Portland Teenager’s Weight Loss Inspires Others
by Emily Luxen
Portland, Tenn. - One Sumner County teenager's incredible weight loss over the past year is inspiring others.
In January of 2013, Kaitlyn Smith, 18, weighed 414 pounds and was frustrated.
"I had honestly just given up," said Smith. "I was depressed."
After years of weight struggled and failed diets, Smith was determined to make a lifestyle change. Her family helped her connect with Portland trainer Kina Wald. Together, the two created a workout and nutrition program. Now one year later, Smith weighs 210 pounds.
"She was so determined, and willing to do whatever it took," said Wald. "She never gave up. It was a blessing to watch."
Under Wald's supervision, Smith started working out six days a week and participating in the Portland Fit Club. She started to see results quickly.
"I started seeing physical changes probably about three to four weeks," said Smith. " My clothes started fitting a little looser."
"The key is sticking with a nutrition and fitness program," said Wald. "It goes hand in hand, and results are going to happen."
Smith admitted there were tough moments, but she was determined to stay focused and disciplined.
"I was terrified at first," said Smith. "I thought Kina would be a drill sergeant, but now she's like family, she's like a second mother to me."
Now with a bright and healthy future ahead of her, Smith is looking forward to continuing her journey.
"I'm not stopping any time soon. There is no reason for me to. I have to keep going," said Smith.