If anyone would have told me a year ago, or even 6 months ago, that I'd be standing on a stage in a bikini, I'd laugh. I came home after graduating college weighing the most I've ever weighed in my entire life, and I was ashamed to step on a scale or look in the mirror. I spent so much of my time scrutinizing my appearance and buying clothes that would cover up my body. One day, I decided I was tired of succumbing to the feelings of self consciousness and shame, so I chose to apply to compete for Miss New Jersey USA. I knew that by setting this goal, I'd have to do everything in my power to feel confident in front of hundreds of people. I owe so much of my success to @lounespoli, one of the most inspiring people I've met in my life. He not only assisted with the physical component of my transformation by training me whenever he could and squeezing me in his already jam-packed schedule, but he always served as a confidant and motivator when I felt like giving up. I would have been lost without his constant meal plan guidance ("Yes, Kat, you can add hot sauce to your egg whites") and his ability to push me to complete workouts I didn't even know I was capable of. Making the top 18 out of 82 girls was a huge accomplishment, but I knew I'd leave the Miss NJ competition feeling like a winner no matter what. All in all, I can't believe the girl in this picture is me. This photo is illustrative of the hard work I put in for 4 months- going from 140.3 pounds to 110 is by far one of my biggest achievements. Whether it was the two-a-days at the gym before and after long work days, saying "no" to pizza and settling for grilled chicken, or even giving up wine for a while, this journey ultimately taught me how to love myself no matter what the scale says.
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