Highest Weight: 185 pounds
Starting Weight: 177 pounds
Lowest Weight: 129 pounds
Current Weight: ?
“I’m Kate, I’m 23 years old originally from Long Island, NY, but currently residing in Springfield, MA for law school. I started my journey towards health and fitness back in January of 2013 and since then I have completely changed my lifestyle. I struggled with my weight my entire life and developed bulimia my senior year of high school, which didn’t help me lose weight, but reinforced poor eating habits, so I am currently in recovery from the binge/purge cycle and do not condone this behavior at all.”
How long did it take to lose the weight?
6 months, from January-July 2013
What did you eat?
“I’ll give you some basic ideas of things I ate while I was losing weight, but as I said before please don’t take this to be some sort of weightloss guide, what worked for me may not necessarily work for you.”
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs w/ 2 pieces of wholegrain toast w/ 1tbs natural peanut butter (I pretty much had this everyday, I like to be consistent)
Kashi cereal w/ skim milk
“Multigrain bagel from Dunkin Donuts w/ a little bit of butter (ask for a little, I still ended up having to wipe some off a lot of the time)”
Lunch/Dinner: I had a really weird schedule so my “lunch” was later in the day and so was dinner so I often had smaller meals more frequently.
Grilled chicken w/ baked potato (olive oil, garlic powder, and black pepper on top)
Whole-wheat pasta w/ garlic, shrimp, and broccoli
Whole-wheat tortilla w/ shredded cheddar cheese, grilled chicken, and spinach
Annie’s single serving of mac and cheese
Brown rice w/ grilled chicken and a little low-sodium soy sauce
Nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews)
Luna bars, lara bars
Weight Watchers ice cream sandwiches
Part skim string cheese
Annie’s cheddar bunnies, bunny grahams, ect.
Apples, grapes, cantaloupe
“Now this is obviously not a complete list of what I ate, but it’s what I ate most often.”
How did you lose thigh/stomach/arm fat?
You cannot spot reduce fat. You have to lower your overall body fat % and that is done through clean eating and a combo of cardio/strength.
Did you drink alcohol while you were losing weight?
“I did probably about once every week or two, but sometimes more, sometimes less, I usually drank budlight and the amount would vary, sometimes I’d just have a couple sometimes I’d get drunk, I just made sure other than that I was still eating well and exercising, I mean it’s definitely not the healthiest thing to consume, and it does slow your metabolism, which can effect weightloss, but I’m all about moderation.”
How did you get into running?
“I started running slowly for as long as I could (3-4 mins at first) and then I’d walk until I felt rested and then I’d run again and do that for about 20 minutes, in the beginning I got progressively better pretty quickly I could run a little longer, or walk a little less, and go even longer, and a few weeks into it I was able to run a full mile without stopping, from there I’d still do the run/walk combo but I usually only had 1 walk break between 2 longer runs until I could run straight through for 2 miles. From there I just kept at it and slowly increased my distance each week, and once I could do 3 miles it started to get sooo much easier and that’s when I really came to enjoy it.”
Did you have any issues with stretch marks or cellulite?
“I had stretch marks from a longggg time ago mainly on my thighs, hips, and upper arms, and they were already white and faded by the time I started losing weight so they didn’t change at all, they’re still there, you just have to be up close to see them, the ones at the top of my inner thighs are still the most visible. I also had cellulite mainly on my thighs that definitely improved when I lost weight, I found that it has improved even more after beginning weight lifting.”