NAME : Kristina
BEFORE WEIGHT : 215
AFTER WEIGHT : 108
POUNDS LOST : 107
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
My issues with my weight and obesity started during puberty after medicine I was put on for a health problem caused my metabolism to slow down and made me lethargic. I became depressed, and started craving and eating the wrong foods and didn’t exercise much.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
It affected my friendships and social life, I was very shy and a people pleaser and made other peoples needs and wants more important than my own. It was hard for me to meet and trust people because of my weight because I felt awkward and insecure, and not confident in myself or my abilities.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I got tired of being fat, physically and emotionally and I knew I was never meant to be fat because I was always a skinny kid and have small bones and build. I think the real eye opener was seeing the number on the scale. I am a very detailed and analytic person and seeing the number on the scale was a solid sign that things had to change, I was fat and I had to do something about it.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I went cold turkey and gave up all my favorite foods sugar, chocolate, all bread and grain carbs and focused on a high-protein, low carb diet. I joined a gym and slowly began working out on my own and then with a trainer.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I would say within a couple of weeks the pounds started to drop and my confidence began to rise and I was determined to meet the end goal I had set for myself to lose 100lbs.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had to deal with some pulled muscles, a hematoma, and lack of support from my family, when your Italian they don’t deal with weight loss well since the culture often celebrates and enjoys their food. It was also hard for my family to deal with the fact that I had been overweight for so long, that it was hard to see me differently. I also dealt with playing roulette with different trainers, I went through three different ones before finding the right one for me. I think having a trainer is important at least in the beginning to help with form and motivation because it can be hard when you don’t see the results you want at first to keep going. My trainer is awesome at pushing and challenging my limits because he knows what I am capable of and has not only become my trainer but a friend.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I wanted to give up lots of times, but I am not a quitter and I always tried to find little goals along the way to keep motivated along the way until I reached my end goal, whether it was fitting into a certain size, mastering a certain exercise or running a 5k or just visualizing my end goal of losing 100lbs and wearing a red dress.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I hit some weight loss plataus and I overcame them by changing my diet and exercise regime, whether it was carb-cycling or switching out strength training I experimented till I saw a change and what worked for me.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
1 1/2 years.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I ran a 5k, did a 110lb squat, and went 8 sizes.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I eat more protein and vegetables than I did before and I have given up sweets if I feel the need for chocolate or something sweet. I find healthier alternatives.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I can do so much more, I don’t get out of breath climbing stairs, I can run faster, lift heavier and have more energy than I ever have before.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Plan and prepare your meals- Planning my meals is a big thing for me, every Sunday I do a food prep and prepare staples I’ll use throughout the week. I also think it’s important to plan your meals so you don’t grab something unhealthy out of convenience or impulse.
- Write it Down-Keep a food diary or journal or track your food in apps like MyFitness Pal.
- Experiment- Try new things whether it’s a new food, a new exercise or a new diet plan, don’t just take someone’s word for it do your research and see what works for you.
- Find your Why- Find and focus on why you started, your goal, your motivation and keep that tunnel vision, keep your eye on your goals and what you want and it will not lead you astray.
- Love Yourself- Love Yourself for who you are at your core and the person you are inside because that is a constant that never changes.
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