Weight Loss Before and After: Jodi Drops 105 Pounds And Loses That Excess Body Fat
How Jodi Gerber’s gym workout helped her lose 100 pounds.
Name: Jodi Gerber
Job: Account executive in the legal industry
Weight before: 235
Weight after: 130
The Buildup: Jodi Gerber’s Italian family marked milestones with plates of pasta. “Everything came with a meal,” she recalls. In high school, Gerber burned off the carbs playing soccer, but she quit the team her senior year and piled on 30 pounds by graduation. In college, late-night trips to the caf and a diet of ramen noodles and soda took their toll. By her sophomore year, she weighed 235 pounds.
The Breaking: Point Determined to ignore her weight issues, Gerber lived in baggy overalls and denim jackets. “In the stores, I was still looking at size 8s, even though I wore a 24,” she says. Her denial ended over the winter break of her sophomore year, as she was headed to a party. She asked her mother how she looked; the reply–“as big as a house”–shocked her into action. “My mother saved my life,” she says.
The Change: Gerber bet her mom that she could lose 100 pounds and enrolled in the NutriSystem program. The prepackaged foods helped her ID healthy portions and fit food into her busy class schedule. Later, she began supplementing the meals with fresh fruits and veggies. She switched to light beer on nights out and broke her 12-can-a-day soda habit with Crystal Light.
Next, the former athlete strapped on a pedometer and aimed for 10,000 steps a day, plus as much time as she could handle on the treadmill or elliptical machine at the gym (at first, just 10 minutes). After sweating it out five days a week for a month, she’d dropped 20 pounds and upped her time and resistance until she was doing intervals at her top speed for 20 minutes at a stretch. About three months and another 30 pounds later, she added free weights five times a week; by her one-year mark, she’d lost about 25 more pounds. To shake the last 30 pounds (and the boredom of her gym routine), she added more weight to her dumbbells and began fitness classes. She hit her goal in April 2003.
The Reward: After winning her bet, Gerber bought light summer dresses and slinky tank tops. She keeps a pair of her size-24 overalls for days she doesn’t feel like going to the gym. “I look at those and realize how far I’ve come.”
Make a date: “To motivate myself to hit the gym, I schedule workouts in my BlackBerry as if they’re meetings.”
Get spicy: “Low-cal food can taste pretty bland, so I season everything.”
Set mini-goals: “Dieting can be overwhelming, so instead of thinking about losing 100 pounds, I told myself I was going to lose 10 pounds 10 times.”
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