Workout Wednesday: How I Lost 90 Pounds

I am not sure this necessarily fits in the “Workout Wednesday” category, but I am not sure where else to put it. I have mentioned on here multiple times about my weight loss, but never really went into a ton of detail.  So here goes!

August 2016
At this point I weighed MORE than I did when I was pregnant (full-term) with my 2nd son.  Full disclosure – My boys were born in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Uhh, WTF.  How did this happen?

Weight Watchers (August 2016 – February/March 2017)
My cousin (@ww_beyond.the.scale) had been posting about her amazing weight loss from Weight Watchers and I decided enough was enough, I was going to lose weight too.  So without telling anyone (I didn’t even mention it to B – he was out of town anyway), I joined Weight Watchers online. I started tracked my food religiously and rarely went over my points.  It was pretty shocking at first to discover how much food I had been eating compared to how much I should have been eating.  And honestly, it made for some very long and hungry days.  After about six months I felt like I had it under control and didn’t necessarily need the WW App anymore.  I stopped my subscription and told myself I could sign back up if I was gaining weight without it.  I never needed it again.  But at first, it was critcal.

What I Ate
I quickly realized that I needed to eat more filling foods instead of high point foods that still left me hungry.  For example, one piece of pizza is just not as filling as an entire spaghetti squash.  I ate a ton of grilled chicken, spaghetti squash (spray butter + 2tbsp of parm. cheese), cauliflower rice, broccoli, etc.  Every once in a while I had some chocolate chips (hey a girl has to live) too.  I still drank Diet Pepsi (I know it’s bad for you but man do I love it) and had a “cheat meal” every once in a while, but 95% of the time, I stuck to the plan. And drank a ton of water.  A TON.  Plus every morning I drank Spark.  It’s from Advocare (full disclosure – I am a distributor) and is a vitamin / energy drink.  I’d dump a scoop into 32 ounces of water and would drink it all before eating anything in the morning.  I’m not saying it helped me lose all that weight, but it helped to slow me down and to make better decisons about what I was going to eat that day.  I think the first few weeks were the hardest.  The scale was going down, but I couldn’t really see a difference in the mirror.  After about two months I could see the difference (and so could other people) and it was way easier to stick with.

From August 2016 – April 2017, I walked.  I basically hadn’t been doing anything before, so making sure I was getting 10,000+ steps in a day was huge.  I walked outside when it was nice out and used my treadmill in the basement during the winter.

April 2017
By April 2017 I had lost about 70lbs.  So 70lbs in about 8 months.  I knew I did NOT want to go back to where I was before, but also wanted to eat more treats.  I bought a package a local cycle studio that had just opened by my house and started working out (not that walking isn’t a workout, but you know what I mean). I figured workout more = eat more.  And that was totally true for me.  I don’t (well didn’t) love going and taking new classes alone, so I brought a friend with me. Plus, I quickly learned that spin / cycle is the least intimidating workout you can try.  It’s in the dark, the music is loud and no one really pays attention to each other – I was all for that!

Summer – Winter 2017
I continued my spin classes (and we got a Peloton to use at home) and got brave and tested out Orange Theory for a few months ( I loved it, but it just didn’t fit my schedule with the kids being home from school for the summer).  If you are new to working out and just don’t know what to do (I have this issue), I highly recommend Orange Theory.  Everything is customizable, the classes fly by and they are fun – not intimidating at all.  Because I was working out so much (5 days a week) I was able to start eating more.  Maybe one night I’ll have 4 pieces of pizza and breadsticks dipped in ranch, but the next time I’ll make sure to have cauliflower rice and grilled chicken.  Balance.

January 2018
I started running (consistently) in January.  I was in a Facebook group that was doing a 100 mile challenge.  You could row them, walk them, run them, bike them, you name it.  I decided to run mine because I knew it would be a challenge because I was NOT a runner.  This was so good for me and I feel like it leaned me out quite a bit.

March 2018 – Current
I discovered Pure Barre in March 2018 and fell in love.  I now do a mixture of running, barre and cycling. I am not necessarily trying to lose any more weight, but I do want to tone and get stronger.  I wouldn’t say I eat whatever I want, but I certainly don’t limit myself either.  If I go on vacation and want to eat whatever I want for a week, that’s what I am going to do.  I also know that when I come home, it will be time to get back to work!

Right Now
All in all I have lost about 90lbs which sounds so crazy and I am almost embarassed to admit it, but it is what it is. I have discovered that working out is great not only for me physically, but mentally as well.  I feel so much better about myself and just life in general after I workout.  If I’m annoyed / frustrated / stressed, a 30 minute run on the treadmill in the dark (yes, I like to run in the dark) with the music blaring does wonders for me.  

People have asked me what my secret was to lose weight and really there isn’t one other than hard work.  There isn’t a magic potion that’s going to make you drop a ton of weight AND let you keep it off. I did the The Advocare 24-Day Challenge a few times and did get great results, but after it ended the wheels fell off and I just went back to my old habits.  You gotta be ready to commit and to be ready to be uncomfortable (aka hungry)!  It’ll all be worth it though. I promise.

I lost 90lbs from Weight Watchers, eating way less, walking and then working out more.

As usual I am not a doctor (or even close) and none of this should be taken as medical advice.  Consult your doctor to see what is right for you!

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33 Responses to Workout Wednesday: How I Lost 90 Pounds

  1. Jen says:

    Awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey!

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you! I was scared to post because I really don’t like admitting how heavy I got, but everyone has been so kind!

  2. Melissa T. says:

    wow, did not realize how much you lost total. Thanks for sharing! You look great!

  3. Michelle says:

    This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your story. You are an inspiration!

  4. Ren says:

    Inspiring! Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

  5. Sandy says:

    Ditto what everyone else has said ! CONGRATS !!! It’s definitely a marathon, not a sprint !!

  6. Amber says:

    I’ve been following for years and years and never would have thought you had 90 lbs to lose, but wow you look amazing! So motivating. Currently sitting here hungry reading this wondering how hungry I’m supposed to feel HAHA!

  7. Zelene says:

    That is incredible, and as you said the hard part is learning to being uncomfortable at the beginning but once you see the changes it is so worth it. You look amazing ?

    • Jennifer says:

      100%. It sucks at first. You are not seeing any results, your stomach is growling like crazy and you really just want 20 cookies. But you gotta get through it!

  8. Ashlee says:

    Thank you for posting! You look fantastic!

  9. Nancy Wall says:

    That’s fantastic. Congratulations.

  10. Britney says:

    I would have never thought you had 90 pounds to lose, that’s incredible! And here I am fretting about the 50-60 I want to lose… that’s definitely inspiring, girl!! Go you!!

  11. Judi says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and giving all the details! It’s pretty refreshing and inspiring to hear someone say that they get hungry and need to readjust how to eat and work out realistically (no good or bad food, just good or bad balance). Also love that you’re now appearing in more photos!

  12. Melissa says:

    Very inspiring. I’m currently 5 months pregnant but after this baby is born I’m going to have a lot of weight to lose – probably in the 80-90lb range, based on the weight I started my pregnancy at. Definitely will look into WW.

    • Jennifer says:

      You can totally do it! I made small little goals and they seemed much easier to reach. When I got to my “goal” (the weight I had in my head as the perfect weight when I started) I was like wait, this is it? I expected someone to come shoot confetti off when I got on the scale or something!

  13. Danielle says:

    This is so amazing!! Congratulations to you on putting in all of that hard work!

    I’m also loving the extra pics and videos now!

  14. Lauren says:

    Wow!! 90 pounds is a lot of weight that is crazy you should be super proud of yourself. I definitely noticed you slowing down but didn’t realize 90 pounds holy cow. I have to say I feel inspired and I to weigh a few pounds more than I did after my third was born. He is now two years old and I am disgusted. I pre-ordered the Peloton tred and I am obsessively checking my email as it should be here any minute once that baby comes I will be running on it as often as I can I’m hoping to lose a good 25 lbs to be my normal weight.
    Thanks so much for sharing! And keep up the good work!!!

  15. Stacie says:

    All I can say is wow, this is very inspiring! I need to lose about the same amount and it gives me hope it is possible. Congratulations I know this is very difficult and required a lot of hard work.

  16. Bb says:

    This is just what I needed to read. A new doctor told me today how I need to cut carbs and exercise. I need to lose 75 lbs! Your story inspires me. You look great. Congrats!

  17. Courtney says:

    What an incredible journey you have been on. I personally know how hard it is to lose weight. I lost 57 lbs with WW and I’ve put 20 lbs back on just going back to old habits, but I am finally ready to tackle it again. I think exercise has so much do to with it as well and that’s mainly where I am lacking since I’ve stuck pretty close to what I was eating on WW. Thank you for sharing and you look amazing. You’re definitely an inspiration.

  18. Diane says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! I love the progress you’ve made! I myself, would love to lose 50-60…and you just provided the most brilliant idea. WW online! My schedule is so crazy but I will find time to get to a treadmill, especially during the winter. I also have recently been wearing my iWatch and I push myself more every day to get those steps. You are looking absolutely fabulous. Ima get there too! Lol 🙂

  19. Kara krause says:

    Wow! This is amazing! Congrats on all your hard work. Thank you for posting your journey.

  20. illy junus says:

    Amazing journey, thank you for telling your story. I think I should do more, to lose more weight

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