How One Mom Drastically Transformed Her Life By Making Small Changes Each Week
Losing weight is (quite literally) an uphill battle. The majority of weight loss stories I see floating around the internet don’t interest me, as these people have usually switched overnight to a drastic lifestyle change. Although I obviously applaud their discipline and self control, this type of weight loss regimen isn’t realistic for most of us. However, the story I’m about to share with you is relatable, realistic, and definitely inspiring.
Keely Dellit is a busy mom of three from Australia. Although she was a fit, active child, she started gaining weight after taking a job at a fast food restaurant when she was 14. After having three children in three years, Keely’s weight was at an all-time high. After stepping on the scale and seeing that she gained 278 pounds, she knew she had to make a change — for her children and for herself.
As a new mom of three young kids, Keely knew that fully committing to a brand new lifestyle wasn’t very realistic. Instead, she vowed to make one tiny change per week that helped her to ease into a healthy lifestyle. “At first, I didn’t cut out the fast food and treats that I loved; I simply chose smaller portions (like a small fry instead of a medium size),” said Keely. “Then, I gradually made slightly healthier substitutions (grilled chicken instead of crispy, for example).”
Keely then took the next steps by swapping out soda for sparkling water, and eating at home instead of ordering takeout. For the first six months, she didn’t focus on a specific exercise plan. She would go on walks with her kids or do at-home workouts she found on YouTube. As she started to lose weight and gain confidence, she joined a bootcamp class. She enjoyed the class so much, she got her certification as a personal trainer and now teaches classes at that very same gym.
In only 14 months, Keely lost 125 pounds. Now, her focus is shifting from weight loss to building muscle and feeling strong. “Every day I have to decide to be mindful of my food choices and portion sizes,” said Keely. “I learned that the trick to long-term weight management and health is to start slow and focus on all the little successes along the way — and now I want to pass that information on.”