This is the story of my 2 years on MFP.
It has been quite a journey!
5' 3''195lbs April 30, 2010 size 18 pants
I had just moved in with my boyfriend a month away from graduating from college and I was happy.
On Halloween 2010 I was walking through Wal-Mart and I casually glanced at a book called “Eat This Not That.” This book opened my eyes to how many calories I was consuming in a single day and how this was making me unhealthy. I bought the book and began to change my thinking about food and my body. I downloaded the MFP app and started logging my food.
In January 2011 I was in a friend’s wedding. I was at about 180lbs. I was feeling great! After seeing the pictures from the wedding I decided I needed to start working out.
At first I could only do about 20min on the elliptical. As my body got accustomed to being used I started walking on the treadmill. Eventually I decided I would try jogging. I got my first runner’s high! I was hooked. I was only running at 5mph but I was running!
April 30, 2011 170lbs size 14 pants
In July I changed my hair to match the new me and to celebrate winning the weight loss challenge at my gym!!
155lbs size 10 pants
In August, after winning the challenge, I hit a plateau. I started working out with a trainer and devoted myself, again, to eating right. My body just wouldn’t budge. I was happy with my body and the progress I had made so I stuck with it, knowing eventually things would start changing again.
In December I got engaged! (my ring size went down 1.5 sizes!!) This gave me something else to concentrate on instead of my plateau. The weight started coming off again!
The stress of wedding planning, having my gallbladder removed, and teaching summer school all caused the weight loss to stop again. I changed trainers and discovered a LOVE of lifting HEAVY and interval training! I didn’t lose or gain any weight before the wedding. We had a beautiful wedding on July 7, 2012. I have never felt more beautiful in my life!
After the excitement of the wedding, life was tough for me. I was unhappy in my job and that showed in my workouts and eating. Luckily, I discovered TurboFire and Shakeology. Through the combination of these 2 things I was able to break through my YEAR LONG plateau and finally lose the last 10lbs!
New Years Eve 2012 135lbs
I have completed 90 days of TurboFire and am now on day 50 of Insanity. I love watching my body change! I eat clean 80% of the time and have really made fitness a part of my lifestyle! I will be the first to admit that I have not been perfect on this journey. I still enjoy a burger and a beer almost once a week but I also understand that I am NOT on a diet. I made a life change and in order to stick to that change I can’t have any food off limits!
My advice for everyone starting out is that you need to love yourself first. You also need to do this for yourself. If you want to lose weight for anyone else it will not work. Don’t get discouraged after a bad day… it is just one day of the rest of your life. Use MFP and add friends! I am always open for new friends. I just ask that you write a message when you request friendship.
You can follow my journey on facebook at www.facebook.com/jennasfitjourney
May 10, 2013. 5'3''135lbs. size 6.