When we met Jessica aka @Jessk1991 on Instagram, her Curvespirational weight loss journey was awesome and inspiring – we just had to feature her healthy weight loss and body acceptance story! Don’t forget to follow her on http://instagram.com/jessk1991!
What moment or event started your weight loss journey?
It was about the month after my boyfriend and I split up. I was really quite down in dumps because of that plus sometimes my family are not exactly body positive. It was one particular day when my mother comments on how I looked and I was talking to one of my friend’s when he set me up with a beginning exercise program to try and get me a bit more happy with myself.
I don’t actually know what my starting weight was and don’t know what it is now. I don’t really go by weight I go more by how I look. Because I also do weights training as well as cardio weight changes are not as dramatic as physical ones. What I can tell you is I am down 3 dress sizes
What was your thought process that made you decide to lose weight?
It wasn’t really my thought process it was more my friend Shaun’s. He didn’t want to see me so upset about myself anymore so he made me do the exercises even when I sooked and complained. When I lost my first dress size I was very happy and proud of myself and that is what kept me driven.
I stay motivated through how my clothes fit and how I feel. When something I wear often starts getting loose keeps me motivated and proud. Its really the pride in myself that keeps me going. Also, my boyfriend and I got back together about 4 months later and he couldn’t believe how I looked and was so happy for me which has inspired him to try and get in to better shape too!
What would you say is the most important factor in your weight loss?
For me at the beginning it was actually getting moving that was the most important factor for weightloss but I think overall its a change in mindset that is the most important thing! Getting fit and losing weight is like giving up smoking, you have to be ready and willing to try and try again. its not a change in habits its a change in lifestyle! making time to exercise, make health conscious food decisions and providing a large amount of commitment to the cause… but also not getting upset if you lapse every now and then
I actually study full time and work 2 jobs so I don’t have a lot of time to prep food so I am on lite n easy. Its healthy choices so I don’t lapse all the time and make bad food decisions travelling between jobs like I use to. On the weekend I also cheat meals. Its important to not deprive yourself ALL the time. That is what will lead to a binge and then you will feel disappointed in yourself. You just have to do it in moderation. On the weekend, if my boyfriend wants to go out to dinner we go and I order whatever I feel like. I work hard during the week and I go to the gym 4-5 times a week and weightloss is a slow process, I think with how I work I am allowed to have something a bit naughty every now and then hahaha!
What is you exercise plan like? What keeps you motivated? I train legs on Mondays which involves lots of squats and lunges, Tuesday is back and chest with chin ups, low rows, chest press etc, Wednesday is arms so lots of dumbell raises and shoulder presses and on Thursdays I do Ab work. The weight routine takes about half hour and then I do 1 of 2 cardio routines afterward. I either do circuits of jump rope, burpees and interval training on the rower or I do half hour on the elliptical as I have a bad ankle and can not run on the treadmill without hurting it.
How do you feel about your curves now? I feel pretty great about my body. I have a long way to go still but I think I look pretty good and my boyfriend tells me how great I look all the time. sometimes I still have those ‘fat feeling’ days but they are few and far between now.