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‘I Did The Keto Diet And CICO And Lost 160 Pounds’

My name is Caitlin DeMasellis (@leanqueensupreme) and I am 30 years old. I’m from Holly, Michigan, and I’m a sales associate and ACE-certified personal trainer. I tried the keto diet, followed by plain ol’ calorie tracking and fun exercise, and I’ve lost 160 pounds.

I was always a heavy child. But my weight skyrocketed at the age of 13 when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I had struggled with overeating already by that point, and food became my support during that time and afterward.

I struggled to do normal things like bend over to tie my shoes, walk up the stairs, or exercise my dog. Just about any activity made me feel like I couldn’t breathe, caused me to drip with seat, and made me feel like I was overheating. At 17, I hit my heaviest weight of 325 pounds.

#TransformationTuesday . 10 years later and I’m still just as cool – maybe even cooler! # # # # # # # # #thisismylean #fitgirls #weightloss #weightlossjourney #keto #fitfam #fitspo #girlswholift #weightlossinspiration #extremeweightloss #fitness #transformation #girlgains #girlswholift #weightlossmotivation #workout #gym #instafit #fitlife #healthy #training #cleaneating #100poundweightloss #losing100pounds #muscles #fitnessinspiration

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When I was 17 years old in the spring of 2008, I knew I needed to make a change. We had to order our caps and gowns for , and we were getting our measurements taken, which included our height and weight. I was asked what my was, and I was so mortified that I lied and told the man taking everything at a significantly lower weight. He warned that you couldn’t reorder once you picked, and I wanted to fit in my gown for day, so I wanted to make some drastic changes.

At first I had no idea what I was doing. I tried to eat what I saw skinny girls on TV eating. I tried every single fad diet out there, with zero success. What ultimately worked for me was recognizing that my terrible eating habits came from my emotional eating. Once I upped my awareness of this and eventually stopped using food as a coping mechanism, I found weight loss to be *so* much easier. That’s when I could really start trying new eating plans in a healthy way.

20 years old vs 30 years old . I might be a day late for #TransformationTuesday but today I’m feeling so incredibly thankful for how far my journey has brought me. . In the “before” photos I was feeling incredible about myself – wearing SHORTS for the first time in my life – I’d lost around 100lbs and was excited to be fitting easily into a size 1X instead of squeezing into a size 3x. Exercise was easier, and I was learning to create the healthy habits that formed the body I have today! . I have been proud of myself at every single step in my weight loss journey. Don’t wait for the scale to hit a certain weight to be proud of your accomplishments. # # # # # # # # #thisismylean #fitgirls #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fitfam #fitspo #girlswholift #keto #weightlossinspiration #extremeweightloss #fitness #transformation #girlgains #girlswholift #weightlossmotivation #workout #gym #instafit #fitlife #healthy #training #cleaneating #100poundweightloss #losing100pounds #muscles #fitnessinspiration

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In 2016 I had huge success with the keto diet, but now I mainly focus on eating as many whole, unprocessed foods as possible.

I follow something called CICO (meaning: calories in, calories out). I keep track of my calorie intake and make sure I burn more calories than I eat each day to stay in a calorie deficit for weight loss.

Tracking what I eat was key because I found that a lot of the seemingly healthy things I ate, like nuts and granola, were actually super high in calories, and it helped me realize I was eating much more than a single serving as well. Knowing exactly what I was consuming took out all the guesswork.

I also had to recognize that I am not perfect. I used to get *so* upset when I would cave and eat junk food or overeat. This would trigger a downward spiral of eating/binging that might last two days or two months. Once I acknowledged that I will never be perfect, I was able to forgive myself and be gentle with myself and get right back to my healthy way of living.

#FaceToFaceFriday # # # # # # # # #thisismylean #fitgirls #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fitfam #fitspo #girlswholift #weightlossinspiration #extremeweightloss #fitness #transformation #girlgains #girlswholift #weightlossmotivation #workout #gym #instafit #fitlife #healthy #training #cleaneating #100poundweightloss #losing100pounds #muscles #fitnessinspiration

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  • Breakfast: If I’m running, I will usually eat overnight oats and a banana. And if I am resting, I might have a protein bar or shake.
  • Lunch: I love making low-carb wraps with tons of veggies and protein.
  • Snacks: I try to keep snacks high-protein and low-calorie. This usually means low-sugar Greek yogurt with some fruit, or a piece of cheese with vegetables. I also always keep a protein bar in my purse in case I get caught out of the house and I’m hungry.

Hello, hello, HELLLOOOoooo to this amazing, comfort food giant plate of incredible deliciousness! . My lunch was roasted mini potatoes, air fried broccoli, gluten free turkey meatloaf topped with reduced sugar ketchup, and (almost) gluten free, low calorie mac & cheese! All of this tastiness was under 500 calories and an awesome 40g of protein!!! . This mac & cheese recipe was a concoction all my own! I’ve recently taken on creating gluten-free recipes as my boyfriend is gluten sensitive. I thought for sure this recipe would be 100% gluten free, but after the fact I realized the cheese soup has some wheat flour wayyyyy down the ingredient list. (So not much, but it’s still there) He didn’t have any issues eating it, but if you have a serious gluten allergy I suggest you skip the cheese soup and perhaps use some extra sharp cheddar instead! If you swipe you can see all of my ingredients – the only thing that got cut off (in the screenshot) is that I used 4 servings of pasta in my recipe that ends up making 8 portions of mac & cheese. It’s also pretty high in protein, as far as side dishes go! # # # # # # # # #thisismylean #fitgirls #weightloss #weightlossjourney #keto #glutenfree #fitfam #fitspo #girlswholift #weightlossinspiration #extremeweightloss #fitness #transformation #girlgains #girlswholift #weightlossmotivation #workout #gym #instafit #fitlife #healthy #training #cleaneating #100poundweightloss #losing100pounds #muscles #fitnessinspiration

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  • Dinner: I love recreating some of my favorite childhood recipes with a healthier twist. This usually means cutting back on tons of noodles or switching from high-fat protein (like ground beef) to something lower-calorie, like chicken sausage or ground turkey. I try to have at least two vegetables incorporated into every dinner as well.
  • Dessert: I love ice cream but I’ve found that portion control (especially when you’re excited about ice cream!) can be difficult. I opt for single-serving ice cream treats like frozen Greek yogurt bars or Enlightened ice cream bars.

No sugar added, high protein, triple-berry trifle! . This decadent breakfast is layered with plenty of fresh fruit(strawberries,blueberries, raspberries, banana slices), some low sugar gluten free almond-flour vanilla cake, a Two Good mixed berry yogurt, and a little bit of whipped cream as well! . Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, nor does it have to be plain lettuce and chicken for every meal. [?] . I love crafting delicious options for myself that also help me stay on track with my healthy eating. # # # # # # # # #thisismylean #fitgirls #weightloss #weightlossjourney #keto #fitfam #fitspo #girlswholift #weightlossinspiration #extremeweightloss #fitness #transformation #girlgains #girlswholift #weightlossmotivation #workout #gym #instafit #fitlife #healthy #training #cleaneating #100poundweightloss #losing100pounds #muscles #fitnessinspiration

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My typical week of exercise means three enjoyable activities (running, biking, kayaking) as well as two strength-training days.

I take my weekends off but try to incorporate something with my family like walking the dog or playing a game outside (golf, cornhole, etc.) I’ve and have run races and also participated in triathlons.

Another one of the most helpful changes I made on my journey was I stopped doing exercise that I hated. I used to drive to the gym and just sit in the parking lot for hours, then drive home. I dreaded exercise so much that I couldn’t even make myself go inside. Once I found something I enjoyed (like riding the exercise bike while watching my favorite TV show), going to the gym was something I could look forward to. This led to me going back to school and an ACE-certified personal trainer.

Hey 2020. . . The Queen is back . . Today I ran my first ever 10K on #InternationalWomensDay . . I didn’t just run…I took 1st place in my age group . . It’s my time now. # # # # # # # # #thisismylean #fitgirls #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fitfam #fitspo #girlswholift #weightlossinspiration #extremeweightloss #fitness #transformation #girlgains #girlswholift #weightlossmotivation #workout #gym #instafit #fitlife #healthy #training #cleaneating #100poundweightloss #losing100pounds #muscles #fitnessinspiration

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My weight-loss journey may have started when I was 17 years old, but I didn’t really start to see real progress until I started keto, then CICO, in 2016.

I’ve lost over 160 pounds total, and my weight goes up and down a little bit, as does everyone’s. Since 2016 I’ve finally stopped yo-yo dieting and have been able to maintain a healthy weight.

Small changes over time add up to big results, so start with small weekly changes and build on your progress every week. Before long, you’ll be looking back with a surprised, triumphant smile.

In the first photo I couldn’t even find it in my heart to smile. . . Being a certain size won’t magically make everything better – what does make everything better is learning to LOVE yourself through every step of your journey. Loving yourself through setbacks, loving yourself after weight gain, and LOVING yourself enough to get back on track. . . My transformation Tuesday this week is all about how far I’ve come in my mindset between these two photos. The before photo I had decided to make a change because I hated myself – in the second photo (recent) I keep moving forward every day because I love myself. # # # # # # # # #thisismylean #transformationtuesday #fitgirls #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fitfam #fitspo #girlswholift #iifym #iifymwomen #fitness #transformation #girlgains #girlswholift #weightlossmotivation #workout #gym #instafit #fitlife #healthy #training #cleaneating #bodypower #muscles

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