Weight before: 203 lbs
Weight now: 133 lbs
Location: Florence, KY
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom
Most embarrassing song she works out to: Copacabana by Barry Manilow - "A great cardio song!"
After her third pregnancy, Jenna found motivation in an unlikely place: the "F" word. "I was 203 pounds and 'frumpy,'" she says. Jenna felt discouraged, but relied on a personal mantra to get back into the gym. "I can do anything for one minute," she told herself before stepping on the treadmill or walking over to the weights area. Soon, she was up to sprints and advanced strength-training circuits.
A desire to become a fit mom - not just a skinny one - was Jenna's driving force. Within six months, she lost 70 pounds, reduced her body fat from 31 to 17 percent and increased her strength. As for those abs, she stuck with a clean diet, returned to Pilates and fell in love with circuit training.
Between her three pregnancies, Jenna has now lost a combined 180 pounds, which is more than she currently weighs! In her closet, she keeps the XL maternity pants ("the largest pair of pants I've ever worn!") to remind her of how far she's come. With a stronger body and mind, she's become a happier mom.
Bounce Back Like Jenna
"Some women make it look so easy to get back into shape after having a baby, but it takes a ton of hard work!" Jenna's top three tips to bounce back:
- Rely on a good support network of friends and family
- Try new workout classes and routines.
- Write down your goals for the day/week/month.