Kelli: My Weight Loss Journey

I had been heavy from my early teenage years and onward. My mom had always struggled with her weight; I think initially, I just assumed that I would befall the same fate. As the years went on, I became heavier and heavier. I tried many different options, none of which worked. Of course, when we fail to lose weight, we become discouraged.


I mustered up the motivation to try it yet again. It came down to dedication and determination. I exercised every day for two years straight. I used to work in the corporate world and would perform some of my core exercises and then power-walk/jog on my coffee and lunch breaks.


Diet is also an essential component! I cut out all processed foods and I began eating clean. I don’t drink pop or juice. The only sugary beverage I drink is tea. I had avoided any type of snack food or dessert for more than two years. How much you eat is equally as important as what you eat. Every time you go out to dinner, there is usually the trouble of portion distortion. I found that to be very difficult for me and would often ask for a take-out container and put it off to the side. Out of sight and out of mind. I love food and enjoy eating it! So, if I get portion distortion, then I will eat far more than I need to, simply because it taste good.

Eating clean, home-cooked meal’s and packing my own lunches has made a big difference. Planning ahead for when I will be hungry, to ensure that I have a healthy snack to tide me over. Since making these changes in my life, I have much more energy and feel better! It’s hard to lose weight; but it is possible with dedication and determination. It helps to have a workout buddy. That way you know that you are going to meet up with a friend and do it together. At the very least, engage your family and friends, to encourage you to persevere, even when you are fatigued and wanting to eat junk. For me, once I started really seeing/feeling the results, that was a huge help with the motivation.


I have adopted all kinds of tips and tricks over the years, to help maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Just to name a few:

  • Eat 4 to 6 times per day, including snacks
  • bring healthy snacks with you, so you don’t reach for junk
  • don’t graze at the fridge, eat slowly and chew thoroughly
  • use a small plate and a dessert fork or spoon
  • always eat breakfast and make sure it includes protein!