My Story

My name is Kim Galbreath and I went from morbidly obese to healthy weight all by myself.  No pills, ‘diet’, surgery, support group, personal trainer or eating disorder.  I’m the real deal!  However, I am not a doctor or a certified nutritionist. I do hold a National Personal Training License but all medical advice from real professionals should trump whatever you might find on this site.

Why Yoga Pants Diary? Because every girl wants to wear yoga pants in public and be envied by others.  Every girl!

I consider myself a lot of things: a good wife, a great trainer, a runner, a HUGE book nerd, a good friend, happy, confident, a little crazy (aren’t we all?), dog-lover, a clean freak and up until 2015, NEVER a yoga pants wearer……..in public.

WARNING: This is not the typical weightloss story.  I never hated my past self or have some deep dark secret that made me eat the pain away.  I never ate in my closet or tried to hide rice krispy treats in secret compartments. I was just a normal girl who ate too much crap and never exercised! So if you’re looking for that kind of story where I had some life altering revelation…….you’re on the wrong site.

Where I Started:

At age 27, I found myself morbidly obese, unhealthy and definitely unhappy.  My weight peaked at 298 pounds on my 5′ 8″ frame.  I had convinced myself that it wasn’t that bad right? May 2012

011

WRONG!  My gorgeous hubby (pictured above) and I were hoping to start a family soon.  My doctor had me on medication as she already suspected Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome.  PCOS makes it very difficult to get pregnant, if you’re able to at all.  My doc warned me that if I lost the weight, it would probably go away.  Still, I thought that wasn’t a big enough reason to get healthy and drop the weight.  I could do all the things I wanted to.  I had no trouble walking or keeping up with my friends.  I could even do some things that my ‘skinny’ friends couldn’t.  I also had thyroid problems.  Nodules and cysts continued to grow on my already enlarged thyroid since I was in college.  Life didn’t seem that horrible at the time.

 

Where I am Now:

As of today, I have lost 160 pounds since May 1, 2013.  I don’t even recognize the person in the picture!  I’m happier than I ever have been and not just as a result of weight loss.  I have done a lot of emotional work to get where I am, not just counting calories and cardio minutes.  When people see me now, they always ask how I did it.  Simple: eating right and exercise.  There’s no secret.  Nothing will be said here that you probably haven’t heard before.  But, hopefully my story will inspire you to get started and get active!

I’ve gone from not wanting to go up the two flights of stairs in my apartment to becoming a runner, a boxer and an overall athlete.  I am so thankful that I made this choice to get healthy.  I hope to continue this lifestyle for the rest of my life!

11061675_10102723814186639_7328241564646841664_n

IMG_1265_2

I now love all things fitness and health.  I’m constantly pushing my boundaries and trying new things.  In the past two years I’ve completed 5Ks, 10 Ks, Half Marathons, the Tough Mudder, Spartan Races and even competed as an amateur boxer in the 2016 Golden Gloves State Tournament.  I love to run, weigh lift, box, rock climb, obstacle race and trail run.

I’ve even taken on a career in fitness.  After 10 years of teaching music and drama, I became a NASM Certified personal trainer to help others do the same as me.   Want to learn more? Keep reading!

4 Replies to “My Story”

  1. Hi .. you have done amazing .. i have over the last year lost 120 lbs and this year my goal is another 60 lbs .. like you i was big ( i was a lot bigger than you ) ..
    i know your mum n dad and now proud to know you and follow you on your journey ..
    like you i have only done it through hard work at the gym and counting cals ..
    and yes i have fell off the rowing machine lol and yes gone flying off the tread mill hahah.. thinking i would be laughed at , at the gym ( as a big person you feel the skinny ppl will laugh and point at you ) but no , i get great support from all gym members ..
    i wish you well on your journey and for your healthy future 🙂 x

    1. Thanks for your comment!!! I’m always interested in other’s journeys because there aren’t many of us out there. GREAT work so far. I can’t be really tempting to ‘speed up’ your weight loss with all kinds of gimmicks but the slow and steady way is that way to go. Thanks for reaching out!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *