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I Lost Weight: Jennifer Hodges Got Hooked On Group Fitness Classes And Lost 212 Pounds

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Name: Jennifer Hodges
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 Hodges Got Hooked On Group Fitness Classes And Lost 212 PoundsAge: 41
Height: 5’8″
Before Weight: 369 pounds

How I Gained It: I was addicted to fast and processed food. And I led a very sedentary lifestyle. Food filled a void for me. A void left by working parents, a lack of friends. I ate because I was bored. I ate because I was lonely. I ate because I could. I just ate. The bigger I got, the more I ate and the worse I would eat. I think a lot of the eating habits stemmed from growing up in the restaurant business, having food available all the time. I would feel good when I was eating, but as soon as I was done, I would feel horrible. So I just didn’t stop.

I would eat a large bagel (or two) loaded with cream cheese for breakfast, a large take-out sub/fast food for lunch, then stop on the way home from school/work and get another fast-food meal and then stop at the gas station for a candy bar. Then go home for dinner, and then just eat for the rest of the night. Once I got home it was like an all-night buffet. I just didn’t stop eating: ice cream, chips, pizza. I always felt that people were judging me and talking about me when I would grocery shop, or be out with my kids and feeding them vegetables while I am munching away on a candy bar.

Breaking Point: When I fell in the backyard and couldn’t get up. My three young children had to run inside the house to get my husband. He had to roll me on a blanket and drag me inside. That was my “a-ha” moment. I knew I needed to change my lifestyle not only for myself, but for my entire family.

How I Lost It: I enrolled in a gym. I started out very slowly. I began at the gym on the recumbent bicycle, but I longed to get into the group fitness room. I could see the room from my bike and I just couldn’t wait to get in there, but I was so worried what other people might think about me. Finally after about three months I decided I didn’t care anymore what other people thought. This journey was for me and my family, not for other people. In January 2009, I took my first Les Mills group fitness class: Body Step. I was very nervous, and I was too big and too out of shape to use the step, so I just did the moves on the floor. I also spoke to my instructor, told her of my goals and my limitations and together we came up with a signal that I could give her so she could show me an easier option. After three months, I started using the step. I was feeling more confident in myself and in my body. I had people in my class noticing that I was losing weight, and I started to make some friends in the group fitness class. I also started adding BODYPUMP to my routine right around this three-month mark. Soon after I was able to do two hours of consecutive exercise; cardio and strength. And I loved it! I loved the person I was becoming.

The athlete in me started to emerge. So I started trying other Les Mills classes, like BODYCOMBAT and RPM. My body started to change shape; I was becoming leaner, fitter, a better person on the outside and the inside. Group fitness has forever changed my life. Now, nearly four years later, I am a BODYPUMP and RPM addict! I also love the core training program CXWORX. CXWORX has made me a more efficient runner and overall athlete. And I have made great friends with my group fitness buddies! We cheer each other on and motivate each other.

I also totally changed my diet and started paying close attention to what I was putting in my body. I gave up all processed and fast food — all of it! Now, I try to be somewhat creative with my meals, but I never learned how to cook when I was younger, so this is all new to me! I have several cookbooks and my husband gives me lessons, too. He is a very good cook and makes wonderfully healthy meals. I’ll have an egg-white omelete with spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers and tomatoes for breakfast with a slice of Ezekial bread. Lunch is generally my largest meal of the day, lean protein like fish, chicken or shrimp on a bed of greens, or a salad with a lot of beans. For dinner, I usually have whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa or couscous with lean protein. And during the day I snack on all sorts of fruit. Apples, bananas and mangoes are my favorite. At night, I occasionally have some air-popped popcorn or a frozen yogurt bar.

My life is completely different. I run marathons, triathlons, and participate in endurance challenges and mud runs. And more importantly, I can play with my kids. We go on family bike rides and run 5Ks together. It’s a great life, and I enjoy every moment of it.

After Weight: 157 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2015-02-10 09:41:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

107 Comments

  1. Sissy Woods

    August 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Wow congratulations

  2. Alicia Browne

    August 17, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful

  3. Irene Pirker Jensen

    August 17, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Fantastic!

  4. Michelle Reames

    August 17, 2017 at 5:28 am

    What a wonderful and unbelievable transformation!! You can see her in there but WOW, what a difference. Congrats!

  5. Michaela MacAleese O'Brien

    December 18, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Wow awesome job

  6. Carrie Wolfington

    December 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Wonderful accomplishment Jennifer, I wish I had that determination, I’m at your starting weight right now. Do you have a personal website or facebook page where you have more information about your weight loss journey, more before and after pictures etc.??

  7. Ayysleth Delvalle

    December 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Tillia Britt

  8. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    December 18, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    You look fantastic! You lost a whole other person!

  9. Wanda Fennell

    December 18, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    So happy for your aha moment! You look great

  10. Jessica McDonald

    December 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Wow!

    • Sandy Murray

      December 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      You really should post pics like that. You would get more than a few wows!

    • Jessica McDonald

      December 18, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Awww you are sweet. I’ve done their interview before but I’ve never seen it posted

      • The Weigh We Were

        December 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

        Hi Jessica! I’m working through the every single one of the stories for the next two weeks. Everyone who has submitted should be up by Jan 1 – just in time for New Year’s Resolutions!! 🙂 ~kat

  11. Midge N Jeff Tyas

    December 18, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Wow!!

  12. Audrey Cannon Pace

    April 6, 2016 at 7:01 am

    FANTASTIC!!!! Congrats!!!!

  13. Michelle Merwin

    April 6, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Diane I pm’d you.

  14. Penny Helms

    April 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Awesome… You look beautiful…

  15. Kim Robinson

    April 5, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    omg you are amazing Jennifer!

  16. Diane Higgins

    April 5, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I read all these stories and feel like a failure. I lose 30 pounds or so and gain it back. I am disabled so exercise is difficult for me right now. I am getting so big I know I need to do something. I just don’t know what.

  17. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    April 5, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    A different person WOW!!

  18. Nesie Marie

    April 5, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Valerie Melara

  19. Maureen Shannon

    April 5, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Congrats you look great

  20. Joan Madruga Jones

    April 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Good for you! Im going to the gym tonight with my gym buddy!

  21. Michelle Geange

    April 5, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I thought that too. Then I found a nutritionist. So far, 2kg gone in two weeks. That’s down to eating properly (not starving myself either) and getting my butt back to the gym (minimal exercise due to physical issues). I have faith you will find something. Don’t give up hope.

  22. Jennifer Roberts

    April 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Super job!

  23. Karen Cain Lesher

    April 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    She looks so much younger and happier.

  24. Joanne Howard Ireton

    April 5, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Congrats! Truly inspiring.

  25. Candice Elenor

    April 5, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I am very happy that you had made that your turning point

  26. Anne Kouba

    April 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Fabulous!!!!!!!

  27. Dianne Suzuki

    April 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

    A very BIG shout out to you as you look AMAZING !!!

  28. Laura Rose Rene

    April 5, 2016 at 11:45 am

    WELL DONE! wish i could find what works for me.

  29. Heather Pierson Kellogg

    April 5, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Amazing job!

  30. Mely Garcia

    April 5, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Wow so happy for you! Congratulations! God bless

  31. Patricia Garcia

    April 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

    you look great

  32. Charlotte Foster Brennan

    April 5, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Way to go Girl !!!! Just keep on keeping on!!!

  33. Gayle Robinson Siegel

    April 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

    You are an inspiration!

  34. Mary Capasso-Newman

    April 5, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Wow love your story you look amazing! !

  35. Joanne Miller

    April 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

    You look awesome great job keep up the great work

  36. Linda Cain Diamond

    April 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Amazing!! You go girl!

  37. Jennifer Buice

    April 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Fantabulous! I’m addicted to the group x classes as well. However still working on my journey!

  38. Cee Zendejas

    April 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

    You look amazing. Congrats.

  39. Tanee Janusz

    April 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Jenny Hodges 🙂

  40. Ginette Deslisle

    April 5, 2016 at 9:21 am

    WOW amazing congratulations

  41. Pamela Martin Gavrity

    April 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Look fabulous

  42. Kathy Boone Wallace

    April 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Such an inspiration ! Congrats.

  43. Sandra Casias

    April 5, 2016 at 8:53 am

    You look fabulous!

  44. Sarah Hegarty

    April 5, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Fantastic. What an achievement !☺☺

  45. Cheryl Williams

    April 5, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Amazing and congratulations!!!!!!!

  46. Yvette Dubuc

    April 5, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Wonderful job.

  47. Rika Van Hardeveld

    April 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations, on all you hard work, looking great.

  48. Ka Harv

    April 5, 2016 at 8:48 am

    So fantastic!! Congratulations.

  49. Phyllis Blottenberger

    April 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    That’s awesome, way to go!

  50. April Schibig

    March 11, 2015 at 12:51 am

    That’s so awesome great job.

  51. Patty Hillert

    March 5, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Good job!

  52. Deborah Barlow

    March 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Great transformation Jennifer Hodges.

  53. Vicky Sibley Liberty

    March 4, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    amazing

  54. Jo Anne Perry

    March 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Amazing I’m not that good at giving up food

  55. Niqutta Legree

    March 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Awesome you look incredible! !!

  56. Anita Reed

    March 4, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Congratulations, I need motivation bad

  57. Laura Robert

    March 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    U look fantastic!

  58. Valerie Nickerson Loveland

    March 4, 2015 at 11:39 am

    That is amazing. Thank you for sharing your story as I turn 50 this month. I’m mentally trying to change the way I see myself at 50…

  59. Mary Rivera

    March 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Congratulations Beautiful Good Job Very Proud Of You !!!

  60. Rose Chirichella Conklin

    March 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Damn

  61. Mary Capasso-Newman

    March 4, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Wow u look great !

  62. Miriam Jato

    March 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I love body Pump! Within two weeks you will see results!

  63. Terri Cloutier Nagle

    March 4, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I also love my group classes. No motivation to do it by myself.

  64. Chris Sanders

    March 4, 2015 at 8:09 am

    You look great!

  65. Jessica English Perfetti

    March 4, 2015 at 8:03 am

    wow, great job!

  66. Cindy Sabatino

    March 4, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Congratulations!

  67. Tadina Polanco

    March 4, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Well done

  68. Jennifer Moss-Kottler

    March 4, 2015 at 6:59 am

    So inspiring!! Congratulations!!

  69. Veronica Harvey

    March 4, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Amazing!

  70. Chondra Jefferson Palmer

    March 4, 2015 at 5:31 am

    AWESOME JOB

  71. Amanda Gaudin Johnson

    March 4, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Awesome job!! You’re truly an inspiration!!!

  72. Cyndi Anderson

    March 4, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Wow. You look great! Very inspiring.

  73. Nichole Cherry

    March 4, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Awesome

  74. Lanay Taylor

    March 4, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Great job!

  75. Vanessa Cruz Torluemke

    March 4, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Congrats!

  76. Joanne Malave

    October 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Thats Awesome, Congratulations, you did Great!!! Hopefully, you can motivate others out there whom have trouble with loosing weight. .Very proud of you & thx for sharing

  77. Denise Beaudry Gant

    October 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Thx Kat ! Inspiring stories .

  78. Jacqueline Windom

    October 8, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    These people that post their b4 and after looks great! They look totally different and younger! I need all the inspiration I can get! LOL Love it! She looks awesome!!

  79. Jennifer Ruark

    October 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    You look AMAZING!!

  80. Felix Suya

    October 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    You go girl

  81. Denise Beaudry Gant

    October 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I came back to the post to see if there was a response Arlene Pizarro Rivera. Well…I guess we will never know 🙂

  82. Arlene Pizarro Rivera

    October 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I always wonder too Denise Beaudry Gant . Everytime I read these stories I ask myself if they needed surgery for the loose skin? But I never get response or read stories about what happens after all the Weight loss.

  83. Carla Rocker-McGowan

    October 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    She looks amazing!

  84. Denise Beaudry Gant

    October 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Do most of these ppl loosing tons of weight have surgery after…that never seems to be info given in the stories. I’m curious bc loosing lbs and having left over skin is scary .

  85. Sandy Canapp Gary

    October 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Wow great!

  86. Deana Nicandnatsmom Echevarria

    October 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    You rock!

  87. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    October 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Beautiful!

  88. Cyndi Heinz-Mendez

    October 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    So amazing

  89. Stefanie Grober

    October 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Wow that is amazing!!

  90. Melissa Underwood

    October 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Amazing!

  91. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    October 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    WOot!!! Woot!!!

  92. Beth Hudson Brown

    October 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Awesome!

  93. Ala'a Adly

    October 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Wooooow great work

  94. Bobbie N Terry Fowler

    October 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    WTG!! Happy for you;)

  95. Ali Son

    October 8, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    You wouldn’t think it’s the same girl. Absolutely amazing you look fantastic, healthy and 20 years younger!!

  96. Kendra Lake

    October 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Looking great!

  97. Megan Ollis

    October 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Wow!!!!! Amazing job!

  98. Londa Craven

    March 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I would love to go back to a gym, I have no one to go with and I have no ambition, I have lost over 90 pounds but have more to go, I have started again with the Oreos and a few other No No’s and I get to the point I just do not care, and I do not want to feel this way. I just do not care at all and I do not like this feeling. I keep telling myself I am not going to buy any more cookies and I do saying this is my last….and its not….I dont know what to do any more…but I do praise the people who do have that ambition and will power, I applaud you…

    • Jules

      October 8, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      I visited several gyms before I found one that saw me- and obese person. They were more than willing to modify anything I could not do comfortably. I went by myself and the other members were quick to welcome me and motivate me. If you have to go by your self go— think of it as “YOU” time. You have lost so much now, don’t stop. My suggestion about the oreos and other no no items– do not buy them. I have quickly learned to shop the outside of the grocery, when I crave something sweet- I buy a good high cocoa content chocolate and drizzle on some strawberries or use it in a nut recipe I have. Good Luck

  99. Melissa

    March 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    This was an amazing story that brought tears to my eyes. I am where you were at when you began. I struggle everyday and I always think people are judging me for my weight. I have started and stopped many times. You are an inspiration.

    • Jill Anderson

      March 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      I saw your comment and I feel lime you do,but I also have list weight off and on for years,then in 2001,had a gastric bypass,had 2 children,and have struggled especially the last 5 years up and down,I recently just put on 35lbs and feel so lethargic,trying to get into a routine,it’s hard I’m on a small budget,if you’d like to chat feel free jillfrommass41@gmail.com 🙂 good luck…

  100. Becky Paplanus

    March 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I am just starting my healthy journey and am one and half months into it. This story is a complete inspiration to me!!!! Thank you!!

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