'I Got Tired of Being the Big Girl'*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Meet Chris Kramer, a SparkPeople.com member (username ChrisKenandkids) who lost 73 pounds! Here's how she did it. Plus, find out how she fuels up for her favorite sport: taekwondo.

How old are you?  43
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? Since September 2009, but really active since January 2011.
How did you find SparkPeople? My sister found the site and became a member. She suggested I check it out. I was doing Weight Watchers at the time I signed up and wasn't ready to make the change until 2011.
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople? I love SparkRecipes, and I like meeting other members through the SparkPeople Community.
How much weight have you lost? I've lost 42 pounds since becoming serious about weight loss in 2011, and I'm 73 pounds down from my heaviest weight (233 lbs).
How long did it take to lose the weight? It took seven months for me to lose 42 pounds on SparkPeople.
What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight? I became a black belt in tae kwon do and finally got tired of being the ''big girl'' in the group. I started really tracking on SparkPeople and Weight Watchers together and realized that even though I was within my ''points'' for Weight Watchers, I was still over my calories on SparkPeople. Then I got serious. I decided I was going to work out seven days a week along with really tracking on SparkPeople.
What was your biggest obstacle while trying to lose weight? Being kind to myself and really believing I deserved to be thin and happy. Also getting used to true portion sizes and realizing my body didn't NEED the amount of food I was eating.
What does your weekly exercise schedule look like? I work out six or seven days a week, mostly going to tae kwon do and using workout DVDs at home. I've done P90X twice, and I started Insanity, but then switched to a long distance walking program for the summer (for a 50-mile charity walk). Sometimes I go to the gym and use the treadmill or elliptical for straight cardio. I usually work out after work and right before dinner. 
What is your favorite way to exercise? I love to work out at home. The Bob Harper DVDs are my favorite at-home workouts, and I make a point to go to tae kwon do twice a week most weeks. It's a fantastic stress reliever!
Do you have any personal fitness goals coming up?  My latest goal is to train for the next tae kwon do tournament in a couple of weeks. I will also be testing for my next level of black belt in December. Then I might do a P90X/Insanity hybrid workout program.
What does a typical day of food look like for you? I start most days with a smoothie, including milk, protein powder, frozen fruit, and powdered peanut butter.
Lunch is usually a salad with chicken, ham, or turkey and I vary what I put in it. I like to top it with sunflower seeds, olives, and feta cheese.
Dinner is usually a SparkRecipes recipe. I've switched to ground turkey instead of ground beef for most of the meals I make. I also use whole-wheat pasta or quinoa, and add some sort of veggie to everything. We also eat a lot of chicken.
Snack choices are: Greek yogurt, almonds, fresh fruit, celery with Laughing Cow cheese, Vitatops muffin tops or Fiber One 90-calorie bars. I almost never eat bread anymore (once my favorite) and when I do, it's whole wheat. 
How does this compare to the way you ate before your transformation? I used to eat a lot more than I needed to, and almost none of it was healthy. Almost no fruits or vegetables and mostly pizza, nachos, Chinese food, fast food and anything packaged. Snacks were usually carb-loaded and not healthy at all. When I did have a home cooked meal, I ALWAYS had second helpings and used to let my husband fill my plate for me. He used to make MY plate the same amount as his! He's six inches taller than me! I didn't need that much food!
What is your favorite healthy food?  I'm learning to LOVE spicy foods. And I'm trying new vegetables more often. I've found that I DO like veggies (not a fan of most) in certain ways. Like fresh asparagus instead of frozen, etc. I've always loved fruit, and I've come to prefer Chobani Greek yogurt for more protein.
What is your favorite treat food? I love Fiber One brownies or Vitatops Vitacakes (50 calories) for a little chocolate taste. I like Weight Watchers ice cream sandwiches and bars, too.
Who is your biggest inspiration? My sister, Laurie. She lost a lot of weight using SparkPeople, too, and we've been getting our families on the healthy eating bandwagon together.

Do you have a personal mantra/saying/quote that you live by that you'd like to share? I like to tell people that healthy living and losing weight for good takes a ''moment''—the moment when you get to the point where you're so sick of being unhealthy and overweight that you'll do anything it takes to get healthy. You have to be a little selfish and take care of yourself first. Once you're happy and accept yourself for who you are, you will be successful.

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

Has Chris inspired you? What tips from her journey can you apply to your own life?

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I LOVE this quote! Thank you, it is VERY well said.

" I like to tell people that healthy living and losing weight for good takes a ''moment''—the moment when you get to the point where you're so sick of being unhealthy and overweight that you'll do anything it takes to get healthy." Report
I am sitting here crying after reading your wonderful journey. Might sound out of the norm but I am happy for you and disappointed in myself. I joined the same time you did, but I didn't stick to it and now I weigh even more. Congradulations on your success and for inspiring me to get up and get moving! Thank You Report
I am very happy for you! Thank you for your story!!! Report
You inspired me to stay motivated and on track! Good job! You look amazing!

You look amazing! I am encouraged by your devotion to exercise. This is my week area and this makes me realize that I need to get serious about it. Report
Congratulations! You look great! I can relate to what you said about "the moment". Mine finally came when I realized I hated the full feeling and how tight some of my clothes fit.

Thank you for the motivation! Report
So awesome, congratulations to you! Sidenote: I'm almost positive that I'm wearing the same shirt today that you're wearing in your 'big girl' picture... Report
What stands out most to me is taking care of yourself. That is the one thing I have to concentrate on all the time. It is true, we have to get a little selfish and take care of our needs. Report
Chris, Your story is very inspiring! Thank you for posting it! I'm getting serious for 2013 and looking forward to what the new year will bring me! So, thanks again!
Your story is my story. I too did WW side by side with SparkPeople and realized the same thing.....I started out at 268 and lost the first 60lbs on WW alone and then turned to spark people. I've since lost another 30 lbs since June 29th of this year. I am determined this time that I will reach my ultimate goal and reading stories like yours are the reason I keep going. Report
I loved your story and agree with you on being selfish and focusing on yourself. I've been trying to lose weight since August and have lost 17 lbs. I'm eating healthier and doing cardio kickboxing 3-4 days a week. If these are acts of selfishness then I am guilty!!!! Report
I love your concept of the "moment" and I agree with you that it is almost always the most defining juncture when we take control of our lives again. If there's a note of caution, then it's only this: please make sure you give yourself a day off every week. The body needs this to be charged up again. Your story is truly inspiring - well done! Report
Go Chris! Yey to you! I am so glad I checked in when I did to catch this! You have been motivating me for I think over a year now! Keep it up my fellow Sparker! You have followers! You have inspired and motivated soooo many people here. Can you believe, over 16,000 views! You rock, my Spark friend. Report
Great job! I keep thinking I am tired of being the "big girl" but don't seem to be motivated long-term to make the change. Your success has inspired me. :) Report
Well done! Report
Wow! Really impressive - the black belt - that sounds fantastic! I wish you all the best on all your next exams! It was also very inspiring how you showed some family stuff - it's so easy to get caught by some "family rules" - but now, you and your sister are the leaders of the family. They should be so grateful to have you there! Report
to answer the interviewers question .....
Has Chris inspired you? What tips from her journey can you apply to your own life? There are no tips i can bring into my life. I am just going to stick to the word of wisdome and keep checking into sparkpeople.com
but good job chris. Report
Wow, You have done so well. Congratulations to you.. You really do have to get serious, and buckle down and do it, no excuses. I decided in May, to "get real" and did lose 24 lbs. I'd like to lose about 5 more. I'm eating clean and gluten free. It has perked up my mood, and has given me all sorts of stamina. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Report
CONGRATS!!! on your weight loss. I am still waiting for the "moment" I hate myself for not getting inspired by so many people like you on SP. Thou I need to not only loose weight but I am patient of HBP. Shame on me....
Thanks for sharing, there are some really straight-forward ideas in there!
You look really good in your "after" photo - really happy. It's a completely different kind of smile from the earlier photo. Report
You look great. Thanks for the being an inspiration to all of us. I'll have to try more of the Spark recipes as dinner always seems to be the hardest meal to cook and keep track of nutritional values.
After reading your blog, you've inspired me to get back to seriousness about my weight loss. Report
Such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story. You look amazing! Report
Wow I am impressed. You look Super. You lost a whole person. Great job! Report
Way to go! Report
Thanks for sharing! Your 73# weight loss is a lot of weight! Keep up the good work.

Judy Report
Congratulations! You look much younger and soooo good! Thanks for sharing your story. What an inspiration!
Nancy Report
Thanks so much for sharing your story. I just joined and i'm frustrated with being overweight, all my life i've been the "Big lady". You have encourage me to continue on with this program. Thanks again!! Report
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story and tips! Report
that was great reading! could relate on several things.... and congratulations to you! you certainly earned it after all the hard work that it takes! thanks for sharing Ms Chris Report
Wow, nice work! You look fabulous, dahhling! Report
Congratulations!! It does take a "moment". Report
Fabulous! Great inspiration! Report
Congratulations on your successes! Great blog and thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!! Report
Reading stories like yours keeps me motivated! I have lost 30 lbs since May of this year & a total of 40 since I started this journey a couple of years ago. As you can tell, people like you & SparkPeople have helped me tremendously. Thank you! Report
Hello! Congratulations on your journey and thank you for sharing your accomplishments. It is very inspiring! Report
Well done! You look fabulous and are an inspiration to us all! Report
Thank you!!!! I think this may be a "light bulb" moment for me. I too have been keeping within my Weight Watchers Points Plus allotment but have been losing VERY slowly.....I will start watching calorie in take as well. I may very well be eating over the Spark recommended daily calorie level. Report
Your story has refueled my desire to get back to a healthy weight and my Size 10 pants! Between 2004 and 2008 I lost 78 pounds, mostly doing Weight Watchers, but I've put twenty back on.

The most important part of your story for me is the reminder to eat less, to downsize my portions. I don't NEED as much food as I'm eating, even though it's all healthy stuff!

And your dedication to daily exercise reminded me that 15 minutes of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds, or 20 minutes of lap swimming a couple of times a week, is NOT going to cut it! It takes daily exercise at high intensity to take off the pounds and to keep them off.

BTW, I experienced the same problem with Weight Watchers points vs SP calories. I have also learned on SP that I can eat within my calorie allocation, but if the proportion of fats is high and carbs are low, I don't lose. I need a balanced diet, and SP helps me to achieve it. Report
Thanks for sharing your story and reminding us all that WE ARE WORTH IT. We, too, deserve to be thin, healthy and happy! Report

Thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations! Report
Chris, love this! It is really great to learn so much more about you. You are definitely an inspiration to so many of us on SparkPeople :o) Report
Congratulations on your success! Report
My husband does the same thing. Gets two bowls of ice cream, gets two candy bars, gets two value meals. That has got to end today!!!!!! Report
Oh my gosh! I am SOOOOOO overwhelmed and humbled by all of the awesome comments and support from this Spark People community! THANK YOU to everyone who commented, added me as a friend or sent me a goodie today. You have made my day and my week! THANK YOU! Report
Way to go! Inspiring! Report
Congratulations my beautiful sister! I am so proud of you. You give the meaning to strength and tenacity. Thank you for being an inspiration to me and so many others.

Laurie Report
Congrats.. you must be so proud of your self.. hold that feeling always..
thanks for the inspiration Report
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