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130 Pounds Lost: Finally Learning to Love Myself and Live My Life After 25

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NAME : Kate
BEFORE WEIGHT : 320
AFTER WEIGHT : 190
POUNDS LOST : 130

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I’ve been overweight for as long as I can remember. There was never a time in my childhood that I wasn’t considered the “chubby kid”. Of course I was still cute, but regardless, I was an overweight child and it continued throughout life.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
It affected all aspects of my life. It affected my social life because I never felt like I was truly “one of the girls”. It affected my school life because of embarrassment I never went to gym class and barely graduated high school because of it. It affected my romantic life because I didn’t feel confident within myself to attract a man that actually cared for me, nor did I think I was worth being loved. It affected my work because I was working with children and didn’t have the energy to keep up with them. They were playing at the park and I was sitting on the bench, as I had all of my life.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
After years of avoiding the scale like the plague, I finally decided to step on the scale in December of 2010, and saw that my weight was at an all time high. I was barely fitting into size 26 pants, and knew that something needed to be done. I took small steps and in 2 years lost approximately 40 lbs. In January of 2012, I hired a personal trainer and had my BMI tested, and when that number was so close to 50%, I knew it was time. I was 24, about to be 25, and I knew that if I didn’t do something now I never would.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
At first I was just limiting the amount of fast food I would eat. Instead of eating a whole pizza, I’d eat half. Instead of eating a double cheeseburger, I’d get a single. Or I’d order a salad, with a side of fries. For exercise I would go to the gym with my sister a few times a week, and I’d primarily do about 30 minutes of cardio, followed by various weight machines. Then when I hired my trainer, she would give me a workout to do once a week, and I would repeat that workout 3-4 times and on the other days would do strictly cardio. I started calorie counting, and invested in the Body Media Armband to help keep me accountable.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Within the first month or two I had lost 20 pounds, and although I could feel that my clothes were bigger, I was still having a hard time seeing any change in my body. It wasn’t til about 4 months in that I saw a picture of myself from before and then realized how different I looked just from 4 months prior. My face was smaller, my stomach was flatter, it was amazing to me and motivated me to keep going.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
The hardest part, and still is, is food. I have a food addiction. Food has been my best friend for many years and has filled voids when needed. The hardest part is trying to find within myself what exactly it is I’m trying to fill, while still enjoying life and having a piece of pizza every once in a while. Balance has been the hardest part, but I’m getting better at it every day 🙂

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
There have been a few instances that it’s become “too much”. The worrying about what I’m eating, the feeling of not being “where I want to be yet”. Weight loss is obviously physical but more mental than anything else. What has kept me going, is that I haven’t given up yet despite those tough times. What keeps me going is knowing that I’ve already accomplished so much, and I know one day I will get to where I want to be. My motivation is my future.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I’ve been in a plateau for a year. A YEAR. It’s immensely frustrating, but I have to take pride in the fact that I haven’t gained the weight back, and that I refuse to give up. I refuse to be the girl I once was, because if I ever do that means that old girl won.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me a year to lose the majority of the weight, about 80 lbs.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Oh goodness, SO MANY. I still have them today! Being able to cross my legs, being able to sit “Indian Style”, going from a size 26 jeans to a size 14! Facing fears to do things I would have never done when I was bigger, like going on a jet ski, or running a 5k. Those are the best kinds of victories.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Compared to what it once was I’ve done a complete 360. When I was heavier, I would go all day without eating. Then, I’d have dinner, then a couple hours later would eat more, then another couple hours later I’d maybe go out with friends and get something to eat, then would end the night at either McDonald’s for 2 McChickens with cheese or make two peanut butter and banana sandwiches with a glass of milk when I got home. When I started my journey, I was the queen of Lean Cuisine’s and 100 calorie packs. I was more focused on the calorie count rather than what I was actually putting in my body. Now, I try to eat as “clean” as possible. The less processed the better.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I wasn’t active at all when I was bigger. When I was out with friends, I was always tailing behind them because I couldn’t keep up. I was a nanny and couldn’t keep up with playing with the kids on the playground. Now, I run. I’ve completed two 5k’s, and hope to do more soon. I workout at least 5-6 times a week and I make it a priority because it just makes me feel good to be active.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Small changes make BIG differences! Make small attainable goals for yourself. If you’re drinking 5 pop’s a day, cut it down to 3. When you feel like you can cut it down again, drop it down to 1! If you want to start being more active, dedicate 15 minutes a day to do something that you normally wouldn’t do. Walk down your block, walk around your house, something is better than nothing. Once that gets too easy, move the time up.
  2. Remember this is a lifestyle, and not a temporary solution. Once I hit my “goal weight”, that doesn’t mean I can stop working out and revert back to my old eating habits. If I did that, I could easily go right back to the way I was before.
  3. Learn to forgive yourself. You’re going to make mistakes no matter what aspect you’re referring to. The sooner you forgive yourself, the better.
  4. Drink water! Water has SO many benefits! Make it a goal to drink more water than you normally would! You’d be surprised at how often “hunger” is mistaken for dehydration!
  5. Love yourself. Once you realize your worth the time and effort it’ll take, your life will get dramatically better.

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 | 130 Pounds Lost: Finally Learning to Love Myself and Live My Life After 25

Originally posted 2014-05-14 15:58:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

74 Comments

  1. Kate Cash

    March 14, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Thank you so much The Weigh We Were.com for sharing my story! If anyone is interested in connecting please feel free to friend request me! <3

  2. Mary Stewart

    March 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    There are some tips. Eating healthy is not that difficult as it seems

  3. Tonya Walker-Randolph

    March 11, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Great job!

  4. Linda Cole

    March 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Good job

  5. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    March 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Great job!!!

  6. Elaine Sexton

    March 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Good for you

  7. Theresa Padovano

    March 11, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Congratulations

  8. Erica Kuethe

    March 11, 2017 at 3:12 am

    I adore Kate and her sister Kristen they are real and give honest real life troubles with exercise and eating

  9. Julie Smith

    March 11, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Amazing!

  10. Michelle Reames

    March 11, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Katie is VERY inspiring. She tells it like it is – sharing the good, not kicking herself for the bad. She’s sweet and just a bit crazy. Everyone should follow her.

  11. Ellie Mccall

    March 11, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Wow good job

  12. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    January 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Good for you!!! You gave great advise!!!

  13. Beth Scarlett

    January 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Congrats!! Thank you for being an inspiration!

  14. Tina Wagersmith

    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Bailey Wagersmith

  15. Lisa D Richter

    January 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm

  16. Erica Kuethe

    January 1, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Hey Kate Cash, you got posted for the New Year. That should mean good things to come this year!!!! Happy New Year!!

  17. Diana Contreras

    January 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm

  18. Joseph Gillen

    January 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm

  19. Michele Elizabeth Paquette

    January 1, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Oh my gosh !

  20. Joanne Enciso

    January 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    BEAUTIFUL

  21. Billie Jean Millen

    January 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    WTG!! Congratulations!

  22. Theresa Padovano

    January 1, 2017 at 10:55 am

  23. Sherri Lynn

    January 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Congrats!!

  24. Denise Schaffer

    April 10, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Awesome! Great job!

  25. Melody McCollister Kane

    April 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW YOu go girl! You look AMAZING!!! Such a wonderful inspiration!!Love and hugs !!! Now I need to do this !! 🙂

  26. Michelle Reames

    April 9, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Katie is amazing! You’ll not meet a more open and honest person about her journey. Follow her. You won’t regret it!

  27. Phyllis Blottenberger

    April 9, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Wow great job!

  28. Theresa Padovano

    April 9, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Good for you congratulations

  29. Jennifer Davis Gibson

    April 9, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Kristin Lane

  30. Stacy Bernard

    April 9, 2016 at 1:58 am

    WAY TO GO! YOU ROCK!!

  31. Debra Texeira

    April 8, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    You look beautiful!!!

  32. Viviana Aguilar

    April 8, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Kate Cash is so awesome , real, and inspiring!

  33. Rebecca Hughes

    April 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    She’s not been in a plateau, she’s regained 80 or so of those pounds. She hasn’t been stuck for a year, she’s gone backwards.

  34. Kate Cash

    April 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Oh my goodness! Thanks so much for sharing my story! <3

    • Kate Cash

      April 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Anyone is more than welcome to add me as a friend, or follow my journey at Finally Alive After 25, or on instagram at @finallyaliveafter25 🙂

  35. Tonya

    April 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Amazing story thank you for sharing. These are the same changes I’ve started making so I Know I will lose the weight by staying consistent. You look great!

  36. Patricia Garcia

    April 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    wow you look amazing thanks for the pick me upper

  37. Anita Banks

    April 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Good for you girl. You look fab

  38. Alex Charest

    April 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I’m 24 and was extremely depressed for years. I had an eating disorder back when i was 14 that lasted 2 concrete years then a couple relapse till i hit 21. I recently got out of the depression that kept me in bed for a good 4 years and started going to the gym and eating really clean with the exception of a fatty meal once in a blue moon. I started out at 155 pounds and now am almost at my first goal of 130 (134). This story touched me as soon as I read the title. Best of luck!

    • Emma J Winter

      April 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Congratulations! You are such an example to other young people who have weight issues that you can lose weight … you just have to get up and move!! Your weight journey is a lifetime one and I wish nothing but the best for you!

    • Alex Charest

      April 8, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  39. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    April 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    You look great!!!

  40. Stephanie Emmons

    April 8, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Outstanding !!

  41. Tiffany Crispino

    April 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Kate Cash

  42. Nina Rodriguez

    May 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    her page is Finally Alive After 25 and has busted her asssssssssssss to do great

  43. Lisa Bennett-Kinsey

    May 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Beautiful!! Way to go!!!!!! 🙂

  44. Shelley Cathcart

    May 16, 2014 at 7:47 am

    You go girl keep up the good work

  45. Tabby Mclendon

    May 16, 2014 at 3:33 am

    great job

  46. Sanjay Kapil

    May 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Congratulations!You are young and beautiful.Keep up for good health,happiness and long life.Blessings to you!

  47. Inspirational Eve

    May 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Beautiful <3 Wonderful wonderful wonderful job!!!

  48. Stephanie Spuria

    May 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Great job! U look much thinner than 190

  49. Dave Tietjen

    May 15, 2014 at 1:08 am

    lookin hot.

  50. Wendy Zimmerman Simmons

    May 14, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    awesome job woman!!

  51. Maria Gonzalez

    May 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    “finally learning to love myself and live my life”

  52. Jennifer Lynn

    May 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    OMG motivated!! I wish that I could keep my motivation up like that!!!!

  53. corita

    May 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Katie,
    Thank You for sharing your story with us. It was so inspirational. Did your body as you lost the weight (tighten up). If not How did you deal with the excess skin? This is what I an struggling with.

  54. JoAnne Lavallee Cronin

    May 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Congrats to you!! You are beautiful.

  55. Ashley Dellwo

    May 14, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Awesome! But before I head over and like your page, I have to say that you must be from my neck of the woods because you said “pop”!

  56. Enedina Monique Zamarron

    May 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Congratulations! You look absolutely amazing 🙂

  57. Jamie Mendoza

    May 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I have been reading success stories for a couple of months trying to find my “want to” to lose 100 pounds. However, the changes they have written about have all been so overwhelming, that I didn’t feel like it was something I could do. Thank you for emphasizing the “make smaller changes” concept!!! I am very proud of you, and thank you for the encouragement!!!

  58. Tina Brown

    May 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    So inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story!

  59. Carla Alba Richman

    May 14, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Katie, you are wonderful to take care of YOU! Hugs.

  60. Mandi Kaye Hill

    May 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Ahhhhhh I love this lady!!! She’s amazing!!

  61. Sarah Carter

    May 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Rock on !!

  62. Kim Rondo-Rhodes

    May 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I love true stories like this it shows that weight lost is a lifestyle change. That living healthy is a choice and there’s no perfect program. Chose an exercise that you love and you will stick with it.

  63. Finally Alive After 25

    May 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    thank you all so much! <3

  64. Tina Tallman

    May 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    A wonderful accomplishment! Keep us the good work!

  65. Kristina Yonaka-Gordon

    May 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    That’s fantastic!

  66. Michelle Reames

    May 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Love Katie! She’s been such an inspiration and she’s adorable. She’ll crack you up and motivate you every day!

  67. Meredith Priscott

    May 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Gorgeous, I love that her smile never changed!

  68. Tonya Thomas

    May 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Finally Alive After 25 is her page. She’s awesome!

  69. Monica Ling-Tannehill

    May 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    way to GO!

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