Krista Mae Rahman doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t overweight or felt physically fit.
Growing up with unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle, she quickly gained weight, but all this changed when she met her husband, who was on his own weight loss path and had recently dropped 40 pounds!
Christ started going to the gym, watch her diet and used the advice and tips below to drop over 70 pounds and completely transform her life.
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Krista opened up to WomensHealthMag about her childhood and her lifestyle before becoming health conscious.
“I was overweight my entire life. Thinking back, I can’t remember a time when I felt comfortable in my body. I even remember having stretch marks in elementary school and cutting the sleeves off my shirts in order to help my arms fit comfortably.”
“My exercise habits were nonexistent. I was not a fast runner and I couldn’t do a single pushup. I wasn’t raised in a nutritionally-conscious home either. Growing up in a low-income household meant my mom worked hard just to put whatever she could on the table. I was a fast-food junkie with a taste for McDonald’s and pizza and a strong aversion to healthy foods.”
It was the influence of her newly slim husband that helped Krista get the motivation to start the gym.
“When I met my now-husband, then-boyfriend in late 2013, he’d recently lost 40 pounds and loved hitting the gym. He never pressured me to go with him or lose weight, but I saw how great he felt after going there. One day I decided I wanted to feel that way too. I was tired of being uncomfortable.”
“That day in January of 2014, I signed up for a membership and just started going with him. I walked on the treadmill at an incline for an hour every day for the first two months. In that time, I lost 15 pounds without changing my diet. People started taking notice, and I was motivated to keep up my healthy habits.”
After becoming comfortable training at the gym and losing 15 pounds, Krista wanted to turn her fat loss up a notch, so turned her attention to her diet.
“Once I felt more confident at the gym (after about three months), I wanted to begin running. But I knew in order to do that I needed to lose more weight, which meant changing my diet. I had no idea what proper portions looked like or which nutrients I should be consuming each day, so I started searching for info online. I also downloaded MyFitnessPal, which was a great tool for me because it made my goals feel achievable. I entered in that I wanted to lose two pounds a week, and it told me that I needed to keep my daily calorie count between 1,300 and 1,400.”
Krista’s Diet Plan
“I kept my meals pretty low-carb. For breakfast, I’d have egg whites and a high-protein bread with avocado. Next, I’d grab a Greek yogurt as a mid-morning snack. Lunch was a salad with strawberries, goat cheese, and chicken or another protein. My next snack was either string cheese with nuts or a protein shake. Dinner was a protein with veggies like broccoli and squash.”
Krista learned that it’s important to cook meals at home when you are trying to eat healthier. You know exactly what goes in your meals and you can measure out more accurately than anything you can buy.
“By making my meals at home, I got to experiment with cooking methods and try out new combinations. I learned a lot during this time because up until this point most of my meals revolved around creamy pasta. This was also when I began my Sunday meal prep routine with my husband. Every week we scour Pinterest, hit the grocery store, and eat dinner together while we meal prep for the week.”
“I’d always have one treat meal Sunday night, which got me through the week. After those meals, I usually felt uncomfortably full. And that served as a reminder of why I don’t eat like that all the time.”
As well as getting her diet in check, she built up her fitness little by little, initially walking on the treadmill then eventually to weight training in the gym.
“I remember the first day I could run for a full minute without stopping. It was about three months into the process. I jumped off the treadmill and cried. That was the moment I decided to really go after my goals and transform my body. After that, I got the courage to get off the treadmill and try other workout routines, like lifting weights. Today, I still work out five to six times a week. Five of those sessions are in the gym, where I focus on weight training and incorporate one-minute sprints on the treadmill between moves. The sixth day is something that gets me outside, like going on a hike.”
Krista realised it was important to put her trust in the process, rather than anything outward, like numbers on a scale.
“Every time I was close to losing another 10 pounds, I hit a plateau. And each time I had to remind myself not to get caught up in the number and just take weight loss one day at a time. I find that if I treat each day as another chance to try my best, the easier it is for me to accept the process. My weight gain didn’t happen overnight and neither did my weight loss. It was important to me to lose the weight and keep it off the healthy way.”
As well as feeling fitter and being healthier, Krista has become a much happier and confident person. Even using her new knowledge in diet and training to become a personal trainer.
“Losing weight has changed everything for me. I’m a more confident person, which makes me better at my job. I find that I’m more approachable now, too. Old friends message me asking about my story, and I get to share the knowledge I’ve gained with them. That inspired me to become a personal trainer. I finish my tests next month! I want to play my part in giving back to my community. It’s important for me to help people to feel as good as I do.”
If Krista could give one piece of advice for other people looking to lose weight, it would be:
“Set small, achievable goals because losing five pounds is way less intimidating than losing 40. And when you hit those goals don’t hesitate to reward yourself, as long as it isn’t with food. My reward was always a fresh gym outfit because it keeps me motivated and confident. You just have to find what the best reward is for you”
“It’s also helpful to let your friends know that you’re trying to lose weight. A support system will hold you accountable and offer encouragement when you need it most.”