My Weight Loss Journey

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Currently I am on a weight loss journey with my best friend, my husband, Kevin. We have been married for 18 years and have been through many ups and downs in our marriage including the ups and down of our weight. We both have decided separately that we need to be healthier for ourselves and, our son, Liam. What a great way to show our son what “teamwork” is all about.

I consider myself to be a foodie; I mean I literally love food. I cannot blame a bad childhood, bad marriage, some traumatizing situation that happened to me in the past for me being overweight. I take full responsibility for my actions, just eating too much and not enough of the right kinds of food. I love to cook and go out for a nice meal with my family.

If my husband had a bad day or week, I would try to make him one of his favorite dishes or desserts. This was my way of saying “I’m here for you”. If my son got hurt, sick or even was kind of cranky I would make him whatever he wanted to eat. This was my way of expressing love to my family. Boy, was I misguided to say the least.

Through finally saying enough is enough to myself, I have found other ways of expressing love to my family. I am finding fun activities that my son likes to do and we are having fun together without food. Now when my son helps me in the kitchen, he is helping me make healthier versions of our favorite dishes. I am openly talking more to my husband and expressing my love and concern in other ways besides food. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to cook. But now I am cooking much differently now and surprisingly I am enjoying it.

My sister-in-law is a Physician’s Assistant (PA) and told us about this doctor supervised program which she had great success with herself. When both my husband and I said it was time for a change, we educated ourselves with the help of my sister-in-law. We have been on this diet since May and are doing great. I have lost over 41 pounds and Kevin around 50 pounds. I am only half way to my goal, however I know I will reach it this time because I am changing my overall attitude about food.

Having a nonjudgmental partner in this journey has been awesome. We are here to support each other and lift each other up. I admit I am not always 100% on the program, but I accept that and so does my husband. I may be moving at a turtle’s pace but I am still moving and it is forward. We are both feeling healthier and happier and are excited to see what the future holds for us and our family.

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Kristine lives in Ledgeview with her husband, Kevin, son, Liam, and golden retriever, Sam. She is originally from Saginaw, Michigan and is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising. After spending 13 years in the Dallas, TX area, it was time to come home to the Midwest. She currently works part-time as a Bus Aide for Syble Hopp School where her son is a student. Kris volunteers through her son's school as the PO Secretary and Book Fair Chair. Her passions and interests are for children and adults with special needs, animals, cooking and family.