Kathie Lee & Hoda: Joy’s Fit Club
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb introduce the newest member of The Joy Fit Club, Kimberly Treusdell who lost 116 pounds while going from 245 pounds to 129 pounds.
Kimberly Treusdell: Life Sentence To Be Fat
Kimberly Treusdell told Kathie Lee and Hoda she grew up in an obese family and four years ago decided to make some changes in her life and since then has lost 116 pounds. Treusdell said growing up with an obese mother and family, she believed it was her life sentence to be fat. She thought by accepting this it would ease the disappointment that came with lonely Friday nights and smother her insecurities. It instead paved a path of no responsibilities. She ate without abandon and rejected exercise. When the weight piled on, she blamed it on bad genes. In March 2009, her mother died. At 600 pounds, the doctor said it was the weight that killed her. As sad as she was, at the same time she was just as angry. Why didn’t her Mom take care of herself? Why didn’t her Mom try to lose the weight? But at the same time, she knew she couldn’t ask those questions because she was doing the same thing. She was not eating the right foods and not exercising.
Kimberly Treusdell: Weight Watchers
In July 2009, Kimberly Treusdell’s friend joined Weight Watchers. As she saw her friend drop the pounds, a month later Kimberly joined also. She benefited from the sense of accomplishment of making it through each week.
Joy Bauer: The Joy Fit Club
Kathie Lee and Hoda welcomed Joy Bauer, Today Show nutritionist and author of The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan and Inspiration, to the show to discuss how Kimberly did it. Joy said one of the most strategic things she did was brown bag her lunch. She saved calories and saved cash. Joy shared Kimberly’s three favorite sandwiches she likes to take with her to work. A Veggie Sandwich with Chipolte Spread for 235 calories, a California Roll-Inspired Wrap for 250 calories and Naked Turkey Roll-Ups for 165 calories for four of them. To not get bored with water, Kimberly used True Lemon packets. Joy said they are natural with no artificial sweeteners and no sugar and have zero calories.
Kimberly Treusdell: The Reveal
Kimberly Treusdell came out and looked amazing. Not only did she lose the weight, but also had a baby during the process and continued to lose after the baby. Kimberly said she needed something to give her that push and a lot of things came about that year, including her mother’s death. Kimberly will be doing her first marathon in October.