We love sharing true weight loss stories, and do so as often as we can. Each one is truly inspiring and can always connect with so many of us on so many different levels. It’s hard not to see ourselves in the faces, trials, and successes of each of these individuals.
It’s not often, though, that we get to catch a weight loss story in the act, and we’re excited to do that with Jennifer S. from Wichita, KS. I met Jennifer earlier this year and, like most people, was instantly drawn to her larger than life charisma and personality. Not long after we met, I started seeing her posts on Twitter mention how many calories she’d had in a meal or photos of slimmed down meals. She was trying to lose weight, and going about it in a healthy way.
“I just started eating differently,” she said. With that, her weight loss journey begun at 301 pounds this past February. Today, she’s down 30 pounds weighing in at 270 pounds. As for a goal on the scale, she doesn’t have one. Her attitude there is pretty balanced.
“I just want to be able to be active and play in league sports (like I did in high school) if I want to,” she told me. Jennifer is also looking forward to getting off of her meds for high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
When I learned of Jennifer’s weight loss goals this past spring, I knew I wanted to support and champion her journey. But I knew my Tweets would only go so far. That’s when I decided to do something that would help both of us out!
We received Jillian Michaels’ BodyMedia arm band and her new Body Revolution 12-DVD series. I decided to put both of those tools to a true test and invited Jennifer to try them, provided she shared her progress and opinions with us. And that’s what she’s doing!
She went ahead and started using BodyMedia about a month ago, prior to a partial knee replacement, as she managed her calories despite being medically restricted from fitness.
“The set-up was easy, just plug-and-go,” she told us about getting started. The only real problem with the band was the size. She said it “barely fit” and for anyone any larger than her they wouldn’t likely be able to wear it.
She likes how the pedometer feature records her step. She stays on her feet most of the day working in a juvenile group home. “I feel busy all the time,” she said, and she was pleased when the BodyMedia confirmed how little sedentary time she gets at work. Her goal via BodyMedia was to walk 5,000 steps in a day, and she goes well over that, as well as over her calorie burn goal.
Now that she’s cleared, Jennifer is ready to dig in to the Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution DVDs. We warned her that a serious butt kicking was headed her way, but that it would be totally worth it! She seemed excited to take on the program.
We’ll be checking in with Jennifer as she takes on Body Revolution, continues to manage her weight loss with BodyMedia, and keeps us posted on her positive progress!
While BodyMedia and Jillian Michaels provided sample product, DietsInReview.com nor Jennifer S. are paid for reviews nor endorsements. The opinions written here remain our own.
August 28th, 2012