Transformation of the Day: Jenae lost 27 pounds by working out and eating for fuel instead of comfort. She is a full-time college student and an aspiring Jag officer. The catalyst for her transformation is that she needs to reach the height and weight requirements to join the Marines and pass the physical fitness test.
My name is Jenae. I am a full-time college student and an aspiring Jag officer for the United States Marine Corps. In September 2020, I decided that I wanted to join the United States Marine Corp. I was told that I was too heavy and need to lose weight to fit the height and weight requirements. I also was told that I needed to pass the physical fitness test.
I started my weight loss journey and began taking it seriously in December 2020. I decided to change my life and get on the right path to reach my goal. I went from 206 pounds to 179 pounds from January 2021 to April 2020 of this year. I have 14 more pounds to lose, but I am more determined than ever.
How did you change your eating habits?
In regards to eating, I made a lifestyle change. I did not do a specific diet. I noticed that certain foods like dairy, bread, salt, and sugar would make me really tired, bloated, and sluggish, so I stopped eating those foods. I listened to my body, and that’s when eating became easy.
I also looked at food completely differently. I learned that food is fuel, not comfort or for pleasure. I joined a 28-day challenge for accountability and to gain consistency.
What does your workout routine consist of? How often do you work out?
I work out every day. Monday through Friday, I do 30 minutes of cardio and 3-4 rounds of HIIT exercises. On Saturday and Sunday, I have an active rest day when I do only cardio for 30 minutes.
What is your height?
I am 5’6″
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that “Your goals DON’T care about your feelings.” Our feelings change all the time, but it is up to us to stick with it.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
One piece of advice I would give women who want to lose weight is to find consistency. Focus on being consistent and being there for yourself every day, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Weight loss is not hard. You can change your body and reach the goals you want if you are just consistent.