Family Status: Single
Hometown: Bucyrus, Ohio
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 100 pounds and 62 inches!
Starting Weight: 330 pounds
Current Weight: 230 pounds
Jenna’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I’ve always been unhappy. I just have never made the full commitment to lose weight and I’ve always been making the best of it, until now.
What made you decide to lose weight?
June 2008. I came home from a college choir tour in Germany and I decided that I had enough and I was done living like that.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Eliminating all bad foods (junk foods, pop, etc). Adding copious amounts of exercise to my daily routine. Then Christmas of 2008, I became a vegetarian.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Getting past the fact that I had so much weight to lose and the concept of how long it was going to take to lose it, and to just keep going.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
By the time I went back to school in August of 2008, I had lost 30 pounds and I could see a huge difference. Throughout the summer I was wearing workout clothes and multiple layers, so it was harder to see results.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
A year. But it’s counting. I’m not done yet!
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
Eat healthy, keep exercising and keeping in mind the progress I have already made.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. I have my first boyfriend ever. I have more control because the control and discipline I needed for the weight loss, I have been able to use in other aspects of my life. I sleep better. I have more confidence. I am a vocal music major in college and my singing has improved. Most importantly, I have been able to inspire and help others
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s weight loss success stories are very inspirational.
Jenna’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Eat healthy. Eliminate bad foods but allow yourself something you crave every once in a while.
Weight loss tip #2:
Use portion control of what you do eat.
Weight loss tip #3:
Exercise every day. Whether it’s a walk around the block or actually going to the gym. Get something in every day.
Weight loss tip #4:
Make both short and long term goals!
Weight loss tip #5:
Display your progress and let the world know!
Jenna’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
I really don’t eat breakfast. I know this is awful, but between sleeping in later at home during the summer and then my school schedule, I just didn’t eat breakfast. But whenever I did, it was always fruit or a piece of toast.
Big salads with light dressing. A glass of water or milk. I always try to eat veggies and fruits as much as possible!
Same thing, veggies and fruit! Water, milk or a juice such as orange, cranberry and grapefruit.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Take healthy foods, like nuts or trail mix and measure out the actual serving size and then put them in baggies so you can grab them and go. I also am a fan of granola bars which you can find in 90 calorie bars! Fruit always makes a great snack. I always put the most emphasis on the snack in-between lunch and dinner to help keep my metabolism up in the afternoon.
Jenna’s Weight Loss Workouts!
Low weight, high reps! This is so important for me because not only have I lost a lot, but I have a lot yet to lose and I eventually want to bulk up, but I have to make sure I am trying to tone as much as possible too. I work all my muscle groups. I lift weights everyday.
I do about 30-35 minutes of cardio a day, 7 days a week. This includes elliptical, bikes (both traditional and stationary like the recumbent and upright bikes), treadmill, rower, stairmaster and swimming. Also when going to the store, park farther away from the entrance. Take the stairs (two at a time). If you are carrying boxes or moving things, make yourself make more trips.