Kassidy Linde had reached 260 lbs. When she ultimately lost her self-confidence. Kassidy Linde weighed 196lbs and was a size 16 two years ago before gaining a further 63lbs during pregnancy – bringing her up to 259lbs.
The 25-year-old, who lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with her fiance Dylan, now weighs 126lbs and is a size six.
So, how this success story made possible by her?
She started gaining weight after high school, but it was not until gaining weight during pregnancy that inspired her to change lifestyle. But while she was pregnant with her daughter Harley was in such discomfort that she decided to start trying to lose weight.
She said: ‘Towards the end of my pregnancy, I apparently couldn’t bend over, move around quickly, or breathe.
‘I knew that I would be heavy once I delivered my daughter so I told myself that from that point onwards, I would never, ever be that big again.’ Kassidy started by putting more effort into meals and started doing cardio and leg workouts three to five times a week.
She tried all kinds of diets – including restricting carbohydrates, calories, and Atkins – but now she simply focuses on eating healthily – focusing on lean white meat, tuna, low-fat cheese, almonds, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables.
The new mom hit a bump in the road when she began experiencing pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints.
“It’s extremely hard to stay active while dealing with arthritis,” she says. “I struggle every single day, whether it be with the actual pain or the worry about what if the pain is worse tomorrow. I’ll be mid-workout, and feel like I am being stabbed and have to stop. But instead of throwing a fit and storming out, I get up, move to a different exercise, and keep going.”
Tracking her progress on her Instagram account has helped her to on a normal path despite her hurdles.
“Holding myself accountable via social media was probably my biggest motivator,” says Linde. “What my followers didn’t realize is that for as much I as was motivating them, they were motivating me as well. Putting yourself out there and letting yourself be vulnerable to thousands of people makes you want to give it your all and do your best.”
And while she admits that there are days she doesn’t want to work out or intends to eat an entire pizza. She has learned to exercise self-control and get creative with ways to keep sticking to her plan of five-day-a-week workouts and a diet that consists mainly of chicken, tuna, turkey meat, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
“I can look in the mirror and appreciate my body for what is has been through,” she says. “Losing weight has changed my whole demeanor. I am an entirely different person — not only physically but mentally too.”
I don’t share these photos will y’all because I’m “bragging” or “boasting” or NEED attention. I share these photos because for every 1 person I might annoy , I inspire and motivate 20 more. When I say I completely changed who I was when I lost all of my weight, I mean it. The photo on the left was pre-pregnancy. I was pushing 200 pounds and most photos taken of me looked like that one…(70 pound difference here!) Getting black out drunk was a typical Friday night for me. I was insecure, I was in a bad place, I was mean and judgmental and all around not the best I could be. The picture on the right is a typical Friday night for me now. I am confident , I am in a wonderful place in my life, I am kind and lift others up and can honestly say I am striving to be the best me I can be! When I share these photos with y’all, it’s 50% about the weight loss but 50% about all of the other emotional baggage I lost along the way. When I say I “did this” for my daughter, I meant it. My daughter didn’t deserve a mother like the one of the left. My daughter deserved a mother like the one on the right. It’s not just about how you look on the outside ! It’s about how you look on the inside too! I really hope sharing all of these photos help a lot of you guys out there. Maybe just to lose a couple pounds, maybe lose 100 pounds, or maybe just help you mentally and emotionally to strive to be the best you can be. Some people think I do this for attention, but helping others fulfill their goals is one of the BEST feelings in the world! I hope y’all have a beautiful weekend ?
“It is critical to me to inspire others,” says Linde. “When I first started, my goal was to lose my weight. Now my goal is to help other people lose weight too. It is one of the most rewarding and humbling feelings I have ever encountered, and for that, I am so blessed!”