Woman diagnosed with pre-MS drops more than half her body weight

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Monday, 19 March 2018, 10:30AM
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A woman who struggled with her weight for most of her life shed 150lbs (68kg) in three years after she went temporarily blind in one eye and was diagnosed with pre-multiple sclerosis.

At her heaviest, Katie Bolden, 31, from Joliet, Illinois, weighed 280lbs (127kg) and struggled with numerous health issues. In November 2010, she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder that made it difficult for her to conceive.

Although she knew she wanted to be a mum, it wasn't until she started showing symptoms for MS two years later that she vowed to get her weight under control, reported the Daily Mail.

On her blog Huff 'n Puff to Buff 'n Tough Katie explains the fear of becoming completely disabled made her realise she wasn't living her life the way she wanted to.

"I felt like this was a wake up call and a sign that I needed to get out and do the things I have always longed to do," she writes.

Katie started making adjustments to her diet while tracking her calories and macros using the My Fitness Pal app.

To keep herself on track, Katie followed the 80/20 rule, meaning she ate healthy foods 80 per cent of the time and she allowed herself to enjoy cheat meals 20 per cent of the time.

She reduced her sugar intake and weaned herself off fast food. When she first started, she enjoyed one cheat meal per week, but she eventually cut the treats down to one or two times per month.

"I started noticing the fact that I didn't want cheat meals as often anymore and saw better results only having them one to two times a month," she told PopSugar.

Katie also began incorporating workouts into her routine. She admitted that she could barely run for 30 seconds when she first started, but she worked to build up her endurance.

She was clocking in workouts four or five days each week, mixing up cardio and weightlifting for a healthy balance.

In addition to running, she would go swimming and hiking, two activities she really enjoyed.

#transformationtuesday Many of you know from a previous post that it's been 5 years on this journey for me! When I first started, I never thought I'd make it this far. I started believing that I could the further I got. The more I kept accomplishing goals and becoming addicted to the feeling of accomplishment once I've achieved that goal. The more I started enjoying and becoming addicted to the lifestyle. The more I saw how much confidence, self esteem, self love, and life I've gained after being on the opposite side of the spectrum most of my life! I still can't believe this! Excuse me while I go cry beautiful, joyous and happy tears now. I swear, you can do this. I will always be your cheerleader because I believe in each and every one of you! 🙏🏽 Thank you for being my cheerleader. I can only hope that I can continue to inspire and motivate you all. And make you all proud and continue to progress on my journey - you thought this girl was done transforming?! ☝🏽 Not at all my friends! Show you that dreams can come true. That you can be a go getter instead of an avoider. That you can tell your mental illnesses and mental health issues to kiss your ass and achieve amazing things. That you can continuously keep pushing boundaries by stepping outside of your comfort zone (safely - if you've been tagging along long enough you know what I mean) over and over again or as I like to call... shoving yourself off the ledge! 😜 That you can earn your wings, emerge from your cocoon and blossom into a beautiful butterfly. Thank you for tagging along with me on this journey! I have enjoyed taking you all on my journey and there is so much more to come! Love you guys! 🤗💖

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Over the course of a year, Katie lost 75lbs (34kg) and was able to get pregnant with her daughter Harlie Jade after multiple fertility treatments.

The birth of her daughter was even more motivation for her to reach her fitness goals, and five months after she welcomed her daughter, she returned to her workout regimen.

Katie was also working towards her dream to compete in a bodybuilding competition. Over the course of three and a half years, she lost a total of 150lbs (68kg).

After losing the weight, Katie participated in a World Beauty Fitness & Fashion bodybuilding competition in the spring 2017, winning first place in the transformation division.

When your hips and ass are literally pancakes when you sit 😂😜🥞 (swipe) Yes, I have loose skin and I don't try to hide it. I'm not ashamed of it. Many people think that I got really lucky when it came to loose skin because they don't see a lot of it. They can see that I have some loose skin to a degree on my abdominal area, legs, and arms when I'm standing and my butt if I'm in a revealing bathing suit. They don't get to see it from all angles and especially when I'm sitting. Excess skin was never something that I thought about before I started losing weight. It never occurred to me until it started happening. However, in my opinion, my health will always outweigh any amount of excess skin that I'm left with. As of right now I am carrying an estimated 5 lbs at the least. •This will definitely be a fun guessing game when it's time for it to go bye bye!• I hope to get it removed in the future, but until then I most definitely will not be letting it stop me from living my best life and from being happy. I rock it with confidence most days, but still have my frustrations with it. It tells a story and it shows a transformation that has been made. I'm proud of this body for all it has done for me so far... everything from growing babies that I didn't know if I would be able to have, to losing a massive amount of weight to building muscle and gaining strength. And let's not even get into the amount of definition that I am STILL able to create with the amount of skin that's there! After all my body has been through, how can I possibly hate it or any part of it for that matter?! Frustrated? Yes! Hate it? Absolutely not! •••••••••• #beyou #excessskin #confidence #beautiful #strong

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Katie, who has more than 39,000 Instagram followers, frequently shares before and after photos of herself.

She is candid about the excess skin that remains on her body, and while she plans on having it surgically removed in the future, she shows it off with pride.

In January, Katie shared a photo of her skin hanging from her stomach, writing: "I hope to get it removed in the future, but until then I most definitely will not be letting it stop me from living my best life and from being happy.

"I rock it with confidence most days, but still have my frustrations with it. It tells a story and it shows a transformation that has been made."

"After all my body has been through, how can I possibly hate it or any part of it for that matter?! Frustrated? Yes! Hate it? Absolutely not," she added.

This article was first published on Daily Mail and is republished here with permission.