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I Lost Weight: Jennifer Andersen Took Up Tennis And Lost Nearly 160 Pounds

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | I Lost Weight: Jennifer Andersen Took Up Tennis And Lost Nearly 160 PoundsName: Jennifer Andersen

Age: 30
Height: 5’6″
Before Weight: 324 pounds

How I Gained It: I was not a heavy child or teen, but when I had my first child at the age of 20, it all went downhill from there. I gained 100 pounds while pregnant, and, at the time, losing that kind of weight seemed impossible. I just assumed I would be heavy for the rest of my life. I ate whatever I wanted and did no exercise. I was eating probably close to 4,000 or 5,000 calories a day. When I got married, on November 19, 2009, I was at my heaviest, weighing 324 pounds.

Breaking Point: After being terribly embarrassed over the wedding photos, and realizing how obese I really was, a change was in order.

How I Lost It: I was — and still am — a stay at home mother, with a fixed income and not a lot of extra spending money for a gym membership, pre-packaged diet foods or diet programs. With the support of my family, I came up with a diet and exercise plan that actually works.

I started out by eating 1,000 calories a day. I had a journal where I wrote down everything I ate and drank. I now use the Myfitnesspal app on my phone. I did aerobics and took up tennis. My whole family plays, and my father got me out on that court and working hard. I became an avid tennis player, working out two to three hours a day, five days a week.

I lost 100 pounds before I found out I was pregnant with my second child. I took up walking and yoga and changed my calorie intake to 1,500. After I had the baby I decided to try running. I have never been a runner, so I started out small, running for 40 seconds and walking for 20 seconds until I could jog a mile within two weeks’ time. Now, I can easily finish a 10K without even breaking for water.

Now that I am a runner, my diet consists of foods high in protein, low in sugar and still low in calories. I currently eat 1,200 calories a day and run six days a week. I don’t eat out much. All of my food is homemade, for the most part. And I try not to eat after 5 p.m. I have lost an additional almost-60 pounds since giving birth in December 2011.

I absolutely love who I am today. Thirty is the new 20! I will be 31 years old later this summer, and I feel better then I ever did in my 20s. It is still strange to have pictures taken of me because I used to shy away from them, thinking I would look heavy and be embarrassed, but now when I see them I realize how much my hard work has paid off, and it is actually enjoyable. I actually love looking in the mirror and shopping for clothes now, where as before it was embarrassing and more of a chore. My family members tell me that my personality has come back, they love how happy I am and are all so proud. It’s a wonderful feeling to have accomplished something so huge. To lose more than 150 pounds was something I did not think was ever going to happen. I thought I would be heavy for the rest of my life.

Current Weight: 165 pounds. My goal weight is 145 pounds, and I would like to reach that by the end of October.

Source: Huffington Post

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49 Comments

  1. Gentry Fitness

    September 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Congrats!!!

  2. SoulAlma Gomez

    September 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Amazing

  3. Janet Maldonado

    September 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Great job!

  4. Diana Garnas

    September 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    beautiful way to go!

  5. Anything is Possible

    September 21, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Wowee! Great work!

  6. Natasha Nastee

    September 21, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Love it!! Congrats!

  7. Vanessa Holbert

    September 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    how did you do it?

  8. Marie Cooley Buttrick

    September 20, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    awesome.

  9. Champagne Nana

    September 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Congratulations! So proud of you

  10. Hazel Mackelprang Honey

    September 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Great work!!!

  11. Ellen Platt Grosser

    September 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    OMG! Great!

  12. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    September 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    CongratulatIons!!!

  13. Joanne Thompson

    September 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    wow good job

  14. Amanda Carlow

    September 20, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Inspirational

  15. Neil Lockard

    September 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I thought that said Jennifer Aniston

  16. Clarissa

    September 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I’m glad she was able to lose the weight, but I don’t think this was a good story to print. It is way too extreme. If she was eating 4,000-5,000 calories a day, she could have cut her calories to 2,000-2,500 at first and would have lost weight. She definitely should have NEVER gone below 1,200 and if she’s working out 2-3 hours a day, even 1,200 is too low. The point should be to be healthy, not just skinny. This wasn’t a very good example of losing weight in a safe and healthy way.

  17. Gypsy Barnes

    September 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    awesome

  18. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    September 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    So pretty! Great job!

  19. Megan Ollis

    September 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Great Job!!

  20. Jeannette Johnson

    September 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Congratulations, you look great!

  21. Debra Landis

    September 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Congraduations to you.

  22. Taylor Thibodeaux

    September 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    This is awesome.

  23. Wanda Cerrillo

    September 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Fantastic job!!!!!

  24. Melissa Moreno

    September 20, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Congratulations

  25. Amy Jo Priem

    February 17, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Ya I think calories are too low

  26. Luz Tatum

    February 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    The amount of calorie intake seems to low for the amount of exercise. You might want to see a nutritionist

  27. Luz

    February 16, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Congrats on the weightloss but your calorie intake is too low for the amount of exercise you do. You might want to see a nutritionist and doctor. You want to lose weigh and maintain once reached your goal the HEALTHY way.

  28. Cindy Miles

    February 16, 2014 at 9:51 am

    You look great! Your hard work has paid off and I am so glad you shared your story.

  29. Beth Coleman

    February 16, 2014 at 3:56 am

    I lost 185….

  30. Linda Sue

    February 16, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Wonderful!!! This is great!

  31. Laurie Maestas

    February 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Great job

  32. Becky Butcher Cordani

    February 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    You are an inspiration! Great job!

  33. Dawn Young

    February 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Jennifer, I want to get below 300 before my wedding in June right now I am struggling I was doing good I got down to 314 and now back up to 319 I am in a rut. I am a type 2 diabetic and on a strict diabetic diet of low carb and protein diet I am limited to two carbs per meal and sometimes I don’t eat carbs trying to avoid them if possible

  34. Mary Dulce Flores

    February 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    AMAZING!!

  35. Carrie Seeliger Bonin

    February 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I HATE keeping food records, but they REALLY do help!!! I’m down 50 lbs. 🙂 50 more to go!

  36. Maria Gonzalez

    February 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Happy for you

  37. Melisha Morgan

    February 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve lost 127 lbs and can’t seem to do anything to get off the final 30lbs grrrrr

  38. Patricia Ann Pezanowski-Proctor

    February 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I would love to drop weight also

  39. Patricia Harris

    February 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Way to go you really look great but most of all feel good health wise and inside

  40. Irene Umek Cubrilo

    February 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Awsome job.

  41. Maralee Noltie

    February 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Way to go

  42. Tamie Jason

    February 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Wow so inspirational

  43. Mika Green

    February 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Congratulations! Thanks for inspiring

  44. Cheryl Rager-Rousell

    February 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    OMG you look great. Congrats

  45. Parisian James

    February 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Go girl!!!

  46. Maggie Dziuk

    February 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I’m working on it !!! This is so inspiring !!

  47. Lydie Johnson

    February 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Congratulations! Amazing!

  48. Tina Frye

    February 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Great job

  49. Lisa

    February 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    It’s very awesome that she lost this much weight, but eating that little longterm is NOT good especially with being so active.

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