Family Status: Single
Hometown: Staten Island, New York
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 65 pounds and went from a size 18 in pants to a size 8-10!
Height: 5′ 9”
Starting Weight: 225 pounds
Current Weight: 160 pounds
Kaitlyn’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
When I was 17-years-old, I gained about 30 pounds and when I reached 225 pounds it really made me depressed.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I was stressed about a lot of things and I used that stress as my motivation to start running. My cousin started me off on this little trail at a local park and ever since then, I have kept up with my running.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I changed my entire way of eating and I drank an enormous amount of water because water is a very important part in weight loss. I also ran every day which was also key to my weight loss.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
In the beginning, it was hard to figure out what foods were healthy to eat, but I eventually got the hang of it and I learned a lot about which foods are healthy and which foods help to speed up your metabolism. Pushing myself to go to the gym and to run that extra mile was also hard at first, but it eventually became my daily routine and turned into a true lifestyle change.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I started seeing noticeable results after about 2 months.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took about a year to reach my current weight.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I’ve maintained my weight loss for 8 months. I still watch what I eat and I still drink a lot of water. I also drink a lot of green tea to keep my metabolism humming along and I continue to workout every day (rest day on Sunday).
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
Yes, it really has changed in all different areas. A lot of people like me better now. For once in my life, I have the choice of who I want to be with. I don’t have to settle just because I felt like nobody I liked would want me. Now, it turns out they want me and I don’t want them! I also feel so much more confident when I’m trying on clothes or when I’m going out dancing with my friends. I feel like I can finally be myself again and not hide in that little shell I always hid in because I felt so fat and embarrassed about the way I looked. Also, people are now asking me what to eat and how to lose weight which is weird because I had always been the one asking. Now, I have the answers!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I’ve read a lot of ShapeFit’s fitness articles and they gave me many healthy eating and workout tips that I’ve followed throughout my weight loss journey.
Kaitlyn’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Drink a lot of water.
Weight loss tip #2:
Never eat white bread. Replace all of your bad food habits with healthier ones. For example, switch from mayonnaise to mustard.
Weight loss tip #3:
Run at least 3 miles every day or every other day. That is what really gives you the results. You get even better results with running on an incline.
Weight loss tip #4:
Moderation is very important. You should never feel overly full. Also, If you eat very small portions of unhealthy foods in moderation, then you can almost eat anything you want. If you feel like you just can’t satisfy your hunger, try drinking a big glass of water. You will be surprised at how much it fills you up!
Weight loss tip #5:
Consistency is the key!
Kaitlyn’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
4 egg whites, a whole wheat English muffin, 1 tall glass of water and 1 cup of green tea.
Veggie patty with a half slice of cheese on whole wheat bread.
Grilled chicken with vegetables or fish.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Special K bars, Fiber One bars, a tablespoon of peanut butter or some fruit (usually a banana).
Kaitlyn’s Weight Loss Workouts!
4 sets of 10 reps with any body part I’m working on. The weight I use for each exercise varies on which body part I’m training that day.
I do 30 minutes on the treadmill at the maximum incline at a speed of between 4.8 to 5.0 (I burn about 500 calories per session).