Q – #1 So @priorfatgirl, where did you grow up? Where did you attend HS & what did you do after HS?
A: Grew up in MPLS. High school = Champlin Park. After HS I did the college thing and ATE!
Typical post-high school routine. Worked FT & college nights which led to a lot of eating out, little workout out
Q – #2 I see. Did you have certain foods that were a weakness, or just anything & everything?
A: I didn’t have much for cooking skills so it was either from a restaurant or out of a box (just add water)
Q – #3 So when did you get that “it’s time for a change” feeling inside yourself?
A: a few yrs back, I was invited to a weight loss surgery seminar. Although I didn’t do the surgery, I was a candidate.
That was hard. It was an eye opener. I never realized how big I was. I thought I hid it well.
I left the seminar and joined a gym. Weight loss surgery was an option but one I opted not to take.
Q – #4 So how did you start losing all of the weight that you did, and when did you start blogging about it?
A: I started working out at the gym, 5-6 days/wk. In beginning it was slow on treadmill. Eventually I found the elliptical
I didn’t lose as much weight as I anticipated right away so a friend suggested I keep a food journal. That helped A LOT
I started blogging months after journey started when I realized I needed an outlet. A place to vent w/ ppl who got IT
Blogging quickly became my therapy. A place to whine and cry about how unfair it was that I seemed to struggle so much
As well as a place to share exciting things (non-scale victories or weight loss goals) & have people cheer w/ me
Q – #5 So how much weight did you lose in total? How have you been able to help others with the same goal? Any events?
A: I’ve lost 90lbs total and have maintained for 1.5 years now. I’ve tried to help others fight through the emotional side
Losing weight isn’t just about eating the right foods and doing the 5 exercises to get a flat tummy.
Being healthy is about fighting through the emotional drama that prevents you from eating healthy foods & hitting gym
I’ve had a couple of get-togethers w/ speakers to share on topics I find of interest too. Dietitians and such.
Q – #6 Is it still an emotional battle, in addition to a portions battle, to keep the weight off?
A: it’s emotional battle to control portions, not in addition to.Every meal,it is conscious thought on portion, even still
Q – #7 Lets shift a bit. Your FAVORITES: Restaurant, store, winter activity, comfort food & recent book?
A: Favorites… Restaurant: Subway. Store: All cuz I can shop anywhere now! Winter activity? I’m an indoors kinda gal!
Other favorites? fluffy dogs, cashews & eggs (but not together).
Q – #8 Fluffy dogs?? Your story is great Jen! To end, what mantra or motivation can you share to help others win the fight!
A: Forever and ever: One breath at a time, one step at a time. One bite, one decision.
@JoelECarlson – Thanks @priorfatgirl for your inspiration, time and comments. Keep up the good work and good spirit!
@PriorFatGirl – Thanks for twitterviewing me & sharing my story!