Weight Loss

I like food. Real good food. My family likes food. And we like to eat it together. We like celebrating with a good meal and think cocktail hour is the best time of day. We don’t really eat junk food – we aren’t the Big Mac types – but we just like the process of eating. We also have always talked about nutrition and ways to balance our love for consuming good food.

The Gain

I maintained my weight around 130 throughout high school and my early years in college, thanks to a love for running and varsity soccer. I used exercise to keep my weight down, but much to my inconvenience, a birth defect in my left foot became symptomatic during my sophomore year of high school and got much worse in college. I had to limit my workouts to the elliptical and bike for my last 2 years of college. While I did exercise almost every day, the less-intense workouts combined with large portion sizes and too many glasses of wine put a good 20 pounds on my small frame. During my senior year of college, I topped the scales at 151 pounds. I remember looking at myself in the mirror just after Christmas and thought: “I am more than just a little overweight.” I also remember sitting in my classes wondering what backside looked like in the chair. And of course, every photo that taken of me was just “a bad picture.”

The following spring, my senior year, I had foot surgery to un-fuse the sub-talar joint in my foot and was on crutches for a month. After the surgery, I decided I wanted to turn my life around.

The College Years – Too Much of a good thing!

Foot Surgery! March 2005Napa Valley, May 2005Napa Valley, May 2005Napa Valley, May 2005 Cruise, January 2005Winter 2005My Sister and Me, June 2004Tea in England, Summer 2004England, Summer 2004 Halloween 2004Midwinters Ball, February 2004

A New Outlook

I graduated from Davidson College a few months after my surgery and was finally able to cook for myself, limit dining in restaurants and put an end to late college nights full of snacking. I was excited to be able to take control of my weight with a new lifestyle. I started tracking my daily calories in an online food journal at CalorieKing.com, which I kept up throughout my weight loss and a year into maintenance. Counting calories really helped me get a handle on portions and realize how much good food you can eat if you focus on fresh ingredients. My husband (then boyfriend) and I developed a love for cooking with healthy ingredients in our recipes.

When my foot was ready, I gradually started exercising again, and went to tons of spinning classes, which were easy on my recovering foot. I was finally able to beginning running again in October of 2005. My goal when I started was to lose 20 pounds – to get from 151 down to 130. And I hit that goal 9 months later.

2006 – Weight Coming Off

Out to Dinner, Fall 2006Engagement Photo II, October 2006Summer 2006, 126 lbsBlack Tie Ball, March 2006Christmas, 2005Virginia Wine Country, October 2006Engagement Photo, October 2006Asheville, NC, August 2006

Progress

When my weight reached 130 pounds in the spring of 2006, I realized I felt fabulous but still had weight to lose. I decided to keep my focus on eating healthy and being active and wherever my weight ended up was fine with me. I was shocked when I hit 129. A year before, you couldn’t have paid me a million dollars to convince me I’d ever be in the 120s. But I just kept exercising, cooking healthy meals with my husband, and chugging along.

Goal: 120

It’s now been a few years since my foot surgery and I’m down 30 pounds to a healthier weight of around 120. I have never been happier with my body image and lifestyle. I feel radiant every day, and shopping for clothes has a whole new meaning. And photos are almost always flattering! My focus now is on eating whole foods and balancing my day with all of the food groups and intuitive eating. I honestly find eating healthy so fun!

A Happier Life

When I decided to lose weight, I had no idea I would be so successful. I’m smaller now than I was in high school! I have never felt better about myself or been happier about where I am in life, and I believe that all stems from a boost in self confidence. I got married on June 2, 2007 and was glad I could celebrate the day as a happier, healthier version of me.

The bottom line is, you can get to your happy weight if you want to. Make the choice. There’s no secret. Move more, eat healthy. If you put your health first, weight loss comes naturally.

2007 – At Goal

Davidson Homecoming, October 2007Honeymooners at St. Francis Winery, June 2007 Honeymooning, Sonoma, June 2007 Honeymoon in San Francisco, June 2007 Bachelorette Party Mom and Me After a 5K, April 2007 Easter 2007 Savannah, GA, March 2007

Wedding Photos, For Fun :)

Wedding Day Wedding Day Wedding Day My Two Loves! In the Gardens First Dance Love! My Family Ceremony Kiss!Husband and Wife Just Married! All American Exit

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1 kayla.eats.healthy August 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Your story is so inspiring! You look great!

I want to get a better look at your wedding photos: but when I click the photos nothing happens!

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2 Kath August 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm

They should open upon clicking!? They do in my browser

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3 Reka August 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Dear Kath,

I’ve been so fascinated by your site ever since I discovered it! I have to admit, it’s quite addictive!! :) You see, I am from Romania and in my culture we love to eat, eat…and eat some more. Cooking a traditional dish with all the fresh, organic spices and herbs that are available at every corner-store is almost considered a work art. But the lifestyle is very different in the States…and cooking healthy meals on a daily basis is def. more challenging here. That’s why I’m so thankful for all the work and effort you and Matt have been putting into this site. I love reading through your posts because it almost feels like we are a having a conversation over a coffee. You and I are so much on the same page, and your relationship with Matt reminds me so much of my marriage to my “bestest friend”, Owen. We met in college, in Hungary and have been happily married for 3 years. Anyways, I guess it’s just really nice to know that there are other “freaks” out there who value marriage, nutrition, exercise and the little joys of life just as much as we do! I wish you all the blessings for your continued journey together.

I’m off to the gym, but you’ll hear from me again :))

Reka

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4 Jennifer April 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Hi Reka,
My husband is Romanian and I lived in Romania for over three years. I know what you mean about the love to eat in Romanian culture. Living in Romania, I was the thinnest/heathiest I had ever been due to eating fresh food and walking everywhere. When my husband and I moved to the States in 2009 I gained almost 45 pounds without never really realizing it! I started losing weight in January and am down 37 pounds. Anyway, I just wanted to say “Hi” to a fellow Romanian and to let you know that you aren’t on your own in your quest to be healthy in America! :)

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5 Roxxii August 27, 2010 at 12:23 am

omg that is SO inspiring! you look sooo pretty n ur husbands a cutie haha. i just found ur site and im already in love with it xxx

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6 Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine August 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Wow, what a wonderful story! You know what…I’ve been reading your blog for OVER 2 YEARS and never knew you struggled with your weight. I just had no idea based on what I read from you every day!
Yours was one of the very first blogs I started reading when I began my own weight loss journey. I believe that I found you through Oh She Glows! You and your lifestyle are just so inspirational- thank you so much for everything you do :)

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7 Runeatrepeat August 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I love your weight loss story. And I love how you balance life, food and exercise now :) You have always been my blog and weight loss inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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8 amy August 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

Hey Kath,

I was just wondering why you chose CalorieKing over other free calorie counting websites? I’m trying to get back on track with my health before it gets too out of control. I’ve gained 15lbs over the last couple months and don’t really have time to be active due to a full school schedule and full time job. I feel like the only thing I can control is my eating until I graduate in Dec and can get back into exercising.

Thanks!
Amy

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9 Kath August 31, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Amy,
It was the most user friendly. If I was going to keep a journal, I wanted something I could search + enter a food lickity-split. I found all the free software to be really slow and difficult to use. CK’s was by far the best, and definitely worth the $55 I spent per year.

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10 Felicity September 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm

You look fabulous and your blog is so inspiring. Can I ask how tall you are?

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11 Kath September 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Thanks! I’m 5’2″

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12 Shana August 31, 2011 at 11:43 pm

JUST discovered your blog today. We are the same height and both love food…can’t wait to read through your site. Congratulations on meeting and exceeding your goal!

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13 Jenn September 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Thank you so much for this very inspirational blog. I’m hoping to use it as a guide to my own success. You have so many great ideas and your food looks absolutely amazing in every picture. Yum!

I do have one question though. I saw that you mentioned you aim to eat around 2000 calories a day now that you are in your maintenance stage. How many were you aiming for when you were actively trying to lose weight? We’re the same height and build and I’m also fairly active so I’m wondering what I should be aiming for. Wouldn’t want it to be too low or anything.

Thanks again for taking three years of your life to write this blog. It’s just incredible! (And you look great!)

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14 Kath September 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Thanks Jenn. I really don’t aim to eat any amount of calories these days – I don’t count at all. But when I was losing, I was eating between 1700 and 1900 per day depending on exercise. That said, I still “lose” after gaining a few these days just cutting back on portions, drinks and desserts.

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15 Sierra September 13, 2010 at 8:00 am

Hey Kath! I stumbled across your blog the other day and I LOVE it !!!! I was wondering what your undergrad was before you became a RD. I have a bachelors in nursing, but I’ve been thinking alot
lately about going back to school to pursue nutrition seeing as that is my passion. Just wondering : )

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16 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:02 am

History! With a focus in American Women. Also a lot of Anthropology. I took TWO sciences classes at Davidson (because I placed out of the requirements with AP classes) so I had to start from scratch with Chem 101.

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17 Carol March 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Hi Kath,

I just came across your blog and enjoyed reading some of the recipes and comments. Then I read about you, and wow! We’re not the same age (I’m older), but we have a lot in common. I also went to Davidson College, took no science courses, graduated with a B.A. (English), then went back to school to become an R.D. After working at Trader Joe’s for many years, I am now teaching Nutrition and Foods at a community college.

Keep up the good work, and don’t worry about reviewing products. People like to have an unbiased opinion.

Carol

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18 KathEats March 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

Oh how fun! There are quite a few of us Davidson RDs :)

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19 Lynn Kindler September 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

Hi Kath, Lynn Kindler here with The Hartsock Agency

Love your blog!

What is the best way for us to contact you? May I please have your email address?

Thanks–Lynn

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20 Kath September 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

Lynn,
I’m at Katheats at Gmail dot com

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21 Chickiepea September 23, 2010 at 8:49 am

I found you through a series of links last night and have enjoyed browsing your recipes. It looks like a lot of them can be modified to our diet. Yay! We have had excellent success with weight-loss through eating loads and loads of fat and cutting out sugar, gluten, and pasteurized dairy.

Real food rocks :)

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22 Raych September 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Hey! Your blog is absolutely awesome. I’m nineteen years old and really attempting to lose weight but I fractured my ankle 10 weeks ago and was on bedrest for awhile, but reading about how you also had an injury in school makes me feel a whole lot better! Even though I knew, deep down, that losing weight was still possible, it just seemed so impossible and reading this gave me new hope.

So, thank you and keep up the amazing work! You’re an inspiration :)

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23 Katie G. September 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Hey Kath! I have read your blog in the past, however love the new re-design! Your story is so inspiring! I am working on finding a balance between healthy food and exercise in order to get down to my healthy goal weight. Your tips, photos, and recipes are a great help! Also, LOVE the Oatmeal Pancakes, they are amazing!!

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24 Sarah October 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Your post was truley inspiring. I am current at 135 and am desperatly trying to loose 10 pounds. It just does not seem to budge. I feel like the last 10 is the hardest and because I think about it all the time I am not seeing any results. Any ideas or advice you have?

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25 Felicia October 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

Love your story! Very inspiring :) Looking forward to reading! You look beautiful in your pics!

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26 Claire October 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

Hi Kath,

I am an avid reader of your blog and simply adore it! I have set up my blog recently and am just figuring out how to get the word out. My passion is to help others with type one diabetes, with a new approach, I would love to reach as many people as possible. I hope you will love my blog as much as I do yours.

Just on my first visit to America in California, it is so beautiful here, you guys have the best, freshest food!

With love,
Claire x

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27 Jamie October 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I am also 5′ 2″ and right now weigh around 128-130 depending on the day. I would love to get down to 120 but my body seems stuck here… What did you do to push yourself to lose those last 10 pounds?

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28 Andrea October 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Okay, this is it – your post may have just told me what I was dreading telling myself – I need to loose weight. I’m unhappy with my size, and it is affecting how I feel with my husband during uh, intimate times. so, enough of this pudge! I’ve been unhappy for a long time and I think my size and being unhappy with it is what’s slowing me down in life. I’m 28, way too young to feel this old. I’ll check with you again soon – I need to get myself organized. Thank you for sharing your journey. It’s not easy to post unflattering pictures of yourself, but you. are. inspiring.

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29 Jessica October 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

This is awesome! I use to way 117 in high school since then I’ve had two kids and gained 35-40 lbs! Same as you I can not stand how I look in pictures or naked haha! I love to cook but finding quick, easy AND healthy recipes has been a struggle for me. Also I don’t have the motivation to exercise daily… After reading your story I’m so inspired and hope the motivation moves in!! Well thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes out!

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30 Chetney October 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Kath, you are such an inspiration to me. I have learned SO much from you and I look forward to your posts everyday! I have also ramped up my exercise routine so I go to Curves every T, Th, and Sat and run every other day except Sunday! i can only run/walk a mile right now but I just started! Thank you for everything you do, and for being YOU!

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31 David October 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Kath – a quick note to say hello and let you know I mentioned your site on my newly minted blog – http://feedtheanimal.blogspot.com/ – I’m new at this an not sure what proper protocol is when mentioning another blog on my site (do I need to notify the other blogger?). Either way, I enjoy your site and weclome you to drop by mine when you get a chance. Cheers and thanks for sharing.

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32 Kath October 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Thanks for the shout out!

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33 Erin Summerlin November 1, 2010 at 11:53 am

Hi Kath,

I am at 155 lbs now, up 30 Ibs from a happy 125 right after high school. I am a newly wed as well and am desperately trying to get off the extra weight. I have been looking at caloric intake and all that jazz. I need advice on how to get rid of this extra weight. Do you know of any good web sites for health advice? Any advice from you is also MUCHO appreciated!

Thanks for a great site!

Erin Summerlin

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34 Kath November 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Eric,
Try the You On A Diet book by Dr. Oz or another favorite is Superfoods HealthStyle. You might start also by visiting an RD in your area to get an idea of your energy needs.

Good luck!

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35 LiberalFoodie November 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Kath,

Hi! I saw your site and was impressed. Actually a friend of mine that reads your blog regularly recommended it to me. What an inspiration you are by losing all the weight. I am trying to lose 15-20 pounds myself and am having a challenge. I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing some stories, tips and secrets. I worked out regularly until couple months ago when I gave up because I wasn’t seeing results. I trust that you’ll know what you’re talking about since you are a registered dietitian. I

And another reason your site was such a draw is because I grew up in Charlottesville, went to AHS and loved every part of the city. I can’t wait to move back for good but that’s years away.

I look forward to hearing from you, on email. Thanks again

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36 Caitlin November 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm

You have an amazing story Kath! I just wanted to let you know that for a protest writing class I am taking we have an assignment to make a newsletter addressing an issue that means a lot to us. I actually have a similar story to yours so I chose the issue of obesity and am promoting activity and healthy eating through my newsletter. In it we have to have a profile about an individual who the problem has affected and how they have worked to overcome it and now what they are doing to help promote it. I hope it’s alright if I use your blog and some quotes from this page as my example!
Thanks for the awesome blog!

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37 Mary November 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I teared up when I read this post. I packed on some major lbs. in college and lost them post-college. It is so hard to explain how it affects mind and spirit. I have been sober one year and now is the first time I have taken real control of my health.

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38 Erin Summerlin December 10, 2010 at 9:44 am

Hi Kath, This is probably a stupid question…But what do you know about Acai energy supplements. Are any of them a good idea or are they all bad news? Thanks for your help!

Erin

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39 Kath December 10, 2010 at 10:17 am

I did a research project during my internship on supplements vs. real food. Real food always wins! I wouldn’t take anything in pill form (unless you have a diet that excludes foods like fish or animal protein)

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40 Kelsey January 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Hi Kath, I was just wondering if you are doing online consultations anymore?

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41 Kath January 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Hey Kelsey,
I’m sorry I’m not doing them at the moment – too busy with the bakery! I will let you know if I start them back up

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42 Tiffany January 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Kath I just love your blog so much and I read your posts daily :-) As a lifetime “dieter” with about 30 pounds to lose myself, I am always so inspired to see someone who enjoyed their food while losing, was okay losing slowly (not freaking out and getting on a “lose 30 pounds in 3 months frenzy”), and truly living healthy. You rock girlfriend :0) Keep up the great work on the blog! P.S. We have a Great Harvest locally and I am so excited to go get a loaf of something yummy after the past week of your posts! Haha!

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43 Chris January 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Kath,
Thanks for your posts everyday! In the past year I’ve lost 60lbs on my own plan: just cut my portions down to normal size, tried to eliminate junk food, tried to get a handle on emotional eating, and eat lots of fruit and veggies for snacks. I still have about 30lbs to go and I feel like I’ve lost my motivation. I need a kick in the butt to get exercising and get my eating back on the super healthy (holidays made me go a little off the health ship). I keep telling myself that I look and feel better than ever…but it’s just not motivating? Do you have any suggestions so that I don’t slip back into old habits and regain?

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44 Kath January 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I always say there is nothing more motivating than a fridge stocked with the healthiest food around! Or perhaps a new workout class or new buddy. Do something to change up your routine.

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45 Caroline Calcote January 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Hi Kath! I have been reading your blog for awhile, but mostly just on my Google Reader. Today I took the time to poke around your site and find out more about you. Just wanted to tell you that your education history resonates with me, because my Dad is a graduate of Davidson (like way back, he’s 76 now) and my Mom is an R.D. and graduated from Winthrop (also way back, of course). She stopped working when we were kids to be a SAHM, but when we were in high school went back to take classes (at East TN State Univ.) necessary to become recertified as an R.D. and also became a Certified Diabetic Educator. She has always been an inspiration to me and I really admire R.D.’s, obviously. Sorry to ramble, but I found it quite a coincidence. Love your blog, thanks.

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46 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Oh fun!! Matt’s dad was Davidson 74, I believe – ask your dad if he knew Mark Monson!

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47 McKenzie January 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Would you mind telling me what your exercise routine consisted of when you were trying to lose weight? Did you have a rest day?

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48 KathEats January 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I did (do) about an hour of exercise a day. When I was losing, I worked full time and went to the gym in the mornings for an hour. I did about 45 minutes of cardio [all kinds] and 15 of weights, plus I went for walks on my lunch break or in the evening whenever time/weather allowed. I took rest days when my body felt tired, but I didn’t schedule them in. Some days I would just do light ellipticalling or walking that I considered active rest.

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49 Dana February 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

Thanks for sharing your story. I have had some health issues and have gained an obscene amount of weight. What do you recommend for someone who needs to lose 100+ pounds and is limited physically in terms of exercise?

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50 Julia February 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

So I decided to take your recommendation of Calorie King. I signed up for a free trial, and I put in my information. I’m a little alarmed at the amount of calories they recommended for me. I’m 5’6″, about 145#, and would like to be around 130#. Not figuring in exercise they said I should be taking in about 1250 calories a day. Does that seem low to you? I just can’t imagine I’d have a lot of energy at that level. How do I find out what is right amount of calorie intake for me? I’m not interested in depriving myself in a any way or dieting. Like you, I love to eat!

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51 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Yes, that seems low. I wouldn’t go below 1500, but keep in mind they might be talking about a NET number of calories – meaning if you exercise you get to eat more. Remember also it’s a website formula and an RD (with a full consultation) would be able to give you a much better estimate for your personal lifestyle

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52 Emily February 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Hi Kath,
I’ve read your blog on and off for a while now, though I’ve never commented. I really admire your dedication to readers. I know it’s your job, but to post three times a day, and to always deliver such enthusiastic and thoughtful posts, is truly impressive.
I have a question:
What heart rate monitor did you use while you were losing? Did you trust its estimates?
Thanks!

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53 KathEats February 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

The Polar F5 – and I found it to be very accurate!

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54 Emily February 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

A response eight minutes later! you are amazing!

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55 Jenny March 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Hi Kath – I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and I’m a dork, so I’ve been reading through the archives of yours and some other health blogs (like Emily @ the Daily Garnish). I’m 30 years old and am trying to get active (I’ve never been in the past) and am carrying at least 15 extra pounds on my short frame. I noticed when you were losing, or at least when you were counting calories, you were eating a lot more diet food, and my question is what would you do differently (if anything) if you were trying to lose weight now?

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56 KathEats March 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Hey Jenny,
I don’t think I ate many “diet” foods – my focus has always been a goal of real food. I think my definition of real food has matured a bit since then. I wouldn’t do a think differently now if I were to set a goal of weight loss. In fact, I’ve lost a few this spring and I’m not sure anyone has noticed any dietary changes. I just cut back a little on drinks and desserts and watch my portion size a bit more closely.

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57 Jenny March 2, 2011 at 6:19 am

Thanks for your response – I just seem to keep losing and gaining the same 5 pounds over and over again, and I already eat mostly whole foods – no junk or fast food, nothing processed, everything homemade, and it seems that most weightloss programs and stories start with people in much worse spot, and then tell them to eat the way I already eat!

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58 Ann March 8, 2011 at 11:00 am

Hi Kath,

I always found it really inspiring when people decide to loose weight. When I was in high school (or our German equivalent) I always weighed between 105 -110 pound, nicely spread on 5ft 4”. Then I had knee surgery that went really wrong – left me with the inability to run, ride a bike or climb more than 5 stairs without screaming pain. Furthermore I need to take certain medication whose common side effect is edema. From 2007 till now I had to watch my body gain almost 110 pounds.. And I’m so sick of it. All the women around me are dieting or changing their eating habits (because summer is coming and they need their bikini body back). I’m really trying to eat healthy, reducing fat/sugar/carb intake – changing my diet to “almost veggie” .. but my scale tells me I’m fighting windmills. Do you have any suggestions?

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59 Katherine March 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Hi Kath!

My husband Taylor and I went to Davidson, but we were 2 years younger than you (graduated n 07). Just wanted to let you know that we love your blog, and have been so inspired by you! I am a 4th year med student in San Antonio (we went to school with Will and Carter Greendyke, and Jamie Felton who was also in your class). We both love to cook healthy food, but used to eat too much! You know what they say about the first year of marriage… Anyway, thanks to you, we have been inspired to lose weight and am proud to say that we have each lost 10 lbs in the last month! We’ve been using the MyFitnessPal app and love it! Just wanted to say thanks so much for being our inspiration :)

Katherine (Cox) Ansley

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60 KathEats March 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Hey Katherine!! It’s always fun to hear about Davidson readers (and other wildcat spouses!) :) Thanks for saying hello.

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61 Nichole March 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi Kath,

Great website!!! I joined myfitnesspal to get back to 120, I’m about 128. It places me on 1250 calories, plus if I work out (usually ranges from 200-300 extra calories) it adds those burned calories back in. But I’m starving! And by this I mean mentaly unable to concentrate, like my body is begging for food. I saw that you ate around 1700-1800 calories when losing, did this include your calories burned from excerise? What was your daily base calories? I am prepairing for a half marathon and want to have a base calorie intake, then add the calories I burned from long runs.

Also what do you put in your coffee? I usually use organic raw sugar and skim milk…do you have any more suggestions?
Thank you!

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62 KathEats March 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

Hey Nicole,
I’d say on first glance with a half marathon training plan you are eating WAY too little! It’s really hard to train for a race and lose weight at the same time – you won’t be able to do one of the two properly. You need more fuel! I think it’s REALLY REALLY hard to eat less than 1500 calories and not be starving. 1800 was my total intake while I was losing, so subtract out exercise from that to get to net. When I was half marathon training though, I definitely ate more than that (this was post-weight loss).

I just put organic cow’s milk (1%) in my coffee

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63 Beth March 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Hi Kath,
I just happened upon your website today and find it very fun to read as well as see your photos! It’s been awhile since I visited your part of VA, but my mother grew up in Harrisonburg, so as kids we got to spend alot of time in that part of the world. It’s so beautiful. Anyway, I think all the comments/posts are very interesting/inspiring, especially since I find my self to be overweight & needing to shed 40-50 pounds that have gracefully applied themselves to my body, particularly since my early 40′s. I am now 53 & determined to lose the weight despite menopause. I think I am still in shock at times, wondering “How did I gain all this weight?” Even after having 3 kids, I was able to get back to my normal weight of 131, but once I turned 40, stopped regular exercise, the gain happened gradually, and now I am 185! Yikes! Any advice you may impart is welcome!!

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64 Marie March 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hi Kath. Love this blog. I’m studying nutrition too, just not sure where I want to go with it just yet. What’s your take on Nourishing Traditions, coconut oil and fermented foods?
Thanks,
Marie in Vermont

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65 Liz March 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

Hi Kath:

Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story! I’m looking forward to looking at more of your blog. My friend Laura posted the link to your Kale chips recipe on her Facebook page. She’s a vegetarian chef up Ohio. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

I’m trying to embrace a more plant based diet. But I have to admit that being a meat eater for 50 years, it’s a hard habit to break. Right now I’m reading “Veganist” by Kathy Freston. Some very interesting stats and stories in that book. It sure makes a compelling argument for giving up the current lifestyle so many of us are living.

BTW, I hope you love C’ville as much as the rest of us Hoos did when we were living there!There’s just something about Charlottesville. Davidson is an awesome school too! Best to you and your new husband! What a beautiful bride you were!

Liz Savage

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66 Susy March 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

I am so enjoying reading through your recipes. It is good to see couples happy and enjoying life together. My husband and I have been married for over 13 years and love to run together. We take the kids with us on the weekends and they ride there bikes. We also enjoy good, wholesome food! Keep the recipes coming.
Susy

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67 Mallory April 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

Kath, I stumbled upon your website today at work (I know, I’m terrible).. but I was needing some form of inspiration and I found that through your blog, I’ve read multiple posts today and can’t wait to read more. When I graduated high school, I was a very large girl, almost 275 pounds. Going off to college didn’t make things better as i gained weight over the next three years, tipping the scales at 325lbs. I worked out quite a bit and ate healthy, but nothing seemed to work for me. I went to the doctor who told me there was nothing wrong in my blood tests and I was immediately discouraged at my lack of weight loss. I decided to have the Lap-Band done in 2008 and to date am now 154 lbs. Unfortunately, my eating habits still are not where they should be, but I am slowly working on it. My fiance (a sheriff’s deputy) and I have decided that we definately need to begin eating much healthier and excercising together in an effort to stay more motivated.. Your blog has me inspired for all kinds of new recipes and things we can do to live a healthier lifestyle. I’m so glad you began blogging when you did. I wish I would have started blogging at the beginning of my journey but I am going to start blogging in the next few weeks to track our progress together from this point forward. Thank you so very much for sharing and I look forward to reading more!

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68 Mackenzie @ Eat. Exercise. Evolve April 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Really random question: I noticed that your wedding dress was strapless. How did you deal with tan lines? I am getting married in two months, and my dress is strapless too. I *really* don’t want to go to a tanning booth, but I have leftover tank top tan lines from past summer. Any suggestions?

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69 KathEats April 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

I definitely had a nice sports bra tan line! I put lots of sunscreen on my back to try to reduce a tan difference, but you can see it!

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70 Hanna April 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Kath, You are my motivator!!!
Your website is my homepage!

I will try lots of your great healthy recipe.
Seriously you gave me not only a enjoy but also inspiration that why I have to do my exercise for better(health) life!

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71 Brigit April 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Kath,

I love your story and your blog! I ran across your blog while searching for a healthy oatmeal/gronola bar recipe. Your recipe is a family favorite and a snack staple in our house. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and life stories. You are so real =) I am on a weightloss journey myself for the first time in my life. Since dealing with a thyroid problem after my 2nd kiddo my weight shot up and I felt horrible. I am feeling great with no diets just eating healthy, natural and fresh. Oh, yes and working out of course. You inspire me to keep going. I have lost 12 lbs in 18 weeks and have 12 more to go!

Thanks again!!

Thanks again!

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72 Lauren D April 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Hi Kath!

I came across your website looking for a steel oats recipe. I’m so glad I did! I’m working on creating a more healthy diet/lifestyle for my husband, two-year old son and myself. I am currently hovering around 135 w/about 10 pounds to lose – but more importantly need to just keep the junk out of my system. The thought of starting a new way of life – one more active, natural, etc. is really appealing to me. There is so much info out there, it’s hard to know where to start! Anyway, I’m so glad I came across your site. Just wondering – do you work as a dietitian as a clinician?

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73 KathEats April 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

Hi Lauren,
I’m a full-time blogger and writer opening a whole grain bakery with my husband. I love that dietetics is such a broad field!

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74 Adina @Adiventures April 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Girl, You SHOULD feel radiant everyday, because you ARE!! Thanks for being someone I can look to when the worl’s view of “healthy” gets me down!

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75 Gavi @ Gavi Gets Going! May 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

What an inspiring story, Kath! Totally random question, but who designed your wedding dress? It is GORGEOUS!!

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76 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

Thanks! It was Angelina Faccenda style 1005 – I had the corset back and train re-designed by a tailor!

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77 Jennifer May 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

I stumbled across your blog and LOVE it! My husband and I have recently started to change the foods we eat. Both of us have diabetes running through both of our families we want to do everything we can to help prevent us from following that path. We are starting by eating less carbs and less sugar, while also incorporating more fruits/veggies into our diet and just that change alone I’ve lost 4 pounds. Yes, I want to lose weight but I think the change in food that I’m eating and being healthier is most important. Your story was very inspiring and motivating to me. I, too, have started this journey at 150 pounds and my goal is to reach 130. I can’t even imagine what 120 pounds feels like. That’s a complete dream to me. ? That last time I saw the scale at that weight was 10 years ago. That must feel incredible! Your comment on how “shopping for clothes has a whole new meaning”…..I bet it does. ?
Where do you buy your oats and butters and things that you eat? Do you have to order that online or can you find it locally in a grocery or specialty store? Do you take any sort of multivitamin or supplements of any kind? We are still learning our way around this new world of eating and learning so much.
Congrats to you and Matt on your new bakery! How cool!!! You’re living what’s a dream to many.

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78 KathEats May 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

I shop mostly at Whole Foods, the farmer’s market and our local organic butcher, but most mainstream grocery stores will carry organic lines of dairy + meat and I use Quaker Oats

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79 Florence May 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I stumbled across your blog when I was looking for healthy but tasty foods to eat. I am a teenager, from the UK and mostly in my family we eat healthy wholesome foods but my mum and dad both need to lose weight so I’ve been looking for tasty healthy recipes and I want to say thank you for all thes wonderful recipes and this inspirational blog. My mum is more motivated than ever! :D

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80 Annika May 24, 2011 at 5:51 am

You deserve all the success you’re having. This is a great, positive place. Well done on achieving your goals!

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81 Alicia May 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

I’m a 40+ woman, select youth soccer referee, who has been struggling to lose about 20-30 pounds for the past 3 years. I have heard so much about whole foods lately, that I’ve tried to read everything I can get my hands on. I don’t have alot of time to cook during soccer season, but I love to bake muffins, breads etc. And desserts, we have to have our desserts!!! I’ve made a few tasty muffins and breads that made great on the go breakfasts or snacks. I’m looking forward to trying your overnight oatmeal recipes, I’ve been making unsweetened oatmeal with a 1/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips to sweeten… yumm…. so I’m looking forward to trying different ways to serve it.

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82 Rachel June 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

when and why did you stop counting calories? is there a post you could direct me to where you made that decision?

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83 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I don’t remember if there was a specific post when I announced stopping counting. I just did a quick search and couldn’t find anything. Counting calories was a great weight loss tool for me, but it was never something I wanted to do forever. I weaned myself off over the course of a few months in 2008 (I think!?) and just over time moved into a more intuitive eating mentality.

Here are a few posts I did find related to eating + calories I’ve written:

http://www.readbreathe.com/it-doesn%E2%80%99t-matter/

http://www.readbreathe.com/the-squiggly-line-effect/

http://www.katheats.com/ratatouille-meets-mac-n-cheese

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84 Liz @ lactosefreelizzie June 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Kath, you are beautiful at any weight!
I’m happy that you’ve reached your goal though :)

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85 Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides June 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm

After reading you for years I just stumbled upon this page. Wow! What a great transformation and what excellent dedication!
How tall are you if you don’t mind. YOu are built extremely similar to me and I am 5’1”, the weight REALLY shows on the short girls.

Thanks for everything you deliver to us, everyday!

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86 jodi June 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I applaud you, but for some people it is not just a matter of will power. Do currently use your RD? Do you have any nutrition recommendations for someone with PCOS, Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue syndrome? I am finding it really hard lately to begin exercising ang getting back on a good healthy eating plan.

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87 KathEats June 21, 2011 at 7:03 am

I use my RD, but not in a clinical setting, so I can’t offer you any advice. But perhaps you could see an RD in your town who could give you some great advice to get going? Best of luck.

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88 Cate June 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I love your blog!! This is rather creepy of me, but may I ask where you shop for clothes? I’m petite too and I can never find professional clothes, but yours look so nice! :D

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89 KathEats June 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm

LOFT, Old Navy, Banana!

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90 Eileen June 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm

hi Kath! I am loving your blog! I’ve been trying to cook more with whole foods, so I love how you have shared your story here and all the amazing recipes. I’d seen some of your recipes here and there around the web, but recently realized you are located in Charlottesville and went off scouring through your archives. I just moved here 3 months ago and your posts are great for all the restaurant recommendations alone! I am definitely going to check out the bakery sometime soon!

a fun note- we have the same wedding anniversary! 06-02-07, such a great date!! :) I had to comment when I saw that. Also, being so new to c-ville, I have a burning question for you. I am amazed at how quickly you made friends – even had new friends to help out on the day you moved in?? I was in Chicago for 6 years before moving here, and am finding the transition to a small town kind of hard. Any advice on how to meet people? I’ve tried some meetup groups without much success. My husband and I did have some good conversations with our next door neighbors but they just moved out of state, sadly! Again, thanks for sharing your c-ville insider info :)

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91 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Hey Eileen! Having a well-read blog meant that I had friends when I got here, and then I became friends with their friends. Also, we had a few friends already here and that helped too. We like to have parties (although since the bakery opened we’ve slowed down on that) and get groups together.

I’d be happy to be your friend if you want to get together for dinner sometime soon!

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92 Eileen June 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

hey Kath, thanks for the reply! I am sure the blog thing is really helpful. I have a blog but I should be better about updating it – and posting the link correctly (the one above had a typo, whoops!). Would be great to meet you and any other bloggers in the area sometime!

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93 robin June 30, 2011 at 8:17 am

so what if you have 90 pounds to lose, help!

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94 robin July 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

where to begin? It feels like a mountain to climb at my weight, I wonder if its even possible honestly.

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95 Lisa July 13, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Just came across your blog and I love it a lot! You have a really good story :) and i can’t wait to read more!

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96 Lesley July 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Hi Kath,
That’s a very inspiring story! I experienced something a bit similar to you in that I used to keep my weight down with a lot of exercise, but about two years ago I found out I have osteoarthritis in my right knee and had to stop running. Now I use the elliptical, biking, and yoga, but I too find it harder to maintain my weight without the more intense exercise (and the wine probably doesn’t help). So I’m just curious, what types of exercise did you do before/after your surgery that helped? Otherwise I think I just need to get back to whole foods and eat in restaurants less – this was a great inspiration/reminder – thanks!

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97 KathEats July 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

There weren’t many exercises that could keep up with my eating. I think you have to change your diet first, and just keep active for health’s sake. Restaurants are wonderful, but they’re a waistline’s worst nightmare!

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98 helaine altus August 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hi. Love your blog and have been following your stories/recipes for about 9 months. While I’ve commented before, I am not at a different place in my quest to maintain a new lower weight and healthy lifestyle and have a question for you. After losing your weight, how did it take to find your maintenance calorie level and at what point did you stop counting calories? While losing, I never counted calories, but joined myfitnesspal.com specifically for maintenance and have found it much more difficult to maintain than lose (I keep losing). Curious how you succeeded in this journey and any struggles you had to overcome along the way.

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99 KathEats August 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Check out the Squiggly Line Effect for how I approached maintenance:

http://www.readbreathe.com/the-squiggly-line-effect/

And I weaned myself off of calorie counting over maybe 6 months? I just stopped recording, then stopped counting meals then stopped counting!

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100 Maria August 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

Wow. I just stumbled upon your site today. I was looking for ways to motivate myself to re-enter my journey to a fit life. I’ve been a yo-yoer since Feb. 2007 when I saw my wedding pictures and I was disgusted with myself. I too have about 30 lbs to lose. I lose the first 15 easily and then I plateau until I give up and gain it back. I recently pulled my hip flexor, from running too much (no good deed goes unpunished!), and am finally to the point where I can at least start walking again. It’s going to be a while before I can get to where I’m working out at my full potential again, but it’s a start. In the meantime, you’re blog has inspired me to start one with my two sisters who are also facing the 30 lb battle with weight. I won’t be ready to go public with it, but I plan on starting on one TONIGHT, for just my two sisters to share our goals, progress, links, articles, pictures, achievements, workouts, etc. I CANNOT wait. Thanks so much for the inspiration. And who knows.. maybe one day I’ll have my own successful site. :)

Maria

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101 Amy @ ahealthyandhappyheart August 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I just came across your blog…and I am already in love. You are so inspiring!

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102 Keri D August 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Hi! I’ve come across your blog a few times lately and just now read your weight-loss story. I’m inspired and encouraged! I’m 28, and have finally made the lifestyle change to be healthy after struggling back and forth for about 6 years. I’m short (under 5 ft), and have recently lost about 15 lbs. I’m only 5 lbs away from my ultimate goal…but am completely happy with my body now. Now I just need to focus on my fitness and continuing to eat healthy. Blogs like yours make it a little easier! I love trying new recipes and I’m excited to check out some of yours. Thank you so much for sharing!

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103 Morgan @ Some Kind of Sunshine August 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Do you ever feel like you just get bulkier from weight training? I am only 5’2 as well and I can’t help but think “heavy lifting” isn’t for me. It’s so frustrating being short and coping with muscle mass and weight numbers. It makes me go crazy!

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104 Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries August 26, 2011 at 8:02 am

Kath, I just read your story/journey, and I wanted to thank you for sharing. Very inspiring!

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105 crissy August 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Hi kath! I love your blog. I’ve been blog hunting for the past week and i saw yours in the Bob’s Red Mill site. Terrific! I’m inspired by you like the blogs I’ve seen bout nutrition. I’m struggling with my weight lately and will definitely keep on moving. Thank YOU!

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106 Cory September 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hey Kath; thanks for a great blog! I really find that reading healthy lifestyle blogs keep me self-aware and motivated. I too went through a weight loss journey myself just over this past year. By monitoring how often I ate out, how much I drank and increasing my fruits and veggies at every meal it did the trick. I also started srength training, Zumba, kickboxing and the elliptical. It is a lot of work but I lost over 50 pounds and went from a tight size 12 to a baggy size 6! I’m smaller than I have ever been in my life and in better physical shape with more energy than ever. What other lifestyle changes did you make that you find the most helpful?

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107 Taryn September 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I’ve been reading your blog now for a few days and can i just say THANK YOU for everything you do here! Your posts are very personable! I’m currently 5’2″ as well but clocking in at 147lbs and looking to get back into that healthy range. Your weight loss story is so inspiring and really helps me to believe that I can do it too! Plus, all of your oatmeal recipes are AMAZING! it made me love oatmeal again!

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108 Lisa D September 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Hi!

I am new to your blog and find your story so inspiring. I am going in to be a dietitian too :D I am also in the midst of planning a wedding. Any chance you can tell me where you got your earrings/necklace?

Thanks!

Have a great night :D

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109 KathEats September 26, 2011 at 7:34 am

Hey Lisa!
The necklace was a real diamond gift from my grandmother from a jewelry store in Baltimore. Although they match perfectly, the earrings are not real – I found them at a bridal shop in South Carolina. Sorry that makes both rather hard to find!

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110 Francesca October 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hey Kath!

Thank you for your e-mail directing me to the story! I’m so inspired by you! I am a sophomore at Michigan State and in a desperate search to declare a major. I’ve looked at everything from history to pre-med to KIN to Dietetics. I finally want to declare Dietetics but the one thing holding me back is the science! I’ve always been a history/english person and I’m really good at math too! However science is tricky for me.. how did you get through all of the science classes?? Also what blog site would you suggest for an entry level blogger like myself :)

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111 Lisa M October 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Hi Kath,

I’m a long time reader and have just recently decided that I need to shed a few pounds. I gave birth to twin boys 15 months ago and between stopping breast feeding (which just TORCHES calories) and beginning drinking again, the weight has begun to creep up. I’m 5’5, my pre-pregnancy weight was 134 and now I’m tipping the scales at 146. I’m wondering where I should start…

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112 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:19 am

Hey Lisa,
Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I can’t offer personal weight loss advice through my blog. Best of luck.

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113 Jessica October 26, 2011 at 7:09 am

Hey Kath!
I’ve been reading your blog for a while (sort of lurking, really…haha), but I’d never read this section until now. I agree with you completely on how being healthy and looking your best is an irreplaceable confidence booster. I am personally working to get out of one of my heavier phases right now, and your enthusiasm is really inspiring! It really is fun and feels great to eat healthily and move!

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114 Jeannie October 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Kath,

I want to start my family on an entirely “real food” lifestyle…which books/cookbooks did you find most helpful?

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115 KathEats October 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Superfoods Healthstyle by Dr. Steven Pratt, Intuitive Eating and Fit From Within were both very important to me.

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116 Jeannie October 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Thank you so much! I so appreciate your prompt reply — especially on your birthday! Happy, happy Birthday:-)

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117 Ahris Kim November 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Reading your blog keeps me on track and inspires to keep and eat healthy! Just made oatmeal the “classic KERF” way, and i’m NEVER going back to the instant junk… it was an enlightenment to say the least- thanks for your presence in the blogosphere! :)

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118 rokaya December 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

wow your story is so inspirational… im at 130 pounds right now trying to drop to 120 and more importantly become more fit….you have motivated me to stop slacking… thank you….

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119 Leslie December 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

Your story is so inspiring.. I am recovering from anorexia and I have gained all of my weight back…I used to have a normal relationship with food before all of this started but now its more of a love hate relationship. I am trying to find a balance with exersize and eating healthy to get to a weight that I was previously at during anorexia (still healthy) before I dropped to being underweight. I felt so great at that weight. But it’s been insanely difficult….for a while I forgot what normal eating was…..sometimes I feel like giving up because I will give in to sweets and I can’t restrict and control myself like I used to. But anyways reading you blog gives me hope that I will reach my goals and get where I want to be. I am a junior in college and studying nutrition. I plan on becoming a registered dietican as well. Hopefully i can inspire and help people just like you!

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120 Andy McCleaf December 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Hi Kath! Great blog! you should be paid for this blog it seems so good. I wanted to say congrats on your super weight loss transformation. I know it wasn’t easy. Have you been running?

Also I enjoyed the pics from Jamaica. We visited Negril a few years back. Make it to Margaritaville? Check out Sandals in St. Lucia for some great eats. They have 3 resorts there to chose a restaurant to eat at! All 5 star places!

Keep up the good work! We are down the road in Charleston if you and your husband want to go for a run…

~Andy

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121 Mattie @ Comfy and Confident January 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Hi Kath! I have been following your blog for a while and I truly enjoy reading each and every post. I currently [try to] track my calorie intake via myfitnesspal.com. For the most part, I do an ok job. But I struggle with the meals where there are a lot of different ingredients included or the meals I get at a restaurant. When I do not know exactly what is in the meal or if the recipe is super complicated, I typically do not update my food diary. How did you deal with consistently keeping track of your food intake?

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122 KathEats January 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I just did the best I could! If I had a burrito with 5 different things inside, I would just add them all separately to the best of my knowledge of the portion side. Good luck!

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123 Carol January 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Kath – great blog! Unfortunately all your links to posts at breath.com no longer work. Just fyi. I was trying to figure out what the squiggly line effect was. (I think I have it figured out without the links). I look forward to your daily posts now…. Carol

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124 KathEats January 25, 2012 at 8:26 am

oh bummer – they must have updated the site. Unfortunately I can’t find the links and change them very easily, but thanks for sharing the updated one

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125 Carol January 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm

And with the help of my friend google, I found the squiggly line effect now posted here:

http://216.197.64.114/new_breathe/the-squiggly-line-effect/

Carol

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126 Chelsea January 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Hey Kath,

I’m a sophomore at Wofford College right now, and like Davidson, Wofford is a liberal arts college. I love it, and I love the classes I’m taking intending to become an English major, but I’m starting to question how useful/fulfilling that degree will be. I was always obsessed with counting calories and the number on the scale (which didn’t work out when I gained the freshman 20!), but I’ve started realizing that I need to focus on healthy habits and the weight is naturally falling off.
As I’ve started to think about my passions, I’ve realized one of them is nutrition and health. I think being an RD would be a great fit for me, but I’m skeptical because the idea of taking physics and lots of chemistry sound dreadful. I’m not the worst at science, but it definitely doesn’t fall into my interests category! Is all the mind-numbing science worth it? If I am serious about becoming an RD would it be better for me to transfer to somewhere like Winthrop (I live in Fort Mill, which is really close!) or Clemson, where they have specific programs for this?

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127 KathEats February 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Hey Chelsea,
If you’re serious about dietetics, then I would definitely meet with the program directors at both Winthrop and Clemson and figure out which would be best for you. It’s definitely a field with promise!

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128 Phil February 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hi,
You’ve got beautiful pictures, I kind of love them, your husband must be very proud of you. Its amazing how you could gain control of the situation as regards losing weight, not everyone has got such determination.
Researchers have come out with a new report on the best way to keep off weight. The best way to keep off weight is to maintain a diet high in protein and low in refined carbohydrates. If dont mind sharing your opinion about this.
Please, keep the ball rolling and good luck.

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129 KathEats February 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Hey Phil, Thanks!

I agree on low on refined carbohydrates, but I think quality carbohydrates like whole grains, oats, and fruits are also part of a balanced diet. You need carbohydrates for energy. I don’t necessarily agree with high protein, but adequate protein plus healthy fats plus a foundation in vegetables is a great approach

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130 Kim February 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

Kath,
I too have a birth defect in my ankle. I’m stuck in a cast right now and I feel like my weight loss goals are falling away. Did you exercise when your foot was in a cast?

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131 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

Sorry to hear about your foot Kim. I didn’t do anything while I was in a cast for a month and on crutches. Once I got the clear to walk, I started swimming 3x a week and then added cycling and finally the elliptical. It took me about 6 months before I could run again.

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132 slynn March 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I love your story. I am a fellow health nut and I love whole foods! I am currently underweight by about 10-12 pounds and I hate the fact that I look scrawny ( I suffer from thinking like an anorexic, but I don’t skip meals, just restrict calories). I want to put on weight in a healthy way which means putting it on in muscle. I want to be able to pick up running again once I put the weight back on. Any suggestions on diet and exercise?

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133 KathEats March 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Slynn,
Unfortunately I’d recommend going to see your doctor. Restricting calories when you’re underweight can be very dangerous. Best, Kath

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134 Jeri March 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Hi Kath,
My friend just got me hooked on your blog and I am falling in love! I just started my weight loss journey or rather healthy living journey again. Kicked started it Ash Wednesday by giving up sweets and sodas. I could drink a case of cherry coke a day). I also just read your blog about budgets. I thought it was going to be hard being 44, but the end result of being broke and unhealthy is not as good as being financially stable and healthy. I plan to get back to my pre-military weight of 140. (After retiring and no one telling me to work out 3 times a week, I have become super lazy). Any suggestions on exercise for someone 100 pounds over weight with knee and back problems? (yeah military and weight caused them) I do walk, but I was thinking of using a bike to ride to the stores and pay bills that are close by. Any suggestions, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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135 KathEats March 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Hey Jeri! Welcome. Kicking that soda habit will make a HUGE difference. I know seltzer water isn’t the same, but it’s better than plain water – and there are tons of flavors to try. Walking is great, and I think a bike would be great too!

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136 Ashley March 17, 2012 at 8:47 am

About your weight loss…. You said you were eating app. 1800 calories when you were losing in addition to exercising daily. So were you trying to get your net calories close to your BMR?

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137 KathEats March 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

Yep!

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138 Rebecca March 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

While in maintenance, how often did you weigh yourself?

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139 KathEats March 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

Daily at first, then the fluctuations drove me nuts so I gave away my scale and went by my clothes

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140 Anna December 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Amen!

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141 Jody March 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Hi, Kath! I love your blog and your story, but this line confuses me:

I got married on June 2, 2007 and know the day wouldn’t have been as wonderful if I were 30 pounds heavier, but instead I had people telling me all evening how tiny my waist looked in my dress!

I had some medical issues leading up to my wedding and was unfortunately at a heavier weight, but it didn’t change a thing. It was about my husband and I starting the rest of our lives together NOT the size of my waist. Maybe you could explain? I’m sad if you think the wedding wouldn’t have been as wonderful for some reason :(

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142 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Hey Jody,

That’s actually a very poorly written sentence – I’m going to change it. Thanks for bringing it up.

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143 Molly April 4, 2012 at 3:20 am

You and your husband are such a great looking couple! love the site and the oatmeal tribute :) Congrats on all your hard work and your healthy lifestyle.

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144 Kim April 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Hi Kath,

I’ve been reading your blog since January 2012. It’s inspired me to continue on with my weight loss since I started at the beginning of the year. I love your blog and love learning about what a balanced meal can look like. Before focusing on healthy living, I would see certain foods as off limits which would lead to overeating.

Anyways, I wanted to ask your advice on how you stayed motivated during your weight loss. I’m 3 months in and have lost 6lbs. I’m on track with my goal but sometimes I get the urge try to loss weight faster. I’ve seen results it’s just slow. I know I must be patient but I wanted to see if you had any tips. Also, were there some months you lost more weight than others?

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145 KathEats April 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Hey Kim,
Yes, my weight loss was about 2 pounds a month on average, sometimes 3 and sometimes 1 when I was inching to my goal. Hang in there – you’re doing great!

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146 Victoria April 24, 2012 at 6:14 am

Hi, I found your blog while googling oatmeal recipes :) I’ve been on the diet see-saw for years now and have finally (after having my 2nd child) figured out that it’s a “lifestyle change” not a DIET. I have a feeling your recipes are really going to help me out Alot. With all of my healthy goals (active and food related) I’ve thought of my future and lately I’m contemplating becoming an RD or getting certified to be a fitness instructor. I’m really enjoying your blog and it’s refreshing to know you have a true emotional connection to a healthy diet and weightloss.

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147 KathEats April 24, 2012 at 6:30 am

Welcome!

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148 Carla May 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

Kath, what formula did you use for your BMR? I’ve used a couple different places online just to look and I’ve been calculated at anywhere between 1330 and 1800 for my 5’4” frame, so I’m confused on the high discrepancy…

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149 KathEats May 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

Caloriesperhour.com

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150 ~liz May 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

your banana whipped oatmeal is the best (and i’ve eaten a lot of oatmeal in my day – it’s my favorite breakfast!). do you have a blog post on what typical foods you ate during your weight loss years? or was it mostly what you’re eating now?
also, congrats on the pregnancy! i have three boys, and i always look back fondly to all three of my pregnancies…such a magical time, growing another human! :) ~liz

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151 Kathy June 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

You have inspired me to start my own blog and lose 20 pounds of my own. I have always been a little heavier and weigh 140 (I’m 22). I do have a good amount of muscle, but I think I could lose a little.

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152 Catherine Schricker July 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I love your blog, and I just read this page, and came across that you graduated from Davidson!!! I go there now! GO WILDCATS!!!! :D

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153 KathEats July 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Woo hoo! Maybe you live in one of my dorms!? Rich, akers, Tomlinson or B (which they may have named!?)

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154 Kim July 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Hi Kath,

I’ve found your blog very encouraging and have lost 10lbs! I wanted to ask you what you did about your clothes during your weight loss. Did you wait to buy new clothes after you met your goal or did you continue to buy clothes that fit you? I feel like my clothes keep me accountable to my fitness goals especially if they start to get snug but then I don’t want to spend the money. What are your thoughts?

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155 KathEats July 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Hey Kim,
I lost at a pretty slow rate (average of 2 pounds per month) so I don’t remember my clothes being too big too fast. I also tend to wear loose clothes, so I don’t think I bought anything new for a while. I wouldn’t buy too many new things until you get closer to your goal weight – but perhaps a few inexpensive items to get you through? I think I frequented Old Navy a lot!

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156 Denise July 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Kath! I discovered your blog very recently. Awesome job! We are so similar! I am your height, used to weigh 142 pounds and very gradually dropped to 118, just in time for my wedding mostly thanks to my trainer’s strength training circuits and clean eating. My goal too was 120 pounds. I gained a bit though since than, about it’s been about two years. Hovering around 125.. I aim to be back to 118-122 range, which makes me feel good and is realistic given my love for food :}. I am trying to achieve that through intuitive eating and regular exercise, although no more trainer (pricey and I know realistically I cannot train that hard forever just by myself). Your blog is inspirational because I realised how great 120 pounds is for our height. While I was losing, I did Sparkpeople (very casually, I am not a calorie counter). I would notice people three inches taller than me aiming for 115 and I would doubt myself. Seeing your blog and how great you look is reassuring. Did you ever doubt your goal, seeing taller slimmer people?

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157 KathEats July 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Welcome Denise! I wasn’t really set on a number – although 126 lbs was my goal. 120 was just where I ended up. I then put about 5 back on – it was just easier to maintain and things (and I sometimes think I looked too thin at 120).

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158 kait September 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

You don’t look at all overweight to me in the before photographs. You look very pretty and healthy. XD

My question is… Did you feel fine at 150 pounds? I mean, beyond the whole not-having-the-body-of-a-catalogue-model thing? Were you healthy?

In my case, when I gained weight, some people told me I was getting unhealthy. I went from a size four to a size eight. I am six feet tall, so I could hardly be consideered overweight in a size eight. I felt better mentally once I’d gained. I slept better and night, and was much calmer. So why did people tell me I was less healthy?

Stupid cultural perceptions of beauty, I think. For some reason, as a size four, I looked closer to the 5’11″ size zero girls in the magazines.

Now I’m not saying your experience is the same as mine. You might feel far healthier mentally at 120 pounds. I don’t know. But I have to question the idea that everyone who weighs what you do in your before photos, ought to be labeled unhealthy and overweight.

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159 KathEats September 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

I was overweight by both weight and BMI – so yes, I’d say I had higher risk for the health concerns that come along with excess weight. I don’t know my bloodwork numbers, and I bet they were still healthy, and I have always been “heavier” for my height thanks to muscular legs and things, but I’d say losing the weight was definitely good for my health.

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160 Spikele October 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I’m so glad that someone has finally responded as Kait did. I checked out your blog because I was curious about the people behind the new-ish bakery here in Cville, but I’m pretty turned off by the diet talk. You don’t look particularly overweight in your “before” pictures (and definitely not “more than a little overweight,” that’s insane), and your invocation of BMI as some kind of ultimate arbiter of health is really problematic.

I myself am an extremely healthy eater and frequent exerciser, and I definitely applaud your commitment to eating “real food” – and the bread y’all make is really pretty delicious. But I really encourage you to think twice about asserting that anyone can “get to their happy weight” (and keep it off) if they really want to, unless you have a much broader definition of “happy weight” than you seem to. Your body is not a model for everyone’s, so what works for you may not work for others.

Instead, please encourage people to be healthy in ways that work for them, to be forgiving with themselves and others, to understand that the relationship between health and weight is much more complicated than most diet gurus would have you believe, and that self-confidence etc have to come from places other than fitting into what our culture says is the right way to look at any given time.

Thanks for reading my rant.

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161 KathEats October 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for your comment. I wrote this story (with only minor updates) so it’s probably due for a major revision reflecting my current philosophies.

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162 kait December 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Ah interesting. :) I love to see the changes that take place in one’s journey of learning.

I came back here because I read the below article, and it made me think of what you said in your reply to my comment about BMI.

http://180degreehealth.com/2012/12/bmi-bulimia

Now I’m sure that you wouldn’t treat a teenager in the harsh manner the doctor did. However, I do agree with the writer–BMI cannot stand alone as an indicator of health. (Linda Bacon writes a lot about this. She’s pretty thought provoking.) Not that losing weight is always a bad thing, by any means, but clearly, for this girl, moving into the BMI reference range was enormously unhealthy.

I wanted to tell you that I really respect you for welcoming disagreement within your blog comments. And I wish you all the best with the bakery, and the kiddo. :)

P.S.*check* I AM A HUMAN! :D I’m thankful I’m not an alien, or I’d be super bummed out. XD Heh, sorry, I just get a kick out of this right now for some reason. It’s so much nicer than those annoying “type in these squiggly, illegible numbers, please.”

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163 KathEats December 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I enjoyed her story. What a jerk of a doctor!

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164 Eve November 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Hi Kath,
I stumbled upon your blog when I was looking for oatmeal recipes. And I read back through your posts. Your story of embracing a lifestyle to be healthier is inspiring. I have lost about 8 kilograms (about 17 pounds) by eating more “real food”, healthier meals and less processed junk food. And I’m determined to keep the weight off. I look around for yummy, healthy, wholefood recipes to keep meals interesting. I love your recipes; thank you so much for generously sharing them with us!
Eve

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165 KathEats November 5, 2012 at 3:39 am

Welcome and Congrats on your success!

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166 Isa December 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I am a follower from Spain. I love your website. I am dietitian also. Congratulations for your work

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167 Mary December 29, 2012 at 5:17 am

Hi Kath,
I like your blog and your approach to healthy eating. I wanted to know what your experience with intuitive eating has been and if it has worked for you? Also, what are some of your suggestions regarding intuitive eating if I’m trying to lose 5 pounds? I recently purchased the book and I am giving it a try.

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168 Molly April 20, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Hi Kath,

I’ve been reading your posts for quite some time, but have never really had the courage to ask a question. (Is that silly or what?). Like you, I’ve suffered an injury which took me off of dance. After a year, not only do I not have the time to dedicate to competitive dance, but I am in University and I’ve lost my passion for it. I am hoping to go into Running but wasn’t sure how to ease my way into it? I’ve heard of the “From Couch to 5 K” trick, but I am having trouble not “giving up” half way through as I get bored easily doing the same thing for a long period of time. I wasn’t born a runner, but I hope to become one.

Thanks for sharing this post. It can be emotional so it’s great that you are advocating for your health and showing others that anything is possible. Can’t wait to read more. I am dreaming of going to a BlogHer conference one day (My new blog is in the works), and running into you (Did you find that the conference was geared towards more experienced/well known blogs?). I’d also love to venture out to your bakery. :)

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169 KathEats April 21, 2013 at 7:51 am

Hi Molly! Thanks for your comment. Couch to 5K is great, and don’t be afraid to walk. As i’m getting back to running post-baby I walk up hills a lot. Just keep movin’!

And yes, BlogHer is great. Huge and something for everyone!!

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170 Karen August 11, 2013 at 8:23 am

I’ve only just recently been following your blog and to be honest it’s become a bit addictive. Plenty of lovely recipes to try out and a most inspirational weight loss story as well.

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171 Danielle September 22, 2013 at 6:20 am

Kath, what a great story! Congrats on all your success. Also, I wanted to say that we share the exact same wedding anniversary, June 2, 2007!

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172 Tony November 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

As a dietician, you are aware, I am sure, that many people struggle with unrealistic body image. The idea that a 151 lb person might be being seen as abnormal from behind (or from any angle) is alarming.

We are all people. We should eat healthy foods in good portions, but when we overidealize what our body shape should be, we end up shaming one another and oneself, causing some of the emotional baggage that leads to the epidemic of emotional eating.

There is healthy weight, and even that is pretty arbitrary. Focusing on “happy weight” can be dangerous because it’s so subjective. Beware making happiness dependent on anything.

I just wanted to comment because I ran across your website when looking for advice. I found this site more on the discouraging end of the spectrum because there’s overweight and then there is OVERWEIGHT. The latter people need realistic help, help not based on emotional goals but defined health goals.

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