Jessica has gone from a size 20 to a size 14. She started out at 305 pounds and no longer tracks her progress with a scale. Her motivation was wanting to get healthy for the benefit of her children and husband. She put in the work and has started a fitness company to help others change their lives. Check out her story.
What was your motivation?
I have always been into fitness, and played basketball collegiality at a D1 university. Once I got pregnant with my twins, who will be 2 year old in September, I continued to exercise, but not like I should have. I tipped the scale at 305 pounds when I went in to the hospital to give birth to them at full term. Once I had the twins, I knew immediately that I needed to get back on track with eating healthy and being healthy for not only my newborn twins, but for my 7 year old daughter and my husband! I have already started my fitness company M-N-M Fitness, and now I’m gearing up to open my own fitness studio. I want to leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren, so this is what keeps me motivated to push harder each and everyday.
How did you change your eating habits?
My eating habits were never horrible. I knew what foods I could and could not eat. One of my friends, who is into bodybuilding, shared with me on her specific meal plan, when prepping for a show, and I tried it. It worked excellent and now I incorporate that plan into my normal lifestyle. I never get bored with my foods. I always look for different ways I can make chicken breast better. I did cut out junk food, such as chips and cookies. I also cut out my favorite soda, FANTA PINEAPPLE! I created my own plan that works for me, and now I have my clients on the same plan.
What did your workout routines look like?
My current workout routine consists of weight training and cardio. I workout everyday except Sunday. Sunday is dedicated to meal prepping for the upcoming week.
Starting weight/Current weight
I use 305 pounds as my starting weight. I honestly don’t know what my current weight is, because I don’t get on the scale. I started out in a size 20, post pregnancy, and now I wear a size 14. The scale can be very discouraging. My height is 6’1″.
How long did your transformation take?
I began exercising one week after having my twins, but wouldn’t hold true to my meal plan that I designed for myself. So, this current transformation began in December 2015 and is still going.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
The best advice that I would give is to find what works best for you and your lifestyle. Connect yourself with honest individuals who have a passion for helping others. There are a lot of people who use the weight loss world as a way to get money, and scam vulnerable overweight people. I talk with people everyday who were persuaded to try different products, but they weren’t given the proper tools to use in order for the products to work. It doesn’t matter how much money you spend on bootcamps or supplements. If you aren’t putting in the work in the kitchen and being active, NO product will work.