Success Stories

Jennie: I might have been gym-shy before my 7st 1lb loss, but I'm not now!

In fact, she’s opened her own gym and is the WW fitness expert!

Jennie's story 

Name: Jennie
Weight loss: 7st 1lb
Start weight: 16st 4lb
Goal weight: 9st 3lb (later changed to 10st 7lb)
Current weight: 10st 7lb
Age: 31
Height: 5ft 5in
Time taken to goal: 2 years

The first time I ran on a treadmill for a whole minute, I cried. It was such a milestone in how far I’d come.

The first step is the hardest but best Thirteen years ago, if anyone had told me that I’d be running my own gym and have half a six-pack, I’d laugh and probably light up another cigarette. At 18 years old, I was a size 24, smoked 20 a day and my idea of exercise was walking to the lift to avoid taking the stairs. I had two speeds – ‘slow’ and ‘stop’. After I joined Weight Watchers, I decided to walk three days a week for ten minutes. I didn’t even own a pair of trainers or jogging bottoms, I wore whatever I had on. But that ten minutes, soon became twenty minutes and I was looking forward to my walks as a time to clear my head.

Be realistic about your lifestyle Don’t give up the things you love. If you cut out everything, you won’t enjoy the journey and you won’t maintain your losses. I eat cake and drink gin and pizza is my favourite food. I still enjoy them regularly as part of a balanced lifestyle.

When you enjoy something you’ll do it more Find a way of being active that you enjoy. The most effective exercise is the one you like best, because if you like doing it, you’ll do it more often and give it your best effort.

My yes moment The first time I ran on a treadmill for a whole minute, I cried. It was such a milestone in how far I’d come. I honestly thought I would never be able to run, ever. Twelve months later, I ran my first half marathon – I knew then that my life had changed forever.

Fitness inspiration from Jennie @setufreefit_jen

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