Ditch The Diet! Eat Right. Move More. Move On!
December 2015 EAC Champion: Kayla D of Ohio, USA!
Heaviest Weight: 330lbs
Total Weight Lost (as of Dec 2015): 57.8lbs
First off, thank you very much for agreeing to speak with me about your personal story! My hope is that your story may relate to someone else and inspire them to ditch the diets, eat right, move more, and move on!
So… take us back… can you give us a peek into what your life was like before you started down this path? How active were you?
Before I started my weight loss journey, I didn’t lead a very active lifestyle. I’m a nanny so my work days were spent sitting around, playing with the kids and my days off were spent usually sitting around at home. I was lazy when it came to working out and never did any type of exercise other than an occasional walk.
What about your diet? What was that like?
My diet was nonexistent and I ate pretty much whatever I wanted, when I wanted. About 3 months before starting my journey though, I did give up fast food and soda.
Soda is a big one. That must have been hard! How about your mindset at that time?
I always knew I was obese and needed to do something about it, but I never followed through.
So you led a pretty inactive lifestyle, diet was all over the place, and you knew you needed to do something to turn this around, but didn’t quite go for it. What changed? What motivated you to choose a healthier life?
My motivation to get started was pretty simple; I wanted to live a healthier, longer life and if I continued down the path I was on, I would have been slowly eating myself to death, so I decided the day after Easter this year to make a change and I’m so glad I did! I was never huge growing up, but I was overweight and I didn’t want to be that person anymore. I was sick of always being in pain, not being able to shop in certain stores, constantly being tired and worn out and just missing out on certain things because of my weight. Lastly, another motivation for me was to lose weight so that sometime in the near future my husband and I could start a family. I knew being the size I was and pregnant would be very detrimental to my health and extremely risky.
I love it! What honest and personal motivators to want to change! So bring us up to speed… what’s your diet look like today?
Since starting my diet, I have given up soda and all sugary drinks and for the most part, fast food. I will still eat it if I’m in a rush, but do my best to make a “healthy” choice, and it is rare! The only things I drink are water, flavored water or unsweetened iced tea and occasionally coffee (no cream or sweetener).
Aside from trying not to drink your calories, how do you keep your intake in check?
I follow a low calorie diet and track everything I eat using the app, My Fitness Pal. When I started this journey, I was given around 2,100 calories, but I never would eat close to that! I gradually lowered it and now stick to 1,400 calories per day and feel that is a good fit.
Wow 2,100 to 1,400 calories is a big jump! Do you give yourself treats one in a while? Where does that fit in with your plan?
I still enjoy things I love on occasion, but it’s all about moderation! Usually once a week or once every other week, I will enjoy one “cheat” meal.
It sounds like you have a great diet plan going now. How about moving more? How have you made that a part of your lifestyle?
I typically walk 4-6 times a week for my exercise. Usually, I walk at least a mile and have walked as far as 5.5 miles! On occasion, I also do exercise DVD’s at home. Now that Winter is upon us, I will be resorting to at-home exercises instead of walking outside in the frigid temperatures. I also try to just be more active in general, even if it’s cleaning – it’s still better than sitting around!
Nearly 60lbs lost naturally, dramatically cut down on soda and fast food, walking most days of the week… you really are changing your life one pound, one choice, one step at a time! How would you say your life has improved or changed as a result?
My success has drastically changed my life! I’m so much happier and just in a much better place than I used to be. I was my own worst enemy and so depressed because of how bad I had let myself get. Although I’m nowhere near my goal weight, I’m learning to have self-confidence and love myself.
That’s what it’s all about! If you could leave a message for someone just starting out on their journey, or struggling through it, what would it be?
Never give up know matter how many times you “fall off the wagon.” Just because you have a bad day or a bad week doesn’t mean you have to give up – always push forward and remember tomorrow is a new day! Also, always remember everyone’s journey is different so everybody loses differently…do what works best for you and your lifestyle!
I love it! You nailed it Kayla – everyone’s journey is different! By doing what you found to be best for you has provided you with not just dramatic results, but happiness and self-confidence! Thank you for sharing your story, you are such an inspiration!!
Since you said you’re nowhere near your goal weight, I’m curious about one last thing…if you could say something to your future self, at goal weight, after the losing faze of this journey is behind you… what would it be?
Hmm this is a tough one! I think I would be proud of how far I’ve come and know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Most importantly, I never gave up!
YES! And you CAN accomplish anything you set your mind to. You are proving that every single day along this path! Again, thank you for sharing your story with us. My hope is that your story connects with someone out there who can relate and gets them moving! Best wishes to you, have a very nice holiday, and stay in touch!
Would you like to keep up with Kayla’s progress? I know I do!
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