Author Archives: Kristen K

About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.

Losing It In Chicago

This is my goodbye post. I realized I had a lot of baggage with this blog. I had my happiest moments–losing 47 pounds on the Fittest Loser–and I also had so many bumps and struggles and gains, and it got … Continue reading

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Time to get Pretty Muddy

I haven’t run more than half a mile in months now, but I have a very persuasive friend who convinced me to sign up for a 5K that takes place in seven very short weeks. And it’s not just any … Continue reading

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The power of compliments

It’s day five of my 30-day commitment to recording the happiest moment of the day (see original post here), and I’m discovering that I’m either incredibly vain or have very low self-esteem—because my happiest moment every single day except for one … Continue reading

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30 Days of Happiness

I follow the OWN network on Facebook (yes, I’ll happily admit it. Sappy and schmaltzy could have been my middle names, and there is plenty of that on the network!), and saw this today:   OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network shared … Continue reading

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30 before 30: An update

In November 2010, I made a list of 30 things I wanted to do before I hit 30. Now that the big day has passed, I have to confess that I did fewer than a third of them. Oops? The good news … Continue reading

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Wasn’t I just at TGI Fridays with my boyfriend and 15 closest friends celebrating my 21st birthday with an electric lemonade and coffee filters in my hair? Could that really have been nine years ago?! Wasn’t I just 24 years … Continue reading

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Trampoline aerobics

If you are looking for a totally unconventional, very fun and EXTREMELY effective workout, I have two words for you:  trampoline aerobics. XTreme Trampolines in Buffalo Grove, IL, holds a trampoline aerobics class every Tuesday, and my friend Jen invited … Continue reading

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