Been There, Done That, Bought the T-Shirt

My name is Kassie and you may be wondering if I can really relate to your weight loss struggles, so I want to share the journey I am on from 370 lbs to 150 lbs with you to show you that I can relate, I understand, and I can help.  I was not always heavy.  I was actually “average” size all of my life, until I entered into a really bad relationship about nineteen years ago.  Instead of getting up and walking out the door, which would have been the smart choice, I stayed and dealt with the pain and unhappiness by self-medicating with food.  In a matter of a few short years, I had gone from a so-called “normal” weight to tipping the scale around 280 lbs.  Tack on a few more years and a lot more misery and I finally topped out at 370lbs.

Kassie at 370 lbs

Kassie at 370 lbs

About five years ago, the relationship, along with a lot of other things, came crashing down around me.  In a twenty-six month period, I lost my job of eight years, my marriage ended, I lost my home to foreclosure, I lost the step daughters I had raised from young babies to teenagers, and I lost my Mom to lung cancer.  When it was all said and done, I wondered what else could happen and how much more I could take.

I had never completed my college education and I was in yet another job that was coming to an end due to the bad economy.    I was in terrible health, especially given the fact that I was only thirty-eight years old.  With my weight at an all-time high, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol taking over, sleep apnea that was severe enough it required me to sleep connected to a CPAP machine, and no viable career path, I knew that I had some serious decisions to make.

In August 2011, with the love and support of my Dad, who has literally done ANYTHING he could to ensure I could be successful on this journey, I enrolled in school to complete my degree and on September 23, 2011, six months to the day after my mother passed away, I joined Weight Watchers.  I was determined from the start to be successful with school and successful with my weight loss.

When I weighed in at that first Weight Watchers meeting and was faced with that terrible number, 370 lbs, I felt tremendous anxiety because the amount I needed to lose, 220 lbs, seemed overwhelming!!!  Thankfully, my leader told me that first day my first goal would be to just lose 5%, or 18 ½ lbs. and suddenly, it was not so overwhelming anymore.  From that day forward, I vowed not to think about 220 lbs. but rather to only focus on small increments…”one pound at a time,” one day at a time, and one week at a time.

September 25, 2011 Two Days After Joining Weight Watchers

September 25, 2011
Two Days After Joining Weight Watchers

It has been twenty-seven months and I have lost 162.8 lbs. and although I still have 57.2 lbs. to go, I could not be happier.  In that time, I have graduated from college, I met a wonderful man named Michael who has been nothing but supportive for the last twenty months, and 73.2 lbs that he has seen me shed, I am now diabetes, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea free, and I am embarking on a career to help others achieve success in their weight loss. I know the importance of lifestyle change, not just to improve your looks, but more importantly, to improve your health.  I hope to encourage people through this blog as well as through my Lifestyle and Weight Loss Consultant career. My goal is to help people realize that ANYTHING is possible.  You are never too far gone.

I will always be very honest and candid about my experiences.  When people ask me, “How are you doing it?” my first response is always, “Through hard work.”  and that is not always the answer people want to hear.  Unfortunately, there is no magic pill.  You did not gain the weight overnight, and it’s not going away overnight.  The good news is, and I say this from personal experience, the end results are worth every single bit of hard work and sacrifice that go into achieving them.  One of my favorite mantras is, “Remember why you started.”   On the days that it feels like I have to sacrifice a lot, I just remind myself of the shape I was in when I started vs. where I’m at today, and suddenly, it’s not a sacrifice anymore.  From day one of this journey I have always told myself “Quitting is never an option,” hence the name of the blog.  No matter how difficult it may be, no matter how long it may take, I do not allow myself the option of quitting.

I hope you will join me on this journey and that we can inspire each other to great success along the way.

Kassie October 2013 160.4 lbs GONE!!!

Kassie October 2013
160.4 lbs GONE!!!

Comments

  1. Wow! You have done so well so far! Congratulations on your success and I wish you all the luck in the future! 57.2lbs to go and you clearly have the right mindset and attitude! Here’s to 2014 and your happier, healthier lifestyle!
    You look fantastic, by the way!

  2. Great Start! Thank you for sharing your journey. Looking forward to reading more….

  3. You look awesome Kassie! KUDOS to you for sharing your experience and helping others on the path to success!!

  4. I love your blog and the whole website!! I am so glad I know you and am honored to be a part of your journey!!!!! Ellen

  5. Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to
    him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many
    thanks for sharing!

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