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I Lost Weight: Jen Hamel Started Working Out At Home And Lost 70 Pounds

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Read her success story! Before and after fitness success motivation from women who hit their weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Learn their workout tips get inspiration! | TheWeighWeWere.comName: Jen Hamel

Age: 29
Height: 5’7″
Before Weight: 205 pounds

How I Gained It: I ate out a lot! Pizza, burgers, Chinese food — you name it. I never ate breakfast, I drank two liters of pop every day and I bought large Slurpees a few times a week. My diet was full of sugar, high in fat and lacking in vegetables.

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After having two children (within 15 months) and quitting smoking, I had gained more than 60 pounds and was starting to feel symptoms of postpartum depression.

Breaking Point: After my daughter was born, we had a family reunion. As I looked through the pictures, I saw myself from a new perspective. I was finally seeing myself how others viewed me.

How I Lost It: I started exercising at home. I found I could work out while my children napped or played without leaving the house. I used TurboJam videos; the music was upbeat and the moves were dancey and fun.

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I have become a better mother, a happier person. I’ve changed my life by becoming a personal trainer and nutritionist. I now help people learn to exercise at home as I did and I also teach classes just like the videos I did at home to help others feel good about themselves and to help them find a passion for fitness and healthy living. I eat at least six to 10 servings of fruit and veggies every day. I have a nutritious breakfast every day. Even when I go camping or stay at a hotel I bring my own food to ensure a healthy meal. I drink water and tea mostly. We only eat out once a week, and I make the healthiest choices when we do. I try to cook fresh and healthy foods for my family almost every day.

I now run 5K, 10K and half-marathon races. In 2012, I placed third and first in two different types of races (trail and road). I also competed twice in Femsport, a women’s strength and fitness competition, and was in the top 9 percent of women in an obstacle course race called the Spartan Sprint. This year, I plan to run the 14K Super Spartan.

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I have since put on about 12 pounds of muscle using my own body weight and dumbbells. It has been almost five years since I lost the weight, and I am still keeping it off. You could say that my life has done a 180!

After Weight: 135 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

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