Friday, July 13, 2012

Dedication: Jenna's Story

Or, putting to shame the idea that you'll never lose the weight! 

Jenna is not just a success story. She, like myself and many women I know, struggled with her weight. She ate healthy, worked hard in the gym, and had a full time job with lots of other responsibilities. However, the weight just didn't seem to budge from her hips and thighs. I could relate- I have definitely been there. 

Let me give a quick background story: 

I have known Jenna since I was a kid- our families spent holidays and vacations together, and I have some embarrassing photos hidden away in albums of she and I on Halloween dressed as a Care Bear and Minnie Mouse.  Since then, we’ve both grown up and gone our separate ways, but always stayed in touch. Jenna recently became engaged,  and when I heard the news I wanted to congratulate her.

Like most brides-to-be, Jenna had hopes of looking gorgeous on her wedding day. Like most women in their twenties, she was struggling with weight loss and achieving the physique of fitness models on the covers of magazines. She felt like she had tried everything, and was still not seeing results. She made a comment that I have said myself, and have heard MANY women say to me over the years:  “No matter what I do I can’t get this fat off. I guess I have to accept it.”

It was during this conversation, back in February 2012, that I encouraged Jenna try to a different approach to her fitness goals. With her wedding coming up in 6 months, and having tried all other avenues of weight loss, Jenna had nothing to lose. Since she was a longtime family friend, I guided her in the direction of a fitness and nutrition plan that I had followed and saw great success with. I showed her my progress pictures from the last 4 months. Jenna was on board.

My progress over 4 months I showed to Jenna

Over the next few months, I monitored Jenna’s progress and gave her guidance. But this needs to be said- it was ALL HER. That girl gave her heart. And working full time in the medical field, along with working weekends, she put to shame the lame excuse of “I don’t have any time to get into shape!”

Jenna ate and exercised exactly as I prescribed- she gave 100%, and then some. I monitored her body fat – and cheered her on as she dropped steadily from 23% body fat to 18% in 5 months. And she LOOKS FANTASTIC – See for yourself: 

Pictures from left to right show Jenna's progression over 5 months losing 5% body fat: she started at 23% on the left, and is a solid 18% on the farthest right. 

In my mind, Jenna's story gives credence to the idea that CLEAN EATING, TRAINING HARD AND DEDICATION will give you results. Some people just need a game plan, but not everyone follows the instructions. The path is clear- many women have traveled it, myself and Jenna included, and walk away feeling and looking great. 

Congrats on your wedding, Jenna! You look beautiful :) 

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