Katie Bouton Unlocked Her Potential Once She Began Believing in Herself
My guest today has been patient and put in the work to achieve a healthier body as well as mindset.
Over the course of 10 years, she has lost a total of 115 pounds!
I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Katie Bouton and hearing more about how she committed to a healthier lifestyle.
Headed Down a Dangerous Path
Katie Bouton was admittedly not very active as she was growing up.
She attributes some of that to a lack of confidence and weight that constantly fluctuated.
Around the time Katie turned 30, she had a serious conversation with her doctor about the path she was currently on.
Katie was healthy at the time, but the lifestyle she was living was not.
A family history of heart disease was another factor that was tilting the odds in favor of health issues in the future.
Katie knew she had to commit to making changes, but she wasn’t quite ready.
A routine trip to the grocery store was the moment that Katie realized she couldn’t wait any longer to choose a healthier path.
At the age of 32, Katie was winded while walking through the grocery store and that moment was truly eye-opening for her.
Fall Down and Get Back Up Again
Losing weight was anything but a linear progression for Katie.
There were many times over the years where she would yo-yo up and down with both exercise and diet.
In 2015, Katie found herself in the midst of a divorce.
At that time, a friend reached out and asked Katie to try the Beach Body program with her.
The program included both exercise and nutrition components.
With seemingly her whole life in upheaval at the time, Katie made the decision to throw caution into the wind.
For the first time in her life, she truly committed to making needed changes.
She still struggled at times, but when she did, she made adjustments rather than quitting.
Turning the Corner
Katie’s consistency and patience were paying off and she was finally able to see big changes.
By mid-2016, Katie had lost 115 pounds.
Her increased confidence also led to her meeting her now-husband whom she married in 2018.
After Katie lost the weight, she had to find a way to maintain her new lifestyle.
All the ups and downs have taught Katie some valuable tips:
- Accountability is huge. Find a friend to check in with and hold each other accountable.
- Create a routine when it comes to exercising and it will be easier to be consistent.
- Remain flexible and make adjustments when needed.
- Even if you have a “bad’ meal start over at the next meal. Recommit as soon as possible.
All the seemingly small changes will all build up and lead to big changes and build momentum.
Capable Of So Much More
Running entered the picture just a couple of short years ago when a friend invited Katie to join her at a local gym.
The class included a combination of weights, rowing, and running.
Katie had tried and failed at running in the past and therefore wasn’t confident in her ability to run.
After that first class, Katie left feeling shocked and elated.
She had proven to herself that she was in fact capable of running.
A few days after the class, Katie tried running outside and again was surprised that she was able to do it.
Shortly after, a friend reached out to Katie and asked if she wanted to train with her for a half marathon.
Katie was still unsure of her abilities and didn’t fully commit at first.
A New Mindset
In training for a half marathon, Katie completed a 10k two months prior as a way to gain some much-needed confidence for race day.
Crossing the finish line of her first half marathon was one of the proudest moments of Katie’s life.
The moment signified how far she has come and what she is capable of.
After that first half in May of 2019, she has since completed 2 more half marathons along with a 10 mile race.
When the pandemic struck, Katie was in the midst of training for her longest race yet, a 20-miler.
With races canceled, Katie has at times struggled with motivation.
Katie has participated in some virtual races, but she prefers ones that benefit local causes and/or are personal to her.
In the many lessons that Katie has learned over the years, one that has stuck out is to never be afraid to ask for help.
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Originally published at http://www.dizruns.com on August 17, 2020.