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Success Stories: Kelli Hykes

Director of Public Health Policy
Columbus Public Health


Kelli HykesAbout three years ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My body hurt and I was tired all the time. The medication I was given causes an insatiable appetite in a small number of patients. I was one of them. I knew that losing weight would relieve stress on my joints and help me feel better, but I kept gaining weight despite my best efforts. I had gained the bulk of my extra weight during an earlier health crisis, so I knew that I needed to do something drastic to keep this under control and avoid morbid obesity. Working closely with my doctors and seeking out specialists, I was able to craft an alternative treatment plan that allowed me to not only maintain my weight, but lose weight. About 18 months ago, as I began to feel better, I started walking further and further. I started out doing 3 miles, 4 days a week. I was soon up to walking 6 miles a day and it felt great. I began wogging (walking/jogging intervals) at 240 pounds. Pretty soon I was running 5 days a week and completing personal records in the Cap City Half Marathon and Columbus Half Marathon.  I have lost nearly 100 pounds. I am currently training for The Blue Ridge Mountain Half Marathon which has huge elevation changes and my first triathlon, as an adult, is this May. I fuel my body with a high protein, low carb diet. I drink water (and bourbon!), but ditched my diet coke habit. I haven’t had a fibro flare up in over a year. I feel amazing and want to push my body to experience all it can.