Kelly Walks Off Her Weight Loss Plateau

woman walking on treadmill at home

Editor’s Note:

In our Before and Now series we highlight the journeys of people who are eating a Full Plate. We share how they got started, what’s worked, and some of the challenges they’ve had to overcome.

Here’s Kelly’s story

My weight issues started in the 3rd or 4th grade. In high school and college I played a lot of tennis and ate a healthy diet, but I was still 20 or 30 pounds overweight. Then I had several bad years of asthma that required daily steroids. Since steroids increase appetite I really began to struggle with weight. I gained 80 pounds. I knew I had to do something.

With my physician’s help I transitioned off the steroids, hired a personal trainer, stopped buying convenience foods and starting cooking my own foods. In a year and half I lost those 80 pounds. That was 14 years ago and I have kept that weight off!

Unfortunately, I was never able to lose the extra pounds from high school and college. My weight loss plateaued. I even ran a couple of full marathons and those extra pounds stayed with me.

Last year I started working out with a high intensity program. But then I fractured my finger and had to have my hand in a cast. That meant no running or weight lifting. All I could do was walk.

Here’s what finally worked

In the last couple of months I have started making some progress on those last 30 pounds. I learned about the Full Plate Diet and the Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight? online program at work, from our Wellness Coordinator. So far I’ve completed 7 lessons and have lost 12 pounds!

Turns out, by following the Full Plate Diet and walking a little more, I’ve been able to lose weight easier than when I was doing the high impact stuff.

Some of the things I like about this program:

  • The nutrition information is amazing. I love the Superfoods Guide. I keep a copy in my kitchen as a quick reference when choosing certain foods to power up my meals.
  • The water-fiber idea made so much sense, I decided I didn’t need so much bread.
  • I like the idea of making little changes. This program addresses not only what you eat, but how behaviors can be modified to make this a lifestyle change that is easy to do, fun and provides results.
  • It is affordable and the 24 hour online access takes away any excuse for not “getting with the program.”

Since my injury, walking has been my only source of exercise. I made a deal with myself: I will only watch TV while walking on the treadmill. I usually walk about an hour a day. The other day I watched a movie and wound up walking for 2 hours and got in more than 5 ½ miles!

I’m confident I will be able to keep the weight off. I made a commitment and I’m going to keep it. It’s a priority. There is a lot of heart disease and diabetes in my family. I had hypertension and high cholesterol before I lost the 80 pounds.

As a nurse practitioner I want to provide a good example for the pediatric patients I provide care for. I want to live a healthy life that allows me to take care of my family and lets me remain very active doing the things I love.

Are you in the midst of a weight loss plateau?

Weight loss plateaus are something many of us struggle with. Are you in the midst of one? Have you been able to overcome one? Let us know in the comments!

Would you like to share your story?

If you’re enjoying success on the Full Plate Diet and would like to share your story with others, email me at [email protected]


Lonnie Carbaugh

Lonnie Carbaugh, LPC, NCC,  is a Behavioral Health Counselor at Full Plate Living who has shed and kept off 25 pounds since working for Full Plate Living. He is as dedicated about walking 5 miles a day as he is about his favorite sport, baseball.