I Lost 212 Pounds!

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By: , – Abigail Cuffey, Woman's Day
2/4/2013 12:00 PM   :  85 comments   :  33,275 Views

Jennifer Hodges, 41
Before: 369 lb
Now: 157 lb
 
Start
 
I began gaining weight in sixth grade soon after my parents opened a pizza place. I wasn't active and ate poorly. To deal with being heavy, I was the "funny fat girl" in high school and made jokes about my weight. At 23, I was 250 pounds. People always said, "You have such a pretty face, if you'd just lose weight, you'd be a knockout."
 
Reality Check

In October of 2008, I fell in the yard and twisted my ankle while playing with my three kids (who were all under the age of 4). At 350 pounds, I was too big for my husband to lift, so he had to get a blanket, roll me onto it and drag me inside. I was humiliated and terrified. What if I had been home alone? I knew I had to make big changes. 
 
Exercise Made Easy

A few weeks after my fall, I joined a gym near my house. The location was important because I didn't want to have any excuse to skip a workout. I started slowly, just walking for a few minutes on the treadmill. Gradually I increased the time and distance.
 
Ramp It Up!

My body really transformed once I started taking a gym class called BodyPump, which combines cardio and weights.
 
Food Changes

After a year of exercise—and losing 100 pounds—I tackled my eating habits. (It was too overwhelming to do both at once.) I cut portions down and cooked at home more often.
 
Finish

By 2011, I finally reached my goal weight. The best part? Now I'm setting a positive example for my family. We swim, run and ride bikes together. We are an active family, which I never would have dreamed of three years ago.

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  • 85
    :) *HUGS* This is fantastic in every sense of the word. :) - 8/5/2014   12:39:01 PM
  • 84
    Outrageously Great job! - 6/22/2014   9:38:02 PM
  • 83
    Congrats on your achievement! You are truly an inspiration. I have been making excuses as to why I can't get started again on my weight loss....it is always next Monday, my knees hurt or too tired.....but after reading your story I know that I can start out slow ( I usually go all in all at once but now that I am getting older not so easy to do). Thanks you so much for sharing :) - 5/16/2014   12:23:02 PM
  • 82
    Story sounds so much like mine just wish I could find that one thing down so I could lose the weight. - 5/6/2014   10:38:28 PM
  • 81
    She is living proof that if you start small, you'll yield big results. All about determination and perseverance! :) this seriously inspires and motivates me. - 5/6/2014   3:35:51 PM
  • 80
    WOW!!! I am inspired by your story!! Awesome job....keep up the great work!!

    - 5/6/2014   1:47:57 PM
  • 79
    You are a wonderful encouragement to all of us.
    Congrats on your achievement! - 5/6/2014   1:17:54 PM
  • 78
    Congratulations on all your accomplishments!!! You are an inspiration!!! - 3/26/2014   2:32:18 PM
  • 77
    What an encouraging testimony! I am near the beginning stage and have started going to the gym and have only done small food changes and your story makes me know that I am doing what is right for me. - 1/6/2014   1:47:55 PM
  • 76
    Thanks for sharing! Your story is SUPER inspiring! :-) - 4/19/2013   7:27:32 AM
  • MERIWHEN
    75
    What a wonderful example you have set for your family and all others! Thank you for the inspiration! - 3/23/2013   12:19:57 PM
  • BRITTTURTLE
    74
    Congrats! - 3/20/2013   1:54:37 PM
  • PROJECTBLUE6
    73
    Congratulations! You're an inspiration! - 3/12/2013   10:55:43 AM
  • OHMAMA9
    72
    Wow this is fantastic. I sure hope that I can have the success that you have had. - 3/6/2013   11:25:31 PM
  • BORNA_MIRZA
    71
    woooo.. soo inspiring .. i dont even loose 1 kg :( shame on me :( - 2/28/2013   3:15:19 AM
  • 70
    good job, very inspiring - 2/24/2013   3:28:17 PM
  • MJSMITH336
    69
    Such an inspiration. :) Congrats - 2/23/2013   12:52:59 PM
  • 68
    Thank you for sharing your story and congratulations on your success.



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  • VAL_FAT2FIT
    67
    Congratulations!!! You look AMAZING!!!
    - 2/19/2013   3:11:32 AM
  • MONIKIUX
    66
    Thank you.. I can do it too.. I'm just at the begining - 2/18/2013   9:06:57 PM
  • 1954MARG
    65
    Well done! - 2/16/2013   9:07:06 AM
  • 64
    awesome - 2/11/2013   11:38:30 PM
  • 63
    WAY TO GO!!!! INSPIRING!!!!! KEEP UP GOOD WORK - 2/11/2013   1:44:42 PM
  • 62
    Congratulations! I am also a big fan of Body Pump! - 2/10/2013   2:29:14 PM
  • 61
    Congratulations on your hard work and dedication to reaching your goals. You are an inspiring lady. - 2/10/2013   10:25:13 AM
  • 60
    I applaud you, what an encouraging story! - 2/8/2013   12:31:08 AM
  • 59
    What a wonderful blog. You did it! So happy for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story. - 2/7/2013   10:14:36 AM
  • 58
    Very inspiring and encouraging story. Congratulations on your weight loss success. - 2/7/2013   9:58:42 AM
  • 57
    what an inspiring story.It shows we can do it if we want it - 2/7/2013   12:22:57 AM
  • NPAWLUS
    56
    Fantastic! You must feel so good! Good for you girl :) Keep it up; what a great inspiration you will be for your children. - 2/6/2013   8:12:44 PM
  • 55
    Thank you for sharing! I have 150 lbs to lose and most days I feel so overwhelmed I figure why bother. I'll keep your story in mind on those days. :) - 2/6/2013   11:49:18 AM
  • MARIEWINDSORA
    54
    so inspiring, such a beautiful story. you go jen!! :) - 2/6/2013   11:17:25 AM
  • 53
    That was phenomenal---what an inspiration you are! - 2/6/2013   6:39:32 AM
  • 52
    Thank you for sharing your story. You are definetly an inspiration!!! - 2/6/2013   5:30:33 AM
  • 51
    Great job. You are an inspiration to all of us. - 2/5/2013   11:12:12 PM
  • 50
    AWESOME!!!!! - 2/5/2013   5:31:05 PM
  • 49
    Congratulations on making such an important and dedicated commitment to yourself! Your story is so motivating! - 2/5/2013   3:40:50 PM
  • 48
    Praise The Lord! Awesome Story! THANK YOU!
    I Let God Lead My Way As He Led Me To SparkPeople! Consistency Yields GREAT Rewards! Working Out Most Days With A Plan That Includes Cardio And Strength Training And Stretching. Tracking My Daily Food Consumed, Water And MEASURING MY SERVINGS. Measuring Changed My Way Of Thinking And The Succesful 2012 I Enjoyed. I'm 4lbs Away From My Goal Weight Of 145. Down 84lbs. It Was Quick The First Year And Then Slowed Becaause Of Different Reasons, Injuries, Overeating and Regaining, and Inconsistency. I'm Truly Enjoying A Lifestyle I've NEVER Lived! What A Blessing! - 2/5/2013   12:39:35 PM
  • KNLSN0905
    47
    Wow that is fantastic.. It is nice to hear someone who started it the way i just started. i weigh 265 when i started one month ago. I decided that in order for me to not want to quit and complain that it is too much for me I joined a gym down the street and started very slow I was doing 20 mins a day four days a week. then every week i increased the time and intensity of the workout. i now do 1 hour five days a week thinking of going to 6 days. I do the elliptical for 30 mins first time I tried this machine it killed me now i can do it no problem. I then do 30 mins on the recumbent bike and I increase hte intensity every day. I did lose about 12 llbs so far but i think i am gaining muscles now since my weight is not going anywhere. i also eat about 1200-1300 calories a day. Had to change my diet since I am type two Diabetic. i hope I can follow your results and lose the 100 lbs in one year that I am trying for. Thanks for your inspiring story. - 2/5/2013   12:29:43 PM
  • 46
    Thanks for sharing your success story!! It really is one step at a time! - 2/5/2013   11:11:54 AM
  • TAG4ME
    45
    Very inspiring story. Congrats, Jennifer!!! - 2/5/2013   10:40:02 AM
  • 44
    Wow! Great job of will power and determination inspired by that bundle of joy you're holding I'm sure. - 2/5/2013   10:26:14 AM
  • 43
    Way to go!! Congrats on your sucess!! - 2/5/2013   9:32:25 AM
  • 42
    You are so beautiful! What an amazing transformation. I"m proud of you and happy for your new found healthier life with your family together. : )


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  • 41
    Way to go! You are such an inspiration to so many. That is a lot of weight to lose and you've proven it can be done by making gradual changes and getting serious about changing old habits. Woo-Hoo!!! - 2/5/2013   9:01:40 AM
  • SEBASTIANALADY
    40
    I think the lesson about her doing exercise and then tackling diet is that just because we can't do everything right doesn't mean we shouldn't take some steps to improve. Momentum works both ways. A few weeks of improvement with a treadmill makes you more comfortable picking up a dumbbell or taking a class. Making a couple meals at home each week makes you more willing to dump between meal snacks. - 2/5/2013   8:51:17 AM
  • 39
    your story made laugh and reflect - 2/5/2013   7:41:31 AM
  • FELICIA1963
    38
    You are quite the inspiration - I have about the same amount that I am in the process of losing - thank you for sharing your journey! - 2/5/2013   6:21:49 AM
  • 37
    Great job with your weightloss. I wish I controlled my weight when I was younger. I tried alot of diets but always gained more later. You are an inspiration. - 2/5/2013   1:56:28 AM
  • 36
    Wonderful that you have been so successful. I know your children appreciate it and I'm sure your husband does as well. I can't imagine working out for a year at a gym and not working on changing eating habits, but whatever worked for you is right for you. Richard Bernstein M.D. says all obese people are Insulin Resistant and so it is difficult for us to lose weight until we cut the sugar/starches we eat. I have gotten so much out of reading his book "The Diabetes Diet" and listening to his lectures on YouTube. I don't have Type 2 Diabetes yet and I don't want it. - 2/5/2013   12:10:22 AM

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