These days, most people take one look at Cristina’s ID badge at work and say, “Who’s that? That isn’t you!” Cristina just smiles. Looking at Cristina now, you might not believe this slim and trim, young 30-something once weighed 326 pounds either! But that’s exactly where she started her weight-loss journey.
At her highest weight, Cristina suffered from sleep apnea, an irregular heartbeat, asthma, and a myriad of other chronic health conditions related to obesity. Cristina recalls being overweight her whole life, putting forward a false sense of comfort with herself and her body to shield herself from the disapproving eyes and comments. She says she even tried to convince herself that her health problems and her discomfort were not a result of her weight but from genetics, or just plain bad luck.
But things changed for Cristina in 2007. She had never dieted before, so why now? Cristina joined the eDiets Weight-Loss plan in March of 2007 at the suggestion of her sister. Her sister had joined and wanted a partner to help her through. Cristina agreed to join her for just one month. After losing an incredible 8 pounds in just the first week, she was motivated and became unstoppable!
Cristina credits eDiets with teaching her how to eat properly. Following the recipes and preparing the meals taught her about portion control and how to combine the right foods for a balanced meal. Cristina says it took a lot of hard work and dedication and that it was not always easy. She had to juggle being a single, working mom and full-time student while still finding time to shop and prepare her meals, spend time with her son, and finding time to work out!
Cristina’s meal plan and determination kept her on track through it all, and soon she started adding in some walking for fitness. She didn’t do much at first, but now walks up to 5 miles per day and these days has quite the collection of home gym equipment!
Just two years later, Cristina weighed less than half her former weight — an astounding total weight loss of 176 pounds, nearly 150 with eDiets! She is fit, sexy, happy and healthier than ever!
And we’re not the only ones impressed by her amazing weight loss — she was featured on the cover of PEOPLE Magazine as part of an article on people who are now half their size. She also appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show for her incredible weight-loss transformation!
View the Half Their Size: Weight-Loss Wonders video, see it here on msnbc.com.
Today Cristina has kept the weight off by following a regimented nutrition program and continuing to exercise 5-6 days per week. Cristina is true inspiration to anyone who needs to lose weight. With the right plan, the right mindset and the right support, anything is possible.