50-Pound Weight-Loss Transformation | POPSUGAR Fitness

Kay Koziol has seen her fair share of challenges. She survived cancer not once but twice and has fought heart valve issues, high blood pressure, and disc replacements. In her mid-40s, Kay realized that she had gained quite a bit of weight, and she didn’t feel or look like herself anymore. She knew she needed to make a big change in her life if she wanted to see her 10 grandchildren grow up, so she started working out and cleaning up her diet. Since then, she’s lost over 50 pounds, and she’s going to be a gym owner soon so that she can help many other women get their health and fitness on track. Here’s her full story.

POPSUGAR: When did you start your weight-loss journey? What made you decide to?

Kay Koziol: I got serious about it in October 2016. I will never forget heading off to Chicago from Dallas to see my husband’s parents for their 50th wedding anniversary. Everything was different about this trip. My confidence was low, the way I walked was slow, the way I dressed was to cover up, and even the way I sat was different.

I was sitting at a table with 10 to 15 people in the room, eating pizza, cake, cookies, and anything that was not good for you and full of sugar. I proceeded to tell people I was heavy because I had a thyroid problem. I literally said this at the exact time I was stuffing my face with junk food. My doctors did tell me I had a thyroid problem and put me on thyroid medication; however, at that very moment, I started to hear myself and I quickly realized it was not a thyroid problem — it was an eating problem. I have survived a lot of things in my time — cancers, major back surgery, two titanium discs, a leak in my heart valve, etc. Never did I make excuses; I just overcame and became stronger. That is when I had to ask myself why this was different and made a choice right then. I flew back home to Dallas and went to Burn Boot Camp that weekend to begin my journey.

PS: What was your starting weight?

KK: When I began my fitness journey, I was about 190 pounds, and now I’m 135. I’ve lost 51 pounds, and I’ve gone from 36 percent body fat to 12 percent.

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