Denied Insurance, My Motivation to Lose 80 Pounds

Kacey Lauchnor

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Kacey Lauchnor

Age 24, Graphic Designer
Weight loss: 80 pounds

Kacey Lauchnor had always been overweight. From the time she was in grade school, she weighed noticeably more than her peers. It wasn’t until college that she decided to do something about it. Her diet of choice? Taking the hormone HCG. “I came across it because a lady at my mom’s work was selling it, so we decided to try it together,” remembers Kacey. “It was the worst thing I have ever done to myself.” Kacey recalls being a hormonal wreck and angry all the time while taking the shots and drops this two-month plan called for. While she did end up losing 20 pounds, she says would never do it again. “Even though I was down pounds, I wasn’t happy and didn’t feel good in my body,” she says.

Unsuccessful Attempt

Kacey turned to a popular weight loss program to try to maintain her slimmed-down self. However, the 20-year-old wasn’t familiar with proper nutrition. Spending a half-hour on the elliptical was all she knew when it came to working out as well. And before long, Kacey began to hate logging points and being limited to the program’s frozen meals, which left her still feeling hungry. “The prepackaged food [had] lots of preservatives,” says the then 210-pound college student. “It claimed to be healthy, but it wasn’t.” Nor was her guilty pleasure — devouring almost a full bag of Hershey’s kisses when cravings struck. Chocolate was her weakness.

New Journey, Old Habits

Kacey graduated and moved back home, where she got married to her now husband Joe. But as they began their life together, fitness and nutrition took the back burner. “I kept telling myself, ‘I’m not that fat. I’m not that bad yet. I don’t have to do anything yet,’” says Kacey, until a shocking rejection changed her outlook. The 23-year-old’s husband was denied life insurance on account of his weight. That was the moment Kacey knew she and her husband had to do something, as she topped the scales at 232 pounds.

A Clean Slate

One night while watching Hulu, soon after Kacey’s epiphany, a DailyBurn commercial caught her attention, and she decided to try the free trial to see what the program was all about. “I saw DailyBurn’s nutrition plan, and read all of the articles and watched the videos. The information just felt right,” said Kacey. “I told Joe this is what we’re doing and he was on board.” The following week, the couple set themselves up for success. Together they cleaned their pantry of all their favorite unhealthy foods. While they ended up giving most away, Kacey remembers eating the rest of it so it didn’t have to go to waste. “I felt so disgusted with myself and so sick that I knew this was the right decision and we were going to change.”

Watching Progress

After committing to DailyBurn’s nutrition plan and beginning Cardio Sculpt, Kacey was down 18 pounds. She’d dropped two inches from both her waist and hips, and she and her husband were feeling more energized from the meal plan. Eager to keep up her progress, she stuck with the nutrition plan and the Cardio Sculpt program, while reading Life by DailyBurn articles daily. In January, after finishing the three-month fitness program, Kacey weighed in at 198 pounds. She lost 32 pounds, 4.5 inches off her waist, and 5 inches off her hips and stomach. “At the beginning I was doing modified moves, but I was now getting stronger and faster and therefore thinner,” says Kacey. “‘Should I keep going?’ was never a question.”

Bettering Herself

Kacey’s ultimate goal was to complete the Inferno challenge (a 21-day high-intensity workout program) before an upcoming trip to Lake Powell, and had planned to start it in June. By the time the trip rolled around in July, Kacey had finished Inferno, Inferno HR (an even more advanced version with heart rate integration), and was three-fourths of the way through DBK (kettlebell training). Kacey bought DailyBurn Fuel-6 to make protein shakes on top of preparing her food for the week ahead with her husband. Together they cooked homemade meals, consisting of nutritious whole foods like fruits, vegetables, chicken and potatoes, and packed leftovers for lunch. “I remember that moment when I was eating and felt that, ‘You’re full!’ signal for the first time,” says Kacey. “I’d never felt that before and it felt amazing to listen to my body.” Plus, people who Kacey hadn’t seen in a few months kept telling her how great she looked and how some of them almost didn’t recognize her. Could you blame them? Kacey had dropped 80 pounds over the course of 10 months and weighed 152 now.

What the Future Holds

Weight isn’t Kacey’s concern anymore. In doing DailyBurn, the now 24-year-old has more specific personal goals, like correcting muscle imbalances so she is as strong on her left side with kettlebells as her right, and able to do pigeon pose on both sides. She’s also focusing on general physical preparedness — being able to do anything she’s asked to do, whether that’s running, backpacking or doing a handstand. Kacey has even taken up CrossFit, though she still comes home after an intense workout and recovers with DailyBurn Yoga or Mobility, she says. Kacey has learned that preparation is half the battle and that it’s what makes continuing so simple. “It’s not about your willpower; it’s about a plan,” she says. “If you set yourself up with a good plan and make smart decisions prior to the moment when you need them the most, healthy choices will be easy.”

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