Location: Central Indiana
How long have you been a health nut in training (and what does that look like for you)?
I started my journey in September 2011 by just making some better choices and adding in some exercise. I slowly added more healthy options and harder exercise and was successful at losing 60+ pounds, and even ran my very first 5k in July 2013. In September 2013, however, I developed an extremely painful neck issue that I dealt with for months and months. And I definitely ate my emotions. In April 2014, I finally got some physical therapy on my neck, which has helped a lot. And I am just now finally feeling comfortable enough to ease back into exercising. I’m not jumping into anything insane, because I learned in the past year that I need to baby my neck or I will have another setback. I have, unfortunately, gained back everything that I worked so hard to lose… Plus five extra pounds. But I am not giving up. I will NEVER give up. What motivated you to begin your journey to health? I wanted to be a better role model for my daughter, who was almost one at the time. And I wanted to get control of my health and feel comfortable in my own skin.
Who have been your biggest supporters?
My family and my closest friends, for sure. And some awesome ladies that I have met on Facebook throughout this journey. And the wonderful people who have been following my blog page from the beginning and have always been so kind!
How has your choice to get healthy impacted other areas of your life?
I am way more confident now. Even after gaining all the weight back, I am now still comfortable wearing things that I would never have been comfortable wearing three years ago. Like tank tops and shorts. I could have worn capris and short sleeved shirts all summer, and been uncomfortable in the heat. But I made a decision back in June that I wasn’t going to do that to myself and I am so glad that I reclaimed my confidence in that area.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is just starting out?
Ease into it. You’ll get overwhelmed and quit if you try to do it all at once. Also, make sure you’re eating enough! You won’t do yourself any favors if you go on some crazy starvation diet. Your body may respond at first, but then it will revolt on you. And love yourself, at every stage, not just at your goal.
Thanks for sharing, Jessii! We’re so happy to have you as a fellow health nut in training! I’m so grateful for all of the support you’ve given me over the years! I know you can achieve anything you want, and I’m excited to watch your story unfold. To follow Jessii’s journey, please visit and like her FB page!
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