Today I want you to meet someone near and dear to me even though I have never met her…Kassie.
She is another one of Jacynta’s “peeps” and I have heard so many good things about her from Jacynta. She is a TRUE success having lost over 162 pounds! INCREDIBLE!
Her starting weight was 370 pounds:
She walked into her first Weight Watchers meeting on a Friday morning and decided then and there she would go, every week, without missing a meeting. That she did, and in turn, she dropped over 162 pounds:
Doesn’t she look incredible!?!? It just shows what determination will do! Here is her story…enjoy!
Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, etc…
I am almost 41 years old and live just outside of Atlanta. I have the most supportive Dad in the world who has done ANYTHING he possibly could to help me start a new life after a very nasty divorce. My Dad has been instrumental in my weight loss success. I have a wonderful boyfriend who is super supportive of my weight loss journey and who has proven to me that my Dad is not the only good man in the world. I completed my college education last July with an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. My weight loss journey has been so powerful for me that I really feel God is calling me to do whatever I can to help other people with their weight loss and regaining their health. I am earning my certification as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach as well as my Personal Trainer certification. I plan to start my own consulting business and I have just recently started my own blog (and received great inspiration from Jennifer to do so)!
How long did it take you to get to your ideal weight? Are you there now?
I am still on my journey from 370 lbs to 150 lbs, with about 57 more to go. I started Weight Watchers in September 2011 and I have completed just over twenty-seven months. My goal is to be at my goal weight by my three anniversary in September, or before. I have spent the last year basically at a plateau. I have only lost about 12 lbs over the last year, so I am really hoping to break free this year and get done! The good news is that I have not re-gained any weight. I’m just holding steady.
What was your motivation to lose weight?
I was motivated to lose weight because of the terrible shape I was in. I was 38 years old, had Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and could barely walk from place to place because my breathing was so labored.
What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?
I lost my Mom to lung cancer on March 23, 2011 and she was only 58 years old. I had gone through a job loss, divorce, and foreclosure and I knew I HAD to get my life in order (including my weight) or I was not going to be able to enjoy the next chapter of my life and I was at risk of dying even younger than my Mom did. So, on September 23, 2011 (6 months to the day after my Mom died) I joined Weight Watchers, and I never looked back.
What kept you on track losing weight?
There are several things that have kept me on track losing weight. First and foremost has been attending my Weight Watchers meetings. I have never missed a meeting and I believe that has made a tremendous difference in my journey. I have enlisted support from all of my family friends and they have all given it willingly. Also, I constantly remind myself of how miserable I was at 370 lbs and even though I am not at goal yet, I am SO much better off now than I was then. Finally, I have maintained a steady exercise regiment and have been a loyal points tracker every step of the way.
Tell us about a typical day in terms of eating and exercise.
A typical day for me starts with sitting down and the computer and pre-tracking my Weight Watchers Points Plus for the day. I go ahead and plug the foods I know I’m going to eat that day into my tracker and that allows me to know what I have left for the day and “spend” them accordingly. Then I head to the gym for weight training and a 4-6 mile run on the treadmill. On an average week, I workout 5 times per week.
What is the biggest difference you have noticed because of your weight loss?
There are so many differences because of my weight loss. First and foremost, I have been able to rid my body of Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. The high blood pressure is genetic, so my doctor is not positive if I will ever be rid of that but it’s not nearly as bad as it was and I control it with medication. Other differences, which are more cosmetic but still important include, being able to fit in a booth at a restaurant, not needing a seat belt extender in the car, being able to ride the rides at the fair, and buying so-called “normal” clothes again.
What advice can you give to others struggling to lose weight?
For those struggling to lose weight I say, YOU CAN DO IT! It’s so very important to believe in yourself. A strong support network is also critical. I believe that it’s best to not try to do it alone. It really helps to be around other people who are fighting the same battle and can understand what you are going through. That is one of the reasons I believe so whole-heartedly in Weight Watchers. The support you receive at the meetings is invaluable. Finally, I tell people, “Quitting is NEVER an option!” It doesn’t matter how much you have to lose; NO ONE is too far gone.
How do you keep the weight off in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I keep the weight off by carefully watching what I eat and maintaining a regular exercise program. My boyfriend laughs and says I’m always “crunching numbers” because I am constantly using the Points Plus Calculator on my phone to figure out what my best choices are. The other key thing I do is PLAN!!! When I eat out, I always research the menu online before going so I know what the best choices are.
Give us a quote or a motto that you have used to keep you focused.
My former Weight Watchers leader, Jacynta Harb, taught me several mantras that have kept me focused along the way:
“Eating in private shows up in public” was probably the most powerful one for me as I was such a “closet eater.” That mantra stuck in my head and I recite it to myself today when I am thinking of eating something that I know I shouldn’t, just because no one is looking.
I just want people to remember, weight loss is a journey. There is no magic pill; you must be willing to make lifestyle changes for permanent change to take place. Remember, you didn’t gain the weight overnight, and you aren’t going to lose it overnight.
THANK YOU Kassie for sharing your success story with us. I love that what you eat in private shows up in public! That is the truth! You are such an inspiration and I just KNOW that you are going to go on for many years to continue to inspire others!
Don’t you just LOVE her success? She has done an amazing job! I for one am going to start reading her blog and I encourage you to also! We can all learn from one another! To start following Kassie, click HERE. You can also follow her journey on by “liking” her Facebook page HERE.
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