Kristen McLaughlin a New York City-based software specialist lost 133 pounds when the end of her 5-year-relationship gave her the “clean slate” she needed to jump start her weight loss adventure.
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“I wasn’t mindful at all about what I was eating… …If I wanted to eat something, I didn’t really think twice about it. And when I got into my relationship, he was a larger guy, and I was eating whatever he’s eating… ….which does not make logical sense.” she told PEOPLE
They would order giant pizzas, cheeseburgers, and fries for dinner for little reason.
“I would fall asleep with probably 12,000 calories in me, and then wake up and wonder, ‘Why am I so tired?”
“It was easier for me to eat instead of tackling what was going on… …It was easier to say, ‘I’ll feel better for 15 minutes while I’m eating a cheeseburger’ and not think about how bad I would feel afterwards.”
She’d made a habit of skipping breakfast, or opt for a chocolate croissant, and then, come lunch time, would make up for the missed meal with a large taco bowl.
At her heaviest, She weighed 270 pounds and felt self-conscious about the way she looked, so in 2016, she decided to try out Jenny Craig. Lucky for her, the nutrition program worked and she was able to lose about 60 pounds.
Bumps in the road
Proud of her achievement, she also felt bad watching her boyfriend “fend for himself” in the kitchen while she ate ready-made meals.
“I had some guilt about losing the weight while he had school going on, and I wanted us to spend more time together… …So I lost a bunch of weight but then slid back.” said McLaughlin.
This was also around the time McLaughlin’s boyfriend started to become “distant”, often staying out after work. When she learned that he had feelings for someone else, she called it quits.
“At that point I’m like, ‘This is cheating, this is dumb, I can’t do this anymore,’ and I said I was leaving,” said Kristen .
On her own
“I literally got rid of every excuse that I’ve ever had, never had a better opportunity to just focus on myself and build myself back up.”
Starting over with a clean slate in February 2017, and made it her goal to lose 100 pounds in a year.
She followed the meal plan and started taking evening walks home after work. As she began losing weight again, She grew interested in weight training and fitness classes. Fast forward a year later: she had lost lost 100 pounds and celebrated her victory with a vacation to Cancun, Mexico.
In total Kristen has lost 133 pounds and calls her weight loss life-changing.
“I think I’m more myself now, funnily enough, than I ever was the previous 30 years, I say yes to things now, I’m more outgoing, I’m more likely to be social. I think weight loss isn’t just physical or mental — it’s a whole spectrum of your life.”
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