My name is Carrie Robinson (@keepcalmcarryonfit), and I’m 23. I’m from Baltimore and I’m an operations coordinator for a soccer company. After reaching my heaviest weight, I realized I wanted to focus on my health so I could spend more time with my family.
Growing up, I had a very rocky relationship with my weight. I was overweight most of my childhood, but when I was 16, I lost over 50 pounds. Unfortunately, the way I lost the weight wasn’t healthy, and I was diagnosed with anorexia shortly after.
My relationship with food was extremely sensitive. I was in a binge and over-restrict cycle, which was really hard on me. I went to therapy for a while and that helped a lot. I also moved out of a toxic environment, which helped me heal and overcome my disordered eating habits.
Fast-forward to August 3rd, 2016, when I had my son. I had a lot of health issues during my pregnancy, including high blood pressure, IBS, and a high resting heart rate while I was pregnant. I gained 60 pounds, and after my son’s birth, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety.
So you could say today was a crazy ass day lmaooo but here is.... A fast mile 😇😈 And also 1.5 mile walk! I kept convincing myself that a mile run wasn’t enough but then reminded myself that it’s better than nothing! Happy Friday everyone. 💖 . . . . . . . . #running #runner #runnersofinstagram #runningmotivation #fitness #workout #weightloss #fitfam #fitspo #workoutroutine #workouts #fattofit #caloriedeficit #weightlosscommunity #fitnesscommunity #fitmom #momswhoworkout #momswhorun
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Postpartum depression made it hard to lose the weight I had gained during pregnancy.
I gained another 10 pounds over the following two years, putting me at 246 pounds.
Overall, I was just miserable and suffering constantly. I couldn’t even carry my son around for more than two minutes without being completely out of breath.
Well. I went on the beach in a bikini!!!! And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t comparing myself to every other female on the beach. Why can’t I have a flat stomach or perfectly toned legs with no cellulite? Why can’t I have the perfect ass or nice boobs? Because this is who I am. And the left was who I was. I am a mom. I am someone who lost 101lbs. I may look like a deflated balloon in some areas but damn did I do this. Everyone is beautifully made, including me with my imperfections. And you know damn well I was complimenting other women at the beach because we all have feelings of insecurity and society has forced us into comparing ourselves to one another. So.... I will always make sure to lift up my fellow women. 💖💙 . . . . . . . . #fitness #fit #workout #workoutroutine #workoutmotivation #fitmom #weightloss #extremeweightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #cico #caloriedeficit #weightlosstransformation #transformation #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss
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The turning point in my life was buying a house and realizing that I needed to become healthier to live a long, happy life with my family.
On August 12th, 2018, I decided to start making changes for my health.
When I had lost weight previously (in a healthy mindset!), counting calories worked for me. A calorie deficit diet, or calories-in-calories-out (CICO) diet, is easy to track and maintain for me.
I also had originally cut dairy out of my diet to help with my stomach issues and acne, and eventually I started intermittent fasting along with calorie counting. I really like fasting because it eliminated late-night snacking.
I’m usually never hungry in the morning anyway, so I’ll drink my coffee and then wait until noon to eat my first meal. I enjoy the idea of having a window of time I can eat.
#transformationtuesday and forever using this photo because it’s one of the few that actually shows how large I was. If you would’ve told me two years ago that I would’ve ran a half marathon and was now training to run a marathon in the near future I would’ve CACKLED. Me? The girl who sat in bed all day eating her emotions? The girl who couldn’t even hold her son for more than 5 minutes without being winded/ back in excruciating pain. Yeah right. But a bitch did just that ✌️ So, who’s laughing now 😇 . . . . . . . . . #transformation #weightlosstransformation #fitness #fit #fattofit #weightloss #beforeandafterweightloss #transformationchallenge #cico #caloriecounting #fitmom #momswhorun #postpartumfitness #runner #runningforweightloss #runningtransformation #weightlossmotivation
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Here’s what I eat in a day now:
Breakfast: I usually fast until noon, but I’ll enjoy some iced coffee or a protein shake if I’m hungry.
Lunch: Bag salad kits or flatbread wraps with turkey, Laughing Cow cheese, and romaine lettuce.
Don’t worry, be happy : ) My go to breakfast these days. On my weightloss journey I fasted until 12pm daily but now I try to focus on intuitive eating and I’m usually ready to eat by 11am most days! @daveskillerbread cinnamon raisin bagel, lite @smartbalance, cinnamon powder and stevia 😍🤤 The thing I love about smart balance, it that it’s salty so adding the stevia and cinnamon just balances it out so well. I added a banana this morning because my calves have been cramping. A little bit of potassium to help. I hope everyone has a great day today! . . . . . . . . #fitness #weightloss #weightlossjourney #foodstagram #healthyfood #healthybreakfast #cico #caloriecounting #healthylifestyle #foodphotography #weightlosscommunity
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Dinner: Turkey taco bowls (brown rice, 99 percent lean ground turkey, my made-from-scratch street corn, topped with guac or light sour cream).
Dessert: A heated up Quest cookie, topped with light Cool Whip and powder peanut butter sauce.
I started working out right away when I started my weight loss journey.
I tried picking up running, but it was really harsh on my knees and back. I ended up buying a cheap cycling machine off Amazon and would use it for 30 minutes a day for the first two months of my weight loss journey.
Then, I switched to running because it was less harsh on my body after losing 30 pounds. I got into running through an app called Couch To 5K, which taught me how to build my endurance, and I never looked back.
Yee, *and I can not stress this enough* fuckin haw. We are three weeks away from my second half marathon and I am not prepared whatsoever so here I am writing a post to hold myself accountable and say that I’m running 7 miles tomorrow 😅 I don’t give a fuck how or where, it’s just happening 🤷♀️ . . . . . . . . . . . #fitness #workout #fit #runner #runningmotivation #runningcommunity #halfmarathontraining #halfmarathonrunner #fattofit #runningmom #postpartumweightloss #weightlosscommunity #motivation #inspiration
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Now my typical week of exercise is usually four to six days of running. I love it so much. Three of those days are short runs for one to three miles followed by lower body strength training, upper body strength training, or core training.
These three changes helped me see the most noticeable results in my weight loss.
Change one: I started counting calories. This was the biggest factor for me. I realized the foods I was putting into my body were important and made me feel different ways. Most people tend to overestimate if they are not properly portioning.
Turkey chili!!! This my shit, this MY SHIT. 🤑 Recipe: 2lbs 99% lean ground turkey 3 cans rotel(I like to get the spicy kind) 1 can kidney beans 1 can tomato sauce 1 can white corn 3 tbsp hot Mexican chili powder 2tbsp cayenne pepper A shit load of red pepper flakes Black pepper 🤍🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤🤍 Brown turkey in a pan, add all the ingredients together in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours, or cook on low for 8 hours. Top with 1/4 cup fat free cheddar, lite sour cream and cilantro 🤤🤤🤤🤤 . . . . . . . #food #healthyfood #foodforweightloss #weightloss #health #chili #foodstagram
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Change two: I created a consistent routine. I started by working out at the same time every day. This made it a habit. You are more likely to do an activity when you get into a routine because we are creatures of habit. I know that I crave structure.
Change three: I took progress photos constantly. Sometimes the scale doesn’t always budge, and that can be disheartening. But inches really do show in those transformation photos! It kept me motivated.
This is for my people who have been bullied for their height, whether it be “too short” or “too tall”. In my own personal experience, I was 5’7 at 12 years old, I’m currently 5’8 lol. I was much taller than most and also much heavier. I felt huge, insecure. Even all throughout highschool I would try to make myself look shorter in pictures because I FELT LIKE BEING TALL MADE ME MASCULINE AND I HATE THAT I FELT THIS WAY!!! Being tall is sexy! Being short is sexy! Fuck that pressure to be perfect when We Literally Can Not Control Our Height 🤷♀️ Sorry, rant over lol. Also pls note my life ain’t perfect either; excuse the mess that is my sons room in the back 🤦♀️ . . . . . . . . #fitness #fit #workout #fitmom #tallgirl #bodypositivity #weightloss #runner #rant #goals #motivation #embraceyourself #fitgirl #inspiration #weightlosscommunity #fitnesscommunity
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In total, I lost 101 pounds in 14 months.
Losing weight gave me the confidence I never had but always should have had. I should’ve always believed in myself, but it took doing something as difficult as this to recognize my potential. Progress isn’t always linear and sometimes we have ups and downs, but the most important part is to keep pushing and stay strong. You've got this.
This morning I woke up to a 9k following. Not that the number really matters the most to me, but sometimes it does humble me to understand the platform I have created and the inspiration I give others. I’m sure through time, my personality has made people unfollow me. I am loud, unfiltered and some people might see that as bitchy. But I take a lot of responsibility in the information that goes through this community and how it makes it’s way to vulnerable crowds, which is why it seems like I ‘shit talk’ more than your average platform. I refuse to allow a 16 year old to believe that a rest day makes her lazy because she heard it from another influencer. I refuse to stand by idly while people who are already at turning points in their lives, are being told a healthy way to lose weight is cycling through binging and restricting. I will not stand for toxic diet culture bullshit and I will continue to call out the accounts that make you question your worth. You don’t need to join shitty, cult like workout programs. All you need is some accountability and some support along the way. I would’ve never imagined that in November 2018, I’d be looking back in 2020 remembering what it took to get here and how many of you have pushed me to be where I am today. I am forever grateful of the connections to you ive made, and the social media footprint I’ve created. I can not wait to continue inspiring, sharing my story, and shutting down toxic bullshit. Happy Sunday. ✨ . . . . . . . . . . #fitness #transformation #transformationjourney #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #cico #caloriedeficit #caloriecounting #fitmom #weightlossjourney #fit #fitfam #fitspo #runningforweightloss #runningmom #motivation #workout #runningcommunity #weightlosscommunity
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