Weight Loss Transformation: Kim lost 80 pounds. Not only did she change her eating and exercise habits, she took her son along for all the fun. She is just about to turn 40 and wants people to know that it’s never to late to commit to self love and make significant life changes. Check out her story.
I want to share my personal weight loss journey for those people who feel like it is too late or that it is impossible to make a significant change in any stage of your life. I’m a 39 year old single mother who will be turning 40 in a few short weeks. I made a conscious decision to not enter into the next phase of my life unhealthy and unhappy. I started this journey weighing 280 pounds at 5′ 3″. Today, I’m happily under the 200 mark and counting. However, this is about more than just about the “numbers”. This is a journey of freedom and self-worth.
In November 2015, I decided to make some dramatic changes in my life in a effort to stop the insanity of repeating the same mistakes and bad habits. Food has always been my comfort and I knew I needed another outlet. My bad habits had transferred to my son and I knew I had to set a better example and break the generational curse.
I signed us both up for a membership at the UFC gym. I made the first step and sometimes that’s all it takes… making that first move. At the beginning, it was so hard. It’s difficult to change years of habits, and at first my body fought me every step of the way. Soon, my mindset, my son and my determination became my strength to keep going. Somedays were harder then other but we both stuck it out. My son tried boxing, I tried CrossFit and Hot Yoga (and I do mean hot!). We fell in love with it all.
We stopped eating cookies, cake and ice cream. A Blue Bell ice cream hiatus was the best thing to happen to me! I used to eat cheeseburgers daily, and now I’ve let go of red meats completely. I eat more seafood, more chicken and LOTS of fruits and vegetables.
I’m proud of the progress we have both have made. We can run a mile straight now! How about that! We do some type of exercise everyday. I’m more health conscience when it comes to grocery shopping and what I cook for me and my son. I’ve replaced junk food with healthier alternatives, like apples and peanut butter vs. chips and dip. I do have cheat days, but I work hard to earn those cheat days!
My mind has not caught up to what I see in the mirror and I’m still working to put all the pieces together. This journey hasn’t been easy, by any means, but it has certainly been worth it. I didn’t do this because I was going on a cruise or because the summer was fast approaching. I did this because I knew that I needed to change. It’s never too late.
My advice for others would be to make a commitment to start loving yourself again. This is the only body we have, so we should do our best to take care of it. In the words of FLOTUS…”Just Move”… but I’d add to that “Just Start Loving You”.