95 Pounds Lost: Mom Of 6 Lost Her Excuses – And 95 Pounds Went With Them
NAME : Kristina
BEFORE WEIGHT : 239.8
AFTER WEIGHT : 145
POUNDS LOST : 95
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I had been obese since I was a child. I was raised on McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, and anything unhealthy. Convenience was paramount to nutrition in our busy household.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I refused to do sports as a child for fear of getting winded. I would make fake doctors note for PE so I wouldn’t have to participate. My last name growing up was “MankKOWski”, and people played off of the fact that I had the word “cow” in my name due to me being heavy.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I found myself at an all time low after giving birth to my son Landon in 2011. I was miserable, broke, working on my second divorce at only 24 years old, and I was fearful that no one would want me and I would be alone forever. I had been cheated on as well as emotionally, verbally and mildly physically abused by my husbands due to lack of confidence pertaining to my weight. I was completely stuck- and had to crawl my way out of the dark black hole I had left myself fall into somewhere along the way. I remember looking at my son and thinking “I have to live a better life or you’re not going to”.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My sister in law at the time had started on a meal replacement program and I was watching her disappear more and more at each family function. I had to put my ego aside and ask her what she was doing. I dove in head first and the weight just started falling off.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I lost 9.6 pounds my first week, 17.8 my first month, 40 in 90 days and 95 in 8 months. The old saying is true, it takes losing about 20% of your body weight before you can look in the mirror and tell a big difference, but I was perfectly content watching the scale slide down every time I got on it.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Luckily I didn’t have to exercise because it is not something I have ever liked to do. My exhusband was unsupportive and terrified that I would get confidence and leave him. I dealt with him trying to sabotage my eating as well as giving me guilt trips about the money I was spending. The program I used was expensive – it was nearly a car payment every month. We were a young family on one small income. I was so past my breaking point that I put my very first order on a credit card and eventually sold my for a cheaper one and used the difference to pay for the rest of my diet.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I wanted to give up many times. Losing weight isn’t easy. Persistence isn’t easy. Focus and determination are hard. I wanted to throw in the towel at 3 months even after losing 40 pounds- I couldn’t see that as significant for some reason.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I never plateaued physically, but mentally. Writing down goal sheets and revisiting dream boards helps you to stay focused and stay inspired. Keeping my nose in a weight loss book, or my face glued to a screen with pictures of success stories and before and afters is what kept me focused. Everything I did had to be weight loss related – what I ate, what I read, what I looked at, what I talked about- everything. Focus like a fighter with tunnel vision for the win.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I lost 95 pounds in 8 months and this October 12 is my 4 year anniversary of keeping it off
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Getting enough confidence to remove myself from a toxic relationship, getting whistled at in public, weighing less than my drivers license weight, having enough confidence to try out for American idol and getting a golden ticket
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I used to eat a huge bowl of sugary cereal for breakfast followed by no lunch and I would scarf down a carb filled dinner. Now, I make sure to eat many times throughout the day, a more balanced diet with enough protein, and I don’t over indulge. I still eat the foods I love just less of them. In fact, I just returned for Greece and Italy where I indulged in pizza, gelato and pastries and came home 3 pounds lighter than the day I left 🙂 balance is key! Being aware and accountable for what you put in your mouth is SO important.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I used to be 100% sedentary. I never got out of the bed or went out of the house. Now, I swim with my kids, take them to amusement parks all the time, we go on cruises and vacations that require a ton of walking, and I travel the world and go to countries where you walk miles and miles to see the town.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Plan – don’t ever catch yourself unprepared.
- Don’t tell anyone you’re on a new diet- people will unknowingly sabotage you by telling you what they think they know about any diet or program based on what they have “heard”. It is usually best to not tell anyone until you have seen dramatic results so no matter what they say- it won’t sway you to stop your progress. Sometimes we reach for an excuse- and friends and family who haven’t accomplished massive weight loss will surely have some ready for you
- Tunnel Vision- don’t let anything get in front of you that may derail you. Keep your eyes on before and afters. Keep your nose in a weight loss inspirational book. Talk in forums to others succeeding on your jounrney. Do all things weight loss. Keep your goals at the forefront of everything you do from day one until done.
- Get to the root – think back to being a child or the first time you ever felt fat, unworthy, not good enough, self conscious. Who was there? What was said? Journal about this. It may be painful. Did someone refer to you as the “chubby sister”? Were you told that your room as a “pig sty”? Believe it or not, we often hold onto these things spoken over us at childhood and before we knew it little Kristina ManKOWski who had the “pig sty” of a bedroom is a sloppy fat mess because she believed what was said to her by some mean kids on the playground and a parent who meant well and just wanted a clean bedroom. Forgive these people and speak affirmations about yourself daily.
- Have a goal date. Goal dates are like wedding dates- they are exciting! They are real! They give you something to count down towards and look forward to. It’s not “sometime” it’s an actual date! How do you find your goal date? Easy. I suggest making 3; one fast track, one average and one slow track (because we sometimes don’t lose as fast as we would like). If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, divide 50 by one, two and three pounds per week. Slow date would be 50 weeks from today, average would be 25 weeks from today, and 16 weeks would be your fast track. You can google “what day is 16 weeks from today” and it will spit out your goal date. Treat this date as special as you would your wedding date. Write it down. Put it on your mirror. Put a countdown in your phone. Fall in love with it!
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