Eighty Pounds Healthier . . . . and Counting!

When I first interacted with Jenny she was close to delivering her second baby. She was miserable from carrying around excess weight, (and not just pregnancy weight either), and was becoming desperate to get her health back for the sake of her young family. Then eighteen months later, this past summer, she tipped the scales at 323 lbs and also had an emergency appendectomy. While in the hospital ER, Jenny realized that she was fortunate that she wasn’t there for a heart attack or stroke. Being a mother of two little boys, that time in the hospital was her wake-up call to get serious about her health. On July 1st she committed to follow Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritional recommendations in Eat to Live, and has lost over eighty pounds since then! Welcome to Disease Proof, Jenny.

     

What was your life like before discovering Eat to Live? 

I was probably in 2nd grade when I was last at my "ideal weight.” Then I became chubby, and it only got worse in middle and high school.  I used to eat to calm myself and to numb negative feelings or stressful situations.  I literally would eat two Big Macs and a large fries, and drink five, large Diet Cokes; and then be considering a fish sandwich with extra tarter sauce, and then a Papa John's pizza.  I knew that I had a problem when I’d constantly be thinking about that large pizza. I could eat an entire one without batting an eye . . .  I knew something was terribly wrong.

 

What changes are you noticing?

I still have about 95 more pounds to lose, but I already feel so much better!!! I’m a high school music teacher and was a caffeine junkie to get through my long days at school and special show choir rehearsals until 9pm at night. Thankfully, I don't have caffeine or pop anymore.  

Also, for the last four years I had excessive thirst issues.  I once drank an entire 24 pack of water overnight on a trip.  I was drinking several glasses of water every hour during the night; therefore, always needing to go to the bathroom and wasn't getting a full night of sleep.  When out to eat with friends and family, in the time we were at the restaurant, I would drink 6-7 glasses of water and 6-7 glasses of diet pop.  It became a "running joke" on how much I could drink, but underneath the comments, I was absolutely miserable.  I'm convinced that I was on the path to diabetes, if not already there.  Since my diet has changed the thirst is completely gone!  

My hair is growing longer, and my skin is clearing up. I have a natural energy that I don't ever remember feeling and people around me, including my students at school, are starting to notice.  I'm a better teacher, wife and Mom because of it; and for the first time in a long time, I’m caring for myself. I’m allowing myself the time to exercise and plan my food so that each day is successful instead of rushing out the door to get somewhere, not pack a thing, and then have to eat six tacos at Taco Bell.  That guilt is gone and I LOVE IT!!!  

I’ve recently realized that I’m a recovering food addict.  Since I used food to self-medicate, and I'm not doing that this year, I’m forced to find a HEALTHY way to deal with negative feelings and process them, which has been extremely hard.  I've thought about those Big Macs again when feeling stressed, but I’m committed not to numb myself with food ever again.  

I know I will never go back to eating the way I did.  It disgusts me now.   I can't wait to lose my first 100 lbs….I’m going to have a party to celebrate!  The Lord, Dr. Fuhrman, and you [Emily] have literally overhauled my life.  I'm a totally different person in so many ways than what I was last year!

              

 

Do you have any success tip(s) to share from what you’ve learned so far?

 

  • Look at the bigger picture. When making food choices, it has also helped me to think about what the foods I choose will do to my body once it gets past my taste buds.  I now look at the bigger picture to see how the choices I make are either helping or hurting my body.

  • Focus on health and longevity. During my 20's I just focused on "losing weight" and it was only for cosmetic reasons with no regard to overall health and longevity.  Now in my 30's health and longevity are my main focus and the weight loss is a result of that focus.

  • Plan for success. If choosing unhealthy foods, ask yourself WHY. Is it because you're not allowing yourself time to plan for success and take care of yourself?  Are you TOO BUSY?  If so, then there's a problem. I know we're all busy; I’m there myself, but you can't take care of anyone else if you're unhealthy and sick.  Are you turning to food to calm yourself down to deal with a bad day? Are you numbing negative feelings and emotions that you don't want to deal with?   I would suggest getting real with yourself and get to the root problem of your situation.  

 

Congratulations Jenny! We are cheering for you and look forward to a future interview when you reach your ideal weight!   

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Betty - January 26, 2012 11:50 AM

Your beautiful.

Congratulations. :)

Looking forward to updates on your success Jenny!

Andrea - January 26, 2012 11:55 AM

Thank you for this! I was following the Eat to Live plan last year and lost 65lbs. I have gained it all back because I allowed myself to lose the discipline. I became lazy and just gave up. I follow this blog on facebook and would just not read the entries because I felt ashamed and disgusted in myself. I needed this to get back on track. I have Eat to Live and Eat for Health next to me and the second I submit this, I will be re-reading them and doing grocery shopping to clean up my act.

I no longer want to say "But, I cannot eat burgers. I cannot eat french fries. I cannot eat whatever it is that is going to kill me slowly but surely". From now on, I am going back to saying, "I will not miss hypertension. I will not miss being diagnosed with diabetes. I will not miss dying of heart disease. I will not miss worrying about my cancer risks."

NO MORE CANNOTS for this girl! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Natalie - January 26, 2012 12:45 PM

Great Job Jenny!! You have always worn many hats and have been juggling so much in the last 10 years! That's awesome that you are focusing on you and your health to become an even stronger person than you already are! I know you can lose all the weight that you want with your strong determination!

mike crosby - January 26, 2012 1:17 PM

Wonderful picture. She really is beautiful.

Kris - January 26, 2012 2:03 PM

Congratulations on your hard work! Jenny you look fabulous. You have the nutritarian glow and your hair has the body and shine that only comes from good eats. Great job.

Michelle - January 26, 2012 2:08 PM

Mike, I was just thinking the same thing. Jenny, you are gorgeous in your "after" picture. I think in 95 pounds you are going to stop traffic. Don't let any fear of being drop dead gorgeous get in the way, though! Thanks for the inspiration. Keep up the good work!

Laura - January 26, 2012 2:21 PM

Jenny, you are a beautiful woman, with such glowing skin and a rdiant smile. Just remember how this diet makes you glow and that will motivate you!

Tim - January 26, 2012 2:36 PM

Jenny, you are doing awesome! You already had the sweetest personality of anyone. I'm so thankful you are making a healthy life for yourself. Your family will get to keep you many more years also. You look awesome..

Nora Manwiller - January 26, 2012 4:37 PM

What a wonderful testimony. Thank you for sharing!

Debbie - January 26, 2012 5:32 PM

Jenny, you look amazing!!! I am so in awe of your commitment. You are just glowing, congratulations!!!

Tiffany - January 26, 2012 8:09 PM

Jenny, I am so proud of you!! You look amazing!! Absoulutely inspiring. Congratulations on all your hard work!!

Lilly - January 26, 2012 8:56 PM

Congratulations on making such fantastic changes in your health. You must have so much more energy now that helps you keep up with the kids at school and at home. Thank you for being a teacher and thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

Carrie - January 26, 2012 10:20 PM

Jenny, you look beautiful and healthy. It takes a lot of strength to overcome food addiction as you are doing. Keep up the great work for yourself and your family!

Theresa Anderson - January 27, 2012 3:03 AM

Jenny...your story is inspiring. A made up mind is a formidable force against the addictions we all have in one way or another and you have a made up mind.

Andrea...I'm cheering for you... You are on the right track by starting with cleaning up your mind talk. That's key.
Then on to getting those bad foods out of reach. First the bad thoughts, a made up mind and you will succeed!

Abiggil - January 27, 2012 9:59 AM

Wonderful story. You're an inspiration!

Amy - January 27, 2012 12:18 PM

Congratulations Jenny! Your "before" is where I am struggling now. You look so happy and healthy in your after pictures. You are an inspiration to me.
I wish you much success for the future!

Valerie Price - January 27, 2012 4:02 PM

Job well done. I'll get to where you are soon, I'm working on it now. Stay healthy and keep counting.
Val

Chris Sanderson - January 27, 2012 9:21 PM

Jenny - I love your point about seeing the bigger picture! "Why do we eat?" is such a simple and yet profound question. You described it so well. What an amazing example you have given all of us! Keep up the good work!

Chris

Toria - January 28, 2012 7:05 AM

Very inspiring, you're glowing in your after picture Jenny!

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