Success Story: No Sugar Sweet Life

Hi Friends!

Today my guest-poster is another lovely lady that I met at Blend. I didn’t read her blog before I went to Colorado but I’m so happy I connected with Kelly when I was out there.

A few things about Kelly:

  • She is a total healthy living inspiration! She’s totally revamped her lifestyle, lost a ton of weight and is a great role model for those who are trying to change their life for the better.
  • She’s a mom and her daughter is ADORABLE.
  • She has a huge heart and is always there to listen and encourage me when I need it most.
  • She loves Chobani as much as I do and she’s made some DELICIOUS recipes using it!

How adorable is that?!

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Hello, Lean Green Bean readers!  I’m excited to be able to share with you today.  My name is Kelly, and I blog over at No Sugar Sweet Life.  I had the privilege of meeting Lindsay at the Blend Retreat in May, squished at the end of a restaurant table with her! I LOVE her blog (as I’m sure you do!) and especially love her focus on colorful healthy food and moving more daily.

Struggling with my weight for my entire adult life, I finally decided life is too short to live perpetually unhappy.  I recently lost over 50 pounds after celebrating my daughter’s first birthday, and am currently working on the last 30.  I am a busy full-time mom of a 22 month old toddler, who also has a full-time job as an accountant, who is a wife and helper to an amazing man, and who thought it would be fun to start a blog!

Here’s a pic from my recent “Rewards” Photoshoot:

kelly1 Success Story: No Sugar Sweet Life

And here’s a quick before and after so you can see where I’ve come from:

kelly2 Success Story: No Sugar Sweet Life

I never wanted to be one of those people. You know, the ones who let themselves go once they get married.  I don’t think I did that intentionally; but, I definitely didn’t get myself in check year after year that I gained weight.  I always ate *pretty* healthy, but eating just an extra 100 calories a day can lead to a 10 pound weight gain per year.

That’s about right… 7.5 years of marriage x 100 calories a day = BAM.. 75 pounds!!!

I was perpetually unhappy.

Dear hubby was unhappy seeing me unhappy.

It was a vicious cycle that needed to be broken.

My only regret is that I didn’t “wake-up” to this fact sooner.

Thankfully I did have an ‘aha’ moment – looking into this sweet face (Babycakes at 8 days old):

kelly3 Success Story: No Sugar Sweet Life

I chose to FINALLY be healthy for her.  I wanted to show her what it looks like to have a healthy relationship with food, to use it as fuel for strength (not for comfort or numbing pain).  I wanted her to grow to love her body and KNOW 100% that she is beautiful, loved, and enough.  And heck, I hope someday she’ll be a positive influence in others’ lives as well – friends who will no doubt struggle with these same issues.  How awesome would it be for HER to be a catalyst and encourager in others’ lives to live the happy healthy life too?!

I want her to dance and jump and smile with glee.

I want her to feel the amazement of accomplishing a long run.

And if possible, I want her journey to be easier than mine.

So, now our “normal” includes:

 Lots of healthy veggies from our garden:

kelly4 Success Story: No Sugar Sweet Life

Lots of veggie juices:

A few of my favorite are:  Pink Kale Juice, Cucumber Melon, & Mean Green.

kelly5 Success Story: No Sugar Sweet Life

Lots of hummus and quinoa and bell peppers:

kelly6 Success Story: No Sugar Sweet Life

Lots of exercise:

Regular 2-3 mile runs, Playground Strength Training, & Stroller Lunges!

kelly7 Success Story: No Sugar Sweet Life

AND Lots of smiles:

kelly8 Success Story: No Sugar Sweet Life

I still have about 30 pounds left to go, but I am well on my way, living the happy healthy life… no sugar added.

Question:  What does your “normal” include?

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I love success stories and Kelly’s is no exception! Hope you enjoyed it!
–Lindsay–
About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


Comments

  1. Congratulations Kelly! What an amazing journey and your daughter is the cutest thing ever!! :)

    My normal includes lots of “real” foods, little processed foods (though there is still some), lots of produce, no meat and lots of exercise and striving for happiness everyday.
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..Foodie for a Day // Evening Snacks

  2. Kelly, you have such a beautiful story. I love that we got to meet at Blend and I hope to see you again soon!!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Comment on A New Challenge + Protein Powder Review by Laura

  3. I love this mainly for the word CHOICE
    it is that
    it is hard
    it is hard for us all
    but it is always–in life–a choice.

    xo
    Miz recently posted..Mindful eating.

  4. I love this story so much! Go Kelly! :)
    Abby @ Abz ‘n’ Oats recently posted..wiaw…another wonky day

  5. Great story, Kelly!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..Rocking the Rock Wall.

  6. LOVE this!! As an elementary teacher, I see kids all too often with parents who pack unhealthy foods and are not active. I am just now finishing up my summer school class to try and change some of this, so I dearly appreciate your hard work of living a healthy lifestyle while raising your adorable child! Keep it up!!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Kids Snacks

  7. Congrats to you Kelly & Thank you Lindsay for having her as a guest blogger :-)! I myself am on the same kind of journey to get fit & healthy & lose weight. It’s great to see the changes in myself & be truly happy with the results and the fact that I am feeling so healthy. Thanks for this :-D

  8. Love this! You rock Kelly! :)
    Jaren @ Kiwi Fit Blog recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday #8

  9. First, I looove the name of the blog. No sugar sweet life :) I can’t wait to check it out. Looks like lots of yummy eats over there!

    Congrats on turning your life around and setting a stellar model for your daughter to follow.
    Meredith @ Dare You To recently posted..Set a New Pace: summer virtual 5k

  10. another great guest post! i absolutely love kelly and all that she stands for – very inspiring, that’s for sure! :)
    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries recently posted..06/28: Thursday Thoughts

  11. Love the post! Normal to me is getting in the regular excercise even when I feel tired and don’t feel like doing it – and eating healthy foods to nourish my body. You are an inspiration and one day I hope to finally (I’m taking a day at a time) be rid of all of my yo-yo habits that I formed throughout many years. I am down 35 lbs and feeling great!

  12. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of your story, it’s so inspiring and motivational! You have come so far and your daughter is so blessed to have a wonderful role model for a Mom! :)

  13. what an awesome enthusiasm…!! love your story- you look great :) Being healthy is soo important :)
    Rana recently posted..Busy Week!

  14. Love the way you’re calling it the new normal. Our normal isn’t so new any more, but definitely includes more exercise than I did in high school/college. And a lot less fast food and cheetos!
    corrie anne recently posted..Turn Up The Tunes

  15. Wow! 50 lbs?! That takes so much patience and dedication! I don’t know if I would ever be able to do that! I don’t know that I’ve got any weight that I need (or want) to lose right now, but I cant imagine ever doing what Kelly’s doing right now! She is such a strong lady! :)
    Katie recently posted..WIAW #6 : Pepper jelly and Eggs

  16. Kelly, that picture of you and baby is amazing! I love your story, you are quite a woman.
    Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt recently posted..Salads and Frozen Fruit Bars

  17. So happy you found the key to being healthy and happy – what an uplifting story you have to share! :)
    Elle @ nutritionella recently posted..officially on the hunt.

  18. YAY! I love your story Kelly! :) You are beautiful inside and out!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..I Like it Hot

  19. I love your story, and you look great!! Our normal is greek yogurt, berries, apples, nut butters, toast, chicken, and beans :) Yum!
    Kalee recently posted..Whey Protein Shakes- “Living the Natural Whey” Tastes Great!

  20. What an amazing success story! Thanks for sharing! And yes, that broccoli photo is amazing!
    Diana @ VeggieNextDoor recently posted..Recipe Round-up: Summer Foods

  21. Great story! It happens to so many of us, myself uncluded, where the pounds creep on.

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