05/20/2014 11:56 EDT | Updated 05/20/2014 11:59 EDT

Weight Lost: Woman Slims Down To 149 Pounds

Kavita Karina

WHO: Kavita Karia

AGE: 37

CITY: Vaughan, Ont.

By The Numbers: 191 at my heaviest, and currently 149, total weight loss of 43 pounds

The Weight Gain: I started gaining weight since I was eight and I was always fat growing up. Since childhood I've been on a yo-yo of different diets — none of them worked.

The Final Straw: I was desperate to lose weight and just needed someone to help me do it. My final straw happened when I topped the scale at over 190 pounds. I was so ashamed of myself. None of my clothes fit me and I looked like a big fat balloon.

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The Plan Of Attack: I saw this six-week challenge from a boot camp program called Go Girls Boot Camps on Facebook. The gym offered a trial class so I went. I met with personal trainer Dan Go on the first day and he explained everything I needed to know about the program. That day I decided to take up this challenge.

In less than five months, I managed to lose 42.6 lbs.

The Food Element: Go Girls Boot Camps gave me a special diet to follow during the program. They helped me make educated decisions on the food I ate. I started eating the right carbs after my workouts and ate healthier overall. The gym even helped me maintain a proper time schedule for eating meals.

I actually didn't have to cut any foods from my diet to lose weight. I just ate sensibly and at the right time. Learning to manage a routine was the hardest, and I had to cut my portion sizes of everything I ate as well.

The Exercise Factor: Before joining my boot camp, I had signed up at other gyms but never got myself to go. I was very lazy and never had a target. This time around was different because I had a goal in mind to reach 150 pounds. Now that I have achieved my target, I am working on get into my best shape ever.

Currently, I attend three to four boot camp sessions a week.

The Current Day-To-Day: These days I have a lot more energy and I am able to perform my daily tasks much better. I went from a size 14 dress size to a size six. My only regret is that I didn't start earlier.

My advice? Reach out and get the help you need. Having a solid plan and a team around you to make the weight loss journey much easier. I have to thank each and every trainer for helping me with my progress, and constantly motivating me to get out there and achieve it.

If there's one thing I can say is that if I can do it, anyone can!

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