Welcome to back for another Transformation Tuesday series! Today we’re hearing from Kristi!
Q: When did you realize that you had a weight problem?
A: I was always on the average size in terms of weight. I started to notice myself gaining weight about three years ago. I ignored the problem thinking perhaps it would go away on it’s own despite my poor eating habits and lack of exercise. I kept telling myself “ it was only about 10 pounds, it’s not a big deal.” What I thought was 10 pounds turned out to be 25. I knew I had to do something but I couldn’t seem to get myself motivated to lose it.
Q: What made you decide to do something about it?
A: In early June of 2013 I went to Vegas with my friends and now fiance.. I remember sitting at the pool in my bathing suit feeling like I didnt belong. Everywhere I looked there were girls with nice bodies and to put it bluntly I felt like the fat girl. I said to my fiance “ when we get home, I’m going to try to lose weight.” He had heard it all before. But this time I knew I was determined to make a change. I didn’t want to feel like the fat girl at the pool anymore.
Q: When did you start?
A: A few days after I got back from that vacation I started thinking about healthier eating habits. I joined a gym and began going about 4 times per week. At first my diet wasn’t as healthy as it could have been. It was a healthier version of my regular diet, but it was something. I would do about an hour of cardio in the gym and coulnd’t understand why I wasn’t seeing any progress. Around August I decide to really clean up my diet completely. If it wasn’t clean I wouldn’t eat it. Besides a treat here and there, I was doing fabulous. I couldn’t believe I was actually sticking to it this time. Around October I had lost 15 pounds. Friends and family started noticing and the compliments poured in. I felt like a million bucks.
Q: How much weight have you lost?
A: I have lost around 37 pounds since I started my journey. I’m now smaller than I’ve ever been. I look back at pictures of myself before I even gained weight and realized I was actually a little chubby all along. haha!
Q: What is/was your goal?
A: When I started my initial goal was to lose weight. Now my goal has become so much more than that. I feel like I’m setting new goals all the time. Ideally I would like to continue to lean out while building more muscle. Just striving to be better than I was yesterday.
Q: What weight loss program or eating modifications do you follow?
A: Right now I’m just listening to my body and eating enough to balance the intensity of my workouts. I eat very healthy. I also have a gluten allergy which actually helps me stay on my A game. I can’t binge on pasta or bagels like I used to which is helpful. When I began my “diet” I was eating around 1400 calories a day. I don’t track anymore, but I think it’s around 2000 -2200.
Q: Can you explain your basic program?
A: My program is about as basic as it gets. Healthy eating and exercise.
Q: Do you exercise?
A: I do. I love exercising. It’s become part of my life. It’s the best part of my day.
Q: How often and how much?
A: About 5 or 6 times a week. The length of my workout depends on what I’m doing that day. typically about an hour a day.
Q: Where and when do you exercise?
A: I love getting my workout done in the morning. Something about a good workout really gets your day going. I belong to Vent Fitness right now which is where I do most of my workouts.
Q: What exercises work for you?
A: I love cardio. Anything that gets my sweaty and breathless. However I also love weight training. My cardio can be anything from the stair stepper to a spin class, and my weight training varies. I love trying new things.
Q: What are your trigger foods?
A: I’ve always been a snacker. Chips and salsa, cheese and crackers. party foods. I also love Italian food, however it’s harder to enjoy now that I’ve discovered my gluten allergy. Can’t forget wine. I love my wine.
Q. How do you cope with temptation?
A: For me the best way is to just tell myself it’s not worth it. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy myself and have a treat meal here and there, but the feeling of satisfaction from your appearance lasts a hell of a lot longer than the satisfaction from food.
Q: Have you ever gotten discouraged? What do you do about it?
A: Of course I have. Everyone does. If you have a bad day or eat bad things you can’t dwell on it. You just have to remember tomorrow is a new day. We’re only human.
Q: How did you feel about looking at photos of yourself? Has that changed?
A: I used to hate looking at photos of myself. I always had something negative to pick out. Now I look back and just wonder how I ever let myself get to that point. Those are my motivation to keep going. Old photos.
Q: What is the best benefit of losing weight for you?
A: Just feeling comfortable in my own skin. There’s nothing better than liking the way you look in clothes.
Q: Do people ask you for advice? What do you tell them?
A: All the time! I couldn’t tell you how many meal plans I’ve written out for people. I just have them follow the same guidelines I followed. I tell them not to give up. If I could do it, so can they. Anyone can do it. It’s all a mental game.
Q: What have you been able to do that you couldn’t have done before?
A: Probably just reaching new levels of fitness. I never used to be able to run a mile at a time. The thought of lifting never crossed my mind. I’m always challenging myself to be able to do things I couldn’t do before. That’s all part of the fun!
Thank you, Kristi, and congratulations on your success! We’re glad you were willing to be be a part of our Transformation Tuesdays, and hope your story inspires others! Just like us, now you’re another person who’s been there. 🙂