Transformation of the Day: Kayla Marie lost 134 pounds. This single mom of 2 felt miserable. She avoided social situations and faced difficulties just finding the energy to get through the day. Having gastric sleeve surgery was a game changer for her. She completely changed her mindset when it comes to food. Check out her journey.
What was your motivation?
I weighed 317 pounds (and gaining) and I was absolutely miserable. I am a single mother with 2 young children and life was completely passing me by. I was having difficulty just getting through the day. I would come home from work and sit in my car for more than 30 minutes, just trying to gather the strength and energy to walk from the car to the front door. I hid in the house as much as I could; avoiding grocery stores, social gatherings and even playtime with my kids. I knew something had to change and FAST! So, after a year of thinking it over (and chickening out several times), I finally decided that weight loss surgery was a great option for me. I had gastric sleeve surgery on November 21st, 2016 and I’ve lost 134 pounds.
How did you change your eating habits?
I have completely changed my lifestyle in regards to food. I no longer eat for entertainment. Now, I plan out every meal and every snack ahead of time to make sure I stay on course. I avoid fast food, processed food and most carbs. Instead, I enjoy a balanced diet of vegetables, fruit and proteins. It’s actually fun to come up with healthier options that still taste great.
What is your workout routine?
I workout about 4 days per week and focus on weight training and toning. I also make small adjustments, like taking the stairs over elevators and moving more throughout my day.
Starting weight/Current weight
I started at 317 pounds and I currently weigh 183 pounds. I am still working towards my goal of reaching 150 pounds. I am 5 foot 7 inches tall.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that this journey is lifelong and requires daily decisions. I still struggle with food choices, but I now realize there is no turning back. I love life and there isn’t a food on this planet I would trade for how good I feel now!
What advice would you share with people who want to lose weight?
My message to others would be to find what works for you! Weight loss is very individualized. Also, keep in mind how much of weight loss is truly mental. Take time to discover why you may have developed bad habits. Are you an emotional eater? Do you eat for entertainment? It is easier to battle what you willingly acknowledge. BE PATIENT! It took years to put the weight on and it may take years to take the weight off. Enjoy the journey along the way.