As Kiah Twisselman has proven, the best weight loss results don’t come from “bean counting,” fad diets, or harsh food restrictions, but from self-love and patience. The 27-year-old started her journey almost 2 years ago when she read Rachel Hollis’ book “Girl, Wash Your Face.” She decided to follow Hollis’ plan of five simple habits: woke up an hour earlier, moved her body 30 minutes a day, drank half her body weight in ounces of water, and began daily journaling and intuitive eating. And what’s even more amazing is that she has done so without ever setting foot in a gym. Which also makes it a great go-to weight loss routine for the most likely upcoming quarantine!

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The 27-year-old started her journey over a year ago

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She started out in October 2018, and by January 2019, she had already managed to lose 25 pounds; the result inspired her to set a greater, and more satisfying, challenge of losing 100 by the next October. Keeping in mind that you’re already reading an article about her, try to guess if she has done it. Spoilers! She did it, and what’s more, lost 120 lbs in total, way beyond her expectations.

At one point, she weighed 285 lbs

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Kiah went into the details in an exclusive interview with Bored Panda: “On my journey, I didn’t follow any strict diets and I learned to not see any foods as being “bad” foods. For me, it was more about being intentional and planning ahead of time and eating foods in balance and moderation. As a cattle rancher, it is no surprise that beef has been one of my favorite foods to incorporate into my diet! (But I was by no means on an all-beef carnivore diet.) I eat beef at least three times a week. It is very versatile, whether it’s just a steak on the grill alongside some veggies, thinly sliced on top of a salad, or made into burgers, spaghetti and so much more. One 3oz serving of beef provides 25 grams of protein as well as other essential vitamins and nutrients like zinc, iron, and b-vitamins, all in less than 170 calories! It is packed with nutrients, keeps me satisfied throughout the day, and tastes delicious. I think the most important thing when choosing a diet that is right for you is making sure that it is something you can stick with for the long haul and incorporates foods that you enjoy. For me, beef has been one of those foods!”

She began on Oct, 2018 and lost 25 lbs, which inspired her to achieve even more

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The 6th-generation rancher opened up about her previous struggles with weight loss. She seemingly tried everything, from diets to restrictions, to radical lifestyle changes, but nothing seemed to work. The continual failures made her think that she just couldn’t do anything about it, that she got dealt a bad hand, or bad genetics.

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Over the course of a year, she lost 120 lbs

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She attempted her one last final hurrah after she realized that she wanted to become a better example of her own lifestyle. As she works in Beef Council and promotes beef’s health benefits to many influential figures and institutions, she felt hypocritical being in the shape that she was in. That’s when she read the fateful book that changed everything about her outlook.

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“The mantra that I used when I first started my journey and one that I continue to apply to this day is, “I’m going to love my future self enough that I’m going to show up and do the hard thing today.” I paint a vivid picture of the future best version of me that I am striving to be and focus on taking just one baby step towards that person each and every day. It’s not about transforming yourself overnight; it’s about being willing to show up every day consistently and being committed to being just 1% better than you were yesterday.”

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She has become a real role model to many people around the world. The greatest change wasn’t in her body, but in her mind. When she slipped up before, Kiah focused on her failure, thinking that she always fails. Now, when she fails, she’s more willing to forgive herself, allowing her to learn from her experience—so much so that she took on being a lifestyle coach, sharing her inspiration and wisdom with everyone that wants to hear it (you can find the link above.) She encourages people to do the same thing that she did—”It’s not about hitting a number or goal weight, and more about showing up and loving yourself today,” she said.

From size 20 to size 6

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Her process inspired her to become a lifestyle coach

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Kiah shared what an unexpected twist turn of events becoming a lifestyle coach was. “If you had told me two years ago that I would not only lose more than 125 pounds but that I would also be coaching other women on how to love themselves to health and happiness too, I would have thought you were crazy! Coaching has been such an unexpected and wonderful part of my journey and perhaps the most rewarding of all, even more so than the weight loss itself. I used to see my obesity as a curse, as though I was a victim of being overweight, but now looking back, I can honestly say that my battle with weight might be my greatest blessing of all. Because I was able to overcome that struggle and learn through the process, I have the amazing opportunity to inspire thousands of other people all across the world. I am currently doing one-on-one coaching with women all across the country and am getting ready to launch my first digital course this summer. ”

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The greatest change wasn’t in her body, but in her mind

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“More importantly, I lost the mental weight I had been carrying with me for years”

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Now when she fails, she’s more willing to forgive herself, allowing her to learn from her experience

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