This Spotlight will definitely motivate and inspire you. This has been one spotlight, I knew was going to happen soon. Hitting under 200 lbs. from 296 lbs. is such a amazing accomplishment (1oo lbs.weight loss any day now). Christy, never gave up and doesn’t plan on stopping here. I so love that about her. I knew this day would come; she is on fire! She did it the healthy way AND has established new “healthy” habits which are now automatic for her. She had a transformation BOTH inside and out. This is truly a lifestyle for Christy, I am SUPER proud of her.
Here is her story…
In 2002 I moved from New York City to Tampa, Florida. I had survived 9/11 and needed a change desperately. I worked for a while but then opened a retail business. After some tough years of owning and losing that retail business at age 40 I had to start over in my career. I downsized to an apartment and started over. In December 2012 I was working at a retail store and we were having a private party. A customer came over to congratulate me on my baby and asked when the baby was due. I was not pregnant. I was devastated.
I went to my doctor and found out I weighed 296 pounds and had metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is borderline diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. I already took pills for clinical depression which I have to take for the rest of my life which put on weight artificially so I had another major strike against me. My doctor offered to give me pills or refer me for weight loss surgery. I was having severe joint pain and stomach issues. My blood tests showed that my inflammations levels were super abnormal and high. As a result, I was tested for Celiac disease, Lupus, Arthritis, Thyroid disease. The medical tests came back negative but I knew it was just a matter of time before something happened.
I decided on that day to not take pills or have surgery but to get healthy on my own. I applied for and won a free year membership to the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Wellness center. I was mainly doing water aerobics and some light weight lifting. I started on my food journey by giving up diet soda which was very hard. I also started my journey on gluten-free eating but was not really eating clean. I ate out a lot, mostly fast food, and ate frozen diet meals for lunch. My stress level was high due to my job and I was drinking wine on a regular basis.
After the year was over, I decided that I needed more of a challenge in my workouts. My friend suggested the 21-day belly blast at Get a Grip. I started on December 1, 2013. I was still very overweight and found the classes and the meal plan difficult. My BMI was a 48 which is morbidly obese. I struggled through the challenge, but loved it! I saw great results and was so proud of myself for getting through it. My boyfriend Rob gave me a gift of a 3-month membership that Christmas to GAG. I became a full-time member after that and participated in most of the challenges for the next two years.
After every challenge, I went down in weight, inches, BMI and body fat. I kept a record of each of my challenge results and have them on my refrigerator to this day. I learned how to eat clean and cook healthy, delicious meals from participating in the GAG challenges. I really learned how to go gluten-free and eventually gave up coffee and alcohol. I learned the value of managing stress – so much so that I became an independent contractor and started working from home. I went to boot camp class, yoga class, pub runs, and walked daily.
Now, I walk 3 miles a day and still get to boot camp class, yoga class, class and pub runs. I’ve had my share of set-backs along the way, some of them major. Now, January 2017, I’m weighing in at 199 pounds and my BMI is down to 32. I have high goals for my future. In 2017, I want to reach my goal of getting my BMI down to 25 which is considered healthy. I could not have done this without the love and support of my GAG family especially Coach Carrie Kukuda.
I’m truly blessed and on my way to great victories this year!
What an amazing transformation BOTH inside & out!
I am SO excited to see this year for Christy! Congratulations, Christy!