gone, and I'm still a very happy member of the Changing Shape website.
The menu plans (every meal, every day) are fabulous. Try the trail mix - it's great! There is a wide variety of exercise plans - from plans requiring only basic equipment to plans using expensive equipment. Matt is an active part of the process for me - rapid response to questions, changing anything I need changed, and providing helpful advice along the way.How happy am I? In just over 4 months on the site, I have lost 47.5 lbs - and that includes a full month when I did not lose (but neither did I gain) a single pound. That month involved circumstances in my own life - and the holidays. Had I been following the program more strictly, I would have lost weight then too. However, it was a huge accomplishment for me just to get through that period of time without gaining weight.
There's a carpet store that has a jingle, "You have a friend in the carpet business . . ." At changingshape.com you will be glad to know, "You have a friend in the diet business." --Renae Doyle from Converse, IN
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The Changing Shape program is personalized and has been the most effective program of the many I've tried.
The best part has been my personal online coach, Matt. He keeps me motivated and has helped me successfully deal with situations which in the past would have led me off track.
I've lost 15 pounds and I'm still losing! --Elizabeth Rhoads
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Changingshape.com is the perfect program for me right now. I began in January and have lost weight each week for a total so far 15 lbs.
My goal to reach is 18 lbs by the end of March. I am so excited that I am rejoining for another 12 weeks April 1, to reach my long term goal of 120.
What I like about this program is the accountability but not the feeling of failure if I don't make my week's weight loss. I have the freedom to check in whenever I want to. At first I used the menu's that were recommended, but now I use my own menu's but stay within the recommended grams per each food category that you recommend. I do the exercise program with some added exercises and classes. I have good energy now. I feel I am confident and motivated and know I am going to reach my long term goal.
The program is affordable which is very important to me right now. The behavioral contract is good because it allows me to really focus on why I was overeating in the first place. I was an emotional eater and trying to deal with the "stuff" in my life I guess through food. Now, thanks to this program I have control over this and really am focused and dealing with the obstacles in my life with good health. I look forward to my weekly check-ins because you are so encouraging and supportive ...I just keep telling people that it's been so easy!
I am happy that this program has made my health REAL to me, and is making me more focused on really how unhealthy I was.... Thanks so much for this program, I have recommended to friends!! -- Debra Perham
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Matt, there are so many reasons why your program works. It has been more beneficial than any gym membership I've had in the past.
I think your web site is great in that it helps promote changing your shape ...vs. unrealistic body types:-) which is what I completely praise women for each day ...loving their own shape...and being the best they can be :-)
Matt, there are so many reasons why your program works. I think it is because it makes you evaluate all of your own strengths and weakness. This program focuses on the entire person body mind and soul. Or at least, I have used it that way. It has been more beneficial than any gym membership I've had in the past. It is great because I am responsible to someone for all of my exercising efforts, goals, and meals. In addition, you are affordable to the average mom.
You have designed a fantastic program with very user friendly sites throughout. I feel like I have been on a journey for a healthier lifestyle for awhile and your site has been the inspirational vehicle. You have found a unique way to make this a personal and yet private experience for me. I think your program as far as the meal planning has helped me identify my eating patterns and fine tune those areas of difficulty. I must say that I have been running again which has not been easy but truly inspired by you who thought I should begin. It has been wonderful see that I can run still.
Thank you so much. Truly...This program has given me the tools to change my life. -- Melanie Morse
My Body Fat Graph I took off about 25 pounds initially and have maintained the loss. I've recommended your site to several friends. This has been the only weight loss program that I have been able to sustain into a life-style change.
I am more healthy, my knee pain has almost gone away (I was told that I need a knee replacement by my orthopedist) with only occasional flare-ups. I have been able to walk briskly without becoming short of breath and started kayaking with greater endurance. As a nurse practitioner with a MSN, I can now be more of a model to my patients.
I've recommended your site to several friends. This has been the only weight loss program that I have been able to sustain into a life-style change.
Now, when I go out to eat, I eat less than half of what I used to, usually splitting the meal and rarely having dessert. As a person with a sweet tooth, I have been able to satisfy my sweet tooth with just small pieces of chocolate.
Your site made me realize how many carbohydrates I consumed and how little protein I ate. I now am aware of foods that I need to eat to increase my protein, which has a direct effect on my weight. -- Theresa Conroy
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I only wish I had found your website sooner. Matt, it is I who should be thanking you...
I have dropped 11 lbs from the beginning. Holy Cow, just saw my name scrawl past, how cool!!! Also, how motivating too, nice to see...
Matt, I really have relied on your info, motivation and assistance. I am now looking forward to see what changes happen next month... Clothes I was barely able to get into, now fitting better. Others look better wearing them. Still waiting for the day when I can get rid of all those "big clothes" I used to hide in.
Apart from a few days ago having insomnia, I am sleeping better (more solid sleep). I have more energy. I used to need the nap in the afternoon with my daughter...
Matt, it is I who should be thanking you for being fantastic with your support, information and inspiring me to improve my health and get some balance back into my life. I just needed to invest in myself, find my focus, and spend time for me, so actually it isn't all that hard, just more of a modification of lifestyle. I appreciate your commitment to my plight as well as your other clients. Your speed, efficiency and clarity with replies is certainly well appreciated and effective. I only wish I had found your website sooner. Here's to pumping Iron! -- Susanne Armstrong
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My Weight Graph I had been looking all over the place in magazines, the internet, and local programs for some support in getting back into shape after my son was born.
I came across an article on a fitness website recommending ChangingShape.com. It told about all the different features available to help set and reach fitness goals. So I visited the website and signed up for the free trial.
I was very pleased with the ease of access and the user friendly setup. I found the site to be everything the article had reported it to be. Then I got to know my personal trainer through e-mails. He helped me set realistic goals and kept me motivated to achieve them.
Even when I slipped up, I knew I could count on the encouragement to pick up and start over. I lost a total of 14 lbs by using the exercise and nutrition planners made available. It really takes a lot of discipline to lose weight and inches. Using changingshape.com and it's many resources made it remarkably easy. -- Joy J., NC
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...I have lost 25.75" total; 11 lbs and 6.3% Body fat!! I am very pleased!...
Thanks Matt for your support, encouragement and prompting to check-in and keep going (even a few times when I didn't think I had the energy to do so). That alone has been worth every penny, and there is so much more assistance on your site that I could be taking advantage of with my membership!
Thank you for formulating a personal program based on the equipment I had access to, and changing it up for me along the way. Your taking the time to reply personally to questions or concerns, shows a great deal of commitment to your clients.
11 lbs lighter and MUCH stronger, I would recommend ChangingShape to anyone who has plateaued out there. You can do it....with their help! -- Audrey Faktor
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Once I had a diagnosis, I had to learn how to live with this illness. Stress makes everything worse, so eventually I had to leave my job.
My ability to exercise is quite limited, but even so, I've lost 17 pounds in 3 months! My clothes are fitting differently, and I can see a big difference in my face.
My coach has been really understanding about my limitations and has worked with me at every step to make sure my program was right for me. I'm so grateful that I've found something that works, doesn't cause me stress and makes healthy living easy for me. After years of failure, I'm now on the road to success.
My health problems started about 8 years ago, before I had my kids. The first sign was that I gained 25 pounds in one month. I was already dieting and working out to lose 10 to 15 pounds, so I couldn't figure out what was going on. A few months later I was diagnosed with an under active thyroid. With treatment, my thyroid hormone levels went up, but I couldn't shake the extra pounds.
About a year later, I had my son. Two and a half years after that, I had my daughter. I held on to about 10 pounds from each pregnancy. I tried dieting. I joined a gym and was working hard. I gained muscle tone and stamina, but didn't lose a pound of fat. No matter how determined I was, nothing worked.
Then, about 2 years ago, my weight loss goals had to take a back seat. One day I was rushed from work to the emergency room with what appeared to be a heart attack. It wasn't, but no one could figure out what was wrong. A few weeks later, I was back in the ER with suspected appendicitis. Again, it wasn't that, but the doctors were stumped.
I continued to have extreme abdominal pains that ranged from a dull ache to stabbing, shooting and burning pains. I'm not just talking about run-of-the-mill pain, either - I'm talking pain that brings you to your knees; pain that makes curl up in a ball and cry; pain that I'd gladly trade for the 31-hours of un medicated labor I had with my son. I also started having extreme fatigue, anxiety, confusion, short-term memory problems, muscle weakness and dizziness. It was 6 frightening months before I finally had a diagnosis - fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that researchers are just now figuring out. Basically, the brain and central nervous system start to process things differently. Pain signals are amplified, as are sounds, smells, everything. That overwhelms the brain, and things start to misfire.
Once I had a diagnosis, I had to learn how to live with this illness. Stress makes everything worse, so eventually I had to leave my job. I have to pace myself, because if I don't I pay for by having more pain for a few days. I took me a year and a half to get healthy enough to consider myself functional again, and in that time I gained several more pounds. I decided it was time again to work on my weight.
I wasn't really sure where to start. The noise, lights and visual overload of the grocery store make it hard for me to think, and I just want to get out of there as fast as possible. I was having trouble making shopping lists that included healthier meal choices. I was all too overwhelming.
I went online and searched for weight loss plans, hoping to find one that was simple and straight forward and wouldn't force me to make one meal for myself and another for my husband and kids. I happened upon Changing Shape, and when I saw that meals were planned and the site would even put together a shopping list, I was sold.
I've loved the dinner recipes, and so have my kids! I never go hungry, and I don't feel pressured when I can't exercise or my weight plateaus for a week.
My ability to exercise is quite limited, but even so, I've lost 17 pounds in 3 months! My clothes are fitting differently, and I can see a big difference in my face. Everyone is noticing. My coach has been really understanding about my limitations and has worked with me at every step to make sure my program was right for me.
I'm so grateful that I've found something that works, doesn't cause me stress and makes healthy living easy for me. After years of failure, I'm now on the road to success. -- Adrienne Dellwo
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My Weight Graph
The entire program that you offer is great. I love the program.
I'm getting skinnier and my pants are almost too loose to wear. (YEAH!!!)... I love the meal plan. It's different, but easy to make. Also, I use most of the things that I would buy anyways. So it has been real easy.
The entire program that you offer is great. Not only are you helping me with what I should be eating, but you are helping know how to exercise. Which is always good. Plus, I get to do the work-outs at home (where with my time frame, it's more convenient for me.) I love the program. Checking in, also a bonus. It makes me accountable to someone other than myself. Keep doing a great job. -- Jennifer Plante
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I've lost 10 pounds! Woo hoo!
I'm really beginning to notice physical changes in my body... I wore my favorite pair of pants the other day and had to keep pulling them up..! My jeans this weekend were remarkable COMFORTABLE! ....something is obviously working since I've lost 10 pounds! Woo hoo! I had my intermediate or short term ....can't remember which--goal to be 125 by May 1! I weighed 125 this morning. So that feels good. I've also noticed it doesn't take as much to feel full anymore. I'm glad for that. I've learned to stop eating when I feel satisfied instead of stuffed.
I very much appreciate the dialogue and the encouragement you give. I have surprised myself with sticking with this for the past 5 weeks. I think the small pieces of success that come from watching the weight come off are a great motivator. I really watch what I eat and actually MAKE time to exercise because I don't want the weight to come back ...I'm going to have to find a way to really "maintain" when I reach my final goal ....whatever that turns out to be. -- Angie Lappe
I have noticed a lot of changes in my body. I have lost a combined 7 inches (last measurement 2/7/08)... Thanks for the compliment. It is motivating to be able to actually see the changes when I use the tape measure. -- Regina F
I lost 7 pounds since Sunday. Awesome program! -- Cindy D
I just wanted to tell you I woke up this morning and I thought I would get on the scale and WOW for the first time in three years it was 165. I just about fell off the scale with joy. Thank you. Now I know I will find the time and energy to go further. P.S. for the last three years it usually stayed up above the 170 mark. -- Brenda
I have lost a lot of weight since I started. approximately 8 kg ; 16 pounds in 6 week. -- Fridi J
I have gotten comments from a couple different people as well that I've been losing weight. This weekend I was able to pull out my jeans that are 4 inches smaller in the waist and I now fit into them. There a little snug but a better fit. My current jeans are way too baggy and bunch up. It's about time for me to go buy new pants again. And I am comfortably back into an old pair that were my "goal" jeans. -- Ronald M
I've lost 3 inches in my waist, 2 inches in my hips, and half an inch in my neck so far, since I can remember starting. I'm basically at my goal so I was wondering if I could change it to lose another 20 pounds? I don't want to be unrealistic with my goals so I wanted to break it down into segments but eventually I would prefer to weigh 150 pounds or less. I would ultimately like to stay under 150 for life. --Amanda M
I have to let you know this too, and I will repeat myself, you have been instrumental in assisting me in my fat loss. It goes to show you that you need more than "you" in the fat loss, lifestyle change equation, and this what I try to do each day when I encounter people who are where I was 2 years ago. It is amazing what a little bit of support and encouragement can do! Thanks again....and you can Post this one if you like!! FYI, you have inspired me to become a personal trainer Matt!, Thanks! It it wasn't for your positive support and this site, I wouldn't have achieved what I have!-- Susanne A
Something shifted. No more back pain or sciatica. Not taking any pain meds. This is good because I have to be off of them to get the steroid injections next Tuesday. I continue to lose weight: 9 pounds so far in all. -- Ruth O
Matt, Thanks! I'm really lucky to have a trainer like you. Although I don't think of you as a trainer. I think of you more as a friend! You've been a great help. :)I still (like every time) want to thank you for everything. You've not only changed my life but my attitude also! THANK YOU SO MUCH! :) -- Brit E
I can see that I'm getting smaller. I look in the mirror and I notice the difference visibly. My friends have started to notice changes as well but they've asked what I'm doing different to my hair or if I'm drinking more water. Thanks for your encouragement, btw. I really feel like you've been there for me and that you understand that this is a challenging process. I'm trying to be really open about what's going on. If I'm not honest with you, nothing is going to change. You have made it easy to be open, which I appreciate. -- Laura R
Doing well - loving wearing smaller clothes. Thanks for your support - going to work on maintaining through my travel schedule next couple of months and the holidays -- then push to drop another 10-15 after that -- will re-adjust my goal then :) -- Martha D
I feel better in my clothes. I can see my shape coming slowly back. I have more energy. I am more positive with people in my life. I fit better in my scrubs ..Thanks for the support over this past week ..I really appreciate it. Thanks Matt ...I am slowly getting this ...I can really tell that I am changing shape ...I lost an inch off my arms since I began your program ...I am trying not to get all caught up in numbers...but it is nice to have a goal ...hopefully that you can reach someday ....I am going to do some cardio today and tomorrow...and maybe some light weights in there...but I feel better than I have in years. -- Melanie M
Another pair of shorts fit, yeah! Last week's weigh in must have been a fluke, may a lot of water retention from my week of traveling because this week I am right where I should have been at 150.5, half pound short of my July 4th goal. Feeling very good and ready to set the next short term goal -- Jean M
I am receiving compliments from our friends and discarded some of my now oversize clothing-- it feels great - Lauraine B
Well, my wife tells me that when she puts her arms around my waist she notices a difference. I can tell as well. It's a start and I know I have more work to do. Well, for starters I am down to 199 lbs from 215 lbs. -- Andrew W
Matt OMG!!!! Trying to quit smoking was horrible. I couldn't function, I had massive anxiety and I felt like what's the point, maybe I am just destined to be a smoker ...Logically I know anyone is capable of quitting but I 'm just not feelin' it!!!! On the positive side my eating plan is rockin' and I missed an exercise day last week but I'm back on track. I still feel kinda depressed and freaked over the quitting smoking adventure. Thanks for your support, I'm really glad I signed up for this program. -- Heather K
I look much leaner and thinner than when I started three weeks ago. My body fat percentage has dropped nicely. -- Sharon L
You've been great. This kind of support is exactly what I need.What I meant was that knowing the field as I do (based in a behavior change research institute at Brown University), I want to say I'm am very impressed by how well Changing Shapes is put together and I would recommend it to anybody - but I think I'll wait till I've been a little more successful! :) -- J L
People are noticing that I have lost weight. My slacks are just hanging on me and I'm now fastening my belt in the last hole. I really need to go shopping for a smaller size. I went shopping this weekend and bought a new pair of slacks that fit me nicely. They are 2 sizes smaller (size 14) than the last slacks that I bought (size 18) just before I started this program in January. That felt really great and I am proud of myself! Also, I've started taking aerobic tennis clinics twice a week again. (They were discontinued for the summer.) I feel like it is easier for me to move around the court now and when we check heart rates, mine is stronger and slower (120 beats per minute vs. 132 before) than when I was taking these clinics last Spring. In spite of 4 parties and Christmas dinner I still managed to drop 1 pound. I used your technique of talking more and eating less and staying away from the buffet tables and it worked!! I still enjoyed myself at all the parties and sampled some treats, but I focused on enjoying the people and not on the food. This is a major behavior change for me. Between today and when I first started I have lost: 22 pounds 2.75 inches from my waist 4 inches from my hips 7.4% body fat -- Liz
Thanks, Matt. Being accountable every week and your constant, positive support has really made the difference for me. I really need to go shopping for new clothes. Even the smaller-sized things I bought are big on me now. The clothes I wore when I started this process are just impossibly huge on me. When I measure myself, it doesn't seem like the measurements have changed that much, but how my clothes fit has changed a lot.-- Elizabeth
Breathing much easier. Smaller waist & thinner face. Increased energy I need to buy new belts soon. I am on the last hole of all of my belts. Still making progress. Losing fat, especially around stomach. My clothes are becoming looser. -- Allen S
I am doing a lot better in volleyball because I can move faster. I've had to tighten my belt a hole. Just one left and I will have to get a new belt. I have been running a lot further this week, keeping a better pace and not feeling like I am going to drop dead before I get back to the house. -- Brian P
I feel less hungry, and my pants are getting looser! I usually have acid reflux, but it has gotten a lot better! Well, my pants just keep getting looser and looser. That is actually where I keep most of my weight, is in the lower half of my body, so I guess that's where I'm losing first. People have noticed that I have lost weight! Yay! Same, pants and clothes just keep getting looser and looser! -- LaShae F
I'm super excited to almost see the finish line for the 120. I'm picking up speed and not slowing down any time soo. Well, I didn't lose any weight this week, but I did go down a dress size! I'm officially a 6! So Exciting! That means in less than a year, I've dropped SIX dress sizes! Woot! 2010 is so exciting. I have short, medium, and long term goals for myself and I feel a renewed energy to achieve them. Thanks so much for your support Matt. I couldn't have done it without you. OMG! A t-shirt that was tight on me just a few weeks ago, shows gapping! Woo-hoo! You know ....I was a little bit hesitant about this, but having to "report" to someone and receive feedback is actually helpful. Almost like having mom check your homework. I'm happy to have the help. -- -- Dawn B
Thanks...man i never expected this level of service. -- Claude M
Thanx for your support it is awesome! -- Marianne G
Thanks for your support. Your website and service is great. I really appreciate the suggestions. Sending you a daily food log would work great for me. I've found when I have to report to someone, I no longer take a second helping of things because I don't want to admit to it. I've listed today's foods below. Starting tomorrow I will send them through the check-in page if that works for you. -- Diane S
I am back to my original weight : ((((((. However, I am trying to change it again (thanks to you and your constant checking). -- Namita O
I got rid of some pants that are too big for me today! I can now wear some clothes that I haven't been able to wear in a few years! -- Lynn H
Thank you for your support and having such a great site. -- Jeff O
I have hit my target weight goal, now I just need to start maintaining. I have been a lot less hungry feeling lately and have only been eating when hungry. Now that I've hit my goal weight, I would like to continue what I'm doing for the remainder of the week (just to make sure) and then need to go into maintenance. -- Melissa H
I feel better about myself and my clothes are fitting better! I have noticed more muscle definition in my arms and legs. I finally got into a pair of pants I haven't worn for a year! That was exciting! Others continue to notice that I have lost weight. -- Sarah V
I am so excited to have found your site. I didn't even know it existed, I had never heard of it.What I looked at just made sense and felt like it was just what I need right now. I signed up for a year on purpose, I want to commit to you that I will do it this time and check in with you weekly. I did the Indianapolis 1/2 Marathon on Saturday - I finished! That was a great kick start for me, and I had a nice long talk with myself around Mile 11 that I would NOT EVER do this again at this weight. It's too hard. So, I feel really good about things and have a much better outlook. Decisions are a little better, and I feel much more in control. I like being accountable to check in. Thanks for your support!! -- Janet C
Wow- you are really cool!!! I didn't expect such kind personal service. Right now with my husband recovery from dramatic surgery and the end of the school year drawing near my days are packed. Today, I worked 12 straight hours came home and have to take care of hubby-- but hip hip hooray, I thought of these e-mails and didn't cheat. Your encouragement and communication is soooooo helpful and motivating. Thank you!-- Beth M
I eat healthier, my stomach is getting smaller, I get full faster - your doing a great job thanks -- Mellisa
I'm feeling really good about my eating habits and choices and the process. I am also looking forward to the time that I can get back to working out, as I begin to feel better ....Thanks Matt; I'm really happy to have found you and your site.... It seems like I mainly needed the accountability to get me on track. But, I am happy that I was able to meet my initial goal of 240 lbs. and have lost a total of 24 lbs. I decided to post a new goal and see about achieving that at 230 lbs. -- Kevin
So, I feel so much better just making the commitment to my health again. Thanks for holding me to task and for the support. Well, out of 8 kids, i have a 20 year old who lost 24 lbs and cycles almost every day, an 18 year old who works out now and has not changed weight but is down 2 pant sizes due to definition, a 10 and 13 year old who walk with their dogs almost every night, the little ones play outside more and watch tv and game less AND i have a hubby who finally caved and started working out with this month and actually likes it. YOU have changed our lives. I am actually a bit jealous that the family progress is better than mine :( But I have still lost over 20 lbs and I am SLOWLY getting in shape. -- Lisa
Thank you for everything I really feel like this time I will be successful. I am down to a size 12 and feel better in the clothes that I wear, I also have more energy. -- Davina V
I am really positive and optimistic about this, and am really impressed with your response already. -- Julie N
I'm feeling better in general. Happier. More flexible. I'm almost at the 10-lb mark...yay! -- Kat S
Hey I hope you are having a great weekend! 3 AM? Wow dedicated!!! :D I bet you have a lot of people to keep up with. I am going to respond to both emails here so we don't have to track them on 2 different emails.
Thank you for your support as the beginning of any routine like this is always the hardest. -- Darlene W
Thanks for the follow up and support. Weight loss noticed in waistline. I had lost 5 pounds since my last visit in mid-June. -- Deborah R
Thanks for contacting me. I was just about to say this is not real and here is your email. Very cool!! -- Jill
Thanks again for all your help and support! Being able to communicate with you via email has been a huge reassurance for me. :) -- Catherine L
I am glad that I found your site. Sore muscles, low blood sugar reactions. Not that that is bad, actually I have been able to reduce the amount of insulin I am required to use. I am very happy with everything. If I do to much I can adjust back on the reps or sets, but really it is a good sore. -- Sara U
The most tangible change I have is that my clothes continue to fit better. I love that I am attempting to stay accountable and that this system forces some check in's etc. -- Kathleen N
Dear Matt, I am always amazed when I get an email from you! It is nice to know that you really are there! -- Mary A
I really like the features you give on the website. Thank you so much for all your help. -- Naielah A
Thank you for the encouraging notes, that is what makes a difference. You are so prompt to respond and it's very evident that you care. I made a "slight" miscalculation ...I lost 4.5lbs...not 2.5lbs this week... -- Nancy C
Thank you so much Matt. You Rock! I will talk to you friday at check in and I will let you know how Saturday goes. Thanks for the support. -- Carrie D
I can tell the difference already but I still have a ways to go. It is good to have this additional support because it makes me accountable and this is what I need, as I couldn't do it alone .I noticed before if I lost, I would reward myself with food and also loved going out for dinner. Now I'm packing my own lunch and making sure I eat breakfast. Thank you - love your website. I'm sure it's helping so many others! -- Evelyn J
I have noticed my clothes feel a little looser, this is a great feeling!! Thank you for your support. up the good work, as so many people need your help in fighting the battle of the bulge! -- Mariana O
I keep losing weight. Just saw the Doctor. Cholesterol improved. Blood pressure down . Blood sugar not a problem....He was very happy and so am I. -- Vivian H
Thank you for all of the info and support. I truly appreciate it. Yes, the info you provided makes sense. Thank you for giving me hope and encouragement in starting this journey. I will keep at it and I am happy to report that playing with / petting my dogs last night did help distract me from binge eating. I guess I knew in my gut that carbs weren't making me fat - it's the binge eating, too many calories, and lack of exercise. Tonight I will do more cardio. Anyway, I'm sure that as I get the hang of this, I won't have to contact you so much - but, I truly appreciate your help! :)Thanks a million - your support has already helped me more than you can imagine. -- Catherine L
Oh this is great news! I had my cholesterol checked at the beginning of this experiment and I was at 257! I just had it done this week and I'm down to 182. 75 points! Love it. Well I definitely have lost inches around my hips, thighs, and waist. No changes in chest or arms however. 135! 135! I am two pounds away from half way! Do you realize that I haven't weighed 135 since I was a freshman....in High School? I am so unbelievably excited. 13lbs down and 15 more to go. When I get there, I am so not going back! So I bought this dress a year ago that was a little bit too small for me and it hung in my closet being unworn. A "goal" dress if you will. Six months ago, I lent it to a friend for a wedding and she returned it this week. Ba-Ba-Ba-BA.....It's too big now! It fell right off! Thank you so much for all of your support. I am slowly doing it, and I couldn't have done it without the constant feedback. I turned my friend Kate onto the site, and she is pretty sure that she is going to sign up! -- DB
I was so impressed with your timely, personal response.... I have to admit that I had a hard time believing that I would get answers from a real person with this program. But if there is going to be someone to support me, maybe this is what I need to finally be successful at getting in shape. Thanks! -- Katie V
I'm impressed on how well you are willing to interact with your customers and personally. You gave me lots of great information. Thanks again. Your dedication to people will bring them success and a sense that someone does care. Have a great day! -- Taren L
WOW! This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much. -- Sarah F
Perfect - just what I was looking for. Thank you for all your help. -- Kathy B
Thanks! Your website is awesome and I think you will find great success with it!.. I'm a doctoral prepared nurse, (what's that)!lol. So I know this stuff pretty well. It's the behavior, emotion and inconsistencies of day to day living that make it hard not to be a yo-yo... I am reaching my goals - I've lost a pound and am beginning to trim down around the apple shape which is threatening to take over my waist curve. Thanks! Have a great holiday! -- Virginia B
I'm at my desired weight now, thank you for your help. -- Duane S
Hi, I must say that overall I'm impressed with the approach. Thanks for not selling me gimmicks or quick fixes... I just want results and I'm prepared to make lifestyle changes that will work for the long run.-- Susan D
I am really enjoying the web service. Thank you Matt. -- Peggy Ma - a happy customer.
Hi Matt, I'm catching a flight in a couple minutes so this'll have to be quick... Body fat percentage went down a point or two (depending on how hydrated I was at the time) and weight was between 128.2 and 129.6. Have a good weekend! I truly appreciate that a company's founder/CEO is so involved in it's individual member's progress. I'm happy I found your site and am referring it to my friends. -- Sara M
Thanks Matt, ...this communication with you is helping me keep motivated and not stay off track when I go off track, like yesterday. I've eaten much better today. -- Rory H
My cravings are and have been very minor and plateaus almost void. Thank you for such a great, accurate site and information! Keep up the great work!! Truly you do what your URL says – changing shape!!! I tell everyone I can about your site -- blessings to you all… -- Sean M
I dropped 10 lbs (193-183) in a couple of months and looked great for my 20 year class reunion last July. People said I looked like I did on graduation day... other than the mullet! -- Trevor R
I really like the looks of this workout. The reason being is that it's forcing me outside of my box again! Switching me from treadmill to elliptical and gearing me up for more flexibility. I'm really glad you're here to help me mix it up. It's otherwise so easy to fall into a rut headed for injury. Thank you!-- Mari Rose
I have achieved my weight loss goal. Thank you for your support. -- Rebecca G
Just wanted to let you know that I have now lost almost ten pounds. Though it has taken about five weeks, I know that I am losing it in a healthy way that it is not from crash dieting or loss of water. Still not getting in enough exercise, if I can get that going I know my progress will be better. Thanks for the support. I love the accountability of the online weigh in ...Knowing that I will be recording my progress or lack thereof is very motivating. Thanks again. -- Jacki V
I lost 7 pounds since Sunday. Awesome program! -- Cindy D
I have had amazing results. I have lost 2 inches of my waist and 1 inch off of my boobs. I went shopping last week and I could not believe what a difference it was in finding clothes. -- Crystal K
I lost nearly 20 pounds. -- Heather L
Matt, thanks for your help! I really appreciate your "going the extra mile." Have a good weekend. -- Pam P
Excellent! Thank you for your prompt reply and your assistance. Impressive. -- Meagan H
Thank you for your personal attention. That speaks volumes about you and your company. -- Theresa D
I've lost about 15 pounds in the last month. I feel like I have more energy, and I look better too. -- Sebastian P
Thanks, Matt. Just having you help me out when I needed to get myself out of a funk, has been incredibly helpful. I'll certainly be promoting your site to colleagues and my patients too. -- Carol L
Check in day. I have good news, I lost 4.3 lbs this week. The receptionist looked up from weighing me in and said "wow, good work." -- Robin H
I believe I have lost 4 lbs! And, I am feeling a little less tight in my clothes but not a whole lot. However, a few people already said to me, "Did you lose weight?" which was a surprise! Maybe I am just feeling a little more confident lately. Thanks again for all of your help and suggestions. You always respond so quickly and I have already been bragging to others about this program! -- Michelle P
I have lost a total of nine pounds. My program is working! -- Gloria A
I don't want to lose all the results I have gotten so far, I am so close. The fact that I have someone (such as yourself) that I have to share my results with is great for me because I hate to fail so I feel like your input and the fact that your are seeing what I am doing is a challenge for me to stay focused. -- Monique M
I am very happy with your services I have noticed a big change in my body since I first signed up as a member. -- Osha N
Thanks for this website. It definitely keeps me on track and especially when I have to report back weekly. -- Rebecca B
Matt, I was lucky to happen upon your website by accident, it's just what I've been looking for. I am willing to commit to it this time. I'm tired of being out of shape, fat and unhealthy. Especially since I've the beginnings of heart disease troubles. I would like to be off the blood pressure meds if possible and lower my lipid levels. -- Carmen T
Yes! I put on jeans yesterday that I haven't worn in almost a year... I went shopping this weekend and actually fit into a whole size smaller pants! Not just got the zipper up barely fit, but actually fit right and not too tight. For a woman, this is one of the best parts about losing weight. -- Natalie Z
I am receiving compliments from our friends and discarded some of my now oversize clothing-- it feels great! -- Lauraine B
Thank you for your great help, it is nice to have someone in your corner that knows what they are doing ...I have lost an inch on my hips and an inch on my bust. All in all I am feeling better. Everything else is going great. I have my husband starting doing the cardio workouts with me! Thank you for your help and encouragement! I really appreciate it!
I think your program is awesome. -- Whitney Mceachran
My clothes are starting to get looser. I am seeing results and like what I see. -- Mary E
My sleeping is better. I also have less of an appetite. I lost 6 lbs in 1 week. -- Jasmine C
I lost about 2.5 lbs since we started. I have no cravings, I am starting to see my abs again. Thanks for your support. I really do feel accountable to both you and myself. Honestly, I didn't really think I'd be talking to a real person. That surprised me -- Rosalin T
Thanks for making me check in each week. I think it makes me try a little harder to do what I'm supposed to. -- Tricia D
Increased energy, feeling stronger, looking more toned feeling great, overall -- Colleen S
My tummy has gone done, my thighs are getting smaller. My clothes is fitting me big. -- Martha H
I have lost 7 inches over my body and more than 5kg. I've moved up to Level 3 on the toning machines. -- Rachel K
I've lost another half a pound this week. I'm really pleased. I feel really positive. I did snack too much last weekend --but I decided I'm going to do it this time. So I got straight back on the plan and it's worked. I feel much better already. Take care. I appreciate your comments. -- S.L.
I am really enjoying everything about the program, and my doctor is so excited that I'm finally gaining weight! I have been SO thin my whole life, so this is awesome! Thanks again. -- Heidi W
It is so much easier to stand up straight and hold my stomach in (as much as I can!)... Tomorrow I am going to check my menu for the week and schedule my exercise time. I plan to check in the website daily to read my goals and contracts. I plan to not wait until Friday if I am struggling - I will email during the week if needed... Thanks for the offer of help - your support is great. -- Diane P
Feeling more energetic- compliments from coworkers on appearance... Pants are definitely looser in waist and butt ...Thanks for the motivation. -- Kimberley H
Lost 1/4 inch on my thigh, and another 1/4 inch on my waist ...I am going to run an 8K (5 miles) in April, and since I'm not much of a runner I'm going to have to work up to 5 miles. -- Lindsay A
I feel great! I think I am actually moving forward with this (and with swimsuit season coming!) At my heaviest, I was at 175 so I have actually lost ten pounds! I finally feel like I've gotten over that hump and am really cruising now. -- Carrie W
I feel more positive about doing something regarding my weight. I think twice before I eat something bad. The most impressive thing not having my frequent headaches I normally had between 3 - 5 headaches a week for the past year and half. -- Kelly A
I'm noticing a shape change in my legs. Specifically in the inner thigh area, maybe from the elliptical. My endurance is also getting better. Just feeling better in general. -- Stacie C
I just had a doctor's appointment and had my blood sugar level checked and my LDL&HDL levels checked. My Blood sugar levels were better than last time I had them checked. My LDL&HDL were the same which is at a good level. So that made me happy. -- H. G.
I think you offer a great service and thanks for your help.... And the best news is that I lost 4 lbs this week! -- Kathryn V
The check-in remains helpful - I feel accountable so it contributes to me doing better. -- Edith H
Feel lighter, have lost a total of 5 pounds. -- Meeta A
Hi Matt, wanted to tell you that I joined. I like the site and the info is great. -- Mark Wilkinson
It's only been through your website that I finally managed to get under 200 lbs. for the first time in years!...Since I started with the Changing Shapes program, I've lost 5 lbs. and my clothes are a litter loser on me. All this is really great. -- Chris G
I have truly enjoyed your services and with your help I have met my fitness goals. -- Eileen M
I enjoyed your service and benefited greatly. -- James G
Your services and programs are great and the site is easy to follow. -- Landon l
I have managed to lose another 2 pounds this week and overall, 2% body fat and a total of 5 pounds in 4 weeks. I'm feeling pretty good about my progress so far. I'm starting to notice my face thinning out a bit, which is great. I'm also getting better about eating frequently throughout the day. It's getting to be less of a chore every day. Thank you for your support... I will keep referring people to your website. Your program does work. -- Teresa G
Thank you for your feedback....your feedback is the best thing about changingshape.com...Just to keep you posted on the weekly weigh in ...have lost 2 pounds. -- Ghazala M
Thanks so much for all of your help. This is a great website! -- Diane S
I did measure myself about 2 weeks ago. I was down in all areas... My pants are hanging off me! I forgot till now that I am rather long in the torso. So, I'm leaning out nicely. My husband tracks my weight as I refuse to worry about that particular number. I have been going to a different gym than he is so I haven't had a chance to know whether or not I've lost weight. I'm sure it's some, just don't know how much. -- Kimberly P
So the 5 pounds weight loss has me jazzed and I think I will have an easier time of it this week. Also, my clothes are not so tight. -- Diana C
Yes, my clothes are getting looser, definitely, I am firming up all over, and I lost 3.4 pounds in the last 4 weeks. I know that my body is getting healthier and it is not an overnight thing. -- Mary B
Thanks for getting back to me quickly. I guess that I find it a little hard to believe that you folks only charge $59.95 for a full year of this kind of service. You certainly do not find services this low anywhere else. -- Michael E
My results so far on the scale are great, I now weigh 149lbs. That's down 5 lbs. -- Jill G
I have lost body fat! My clothes are starting to fit differently too (they are looser!) -- Beth J
So far I have lost about 11 lbs. I am feeling more diligent about losing the weight which is good because the makes me want to stay away from the bad foods. -- Ann W
I can tell you have done amazing so far this week, and have lost 3 lbs. Thank you for keeping in touch with me, I really appreciate it! -- Lisa S
I really do like the meal planner since quantities can be edited to reach the goal set for calories and appropriate portions. I also have lost 3 lbs... I have been getting lowered blood pressure readings... Thanks for all your help and support and encouragement. Looking forward to checking in after week two. -- Kathy G
Your service was helpful and I have recommended it to others. Thank you also for the prompt response. -- Charles S
Well, I think you will be proud of me. I did end up losing 5 pounds. I am trying not to eat watching TV or standing at the counter. I am trying to walk away from the tempting food and if I have some I am trying very hard not to over indulge. I have been walking and doing weights. Thanks for being there. -- Kim M
Well, I lost another pound, and a half inch around my waist. So I'm pleased... I have learned a lot from you and I really appreciate it. -- Elizabeth L
So far I am doing well. This website really helped me to get motivated again... I went down a pant size. -- Catherine A
Lost 1 inch from waist and 3 from hips... Legs look more toned... Finding it easier to avoid snacks and when I do snack I don't want as much. -- Beverly D
Your program is excellent as I am starting to figure it out, and a nice alternative to Weight Watchers. I do not have time to go to their meetings, and I don't think they would consider me overweight. I just want to look nicer in my clothes and to stay healthy. Thanks for your service. -- Marilyn C
Thanks for your persistence even though it is a website. It keeps me at least accountable to what I need to be doing. -- Joseph G
...over the weekend I was able to fit into a dress that I have worn (keep just for fun) in over 12 years! That was cool! -- Kari T
Continued gradual improvement which I suspected but confirmed today with the tape measure around hips. Thanks for the continued support and assistance. :) Also since I've fessed up to being a behavioralist, I think the way you've done the contracting is excellent. I'm sure your undergrad in psych helps. I did recommend you to some other psychologists who have fallen into sedentary life like I was. They also liked the behavioral contracting aspect. -- S. W.
My clothes are fitting better, my fitness is improving, I ran 2.5 miles at a 10 minute mile so it's improving almost to 9 min/miles again. My weight is steadily dropping and my body fat percent is almost at my goal. -- Tandi H
The weekly contract is a great idea! I'm very committed to getting this weight off; I had successfully kept my weight down through most of my adult life, even through a pregnancy, but about 10 years ago I started gaining and I've been out of control ever since... I'm really going to appreciate your upbeat support when things get difficult over the long haul. -- Dina H
I am off to New Zealand on the 27th of January and will be back on the 27th of February. I will not be taking my laptop so it maybe hit and miss with sending in my progress report. To date I have lost 17lbs. -- Susan S
Thanks for your message. I can definitely commit to checking in with you weekly. Email is a great form of communication since I can do it any time of day. I have a bit more difficulty surfing out to an online website on a daily basis just due to lack of time. But I think that paying for the program and knowing someone is actually reading the information will be a big motivator. I am really ready to lose these remaining pounds! -- Jessica G
I have lost another pound and my % body fat is down to 27.3 %. I can fit into clothes that haven't fit comfortably since before I got pregnant over 2 years ago! Thank you so much for your help with my weekend. I have promised myself that this won't wreck my results! It helps me feel better to have a game plan. -- Heather K
The reality that I have lost over 10 lbs is very exciting. I think that I am finally learning about control. On Monday, when I was getting back on track, I was really hungry. Instead of grabbing just anything to eat, I looked for snacks that we had that were low calorie. We are now trying to keep low calorie snacks in the house instead of other stuff. The rest of the week, I didn't feel very hungry throughout the day except when it was getting time to eat another meal. The first couple of days I had lost 5 lbs. During the week I had gained some weight, but no more than 2 lbs. and by today had lost another 5. It was very exciting. -- Wendy M
I'm definitely losing weight, I fit into more of my clothing, a little less sag, and I feel much, much better... at least 3 people have told me I have lost weight, and my stomach is showing some indents on it. -- Krassie K