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Kathy’s weight loss story!

March 05, 2007

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I was one of the participants in the ABC Primetime Weight Loss Special (Game theory), and this is my story of how I became involved with the weight loss team.

I never had an issue with my weight – I’m 5’10” and my weight was in proportion with my body type.  I always ate well balanced meals and I exercised regularly.  That is until about 3 years ago.  In May 2004 I lost my best friend, my soul mate – my husband.  He died suddenly one night from Sudden Cardiac Death.  My world was shattered.  I completely shut down.

I stopped eating well and exercising, I was giving up.  Because I was not following a healthy lifestyle, I gained about 55 pounds in 2 years.  My heart was broken, my spirit was buried (under all that extra weight) and my will for life was gone. 

When Bigelow sent out a memo looking for volunteers to lose 15 pounds in 8 weeks – I thought – you know this is what I need to start living again because I was only making myself more miserable – and it was then that I finally faced the fact that my husband was never coming back (denial is something that is normal to feel during the grieving process).  It was time to see if I still had the spirit to go on and the will to achieve the goals of the weightloss team. 

The most defining moment was when I stepped on the scale in front of the Primetime cameras and was told that I weighed in at 212 ( I said you got to be kidding me!)  From that point on I was determined to work very hard at changing my eating habits.  I joined a gym and a Pilate’s class.  I bought an Ab Lounger to work out on at home.  Already, I started feeling better emotionally –  I finally had something to do to occupy my time and thoughts.

kathy-before-weightloss.jpgI love competition – so when the men on the team starting dropping weight very quickly, I kicked my energy level up a notch.  No way was a guy going to lose more weight than me, I thought.  As the pounds started coming off, my spirit and will for life started coming back.  As the challenge came to an end on September 19th, the goal was to weigh-in at 197 pounds to achieve the 15 pound weight loss.  I weighed in at 181 – I lost 31 pounds, the most between both teams. 

I felt good about myself for the first time in a long while.  I was speechless and overwhelmed!

I am continuing this new lifestyle and I plan on getting my weight down to 150 pounds.

Check in from time to time to see how I am doing.

By the way, this picture is me before I started to loose weight!   

Kat D



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