Martial Arts Helped Krysta Ditch 75 PoundsPosted on Feb 3rd 2011 3:00PM by Martha Edwards
Krysta Before (on the right)
Name: Krysta Scharlach
Height: 5 feet, 5 inches
Start Weight: 220 pounds
Current Weight: 145 pounds
Goal Weight: It was 150 pounds -- now it's 135 pounds
My Weight Loss Approach: I've always been a chubby kid, but it got really bad once my husband and I moved out to Virginia. I spent a great deal of time locked in my house watching television and not doing a whole lot of anything. I rarely exercised, plus I ate whatever appealed to me and a lot of it -- and I smoked.
My first breaking point came when my brother was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I changed the way I ate and lost some weight but put it back on eventually because I stopped exercising. I went from 220 pounds down to 160 and then back up to 200. When the scale got near 200 again, I decided it was enough. I started training and working hard at the gym, running or working out on the elliptical. I started lifting a lot of weight and focusing on my food intake, both in terms of portion and nutrition.
My weight loss approach can be summed up as hard work and good nutrition. There are no shortcuts to weight loss, no matter what the multimillion dollar fad diet industry would have you believe. I eat lean meats and veggies. I work out almost every day. I change things up so that I don't get bored. And every once in a while, I give myself a cheat day so that I don't feel deprived.
Martial arts is definitely the secret to my success. Mixed martial arts training is fun, functional
Why I wanted to blog about it: So many people noticed my weight loss and asked for help and tips and advice that I thought would be helpful to publish my thoughts, stories, recipes and triumphs as well as my struggles, so I decided to start a blog.
The best part of blogging is: When someone thanks me for having the courage to write something they were thinking but wouldn't admit.
Best comment I've received: I wrote a blog giving people advice about being new in the gym just after the new year, and someone wrote me privately to thank me for my advice and tell me how much it helped them! I love that!
What's next for my blog: Just continuing to chronicle my journey. It's far from over!
It took Krysta a year to get to her current weight, and she's maintained it for the same amount of time. Help cheer her on as she works towards losing those last 10 pounds.