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Jackie Shaheed Lost Nearly 200 Pounds And Started Her Own Fitness Business

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Name: Jackie Shaheed
Age: 42
Height: 5’7″
Before Weight: 375 pounds
After Weight: 183 pounds

How I Gained It: I struggled with weight my entire life. I had always been overweight and tried every single diet and exercise program that came my way. I ate out a lot, and I ate a lot of processed foods and sweets.

Breaking Point: After having my third daughter and reaching an all-time high of 375 pounds, I was afraid I would die of a heart attack as my father did when I was a little girl if I didn’t take massive action.

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was told I had to wear a mask at night to help with the flow of air to my brain. One fitting of that machine and I was in tears. I knew the sleep apnea had to do with my weight. I was always the type of person to start the diet Monday and never follow through for very long. However this time, something clicked! Whether it was wearing that mask, or the fact that I couldn’t get off the couch to play with my kids, I knew if I didn’t do something I wouldn’t be around to see my girls grow up.

How I Lost It: I started my journey by joining a gym that offered personal training. I not only joined the gym but committed to a year’s contract of personal training. Talk about an expensive visit! I also went to a nutritionist and went back to Weight Watchers.

Within a year’s time, I had dropped 100 pounds and was feeling great, but still had an additional 100 pounds to drop! The problem at this point was that I was bored with the traditional machines, weights and exercise routine at the gym. My trainer — who had become my friend and mentor — encouraged me to join a gym that offered different types of fitness classes. My very first day I tried a Zumba class. It was love at first dance! I could not believe the energy in the room, the moves that spiked my heart rate and the amount of sweat I left in that room!

Within a few short months I had become a Zumba “addict” and took Zumba seven days a week, twice a day if possible! I had dropped the next 100 pounds with Zumba in a year! I loved it so much and was encouraged by my classmates to get certified to teach. So I took the plunge and became certified in February 2009.

Sharing my transformation with my students and seeing what it has done for their motivation encouraged me to share my Zumba story with the Z-Life magazine (a Zumba publication). The next thing I knew, I received a call that a big talk show was interested in my story! In my wildest dreams I never thought the talk show was the one and only Oprah Winfrey Show!

I was invited to be part of the show for her final weight loss episode! On May 10, 2011, I shed my old clothes on the Oprah Winfrey Show and was part of the most amazing experience I have ever had in my weight loss journey! I even left my corporate job to start my own FitZone and FitPalz businesses, so that I can share my passion for helping others lose weight and feel great!

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-04 21:24:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

108 Comments

  1. Carrie Dominguez

    July 26, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Congratulations. Inspirational!!!

  2. Debra Texeira

    July 10, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    You look wonderful!!! Congratulations!!!

  3. Kim Robinson

    July 9, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Jackie you are an inspiration

  4. Amy Rosselott

    July 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Amazing! !! Congratulations 🙂

  5. Ashli Womack

    July 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Amazing job!!

  6. Denise A. Wilson

    July 9, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Daralynne Wilson

  7. Nellie Lee

    March 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    What a beautiful transformation, an awesome job!!!

  8. Dianne Suzuki

    February 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    WOW!! You look amazing!!!

  9. Theresa Padovano

    February 18, 2017 at 7:15 am

  10. Mary Capasso-Newman

    February 18, 2017 at 2:32 am

    You look so amazing! Wow ! !

  11. Joanne Enciso

    February 18, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Jackie you look amazing, Excellent!

  12. Michelle Reames

    February 18, 2017 at 1:26 am

    She lost an entire person. That’s pretty amazing!!!

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      February 18, 2017 at 1:32 am

      I love her story! And every time I hear someone talking about Zumba, I want to find a class near me!!! 🙂 ~kat

    • Michelle Reames

      February 18, 2017 at 2:03 am

      I put my earbuds in, hit the play list and dance like nobody’s watching. Well, they aren’t watching, but I dance any way I feel like. Down 45 pounds so far. 30 to go.

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      February 18, 2017 at 2:51 am

      Michelle Reames Congratulations!!!! 🙂

    • Michelle Reames

      February 18, 2017 at 3:43 am

      Thanks, Kat!

  13. Geraldine Anneni

    October 16, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I love zumba. I feel like I am not working out but I am sweating like crazy. Love iiiiiiiiiiit

  14. Geraldine Anneni

    October 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    WOWWWW, I am speechless

  15. Bob King

    October 15, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Wow!

  16. Hel Gal

    October 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Way to go

  17. Vicky Bowens

    October 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    good job , i’m losing weight too . i’ve lost 40 lbs so far.

  18. Olivette Diggs-Crowder

    October 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Awesome

  19. Pam Crouse

    October 13, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I have 200 to lose at a similar age….this inspired me 🙂

  20. Sakz Shaik

    October 13, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Awesome!

  21. Martha Diaz Rodriguez

    October 13, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Is zumba okay for those with bad knees? I really would like to try something to strengthen my body

  22. Teresa Coney

    October 12, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Zumba burns some insane calories, weigh to go!!!

  23. Celeste Venegas

    October 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Love it!!

  24. Tracy Robinson

    October 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    How did she do it

  25. LaChonne Smith Murray

    October 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Great job

  26. LaChonne Smith Murray

    October 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Trenae SoFabulous Smith-Hudson

  27. Beth Caldwell

    October 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Freaking awesome!!!!! $

  28. MyWorld Djsanji

    October 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Great job!!!!!!

  29. Edwina Lee

    October 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Awesome

  30. Abby Parker-Lane

    October 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Awesome job!!!!

  31. Dawn Tighe Grant

    October 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Way to go, I love hearing these great stories.

  32. Lori Stover Fox

    October 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    awesome.. and I am having problems trying to lose 25

  33. Sheila Tashiro

    October 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Awesome look at you how great 🙂

  34. Debra Avis

    October 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    You look AWESOME!!! WTG!!!

  35. Lisa Markiewicz Douglas

    October 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I want to learn zumba

  36. Amanda Harrison

    October 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Awesome! You look so strong and healthy! (I’d add beautiful but you were beautiful before and still are!)

  37. Laurie Petralia Lauria

    October 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Great story ! You look awesome !!

  38. Jackie Shaheed

    October 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Shayla ClayMouzon for letting me know my story is out on this page. And thanks everyone for the comments. My journey continues everyday and now I have the pleasure of helping others lose weight. Check out and like my business nutrition, fitness and support page https://m.facebook.com/FitPalz

  39. Regena Wolter

    October 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    🙂

  40. Anne Redlein Daigler

    October 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    ZUMBA!!!

  41. Anne Redlein Daigler

    October 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Congrats..I absolutely

  42. Shayla ClayMouzon

    October 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    ❤❤❤ Jackie Shaheed!! Love your story mama!!

  43. Freda Stevenson

    October 12, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Awesome!

  44. Karen Mcalister

    October 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Congratulations…great job…you looking wonderful…

  45. Sharon Montgomery

    October 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Wonderful!

  46. Kathleen Horan Holler

    October 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    You look terrific… Most important. Your blood levels must be great !! Very proud

  47. Celeste Sanders

    October 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Congratulations

  48. Amanda Carlow

    October 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    You look beautiful. Well done.

  49. Billie Sanders

    October 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Go Girl

  50. Deb Epling

    October 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Way to go!

  51. Leslie Williams Wallace

    October 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Yes you do!

  52. RIta

    October 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Congrats! Great job. Could someone please tell me what kind of shoes to wear to zumba. Please e mail me

  53. Crystal Lindblad-Beebe

    October 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Wow that is awesome. Congrats

  54. Lakiesha Lovetakestime Townsel-Author

    October 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Leslie Williams Wallace Kenya Day I got this!!

  55. Donna Punty Clements

    May 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I giggled out loud when I saw this. Laughing at myself. I’ve tried Zumba a few times but always end up doing my own dance, and always out of step. I keep trying…with my two left feet I’ve managed to lose 85 pounds and counting.

  56. Lacey Dudiak

    May 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you for haring your story! You’re inspiring!

  57. Lorie Fisher-Murray

    May 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

    That is an awesome story!! You look great!

  58. Cathy Waters

    May 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Fantastic

  59. Gentry Fitness

    May 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Congrats!!!

  60. Janet Maldonado

    May 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Great job! Looking Good!

  61. Linda Thompson

    May 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Wow! Your an inspiration! Way to go!! you look great!

  62. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    May 26, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Congratulations!!!

  63. Shahbano Harris

    May 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Wow

  64. Little Teresa

    May 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Congratulations Jackie.

  65. Jacqueline Smith Ames

    May 26, 2014 at 10:15 am

    You look great,I’m also on my way to a healthier me!

  66. Cheryl Sutton

    May 26, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Wow u look great

  67. Georgia M Nygaard

    May 26, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I’m a Zumba fanatic too, but at 65 years of age the weight is certainly not coming off like yours. Tell me your secrets, Jackie. Congratulations!!

  68. Russell Stowell

    May 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I tried Zumba once! After the first workout I just about died and then I realized I had just completed the instructional video and not an actual workout’. Yup, not for me, I’ll stick to dancing with the oldies.

  69. Christi Morgan

    May 26, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I’m trying to lose weight also. Can someone give me suggestions on the best exercise to start with because my right knee hurts a lot? I’m guessing I have knee problems from being overweight. It bothers me most going up and down stairs or squatting down. I would greatly appreciate any advice.

  70. Demetra Sandenbergh

    May 26, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Congratulations! ! What an awesome transformation!! You are such an inspiration! I’ve just joined a zumba class. Fingers crossed. 🙂

  71. roxana

    May 26, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Im 35 my weight is 208 i am going to get the bypass but i am afraid what should i do?

  72. Laura Milhoan

    May 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    GREAT!!!!

  73. Honey Hollow Vittles

    May 25, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Fabulous. .. hope you don’t mind if I share, I’m on a journey also, and really want to give Zumba a try!

  74. Griselda Romero

    May 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Congrats loved the story thanks for the motivation.

  75. Jules Bazan

    May 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    ★★★★great job

  76. Leslie Samuel

    May 25, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    You look awesome! I also take zumba. Its so much fun.

  77. Rob N Des Campos

    May 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    What an inspiration! Keep going and inspiring many more people! You are AWESOME! Thank you for sharing your story

  78. Rochelle Kert

    May 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    You must feel so much better what programe do you follow

  79. Rochelle Kert

    May 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Congratulations keep up the good work

  80. Kirsten Tschida

    May 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    That’s amazing! Good thing tomorrow is Monday!

  81. Bonnie Grimes

    May 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Wow! Congratulations to you Jackie. You look very good. I lost weight with Weight Watchers all so, and I’m all so a Zumba instructor. I also a personal trainer. After I became life time with Weight Watchers I became the personal trainer.

  82. Tonya Parker Hammontree

    May 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Wow!! Awesome!!

  83. Gina Renee

    May 25, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    wow, absolutely amazing

  84. JoAnne Dueffert Briscoe

    May 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Congrats! You inspire me!

  85. Wanda Broner

    May 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Amazing!

  86. Christina Cooper

    May 25, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Good for you…you look awesome

  87. Sultan Muhammad

    May 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Just dance and eat right!

  88. Danielle Venta

    May 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    That’s awesome! I love Zumba !

  89. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    May 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    It looks like 2 different people. What an inspiration!

  90. Helene Stempler Lean

    May 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Way to go. Im a lifetimer at Weight Watchers and a Zumba addict too. I tell everyone that Zumba is my drug of choice!

  91. Ramona Grover

    May 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I wish Zumba used some other music. Not a fan of Latin music. After one song it all sounds the same

  92. Ramona Grover

    May 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Awesome.

  93. Jackie Wofford

    May 25, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    From one Jackie to another congrats you look great !

  94. Joanna Taylor

    May 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    That’s amazing

  95. laura

    May 25, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Iam the same height as you are and sadly almost at ur beginning weight. I have been overweight since i was 25. So 14 years. My body is tired of being over weight. My back hurys, my knees, my ankles and iam so sluggish i can barely get out of my way. Iam so ashamed to start a fitness class. I know i wont be able to keep up or make it thru. How did u manage getting thru ur first few months

  96. Mildred Peterson

    May 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    wow good for u u look great

  97. Michelle Pollard-Vaughan

    May 25, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Go head!!!

  98. Barbara Ann Harakal

    May 25, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    You look wonderful. Congrats on the new business and all the weight loss. Just proof that there are many benefits to losing weight.

  99. Sandy Canapp Gary

    May 25, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Wow that is so great !! You look awesome !

  100. Maria Gonzalez

    May 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Wow. Congratulations Jackie. You look wonderful.

  101. Cindy Cleary

    May 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Awesome!!!!

  102. Mary Lou Longley

    May 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I need to do this!

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