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187 Pounds Lost: From couch potato to personal trainer

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 187 Pounds Lost:  From couch potato to personal trainer

NAME : Caitlin
BEFORE WEIGHT : 332
AFTER WEIGHT : 145
POUNDS LOST : 187

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I was a child and only 8 years old when it started. I would sneak food out of my kitchen run up to my bedroom and lay it all out on my bed like prized posessions before I sat there devouring it and being proud that I got away it.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected my relationships, my education, my family and my mind. Even tying my shoes was hard for me. People never realize just how much weight affects you until you lose it all and you don’t have those same struggles any longer.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
an old friend of mine asked me if I was pregnant and I was so humiliated I drove home that day crying so hard I could barely see my steering wheel. I had never even been pregnant before and while I knew I was bigger I had no idea I was as big as I was..I was in complete denial.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
i started with counting calories and ditching all fast food. I started drinking more water and began a walking program in my living room..because I was to scared to do it outside in public.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
it was about 3 months in when i really noticed a difference..although i was receiving compliments after the first 4 weeks.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
The hardest part was learning that this is a lifestyle change and that for the rest of my life I have to be careful. For some reason I just put weight in easily and now that I know how to keep it off I just have to. This is my full time job

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
every day I wanted to give up..but each time I would think back to my most humiliating moments and that almost always helped me stay on track

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I did in January 2013 I was stuck at 193 pounds and had been for 9 months..I did research on clean eating and slowly made the switch. I realized I needed to eat smaller portions and more often instead of skipping breakfast like I tended to do. Once I made the switch the weight started coming off again.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
4 years

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
all the time! Because I lift weights my scale doesnt go down as much but my clothing sizes do.

My non scale victories are the fact that in 4 years I dropped so much weight by myself..the healthy way. I blogged about it and wrote a book..I became a certified trainer and the rest is history!

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I actually eat more now than before but its healthier smarter options.

I never ate breakfast before and barely lunch..I would binge on pizza and pasta followed by cake and pies late at night.

Now I eat a smart breakfast and then eat every 3 hours after that just smaller portions

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I workout 5 days a week with weight lifting and light cardio and I love it! Before my journey i never did anything, i never even played sports.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. keep an emotion journal and document the time of day the emotion you’re feeling and write down what you would eat if it was in front of you..seeing that on paper helps stop it from happening!
  2. take it one day at a time especially if you have a lot of weight to lose
  3. set small attainable goals instead of focusing on the exact amount you want to lose
  4. dont let your weekends ruin the hard work you did all week long. Be strong 6 days a week and have one cheat meal one day per week.
  5. Drink lots of water

Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 187 Pounds Lost:  From couch potato to personal trainer

Originally posted 2014-09-02 09:20:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

64 Comments

  1. Jessica English Perfetti

    January 19, 2015 at 12:03 am

    it is so hard for me to eat breakfast in the morning. Tomorrow is a new day.

  2. Robin Ellison

    January 18, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Brittany Cato

  3. Laura Whyte

    January 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Yay Caitlin Flora

  4. Deb Stansberry

    January 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Way to go girl you really look good and for being so dedicated to what you do

  5. Caitlin Flora

    January 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Hard work does do wonders!!

  6. Mary Capasso-Newman

    January 18, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Great job wow

  7. Julie Jones

    January 18, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Wow !!!!!

  8. Billie Sanders

    January 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Awesome

  9. Eat run lift repeat.

    January 18, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks!!

  10. Whitney Daragjati

    January 18, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Look at you Caitlin from Eat run lift repeat. Awesome

  11. Mary MacLellan Stough

    January 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    AWESOME!!!

  12. Kionne Bowen

    January 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Domi Tatted and Kristin Thornton love reading stuff like this

  13. Alexandra Bruce

    January 18, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Tammy I use the app my fitness pal! It’s helped me tremendously!!

  14. Tammy Wright Schmidt

    January 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I have so much to lose. How do you get out of the mindset that it’s not possible for me? I’m miserable…..

  15. Kristen Kc Jarvis

    January 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    What is the name of your book?

  16. Kathleen Hodgens

    January 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    She lost a whole me.

  17. Tracy's Weight Loss Page

    January 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I love reading their stories. I’ve got another 113 pounds to go and than I’ll be at goal weight.

  18. Alexandra Bruce

    January 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    On my way to losing 150 lbs! Reading all these amazing success stories gives me inspiration everyday!! Thank you!!

  19. Brigid O'Brien Obrzut

    January 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I love this FB page!! So inspiring and motivating. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

  20. Nancy hopp

    January 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    You look look great

  21. Jody Drollinger

    January 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I lost 126 pounds in 1year – I was 266 pounds and now weigh 140 – I feel great !!!

  22. Beth Walker-Sapp

    January 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Summer Alberts-Van Veen this is my goal

  23. Kasi Clayton

    January 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Kasi Clayton

  24. Susan Mike Vincenty Ortiz

    September 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Wow amazing I wish u were out here in pa ..

  25. Maryanne Battock

    September 3, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Wow! You are amazing!

  26. Sharon Seamour

    September 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Why did she not say name of book and blog? Please add

  27. Dawn Tighe Grant

    September 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Great job.

  28. Darcie Gordon

    September 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    How do we find her book and blog?

  29. Francis Taylor

    September 3, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Great job

  30. Leslie Smith Anderson

    September 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

    That’s awesome.

  31. Ellen Platt Grosser

    September 3, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Wow!

  32. Brenda Green

    September 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Wow

  33. Becky

    September 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I need to lose over 100 lbs.

  34. Becky

    September 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I lost 30 lbs w.weight watchers. Seem to always start to give up when I hit 20-30 lbs. Don’t know why?

  35. Christine Strzepek

    September 2, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Bravo ! How inspiring !!

  36. Becky

    September 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    That’s great.

  37. Roberta Germain

    September 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Awesome

  38. Susan Nevius-Cleveland

    September 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Congrats on your new life! Keep up all you have done and rock on!

  39. Alison Yeaman

    September 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Well done you look stunning before and after

  40. Joanna Lima

    September 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations, thats great and so inspiring ..thank you for sharing ♡

  41. Joseph Gillen

    September 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    great job

  42. Lauren Butts

    September 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I’m curious about the walking program she did inside.

  43. Donna Gray

    September 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    You look awesome

  44. Stacy Bernard

    September 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I love before & after pics! You don’t even look like the same person & look much younger! WAY TO GO!!

  45. Andrea

    September 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    With that drastic of a weight loss done healthily over time, do you or did you have the excess skin that so many complain about after a large drop in weight? If so how did you deal with it or have you done anything about it? My husband just passed 4 months ago and I have put on weight that puts me over the 300 mark. I’m completely embarassed about exercising in public and I never was before. My kids gained weight as well – still in the healthy range but higher than they should be for 11 and 12 year olds so I want to make this a life long change and not a diet plan. Your story is inspiring because it wasn’t a “look how much I lost and how fast I did it” story.

  46. Georgia M Nygaard

    September 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    AWESOME!!!

  47. Billie Sanders

    September 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Awesome

  48. Caitlin Flora

    September 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks so much!

  49. Tina Williams

    September 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Awesome lifestyle CHANGE CONGRATULATIONS

  50. Jackie Wofford

    September 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Bravo young lady !!!

  51. Frances Caratozzolo

    September 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Fantastic

  52. Deb Epling

    September 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Great job Caitlin!

  53. April Vasquez

    September 2, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Love her! Caitlin is amazing! But she needs to change her after pic because she looks even more amazing now!

  54. Kim Menne

    September 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    What is the name of her book. I read this stuff constantly and wonder why can’t i do this.. I start on a “diet” every morning and by night I am eating the same exact old way. I know I am just it making the commitment. Why can’t I commit

  55. Wendy Frauenberg

    September 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    You look great.

  56. Janackeh Blackwell

    September 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Such an awesome story and inspiration Caitlin!! Keep going 😉

  57. Danette Gordon

    September 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Such strength and determination. Nice job you look amazing

  58. Linda Thompson

    September 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    congrats!! Wow! You Rock!!! You look awesome…

  59. Linda Hayden

    September 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Congratulations!

  60. Dominika Mathis

    September 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Awesome Caitlin Flora

  61. Diana Cushman

    September 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Congratulations! What an inspiration you are! You look great doll!

  62. Jennifer Ford-Cote

    September 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Caitlin Flora you are amazing.

  63. Donna Elizabeth Katsikas-Caputo

    September 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Go girl!

  64. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    September 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Like a different person 🙂

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