Weight Loss Story: Krystin lost 32 pounds and 2 dress sizes in 6 months. This military wife and mom was tired of being overweight and wanted to walk into her 30s healthy and fit. She found an eating and exercise program that worked for her. Although she still has more to do, she is celebrating her victory so far.
I recently lost 33 pounds and 2 dress sizes. I feel great! After years and years of weight loss struggles, I can finally say that I did it. I have a ways to go, but I am so proud of my progress. I love myself now as a woman and I can finally keep up with my husband and kids. I an so thankful to God for finally letting me shine bright.
My motivation to lose weight was me approaching 30 years old. I had been overweight throughout my entire 20’s and I was tired of it. Being a military wife and moving from place to place, it was hard to make and keep friends. I often sat in the house and was a couch potato. Once we moved to our current duty station, I received lots of motivation from a new friend who happened to be a Beachbody coach. She never pressured me to join, she just shared her successes and her failures. Seeing that she too had a weight problem and still had days where she struggled, made me see her as human. She always managed to pick herself back up and keep it pushing.
I started by eating smaller portions using my children’s plates and drinking Shakeology (protein meal replacements). Then, I cut out white starches and sweets. I replaced them with more fruits, more veggies and whole wheat everything. I then began doing a workout video called PiYo. It’s palates and yoga put together. I would also run and walk flights of stairs.
At my heaviest, I weighed 225 pounds. I eventually fad dieted and exercised down to 215 pounds. In March 2015, (at 215 lbs) I started portion control and then the 21 Day Fix program and PiYo. I am now down to 183 pounds. That’s 32 pounds in 6 months. I still have a ways to go for my 5’4″ frame to be considered a healthy weight.
The best advice I could give someone wanting to begin their weight loss journey is to remember you are human. You will have good and bad days. To have less bad days, plan your cheat meals, not days, to avoid falling off. Remember: It took you months to put on the weight, so allow yourself months to get it off. One thing is for sure, you are what you eat. You can exercise all you want but if your food intake is bad, it will definitely show. Find a workout partner to push and motivate each other to keep going. I could go on and on, but the most important advice is to love yourself and be your own cheerleader because we as women, are our own worst critics.