FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers.
JH: My name is Jennifer Hall, I’m 32 years old and a mother of two.
FFFC: What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?
JH: What truly sparked my weight loss besides the doctor telling me, I need to lose 20lbs, was the fact that I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror, in photos, or in my clothes. I felt like I was becoming someone else and I was simply not willing to settle for that.
FFFC: What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?
JH: My starting weight was 198 and my current weight is 167.
FFFC: How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?
JH: So far it has taken my 5 months, but I not met my ultimate goal to weight 150, so I’m still on my journey to lose the remaining weight.
FFFC: What physical activities did you participate in during your journey?
JH: On top of having a trainer that I go to 3 days an week, I also train by myself 5 to 6 days an week. I run a min 2 to 3 miles on a treadmill 5 to 6 days a week and I run an additional 4 miles 3 day of that 5 of that 6 days a week on pavement.
I do strength training daily for about 20 to 25 mins and I work the reminder of my gym to weight training for about 30 mins.
FFFC: How did your eating habits change?
JH: I stopped eating the junk food, red meats, sodas, juices, very high carb foods and started eating lean food such as fish, chicken, turkey and because I love veggies, I traded on the high carb food, with green veggies.
FFFC: What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
For breakfast I eat egg whites, turkey sausage, or bacon or I will eat a skinless chicken breast and I always have a side of spinach.
For lunch, I will eat a big bowl of green veggies with either seafood or skinless chicken or sometimes I just eat a lot of veggies
For dinner, I will eat veggies, sometimes who grain rice, with seafood or chicken
FFFC: What is your favorite fitness activity?
JH: My favorite fitness activity would be running because I never saw it coming…lol if you would have asked me to run 4 miles 5 to 6 months ago, I would laughed at you…lol.
FFFC: What do you do now to maintain your physique?
JH: I’m still working on reaching my goal weight, but to maintain, I plan to work out 3 to 4 times a week verses 6 times a week and continue with my healthy eating choices.
FFFC: How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?
JH: You have to be there mentally, I because I had never been the size that I have become before, I had to mentally prepare myself win the battle. So when I got their mentally, I simply lost the desire and interest to even want the “bad stuff”.
FFFC: What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?
JH: You have to take it one step at a time get yourself mentally prepared, if you are not mentally really , your journey will be very difficult.
Once you are there mentally, make an immediate goal, and start working towards that by changing your eating habits, incorporating exercise and most important don’t ever give up on yourself.
FFFC: What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?
JH: The biggest misconception is that people believe they can do exactly what someone else did to lose weight and get the same results. Losing weight is a science.
Our body mass along with other factors calculates each individual differently. This is why you can stand 4 people next to each other weighing the same thing but look completely different as it relates to their body mass.
So I say why can’t focus on the next person, we have to focus on what works for us and do that well.
FFFC: Do you have any fitness inspirations? Who are they?
JH: I don’t really have any fitness inspirations, but I would love to become a fitness competitor.
Once I meet my goal weight, I plan to focus getting my body were it needs to be to compete which I’m sure would include losing a little more weight.
FFFC: How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?
JH: I’m on Facebook @Jennifer Lashay.