My name is Jennifer, but everyone simply calls me Jen. I am 24 years old & I hail from the great state of Texas. Deep South Texas to be precise. I haven’t always been this open about my health & fitness journey, but I’m ready to get candid with the people of the internet and share my story. I want everyone to see that anything is possible when you set your mind to it. If I can do it, so can you! So, let’s get started!
Here’s some basics on myself & an insight into what’s to come in future posts:
- I began my latest fitness journey in January 2016. My boyfriend had become a distributor for Advocare and encouraged me to join him. It is because of him that I am still as motivated as I am today. He has been and continues to be my biggest fan.
- At my heaviest, which was at some point in late 2015, I was weighing nearly 365 pounds. That’s extremely embarrassing and seemingly impossible. People I’ve shared that with will often say, “there’s no way you weighed that much,” but alas, do not let my 5’9″ stature fool you, I really was quite heavy.
- At my lightest, post-Advocare, I weighed around 270. I’m not quite there anymore, as life (and stress eating) hit me like a train, but I’m definitely trying to get my numbers down again!
- I am currently a Black Card Member at Planet Fitness. I try to hit the gym 3-4 times a week for at least an hour. My workouts will almost always begin with cardio (treadmill and/or bike) and then follow with machines. However, lately, I have found myself really digging the PF360 area of the gym, where I’ve found a new love for battle ropes and suspension training (but more on that in a later post).
- One of the most condescending (and downright rude) things I’ve had told to me is how it’s “a miracle” a don’t have diabetes and high blood pressure, you know, “because you’re a big girl.” First of all, diabetes and high blood pressure do not discriminate. Not every overweight/obese person has these conditions, nor are they exclusive to heavier people.
- You’re gonna see me use the word “fat” a lot, especially in describing myself. Please don’t ever tell me I’m not because I am, and I’m not using it as a derogatory term. Fat isn’t a bad word, my body is literally a whole lot of fat. I’m working on it. (Side note: I didn’t say I was ugly, so don’t even try to follow up with, “no, you’re beautiful!” because one, I know I am, and two, I can be both fat and beautiful.
- Last, but not least: I’m here for fun. I’m not getting paid for this. Anything I say here should not and does not reflect anything other then the God-honest truth of my own opinions. Don’t take it too seriously, y’all. I’m just here to express myself the best way I know how: writing.
I hope y’all enjoy this blog as much as I know I’ll enjoy the writing process. My next post will document the inspiration for the blog & how I’m slowly getting over my fears to pursue my goals!