Unable to Recognize Herself, An Alabama Woman Drops 69 Pounds
There are millions of individuals around the world who are struggling to lose weight. For these individuals, losing weight comes from a combination of a desire to improve their health, improve their appearance, and once again feel comfortable in their own skin. For some, their battle against weight loss has been a lifelong struggle. For others, changes in life such as marriage, childbirth, or added stress caused them to gain weight slowly and now they’ve reached a point where they want to shed extra pounds. Everyone’s journey on the road to weight loss is different, but all are traveling towards the same result. For Kristian Lockridge, a 33-year-old mother from Alabama, the journey to losing weight started after she saw a picture of herself in 2012 and realized that she was not comfortable with what she saw. Her weight loss story ends with her running a marathon in April 2015 after losing 69 pounds.
It was in 2012 that Kristin Lockridge saw a picture of herself that made her break down and cry. Her weight gain had been so severe that she did not recognize herself when she looked into the mirror. It was in then that she knew that she could not go through life overweight. So both Kristin Lockridge and her husband made the decision to start losing weight.
“The hardest part of starting to lose weight is being mentally onboard,” Kristin Lockridge said. From her vantage point, losing weight was a 100 percent mental activity. She said that when a person is mentally onboard with it, there is nothing that stops them from obtaining what they want.
The first step was to order workout DVDs based on a popular weight loss TV show. Then she began to use a dieting system that uses points to help monitor food intake. At the end of her first week, Kristian, then age 30, had already lost four pounds. From there she began to set realistic goals. Her first goal was to drop 30 pounds before she turned 31. Then she decided that she wanted to lose an additional 10 pounds before going on vacation. Next, she told herself that by the time she celebrated her wedding anniversary she wanted to lose a total of 50 pounds. Whenever she felt like quitting, her husband was there to remind her why she started.
Every single success brought Kristian one step closer to her end goal. She started to go to the gym and lift weights. She realized that the more weights she lifted, the more weight she lost. She has said that food no longer has control over her. She is constantly reminding her followers on Facebook that losing weight is a slow process and that quitting only makes the process slower. Losing weight is hard, but so is being overweight. People have to choose which hard they can live with.
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