My Transformation

Has anyone ever felt like your mind, body, and spirit are stuck in some kind of rut? I would like to share some insight into my “transformation” story because there’s a lot more than just body composition that’s been transformed over the last 8 years. The photo on the left is me at over 200 pounds, stuck in a serious rut. I’m not just talking about exercise or clean eating kind of rut. No matter how much the scale read, I was blind to what was really happening to my body and my lust for life. Like many women out there, after getting married and having a few children, we forget that we need to take care of ourselves. I never seemed to think I had a problem with food or exercise. I always viewed myself as an “active” and “healthy” mom even though I had no workout regimen and no sense of what clean eating was. But the weight kept creeping up on me. Some would say that I had some really great health habits. (Said no one ever! Lol) The truth is I smoked a pack and half of cigarettes a day, I never seemed to get any gym time in, and I loved eating heavy, unhealthy food – 2 full plates at each sitting.  To be perfectly honest with you, I thought I looked good.  I had confidence in the way I felt, and I thought I had no weight issues.

I was wrong! In fact looking back I see a woman with very little confidence, low energy, no sex drive, stressed out and frustrated all the time.  The old Karissa had no willpower. Yep, that Karissa was definitely on the struggle bus. About halfway through our tour in Germany, I had an Aha moment.  At the age of 25 I was told by a doctor that for my height and weight I was considered Obese. (5’ and 207lbs)

WHAT? HELL NO!!! WOW!!! This Doctor just told me that I was overweight and that I should be concerned about my health. At first, I was pissed off and furious at her. But then I came to realize that she was right, and then I was pissed off at myself.

My weight loss transformation has not been easy, but I am here to tell you that anything is possible. I can tell you that for the last 8 years I have had to HUSTLE every day for the body I now have. The countless hours in the gym and in the kitchen have paid off. I now live a life full of Self-love, Habits, Confidence, Focus, Health, Passion, Hustle, Faith, Belief, Success, Happiness, Clarity and Honor.  I have never been so happy in my life than I am today!!

So, what do/did I do differently between the 2 pictures?

  • I rediscovered my love for movement by getting back into the gym 4-6 times per week. (Confession: I am a gym Junkie)
  • I read up on what “healthy and clean” foods actually are.
  • I no longer accept laziness or excuses for myself.
  • I surround myself with positive forward thinking people.
  • I have a support system (husband, great friends, mentor, coach, and nutritionist)
  • Food Prep and eat clean
  • I have created an unstoppable MINDSET with a strong Vision for myself.
  • I develop GOALS.

To put it directly I raised my STANDARDS, and I decided to HUSTLE for what I wanted in Life.

July 28, 2018

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