We all do things not for our own sake but for the sake of our children. Here is a story of how a mom loses weight just to inspire and make her daughter admire and be proud of her. Kassidy Linde had reached 260 lbs. when she completely lost her self-confidence.
“It got to the point that whenever I would look in the mirror, I wasn’t able to find anything beautiful about myself,” Linde, 25, tells PEOPLE. “That’s a devastating feeling. I have an 18-month-old daughter, and I would feel terrible if she ever felt this way about herself. I wanted her to look up to me and admire me, so I changed myself.”
Before the Cheyenne, Wyoming, gym employee decided to get on a healthy path, her diet was a self-described “nightmare.”
“I was always drinking, smoking and eating out, and ate nothing more than junk,” says Linde. “I obviously knew what I was eating was unhealthy, but I didn’t have the will to change. There was even a time that I went to a fast food restaurant and ate in the parking lot because I was ashamed.”
After reaching her turning point, Linde eliminated unhealthy foods from her diet and began doing cardio three to five days a week.
“I quit making excuses,” she says. “I started researching, meal prepping and working out. I started drinking a gallon of water a day, and prepping chicken, rice and veggies every Sunday.”
The new mom hit a bump in the road when she began experiencing pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints.
“It’s extremely hard to stay active while dealing with arthritis,” she says. “I struggle every single day, whether it be with the actual pain or the worry about what if the pain is worse tomorrow. I’ll be mid-workout, and literally feel like I am being stabbed and have to stop. But instead of throwing a fit and storming out, I get up, move to a different exercise, and keep going.”
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