My Weight Loss
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When a physician told the mom of three shed
probably never lose the extra weight triggered by a hysterectomy and hormone
replacement therapy (HRT), Kathe refused to accept the pessimistic prediction.
Instead, the determined 35-year-old shed an incredible 41 pounds with help from
leading online weight loss and fitness program.
It's been a long, satisfying road for 5-foot-2
Kathe who's watched her weight dropped from 184 to 143 pounds since joining
eDiets in March of 2001.
Kathe battled weight woes prior to her
hysterectomy, but she says the problem escalated once her doctor prescribed
HRTs. A series of ineffective diets (including one that caused her hair to fall
out from lack of protein) left Kathe bloated and befuddled. She didn't know
where to turn for lasting weight loss.
So she exercised... and exercised... and
exercised some more. Kathe had convinced herself that fitness was her ticket to
slim and trim. But after a year of working out religiously three times a week,
she hadnt dropped a pound. The physical activity had lowered her blood
pressure and eased the pain of her aching joints, but Kathe's weight remained
She nearly gave up and accepted her doc's
depressing diagnosis: the extra weight was there to stay. But "something" told
her to push on.
"I was on my computer and saw the eDiets banner
and thought, 'what do I have to lose?'" recalls the wonder woman from
Wisconsin. "I thought if I lose weight it will be a miracle and if I
didnt at least I would know I was doing the right things and I would
accept being this weight."
In the first month, 6 pounds grudgingly came off.
In the second month, 10 more pounds took a hike. It was soon apparent that it
wasn't the hormone therapy or the hysterectomy that was to blame for her weight
gain. No, somewhere along the line Kathe had developed bad eating habits.
Kathe is a vegetarian so it wasnt
necessarily WHAT she was eating. She came to realize it was HOW MUCH food she
consumed. One major no-no: polishing off the food her sons (Andrew, 10,
Benjamin, 8, and Jeremy, 6) didnt eat.
Kathe always figured a few bites of macaroni and
cheese every now and then wouldnt amount to a hill of beans. But the
extra calories and fat did indeed add up... to extra pounds.
"I figured its just pasta, which is
something I normally eat anyways," says our enlightened eDieter. "So whatever
was left in the pan, I would eat. And whatever was left on their plates, I
would eat that too. You figure its only a little bit left in the pot, but
if I were to put it in a bowl, it would probably be another bowlful.
Once Kathe joined
she no longer needed to nibble. In fact, she didnt know if she could finish the
great food on her personalized meal plan!
Learning what foods to eat (and how much made up
a proper portion) laid to rest some of the misconceptions that had hindered her
weight loss endeavors for too long.
"When you think of eating right and dieting on
your own, you think you shouldnt eat that much. But its the
opposite," Kathe says.
When it came to following the meal plan, Kathe
became a stickler for precision. Kathe measured out every teaspoon, tablespoon
and cup called for in the tasty recipes she selected. Determined to get rid of
the extra weight, she never deviated from the meal plan. Despite the fact that
she doesnt eat meat and can no longer eat raw fruits and vegetables due
to a medical condition, Kathe still manages to stick with the program.
After getting down to 150 pounds last December,
Kathe thought she could do it on her own. But after having a bad reaction to
fresh fruit and realizing she needed guidance to retain her new eating habits,
Kathe rejoined eDiets and quickly lost another 7 pounds. Now, she has no plans
to go anywhere... except to a lighter weight!
She continues to do 45 minutes of strength and
resistance training three days a week. She also has the energy to play with her
kids, inline skate and power walk. Over the last year, Kathe has gone from a
size 16/18 to an 8/10. Talk about diminishing returns: her hip measurement has
gone from 47 to 38 inches and from head to toe shes said bye-bye to 37
Kathe speaks from experience when she says you
have to eat right and exercise to lose weight AND keep it off. She feels like a
new person... someone full of confidence and energy, thanks to the one-two
punch provided by eDiets.
"My life is so much better," she says. "I have
energy. I wake up in the morning and look forward to the day.
"I always thought of myself as active. I had
played soccer and been a cheerleader in high school. I never wanted my boys to
be saying thats my mom sitting on the bench. I wanted them to
be saying thats my mom over there -- isnt she cool? You
never want to grow old and you never want to feel like you cant get out
there and play with your kids."
Before gaining weight, Kathe had enjoyed entering
beauty pageants. Just recently, she summoned the courage to strut her stuff
once again. This time around, she felt more confident than ever up on
"I never thought Id ever do a pageant again
in a million years," Kathe says with obvious joy in her voice.
different for me was having to go and own up to what you are eating. You had to
look it in the face every week when you checked in. If you lost weight, you got
a congratulations. And if you didnt, it asked what you did differently this
"It was kind of like someone confronting you.
Thats what I needed to discipline myself."