Who I Am

Hi, I’m Jennifer! Thanks for checking out my blog.

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Age 5 or 6

I’m 27 years old, and have been battling obesity my entire life.

Ever since elementary school, I’ve tried diet after diet in a desperate attempt to gain control over my weight issue. I’ve been referred to an endless string of doctors, nutritionists, and psychologists. I’ve tried wacky pills, fat-burning teas, and good old-fashioned starvation.

Nothing ever worked. I’d manage to lose 20 pounds, then gain it right back. Then I’d go back on a “diet,” drop 60 pounds, and then (you guessed it!) gain it right back. I’d go on crash diets to fit into a dress for the prom or to get “beach ready” for an upcoming vacation, but the moment the event was over, so were my weight loss efforts. Any progress I made was lost the moment I gave up on my current “diet” and returned to my old ways.

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8th grade, about 220 pounds

It wasn’t until tipping the scales at nearly 270 pounds at the age of 22 that I had finally had enough. I couldn’t take it any more. I decided that it was time to change my life, and I finally began to make some headway in my lifelong battle of the bulge.

As a result of drastically transforming my eating habits (thanks Weight Watchers!) and joining a gym, I shed more than 80 pounds in one year.

But then I got stuck, and have been struggling to reach my goal of losing 120 pounds since the end of 2008. Dropping these final 40 pounds would bring me to a healthy BMI (body mass index) for the very first time in my life.

Before (260+ pounds)

Age 22, about 260 pounds

At 5’4 and 175 pounds, I am still, technically, “obese,” as ridiculous as it may sound for someone who wears a size 8/10 and runs 25+ miles a week.

While the pounds melted off in the beginning, losing weight became an everyday struggle. I have a long way to go, but I can’t seem to stop gaining and losing the same five pounds over and over again.

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Age 27, 175 pounds

On this blog, I divulge my daily weight loss triumphs and failures, along with updates about my various fitness pursuits. I include my tips and tricks, my frustrations, and my realizations, all in the hope that those of you who are also struggling to lose weight and change your life can take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone…and, most importantly, that it CAN be done!

It’s the hardest thing you’ll probably ever have to do, but I can tell you from firsthand experience that your health and happiness are well worth the effort.

Questions, comments, suggestions?  Shoot me an e-mail at thefinalforty at gmail dot com. I’d love to hear from you!

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For more of my story, be sure to check out my first post: https://thefinalforty.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/meet-the-former-fattie/


6 Comments

6 thoughts on “Who I Am

  1. Comeka Dixon

    How long did it take you to lose 80 pounds? When did you start weight watchers?

    • Hi there!

      Thanks so much for checking out my blog.

      I started Weight Watchers in November of 2007. I lost 80 pounds in my first year on the program.

      By February of 2009, I hit 90 pounds lost…but then for the remainder of last year, I struggled. I basically kept gaining and losing the same 5 pounds over and over again. But now I’m back on track!

      Hope that helps. Feel free to keep stopping by for updates, and if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! 😀

      Jennifer

  2. Keep up the great work — you look amazing! I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award. You can read all about it here: http://irunfordonuts.com/2013/04/06/the-versatile-blogger-award/. Have fun!!

  3. I think you’re amazing. You are an inspiration to all people that anyone can become a runner. All it takes is determination and discipline. Keep up the great work!

    • Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words — you’ve made my day! It’s so true…as someone who got winded climbing stairs and for so many years was perfectly content sitting on the couch and feeling sorry for myself, I never in a million years would have thought that someday I would become a runner. It’s quite possibly the LEAST likely scenario I could have imagined for myself. If I can do this, ANYONE can! Thank you again! 😀

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