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This Woman Lost 150 Pounds In A Year And A Half By Following These 6 Rules

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What This Woman Did To Lose 150 Pounds In A Year And A Half © instagram / dilla7 What This Woman Did To Lose 150 Pounds In A Year And A Half 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."

© Instagram/@dilla7 Good morning from my work out partner and I. Got our Nikes on and doing day 2 of #fastedcardio to see how my body reacts ! Don't wait for tomorrow , or Monday, or next month. START NOW! 

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.

© Instagram/@dilla7 "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."

© Instagram/@dilla7 I don't usually post too much food on here! I eat for fuel, which makes my meals a little repetitive. I have been trying to meal prep more lately because I have been busy! This is a taco bowl I prepped and OMG! I used ground chicken with some taco seasoning, pinto beans, bell peppers and onions, and rice. I threw some shredded lettuce on top and added some fat free sour cream and it was delicious! I DO NOT COUNT MACROS OR CALORIES. I feel like I know what my body needs , so I eat accordingly. Counting macros would get me results quicker , but it causes me too much stress right now. I did 1/4c rice and divided a can of pinto beans equally unto 4 containers. Just an idea for any of y'all wanting to change up chicken and rice :)

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.

© Instagram/@dilla7 Tomorrow is my favorite day of the week, Monday! It's the beginning of the week to start fresh and set your goals! I've stepped my game up and begun meal prepping again. Following specific guidelines on nutrition and work outs from my new coach @ryanthemythbaker ! Very excited to begin this new chapter of my life! I'm coming for you goal body!!!

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!"

© Instagram/@dilla7 I don't miss arm day, EVER. I will sometimes miss some other work out days, but never arms. I have NEVER had muscle in my arms. They were either really fat or really skinny! So I'm not "flexin" cause I've got BIG muscle. I'm flexin cause I'm just happy I even have any muscle ! Haha I can't wait to see what my arms look like in a year 😳🤤🤷🏼♀️

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. 

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