*Results may vary from person to person
Shari Ware’s friends describe her as sweet and generous. She’s the kind of person who puts the needs of others before her own — sometimes to her detriment.
At her heaviest, she weighed in at over 375 lbs. Thanks to The Biggest Loser Club, her current weight is a healthy 154 lbs.
“As a mom, wife, foster parent, and employee, I was always busy. I found reasons not to focus on me,” she says.
How Shari's weight climbed above 220 lbs
“For me, weight was always an issue. My parents are big and by the time I was five, I was big too. I was about 220 lbs by the time I finished high school at age 18.
“I remember one incident on the bus when some kids were teasing me and pulling at my tights until I had holes in them. Those years weren’t good. I went through school feeling very insecure.”
Upon leaving school, Shari lost over 88 lbs, but looking back, she now realizes she went about it the wrong way.
“I exercised too much and I didn’t eat enough,” she says.
She kept the weight off until she became pregnant with her daughter. Then she put on nearly 66 lbs, which she never lost.
Through it all, Shari says her partner was wonderful.
“He never had a problem with my weight, but he did have a problem with me having a problem with it. About nine years ago, we broke up. I wanted to be unattractive then for a long time. I hid behind the weight.”
Shari suspects her heaviest weight was somewhere close to 400 lbs, but that was never recorded.
During the years that followed, she projected a happy exterior, busying herself with work, foster care, and taking care of her kids. But they were dark days.
“I looked happy, but inside I wasn’t.”
The Biggest Loser Club: Shari’s solution
Like so many hapless dieters, Shari tried many diets with little success.
“Finally, The Biggest Loser TV show turned my attention to The Biggest Loser Club." Shari made a deal with herself to see if she could lose the weight more quickly. And it worked.
“In the first week I lost 11 lbs and thought, ‘OK, this is good! I'll stick with it!’”
Shari used the online diary to adhere to a strict 1200 calorie daily limit. “I watched all the nutritional guidelines and made sure I got my fiber, fat, and protein. I was exercising too — going to the gym three times a week.”
Today, so much has changed.
“Before The Biggest Loser Club, I would eat lots of rice and pasta. Now I only have it once a week at most. I did eat healthy food, but too much of it. On bad days I would have McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch at a shopping center, then KFC for dinner. The calorie total was huge, probably a whole week's worth in one day.”
She admits that after the initial excitement of her first week’s weight loss had passed, her progress slowed, but she stuck with the program.
“In the second year I really focused and lost 110 lbs.”
Shari is approaching three years on her healthy weight loss program and has lost a total of 220 lbs.
Aside from her physical transformation, Shari’s life is changing in other ways.
“I went to an amusement park just before Christmas. It was the first time I have ever been on a ride with my daughter — it was amazing!”
Soon, her daughter will be turning 18 and heading overseas.
“Then it’s time for me; time to go out, meet people and enjoy myself. I’m changing careers too.” Shari will soon complete a qualification that will enable her to become a personal trainer.
“I love it! I’ve wanted to work as a personal trainer for years but now the idea is actually achievable," she says, beaming.
“I want to help people understand that you have to get over feeling down or upset about bad days. I’ve had many bad days when I’ve eaten everything in sight, but you just say ‘OK, that happened and tomorrow’s a new day’. You must believe in yourself. You must never give up."
Shari’s top weight loss tips:
- Maintain a positive attitude and foster self-belief.
- Keep a close eye on your calories. Use the diary!
- Surround yourself with positive people.
*Results may vary from person to person