August where did you go? This month really got past me. I feel like it’s been such a whirlwind. One more week and then it’s back to school for us. Looking at our schedule the fall will be just as busy for us as the summer has been.
Today’s Feature Friday is Krys from A Healthy State of Mind. Krys and I met through Instagram. Her story is very inspiring. I love her determination. She grabbed life by the horns and is crushing her goals!
1. Why did you get started on your fitness journey?
Boy that’s kind of a long story. Coming into this world at almost 10lbs, I can honestly say that I have never been a small girl. I was always the chubby friend, which by high school turned into the fat friend. I had this love hate relationship with food & a complete allergy to any type of physical exercise. I actually nearly failed PE in high school *gulp* three times. I had it in my mind that I just could not do it. I could not diet without feeling starving. I could not exercise. I could not run… I basically had already set it up in my mind that I was going to fail. So naturally when I was put on to diets in my early teens, I sabotaged myself nearly everyday by sneaking foods. I then would see that I wasn’t losing weight & in turn I continued to tell myself that I could not do it. That apparently something was wrong with me that made me unable to lose weight. I yo-yo dieted for quite a while & I never really thought about exercising. I would last for a month or two then I would fall off the wagon, eat something “bad” for me & never get back to it.
Last summer I joined MyFitnessPal & lost a little over 20lbs. I felt so proud of myself. I even started to incorporate light exercise (ie. Walk Away the Pounds). I then had the great idea of wanting a recumbent exercise bike. My family got together & purchased one for my birthday last year & I used it nearly three days a week for about a month & a half. Then, my Fiance had an accident at work which left him home for three months. We had a wonderful three months together, bonding, relaxing… eating. Oh, the eating! By the time he was ready to go back to work it was the holidays. Well, who can start a diet when there are cookies to make?!?! Yep. I went there.
Before I knew it the holidays were over. And one day while walking a city block to my car, I found myself completely out of breath. I was absolutely winded. As I got into the car, breathing heavy & sweating, I realized I need to get myself in shape! A couple weeks later I had a doctor’s appointment. My first one since last summer. I walked to the scale, scared, out of breath, & depressed. I was not prepared to see a number on the scale that I have never been… 299. Not only did I gain back the 20lbs I lost last summer, but I gained some more on top of that. I was absolutely mortified & angry with myself for letting it get so bad.
The next day I signed back into MyFitnessPal & I have been logging in every day since! I never want to get to that place again. I want to get down out of my current obese BMI so that I can start a family with my Fiance. I want to be the healthiest I can be. Not only physically but mentally as well. I will never be that close to 300lbs ever again, & hopefully I will even find myself in ONEderland by the spring of 2015.
2. What has been your biggest health or fitness accomplishment to date?
My biggest fitness accomplishment would probably be being able to do an 1hr & 45 minute session on the treadmill, with incline, & even with some jogging thrown in. Yes, this girl who said she can’t run is learning to! Oh, & I signed up to walk my first official 5k on the 31st. :) Health wise I would have to say losing 60lbs in a little over 6 months & being the lowest weight I have been in years.
3. What piece of advice would give someone just starting their journey?
Don’t give up. I know, everyone says that. But seriously, don’t! Believe in yourself. And if you have a bad day, don’t let it turn into a bad week. Wake up each morning with a fresh slate. Today is a new day, tomorrow is a new day, just don’t let yesterday ruin it.
4. What are some of your goals going forward?
My weight goals going forward, to be out of the 230’s by October, out of 220’s by New Years, & hopefully see ONEderland by spring! :) Slow & steady wins the race right? ;)
Fitness goals I am looking forward to being able to run for longer periods of time without my knees bothering me. I also can’t wait for my self confidence to kick in to where I can actually run in public without feeling like a complete idiot. lol. For now, I’ll stick to the treadmill, in my home, with the blinds closed. Don’t look, I’m running! :D