Finding Balance: 2016 Transformation Challenge Winner, Kylee Peebles
December 17, 2016 • 0 Comment
“I saw a picture of myself holding my daughter and it made me cry. I had never seen myself that heavy before and I knew that I needed a change.”
Kylee Peebles, 34 years old, 20lbs lost in 12 weeks
Eyelash technician, business owner
Have you always struggled with your weight?
I didn’t really struggle with my weight until I had my daughter 3 years ago. I have always been a very active person and before having a child and a business to run, I had so much more time. After having my daughter I put myself in the back burner and invested everything I had into my house, my family and my business.
You are a mother, a business owner and wife. How did you find time in the challenge to achieve all your goals?
I made it a priority. I have a very supportive husband that helped and encouraged me at every turn. We all have the time, we just need to manage our priorities and make it happen.
I think its fair to say that most mothers carry ‘mom-guilt’ when they dedicate time to themselves. How did you get over this?
I brought my daughter with me when I worked out. I want to teach her that it is important to work hard and take proper care of our bodies. It got to the point where she would come up and ask me if it was time for a work out. They are like little sponges and I want her to soak up the best version of me.
What were some of the positive things that you noticed once you took charge of your own health?
The biggest positive change that I have noticed has been my mindset. I am happier, I am more alert, I want to challenge myself and grow. I love the ripple effect that this whole process has had on my life and the ones I love. But I have grown physically as well. At the beginning of this challenge I couldn’t do 1 tricep dip but on the last week of the challenge I did 13! It feels amazing to feel strong.
I think the biggest obstacle that I faced and conquered was my own self doubt and the guilt I felt about taking time for myself. When I started I couldn’t walk faster than 2.5 on my treadmill and I didn’t think I would ever get to the point where I was running. I felt guilty for taking the time to workout and reflect on my progress. But as the weeks went by I started to realize that the time I took was having a positive impact on my family. My daughter would come down and workout with me and my husband loved my healthy dinners. It’s been amazing to show them how good we can feel when we take care of our bodies.
Did others notice a change in you during the challenge?
The biggest change that my husband saw was that I was in a better head space. I was happier, more outgoing and a calmer person to be around.
You had chronic stomach issues and were on numerous medications to help you get through your day. What did you learn from this new healthy lifestyle in regards to your stomach issues?
This has been an absolute life changer for me. Through eating whole foods and really listening to my body and how it reacts to food, I no longer need any of the meds that I used to use. I have learned that my body thrives in a whole food environment. I am so much more aware of how my body reacts to food.
What types of diets did you try in order to lose weight and why do you think they never worked?
I tried them all. Most of them worked for a short period of time but none of them offered a sense of control. With flexible dieting I can prepare for indulgences and not feel guilty when I do.
Did you struggle to stay on track in the challenge?
Yes. One of the biggest things that challenged me was my own brain. I would think that I missed or wanted “bad food” (junk food/fast food) but if I worked it into my macros and ate it, every single time it made me feel very ill. Time after time I would think I wanted to eat crappy food and every time it would upset my stomach. I am stubborn like an ox but I have realized that I feel better and perform better when I fuel my body with food that is unprocessed and is from an animal, from the ground or from a tree.
Another challenge I faced was the thought that I was the only one struggling. Struggling to food prep, go out with friends and stay on track, to workout when I was tired or sore, etc. This is where my amazing coach came in. She did a webinar on this topic and really opened up to us about how she has struggled in the past and how she still struggles today with balancing real life with chasing her goals. It was very reassuring to know that to lead a healthy and active lifestyle takes work, commitment and sometimes sacrifice but it is always worth it.
What motivates you to continue your healthy lifestyle now and not revert back to old habits?
My new motivation is to increase my strength to perform. I have never been a runner but I want to change that. I want to train to run a 5k this summer. And maybe if things go really well, I would love to do a tough mudder- maybe we could get Nadine to come up and join a team with a bunch of us! I have found that simply having weight loss as a goal isn’t tangible enough for me. I need to have something to chase and a reason to get strong.
What was the best words of encouragement you received during the challenge?
This is an easy one. On a particularly grey day where I didn’t want to workout and I had a million things to do, I had to take my 2 year old downstairs to workout with me. If any of you have ever tried to workout with a 2 year old around you know that by calling it challenging is putting it lightly. So, I am having a bad day, I don’t want to workout and I have to workout with a 2 year old in tow but I do it. And at the end, when I am sitting on the floor in a sweaty mess my daughter grabbed my face in her hands and says, “momma, you so strong, you so beautiful”. It made me cry. And I knew that I was setting the right example for my daughter and that I was never going to stop.
What was one of the highlights in your success to becoming healthy again?
Defiantly the biggest highlight has been my confidence. I feel happy in my own skin again and nothing could ever feel better than that.
What is one word of advice that you would tell other moms that are business owners who struggle with finding balance in their lives?
You can only take so much out before you run on empty, and we all know how far you can get while on empty. Taking proper care of yourself isn’t selfish. You need to invest time and energy into yourself to make sure that you are strongest and best version of yourself for the people that count on you.
Interested in your own transformation journey? The next challenge starts January 2017, click here to apply
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