Transformation of the Day: Katie lost 112 pounds. Over the last 3 years, she has transformed her body with lots of effort, clean eating and exercise. She changed her relationship with food and didn’t let depression or anxiety stop her from being fit and healthy. Now, she is a weight loss and fitness blogger sharing her story with the world and helping others. Check out what she shared with us.
My name is Katie. I have been overweight for most of my life. I celebrated a 3 year wedding anniversary this past November and I was eager to try on my wedding dress (size 26, altered to 24). I was at my heaviest weight at 280 pounds and in poor health when I got married.
3 months after the wedding, I made the best decision of my life: To get healthy and fit. The process went from being a fight for my life, to a hobby, to being my life, my passion and so much more than I could have ever imagined. I never thought I would see myself where I am now. I got here with hard work, dedication, and passion. I fought so hard to get here to the now.
Eating Habits: I changed my eating habits gradually. It definitely wasn’t a process that I did all of a sudden. I had to make small changes. I used to have the “all or nothing” mentality, and that is where I failed in the nutrition department with past efforts. I adopted a “moderation is key” and “everything in moderation” mindset and it seemed to work for me. I eventually found an amazing balance when it came to nutrition, stuck with it and it all became habit. I stopped eating fast food everyday and only ate it twice a week. Then, I decreased my intake of fast food from there, once I got used to it. Now, I am only eating fast food 1-2 times per month. I also started eating more fruits and veggies. I hated veggies at first, but the more I ate them, the more I got used to the taste. Now, I am happy to say that I love my veggies… Well, most veggies.
Exercise: In the beginning, I pulled workouts from YouTube and I did those every week. I lifted weights 3-4 times a week along with doing cardio, which mainly consisted of hiking, swimming and plyometrics. I worked out 5-6 days a week.
My transformation isn’t finished yet, but it took me 2 years of effort (with a pregnancy stopping the process in 2014). I have lost 112 lbs and counting and all through clean eating, with the occasional treat/cheat meal 1-2 times a month and working out. My height is 5’4″.
I used to roll my eyes every time I saw the quote, “Food is the most abused anti anxiety drug and exercise is the most underutilized anti depressant.” When you take a step back to look at and evaluate everything, you realize that the quote is so true! I have battled depression my entire life and 2 different types of anxiety disorders. Now, I am able to keep it all under control and manage it well without meds through health and fitness. IT IS POSSIBLE!!!
My advice for others who want to lose weight: Be patient and stay consistent with nutrition and workouts, even when you don’t see much of a physical change. That’s when a lot of the change will occur. I also recommend taking LOTS of progress pictures. During those days when you feel like you haven’t made much progress (we all get those days), you can put those progress photos together, look back and see just how far you have come. Those photos of your awesome results will serve as your motivation.