Kathy Lost 28 Pounds And Kept A Promise To Her Father!

Kathy turned personal tragedy into triumph and completely changed her lifestyle through diet and exercise. Read on for Kathy's inspirational transformation story!


Vital Stats

Name: Kathy Engle

Email: kengle28@yahoo.com

BodySpace: KathyE28

Kathy Engle Kathy Engle

Before:

Age:
42
Height:
5'6"
Weight:
150 lbs

After:

Age:
45
Height:
5'6"
Weight:
122 lbs

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Why I Got Started
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In 2005 at the age of 60 my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Shortly after his diagnosis he asked me to promise him I would quit smoking. He was a lifelong smoker and so was I, we had both tried to quit before and could never stick to it. I knew it was going to be tough to quit while my dad was so sick, but I wanted to make him happy and show him I could do it. I kept my promise to my dad before he died and I have stuck to it for five years now. I am proud of that fact.

After I quit smoking I gained around thirty pounds in about six or seven months. I knew I was gaining weight but I was more focused on quitting smoking. I was getting married in October of 2006 and I wanted to lose weight for my wedding. I thought I could lose quickly because I never had a problem with my weight before; I was always thin. I cut back on the amount of food I was eating like I did in the past when I needed to lose a few pounds but it didn't work this time. It was frustrating and I knew I wasn't going to be ready for my wedding. When I got my wedding pictures back I was so unhappy with the way I looked I knew I had to do something.

I Kept My Promise To My Dad Before He Died And I Have Stuck To It For Five Years Now
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I Kept My Promise To My Dad Before He Died And
I Have Stuck To It For Five Years Now.

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How I Did It
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In 2007 I started doing cardio 4-or-5 times per week and lost 15 pounds, but I still wasn't eating as well as I should. I kept losing and gaining five pounds and still wasn't happy with the way I looked.

Finally in 2008 I decided if I was going to lose weight and look the way I wanted I was going to have to have a plan and stick to it. The thought of going to a gym was intimidating; I had never been to a gym and had absolutely no idea where to start. My husband bought P90X, a home workout, for us to start doing. I followed the workouts and eating plan and started getting results quickly. I was excited because at 42-years old, I thought I was too old to get those kinds of results. After working out at home I was finally confident enough to join a gym. I now love going to the gym 4 days per week!

Learning what and when to eat has made all the difference for me. I eat every 2-to-3 hours and I keep track of my food with an online food tracker. I gradually cut out white sugar and flour. I replaced salt and butter with herbs and spices to flavor my food. I eat fresh fruit, nuts, fat free cottage cheese and greek yogurt as my snacks. I prepare all of my food on Sunday and store it in individual containers so in the morning I just grab it out of the fridge and put it in my lunchbox. The key for me has been to be organized. That one promise has completely changed my life and I am so grateful to my dad.

I Now Love Going To The Gym 4 Days A Week I Now Love Going To The Gym 4 Days A Week
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I Now Love Going To The Gym 4 Days A Week.

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Supplements
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Note: Supplement dosages and schedule listed below in Diet section.

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Diet
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I try to eat as clean as I can everyday and drink a lot of water. I usually eat the same food every day, it makes it easier. I have a cheat meal on Saturday night but I am right back to my clean eating on Sunday. I have noticed if I stray from eating clean for more than just my cheat meal I feel sluggish and tired, so that is great motivation for me to stay on track!

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Training
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I lift 4 days per week. I change my workouts about every 4 weeks, I tend to get bored with a routine if I do it any longer than that, and I don't want that to happen. I like to do 3-to-4 exercises per body part and switch up the amount of reps every few weeks. I do cardio 3 days per week, it's called Turbo Kick; it's a combo of kickboxing and dance. I love this format because it is so much fun, and if I'm going to to do cardio it has to be something I enjoy!

TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW
Superset - Two exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.

Day 1: Shoulders/Abs

  • 4 A.M. Cardio - Turbo Kick - 45 min

Superset:

Superset:

Day 2: Back/Biceps

Day 3: Cardio - Turbo Kick - 60 mins.

Day 4: Legs

Day 5: Chest/Triceps/Abs

Day 6: Cardio - Turbo Kick - 60 mins

Day 7: Rest

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Suggestions For Others
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Have a plan before you start. Read as much as you can about training and nutrition, there is a lot of information out there, but take your time and figure out what works best for you. And don't forget to have fun!

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