Name: Jennifer Emmert
Before weight: 240
Current (goal) weight: 140
My weight loss approach: Eat healthy, be more active! When I first started my journey, I knew that I needed to do something I could maintain forever. That meant there was no banning certain foods and no doing outrageous amounts ofexercise. I try to work out four to five times a week for 30 to 60 minutes. For the first 18 months of my healthiness journey, I counted my calories -- I was so shocked at the high-calorie food I didn't even think I was eating! If you were to ask me pre-healthiness journey, I would have told you I "ate normal," but now I realize I was eating about twice what I should have been eating. Since hitting mygoal weight, I have become a little more relaxed about writing everything down, but that's only because now I am better able to mentally count calories.
Why I wanted to blog about it: I blog about my journey for three reasons. First, I was losing weight, people noticed and asked questions. Everyone wanted to know my "secret," and unfortunately, I had no secret to share. All I could share was how much I struggled every day to push through my frustrations, to battle each temptation, and to continue to fight for what I wanted and deserved. The one thing that I could and still continue to tell people was that I made the right choices over and over again, months upon months upon years. It isn't a two-week diet. There was no "I'll start again on Monday," no "new year's resolutions." No, it was me living my life.