Kassidy Linde’s self-confidence sank when she topped out at 260 pounds during her pregnancy. “It got to the point that whenever I would look in the mirror, I wasn’t able to find anything beautiful about myself,” she told People.com. But she never lost hope. After giving birth to her baby girl Harley, Linde decided she was going to make positive changes. “I wanted her to look up to me and admire me”.
And so the 25-year-old set out on a year-and-a-half journey that has led her to lose 130 pounds. Now, she’s even studying to become a certified personal trainer. But her transformation isn’t just an inspiration to her daughter, it’s also motivation for upwards of 10,000 Instagram followers.
Here’s exactly what worked for her:
Drinking tons of water.
“I quit making excuses and I started drinking a gallon of water a day,” she said. That’s the equivalent of 16 cups of water throughout the day.
Keeping her diet super simple.
Linde mainly eats chicken, tuna, turkey, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. But she doesn’t like to call her this a diet. “That’s where the difference between diet and lifestyle come in,” she shared on Instagram. “If this were a diet, I would have completely failed. Since this is a lifestyle, I just pick up where I left off and keep going. It’s not going to be smooth or easy. You might have a cheat meal or a cheat month. Either way, pick yourself up and keep going.”
Never counting calories.
Surprisingly, Linde isn’t tallying up everything she’s eating. She’s just eating healthier and only as much as it takes to feels full. “I feel like I know what my body needs, so I eat accordingly,” she wrote. “Counting calories and macros would get me results quicker, but it causes me too much stress right now.”
Prepping meals every single week.
Linde wrote on Instagram that she eats for fuel and her meals can sometimes get a bit repetitive. One of her go-to choices is chicken, rice, and veggies. And she always prepares a week’s worth of meals every Sunday night.
Sticking to a schedule.
Even when Linde doesn’t feel like going to the gym, she pushes herself to stick to a five-day-a-week workout plan. She admits that results are a huge motivator and that makes it difficult to stick with it at first. “You keep staring at the scale and eating good wondering when you’ll see what you’re working for,” she explains. “Then, once you start seeing results , it’s becomes an addiction. Some days you won’t want to go, GO ANYWAY. The days you overcome are the days that count the most!”
Consistently tracking progress.
The new mom explained that keeping a visual — and completely public — record of her progress on Instagram was a huge motivator for her. “What my followers didn’t realize is that for as much I as was motivating them, they were motivating me as well,” she said. “Putting yourself out there and letting yourself be vulnerable to thousands of people really makes you want to give it your all and do your best.” But she also kept a fitness journal to track her progress and change up her workout routines.