FEATURE FRIDAY

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    Jenn has an incredible Take Shape for Life success story.  And, not only is she beautiful on the outside, she’s a genuinely nice person, too.  Jenn started the program on June 6, 2009 and weighed 334 pounds. She lost a total of 197 pounds taking her to 137 {in 15 months}. She’s since added 10 pounds of muscle to that frame and weighs 147. She has a 21% body fat composition!

    Here’s what Jenn told me about her journey:

    1. How has your relationship with your husband & kids changed since losing the weight?
    “My relationship with my husband Trey has changed dramatically. I was much heavier than Trey was and in my opinion I had worse habits than he did. So, before we went on plan I didn’t want to do anything that Trey wanted to do that was active. Even hiking was not enjoyable for me. Being outside in the summer was my own personal hell. With my daughter, Ava I just wanted her to sleep, lay still on the floor or sit quietly in her chair. All because my energy level was so massively low. Now all I want to do with either Trey or Ava is go do stuff. Anything. Everything. I want to go to the park and fly a kite, go on a short hike, go on a walk, do yard work, camp, etc. Anything that is active and together with them is just pure enjoyment.”

     

    2. What is a day in the life like now, versus then?

    “Before going on plan my day was the following: hit the snooze button 5 times before waking up, lugging my obese body out of bed, shuffle to the bathroom to start my shower, dreading the shower because even that required energy output, drying my extra long hair, dreading drying my hair because of the time and energy it took, dressing, eating breakfast which was normally toast with cinnamon sugar on it or eggo’s (you could have just hooked me up to an IV of high fructose corn syrup), getting Ava ready to get out the door and to daycare, taking Ava to daycare or going straight to the office, on the way to the office or a client’s office I would of course stop at McDonald’s or Burger King or something of the like to have another breakfast, buying a bag of pretzels or chips to snack through the morning, looking forward to lunch, buying lunch at a fast food place (take your pick on which one I would go to), buying something else for snacking on during the afternoon which was normally chips or chocolate and highly processed, looking forward to dinner, picking something else up to eat on the way home, greeting the family at the homestead, deciding with Trey on what to have for dinner, watch TV with the family, get Ava ready for bed, finally put Ava to bed with much irritation normally (because at this point in the day I was just simply exhausted), go to the kitchen to gorge on something that would allow me to feel better about my physical un-well being and then pass out on the couch. The important part to note on this is that during my days all I would do is think about my next meal, what I was going to eat, where I was going to eat and most shamefully was how I was going to hide what I was eating from my husband and eventually my daughter. I didn’t want Ava to get my habits of disease but I couldn’t stop the habits of disease either.”

     

    3. Favorite NOW Food?

    “My favorite healthy food would have to be a grilled chicken salad. I know it sounds boring, but a good chicken salad always lifts my spirits.”

     

    4. Tell a bit about your recent awesome adventure {Wild Canyon Games}.

    “Wild Canyon Games was an amazing event that I could write about for the next year. So many amazing moments that run through my head as I sit and think about the weekend. I would have to say the most amazing moment for me was when I made it up the last half of communication hill. And for anyone who knows what that is like you can put yourself in my shoes. For the rest of you the last half of communication hill is ¼ mile with an elevation change of 1,000 feet. There are times when I was walking at a 45 degree incline. It was rough. It was hard. I was tired. My lungs hurt. And through all of that I was exhilarated. I was exhilarated because my body was ABLE to do the things I asked of it. My body was able to walk the first section of communication hill. My body was able to run/walk the second half of communication hill. My body was able to walk down the whole hill. My body was able to run to where my husband was waiting to start his section of the relay race. My body was able to cry on my husband’s shoulder because I had accomplished something that I was extremely proud of. My body was able.

     

    5. What is your favorite place/thing/device/motivator that helps you stay in shape now?

    “My motivator is Ava. She literally is a my little health coach. If I am eating something too fast she tells me. If I am thinking of choosing a food that should be a sometimes food she asks me about it and she asks if I am making the healthy decision. I watch Ava at school, at the park, with her friends and her health motivates me to make sure she doesn’t learn any habits of disease from me.”

     

    This is a VIDEO of Jenn’s story that is so inspiring & worth the 4 minutes it takes to watch it.  Way to go on reaching your goals Jenn and for continuing your journey to ultra-health!  You are amazing!

     

    *Results will Vary.

     

COMMENTS

7 Responses to Feature Friday

  • Cheri Salberg wrote on June 24, 2011 at 10:57 // Reply

    This is my daughter and I am very proud of her. She is a new person and I have prayed for a long time that she would be able to lose weight and take the strain off of her body that was causing her to not be able to stay healthy. I was not prepared for the program that helped her, but I was very grateful for it when I saw the difference it made in her. I lost some weight on this program before I had some surgery and then at the time of my surgery I was told to eat fruit and I have not really stayed on plan since. I gained some back, however I am still better off than I was before. She was my inspiration.

  • Tami Peterson wrote on June 24, 2011 at 1:43 // Reply

    One word…WOW! I honestly got goosebumps listening to her tell her story on the video. SO inspiring! What a gift she’s giving to not only herself, but also to her husband and little girl.
    I want to meet her.
    Today. :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Brandi Atkins wrote on June 24, 2011 at 3:09 // Reply

    Wow Jenn! This is amazing! You’re story of triumph is so inspiring to me!

  • Jessica wrote on June 24, 2011 at 7:29 // Reply

    Wow is right! I have known this amazing woman for 12+ years and she is truly an inspiration. I am so proud to see where her Road to Health has taken her. You Rock TB.

  • Kris wrote on June 25, 2011 at 12:56 // Reply

    So inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

    Kris
    http://www.simplyflabuloss.blogspot.com/

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