30 August 2012

Weight Loss Success Stories: Krystle's Skinny Jeans Dreams Come True as She Hit 105lbs Down

Krystle started her blog Skinny Jeans Dreams after she lost about 40lbs (18kg).

Her weight loss journey began three months after she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Weighing at 253lbs (114kg) at 5'5" tall, her BMI is over 40 and categorize as morbid obese. She decided to lose weight because she don't want to raise her baby Elliana with her bad habit. She started out by just cutting her portions and making healthier choices. After a week of doing it on her own, she signed up for Weight Watchers.
Smile for the camera: Krystle with baby Elliana before
she join WW

Krystle found pictures of herself from high school when she had lost some weight and said to herself "I just want to look like this again".

But she has long surpassed that goal!

High School Picture: Krystle's weight loss goal is that she want to look like 
her old-self in high school but she surpassed that goal.

Now, at 148lbs (67kg) she has success her weight loss journey and is hoping to inspire other. Visit Krystle's blog at Skinny Jeans Dreams to be inspired as you lose. The questions and and answers below are taken from Krystle's blog. I hope her story about her weight loss can give you some tips and strategies to success your own journey.

Q: How long did it take you to lose your weight?
A: It took me one year to lose 90lbs and eight months to lose the last 15!

Krystle before and after weight loss: She started at 253lbs (left) and reach her goal at 148lbs (right)

Q: Have you ever hit a plateau? How did you deal with it?
A: The answer above pretty much answers that but yes I have hit plateaus along the way - several actually. I dealt with them the way by switching what I ate, how I worked out, drank more water, either started or stopped using my Weekly Points Allowance, etc... The last 15lbs were SO hard to get off and the last 3 were damn near impossible. Never once did I think about changing my goal - just kept pushing.

Q: Do you count calories or carbs?
A: I do not count calories. Carbs are calculated into WW points and that is what I count.

Q: How did you lose your weight?
A: Through following the Weight Watchers plan and incorporating exercise into my life.

Q: How did you start exercising? And when
A: I didn't really exercise all that much for the first 3 months or so. Then I started with Zumba for the Wii. Before Zumba, I was one of those people who worked out once a month IF THAT. Once I started with Zumba, I couldn't stop. I woke up early every morning just to do it. I had found something that I truly enjoyed and the workout high afterwards made me feel even better. I also walked a lot and rode bikes. I worked my way up from there.

Q: How much water do you drink per day?
A: I aim for 100 or more ounces per day.

Q: What does your typical menu look like for a day?
A: I try not to do anything routinely. I try new things every week and I try to switch things up as much as possible. Sometimes I find something I like and I may eat it several times during a two week period then I won't eat it again for a month. My staples include all types of veggies, fruit, egg whites, beans, toast, oatmeal, peanut butter and a few others but like I said, I am not one of those people who eats egg whites every single day for breakfast.

Q: What kind of workouts do you do now? What does your typical workout routine look like?
A: The answer to this question is the same as the one above. I switch it up!! I get bored very easily so I like to keep things fresh. My favorite workout of all time is Turbo Fire however since I have some back issues and can't do that right now, I also enjoy Jillian Michaels DVDs, doing front/back intervals on the elliptical, weight lifting, running, and walking. I swear by workout DVD's!

Yippie for victory: Krystle is getting so excited because her
skinny jeans dreams come true. She is wearing size 8.

Q: How do you stay motivated?
A: Through this blog, facebook, and the people surrounding me all on the same journey as me. We are in this together and I feed off of you guys as much as you feed off of my energy.

Q: Have you ever had an off week? Off month? Gained weight?
A: MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT. It's not about how many times you fall, it's about how many times you get up.

Q: Do you eat clean?
A: I started out this year (2012) planning on completely clean eating and after going crazy with it for a while, I wore myself out and I have allowed certain things back into my life however I do try to avoid as much processed food as possible. I am nowhere near perfect with this!

Q: What is your guilty pleasure? 

Q: What kinds of things do you keep in your house to have a successful week? 
A: Power foods! Things that will keep me full and satisfied - fruits, veggies, grains, beans, etc... but I do always keep a treat on hand - usually a WW snack of some sort or fat free cool whip.

All pictures are copyright by Skinny Jeans Dreams.

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