"I never thought I'd be where I am today, and I thank Jillian Michaels for motivating me to take control of my life and find the real me!"
Weight was never something I had to struggle with as a child or as a teen. In fact, I didn’t start gaining weight until after I got married and, especially, after the birth of my two children. When I was about to turn 30, I saw a picture of myself that both amazed and disgusted me. At 206 pounds, I was the heaviest I had ever been.
I knew I didn’t want to live like that. So I made a promise to myself: Before I turned 30, I was going to turn my life around and make this “mom thing” look good. It was the least I could do for myself. Right away, I modified my diet and began eating healthier (a lot of lean protein and veggies) and practicing portion control. As beneficial a change as I knew this was, maintaining interest was more difficult than I had imagined. That’s when I discovered Jillian. I began watching The Biggest Loser, and I loved her no-nonsense, get-in-there-and-get-the-job-done approach. With her DVD sets, I started exercising three days a week, alternating workouts every other day for one hour. On top of that, I went on a 20-minute jog two to four evenings a week.
After a year of training with the DVD series and practicing healthy eating, I am now down to 131 pounds — my goal weight had actually been 145!* Friends and family are raving about my transformation, complimenting me on how strong and muscular I look. Not only am I absolutely thrilled about what others are saying, but losing the excess weight has helped me gain an amazing amount of confidence in myself. I feel that I look great, and others around me are getting motivated to work out because they can see my results. On top of all this, I used to have some joint pain that's virtually gone now that the weight is gone. My strength and endurance have increased tremendously, and I'm sleeping better!
Looking back, I never thought I’d be where I am today, and I have Jillian Michaels to thank for motivating me to take control of my life and discover the real me that had been hiding for so long!
Activities now: Before I found Jillian’s program, my attitude about exercising used to be “What activities can I find that I can actually do?” Now it’s “What CAN’T I do?” My body started to change, and I started to get the urge and had the NEED to exercise, which kept me going. I can’t imagine spending another day sedentary!
Best compliment: Probably the best compliment I have gotten is when others say they are motivated by my success, because they can see my results. I think every woman I know has gone out and bought Jillian’s DVDs after seeing my transformation. I am now in the BEST shape of my LIFE!
Advice for others: Losing weight isn’t just dieting or going to the gym once in a while. It’s a lifestyle change. You have to want to do it and commit to it. If you can get past the first two to four weeks of the change in diet and activity level, then you are home free. You’ll be developing healthy habits all around, and your rise in confidence level, one of the most important things you can gain from Jillian’s program, will only propel you forward to a better you!
*Participants can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.