About me

My story:

I started my first diet when I was 14. Puberty had arrived with a vengeance, along with breasts, hips and thighs. My life felt out of control, and so I turned to the one thing I could control: food.

That was the start of a lifelong relationship with disordered eating. Whenever my life felt scary or out of control, which was pretty much all the time, I would turn to dieting. I’d lose a bit of weight, I’d feel better. Then the weight would come back, often more than before, and I’d feel worse than when I’d started.

Then I discovered Weight Watchers. I lost a LOT of weight and suddenly found myself in a much thinner body than I’d ever had before. “This isn’t a diet,” I told myself. “I’m just eating smaller portions and healthier food!” I got compliments from everyone and really believed I was a “success story.” I also believed I could maintain this way of eating. I even became a Weight Watchers leader, not only to help others achieve weight loss success, but to make sure my own weight never came back.

I was on top of the world … for about 3 months. That’s when my body said “Enough!” and I started to sneak food. I’d eat uncontrollably at night when nobody was looking, giving myself a break from the rigidity and rules of restrictive eating. Once a week turned to 3 times a week, which turned to every night.

And the weight started to come back. With each pound re-gained, I would stress out about how I looked to the world, which would result in more restrictive eating and, inevitably, binge eating. And with the binge eating, came the nights of frustration and defeat and self-loathing. And each morning came the vow to get my act together and get this weight off once and for all!

I lived with this diet/binge cycle for several years — eating healthy, small portions during the day, then binge eating thousands of calories at night. I finally decided I needed to cure my binge eating (because I’d be skinny if I would just stop binge eating all the time!).

I started on a journey of self-discovery that would lead me to realize dieting (and more to the point, restriction) was the cause of my binge eating, and the only way to cure myself of binge eating was to stop dieting and restricting food.

But even though this made perfect sense to me, I was still so afraid that if I ate anything I wanted, I would gain weight. So instead I started eating only healthy food. I thought I could feed myself AND lose weight if I only ate non-processed, grass fed, organic, pasture raised, sanctimonious, morally superior food.

But it turns out I still binged. Why? Because I was still restricting my food — only this time I was restricting the type of food I could eat, not just the quantity.

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I am free. I am happy. I am active. I am healthy. I am no longer at war with my body. And, as a result, I can finally love my body just as it is.

Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. I gave up. I left Weight Watchers and I left all food restriction behind. Instead, I started to really eat. Like, everything. I let go of my fear of weight gain. I gave myself permission to just enjoy myself and food and life again.

At first, I ate everything in sight. I fed every craving. I ate lots of ice cream and chocolate. I ate burgers and fries. After 27 years of restricting my eating, my body was hungry and I had a serious feast. And yes, I gained some weight. Not nearly as much as I feared, but it did happen. It was uncomfortable, my clothes felt tight, and I cried a lot, but I made it through.

And then something magical started to happen. By successfully tuning into my body’s hunger cues for the first time ever, I stopped eating everything in sight. The ice cream became tedious. The chocolate lost its appeal. The pendulum, which had swung furiously in both directions for so many years, settled into a peaceful stillness. I had achieved food freedom. And no more restriction meant no more binges!

I received my health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I run the diet recovery program, Worth It with Katy. I coach other women who are tired of the merry go round of yo-yo dieting and binge eating, and are ready to normalize their relationship with food and their bodies. Because we’re worth it!

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27 thoughts on “About me

  1. Can I subscribe to your website? Lmk. I’m a WW LT and just followed you onConnect but would love to receive your blog and tips on my email if that’s possible?
    Love your posts and whole foods😊

  2. Thank you for this blog! I have been looking for something exactly like this. Your food look absolutely wonderful. Thank you again!

  3. Thanks for sharing Katy. Appreciating your story and your meal plan. Been a WW LTimer for 10 years and trying to adapt to the new program. Looking forward to receiving emails with a game plan. Thanks!

  4. Katy, I am so happy that a sweet gal named Gwen told me about your site and I am very excited to read all of your wonderful ideas. I also have 30 smart points and have been wondering how to put it all together and not be bored too complicated. Thank you so much!

  5. I have been following you on connect( wisemangirl64).I joined WW in the middle of January and feel like my life is changing.( eating healthier and exercising more).Slowly but surely I am shrinking- in a good way.

  6. I started following you on connect in January. I am walking in your shoes! I started WW in Sept. 2014 and lost 40lbs. I have been stuck at a plateau and seem unable to reach my 50 lb. goal. I too refuse to eat pho food, preservatives, filler, dyes, etc. The weight came off VERY slowly, but I love my body, the changes, the energy I have, and the health benefits I know I am paying forward. The program change in December threw me off my game. I cannot eat dairy, and many soy products are much higher in smart points. Your posts and blog are giving me new hope I can stay the course. I have not missed a meeting since I started, but fail some weeks to stay under my 30 pts. Thank you for sharing your life, your choices, your recipes and menus. It has taken me 18 months to change me/my family eating habits to true clean eating. We are in this for life. I appreciate WW Connect for sending you into the universe to spread your healthy eating with all of us.

  7. Thank you so much for posting this! Your story makes me SO happy, and the fact you’re loving yourself, your body, your energy – that’s better than any number on a scale. ❤️❤️❤️

  8. Hi Katy!

    I found you through weight watchers connect. I am a breast cancer survivor and started weight watchers a year ago as I was finishing my treatment. I’ve lost 35 lbs so far and still have another 35 to go. I have always eaten healthy but I recently realize that I need to be feeding my body even more organic whole foods and less processed diet foods to prevent recurrence of the cancer. Within a day or two of this revelation I stumbled upon you in connect. I absolutely love what you’re doing and you’re doing a great service to many people who want to lose weight and live there healthiest life. I’ve joined you also on Facebook. Thank you so much I really appreciate what you were doing. Love, Shari (Sharingme2468 on Connect)

  9. I love all your recipes. Any chance you might be thinking of publishing a book???? I sure would buy it.
    Thank you for sharing your journey.

  10. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your story, Shari!! Our bodies deserve the best we can give them! I spent so long scared to death that if I ate REAL food, I’d gain tons of weight and descend into a life of chaotic eating. But the opposite was true! When I allowed myself real, full-fat food and stopped depriving myself, I stopped binge eating and started truly loving myself and my body. I’m god that sharing my own story can help others in any way possible! ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Hi
    Is it possible for you to post a shopping list or picture of your next shopping trip?
    What are some things you consider staples?
    Thanks
    Valerie

  12. You’ve touched something in me with your story. I’m so glad I found your blog and I will continue to be inspired by you!

  13. Thank you. This is exactly the attitude I have adopted since being on WW. My body simply cannot tolerate “fake food.” I look forward to trying some of your delicious recipes😃 Yea!

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