What was your starting weight? What weight are you at now?
Probably around 260# at my heaviest and I have lost 35 pounds and 28″ so far! I have donated three huge garbage bags full of size 18 clothes and now am wearing (snug – but they zip dammit!) size 12s!! My ultimate goal is to lose 100 pounds by my 27th birthday, which is March 17th, 2014. I am on track to be in “Onederland” by my favorite weekend of the year, affectionately titled “Labor DAVE Weekend” because all of my closest girlfriends go see the Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge in George, WA. For me, it is not about the number on the scale – it is about achieving ultimate health and living my life to the fullest while I am blessed enough to be on this beautiful Earth.
What was your thought process that made you decide to lose weight?
I had recently been through a lot of heartache and emotional strain the previous year prior to deciding to live a healthier lifestyle. I remember looking in the bathroom mirror in my apartment and really noticing that I had allowed myself to grow to a size that I had never experienced before. Specifically in my face, back and stomach areas; I was always uncomfortable and my knees were always in pain. Most importantly, for me, it was my self – love and esteem that needed the biggest makeover.
How did you stay motivated?
I recommitted to Weight Watchers and started working out with spin classes, elliptical and jogging at a local YMCA (support your local community connections!) I lost about 10 pounds by February – it was a start! I didn’t really like all the calorie conversion to the PointsPlus system, it just was too much for me to keep track of. By early March, my cousin Cindy was doing really cool things as a BeachBody coach and had invited me to join a Challenge Group a few times prior to late February. I had purchased a Challenge Pack which includes a workout DVD series at home and Shakeology, which is a healthy daily dose of nutrients that I substituted one meal a day for. I signed up as a BeachBody Coach so I could make the workouts and meal replacement the most affordable (your health is priceless – yet a bit spendy sometimes!) I remember the day I committed. March 4th, 2013. I was instantly hooked. I did the Les Mills Combat 60 Day Workout Challenge and that was where I saw the biggest difference not only in my body, but also in my self – respect. I remember pushing so hard through one workout that I started to cry, not from pain or frustration, yet from pure happiness that I was DOMINATING that workout! I felt so proud and truly joyous that my inner athlete was starting to return.
What would you say is the most important factor in your weight loss?
For me, it is loving yourself enough to believe that YOU can do anything you put your mind to and also that you are WORTH it! We deserve to take care of our health – from mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. When we allow ourselves the opportunity to believe that we can accomplish our health and fitness goals, the sky is the limit! Since I have made the decision to live a healthier lifestyle, I am so much more happy and definitely have seen an improvement in how I treat myself as well as how I allow others to treat me too.
Describe the diet or healthy eating plan you’re following. Do you allow cheat days?
I haven’t really eliminated anything from my diet except replacing one meal a day with Shakeology – it helps reduce my carb/sugar cravings and is the most notorious meal of my day. I would say that the biggest fight with weigh tloss is in fact in the kitchen. Portion control, listening to your body and drinking LOTS of water! Heck yes I allow myself to let loose once in awhile! I love my cheesburgers (usually veggie or turkey now though and if I’m feeling particularly healthy I will ask for a lettuce-style wrapped bun!) and a good beer (….or three!) Counting every calorie has never been something I have been successful at – so you know what? I focus on what I AM good at! Hold yourself accountable to knowing the healthy options and quit hating on yourself when you satisfy a craving. Instead of the roll, reach for a vegetable instead! If you’re still hungry, enjoy the roll but use less butter! See? Balance is beautiful, strictness is a sickness people!!
What is you exercise plan like? What keeps you motivated?
I am extremely uncoordinated. Oh my you should see me workout with these BeachBody videos – thank goodness I can do them in my living room! I fell in love with Les Mills Combat, which is a mixture of six martial art styles and HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts! Where I used to reward myself with dinner and drinks (WAYYYY too much might I add!) instead I now purchase a new fitness program when I have achieve a goal. My new workout that I started this morning is Shaun T’s FOCUS T25 – and oh my! Does that man keep me humble with my dance skills!
How do you feel about your curves now?
Empowered. It is SO MUCH FUN to shop out of your own closet again! I’m wearing pieces that I love yet haven’t had a chance to say hello to for about two years! The absolute BEST decision I have ever made in my life is to take control of my health before I reach my 30′s. Say it with me ladies – “This is MY time to make the rest of my life the BEST of my life!!” P.S. If anyone is interested in joining a BeachBody Challlenge group, I lead them monthly and you can reach out to me via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GorJessHealthFitness or email me at email@example.com