Transformation of the Day: Kimberly lost 137 pounds. She decided to change her life because she was experiencing gallbladder issues and was a risk for liver disease. Although she got results working with a bariatric team, she realized she could lose the weight on her own without surgery.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I’ve always been a heavy person. After my mom passed in 2019 and the pandemic started, I gained even more weight. Then, in 2021 I started having gallbladder issues and ended up in the hospital for five days after having my gallbladder removed. During those days, they thought I might have the beginnings of liver disease. If I didn’t make a change soon, things were only going to get worse.
I began working with the bariatric team and started my journey to have surgery. However, in the end, I didn’t have enough money to have my procedure. I wanted to give up but had already lost 90 pounds by then. So decided that if I could do that, I should keep going.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started seeing a dietitian as part of the requirements for surgery and adopted a low-carb, high-protein lifestyle. I started by cutting out bad carbs, sweets, and sodas. I measure all my food (3oz of protein) and lots of veggies (no butter). I eat three meals a day with mostly no snacking in between. I drink at least 64oz of water daily and have a new love for sugar-free Jell-O and popsicles.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
I use an app called Bloom Young for its low-impact exercises. I also follow Growwithjo on YouTube. I also take walks around my neighborhood and use the treadmill. My goal is 30 minutes a day, 4 to 5 times a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I was over 429 pounds when I started last July. However, that was not my highest weight ever. I currently weigh 292 pounds with a goal of 250 pounds.
What is your height?
I am 5’8”.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
I was initially going to have surgery on January 3rd, but I decided not to do it. I am undecided if I will eventually have gastric sleeve surgery in the future.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey in July 2021, and I am still going strong.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
I realized that I really can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. I stand on that daily. Also that I am the only person who can do this for me.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Try and try again. I never thought I would be able to do this, but it was because I never really gave it a serious try. You will have days when you feel like you can’t but don’t stay in that mindset. Get up the next morning and try again.