Finding Balance: 2016 Transformation Challenge Winner, Kylee Peebles
“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.