The Kristen Heptinstall Quest: Fit by 30

I’m not someone you would point at and say, “Hey, fat girl!” but I’m getting close.

I’m inspired by The Jen West Quest. Jen is around my age, and in 2010, she shed about 50 pounds over the course of about 6 months.  Her starting weight is pretty close to mine.

I’m also inspired by friends like Stephen Vinson, who I’ve seen transform over the past couple of years. 

So, my goal? To lose 55 pounds in 6 months. Yep. 55 pounds. This is 35 pounds of post-wedding weight, and another 20 pounds beyond that. No bikini photos like Jen (girl, I love how you bruise up the way I do), but I will keep myself accountable and post how much I’ve lost each Sunday.

I’ve decided to start tracking my workouts and calories again using an app. In the past, I’ve used SparkPeople and LoseIt with minimal to moderate success. Now, I’ve downloaded My Fitness Pal (which is also a weight loss community a la SparkPeople) on iPad and iPhone to log every calorie and workout, and already I’m finding it easier to use and more intuitive than other apps. I’ve programmed it to share my weight loss to Twitter automatically.

My daily calorie goal is 1,320. If I work out, I can eat more than that, as long as what I’m burning puts me around 1,320. That makes me happy, because it promotes balance. Sure, I can eat a greasy hamburger every once in a while, but I better put in a workout to balance it all out.

This is all pretty notable because I turn 30 in roughly 6 months. So Fit by 30 is the name of the game.




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