Jessica lost 74 pounds Read Her Story πŸ‘‡

Jessica lost 74 pounds. She was embarrassed by her weight, and she developed high blood pressure and high cholesterol. In 2017, she adopted a low carb, high protein eating style, and committed to making fitness a top priority.

I’ve been on my fitness journey for some time now. It’s my greatest passion because it’s one of my biggest accomplishments. I’d never been overweight, and I always enjoyed working out. After getting pregnant with my son and developing poor eating and exercising habits, I found myself at 5’2″ and 220 pounds.

I was totally embarrassed by my weight. I developed high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and I knew I had to get back on track. I incorporated lots of cardio into my routine and quickly dropped weight, which brought back my confidence. However, I had a long way to go because my eating habits didn’t change much.

I started my journey in March 2017. I took the first step by committing to a 30-day meal change that included low carb, high protein meals, lots of water, and one cheat day a week.

I took before and after pictures (my recommendation to all women and men when you are not a fan of the scale), and my motivation was my health. I want to maintain optimal health and be better in shape for myself and my son.

I committed to at least 4-5 days of exercise and doubled up (working out two times a day) when I had the extra energy and time. I did mostly cardio in the beginning. (I always felt if I wasn’t sweating, I wasn’t working hard enough. It took about 2-3 months of consistency before I saw drastic changes and before other people noticed, lol.

Tell us more about how you changed your eating habits.

My diet is low carb, so I ate oatmeal, whole wheat foods, brown rice, and lots of protein. I eliminated sugar but gave myself one cheat day a week so that I wouldn’t overdo it. For example, if I had a cheat meal, I would still drink water. I wouldn’t add a high-calorie drink to my meal. If I had a cheat meal, my go-to would be something like a burrito, but I would still get it on a whole wheat wrap. I would indulge but not overindulge.

Tell us about your workout routine.

My go-to was always cardio, mostly on the treadmill and elliptical. After about two years, I started incorporating weights along with HIIT. I switched my cardio to mostly using the stairs and treadmill.

What is your current weight?

My current weight is 146 pounds. (the pandemic put me back a little) My lowest weight pre-pandemic was 136 pounds. I’ll be back there soon.

Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?

I did not have any surgeries.

What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned?

  • You only look as good as you feel, so do what you need to do to feel better. Exercise did that for me.
  • Always take before and after pictures to really see your progress.
  • Burning more calories than you consume is key.
  • Create realistic goals and stay committed.

What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?

  • In order to succeed and meet all your goals, I encourage women to make realistic plans for themselves. Don’t eliminate everything at once. Start with one thing that you know for a fact is hindering your weight loss goals and allow yourself to have it once or twice a week. After some time, you’ll find you can live without it.
  • Drink lots of water. Most people recommend a gallon, which is amazing but start drinking half your body weight in ounces.
  • Create little goals each week/month and build on that.
  • Always remember that the days you don’t want to workout are probably your BEST workout days.
  • Decide to get healthier not just for a special occasion but for a lifetime of having more energy, feeling more confident, improving your mental health, and breaking generational curses of poor health.

There are so many more reasons to stay healthy other than a desire to have a flat stomach, lol. Remember, what you put in is what you get out. Push yourself for optimal results.


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