Morbidly Obese to Dropping 130 Lbs. Now a Personal Trainer

Share

Katie Hug of El Paso began gaining weight after high school due the combination of her metabolism slowing down and taking prescription drugs for depression and anxiety.

“I was put on different medications that made me feel more sluggish, and then all I wanted to do was eat,” Hug, now 34, tells us of the ordeal.

By 2012, Hug had reached 270 lbs. At her doctor’s office for a routine checkup, the Kuna, Idaho-based mom of three got a surprising wakeup call about how unhealthy she had become.

Morbidly Obese

“My doctor looked at me and said, ‘You know you’re morbidly obese, right?’,” she recalls. “I knew I was overweight because I was shopping at the plus-size store and things like that. But to have someone say that to me, to have another female look at me like, ‘You need to do something other than sit home and eat all the time,’ I think that’s what did it. I just got sick and tired of being fat and being overweight and being miserable in my own skin.”

Taking Control Of Obesity

Hug began tracking her food intake and became more aware of how much sugar, fat and carbs she was consuming — her diet at the time consisted of mostly soda, processed food, bread and pasta. But the biggest change in her lifestyle came from discovering her love of fitness.

“[When I was heavier] I didn’t find any joy in it, it wasn’t fun for me,” she says. “I actually hated everything about it. My kids would go for a walk with my husband, and I would stay home. I didn’t want any part of it.”

Knowing that she needed to exercise to get healthy, Hug started with a 15-minute workout video at home, which she challenged herself to do every day for 30 days. When she finished that, she found herself looking for a new fitness challenge.

“All of a sudden I wanted to walk, so I’d walk around my block and I’d be drenched in sweat, but I’d go again and go again, and the distances would get longer, and eventually it turned into a walk-jog and kind of took off from there,” she says.

Now Hug does cardio five days a week and strength training two to three days a week. She’s even become an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer and teaches group exercise classes.

“You start to feel that serotonin and dopamine and all that from exercise, and I didn’t have that before,” she says of learning to love working out. “I used that as the outlet for stress, anxiety, depression. That made a huge difference.”

 

Hug has dropped 130 lbs., and says the best part about losing weight has been the positive effect it has had on her family.

 

Life After Fat Is Easier

“Everything’s easier when you’re taken care of — when you’re not taken care of, everything else falls apart,” she says. “I can go out and play with my kids now, and it’s not an issue. You can go do more things, you feel good, and when you feel good you want to participate more too. Overall, I just feel better and it’s reflected so awesomely on my family and my marriage. It’s just been great.”

Post Disclaimer

Professional Scope of Practice *

The information herein on "Morbidly Obese to Dropping 130 Lbs. Now a Personal Trainer" is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

We are here to help you and your family.

Blessings

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN*

email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com

Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*

Recent Posts

Pain Brain: Neuroinflammation and Fibromyalgia

The classification criteria for fibromyalgia have changed over time, affecting its definition from a "peripheral… Read More

September 24, 2021

Kinesiology, Kinesio, KT, Elastic Tape For Back Pain

We see it on all types of athletes nowadays. They are wearing tape that looks… Read More

September 23, 2021

Posture Exercises To Do At Work

Posture exercises: It is easy to get into the bad habit of poor/improper posture, especially… Read More

September 22, 2021

The Size of A Herniated Disc

Herniated discs, although common, can be challenging to treat depending on the size. Over 3mm… Read More

September 21, 2021

Calf Soreness, Pain and Chiropractic Treatment

Calf pain is common in individuals that are on their feet for long periods. This… Read More

September 20, 2021

Chiropractic Helps With Stress, Posture, Mood, Immunity, and Sleep

Chiropractic medicine is used as a standard musculoskeletal injury/strain treatment and for rehabilitation. Chiropractic helps… Read More

September 17, 2021

Personal Injury, Trauma & Spine Rehab. Specialists

Online History & Registration 🔘
Call Us Today 🔘