Rachel was so shocked to see the photo of herself and went on a mission to change her life.
A mum has shed a staggering 45 kilos to become a figure competitor thanks to a shocking wedding photo that helped her realise she was obese.
Rachel Krebs, 32, from Bellingham, Washington, USA, decided to transform her life after seeing the image of herself on her friend’s big day two years ago.
She weighed over 101 kilos after piling on the pounds from two pregnancies – giving her a BMI of 47.1, which put her into the morbidly obese category of the scale.
After seeing the embarrassing photograph from her friend’s big day and constant fatigue that was stopping her from being the mother she wanted to be, she decided ‘enough was enough’.
She cut out all processed food, fast food and alcohol, in favour of organic healthy options through her Isagenix, which she supplemented with exercise three to six times a week.
The picture that inspired the big change. Image: Caters
An ambitious goal to work towards
Using her dream of entering a figure competition to spur her on, Rachel continued to get slimmer and performed at her first event last year.
Now, having dropped to less than 63 kilos and with 16 per cent body fat, she regularly flexes her muscles to wow the crowds in the competitions – regularly placing in the top five.
“I gained quite a bit of weight from my two pregnancies, so when I lost 35lbs I thought I was looking pretty good,” Rachel, now a health and fitness coach, said.
“But when I saw pictures from my best friend’s wedding it was a reality check that I was still quite obese.
“I realised that I was still very overweight and technically obese according to my BMI.
Rachel before her weight loss. Image: Caters
Wanting to be the mother her kids deserved
Not only did she get a reality check on her own health, Rachel realised she wasn’t quote hitting the mark for being the mum she wanted to be to her young children.
“I also wasn’t able to be the mother I wanted to be. I finally said, ‘enough is enough’ and decided this was not the way I wanted to live my life anymore,” she said.
“I wanted to be the mum who could run after her kids and do cartwheels, not stuck in a recliner too tired to do anything.
“Isagenix provided an easy to follow plan. It was something that was maintainable for an extended long-term time-frame and had a great community that provide a lot of support and accountability.”
Rachel now. Image: Caters
The easy change with huge results
Rachel says she cut out processed food, fast food and alcohol, and stuck to eating whole foods and organic food to help with the lifestyle change.
“I was so proud of how far I’ve come, from a place where I was obese and depressed, to feeling like an athlete and someone who is proud to be a role model for my kids,” she said.
“I never could have imagined this transformation, if someone would have told me, I would have laughed.”
Aside from the photo-based embarrassment, Rachel’s wish to be a better mother to her children Lauren and Decklan, has also been fulfilled.
“I remember being so physically exhausted and used to avoid social situations, now I’m really excited to be around people,” she revealed.
“For me the most important thing was just being able to run around with my kids, teach my daughter to do a cartwheel. Before I could barely walk up and down the stairs.
“Now my kids ask me to flex my muscles, so they can take pictures. My daughter even told her teacher that I lost weight.”
Rachel just wanted to be a better mum to her two children. Image: Caters
Rachel’s diet before weight loss
BREAKFAST – bagel with cream cheese, egg & cheese or Drive thru breakfast sandwich with sugary coffee drink
SNACKS – cheeze-it’s or crackers with bagels, Costco muffins or donuts
LUNCH – foot long subway with chips & cookies
SNACKS – crackers or chips
DINNER – Pasta, 1/2 a Caesars hot n ready pizza, Taco Bell or other takeout.
DESSERT – ice cream or lollies
Rachel’s diet after weight loss
BREAKFAST – Isagenix Isalean Shake
SNACKS – toast & eggs or cottage cheese & fruit
LUNCH – Isagenix Isalean Shake
SNACKS – cut-up protein bar pieces
DINNER –meat, veggies, sweet potato or rice
DESSERT- two dark chocolate pieces or 1/2 an Isalean bar