|Here comes the bride. Work it, honey.|
I always say I’m one of the luckiest hos around because I get to know so many amazing people who have worked their hardest to accomplish seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their journeys to health.
So when I received this email from Kristen I about choked on my iced tea:
I came across your blog looking for soy flour spaghetti and ended up spending a lot of time on it. While I’m not the typical low-carb dieter anymore, I did lose 135 pounds on a low-carb diet and have kept it off now for nearly six years. I now am 5’8 and weigh 128 pounds. Most people who know me now don’t believe I was every heavy (much less obese!), and when I find sites like yours I wish there had been the resources and support out there when I started dieting 10 years ago. I’ve attached a couple pictures, but I just wanted to say you’re doing a great thing!
Aside from the fact that I always blush like a blusher when people say nice stuff, I immediately jumped on the hopes of getting Kristine to share her incredible journey with us and she said yes! Not only is she busy with her writing career, she is getting married in a month!
Now half the woman she used to be, find out more about this dynamic young hottie patottie and soon-to-be blushing bride and be sure to send her some love in the comments below. Her dedication makes me absolutely proud of this lifestyle and of the tenacity of our community.
- Name: Kristen
- Height: 5’8″
- Weight Lost: 130 lbs
- Diet plan: Low carb/South Beach/low cal
- Exercise: Everything! I’m addicted to working out. When I started dieting I hated it, and started out with walks, jogging, aerobics, etc. Now I run 5-7 miles 3-4 times a week, attend weightlifting classes, do cardio circuits, hike and surf.
What advice do you have for others? Being overweight can be a very lonely feeling. I was very insecure when I was heavy, and because of that I didn’t allow myself to have the support that is available out there. I love web sites like these because they cast a light on others who are just like you. And no matter how you change your body, the change needs to come in your mind. Mine didn’t come for many years, and I suffered with body image and eating disorders because of that. Losing weight can be the most empowering thing you ever do, so recognize it, share it, and be proud of it!
Do you have a similar story? Whether you’ve overcome a health problem, a weight problem or just life’s problems with your healthy lifestyle, would you like to share your experience with Your Lighter Side and reach thousands? If so, be sure to email me at yourlighterside at gmail dot com!
Congrats to both of you wonderful peeps! Such an inspiration and Congrats Kristen on your coming wedding! Many blessings to both of you! Hugs!
Queen of the Nook says
Awe-inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story. We readers can just see the sparkle in your eye. Best of luck in your marriage, career, and healthy lifestyle. I will be returning to your before and after photos often for encouragement.
What a motivational story. I only have about 20 pounds to lose, but this makes me want to JUST DO IT!
I'm so happy for Kristen. Hard work really does pay off!
Thanks to Jamie and all for their kind words, and letting me be famous for a day! Love to you all.
Thanks to Jamie and all of your kind words, and letting me be famous for a day! Can't wait to see your stories as well.
I was diagnosed with PCOS back in November 2010 and have started low carb eating. This article has been a blessing. Thank you!
Thanks for sharing this story!