Farrah Kabariti was not always the vibrant mother she is today. After the birth of her second daughter, Kabariti struggled with pain, depression, a weight that tipped the scales at 285 pounds and the possibilities of heart disease and diabetes. “For a few years I was having a lot of heartburn pain,” she says. “I was so frightened that the doctor was going to reveal to me that I had diabetes or heart disease. It runs in my family. Everything turned out to be okay but he said to me, ‘you need to lose weight for this to go away.’” It was that medical scare that got Farrah Kabariti off the couch and finally moving.

Kabariti says she started off slowly, doing Biggest Loser DVDs and changing her eating habits. Six months later, she decided to join a gym. She says in order to stay on track, she would plan her workouts a week in advance, and often wake up an hour earlier than usual to assure that her workout was done before the day began. These days her workouts consist of running and yoga three times a week and weight training two days a week. Kabariti’s diet consists of two egg whites and green tea before her morning starts, then later after the troops are up and moving, she’ll sit herself down for some steel cut oats with strawberries or blueberries, almonds and cinnamon. Her post-workout snack is usually a protein shake with a half banana, chia seeds, cinnamon and almond milk. Lunch rotates between quinoa pasta and veggies or grilled salmon with soup, and dinner is usually a large salad.

Kabariti says she stays motivated by focusing on things one day at a time and the knowledge that each day she is getting stronger and leaner. She also reads Oxygen magazine and says that the featured stories keep her inspired, and the variation of workout ideas keep her from getting bored. Aside from a better checkup at the doctor’s office, Kabariti says that trying on new clothes is another amazing perk to being in shape. She also credits her new body for giving her the energy to keep up with her two daughters.

Farrah after her weight loss

While Farrah may already be a brand new person physically speaking, she still has several goals to achieve. Her dream for the future is to become a personal trainer and share her knowledge and passion with others. She currently hosts a blog that details her weight loss journey and says she feels her best when she is helping and inspiring others. Kabariti relates to other moms out there struggling to lose weight and get motivated, and says, “The getting started part is the hardest; once you have been doing it for a few weeks it will become natural.” She suggests changing up your workout routine every few months to avoid plateaus and boredom and trying workout DVDs if you find yourself intimidated by the gym environment. Her favorite picks are collections from Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels.

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