Weight Loss Success Story: Kristi Westberg

Anyone else out there still on this journey?  Oh wait…that is all of us!  Anyone else out there in the middle of their journey and they are super proud of how far they have come even though they know they still have a ways to go?  Yes, me too!

Today, I want you to meet Kristi.  At her heaviest, she was around 300 pounds.  Now, she is well on her way, having lost 52 pounds:

Weight Loss Before and After Photo

I love that Kristi is here to share her story with us not because she has reached her goal or is in maintenance mode but because she is still fighting this fight along with us and is in the trenches.  Not only that, she is so proud of herself and the small changes that she has seen along the way.  This is her life…and now she is living a much healthier one!  Enjoy!

Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, etc…
My name is Kristi I am originally from Texas but call Massachusetts my home now. My job brought me to New England where I work as a book conservator, a job that allows me to protect our heritage and our cultural materials. I love my work and take great pride in the skills I have learned to save our treasures.

How long did it take you to get to your ideal weight? Are you there now?
I have a ways to go before I reach my ideal weight but feel very strong and empowered from my loss so far. It’s taken me ten months to lose the first 52 pounds and I’m still going strong!

What was your motivation to lose weight?
Kristi losing weightComfort. As an overweight person you are constantly uncomfortable. You take up too much space in a seat at the movie theater, people have trouble getting by you in tight spaces, your clothes are confining or ill fitting, or just plain hard to find. I wanted to feel free of those feelings. I wanted to sit down next to someone and not have them shift in their seat because I was in their personal space. I wanted to go into a store and take my pick and most importantly I wanted to have the confidence to know I can do anything I set my mind to.

What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?
I didn’t have a particular moment or a break through that caused my life to change. I just woke up one morning and told myself I was sick of living the way I was living and wanted to take control of my life.

What kept you on track losing weight?
I lost the first 20 pounds on my own by committing to Jillian Michaels Body Revolution program. Then a co-worker joined Weight Watchers so I decided to do the same. Since joining, I’ve lost another 32 pounds! Along the way, I started a blog called Becoming Supersonic to interact with the fitness blogger community and keep me motivated. I love reading about other peoples struggles and triumphs with weight loss and hope that my blog can provide the same inspiration.

Tell us about a typical day in terms of eating and exercise.
On a typical day I do a 30-45 minute workout at home. I had a gym membership but found that doing a Jillian Michaels DVD or a TurboFire workout gave me better results than going from machine to machine at the gym. I follow Weight Watchers PointsPlus and log all my food through their iPhone app. Usually I will have greek yogurt, fruit and coffee for breakfast, a salad with turkey or chicken for lunch and lots of veggies and another protein for dinner. I have a treat everyday, sometimes two. Right now my favorite is Chobani coconut greek yogurt with a few tablespoons of chocolate chips. Yum!

What is the biggest difference you have noticed because of your weight loss?
My confidence has risen significantly. I am more likely to share my thoughts in my Weight Watchers meetings, I share more of my personal life with my blog readers and even have taken on more tasks at work. I always thought I could lose the weight, but actually doing it has helped me believe in myself more and trust my judgement.

What advice can you give to others struggling to lose weight?
Reach out for help! If you can’t talk to your friends or your family go online. There are lots of people going through what you are going through and they are willing to listen and offer advice and help you achieve your goals. I have been amazed at the number of cheerleaders I have gained along the way!

How do you keep the weight off in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Since I started this process I always correct people when they say I’m on a diet. I AM NOT ON A DIET. This is my lifestyle. There is a reason the word die is in diet. Once I made that connection I was able to set aside my old ways and come to the realization that this is how I should have been living all the time.

Give us a quote or a motto that you have used to keep you focused.
I have a lot of weight to lose so when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the number on the scale, I remind myself to focus on how far I have come instead of on how much further I still have to go.

One tidbit you want to share:
Since I moved to Massachusetts I have wanted to go kayaking. I spent the first two summers here telling myself I would go next year because my weight was so high and I was afraid I wouldn’t fit in the boat or worse yet I would tip over and be too heavy to get help getting back in. This summer after losing the first 20 or so pounds I took my first kayak lesson! I took lessons weekend after weekend and then my awesome teachers offered me a part time job guiding kayak tours! It was such an amazing feeling to go from being too scared to get in the boat to teaching others how to do all kinds of strokes and maneuvers during the tours!

Kristi guiding a kayak tour after losing weight

Great story Kristi and great reminder that this is NOT a diet.  This is for the rest-of-our-life!  You will do this and you will be successful!  Can’t wait to see an updated success story when you make it!  Rock on!

If you want to continue to follow Kristi on her journey, you can find her on Facebook or on her blog, Becoming Supersonic.

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.