|Success By The Numbers
Starting Weight: 254
Current Weight: 188
Total Weight Loss: 66 pounds
Starting Dress Size: 20W Stretch Plus
Current Dress Size: 14
Total Sizes Lost: 3
How Katie gained 80 pounds…
In middle and high school I always had a sport that I was playing, but after graduating high school my fitness
took a back seat to my studies. I tried several times to start up new
workout routines, but a paper or exam would come along and I would have
to stop again. After graduating with my Masters Degree I had
successfully gained over 80 lbs and was in the worst shape of my life.
How Katie LOST 66 pounds and found some "me" time…
I finally decided that now that I finished my education, it was "me"
time. I started to get my eating under control but knew that in the
long run only exercise would help me lead the kind of lifestyle I
desired. The FIRM videos help me to strengthen and tone all the muscles
in my body from head to toe including my heart.
And she gained a sense of accomplishment… in record time!
feel like I stand a little taller with each and every workout.
Finishing a workout leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment and
sense of satisfaction that I can carry with me the whole day through.
The sequencing of each of the workouts makes me feel like I am
really getting the most for my time. I finish each workout covered in
sweat and really feeling like I put my all into the workout.
Katie's typical daily meals… This is how Katie lost 66 pounds! You can eat this way too!
Breakfast: I cup oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins or whole grain cereal with skim milk, yogurt and a banana
Lunch: ½ chicken or shrimp salad sandwich on whole grain bread with lettuce and tomato, fat-free chip, pickle, diet soda
Dinner: Salmon with broccoli or a salad full of fresh veggies and a fat free reduced calorie dressing.
My favorite meal is: Maryland style crab cakes with a fresh salad
Favorite Cheat Food: Chocolate ice cream with mini PB Cups crushed on top.
Katie's Favorite Diet Tip? Portion size and moderation…
is all about portion control and balance. If you feel like you need to
have a piece of chocolate or some ice cream you can you just need to
use moderation and portion control to stop it from showing up on the
Katie says don't beat yourself up…
I don't get
down on myself too much when I slip on my diet or miss a workout. I use
that "failure" as a motivator to make my eating or my workout the next
day the best it has ever been.
Take it from Katie - Beginners tips for Success!
- Start slow with no weights and do the beginner moves even if you
feel like you are strong enough not to. The FIRM workouts are great and
I think are tougher than they look!
- Use your rest days when you start out. Giving your body time
to recover from the previous workout puts it in great form for the next
- Never skip your stretches. You may think you don't need them but your body will thank you later!
- When you find yourself making excuses for yourself so you can
skip your workout, STOP! Put your DVD in and get to work. You will feel
so great when you are done you won't even remember why you were
contemplating skipping it.
- Get a buddy to check-in with. They can be a great motivator
and a best friend. They understand where you are coming from and want
you go get there as much as you do. It really helps me get through the
tough days to know that she will be there to cheer me on.
The FIRM Believer's Club Video Rotations take the guesswork out of your routines!
The FBC is a great motivator for my fitness goals. I love the
rotations! They take the guesswork of which video I should do each day.
I just check my calendar, grab my DVD, and use my energy in my workout
instead of standing in front of my bookcase. It is also a great place
to ask questions and check-in with my fellow FIRMies. The advice you
can get from the Master Instructors and Sara is priceless.
Pictures are worth a thousand words… and about 66 pounds!
When I first started to put on weight, I knew I had gained, but it had
been so slow that I didn't realize exactly how much I had gained. Now I
look at my before and after photos and realize how big a difference it
is. I am never going back!
The Queen of Excuses (aka Katie!) says, "No More excuses!"
am the queen of excuses. If I don't want to do something I will find a
way to talk myself out of feeling guilty about not doing it. I can't do
that with my workouts anymore. All the excuses that I could come up
with aren't good enough anymore because I am holding myself accountable
to the most important person of all, myself.
I am always happy when…
I get out of the shower after a great workout. I feel beautiful on the inside and out and am ready to face the day.