It’s been awhile since I have posted, but not because I have nothing to share. I have been really busy helping one of my best friends get out of her comfort zone and I couldn’t be more proud of her.
Jessica and I have known each other a looong time. Her and her cousin; Emily, were my first two friends when I moved to Missouri in the first grade. And I still love them both dearly.
Jessica is the type of girl who would do anything for someone. I know without a doubt, if I am in need, she will be there in a heartbeat to help. It’s not just something I am saying. It’s the honest to goodness truth. She has that giving quality that can be a rarity in people today. Her job also sees this side of her. Jessica is a Family Development Specialist and a Youth Specialist at another location. Her job demands a lot of her and like she always does, she gives, gives, gives. She truly cares about her work and sometimes forgets to take care of #1. Not only is Jess a hardworking employee, she is a wonderful aunt, friend, sister, girlfriend, and daughter. And like a lot of women, her needs get put on the back burner.
Jessica found herself exhausted at night and sleeping in that extra minute in the morning. This sometimes meant grabbing a couple donuts on the way to work rather than preparing herself a healthy breakfast. And soda, was her morning coffee. Don’t we all go through this? Maybe for you its a struggle just to get a shower for yourself, much less a thought-out meal on the table first thing in the morning.
I decided that Jess would be a wonderful candidate to run a 7 day trial on, for a little Holiday Fitness Survival Kit I am working on. The average person gains about 3-5 lbs during the holidays, sometimes more. Even if it isn’t weight your gaining, health can be the last thing on your mind when you have so many get-togethers, holiday parties, gifts to buy, dinners to plan, etc. I didn’t want Jess to let the holidays get the best of her.
Last Sunday night, Jessica and I went grocery shopping together. I helped her choose healthier options, snacks to take to work, dinners to prepare at home. We measured her, took photos, weighed her, and planned out meals for the week. I gave her a few items from the Holiday Fitness Survival Kit, including vitamin packed drinks, protein bars, and plant-based supplements. She was ready to commit to the plan for the next 7 days. I helped her prepare her breakfast and lunch for the next day, so she’d have no excuse to back out.
Day one began. I got a few texts like, “Do I really need to have my morning snack? I usually don’t eat snacks, just a can of soup or lean cuisine for lunch.” “Yes, trust the plan,” I’d say. Along with eating better, I emailed her each day, a 15-45 minute workout to complete.
Things were going great. Jess would text me throughout the day letting me know how it was going, send a sweaty pic of her after the workout, tell me she has prepared her meals for the next day. She really wasn’t having a hard time sticking with it at all. She says I underestimate her and I did. 🙂
Tonight I went over to her house for the results. Weighed her, measured her and took photos. Wow. 9 lbs lost in 7 days. 3 total inches lost. 2.1% body fat gone. What?! I know that’s what you’re thinking, this is not healthy, there is no way, she must have been starving. Nope. Jessica committed to changing her habits, using the products and working out.
I interviewed her tonight and thought you’d like to see what she had to say.
What was the hardest part of this experience? It was hard to eat everything, it felt like a chore. I am not use to eating so much. Usually I would just eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack before bed but you had me eating 6 times a day. Almost didn’t think I could do it and how am I going to lose weight with eating so much? Preparing and planning my meals was harder than normal but it just took some getting use to.
What was the easiest part? Working out. I figured you would be having me do a bunch of running or an hour or so a night of a hardcore workout but this was all stuff I could do in my living room and didn’t take up a lot of time.
What surprised you? That the food tasted good. I kind of thought to make better choices it was going to also taste horrible. I liked the meals we planned, my snacks, was surprised by how good the protein bars were. And it didn’t cost that much. I probably saved more money by taking more time to plan and prepare meals than eating out or grabbing a pre-packaged meal.
What did you learn from this process? That I can do it. That it is possible to be healthier and to make better choices. I plan to use this as a start to a lifestyle change. And now I know I can make the changes because it’s something I am capable of sticking to.
How do you feel? Like I want to be some type of trainer or health coach almost. More motivated and inspired. And physically my digestive system is better and I am all-over more healthier feeling.
I am so very proud of her! I want everyone to take care of themselves so they can continue being that energetic aunt or mother, caring daughter, fun co-worker. I will be posting more info on the Holiday Fitness Survival Kit that Jess did the 7 day trial on this week!
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31