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Nov 4

‘By Counting Macros And Weightlifting To Train For A Fitness Competition, I Lost 140 Pounds’ – Women’s Health

My name is Kyleigh Osterloh (@kyleighlosesit), and I'm 26 years old. Im from Gladbrook, Iowa, and I work as a customer service representative. I began to feel like my weight was holding me back, so I started counting macros and strength training to lose weight.

Growing up, I was always overweight and the "bigger" girl in my friend group. As I got older, my weight kept going up. I found myself drinking and eating my emotions instead of taking action to make a change. I kept partying, going out to eat, and driving through fast food places. I would start a diet that would last a week if I was lucky, then I was right back to my normal habits.

I tried every single diet/pill/shake out there and nothing worked for me. I needed to take control of my life and my health. I was 24 years old and it was getting hard to even go on walks. I was also starting to get bad knees that would dislocate when I would move the wrong way on them. I was sick of feeling stuck in my body. At my heaviest, I weighed 350 pounds.

I knew I needed something that was going to work for me long term. I knew I really needed to research my options. I had a few friends who had luck with macro-counting and talked with them about it.

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I found a trainer, Maddie Oakey, who does custom macro assessments and one-on-one training through the Strong Daily app. She was able to help me start counting macros and guide me in the gym. I have continued my work with her during my journey. As soon as I signed up with my trainer I knew exercise was going to also play a big role in getting my life on the right track.

The gym scared me so much. The thought of putting myself out there had me sitting in my car giving myself a pep talk to just walk in. Working with a trainer helped me overcome these fears.

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My routine consists of about five days at the gym lifting, with an active cardio day and a rest day every week too.

Lifting is one of those things that initially made me think I would not lose weight because Id be building muscle, but I was wrong. I really love lifting weights and pushing myself to lift even heavier. All of my love of lifting allowed me to compete in my first fitness competition, Summer Shredding Classic, which I just completed recently!

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These three changes made the biggest difference in my weight loss results.

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You can do it too. It doesnt happen overnight, but if you keep staying consistent, you will see change. I never, ever thought I would be where I am now. But it happened, two years and counting.

There is no way I am giving up now either. There is so much more to accomplish. This new life I have gained has changed my outlook and given me so much confidence. It has brought amazing people into my life, and most of all it has given me the opportunity to help and inspire women who were once where I was.

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