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After Losing 200 Pounds, She Feels Invincible

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Jessica Whitehead’s weight used to keep her back from playing sports. Now she’s half her size and knows she can do anything she puts her mind to

Jessica Whitehead, 41
Director of sales for a technology company, Cheshire, CT
Before: 345 lbs
After: 145 lbs

Jessica Whitehead was never one to pass up a good time—especially if food was involved. For years she met friends every night for dinner, ordering the largest sizes and every add-on: extra cheese on her pizza, extra mayo on her overstuffed sandwiches, and a side of chips or fries with her meal.

“Eating big and trying everything was symbolic of success and living my life fully—I literally ‘lived large,'” she says. But if someone asked her to play volleyball or go skiing, Jessica, 5’5″, always opted out because she feared her weight—which peaked at 345 pounds at age 36—would prevent her from participating. “I was embarrassed. I felt as if I couldn’t do those things.”

The Change
In July 2005, Jessica’s luggage was lost on a trip to France. For two days, she shopped for clothes to wear on the vacation, but it quickly became clear that none of the stores carried size 32. An entire country doesn’t even acknowledge people like me; they don’t believe people my size exist, she remembers thinking. Finally comprehending her unhealthy condition, Jessica resolved to lose weight when she returned to the States.

The Lifestyle
Back home, Jessica traded her excessive eating habits for a high-protein diet, and she began reading food labels and learning portion control. She eventually joined a gym and hired a trainer, who created a program that blended cardio and circuit training. Six days a week, she walked or ran the mile and a half from her home to the gym, did her workout, and then hoofed it back. In just two weeks she dropped 25 pounds! Motivated by her results, Jessica started tweaking her gym routine every six weeks to bust through plateaus, and she also began spreading her calories out over six small meals a day.

With the scale down to 190 by February 2007, Jessica began experimenting more in the kitchen, finding new ways to add veggies to her favorite chicken and fish dinners. She even had her cable turned off so she couldn’t watch TV while she ate. “I wanted to sit down and actually enjoy what I was eating,” she says. By May 2008, she was a toned 145 pounds.

The Reward
Today, “living large” to Jessica means hiking, rock climbing, and running 5-Ks. “I’m making up for lost time. I’m not going to waste a minute of my new life,” she says. And now that she’s 200 pounds lighter, nothing seems impossible.

“I’ve accomplished the one thing I thought I could never do—lose weight and be fit and active and truly healthy—so now I know I can do anything.” (Have a big goal you’d like to reach?

Jessica’s Tips
Be a loudmouth. “Tell everyone about your decision to lose weight so they’ll hold you accountable.”

Indulge in the best. “When I treat myself, I eat something truly delicious and homemade by someone who loves their craft, instead of packaged food that may contain chemicals.”

Veg out! “Fill your salad bowl with a little bit of every vegetable you have in your kitchen. You get tons of flavor for few calories.”

Source: fitbie

Originally posted 2013-03-10 02:36:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

51 Comments

  1. Terri Bauer

    February 9, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Awesome!

  2. Karen Enslin Dukerich

    February 9, 2017 at 1:35 am

    You look fantastic! Congratulations

  3. Diana Contreras

    February 8, 2017 at 10:18 pm

  4. Theresa Padovano

    February 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm

  5. Theresa Padovano

    February 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Congratulations

  6. Lauri Monteyne

    February 8, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    WTG Jessica!

  7. Margaret Gaskell

    February 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Wow good for her.

  8. Phyllis Blottenberger

    February 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Wow that’s amazing!

  9. Amy Rosselott

    February 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Wow!!! Amazing job, so inspiring 🙂

  10. Jerri Carr

    February 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Wow!!! Amazing!!

  11. Kathy DuPree

    September 5, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I love to read these type of stories about real women who’ve lost real weight, just a few pounds. It is so motivational for me to keep at it too.

  12. Maria Guadalupe Franco

    September 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Awesome!!!!!

  13. Jen Wiknik

    September 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Jessica, you are an inspiration! Looking great! 🙂

  14. Lynn Tuttle

    September 4, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I was that, then that, and now back to that :”’-(((((

  15. Becky Ralph Hines

    September 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Judy

  16. Lori Sandridge

    September 4, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Plus she saved money

  17. Jennifer Moss-Kottler

    September 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Amazing!! Congratulations Jessica you are a true inspiration

  18. Audrey Wheeler

    September 4, 2015 at 8:26 am

    <3

  19. Nawej Michelle Lunda

    September 4, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Do you have a lot of excess skin?

  20. Dana Genett Stephens

    September 4, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Awesome job!!

  21. Fit-ographer

    September 4, 2015 at 7:24 am

    that’s fantastic! congrats!!

  22. Candace Evonne

    September 4, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Congrats Jessica!

  23. Toni Stephens

    September 4, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Awesome job!

  24. Bridgette Lynn Hammond

    September 4, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Great job…. you look amazing.

  25. Leontyne Steele

    September 4, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I needed to read your story today. Oh, how it encouraged my heart. What a wonderful accomplishment! You are a great inspiration.

  26. Robyne Chabant

    September 4, 2015 at 4:18 am

    This is amazing!! 90 kgs !! Wow!!!

  27. Evelyn Miller

    September 4, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Way to go!!!!!!!

  28. Marie Johnson

    September 4, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Fantastic job! You look great!! How inspiring!!

  29. Dawn Vandale Williams

    September 4, 2015 at 2:00 am

    So awesome!! Wish I could do the same…good luck to you

  30. Latricia Gardner-smith

    September 4, 2015 at 1:51 am

    That story was very inspiring. Jessica you look GREAT!! Congrats!!

  31. Tina Terry

    September 4, 2015 at 12:57 am

    !!!!!!! Awesomeness

  32. Weighting to Exhale

    January 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Congrats Jessica!

  33. Melissa: Fit Fabulous Healthy Me

    January 18, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Wow!

  34. Inda Spearman Lattimore

    January 17, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Wendy Bannister

    January 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Incredible story!

  36. Kristina Fritz

    January 17, 2014 at 9:19 am

    This is awsome. So how are you feeling Cassondra Galbreath? I know you will, but protect you health.

  37. Suzie Butterscotch

    January 17, 2014 at 2:29 am

    wow! brought tears to my eyes! inspirational and total respect! you go girl X

  38. Jessica Delaney

    January 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Amazing way to go O:-)

  39. Diana Renee Blair Mendez

    January 16, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for the insipation… amazzzzing

  40. Judy Lambert

    January 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    what did you do to lose the weight

  41. Julia Noelle Grizzard

    January 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Did she have to have skin removed?!

  42. Kathy Estepp

    January 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    truly inspirational!

  43. Liz Camarillo Craig

    January 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Amazing knock out! Well done!

  44. joyce

    January 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I want to lose weigth and work out

  45. ReneeLiving LifeTo TheFullest

    January 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Awesome

  46. Cindy Handschuch

    January 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Wow what an awesome job!!!!

  47. Bridgett Grant

    January 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    very good

  48. Fit In Your Pants

    January 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    AMAZING!!!!

  49. Aj Harris

    January 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Incredible

  50. Stephanie Patterson

    January 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Yeah!! Awesome!!

  51. Jenna Jenks

    January 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    200 lbs!! way to go!!

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