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After Nearly Dying, This Man Lost Over 250 Pounds And Went After His Dream

By | emotional health, Food for thought, inspiring, mindset, Motivation, physical health, stories, success stories

When John Arpino woke up in the hospital in 2015, following a major asthma attack that nearly killed him, he vowed to lose weight and transform his life. 

At the time, he weighed 500 pounds.

I remember being petrified. I was going to die in my house at 22-years-old.

John Arpino in Daily Mail

As a child, John couldn’t train because of his asthma

Soon after he was born, John developed severe asthma and allergies for which he started being treated for at the age of two.

As a kid, he spent several Halloween nights at the hospital and his condition prevented him from participating in physical activity.

“I was constantly bullied from a young age until I graduated high school. I couldn’t walk around school because of my weight,” John remembered. 

I had to be given a key to the elevator in school because I couldn’t walk up and down the stairs, and I had to write book reports instead of participating in gym class.

John Arpino

John struggled with low self-esteem and hated the way he looked and felt. His weight stopped him from going to college after his high school graduation, because he was afraid he wouldn’t be able to get around campus or fit behind the desks.

But then, he had a major wake-up call

After his grandmother passed away in early 2015, John fell into a deep depression and coped with food and drinking, but that all changed when he had a massive asthma attack he almost didn’t survive.

“I couldn’t take a breath, it was like every bit of air was trapped inside my lungs while the weight of the whole world rested upon my chest,” remembered John. 

I couldn’t speak, sweat started to pour from every part of my body. Somehow I was able to scream for my parents to call an ambulance.

John Arpino

Paramedics apologized to John while they put him on a stretcher, just as slipped in and out of consciousness.

“I remember looking at the clock above the door of the ambulance and praying to God and to my grandmother who had recently passed that February for another chance. I knew I had messed up,” he said.

He took his second chance seriously

Once he regained consciousness, he knew he was running out of options and committed to changing his ways.

My life was spared so it was time to make those changes I promised.

John Arpino

As soon as he could, John started going to the gym regularly and was able to lose 80 pounds, but his asthma kept getting in the way of his progress and he went back on steroids after another attack.

When he realized he wouldn’t be able to lose all the weight he wanted to on his own, John made the life-changing decision to undergo gastric sleeve surgery, in November 2016.

The surgery helped him drop down to 252 pounds from his initial 500 and John’s learned not to take life for granted.

The best part? How he feels about himself

“I am a totally different person now, I love life, I love challenges and I love proving myself and other people wrong and rewriting my life story,” he said. 

“My health has improved dramatically, I no longer have high blood pressure or sleep apnoea, and my asthma is pretty much non-existent.”

His transformation journey has allowed him to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a professional wrestler and has since performed in several shows, calling the experience “the thrill of his life.”

He’s documented his journey on instagram to keep himself accountable along the way, but also uses his platform to inspire others who are struggling to lose weight.

“Honestly it’s the greatest feeling in the world being able to inspire others because I know when I was at my lowest, I needed someone like my current self to guide me, to show me things were possible when I didn’t think they were,” said John.

“’My major goal in life is to help show everyone that the ‘impossible’ doesn’t exist, and you can truly have anything you want in life and pursue every single dream and break every goal, that’s the only thing that matters to me.”

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Woman Lost 124 Pounds and Chased Her Grief Away One Selfie at a Time

By | Food for thought, motivating, physical health, stories, success stories

Justine McCabe was overcome with grief after the passing of her mother and husband in the span of a year. As a result, she turned to food for comfort.

Within just a few months, she had gained 100 pounds. Her friends and family became concerned about her wellbeing after noticing how much weight she had gained. They nagged and pushed her to start exercising.

At her heaviest, the single mom weighed 313 pounds.

A challenge out of spite

Initially, Justine sought therapy to help her process the grief. It was not long before she felt ready to take up her loved ones’ challenge to get back in shape. She went to the gym “out of spite.”

She snapped a selfie of herself on that first day at the gym. Little did she know that she was laying the foundations of an inspiring transformation journey. “I didn’t like what I saw,” she told TODAY.

I feel like I look so broken and lost and sad and that’s the reason why I started taking a picture a day. I wanted to see myself change, see if my expression would change.

Justine McCabe to TODAY

She traced her recovery through selfies

And change it did. As Justine became more active and documented her progress at the gym every day, she began to notice changes. Not only was she losing weight but she also realized that exercise was helping her deal with her grief.

“I would use that time to do a lot of thinking,” she said. “I was able to process some of the emotions I was dealing with that I would then go talk about and work through in therapy.”

After losing 124 pounds, she felt like she got a new lease on life. Justine took up new activities like hiking, kayaking, obstacle courses and returned to one of her favorite childhood pastimes, horseback riding.

And developed resilience in the meantime

Justine was fully immersed in enjoying the activities she could not have practiced before, until one day, while she was riding a horse in late 2018, the animal lifted and reared up, sending her straight to the ground. 

The impact was so hard, it “blew out” her knee, but she was not prepared to let that get in her way. Despite the injury, she persisted in staying active and continued to push her limits. However, the pain in her knee eventually became unbearable.

“I kept saying, ‘No I’m fine. Keep pushing. This is what I do,’” McCabe explained. “I still wanted to seem like I was the same and I was so great.”

But she was not out of the woods yet

Eventually, she consulted with a doctor and found out that she had torn her meniscus and ACL. Surgery was an option, but still, she resisted.

Instead, McCabe continued with her vigorous workouts. As she “was never really letting [her] body have time to heal and recover,” she was eventually struck down with illness and diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Forced to slow down her pace, she started to zero in on her health and became aware of her limits.

It’s so important to not sit and pretend that we are perfect, that we always have that same motivation and energy because it’s not (sustainable).

Justine McCabe

Acceptance is the starting point, not the end

“Things in life happen and we have to accept that,” Justine realized. After reaching that acceptance — of the loved ones she lost and of her medical diagnoses — she was able to start over.

Nowadays, Justine focuses on low-impact workouts, maintaining her weight loss and staying healthy.

“It’s hard to make those good, positive choices especially when life is not going exactly as planned,” she said. “Every choice that I ever make it’s always based upon that idea that I’m choosing to live. I’m choosing to live my best life.”

Whatever we go through, acceptance is not the end of hardship. Rather, it is a new beginning, an opportunity to reconfigure our lives so we can start afresh and do things better.

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This Father Lost 75 Pounds by Shifting His Priorities After Health Scare

By | Food for thought, motivating, physical health, stories, success stories, weekly column

Mike Ewing knew it was time to make a change after he was told he couldn’t get on a Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios.

He had been waiting in the queue for three hours, but just before it was his turn to get on board, a staff member took him aside and asked him to sit in a chair to verify the safety harness’ fit. 

Ewing was too big and didn’t fit, so he could not ride.

“It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life,” the 34-year-old owner of a HVAC company in Westminster, Maryland told Men’s Health

“To be so big you can’t fit on a Harry Potter ride. That was a real wake up call to me,” he said.

Ewing remembered being heavy for most of his life

He went out to restaurants a lot, had a habit of overeating, and paid little to no attention to his diet. 

At 28, he weighed 280 pounds and had to shop for clothes at big and tall stores. That’s when he began feeling self-conscious about his weight.

When he initially set on his weight loss journey, Ewing tackled his diet: he eliminated sugar and most carbs.

He got a personal trainer that challenged him to lift weights twice a week: one day was dedicated to upper body strengthening and the other was for his lower body.

“Not crazy, but a habit I’ve kept to this day,” he said.

Ewing was able to lose 30 pounds pretty fast and stopped his diet

He was able to maintain his weight loss until his health caught up with him. He suffered bowel infections and gout so debilitating, he had difficulty walking. 

A father to two young daughters, Ewing was determined to take charge and transform his life for good.

So, he went back on his diet and was able to drop another 45 pounds over the span of six months.

It was a lengthy journey for Ewing, but over seven years, he’s lost a total of 75 pounds. 

It’s a family affair

He credits his wife for keeping him motivated through it all; a few months into his weight loss transformation, she started her own.

“We helped each other out so much in this regard. Once you start seeing results it’s so much easier to keep going,” he said.

He’s looking to lose even more weight, with a final goal of 189 pounds.

Ewing now shops for regular clothes and fits into a 36-inch waist size, which he never could before.

He’s gained confidence in the process and more importantly feels proud that he can be present for his family.

“I am able to be a better father and husband now,” he says. “That’s really all that matters when it comes down to it.”

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His Perfect Organ Donor Turned out to Be the Love of His Life

By | Food for thought, heart-warming, love stories, news, physical health, stories

When Dan and Lisa Summers met online, they knew they had found love and that their lives would never again be the same – they had no idea how true that ended up being. Not only did they find love, but that match ended up being a life-saver… literally!

The two met on eHarmony and were instantly a perfect match. In fact, Lisa said they were marked as having compatibility that was extremely high. They had no idea how true that ended up being!

The couple soon fell in love and got married, but their lives weren’t without setbacks.

He had to find another perfect match

Dan had been diagnosed with a kidney condition in twenties, but it was supposed to take decades to interfere with his daily life.

All too quickly, Dan fell ill in his 30s, and as his kidneys began to fail, he was put on dialysis awaiting a for a transplant.

That’s when things got really wild…

Lisa got tested and was told it was highly unlikely that her kidney the result would be positive, as the odds are of 1 in 100,000. However, it turned out she was a perfect match.

“It’s like being next to a stranger on a train, matching them, and then also falling in love on top of it, you know,” said Lisa in an interview with ABC News, “there was like this sense that it was going to work.”

The kidney transplant was completed successfully at UCSF Medical Center August 22nd, and the happy and healthy couple now have a son.

They believe eHarmony might have been the best decision they have ever made.

They took a leap for love

Decisions that may seem small or insignificant, like joining a dating website, create connections that would last a lifetime.

Dan and Lisa had set out on a quest to find love, which eventually brought them together. She then made the choice to save the man she loves, resulting in a life-altering experience for the couple. By taking the steps towards love, they ended up with so much more.

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Her Motivation to Lose 100 Pounds Came From an Unexpected Place

By | exercise, Food for thought, motivating, physical health, stories, success stories, weekly column

Marissa Schillaci-Kayton had always struggled with her weight, but after it started having a negative impact on her health, she decided it was time to make a change.

“Somewhere in my late 20s, I really lost my way and completely failed at taking care of my health,” Marissa told Yahoo.

“I went from a highly active job that I biked to every day to an office job that required me to drive,” she said.

Her unhappiness dragged her down

Between her work and graduate school, Marissa encountered a lot of stress and stopped taking care of herself.

“I stopped engaging in activities that I once loved because they felt too tiring, my insomnia was out of control and I always felt like I was waiting for things to get a little worse,” she remembered.

As Marissa grew increasingly unhappy with how she looked and felt, she knew it was time to give weight loss another try.

“I spent a significant amount of time doing research and thinking about the best approach for me,” said Marissa.

She found her motivation online

She turned to the internet and found both information and inspiration on the “progress pics” subReddit.

“I saw people succeeding at what had felt so insurmountable to me, some of whom started with higher mountains to climb,” said Marissa.

While many of the transformations often took more than a year to complete, seeing a lot of people make progress in just a few months helped her stay motivated early on in her journey.

The baby steps that grew bigger

Marissa started off by taking walks and counting her calories. She struggled to become more active at first, but made a deal with herself to walk 30 minutes a day, three days a week. Eventually, they become longer and more habitual.

As she lost weight and built up her endurance, she started doing more activities like hiking, Zumba and a running program. 

She eventually joined a gym and a good friend taught her how lift weights.

At first, I had to take inventory of the internal changes, because the external stuff takes a bit of time.

“Because I was more active, I started to sleep better. I had more energy, my mood was better, I wasn’t struggling with issues like migraines as much.”

Seeing her hard work pay off motivated her to keep going and her transformation inspired some of the people in her life to start their own weight loss journeys.

How she motivated others

“It stopped just being me on a journey, but rather a collective ‘us’ of important people in my life, all working on our health,” she said.

Then Marissa suffered an ankle injury that needed surgery. As difficult as it was for her to rest throughout the healing process, it gave her an opportunity to reflect on how much she’d taken her health for granted for most of her life.

“I spent time thinking about how much of my life I had spent in front of the television, and how there are some people who do not leave their house at all because of their health,” Marissa said.

“I decided I didn’t want those things for my life and did everything in my power to ensure that I spent as much time as possible being active out in the world,” she continued.

The ultimate motivation

Marissa was able to lose 100 pounds since she started her journey and continues to make her health a priority, so she can be the best version of herself.

“My husband, my family and my friends — all deserve the best version of me. They deserve to spend time with my happiest, healthiest and most confident self,” she said.

“They deserve to live in a world where my health and well-being is not something they have to worry about.”

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This Man Lost Nearly 150 Pounds Through Discipline and Healthy Addiction

By | diet and nutrition, exercise, Food for thought, motivating, physical health, self, success stories, weekly column

Ian Sullivan was miserable and overweight for years, but it wasn’t until he was diagnosed as pre-diabetic that he realized it was time to make his wellbeing a priority.

His lifestyle was slowly eating away at him. Sullivan worked four jobs and relied on fast food and soda to get himself through the day. He was hardly ever home, he rarely spent any time with his wife and by the time he did get home, he was completely worn out. 

In fact, he was lucky to even make it home, as he often found himself nodding off at the wheel after a long day.

A visit to the doctor changed everything

During a checkup, Sullivan’s doctor informed him that he was pre-diabetic and advised him to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year — 2015. It was October at the time, and he weighed 320 pounds. 

The idea of tackling weight loss was daunting. He couldn’t lose the weight, and to make matters worse, he lost his job.

A blessing in disguise

It wasn’t long before he found work in a factory and set on a weight loss journey that transformed his life.

“It was a blessing in disguise,” Sullivan told Men’s Health. “This was where my weight loss journey began; I made the decision never to exceed 300 pounds.”

He set himself a small goal: to lose 2-3 pounds each week

He admitted being too restrictive with his diet at first, which he now realizes was driven by fear, and the limitations he was imposing on himself were not sustainable. 

So, with his wife help, he came up with a plan by determining what his ideal diet was: oatmeal and yogurt for breakfast, chicken with jasmine rice and a side of vegetables for both lunch and dinner. For snacks, he only ate fruit, granola bars or rice cakes, and they all had to be eaten before 4 p.m. 

“I’m a creature of habit so I literally ate this same combination for multiple years since it was working,” said Sullivan.

He admitted it wasn’t always easy to be consistent and mindful at all times.

“I had to build discipline to turn down foods and be strict. I always would say my lunch box saved my life. I would carry it everywhere to ensure I didn’t make mistakes.”

A healthy addiction

After mastering his new diet, Sullivan decided it was time to hit the gym. He wasn’t achieving the results he wanted with cardio and strength training, so he decided to join a group bootcamp at work – and it was a smart decision.

Not only was he losing weight, he started to enjoy the bootcamp’s HIIT training so much that it was turning into an addiction.

He’d wake up at 4:30 a.m. to work out, so he could return home and spend time with his family before heading to work. It was challenging at times but establishing this new routine helped him build up his drive and discipline.

The greatest achievement of all

Since the start of his transformation journey, Sullivan has lost nearly 150 pounds. His energy levels have increased, his mood has improved, and his self-esteem is better than it’s ever been.

For Sullivan, the greatest achievement is being able to spend more quality time with his family.

“My relationship with my wife is better than ever,” he said. “I have two kids that I can be present and active with. These things I couldn’t imagine would happen four years ago at 320 pounds.”

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James Corden Reminds Us That Shame Isn’t the Answer

By | actor, Food for thought, inspiring celebs, james corden, mindset, physical health, self, Self-Improvement

It’s never acceptable to attack someone based on their physical appearance, be it their size, shape, or any other physical differences, but it’s something that happens — often with claims that “it’s for their own good.”

James Corden had a pretty busy weekend this past week, having won three Emmy awards, but he also got a lot of attention for taking time on the show he hosts, Late Late Show with James Corden, to respond to some fat-shaming comments made by Bill Maher.

“Fat shaming doesn’t need to end, it needs to make a comeback,” Maher, who is the host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, opined late in August. “Shame is the first step in reform.”

Why shame is not the answer

Corden was quick to respond:

“Fat-shaming never went anywhere,” Corden said on his own TV show. “Ask literally any fat person. We are reminded of it all the time.”

Corden referred to statistics proving that fat-shaming does nothing but damage the mental health of those who are subjected to it: “It’s proven that fat-shaming only does one thing. It makes people feel ashamed and shame leads to depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior; self-destructive behavior like overeating.”

In fact, fat-shaming has even been shown to cause weight gain in young people.

Corden wasn’t done with his powerful response

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Corden explained that he realized his responsibility to use his own past and his platform to speak up: “I saw something that I felt like I had experience with. Ultimately, I think I know a little more about what it’s like to be overweight than perhaps some other people do. So, to see someone talk like that made me feel like, ‘Well, this is something I feel like we should talk about.’”

Fat-shaming happens to many of us, and many of us don’t feel comfortable speaking about the issue and how it impacts us. Corden being open and honest is a help to all of us.

It was a beautiful way to stand up for everyone who doesn’t feel they can stand up for themselves, and a powerful reminder that shame is not the answer. 

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She Lost 100 Pounds in One Year by Discovering Her Willpower

By | diet and nutrition, exercise, Food for thought, motivating, Motivation, physical health, self, weekly column

When Jenny Wagner caught a glimpse of a photo someone took of her on New Year’s Eve 2018, she was shocked.

“I had gotten to the point where I absolutely loathed seeing my reflection,” the 30-year-old told TODAY. “I still felt like a thin athletic girl. Then I would see a candid picture of me and I saw what I looked like.”

At 240 pounds, she knew something had to change

Jenny had been athletic for most of her life but after she got married in her early 20s, she started to gain weight. 

Around the same time, she was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and was prescribed medication to treat it. Doctors also recommended she lose weight, but offered no solutions as to how.

Earlier in her marriage, she had struggled to get pregnant

After losing 30 pounds, Jenny was able to conceive and gave birth to her daughter. The problem was, she wasn’t able to lose the baby weight — she’d experimented with different diets but nothing stuck.

“After three years of denying my weight I realized this is what I looked like and this isn’t what I wanted to be,” she said.

Determined to get back into shape

Jenny and her husband, Nathan, decided to give the ketogenic diet a try. Combining that with intermittent fasting, she was able to lose 15 pounds over the span of a month.

Jenny was able to stick with the keto diet and lost over 80 pounds in the following nine months. While she enjoyed eating low-carb, she began slowly making tweaks to her diet to make it more sustainable in the long run.

“To lose the last 20 pounds I transitioned to calorie counting,” said Jenny. “I was absolutely terrified that by allowing carbs back into my diet that I was going to gain back so much of that weight I lost.”

Jenny stuck with intermittent fasting and portion control, and continued to lose weight while being able to enjoy some of her favorite foods like pasta and bread.

“I transitioned to a way of eating for the rest of my life”

She was able to lose an extra 20 pounds, and once she made it to 50, she began exercising for about 30 minutes every day.

“I was doing was mostly just cardio,” she said. “The muscles started popping out.”

She reached her goal of losing 100 pounds

Jenny then underwent surgical procedures to remove the loose skin on her stomach. “I don’t want women to think loose skin is bad,” she said. “I just knew it wasn’t for me. I wasn’t even 30 yet. I didn’t want to keep stuffing my loose skin into my clothes.”

Today, Jenny continues to count her calories to keep the weight off and is proud of she’s been able to achieve. 

“I am surprised how much willpower I had,” she said. “I didn’t know I could be so strict.”

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Big Brother Loses 175 Pounds to Donate His Kidney and Save His Little Sister

By | diet and nutrition, everyday heroes, exercise, Food for thought, motivating, physical health, self, Self-Improvement, weekly column

When Jonathan Coronado found out his little sister, Denise, needed a new kidney, he became determined to help.

Jonathan found out he was a match to be a kidney donor for his then 13-year-old sister, only he was too overweight to qualify. At the time, he weighed 365 pounds.

Jonathan had always been what he considered a “big boy”

After watching Denise get routine dialysis for four years, he found the motivation to lose weight, both for her and for himself.

“I would never look at myself in the mirror,” the 31-year-old told TODAY. “We took a picture at my wedding and my wife posted it on Facebook and I got upset because she posted it… I didn’t know I was that big.”

Jonathan began his transformation journey by paying close attention to what he ate, and slowly started eliminating soda, cookies, and bread from his diet.

“I learned as I went,” he said. “The more I lost weight the more I got confident and doing more workouts. (Healthy) diets just became a habit.”

Wanting to become more active, he set reasonable goals for himself and started walking around a local park.

In the first six months of his journey, Jonathan crushed his original goal.

He was able to lose 100 pounds.

Feeling energized to see that his efforts and consistency paid off, he only became more driven to keep challenging himself.

“I felt like I needed to lose more, so I just re-adjusted my diet and calorie intake,” he said.

Jonathan also began weight lifting and added more cardio to his fitness routine, while watching what he ate. 

He lost another 60 pounds and felt healthier than ever, but was told he needed to lose a bit more to be considered a donor for Denise.

“I went all the way down to 195 pounds and that’s when I was eligible for donation,” Jonathan said.

On September 10, 2018, Jonathan donated his kidney

He was able to return home the next day. Denise’s recovery wasn’t as swift but today, she is a straight-A student and won a scholarship after scoring high on a standardized test, all thanks to her older brother.

“It was life changing for her. She started to be more happy,” said Jonathan. “She is starting to go out and have fun and do the things she couldn’t do when she was in dialysis … It makes me happy to see her that way.”

He’s proud of himself, not only for having been able to give Denise a better chance at living a normal and healthy life, but also for simply being able to lose so much weight and keep it off.

“You have to really want to do it if you want to lose weight,” said Jonathan. “It was easy when I wanted to.”

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This Woman Lost 108 Pounds After Surviving a Heart Attack

By | diet and nutrition, exercise, Food for thought, motivating, physical health, self, Self-Improvement, weekly column

After Kate Adams survived a heart attack and began cardiac rehabilitation, she quickly realized it was time to make lasting change.

“It kind of dawned on me that pretty much all I was doing was working and then coming home and lying down. I was just sore and tired, and it wasn’t the life I wanted for myself,” Kate told POPSUGAR.

“I wanted to be the healthiest, happiest version of me for myself and my family. So that’s what got me started, focusing on what I can do to feel good instead of on fear and what I can’t do.”

Kate was only 27 years old when she experienced two transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). Coloquially referred to as “mini-strokes”, TIAs are often the early warning signs of a potential full-blown stroke.

Nearly 10 years later, she suffered a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) heart attack.

She was 36 at the time and had just given birth to her fourth child

Kate later found out that the heart attack she had was caused by fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), a previously undetected disease that she’d actually been living with for years.

At her heaviest, Kate weighed 289 pounds and it was during her recovery that she found the motivation to begin her weight loss journey.

Initially, Kate experimented with a plant-based diet and was able to lose 40 pounds but it didn’t take long for her to realize it wasn’t the right fit. 

“I couldn’t get the balance right, and I was tired all the time and hungry all the time,” she said.

Kate then started using an app to track her meals and she credits it for helping her become a “conscious eater”

“If the kids are going to have pizza, then I’ll make myself fish in the air fryer and some steamed veggies instead of eating what they’re eating,” Kate said. 

Once she felt comfortable with her new dietary choices, Kate was ready to incorporate exercise into her daily routine.

As at a heart attack survivor, she had to be careful not to sharply increase her heart rate, so she started by going on short walks. When she began feeling confident getting her heart rate up, she began to increase her walking speed. 

Kate then graduated to jogging and eventually turned to YouTube for strength training workouts. She was able to lose an extra 68 pounds. 

Throughout her transformation, she’s learned to be in tune with her body and not push herself too hard.

In total, she lost 108 pounds in less than two years

Although she hit a 6-month plateau, Kate recently started working on losing weight again.

“I’ve kept going because I do it for more reasons than just losing weight,” she said. “I sleep better, I have more energy, and my mood is better.”

The biggest motivator for the now 38-year-old mother of four is that she can keep up with her children with more ease and “to be the kind of mom that my parents were. I can go outside and play in the pool and play soccer. I rollerblade with my girls. I can do so much more than when I was overweight and not physically fit.”

Today, her goals are to lose an extra 20 pounds and to keep challenging herself

She’s signed up to run a 5K this Fall and is determined to help other women with similar heart conditions rebuild their confidence.

Kate started a Facebook group — Healthy Hens, with the intention of bringing heart attack survivors together, to help and support each other during their recoveries. 

“I want them to move beyond that and focus on just feeling good and doing what they can do for themselves,” she said.

Having experienced it herself, she knows how hard it can be to move forward after a life-changing event. Kate’s mission is to try and help women gain new perspectives.

“The only thing that I’ve kind of figured out for myself is how to learn to live with the fear,” Kate said.

“It’s impossible to survive something traumatic, whether that’s cancer or heart disease or whatever, and to be ‘fearless.’ So I try to focus on fearing less instead of being fearless.”

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