Katie Agnew: My Sculpt Experience
Before I started Sculpt, my overall health was diminishing. At 27 years old I weighed 308lbs. I was having acid reflux, stomach infections, and well on my way to becoming diabetic. I was sleeping about 2 to 3 hours a night and then crashing mid day. I was in a lot of pain especially in my lower back as I suffer from a degenerative disc condition not common to people of my age but most likely developed as a consequence to my weight. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for many years and my failing health further impaired my ability to cope. I was desperate to make changes and even resorted to seeking gastric surgery to address my weight but was denied because of other medical issues. Another opportunity presented itself to me and I took it!
I completed 20 weeks of Sculpt Health and Wellness and it has changed my life! After the first couple weeks I began noticing huge changes. I was sleeping a solid 8 hours a night and no longer having afternoon crashes. I started having more energy and I had fewer cravings. My stomach problems resolved and my acid reflex improved.
Before I started this program I thought I knew how to eat “healthy”, but this program has taught me so much! I wish I had learned this information before I let my health get so out of hand. I also started to work with a personal trainer and learned more about the importance of resistance training.
Not every week was easy and there were a lot of challenges along the way. I had some struggles with my mental illness but I was able to manage it better than I have in the past. This is a huge deal for me! When I was having those “off” days I didn’t resort to emotional eating anymore. Instead, I would stop and think of the long-term effects of what I was choosing to eat and found more effective ways to cope.
Having a solid support system helped me to stay on track and kept me motivated. To my surprise my daily choices motivated those around me to also make changes by choosing healthy meals, stocking nutritious foods and exercising. My partner and Mom have been my biggest supporters and together we are living healthier lives.
Now I feel like I’m getting my quality of life back. I have become a stronger person mentally and physically. I have lost a total of 44 pounds in 20 weeks and I am feeling amazing! This is not the end of my journey – this is my new lifestyle! Thanks to Sculpt Health and Wellness now I have the tools and education I need to be successful at being healthy and meeting my new weight loss and physical goals.
More photos and updates to come as Katie's journey continues!