About Me (old)

My Life:

My name is Kalyn and I live in Pennsylvania with my husband (Nick).

I enjoy writing. In my free time, I maintain this blog that you've stumbled upon. My blog was created as a place to document my journey of losing 100 pounds. I also use this blog as a tool to keep myself motivated while trying to live a healthier life. More information on that, here.

I usually write about the food that I'm eating, the workouts that I'm doing, the next cute thing that my dogs (Max and Topher) did or why my amazing husband (Nick) is so amazing.

One reason why Nick is so great is because he likes food almost as much as I do. He's also my high school sweetheart. We've been together since we were 15 years old, (even though I knew that I wanted to marry him when I was 12). As my pre-teen self predicted, we did get married; only it was many years later, on September 19, 2009. More information on my sweet Nicholas, here.

Together, we like to eat. We also like to travel, hike, run, ride our bicycles, explore new places and try new things; such as food.

My husband and I at Katsuya in LA (September, 2010)
On May 15, 2014, my husband and I found out the most amazing news! We were blessed to announce that we are expecting our first child in January, 2015! More information on that, here.

Our beautiful daughter, Piper Grace, was born on January 21, 2015. She has changed our lives in the most wonderful way! I can't wait to see where this new chapter of my life takes me. Join me along the way!
Piper, one week old.

My Weight / My Health:

Way back in 2006 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), after gaining 30 pounds the summer after graduating high school. I lost some weight, then gained it back along with another 30 pounds the summer after. That brought me up to 260 pounds. I had lost some weight for my wedding in 2009, gained it back, and then some. At the time, my highest weight was about 268 lbs in March, 2011. I have been working on losing that weight, ever since.

My OBGYN told me that losing weight for a normal person is hard, but for a person with PCOS it is nearly impossible to lose weight. She repeated herself and said that it was NEARLY impossible... not impossible. I still didn't like those odds, and I planned on beating them! So far, I have been successful in losing 40 pounds of that "impossible" weight, and I'm not stopping there!

In December of 2010, I was hit with another set back. I started getting dizzy spells, double vision, and other issues that just wouldn't go away. Sometime in January 2011, I said enough was enough and I went to the Doctor, who set me up for an MRI. They found an arachnoid cyst in my brain and some non-specific white matter, which my neurologist later explained could be linked to my current symptoms. He believed my symptoms were linked to an early onset of Multiple Sclerosis. In March of 2011, I had a spinal tap, which proved that there was inflammation of my central nervous system. After a slew of other tests to rule out all possibilities, my neurologist gave me a diagnosis of relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) on May 16, 2011.

On July 29, 2011, I began treatment for RRMS. The treatment was painful; daily injections of copaxone. I tried my best to stick with this treatment, as I believed that it was my best chance at managing this disease. Unfortunately, I was not able to be consistent with these daily injections. I made the decision in February, 2012 to try a new route of treatment through healthy living, exercise and consulting with my doctor for the best vitamins for me. Since then, I have had minimal symptoms. At a check-up in 2012, my doctor concluded that since I only have one lesion on my brain and not "multiple", he was going to retract his diagnosis of RRMS. Since then, we have proceeded treatment for a significant vitamin D deficiency and I have been doing well, and fairly symptom free all of these years since.

My faith in God and the love and support I have from my family and friends really helped me during that chapter in my life. Praise be to God for every day that I live without those horrible symptoms, whatever they were stemmed from! My health problems have helped me to find peace and refuge in the more simple things in life. I am truly blessed! I am determined to keep my body, mind and spirit as healthy as I possibly can.

I'm Not Perfect:

"I’m not perfect; I’ve actually learned to embrace that fact. When you discover that you don’t need to be perfect to lose weight, to be loved, to chase your dreams… life changes."
-Kay from www.goaloflosing.com

"We can almost always find a reason to be anxious, frustrated or mad, but; why would we want to waste our time dwelling on those feelings?
If you have a reason, even just one reason, to smile; then do it."
-Kay from www.goaloflosing.com