A Perfect Fit: Losing 107 lbs and I gained so much more.
NAME : Kristina
BEFORE WEIGHT : 215
AFTER WEIGHT : 107
POUNDS LOST : 108
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
It started at around nine years old and progress from there, I had health problems which led the doctors to prescribe medications that slowed down my metabolism and made me lethargic. The medicine also increased my appetite and the craving for unhealthy foods.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected my health because I was tired and lethargic all the time and out of breath, I developed Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which caused other symptoms of it’s own and diminished my self-esteem and self-confidence. It was in this area of self-confidence and self-esteem that it also affected my relationships with friends, family and social life.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I got tired of being tired and out of shape and unhealthy. I looked in the mirror one day and didn’t recognize the person looking back at me in the mirror. I knew there was a skinny person inside that wanted to make her way out.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started by going cold turkey with all my favorite unhealthy foods, I gave up sweets and snacks and lowered my carb intake, and began following a high protein low carb diet. I joined a gym and began working out 4-5 days a week on my own as well as with a trainer.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
within a month I saw a considerable difference, I think it’s always harder to see it on yourself before other people notice the changes in your body.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had a few challenges and roadblocks first was lack of support from my family, growing up in an Italian family, food=love so all they want you to do is eat, so it was a struggle to be around them and find a balance. I also dealt with minor injuries like a hiatal hernia which hindered my progress in the gym for a bit, and I had to find a new way to train.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Yes, there were times I did, but in the back of my mind I always had my end goal and vision of what I wanted my body to look like in my mind and that’s what kept me motivated and going. I also have a great trainer that motivates and inspires me to push harder and be the best I can be.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes, did hit some weight loss plateaus and when I did I adjusted my diet and took more rest days when I needed them but it can always be a struggle to find balance but it gets easier each day.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Running my first 5k and hitting new gym PR’s.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I eat high protein-low carb, and eat smaller meals and snacks. I’ve given up sweets and caffeine and used to eat more carbs and fattening foods when I was heavier.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I workout 5-6 days a week alternating between strength training and cardio, whereas when I was heavier I barely worked out at all 1-2 days if that.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Hydrate: Drink water, green tea, it keeps you fuller longer and is important to keep body and cells energized especially when you work out a lot.
- Eat every 2-3 hours, eating smaller meals makes me feel less hungry and keeps my metabolism working and you don’t feel as bloated and full after eating a small meal.
- Make exercise fun: You need to find the type of exercise you love and that agrees with your body and life style, mix it up, try new things. It also helps both the body and mind to try new workouts because it keeps the body guessing but most importantly finding an exercise you love means you’ll do it more often.
- Don’t overdue it: Don’t go from one extreme to another whether it’s radically changing your diet or attempting an exercise program that is too rigorous or demanding will create burnout, take rest days even if they are active rest where you are doing light activity.
- Sleep: Lack of sleep creates stress, less energy and makes you more hungry and can slow your metabolism, so catch those zzzz’s.
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