Healthy Living Spotlight: Karri McManus
Status: Weight maintenance
Pounds lost: 67
There is a lot we can learn from Karri’s weight loss journey and her 67 pound loss, but let’s start with a slow clap and standing ovation. Sixty-seven pounds lost is definitely something to be proud of! This new year, let’s use Karri’s experience to help us on our own journeys. Karri started with small changes that led to big results without gimmicks like weight loss shakes or diet pills.
How many of us started 2016 out with some unrealistic expectations of what level of fitness we needed to begin with? For Karri, she started with 15 minutes of step aerobics, three days a week on her Wii. If you have just started a new fitness routine as part of this year’s resolutions, don’t overdo it. Start doing a little bit at a time.
For Karri, overdoing her workouts was not an option, as she had been recovering from a severe upper ankle sprain. In the past, injuries had gotten her off track and she didn’t want that to happen again. It was hard to get moving again after injuries and a weight of 230 pounds, but it was important to her. Karri still found the time to incorporate workouts into her day, even with three children, her job, and taking care of a farm. She used to use her kids as an excuse of why she couldn’t work out, but now they are her reason for it.
One thing that may surprise you is that Karri has never set foot in a gym. All of her workouts have happened at home, in front of the television. Don’t have money in the budget for a gym membership? Don’t let that stop you! Karri started with her 15 minutes of step aerobics and built things up from there. She increased her stamina and began doing four days a week of Biggest Loser DVDs. The momentum has continued and now her routine consists of 30-60 minute workouts, 6-7 days per week. She has kept her workouts spicy and challenging by incorporating a wide variety of workout DVDs, including PIYO and Les Mill’s Combat.
After a few months of weight loss, Karri wanted to ramp things up even further so she decided a fitness tracker was the answer. She bought a Fitbit, started tracking her food, and cut out sodas. Looking at data from her Fitbit made her see that although she had cleaned up her diet and was eating healthy, it was still too much food. Karri cut down on portions and the weight really started to come off. The data from tracking her food and activity has been one of the most important things leading to success. Karri journals her workouts, weight loss, and tracks measurements. Seeing that what she is doing day in and day out is leading to quantifiable results has kept motivation strong. Takings photos of her progress has also made a big difference. Karri regrets not taking a photo on the first day she started her step aerobics. The only reason she didn’t take a picture is because she lacked the confidence to believe one year later she would still be achieving her goals and seeing success. If you haven’t done so in a while, let’s get those cameras out and take some photos to track progress!
A typical day for Karri starts out early at 5:30 AM with a cup of tea. At 6 AM, she has her first meal, which is a serving of Great Grains cereal or scrambled eggs from her own chickens. Raw almonds, boiled eggs, and string cheese are go-to snacks for work. For lunch, she prepares a salad kit from Dole or Fresh Express. She cuts out the salad dressing and uses salsa instead. Dinner is something the McMannus family does together and they like to keep things simple. Lots of carbohydrates and pasta are things they have left in the past. Now, dinner is filled with tons of protein and vegetables like grilled chicken tenders. Karri works out for about 45 minutes after dinner before heading off to bed.
Karri is living proof that you can start today making healthy changes in small tangible ways and see BIG results. In October 2014, Karri made the decision to change her health and what a difference that choice has made. Before her weight loss she couldn’t keep up with her kids, now she gets to see the pride in their eyes as Mom is right there beside them.
Congratulations on your success Karri and your 67 pounds lost. You are amazing!
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