I’ve shared my weight loss story in the hopes to help other people who are suffering or have given up on themselves.  I would like you to know that you can do anything!  I started my journey in August of 2013 and I am 139 pounds lighter.  I have kept the weight off because I continue to keep myself aware and accountable.  Of course, I fluctuate up and down a few pesky pounds, but this is real life and we still have to enjoy ourselves from time to time.  The key to it all is balance and commitment.  The way I lost weight was through hard work at the gym, better nutrition, and a unwavering support system.

I have always been an overachiever in my career.  I love my family and I have the greatest friends but, somewhere along the way I neglected myself.  I am 45 years old and I am living proof that it is never too late to start again and be the person you only saw in your dreams!  Even at my heaviest, I was never one to lack confidence or self-esteem, but I lacked strength in believing in my ability to lose weight.  I was in total denial of how I looked.  I hid my pain of being overweight with my bright smile.  I love people and people have always gravitated towards me no matter what size I have been in my life.  I am the same girl that used to live in that heavier body.  The only difference is I don’t do all the sedentary things I used to do.

Sometimes not everyone in your life is going to support your journey.  Not because they don’t want to support you.  It’s just because they don’t know how or can’t understand the new changes you have made.  You just need to stay strong and stay the course!  Grab on to those who cheer you on!  When I look back at the 13 years I lost and all the fad yo-yo dieting, I actually don’t feel regret, because I am here alive and well today sharing my story with you.  I just want to save you time and If you have been stuck longer then me, then I am a reminder for you that it’s not to late!  Stop telling yourself lies and get into our community.  Start your change today.  It’s not a race –it’s just a new way of life–a better life!  I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I got healthy.  I couldn’t believe how much easier this one day at a time approach was for me.  The first four weeks was the hardest, but I stuck with it and began to crave the goodness I was feeling inside and out.

Life will always deliver us challenges.  It seems the older we get these challenges become a little bit more overwhelming.  With that being said, stand up!  Dust yourself off again and begin your movement in our community.  Together we will be getting closer everyday!

Jenna Leveille

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