"My name is Katie. I’ve lost 80+ pounds but I have gained so much during my journey. If I had to pinpoint one thing that has changed the most, it would be my confidence. I don’t know what the purpose of my life was before. I was simply just living, trying to impress my friends, trying to fit in and living a life not for myself. It didn’t hit me until I had to get my gallbladder out in January of 2014. I was in the hospital for 7 days. 2 surgeries later I awoke with purpose. I was tired of living my life for everyone else. It was hard, I was always tired. I was a full time student and had two jobs. But it was important to ME. I made it happen. Upon making healthy choices to better myself, I found myself. I started gaining followers, people who found inspiration in me, me! I couldn’t believe it but I used that as a reason to never give up. I am very lucky to have a great support system through my family, friends and social media. To this day, I track my food, I do cardio and weight train because that is what works for me. Find your strength. Find your purpose. Be the change you wish to see, and you’ll be amazed at what will happen."