Kristina, Digital + Studio, Lost 69 lb*
*People following the WW program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds/week. Kristina, WW Ambassador, lost weight on a prior program and is continuing on WW FreestyleTM. Watch Kristina's journey of being honest with herself and finding major success in the video below.
In Kristina’s words:
I always used to feel like my body was comfortable at 275 pounds, and I knew that wasn’t healthy. I had first joined WW in 2008, and I was successful until an injury threw me off. No matter how much weight I lost, I always went back to 275 pounds. I knew that had to stop, so I decided to go back to the program in November 2012, and my body is getting comfortable at my new weight.
When I joined WW, I realized quickly that I was eating until I was stuffed. So I started to weigh, measure, and track my food. Even if I go way over my SmartPoints, I still track every single bite. And I’m just honest about it. When I tell others I do this, they say to themselves, “If Kristina can track a -200 SmartPoints week, I can track my day.”
It’s all about presentation
I used to not care about presentation; I’d order a pizza and eat it straight out of the box. But now I make these delicious, beautiful salads: one is a Greek salad with cucumber, pepperoncini, and artichoke hearts, and the other has strawberries, cucumbers, dried cranberries, almonds, and pear gorgonzola dressing. I love posting about them on my Instagram profile, and I even get requests for them at family potlucks!
Sharing my journey
Talking about my ups and downs helps me stay successful. I love to journal so I started a blog. I talk about the recipes I make, the activities I’ve tried, and how I’m feeling about my week. My journey hasn’t been easy-breezy, but writing on a daily basis helps me realize how much I have to be thankful for.
How Kristina’s success with WW has improved her life
Finding your fitness
I like to challenge myself in fitness. I like taking cardio barre classes, kickboxing, and I’ve even tried CrossFit. I’ve always loved basketball, and now I play on a recreational basketball league. Not only do I have the height, but thanks to my weight loss, I’m much faster on the court than before.
Focusing on food
After watching a documentary about the food industry, I started eating differently. I used to drink so much soda, and now I’ve eliminated it from my daily diet. I’ll drink Crystal Light instead — I probably drink 120 ounces a day! I also opt for fresh foods over processed, and butter over margarine. Start noticing the chemicals you’re putting into your body, and get rid of them.
A quiet moment
Living in Los Angeles, the weather is amazing 90% of the time. Very early on, I created a routine that after my Wellness Workshop every Saturday, I head to these cliffs near my house to reflect on my week and prepare for the next one. It reminds me how blessed I am to be in the area. And it helps me clear my mind and prepare for the challenges ahead.