SUCCESS STORY / Kris Millsaps, 31: From 287 pounds to 200 pounds

In the photo on the left, taken in April 2019, Kris Millsaps weighed 287 pounds. In the photo on the right, taken this past April, he weighed 200 pounds. (Photos courtesy of Kris Millsaps)
In the photo on the left, taken in April 2019, Kris Millsaps weighed 287 pounds. In the photo on the right, taken this past April, he weighed 200 pounds. (Photos courtesy of Kris Millsaps)

Kris Millsaps, 31, of Brookhaven lost 87 pounds

Former weight: 287 poundss

Current weight: 200 pounds

Total Pounds lost: 87 pounds

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Age: 31 years old

How long you’ve kept it off: “I started March 1 and reached my goal weight Aug. 11,” Millsaps said.

Personal life: “I currently live in Brookhaven. ... I am single and enjoy the little moments that I can spend time with friends. ... I have been a store manager for DSW for the last seven years," Millsaps said. "I recently went back to school to finish my bachelor’s degree. I will graduate February 2021 with a bachelor’s in business administration and a minor in organizational leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.”

Turning point: “This recent pandemic had a funny way of putting things into perspective. It was time to focus on myself. I was tired. I wasn’t sleeping, and my stress levels were through the roof. I had enough," Millsaps said. "The significant moment was when my clothes did not fit. I was popping buttons in an XXL. That was when I knew something had to change. I reached out to Nancy Masoud, metabolic specialist with LockedIN Wellness because I have tried everything else. Why not give this a shot?”

Diet plan: Breakfast is egg whites with spinach. Lunch and dinner are protein and two cups of vegetables. He snacks twice daily on high-fiber fruit.

Exercise routine: “I did not exercise during this weight-loss period; however, I normally walk 8 to 10 miles a day at work at an average of 18,000 steps a day," Millsaps said. “... Now that I have lost the weight, my goal has shifted to exercise and overall fitness, specifically toning. I have signed up for Orange Theory and am taking classes twice a week.”

Biggest challenge: “My biggest challenge was curbing my sweet tooth. I love cookies and gummy bears," he said. “It was hard for the first two weeks, then after that, I found that I can get sweets from other items such as a strawberry.”

How life has changed: “I feel that I am getting more attention in the form of compliments and social encounters. I also had to invest in an entire new wardrobe. Having gone from an XXL to a medium and a size 40 pant to a size 32," Millsaps said. "Friendships have stayed the same. I have an awesome support system that has encouraged me along the way. However, I find that I am getting more attention in the dating realm. I’m excited to see what the future will hold there.”

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