110 Pounds Lost!
Height: 5'4", Age: 39
From North Babylon, NY
Before starting her journey on the South Beach Diet in November 2010, Jennifer faced a number of different health problems. She was overweight, suffered from herniated and slipped discs, and had high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as ovarian cysts. With a family history of type 2 diabetes, she was also at risk of developing the disease. To top things off, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease in September 2010. But the wake-up call that snapped Jennifer into action happened on a vacation to Aruba when she could hardly fit into her airplane seat and wasn't able to buckle the seat belt. That day, Jennifer made the commitment to quit her bad habits and adopt a healthier way of life.
"I felt like my world was falling apart. I thought to myself, 'I can't be that fat, can I?' But I was, and right then and there, I decided my life had to change," Jennifer says.
As a mother of four children, she wanted to be a model of good health. When her sister-in-law touted her own success at losing weight on the South Beach Diet, Jennifer knew it was the right weight-loss program for her.
"I read up on everything about the South Beach Diet. It made sense and it seemed like a healthy lifestyle change for me, especially with all the health issues I had going on," Jennifer says.
After a year and two months on the South Beach Diet, Jennifer lost a whopping 110 pounds and no longer has high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Today, Jennifer is a much happier and healthier person, and she is teaching her kids the same healthy-eating principles that she's learned from the South Beach Diet lifestyle. She is able to run 5K and 10K races, and she's on her way to running a half marathon. Also as a result, in October 2011, when Jennifer and her husband went on a vacation to Florida, Jennifer experienced instant gratification when she was able to fit into the airplane seat (with some extra room!) and buckle her seat belt just fine.
"I can't believe how far I've come in a year of following the South Beach Diet. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to lose weight. It can be done, and I am living proof!"
"I was surprised by how easy it was to follow the healthy eating plan. I never thought I would be able to do Phase 1 without any fruits or carbs. I was also surprised by how much food I could eat and still lose weight. I think I eat more on the South Beach Diet than I was when I wasn’t following it. The difference is that the healthier choices are more satisfying for me. Who knew I could live without sugar?
"My favorite South Beach Diet–friendly snack is either 2% cottage cheese or a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick with grape tomatoes and celery or carrot sticks. I always try to have some lean protein and veggies in my snack."
"I love being able to run around with my kids and do things I never thought were possible for me. For example, I am running 5K and 10K races and will be running a half marathon in March. Before I started the South Beach Diet, I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs without becoming out of breath."
"One of the best compliments I received was from my children commenting on how skinny and good I look. Knowing that I am setting a good example for them by following a healthy lifestyle is one of the biggest rewards for me. It will help them avoid experiencing the same weight and health issues I had. So many people have been coming up to me and saying how incredible and amazing I look and how much of an inspiration I am for them to get started on their weight-loss journeys. It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world to be able to inspire others and show them that their journeys can lead to health and happiness."
Most Effective Strategy
"My most-effective strategy for avoiding temptation was to always keep South Beach Diet–friendly food in the house. When I went out, I would carry healthy snacks with me and when I went to parties, I brought South Beach Diet–friendly dishes to share. I had more than 100 pounds to lose and looking at that big number was often very overwhelming, so I set mini goals of ten pounds at a time and incorporated exercise, which helped me stay motivated."
"I have my favorite quote up on my refrigerator: ‘Nothing is impossible! The word itself says I'm possible.’ While on Phase 1, I lost only three pounds, and I was very disappointed, but I didn’t give up. I kept on going. Make small changes and set mini goals throughout your journey, instead of looking at the big picture. This has helped me to remember a slow and steady weight loss wins the race."