‘I probably would
have quit by now’

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Editor’s note: A couple of months ago we introduced you to Kathleen Chandler, who has resolved to lose weight and get in shape and graciously agreed to share her journey with us. She’s even allowing us a peek at detailed statistical measurements of her progress. Here’s your monthly dose of feel-good reality.

By Kathleen Chandler

“Life isn’t fair, so get over it and get on with it.”

That’s what I’ve had to tell myself as I embarked on this weight loss journey. Why did God create some people to be able to eat anything they want and not gain weight, while others just look at a candy bar and gain 2 pounds?

[Read more of Kathleen’s fitness journey.]

Some people just add a 30-minute walk to their routine, but don’t really change their eating habits, and they lose weight; other people diet without any exercise and they lose 2 pounds per week. Meanwhile, people like me try to eat healthy and exercise like crazy but we’re lucky to lose a pound a month. Why? I don’t know, but get over it and get on with it.

I started working out with my personal trainer (Demond) in mid-September 2014. At that time I was extremely out of shape: low energy, low strength and low cardio-endurance. I knew my goal — to reach my ideal body weight and be physically fit — was going to be a challenge. In reality, it’s flat out hard.

Sometimes I wonder if the pain is worth it, but having a good trainer makes all the difference. I would never work out this hard on my own and having the support and encouragement I need is very important. Truth be told, if I was doing it on my own I probably would have quit by now, because I haven’t seen the results I want to see: I would be sitting on the couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream feeling sorry for myself that I just can’t lose weight.

However, there comes a point in life where you get sick and tired of being sick and tired, so I’m sticking with it.  Even though I’m not getting the results I want as fast as I want, I’m headed in the right direction. I am resolved: This battle isn’t over until I win.


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