How Katie Lost 115 Pounds--and Kept It Off!*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Meet Katie Foster (SLIMKATIE) a SparkPeople member who has maintained a 115-pound weight loss for two years! Find out her secrets of success here.

What is your age?: 30
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople?: I have been a member since 2007, but I started actively using the site in 2009. I found SparkPeople when I did a Google search for weight-loss success stories.
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople?: I love the recipe calculator. In the beginning of my weight loss, I typed in all my recipes and then saved them to use for later. Whenever I cooked dinner, I just had to look it up and the nutrition info was right in front of me. It was a big time-saver!

How much weight have you lost?:  I initially lost 125 pounds, but I've been maintaining a 110-115 pound loss for two years.
How long did it take to lose the weight?: It took 16 months to lose 125 pounds.
What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight?: My son Noah, who was 5 years old at the time, was learning to ride a two-wheeler bicycle. He needed someone to run up and down the street alongside his bike. I tried, but was physically unable to keep up. I felt like the worst mother ever, and my sister had to take over for me. I vowed to lose the weight so that when it was my younger son Eli's turn to learn, I would be the one to teach him. (And I did!)
What was your biggest obstacle while trying to lose weight?: My biggest obstacle was dealing with other people's opinions on what I was doing. Everyone seemed to want to tell me how I should or shouldn't be eating, so I just had to do what I knew was right for my body. It was hard at holidays and parties when everyone kept telling me that "just one bite" wouldn't hurt.
What does your weekly exercise schedule look like?: Depending on whether I'm training for a race, I usually run 3-4 times per week (anywhere from 3 to 10 miles each time). I've also recently started doing some mild strength training between my running days.
 What is your favorite way to exercise?: I am addicted to running! I don't really love it while I'm doing it, but my body feels amazing when I am done. I love when my muscles feel tired and used!
Do you have any personal fitness goals coming up?:  I am currently training for my second full marathon! I also hope to run a half-marathon in under two hours and a 5K in less than 26 minutes... both are goals that I've had for a long time.
What does a typical day of food look like for you? How does this compare to the way you ate before your transformation?: For breakfast, I usually have oatmeal--I love oatmeal with coconut, dried cranberries, and banana. Lunch might be homemade lentil soup or scrambled eggs with potatoes and cheese. A favorite dinner is homemade pizza--I make a whole-grain crust and top it with pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, feta, and green peppers. For snacks, I like to have toast with nut butter. And I always have dessert--usually a brownie, cookie, or ice cream.  Before I lost the weight, I used to skip breakfast, or just have a huge coffee loaded with cream and sugar. Lunch was a giant bowl of pasta or risotto, and dinner was deep-dish pizza with pepperoni and bacon. A snack would have been a pint of super-premium ice cream.
What is your favorite healthy food?: I love nuts and nut butters! Natural peanut butter is probably my favorite, and I eat it every single day.
What is your favorite treat food?: A chocolate chip cookie topped with buttercream frosting. I save this for days when I do really long runs!
Who is your biggest inspiration?: I wouldn't say that any certain person inspires me... I get inspiration every time I am able to go for a run, or play with my kids, or even bend over and tie my shoes without having to hold my breath. It's the little things in life that have gotten so much easier that keep me inspired.
Do you have a personal mantra/saying/quote that you live by that you’d like to share?:  "Don't make any changes you're not willing to live with forever."  I live by that! The only changes I've made are ones that I know I can do (and don't mind doing) for the rest of my life.

Does Katie inspire you? What healthy changes of hers can you incorporate into your own weight-loss journey?

*Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

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Congratulations, Katie! That is awesome :-) I LOVE LOVE LOVE your mantra...I said that a million times when talking to people who want to lose weight "fast"..."Don't make any changes you're not willing to live with forever." Report
Thank you for sharing and congrats on firstly losing the weight and secondly keeping it off!
Your children must be so proud :) Report
Congrats on keeping off the weight. You are an inspiration for all of us trying to get healthy. Your kids have an excellent role model. Keep up the good work! I have to ask you though...I dread running but I see most people on here that loose alot tend to be runners. Did you start out loving to run? Did you start with a certain amount of time or miles when you started? Thanks for sharing your wonderful story. Report
Thank you Katie for your example and advice. I need to look at these healthy changes I'm making as 'forever changes.' Report

Thanks for sharing; this is an amazing lifestyle change. Congratulations on your accomplishments and Iím sure you will continue to reach your goals. I hope to follow in your footsteps; again thank you for both the inspiration and motivation that is very much needed by those us on this journey.
Your story is very inspiring. Im 29 years old and I'm just starting my weightloss journey. Losing weight is not easy. I dream of running, and your story has inspired me to know that one day I will be able to do that. Congrats on your weightloss...but an even greater congratulations for keeping it off. I know keeping it off is the hardest part. Report
Katie--two words: YOU ROCK!!! Report
Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story! Report
Loved your story. Today is day two of my journey, so I love the inspiration, Although you are many years younger than I, I have about the same weight goal to lose. I am confident I can lose as I have many (many!) times before, but I want this time to be the end-all by keeping it off. congrats to you and hugs to your kids! Report
Way to go Katie. So inspiring! Report
Way to go Katie!!!!! Loved reading your story. Report
A great inspirational story! Report
good for you, i lost 100lbs about 11 years ago but 75 came back i had a baby, but im going to do it again,thanks for reminding me that it can be done Report
Every day is a success story, really! Bravo.... great job, and thanks for inspiring everyone with your story!
You said... "Don't make any changes you're not willing to live with forever." that is very good advice. Thank you. You look great. Report
Katie, I don't know how many times I've visited you're webpage "Runs for Cookies." You are such an inspiration to all who read about your weightloss story. Thanks for posting weekly blogs. I find your before and after pics so motivating to someone who is just starting out on their own journey. Keep up the great work! : ) Report
An awesome success story! Report
Your sucsess gives hope and inspiration! Report
Inspired:) Report
Thanks for sharing! My son Noah is my inspiration too! I'm just getting into jogging, and I'm definitely going to be running 5Ks in the Spring. I'm almost halfway in my weightloss journey, and I love to read inspiring stories to keep me motivated. Report
Amazing story..It's stories like yours that does keep you going..Knowing it can be done..Great job!!! Your a beautiful lady. Report
Kate, you are truly ahh-mazing! You're an inspiration and hopefully one day I can inspire others the way you've inspired me! Rock on! Report
Thank you so much for sharing your story w/ us. It motivates me even more. I to have 100 plus pounds to loose to be at a healthy weight and its hard . Course I have my ups and downs but reading this I know I to can do it ... You are such an INSPIRATION and I can't thank you enough. Report
I agree that I hate when people tell you what to eat and what not to's like everyone has their own rules for you...they just need to step back and respect the goals that you have set for yourself. I only told a very select few people about my diet for this reason exactly. Thank you for the inspiration Katie! :) Report
This is an amazing sparked ....I am so motivated by her tenacity and modesty...way to go are the reason spark exist ....changing peoples life much better than tv or a movie....real people real changes yeah! Report
I appreciate the comment about not making any changes you're not willing to live with. I've successfully used SparkPeople to lose weight in the past but keep coming back because my "maintenance" seems to better maintain my "before" weight - so I keep gaining it back. This time I'm with Katie on just making changes I can live with - it's slower but I have every expectation that when I hit maintenance this time it will be the new weight! Thanks for the inspiration Katie - it helps! Report
You have such strength, I hope to have such an amazing journy on here. Such an inspiration! Report
Katie, Great job!! Your story really makes me want to try harder! Report
One of the reasons I started was to keep up with my kids. That story made me tear up a little thinking of the time we lose by being overweight. Your story is really inspiring, especially since my obstacles are also people trying to tell me what to do or eat and telling me that its some kind of special occasion, so its okay to eat whatever I want. I hate that! Report
It's so nice to read about someone like you who has been so successful with weight loss yet is actually eating "real" food during maintenance. It is my hope that when I reach my goals I will be able to eat what I want in moderation. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your continued success! Report
Your success is awesome Kate! You did it for you as well as your family and I'm so proud of you. It's not an easy thing to overcome unless your mind is set and that's usually the main battle. You look great and it's better when you feel great. Congratulations!! Report
Good for you! Report
Wow! I mean... wow. You are such an inspiration. Great job :) Report
Great job!! ;-) Report
Awesome job Katie, I have been struggling to lose only 42lbs..but reading your story makes me believe in myself that I CAN do this! Report
Way to go! Report
well done, you look amazing and i love that you still enjoy pizza and treats , only healthier versions. you can see from your pics that you are glowing and its inspiring reading how you turned things around, yet still live in the real world and treat yourself occasionally.....keep up the good work :) Report
Katie. Congratulations you are an inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing your story...... Report
wow congrats to you. I know you are very proud of yourself. One question, did you say you ate sweets and still lost weight? Report
Congrats thank you for the motivation I am just getting started as of Monday & I am finding it hard to stay motivation. I know that I have to change my eating habits to lose the extra 27 pounds that I am carrying around. Report
Good Job!! Im with you there on the obstacles I get the same thing. Congrats! Report
Your story is truly an inspiration Katie. Thanks for sharing it and know that it's one of the embers lighting my fire to work hard to achieve my goals! Report
you look absolutely stunning!!! way to go :) what an inspiration Report
Katie, that's AWESOME!!!! Congrats on LOSING it and KEEPING it off!!!! WOOHOO!!! ;o) Report
I love your saying "don't make any changes you are not willing to live with for the rest of your life"! I am going to keep that in mind. thank you and congratulations. I have about 200 lbs to lose Report
Katie-your story is so inspiring! Report
You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing your story :) Report
Katie Congratulations! I feel so helpless at times I can not even imagine doing what you have done. Good job! Report
I am so happy for you, Katie ! I am going to look on your Sparkpage to see what the intermediate steps were between being physically overwhelmed and being able to run ! Report
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