Laura Micetich learned the hard way that college-style eating habits can catch up with you. When she went away to school, she stopped eating the healthy meals her father would cook. Chinese takeout on the reg and large portion sizes were her new way of life, but that all changed when she gained weight.
In December of 2013, she weighed 304 pounds. When her doctor warned her of the risks of developing diabetes, she knew it was time for a change.
She began researching gastric bypass surgery and learned that her BMI of 41.5 was too high, and therefore too risky, for the weight loss surgery. So she turned to fitness.
More specifically, Jillian Michaels' workout videos and weight-tracking app helped Laura to get stronger. "At first, I could barely get through half a video, but as I became stronger, I could go for longer," Laura said. "I also noticed I had fewer aches and pains."
In the spring of 2014, she was down 20 pounds, enjoyed exercising, and decided to nix the idea of weight loss surgery altogether.
Instagram was a big part of her motivation. As she documented her weight loss success, her following grew. "As my number of followers grew, so did my motivation. Being part of a community kept me accountable," Laura said.
She began to clean up her diet; instead of eating tiny amounts of her regular diet, she focused on "smart" foods (like sashimi-grade tuna and broccolini) that she could eat larger portions of.
When she couldn't get to the campus gym, she'd break out her resistance band. When she didn't want to spend big bucks on pricey fitness classes, she utilized free workout videos. When she went out to eat, she chose a healthy menu item ahead of time, rather than choosing a calorie bomb in the heat of the moment.
"The result: I loved my new routine and how it made my body feel," Laura said.
She's at a happy weight now: 190 pounds.
"Now I’m at a weight that’s right for me—190 pounds. Best of all, I keep finding new activities, like boxing, to help me stay happy and healthy."
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