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Before and After PCOS – Karen’s 70 Pound Weight Loss Journey

Karen Lost 70 Pounds

I’ve been over weight most of my life. I gained 60 lbs during the pregnancy with my son and was having trouble losing it.


HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?  While trying to have baby number two, I found out I have PCOS. After two years of trying, I had my daughter, but still never lost the weight. I became depressed and started isolating myself from outings with my family and pictures.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?  Once the new year of 2014 was coming up I realized enough was enough! I needed to be there for my two kids and be around my husband.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?  I changed my diet and began my own workout plan at home. My family kept me on track and supported me all the way.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?  After three months I began seeing results and had lost 25 lbs!

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?  My biggest challenge was eating the right things and not feeling like I “missed out” on a treat, when really I was doing better for myself.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?  My kids kept me going when I wanted to give up, and my husband was a great supporter during the hard times. We eventually set up a second honeymoon to Jamaica and that was my motivation to keep going so I could wear my new bathing suit.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?  Once I reached 180 I slowed down for a bit because I was happy with the success of what I had done.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?  I began in January 2014 at 220 lbs and by the end of March I had reached 198 lbs and was so proud of how hard I pushed myself and that I finally made it under 200 lbs!

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?  I introduced so many new foods into my home, even my kids have enjoyed them!

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?  I used to snack late and eat whatever I wanted. Now I have better portions and choices in my diet.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?  We love the outdoors and always enjoy hiking and playing outdoor games together!


  1. Don’t eat after 7pm.
  2. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Eat whole grains when it comes to carbs!
  4. “Slow progress is better than no progress”. Even if you’re not as active one day as you are the next, at least you’re closer than you were. Don’t give up
  5. Set small goals, and keep track. I love to take progress pictures, as it’s fun to look back on!


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