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Jennifer Smith Changed How She Thought About Food And Lost 165 Pounds

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Name: Jennifer Smith
Age: 37
Height: 5’9″
Before Weight: 350 pounds

How I Gained It: My first memory of being overweight was when I was five years old on my first day of kindergarten. I had been blissfully ignorant of the fact until that day, but since, have been reminded every day. My entire life I have battled with obesity, never understanding why I had such a strong desire to eat. Over the past year I have realized that I never allowed myself to “feel” anything, I was numbing all emotions with food.

In June 2012, I weighed 350 pounds. I was no longer able to work, as I could hardly take 10 steps without having to sit down and rest. The simplest, everyday things had become difficult for me. I had all the health problems that one would expect from someone my size: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes (just to name a few). I was on 17 different medications, and on 800 units of insulin per day. I always say I had a heartbeat, but I wasn’t alive.

Breaking Point: During a visit to see my endocrinologist, I said to him, “I am just so insulin resistant, I think I could take the whole bottle of insulin and it wouldn’t help!” That’s when the doctor said, “Jennifer, you are out-eating your insulin.”

His statement made me cry for two reasons. One, it was humiliating, and two, why would I do this to myself? I remember this day so profoundly because it’s the day my life was forever changed.

How I Lost It: It was there at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic that I met Nursing Director Mark C. Johnson, RN. Mark told me something I hadn’t heard in a very long time. He said, “I believe in you, and I know you can lose this weight.” Mark can never understand why this meant so much to me. Perhaps it’s because I had given up long ago and never expected to hear those words again. It sparked something in me that day and I believed him.

Mark asked me to write down everything I ate for one week and then bring it to him so we could go over it together. After I did that, I met with him and he made simple suggestions that were easy to do. For example, he said, “Instead of five pieces of bacon, have two.” What I heard was, “I can still have bacon.” He made everything seem possible.

For the first time I was forced to see what I was doing. When you are looking at such a large amount of weight to lose, it seems hopeless, but Mark gave me hope. He taught me that food is not my enemy, and that’s where I had gone wrong so many times before. Cutting out certain foods or food groups for a time only made me binge on them later. Instead, I have learned to nourish my body with all types of food. I am not on a diet, I have changed the way I think and feel about food. I now know what foods are going to make me feel good and which ones make me feel bad. I keep a food journal, and I’m careful to follow serving sizes on nutrition labels. Mark has taught me to be mindful of what, when and why I’m eating. I was able to meet with him every week for a year.

Exercise is also a critical part of my weight loss. Mark is an ultra-marathon runner, and he often used his running experiences as a way to relate to my weight-loss journey. I started to think maybe I could run, too. At the end of November 2012, at 300 pounds, I started to run. Not for long: I think it was about 30 seconds before I had to stop and rest. But every day I was back at it, trying again and again. I learned I’m not weak-willed or lazy, and I am very proud to say that in June 2013 I ran my first 8K. Running has tamed the “beast” of my food addiction. Now I run five or six days a week, and I’m training for a half marathon.

My life has changed so much since last year. I am working again at a job I love, and I am able to volunteer at the clinic two days a week leading a nutrition and weight loss class. I have gotten off most of my medications, and I am no longer diabetic. I can never thank the wonderful staff and volunteers at the clinic enough for all their exceptional care and continual encouragement. And, a special thank you to Mark, who saved my life.

Current Weight: 185 pounds. I have 25 more pounds to go to reach my goal.

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-05 06:09:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

59 Comments

  1. Connie McLerran Holcomb

    February 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    You
    are a true inspiration!!!

  2. Danielle Miriya Jones

    February 21, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Great story!

  3. Donna Hall

    February 20, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    great job

  4. Leasa Terrell

    February 20, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    congrats

  5. Elaine Poirier

    February 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Amazing story….

  6. Cheryle Mcl

    February 20, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Soo sweet.

  7. Houri Shams

    February 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Fantastic

  8. Jane Hice Johnson

    February 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing! This is a great motivation.

  9. Jackie Altuna

    February 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    How wonderful that this fit person did not look down his nose at Jennife!! Great job!

  10. Erin Dentinger

    February 20, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Amazing job!!!

  11. Tammy Moore Teague

    February 20, 2015 at 10:53 am

    What a wonderful story

  12. Stacey Williams

    February 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

    So inspiring!

  13. Chris Sanders

    February 20, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Amazing! You look great!

  14. Tammy Nicholas

    February 20, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Jennifer looks fantastic!

  15. LaShunda Winfrey

    February 20, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for sharing your story. It hit home.

  16. Joseph Gillen

    February 20, 2015 at 8:10 am

    awesome job

  17. Bobbie Nichols

    February 20, 2015 at 7:24 am

    you look amazing! congrats

  18. Melissa Moreno

    February 20, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Congrats! That’s awesome. ..

  19. Terry McManus

    February 20, 2015 at 6:58 am

    You look marvelous 🙂

  20. Jackie Martin

    February 20, 2015 at 6:35 am

    You go girl !!!!! Congratulations

  21. Mary Capasso-Newman

    February 20, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Wow !!!!! 🙂

  22. Diana Bates KeepaHunuhunu

    February 20, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Amazing!!!! Wow

  23. Fiona Mackenzie

    February 20, 2015 at 2:55 am

    WoW!

  24. Latrell Mixon

    February 20, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Congrats

  25. Wendy Swanepoel

    February 20, 2015 at 1:47 am

    fantastic well done

  26. Milisa Mckee

    February 20, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Such an inspiring story! Congratulations on your success!

  27. Mary Evans

    February 20, 2015 at 1:20 am

    I wish the pics were bigger on these stories.

  28. Leah Piatt

    February 20, 2015 at 12:49 am

    you look AMAZING!

  29. Jocey Khiy

    September 7, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Look great

  30. JoAnne Dueffert Briscoe

    August 30, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    A wonderful story Jennifer! What a transformation!

  31. Lynne Youdin

    August 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

    There are no words except: WOW.

  32. Kelly Luviso Breheny

    August 29, 2014 at 6:55 am

    You look amazing

  33. Courts Blair

    August 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    whata comeback! So proud for you.

  34. Sherry Sutton Cooper

    August 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Does she have her own page?

  35. Sherry Sutton Cooper

    August 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Amazing!!

  36. Debbie Whitt Cardwell

    August 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Great job!

  37. Beverly Benedict Arvin

    August 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Lovely, Jennifer!

  38. Roberta Germain

    August 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Your story was great…Made me think too I eat when I’m happy, sad, lonely, mad any excuse

  39. Andria Wiggins

    August 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Wish I could do at leat half this good!!

  40. Stephanie Kruse

    August 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    such an inspiring story. keep up the good work!

  41. Myrtle Prater

    August 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    congratulations and thank you for sharing your dstory!

  42. Darma Smith

    August 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Wonderful story. You definitely in courage us to get moving.

  43. Denise Hank

    August 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Amazing!

  44. irene

    August 28, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for sharing your story. These are similar to steps I have taken in my life – even down to the doctor. We have been forced by our employer to have a health check. The doctor and medical student both said – they believe I can do it. The Lord used your article to let me know the same thing. Thanks for sharing – all the best on your marathon – I too will enter and complete one — in my life. Kudos!

  45. Suzanne GetinFit Benner

    August 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Woo Hoo such AWESOMENESS !!

  46. Julie

    August 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your story! Very inspiring!

  47. Hydr-8 Water Bottles

    August 28, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Success stories are so inspiring!

  48. Ellen Marie

    August 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for your post! I read your story and feel inspired!

  49. Vicky Faulhaber

    August 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Good job you look great!!!!!

  50. Cookie Torres

    August 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

    awesome!!! 🙂

  51. Joyce Pryor

    August 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

    A real inspiration keep up the great work

  52. Novya Gary

    August 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Congratulations.

  53. Kirsten Tschida

    August 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love starting my day reading about how someone restarted their life! I’m proud of you! Thanks for being an inspiration!

  54. Wendy Bannister

    August 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Amazing story!

  55. Dana Genett Stephens

    August 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Great job! You look amazing! 🙂

  56. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    August 28, 2014 at 9:59 am

    She looks great!!!

  57. Amber Austin

    August 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Love this story! What an inspiration.

  58. Tina Ekman

    August 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

    *

  59. Freda Stevenson

    August 28, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Awesome job! Jennifer, you look good and happy.

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