It wasn't until her junior year of college that Caroline realized how much her size was holding her back. As she stood in front of her peers for a business presentation, she was absolutely terrified. "I was so unsure of myself," Caroline says. "That's when it hit me: If I was ever going to be successful in my career, I had to gain confidence and be happy with who I am." That meant getting healthy.
Caroline began keeping a food diary. "I couldn't believe how quickly the calories added up," she says. So instead of a box of mac and cheese or a whole frozen pizza for dinner, she made zucchini "noodles" with turkey meatballs. Caroline also began going to her school gym, starting with two 30-minute elliptical sessions weekly and eventually working up to 90 minutes several times a week. "For the first few months, I made my roommates go with me, because I was embarrassed to work out next to the athletes and tiny cardio queens," she recalls.
Over the next year, Caroline worked toward her goal weight of 120 pounds. To mix things up at the gym, she started lifting weights, boxing and going to SoulCycle. "I'm confident in my career and have made so many friends in my fitness classes that I have a whole new support network," she says.
What Worked for Me
Slim snack: "I eat kale chips or Popchips when I want salty, crunchy food."
Top tunes: "My all Carly Rae Jepsen playlist is a bit corny, but her music is upbeat and fun."
My mantra: "An hour-long workout is only 4 percent of your day."
Dessert do: "Instead of eating Ben & Jerry's as a bedtime snack, now I treat myself to Arctic Zero, which has just 150 calories per pint."