First of all, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new followers and readers I have gained over the past few months and a special welcome to all of my fellow blog hoppers stopping by today. I wanted to take a little time to tell you all a little more about me and my weight loss and fitness journey.
My name is Katie, I am 28 years old and I was born and raised in the southern suburbs of Chicago. In 2011, my husband and I made the HUGE decision to leave our family, friends and our hometown for Hawaii. The island of O'ahu to be specific.
Hawaii will forever have a special place in my heart. I lived there for 2 years, married my husband on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and it's where I started my weight loss and fitness journey. It's where I fell in love with the active lifestyle. I started swimming laps in the ocean, hiking to beautiful waterfalls and beautiful places like Stairway To Heaven - Recap. I also fell in love with stand up paddleboarding.
I started my weight loss and fitness journey in 2013 and that's also when Huff 'n Puff to Buff 'n Tough was born. I started this blog to document my journey and adventures and it turned into so much more than I could have EVER imagined.
I turned into a health and fitness enthusiast, runner, heavy lifter, and a woman with big dreams of competing in her first figure competition.
I lost 79 lbs that year. October of that year, I put my weight loss efforts on hold to make the big and difficult move back to my hometown after living became insanely expensive out there and I gained 20-ish lbs of it back and became pregnant in December with my first. My daughter, Harlie Jade was born in September 2014 - Recap.
I started round 2 of my journey this year in February at 5 months postpartum and lost 80 lbs in 9 months.
I also wanted to tell you all about the good news I discovered on Saturday morning!!
I can't believe the day finally came! I know some of you missed my post and announcement over the weekend on social media. It was announced in my Hot Chocolate post and I didn't get into specific details about it because I was going to talk more about it on Monday. Not only did I reach the 100 lb weight loss, but I surpassed it! Down 102 lbs and counting!
I discovered the good news on Saturday morning the day before my big race and knew I had to do something special for the 15K, so I made a sign out of an old bib stating that I was celebrating a 100+ lb weight loss. It was a hit on race day to say the least. Saturday, I was in awe and filled with excitement.
However, Sunday is when it really hit me, especially during my race and the tears were flowing and I was so emotional for so many reasons and all I could think about during that moment in time is what I was currently doing and all that I have accomplished so far this year and overall, then I was crying because I kept pushing my body when it wanted to quit and there was no way in hell I would let it quit. I am 18 lbs away from my sophmore year high school (2002)/drivers license weight (160 lbs). I am just shocked. I worked so hard for this.
It took me 18 months of effort to reach this point with a year off during my pregnancy in 2014. Sometimes it's hard to believe how far I have come in my journey. I think back to when I was 140 lbs overweight, unhealthy, unhappy, depressed, low self esteem and self confidence and dealing with a ton of health issues and illnesses, some of which were weight related and others were not. I think back to that time when I was in a dark place for 8 years and battling with my weight for 15+ years because it helps me to continue to move forward. It lights a fire in me. It motivates me.
I think about now and how happy I am, how much self esteem and confidence I have gained and how much I love living life. Being only 38 pounds overweight versus 140... I am full of life and happiness! I know some of you hear the phrase, "If I can do it, so can you!" quite often... Or maybe you don't, but when it comes to my story.... That phrase rings true! YOU CAN DO THIS!! I promise you! I was the laziest person ever... No self motivation, full of anxiety (the debilitating kind... I'll save that story for another day), scared to live life, living a sedentary lifestyle, just existing and wasting away, LITERALLY! I want nothing more than to see all of you beautiful people happy with yourself, life, and most of all... HEALTHY!
It can be done. I, among many others are living proof!
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