Kaminski says she lost a total of 40 pounds since 2015.
“But it’s a slow process,” she acknowledged. “You can’t do everything at once because, if you do, then your body is going to crash.”
Before you completely change your diet or dive into an intense exercise regimen, she recommends easing your way into a slow and steady routine. For example, begin with slowly eliminating the most unhealthy foods from your diet, like soda, she says.
After her injuries healed, the sergeant eased her way into a five day-a-week 30 minute, nonstop cardio routine. Once her body adjusted to the cardio, she says, she slowly introduced weight lifting into her routine. Then she gradually began power lifting, she says.
“Space things out and take it one thing at a time,” Kaminski advises.
In June, the sergeant proudly completed the military’s 25K Ruck March, a march that required her to carry 25 lbs on their back across a grueling 15 mile stretch. She describes it as her biggest accomplishment.
While the she still deals with chronic leg pain, she says she feels “awesome,” but acknowledges that some days are a lot harder than others.
“Some days I don’t want to work out, but then I look back and I think about how miserable I used to be sitting on the couch and not be able to do anything,” Kaminski recalls, “and it wasn’t easy to get up and be like ‘Alright, this is it.’”