Kristy Loses 265 Pounds Naturally. Here’s How She Transformed Her Body

Kristy weight loss journey before-after

I’m so excited to share Kristy’s weight loss transformation story with you. So many people feel like they can never change or become the healthy version of themselves that they want to be.

It is possible and Kristy is living proof of that!

Why did you decide to transform your body?

I had been overweight my entire life. 220 lbs by age 13, and over 300 lbs by 18. At about 30 years old, I became committed to losing weight when I maxed out my scale, which can hold up to 440 lbs. At this point, I was basically crushing my own feet. I had excruciating pain in my ankles and feet. I would wear cast boots at work, and at home, I would walk with crutches. I definitely had to start doing something.

Which diet plan guided your transformation?

My strategy has evolved several times as my level of commitment and my knowledge of health and fitness have increased. A big thank you to my other half, Stephen. He has been my personal trainer and nutritionist during the most dramatic part of my change. About a year before meeting Stephen, I had lost about 75-80 lbs.

I had made a few food and beverage choice changes but had not started exercising yet. The pain in my ankles and feet had let up quite a bit, but I was not ready for any nature hikes just yet. I had started working in-home care for elderly and disabled patients. I had several clients who were in their condition mainly due to taking care of themselves poorly over the years. This strengthened my commitment.

About a year or 2 into my relationship with Stephen, and with a few more food changeouts, I was down about another 100 lbs. I was now 275 lbs, and this is when Stephen and I started working out. Now having fully transformed my diet, adding exercise to that took it to the next level. The difference in how I eat now is truly shocking. I would eat fast food, ice cream, chips, candy, drink sodas, and all of the unhealthy things. Now I eat fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and have cut out as many processed foods as possible. I think the most processed thing that we consume now is peanut butter. Also, aside from protein shakes, the only thing we drink is spring water.

As with my diet changes, my workout plan has evolved with my level of fitness. When I started working out at 275 lbs, I had gone over my goals with my fiance. I personally did not want to only lose weight, I also wanted to gain muscle. For me personally, the recumbent bike was my cardio of choice until I had enough strength and stamina to use ellipticals. I used to hate treadmills, but I now use them occasionally. I would use low-weight dumbbells to do curls, shoulder presses, and skull crushers while on the bike. I picked the bikes that had 2 cup holders so that I could place my dumbbells in them between sets.

My current routine is mostly weight training. Chest & triceps, core/cardio, “major” leg day, back & biceps, core/cardio or active recovery day, “minor” leg day, and an active recovery day. We also go hiking as well as play tennis and soccer together.

kristy transformation

Did you have any food or eating challenges?

Of course, I did! I had 30 years of very poor eating habits that had to be broken. Not only had I been making poor food choices, but I also emotionally ate. This is where there really comes a struggle with food and why previous dieting attempts had always failed for me. First, I had to acknowledge that I had this problem. Then I had to work to break attachments that I had to foods. Food is for nourishment, to give us energy, and to keep us healthy. Once I was fully able to grasp a new attitude about food, the transition became even easier.

What’s one mistake you made during your transformation?

Sometimes not accepting where I was currently at in my progress. Whether it be with the fat loss, or with how much weight I was pushing for a particular exercise. Sometimes I was wanting to, or felt like I should be farther along than I was. You are at where you are at, period. You can stop and stagnate, or you can keep going and you will see those results!

What aspect of your journey has challenged you the most?

Getting started was the hardest part. Especially since my self-esteem and coping skills were completely in the toilet. I was super unhealthy, didn’t like myself very much, and didn’t really have any hope. I had endured abuses multiple times in my life and cutting was a way of coping for me for many years off and on from age 10-31. It was a pretty low point to summon motivation from, and it was admittedly a slow start, but thankfully I managed to do it.

What are your future plans with health and fitness?

I absolutely plan to remain as active and healthy as possible. It would be nice to have some of my extra skin removed someday, but for now, I would like to put on another 15 lbs or so of muscle and cut another 15 lbs or so of fat. I would also like to help people in any way possible get started with their own health and fitness journey! A more immediate goal of mine is to get my leg presses up to 600 lbs. My current best is 570 lbs. Sooooooon!!!!!

What advice would you give to others wanting to lose weight?

Knowledge is power, and one of the best things my fiance and I have done throughout our journey is to educate ourselves about exercise, nutrition, and its effects. It has given us a better understanding of what we are doing and why. I would also say, don’t be discouraged if you aren’t seeing results in what you consider to be a timely fashion. I know I didn’t get to over 440 lbs overnight, nor did the weight drop overnight. It is a process that will come with ups, downs, and plateaus, but its ok! Stick with it, and I promise you will see results. Support is also very helpful, even if it’s just one person! I also don’t mind giving advice or tips. I can be reached on Instagram @kristy_marie_83

Ted Kallmyer BA, M.Ed., is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Certified Trainer, the author or Healthy Eater, and a professional nutritional coach. If you need help reaching your weight loss/fitness goals see his personal coaching options.
Last Updated: February 26, 2021

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