Weight Loss Story: Jana lost 90 pounds. After having an active childhood, the stress of college led to unhealthy weight gain. Over the last 3 years, with healthy eating, regular exercise and a focus on lifestyle change, she has made tremendous progress. I love that she says, “Allow the goal of your journey to be health, not a number on the scale.” Check out what she shared with us…
My name is Jana and I wanted to share my story of triumph in an effort to inspire others! I began my journey in November of 2012, weighing in at 250 pounds. I stand 61 inches tall (5’1″), so weighing that much was taxing on my body. Growing up, I took dance lessons and was very in shape. I stayed around 130-140 pounds, but the stress of college along with not having any self control led me to an unhealthy weight. I began the Weight Watchers program in 2012, and was able to go from 250 pounds to 210 pounds, but couldn’t seem to get past the 210 lbs mark.
Flash forward to December of 2014, my weight spiked up from 210 lbs to 225 lbs and I was absolutely depressed. Knowing that at one point I’d been fit and healthy and now I had to live in a body that I was not comfortable in really took a toll on me. I decided that enough was enough and that I would not live another year overweight and unsatisfied. I began tracking macronutrients (carbs, fat and protein), and working out EVERYDAY. As of October 2015, I’m currently sitting at 160 pounds with dreams of one day competing in a NPC figure competition.
Through counting macros and flexible dieting, I was able to change my eating patterns. I’m in the gym six days a week. Two days are dedicated to cardio, the other four I weight train. It’s been the same routine since I started. My transformation has taken three years.
Through prayer, consistency, tenacity, and ambition, I’ve found a way to achieve my deepest desires when it comes to my health. I’m not even close to being finished on this journey, because I believe it is a lifelong process. However, I’m glad to be far from where I was this time last year. I pray my story inspires others.
The advice I have to share: Keep pressing forward. Slow and steady wins the race, so do not give up if your transformation appears to be moving slow. Work on developing a healthy and positive relationship with food. Allow the goal of your journey to be health, not a number on the scale.