Katie decided to say goodbye to carbs and sugar but earned a second chance at the life she’s always wanted. See what kept her motivated to go from a size 28 to a size 8!
Katie’s Amazing Transformation
What made you decide to lose weight?
For as long as I can remember I have been “trying” to lose weight but I got much more serious about it after the doctors suspected I had cancer.
What helped you start losing weight?
I started by better watching what I ate (more fruits, veggies, and lean proteins; less carbs, sugars, caffeine, soda, and fried foods) and getting moving more even if it was just walking.
What was the number 1 thing you struggled with when losing weight?
The biggest thing I struggled with was staying motivated during setbacks/plateaus. After I made it through a few of them, I learned by body was just adjusting. While there was no change on the scale, my pants were continuing to become looser.
What has helped you keep the weight off?
The main thing that has helped me keep the weight off is continued change. I will sign up for a fitness class with one place for up to 3 months and then do another completely different class the next three months (or less). I like variety and change so I don’t get bored.
Did you use any products to help you lose weight?
I used and continue to use protein supplements. Some of my favorites are by Arbonne (ready to drink and powder), Atkins, and GNC (their ready to drink flavor varieties are wonderful for when you get bored with the basic chocolate and vanilla offered by most companies). You can use the protein powder for more than shakes (pancakes anyone?) I also LOVE Quest Bars! I have tried so many bars along my journey and Quest bars have the best taste and texture of any protein bar out there in my opinion. I am never without a Quest bar and you will find them in my purse, my gym bag, my desk at work, and my pantry at home. I will reach for one when I am tempted to stop somewhere for fast food especially.
What kept you motivated throughout your journey?
This might sound silly but my motivation was seeing how much more I could do and how far I came. I went to an arial yoga class with friends… because I could! I’m finally at a weight that will allow me to go zip lining and skydiving and those are on my “try it” list for the near future. I kept my biggest pair of pants (a size 28) to remind me of how far I had come and as a reminder to never go back to my old way of life. I never tried to put a time limit on reaching my goal. I ended up surpassing my goal weight of 220# and have been hovering between 185-190# (size 8).
What has been the biggest impact your weight loss has had on your life?
The biggest impact this journey has had on my life has been on my relationships with others. My personal relationships with some have changed. Strangers hold doors open for me and say hello. Old me never had that happen. I was invisible (or felt that way) and am still struggling with the new found attention. I have also found that there have been people I have slowly removed from my life (or have removed themselves from my life) because of their negativity and lack of motivation. I found that I feel better overall when I am surrounding myself with like minded people who enjoy living life to its fullest, appreciating what they have, enjoy the little things in life, and who work hard to better their lives and the lives of those around them. Positivity is contagious and so is negativity… choose to be happy.
What advice would you give to others just starting out?
To those starting out… just do it. Start with small goals such as drinking your 8 glasses of water each day, losing 5 pounds, or hitting 10,000 steps for the day. One step at a time, one meal at a time. Park farther away when you are going to the store to get extra steps in, stick to the perimeter of the grocery stores when shopping (where you’ll find “real” foods), and treat yourself to something not food related like a pedicure or massage when you hit a goal you set for yourself. Each time you mindfully make a choice that is favorable to your journey, you take a step in the right direction. Eventually those choices aren’t so hard to make because they have become a habit and a way of life. In no time you won’t be thinking about it, but rather just doing it.
Thanks Katie for sharing your amazing story!