100 Pounds Lost

Kathy Kinev, 53, of Atlanta loses 143 pounds

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Read her success story! Before and after fitness success motivation from women who hit their weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Learn their workout tips get inspiration! | TheWeighWeWere.comFormer weight: 327 pounds

Current weight: 184 pounds


Pounds lost: 143 pounds

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Height: 5 feet 9 inches

How long she’s kept it off: 9 months. She started in 2004 and met her goal in 2008.

Personal life: “I design jewelry and I also appraise gemstones and jewelry,” Kinev says. “I have a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in jewelry design from Georgia State University.” She and her husband, William Colquitt Jackson, live in Atlanta.

Turning point: “Around 2004, I just got tired of losing and gaining the same 100 pounds,” she says. “I did this for 30 years. I have tried every diet plan out there and everything did work, but for a limited time; I would always gain it back.” In the summer of 2004, she read the first Atlanta Journal-Constitution Success Stories article about Loraine Belcher, who lost 209 pounds. “She had tried everything and she ended up joining TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly). I joined TOPS due to this article and lost my weight. That has helped me keep it off,” she says.

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Diet plan: “I count calories and write all my food down,” she says. Breakfast is an egg with toast, butter and fruit. For lunch and dinner, she has lean protein with a salad and rice.

Exercise routine: “I walk at least 40 minutes every day,” she says.

Biggest challenge: “Keeping it off,” she says. “For me, this is a daily battle and I usually win the war. It is not easy to change 30 years of bad habits … I overcome these challenges by using a tool box of counting calories, writing food down, planning snacks and calling friends when I need to.”

How life has changed: “Drastically — I feel free,” she says. “All that weight was a big load to get off. I now fit in my car seat. I can cross my legs under most desks and fly without an added extension to the belt. I feel great and am in much better shape than I was at 30.” She realizes success is more than a program: “what is in your head is the most important part. You have to make [your] mind up and the weight will come off.”

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Source: AJC

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