I am super excited to have Krista here today to share her story with you! Krista has lost 90 pounds and has kept it off for 8 years and she is using her story to inspire and motivate others to do the same.
Weight Loss After College: My 90 Pound Transformation
I grew up as the typical ‘chubby’ child. I lived with my grandparents and they always spoiled me with a lot of food. We always had drawers packed full of Oreo cookies, Little Debbie Cakes, Tasty Cakes, and would pick up Dunkin Donuts on a weekly basis. So, my biggest problem was sweets. At least until I was old enough to drive.
After getting into high school, I started to develop more of a taste for fast food because it was convenient. I remember telling my grandma “I’m just going to pick up a biscuit from McDonalds on the way into school.” Yeah… many kids like fast food as a teen, and I was still a chubby teenager but I was okay with my body still. I was still a proportionate overweight girl so I didn’t think too much about my weight being a problem.
As soon as I turned 18, I was ready to finish high school, go to college and venture off into the world. I ended up deciding to go to a college a few states away, I was on my own for a little while until later my boyfriend and I lived together. This was where the real weight gain started coming on rapidly. I started to mirror his eating habits.
So, here I am at less than 5 foot tall, eating fast food every day and pretty much eating like a man. We would eat at fast food places at least two times a day. We would stay up late, play computer games all night, and repeat the process on the regular.
One of my most memorable moments was going off to college for a morning class and instead of eating a breakfast I would swing by Baskin Robins which was open before 7 am because it was merged with the Dunkin, and I would get a large milkshake. This was my form of an energy drink at the time. Then about 45 minutes later you get a sugar crash.
Taking the Weight Off
Once I finally graduated college and started to work a full-time job, this is when things changed for me. I witnessed a co-worker over time lose a lot of weight. So, I would talk to him about what he was doing and how he was managing to do it. At the time he was counting calories, but all of this really inspired me. I felt like if this guy can do it, and he was a lot bigger than me, then I should be able to do it too.
That’s when I was also told about Weight Watchers so I decided to give it a go. This changed my life because they educated me about portion sizes, how to read nutrition labels and how to identify hunger cues. This was a lifestyle change, not a ‘diet’ like ‘Atkins’ which is something that I did try in the past and it was a complete fail for me. Weight Watchers was something that was a good FIT for me and something that I could do.
It took me a little over one year to lose 90lbs. But the education and healthy habits I have learned are with me forever. Learning how to eat ended up being more valuable to me than my college education as a graphic designer. Which is why I am trying to pay it forward and share my knowledge via my podcast From Fat 2 That.If you are struggling with your weight loss, and you are battling with obesity you can succeed. It is mind over matter, and you must believe in yourself. Start small, and take one step at a time, if you try to take on too many things at once it is easy to give up. Keep your head up and do whatever you can to push forward. Set backs happen but you can start by making your next meal better. It’s all about the progress not perfection.
If you are struggling with your weight loss, and you are battling with obesity you can succeed. It is mind over matter, and you must believe in yourself. Start small, and take one step at a time, if you try to take on too many things at once it is easy to give up. Keep your head up and do whatever you can to push forward. Set backs happen but you can start by making your next meal better. It’s all about the progress not perfection.