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Kristin's 62-lb. transformation will amaze you - PumpUp Success Stories

Kristin's 62-lb. transformation will amaze you - PumpUp Success Stories

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Kristin weighed heavier than ever in 2014. She tipped the scale at 230 lbs, wore double extra-large shirts, and slipped into size 20 pants. She would binge eat after school to deal with the hurtful comments that other classmates made about her weight. "On December 30, 2014, I vowed to make a complete lifestyle change," she recalled. "I was always an emotional eater and I was dealing with depression for 2 years. As I continued to gain weight, I was bullied and harassed more by the guys at my school. I was miserable." In January 2015, Kristin joined PumpUp in search of support. "When I joined, I immediately felt a sense of family," she remarked. "Everyone on the app is so uplifting, encouraging, and positive. I enjoyed seeing everyone else's progress and I wanted to show mine and tell my story." Kristin couldn't imagine how much encouragement she would receive by sharing one simple photo. " In the beginning, I didn't think anyone would care about my progress because it was very small and didn't seem important," she shared. "However, even when I would share about a 30 minute workout, I would immediately get a few likes and even a comment from somebody [who told me] to keep going. Every time I posted my everyday workouts or pictures, there was always someone encouraging me and pushing me to never give up. I was inspired."

Kristin's 60-lb. transformation will amaze you // The PumpUp Blog

Since Kristin joined PumpUp, she lost 62 pounds. "Before PumpUp, I ate whatever I wanted to," she elaborated. "My diet now is 100% different. I [maintain] a paleo diet and drink mostly water.  I still have another 20 lbs to go [until I reach my goal weight]. My biggest source of motivation is seeing people on PumpUp just trying to push themselves every day. They're striving to be better - because that is all I'm trying to do too."

Kristin's Best Advice

Be your own motivation. Don't lose weight because some low-life person called you fat. Don't lose weight for attention or for love . Do it because you love yourself and because you want what is best for you.

Kristin's 60-lb. transformation will amaze you // The PumpUp Blog

Kristin's Workout Routine I love switching up my workout routine. I actually lost weight without ever setting foot in a gym. All my workouts are at home workouts. I really love watching YouTube videos to get ideas for workouts. But I am very simple most of the time. I am a treadmill kind of girl.

Kristin's 60-lb. transformation will amaze you // The PumpUp Blog

More about Kristin I have had 9 surgeries in my lifetime. All before the age of 10. I was born with a rare birthmark that could of become cancerous. I basically grew up in hospitals and got used to them. I also love to sing and am the only singer in my family. I love everything about fall and I am a cat lover.

Keep Kristin pumped! Follow her journey on PumpUp @kristinfitness95! Leave positive words of encouragement for her down below.

How learning to love myself changed my life - Kristin's PumpUp Success Story

How learning to love myself changed my life - Kristin's PumpUp Success Story

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Kristin's story is an important one. She learned to love herself at all shapes and sizes, and that made all the difference. Food cravings used to pervade Kristin's every thought. "Before PumpUp, I constantly gave into eating food like chocolate, doughnuts, and my biggest craving: pizza," she revealed. "I became comfortable with laying in bed on my phone all day." When Kristin was just 14 years old, her doctor diagnosed her with pre-diabetes.  She was extremely self-conscious, feeling that her weight attracted unwanted attention."My blood sugar was high and it was embarrassing how out of breath I'd be when I was hanging out with friends or family," she lamented. "I was worried about whether I'd fit into seats at waterparks and amusement parks, and I felt like I wasn't good enough for society because I was 'fat'. I wouldn't wish those negative feelings on anybody." 
Kristin's transformation
At the beginning of her fitness journey, Kristin struggled to strike a healthy balance with her eating habits, to the point of self-destruction. "I was obsessed with counting calories and limited myself to 800 calories a day," she confessed. "Though the pounds were coming off, I was still unhappy. I'd be hard on myself for eating 'bad food'. I became anemic and hypoglycemic."
Kristin's transformation
After Kristin joined the PumpUp community 8 months ago, she fully transformed her attitude and relationship towards food and exercise. "I began to focus on being healthy rather than being on a strict diet," she insisted. "I focus on eating healthy as often as I can. Amazingly, I began to have more energy and weight came off a lot faster than it did when I restricted myself." The app became commonplace in her daily routine. "As soon as I saw the progress of other members on PumpUp, it pushed me to get back on track. PumpUp is one of the first things I check in the morning. It helps me to start the day right by keeping me motivated," she said. "I enjoy working out in the morning because it gives me so much energy, I plan most of my meals ahead of time, cook meals for myself and for my husband, and I stopped trying to count every calorie and carbohydrate." Kristin avoids processed food as much as possible, but allows herself to have occasional treats. "Moderation is key," she advised.
Kristin's transformation
As Kristin continues her journey with PumpUp, she hopes to inspire others to make a change for themselves. "Don't obsess over the scale. Don't focus on how far away you are from your goal. Focus on how far you've come already," she mused. "I became so obsessed with getting skinny that I would avoid social situations with friends and family. I didn't want to be around the temptation to eat 'bad food'. Once I was 'skinny', I became self conscious in a different way: there were stretch marks that covered my body and loose skin that made me cringe." With the support of the PumpUp community, Kristin learned that true beauty lies beneath the skin. "Stay positive and be patient. There will be bumps in the road, but you'll overcome them," she said wisely.
Kristin's biggest source of motivation
What motivates me the most is being happy and healthy. My husband has also been a huge motivator, he has called me beautiful every single day: from 5 years ago when I was 200+lbs, to now. I used roll my eyes because I didn't believe him,but he is absolutely amazing. He never fails to make me feel better when I pick at my body. He always wants me to enjoy myself and feel my best.
Kristin's transformation
Kristin's favourite workouts
Right now, I'm just focusing on toning up rather than losing more weight. I like to use the PumpUp workouts under "Get Toned"! I use dumbbells for resistance training and pair that with cardio workouts I find on YouTube.
More about Kristin
I'm a huge foodie, healthy food, junk food..everything! (Pizza is my favorite though). It's made eating healthier a little more difficult, but I still allow myself to indulge or try something new every once in a while.
 
Keep Kristin pumped! Find her on the PumpUp community: @kristinbrookehaley and let her know if you have questions in the comments below.