Sunday, October 26, 2014

My 21 Months of Health & Fitness Update!

AFTER: 135 lbs - 80 Pounds Lighter!
(July 2014)
It's hard to believe that over 21 months has passed already, since I first pledged that my family and I would exercise daily and eat in a nutritious fashion.  Here is the first blog post I wrote about family health and fitness.  It was January 1st, 2013 when I had made that New Year's resolution, and I've not veered from that path since.  The result has been looking and feeling better, maintaining a healthy weight, and feeling pride in my accomplishment.  Yes, my children and husband have also been along for this fantastic journey, and they're all doing great too!

To date, I've maintained a weightloss of 80 lbs (was: 215 lbs, now: 135 lbs), maintained a 4-5 size loss (was: size 14, now: size 4-6), and I'm back to my old highschool size.  And this achievement comes from a mother of 5 young children with back-to-back pregnancies, so if I did it, so can you!  Oh, and did I mention that I embarked on my journey in my early 40s?

My approach has been simple: 1+ hour of exercise daily, regardless of which kind, regardless of the weather.  Moderation in food portion, cutting out all fast foods, making better choices at each and every meal, and extreme caution in regards to junk food.
BEFORE: 215 lbs
(December 2012)
Above is a photo of myself at 215lbs, my very heaviest.  It's hard to explain, but when I look at photos of my former self it's still hard for me to notice the extra 80 lbs somehow--I just was so used to my old body image.  It's strange how the extra pounds just sneak up on you, and they just go unnoticed.

Have you ever struggled with a weakness, like weight loss?  Did you ever overcome it, and were you successful?  

30 comments:

  1. thanks for the post. very inspiring to see a real person have real and healthy results.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Amazing Jenna! It has been incredible following along with your journey and you look fabulous :) How great that your kids will grow up living a fun and healthy lifestyle that will carry on into their adult years I'm sure. You're doing awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Brandi, I really appreciate your encouragement!

      Delete
  3. It's amazing what a little hard work and dedication can do' you look amazing! Go girl!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great job, I have been eating better for the last 4 months watching what I consume and prepping every meal ahead. I have lost 33 pounds so far. I started this new routine to just eat healthier and take better care of my body and the weight loss is a bonus. Seeing you and others do it gives me that extra boost. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Congratulations on your fantastic achievement!

      Delete
  5. WOW!! You look amazing. Way to go and thank you for sharing this journey so honestly with others, it'll no doubt be a huge motivator.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What an amazing way to lead by example!!! You look fabulous - since baby #3 has arrived I am going to try to get back into an exercise routine. I would love to get rid of my "mommy tummy" once and for all

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Katie! Does a "mommy tummy" ever go away? I'm still contemplating that mystery.

      Delete
  7. You look absolutely beautiful! Go Girl!

    ReplyDelete
  8. You look fantastic! Great to be able to keep it up.

    ReplyDelete
  9. You look great girl!! I know it's hard work.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Lookin' Fabulous! You are an inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow Jenna, you look AMAZING!!!! I've had a health scare not long ago, so I've been working with a nutritionist to help with a few things and am making slow but positive progress :) You are definitely an inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Jenna... you look amazing! Good for you. Almost unrecognizable in your picture. I like the moderate and simple approach you took towards your weight loss. It's amazing what you can achieve if you stick to a simple plan, eh? It's also great because you'll be able to keep this up in the long term too. I need to start something like this too now that I'm 8 weeks postpartum and not expecting any more kids. Thanks for the great tips. Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  13. You look amazing! I am inspired to get my butt in gear. xoxo Way to go.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Simply fabulous! You look amazing! Good for you for keeping up the momentum. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I know I need to do something as I have about an extra 10lbs to get off of my body. It doesn't seem like a lot but these last lbs seem to be the toughest to get off.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Congratulations on all your hard work and putting your health first. You look great on the outside and I hope you feel just as great on the inside.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

    ReplyDelete
  16. Awesome job Jenna! You look amazing ��

    ReplyDelete
  17. Congratulations, you look amazing. Thanks for the motivation, I have recently had my 4th and last baby and although not fully ready to get into a full workout regime as of yet, I do want to start eating more healthily.

    ReplyDelete
  18. You look amazing! Congrats to you! I find that in the Winter, I don't stay as motivated, which come Spring... I regret. I really need to take your advice and not let weather hinder me.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I have been up and down with my weight, but it's a constant struggle and I've never been able to stay slim for any decent length of time. Congrats to you on your success.

    ReplyDelete
  20. So inspiring!!!! Thanks for sharing your story. Y

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm working on my own weight loss right now, it's going fairly well but I still have a ways to go. THanks for the inspiration!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...