My name is Kristi Crosson, and I was obese. Yup, obese. I started out a normal weight but when I was around 7, you can tell that I was the chubby kid in class. By the 4th grade, I was very overweight/obese, and stayed that way until I ballooned to 218 pounds in the 8th grade.
By high school, I started some very unhealthy diet habits when I learned about calories and portion control. Even with cutting calories to around 1000-1200 plus running 6+ miles a day, in the 10th grade I still weighed around 160. To put this in perspective, I am 5’4″ tall.
Since then, my weight has fluctuated up and down; but mostly up.
When I got married in 2005, I probably weighed around 160. I got back to 208 again, and with lots of running and crazy crash diets got to 194 in 2010.
That’s when my success story really begins.
You see, in April 2011 I had a baby. On April Fool’s Day. I gained a whopping 80 pounds in 9 months. YIKES. I weighed around 274 when I gave birth. I managed to drop down to 225-235. But I got stuck. The crazy crash diets and portion control and healthy whole grains weren’t working for me. I was following all the “rules” and was an epic failure.
- I was exhausted all the time. Even with my son sleeping through the night, I could barely stay awake at my desk in the afternoon.
- I was hungry all the time. I wasn’t breastfeeding anymore, but my hunger was insatiable.
- My joints ached. My body hurt.
- I had very little self-esteem. I resigned myself to the idea that I was genetically supposed to be fat.
I was desperate. I came to the conclusion that one of two things was happening:
- There was something wrong with the rules.
- There was something wrong with me.
I started on a quest to find out which was true.
I found out that the rules were broken. For someone who has struggled with obesity her entire life, I have come to the conclusion that “everything in moderation” is the biggest lie to have ever been told.
I quit eating wheat and was met with hostility. People told me it wasn’t healthy, that I needed it, that I had to have everything in moderation. They told me I would fail.And they were wrong.
In the process of giving up wheat I became more in tune with how food makes my body feel. I eventually landed on a mostly Paleo way of eating because it helps me maintain my weight loss, keeps my energy levels naturally high, helps me feel strong and keeps the cravings at bay. I do enjoy gluten-free/dairy-free junk food on occasion and I love rice with my Thai food. I am passionate about sharing my success with people who want to hear it, and encouraging others to try it out.
Where am I now? Well in 2014 I got to my lowest weight of 145 pounds. It was the first time since I was a small child that I was a healthy weight. I promptly got pregnant with my daughter who I gave birth to on April 4, 2015. I gained about 70 pounds, and as of April 1, 2016 am still in the process of losing the baby weight. I have about 5 more pounds to go. I focused a lot on being able to nurse my daughter until she was 1 and didn’t want to do anything too drastic that would hinder that.