Kimberly lost 90 pounds. We celebrate her transformation and how she triumphed over domestic abuse. This mom of 2 wants women to know that they can survive and thrive. Check out her inspirational story.
I am a single mother of two girls. I entered the world of fitness and nutrition because I was desperate to save my life and live for them. I was in an emotionally, mentally and physically abusive marriage. I was ashamed and embarrassed, so I ate through my shame and pain.
I was threatened by my then husband at knife point. After surviving incident, I ended the marriage. After going through experience and the divorce process, I started to getting clarity and was able to look at what I was doing to myself. At that point that, I gathered up the courage to step on a scale.
My weight had skyrocketed to 282 pounds. I couldn’t believe I’d let myself get to almost 300 pounds. I was having many complications related to getting out of breath quickly. I also had pain in my knees and joints. Next, I found out that I was pre-diabetic. I saw what diabetes was doing to my Father and I decided that I wouldn’t live like that anymore.
On October 10, 2011, I just started walking. No matter how far I could go, I committed myself to walking for 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week. What I found out is that I couldn’t even walk a mile in 30 minutes. I kept on going and I pushed myself. I began to walk further and for longer distances. I didn’t have a gym membership, but I had a Wii. So, my daughters and I would play the Michael Jackson Experience and Just Dance for hours. At the same time, I was watching what I ate, lowering my carbs and upping my protein. I started going vegetarian one day by doing Meatless Monday. I also got into drinking a gallon of lemon/lime water a day.
Over the next couple of months, the weight started to come off. I became addicted to the results. I started kickboxing lessons and got on the elliptical at a free gym at a local church. I also fell in love with Zumba! I started working out 5 days a week, mostly doing cardio.
By October of the next year, I was down by 90 pounds! My transformation was done by working out and eating clean, period. I am now in my next phase and I have developed a love for lifting.
I attached a before picture of me with the weight, which was from my wedding anniverary. The smile I had was so forced. It was so clear that I was unhappy. The smile I have now is priceless, because I fought to get it back!
Overall, what I want women to know that is that they can survive and thrive. The things that happened to them do not have to define them. Leave ALL toxic and abusive relationships behind. Grow through the hurt and pain. You will come out better on the other side. My life is the best it has ever been. It gets better! Just hold on and keep the faith.
I would go through everything that I went through again if it helps just one woman know that she can make it after abuse.