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This Mom Lost 130 Pounds In Less Than 2 Years—Here’s How

She is a true inspiration!

Twenty-five-year-old Kassidy Linde didn’t like what she saw in the mirror when she topped out at 260 pounds during her pregnancy.

“It got to the point that whenever I would look in the mirror, I wasn’t able to find anything beautiful about myself,” Linde told People. “That’s a devastating feeling. I have an 18-month-old daughter, and I would feel terrible if she ever felt this way about herself. I wanted her to look up to me and admire me, so I changed myself.”

To “change herself,” Linde eliminated unhealthy foods from her diet and began doing cardio three to five days a week. Her new lifestyle began in May 2015, and she managed to lose 130 pounds by the end of 2016.

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It has been almost 2 years since I started my weight loss journey! Since day 1 , I have done this all by myself. Found different work outs, recipe ideas, HIIT training, etc. I had a coach for 2 weeks (about a year ago) but unfortunately couldn't follow the plan because my Arthritis was flared up SO bad, I couldn't work out during that time. I have pretty much taught myself what to do, what to eat, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. BUT that does not mean that I haven't had help. I have had so many people, friends, family, personal trainers, coaches, and even random people help me , motivate me, and give me advice throughout these past two years. And trust me, even if we don't talk anymore , you have helped me in some way. I would tag all of you but I don't even think it would be possible. So thank you!!! As of now, today is my very first day with my new trainer @devinthadood and I am STOKED! Not only is he training me but he is also training my lovely fiancée @driekens ! And yes. I am going to start count macros (write that down in the Bible under miracles!) Go check him out !!!!

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“I quit making excuses,” she said. “I started researching, meal prepping and working out. I started drinking a gallon of water a day, and prepping chicken, rice and veggies every Sunday.”

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I don't usually post too much food on here! I eat for fuel, which makes my meals a little repetitive. I have been trying to meal prep more lately because I have been busy! This is a taco bowl I prepped and OMG! I used ground chicken with some taco seasoning, pinto beans, bell peppers and onions, and rice. I threw some shredded lettuce on top and added some fat free sour cream and it was delicious! I DO NOT COUNT MACROS OR CALORIES. I feel like I know what my body needs , so I eat accordingly. Counting macros would get me results quicker , but it causes me too much stress right now. I did 1/4c rice and divided a can of pinto beans equally unto 4 containers. Just an idea for any of y'all wanting to change up chicken and rice 🙂

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Linde tracks her progress on Instagram, helping her stay on her new path, but also inspiring others along the way.

“Holding myself accountable via social media was probably my biggest motivator,” she said. “What my followers didn’t realize is that for as much I as was motivating them, they were motivating me as well. Putting yourself out there and letting yourself be vulnerable to thousands of people really makes you want to give it your all and do your best.”

Along with photos of her weight loss, she also posts pictures of her meals and tips for others also wanting to lose weight.

So what’s her secret?

First, she now sticks to a plan of working out five days a week and her diet consists mainly of chicken, turkey, turkey bacon or sausage, almonds, vegetables and whole grains — and the occasional red velvet Oreo! She also drinks a gallon of water a day. She does not count calories, but she does prep her meals every Sunday. She made a fitness journal to track her progress and says she is always looking for new workouts so she doesn’t get complacent.

“Don’t think about losing 100 pounds. Think about losing 10 pounds, 10 times,” she wrote on Instagram. “That has always been my best advice when it comes to starting a new healthy lifestyle.”

Linde has more than 26,000 followers on Instagram and has shared more than 1,000 inspiring photos.

“I’m a very normal and average person. I like to eat red velvet Oreos. I love beer. I’m a mom. I’m lazy sometimes and I don’t always make the best decisions,” she wrote on Instagram. “But I did accomplish something great and I am here to share it with thousands of people! And guess what? YOU CAN DO IT TOO! I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it.”

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Good luck as you continue your journey! You are a true inspiration!

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