Transformation of the Day: Jazz lost 71 pounds. This 23 year old college student has been on her weight release journey for 5 years. Healthy eating habits and regular exercise brought her success after battling the pounds since childhood. She has developed such a love for fitness that she wants to make it her life’s work. Check out her journey.
Hello my name is Jazz and I am from Tipton, GA. I am a 23 year old college student attending Georgia Southwestern, majoring in Nursing. I am also on the cross country team.
Before all this awesome stuff, I struggled with my weight since the age of 12. The biggest I have every been was 211 pounds with high blood pressure. After I finished high school in 2011, I decided to lose weight. Once I started believing in myself, everything just fell into place. During this process, I exercised, ate smaller amounts of food and began enjoying life. This year, I reached 140 pounds at 5’8″. Now, I have a passion for running and exercising. I have done eight 5ks, three 10ks, and three 1/2 marathon.
I started off with vegetables, baked chicken and baked fish. I don’t eat anything fried. Now, I am learning to cook, because eating the same thing every day is boring. Before the diet, I use to love bread and cakes. Lol, the bread was my problem. Portion size was a struggle for me as well. I went cold turkey I gave up everything I loved to try something totally different… natural, healthy weight loss.
My dad got me a trainer and we worked out 5 days a week. After that, I became my own personal trainer. I would do strength training 3 days a week and abs everyday. I brought a treadmill. I remember that the first time I fell in love with running was during the 2012 Olympics. Now, I am running half marathons and training people.
When times I got hard I would ask God why I wasn’t losing the weight fast or quick. I had to learn the hard that everything is a process. So, when the scale won’t move I would analyze my meal plans and workouts. No matter what life throws at me I will never give up.
I have been on this journey for 5 years… Yes, 5 years! As I said, it is a process and coming from 211 lbs to 140 lbs with muscle is a blessing. The journey I have been on has been rocky but it’s all worth it. A young lady from a small town went to another small town and earned a place on the cross country team with a scholarship. I am all about girl power and embracing my beautiful sisters. My goal is to start my own fitness business, changing one healthy body at a time.
My advice is never give up on yourself. God didn’t give us the spirit of fear. Life is totally what you make it. Enjoy the process and slay your workouts. Losing weight is possible, but make sure you are making yourself happy first!