10. Kristi Youngdahl Ditched the Diets
Weight before: 198 lb
Weight now: 113 lb
Location: Birmingham, UK
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Motivation: “‘Go big or go home!’ My workouts are intense!”
At 198 pounds, Kristi decided to make some changes. Looking for quick results, she opted to eat cereal for breakfast and lunch, plus a diet frozen entrée for dinner. After just three months on the plan, Kristi ended up in the hospital with heart palpitations. The doctors told her that her body couldn’t handle what she was putting it through.
When the “cereal diet” failed miserably, Kristi went to Plan B. “I got Tosca’s book and I cleaned out my kitchen cabinets.” Realizing that muscle was her friend, Kristi signed on with a trainer who taught her how to work out. “I was discovering the ‘me’ I was missing and an entirely different woman I had never met before. I felt so empowered!
Kristi is always finding great new dishes to cook with her kids, like chicken asparagus hash browns, taco meatballs and her special chocolate pumpkin protein bars. “I love turning unclean recipes into healthy ones.” Not every experiment is a success, she admits, but it’s a good time with the kids.
Kristi dropped 85 pounds and after her transformation, she took the stage in a fitness competition and even completed a half marathon. A personal trainer today, she hopes that her success inspires her clients.