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Feeling She Had Let Her Family Down, Kim Freshwater Lost 243 Pounds

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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 | Feeling She Had Let Her Family Down, Kim Freshwater Lost 243 PoundsName: Kim Freshwater

Age: 45
Height: 5’6″
Before Weight: 404 pounds

How I Gained It: My problems began in elementary school and got worse when I reached my teens and my dad passed away. He had always been my best friend, so I suppose I used food to fill the hole he left. As I got older, people would always say how pretty I’d be if I lost weight — and I did try, but the diets I did were only quick fixes. I’d regain all of the weight I lost as soon as I stopped.

Once I reached 400 pounds, I had to walk with a cane and couldn’t fit into the seats at the movies or on amusement park rides anymore. I once broke a chair at my friend’s house, which was mortifying, and even slept on the floor when we went away because I was so scared the bed wouldn’t be able to take my weight. I missed so many wonderful moments with my husband and three children.

Breaking Point: Even though I’d always skipped things like playing in the park or going to the movies with my family, I was proud that my weight had never prevented me from attending any of my kids’ school functions. But then my son’s school swapped its solid chairs for flimsy ones, and for the first time I had to skip his awards ceremony. Soon afterward, I was unable to attend a relative’s funeral because I knew I couldn’t handle the long walk between the church and the graveside.

I felt I’d let my family down because I wasn’t there to support them on either occasion. I was so upset about it one night that I couldn’t sleep, so I turned on the TV. There was a show on about funerals, detailing how severely overweight people need special coffins and how difficult it is to cremate their bodies. It was as if someone was trying to tell me something. I didn’t ever want to put my family through that.

How I Lost It: My doctor suggested I try Slimming World, which originated in the U.K. and is now available online across America. When I first joined I waited to find out what I couldn’t have on the eating plan, but there wasn’t anything. I can have everything in moderation. We all still eat together as a family, and we have lots of our old favorites, just adjusted so they’re cooked in a healthier way. I’ve transformed my eating habits, swapping one big, high-fat meal a day for three healthy homemade meals.

After 12 weeks, I’d lost 44 pounds, and the support I felt was tremendous. I was cheered on with every pound I lost. As my health improved, I started playing tennis, bicycling again, walking more — without a cane -– and enjoying my photography hobby. I can do so much more since losing weight, but for me the biggest achievements are the small things that people probably take for granted. I love that I don’t need seatbelt extensions on planes anymore. I can sit in chairs with arms. I can shop on streets with hills — the list is endless!

I’ve now lost a total of 243 pounds. Before, I wasn’t living; I was existing. I walked with my head down and tried to blend into the background. I don’t think I realized how unhappy I was until I became as happy as I am now. My daughter recently told me that I used to be a chunky caterpillar and now I’m a beautiful butterfly. That’s exactly how I feel.

After Weight: 161 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-04 21:55:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

75 Comments

  1. Marina Lebid

    March 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Вау

  2. Laurie Del Vecchio

    March 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Wow!

  3. Debbie Fields

    March 10, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Wow!!!

  4. Su'Rita Lanae Coleman

    March 10, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Yesssss!

  5. Susan Laroche

    March 9, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Yeah amazing

  6. Natalie Robinson

    March 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    You look amazing Kim!

  7. Dixie Mclamb

    March 9, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations !! And you are very pretty.

  8. Bonnie Bick Seme

    March 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Great job…congrats !!!

  9. Nad Pelletier

    March 9, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    amazing…

  10. Smaller In Texas

    March 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    So incredible. Fabulous work!

  11. Haruko Sadler

    March 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Great job!!!

  12. Mirette Misak

    March 9, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Wow she looks amazing! Truly motivational during my plateau period

  13. Maureen McKibbin

    March 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Congratulations.

  14. Marcia Wever-Jones

    March 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Still on my diet! Great inspiration!

  15. Katz Do Rule

    March 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Beautiful!

  16. Carol Halula

    March 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Truly amazing and inspiring!

  17. Charlotte Burns Sarauw

    March 9, 2015 at 11:31 am

    You are Beautiful

  18. Shelly Enz

    March 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

    That is an awesome achievement!

  19. Liz Taylor

    March 9, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Congrats on your weight loss, you look amazing!!

  20. Rosemary Bretoux

    March 9, 2015 at 10:37 am

    You look amazing!!

  21. Pam Chase Holmes

    March 9, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Wow! Her story sounds like mine. We both got our lives back and are never going back!

  22. Laura Robert

    March 9, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Your an inspiration!

  23. Dawn Garvey

    March 9, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Inspirational! !!!!

  24. MaryJane Garvey

    March 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Amazing

  25. Rita Dramstad Bradford

    March 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Wow! Amazing!

  26. Mary-Ann Flachbart

    March 9, 2015 at 8:59 am

    This is one amazing feat …..congratulations to you !!

  27. Wanda Judkins Sticka

    March 9, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Great job

  28. Hina Suliåmañ

    March 9, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Waoww

  29. Rhonda Erickson

    March 9, 2015 at 8:06 am

    you lookin good, good gob gril!

  30. Chris Sanders

    March 9, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Beautiful!

  31. Dianne Ammons

    March 9, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Great job!! You look great!!

  32. Lee Lee

    March 9, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Tears of joy for your happiness!!

  33. Joy Herman

    March 9, 2015 at 7:35 am

    What an inspiration!!! Congratulations!

  34. Trudy Lowther Hess

    March 9, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Congratulations!

  35. Keri Cozart

    March 9, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Great job!

  36. Mary Capasso-Newman

    March 9, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Wow great job you look amazing !

  37. Michelle Felts Lucas

    March 9, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Awesome

  38. Chelle Beane

    March 9, 2015 at 6:05 am

    congrats

  39. Valerie Nickerson Loveland

    March 9, 2015 at 5:55 am

    That’s amazing! Wow! Good for you!!

  40. Karina Tennant

    March 9, 2015 at 5:44 am

    great job

  41. Norma Sequeira

    March 9, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Amazing! A true inspiration!

  42. Elizabeth Flowers

    March 9, 2015 at 4:58 am

    You are beautiful Kim great job!!

  43. Shae Ron

    March 9, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Great work. I would love to know how she got rid of excess skin?

  44. Robyne Chabant

    March 9, 2015 at 3:14 am

    You are wonderful!! Congrats for running the “marathon”!! you look great!!!

  45. Penni Bell-cornell

    March 9, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Congratulations. You look awesome.

  46. Sandy Shook

    March 9, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Good for you, that’s awesome

  47. LeAnne Cardenas

    March 9, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Just awesome!!

  48. Karli Coslow

    March 9, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Inspirational!

  49. Kimberly Bailiff Connell

    March 9, 2015 at 1:17 am

    How wonderful!! What an inspiration!!

  50. Karen Fraser

    March 9, 2015 at 1:09 am

    So proud for you!

  51. Wendy Baker

    March 9, 2015 at 1:05 am

    beautiful

  52. Konny Hdz

    March 9, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I’m so happy for u!!!

  53. Konny Hdz

    March 9, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I’m so happy for u!!!

  54. Vanessa Cruz Torluemke

    March 9, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Congrats!

  55. Gayle Thompson Cooper

    March 9, 2015 at 12:39 am

    What an accomplishment. Congratulations.

  56. Natalie Breiding-Scott

    March 9, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Beautiful you are inspiring

  57. Chris Ward Hamberg

    March 9, 2015 at 12:33 am

    You are an inspiration!! Well done!!!

  58. Madelyn Bandermann

    March 9, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Wow!!

  59. Kristi Losby

    March 9, 2015 at 12:30 am

    AMAZING!!!!!

  60. Angel Malone

    March 9, 2015 at 12:28 am

    amazing
    Lynn Paggett-Martinez
    Valerie Williams Smith

  61. Linda Thompson

    March 9, 2015 at 12:26 am

    No words! Stunning!

  62. Tanisha Hubbard

    March 9, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Way to go!!

  63. Janet Moses

    March 9, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Absolutely stunning. So happy for you !

  64. Zina Van Sciver

    March 9, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Congrats! You look great!!!

  65. Zina Van Sciver

    March 9, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Congrats! You look great!!!

  66. Joanne Waltz

    March 9, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I love Slimming World USA I have lost 35lbs and my husband has lost 51lbs and I don’t have to fight with him, he is never hungry. Wish I had known about this a long time ago, I new about it in England as I am from there but now live in the US, I do it all online. I am pleased to say my husbands DR has now taken him off his blood presser meds, we both have still got a long road ahead, but this Slimming World USA is now our way of life.

  67. Joanne Waltz

    March 9, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I love Slimming World USA I have lost 35lbs and my husband has lost 51lbs and I don’t have to fight with him, he is never hungry. Wish I had known about this a long time ago, I new about it in England as I am from there but now live in the US, I do it all online. I am pleased to say my husbands DR has now taken him off his blood presser meds, we both have still got a long road ahead, but this Slimming World USA is now our way of life.

    • linda

      March 9, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Congratulations!!! Can I know what Slimming World USA is?

      Thanks

  68. Yadira Ochoa

    March 9, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Congratulations

  69. Sandra Procario

    March 9, 2015 at 12:20 am

    That is awesome!!!!!

  70. Patty Patti

    March 9, 2015 at 12:19 am

    You look absolutely wonderful!

  71. Pat Dowdy Bennett Watts

    March 9, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Beautiful !!!

  72. Roberta Germain

    March 9, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Wow that’s fantastic..

  73. Cherry Alonzo

    March 9, 2015 at 12:15 am

    She looks great

  74. Teresa Marshall Wimbrow

    March 9, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Wow… you look AMAZING!!!

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