Jasmine Parent and her partner lost 215 pounds combined, in just 10 months.
In 2012, Jasmine began a similar journey and spent a whole year getting into shape. But unfortunately, a year later, her father passed away from cancer and her only way of coping with grief was food. Thus, she gained weight, revealing for TODAY she didn’t even realize how ‘anxious’ or ‘unhappy’ she was.
She then became pregnant, gaining extra 50 pounds, and soon after giving birth in 2016, Jasmine became pregnant for the second time, without even losing the weight from the first pregnancy. After the birth of her second daughter, Jasmine weighed 300 pounds. And while her life had never been better, with a baby on her arms, and another kid at home, Jasmine was not feeling herself, and didn’t like how she looked.
I looked at myself in the mirror and I was in so much pain. My knees were shot. My back hurt and I was tired. My anxiety was so bad I didn’t want to leave the house.
And while she knew she needed to lose weight, it wasn’t until she saw a picture of herself taken around Christmas in 2017, that Jasmine decided her new year’s resolution would be shedding a few extra pounds.
She and some of her childhood friends would get together each year, and snap a few pictures to document their reunion. This tradition has been going on for 12 years, as Jasmine explained, but that year, she’d been embarrassed to post the picture because of her look.
Together with her partner, Jeremy Crawley who also weighed over 300 pounds, the couple decided to start their weight-loss journey as 2018 New Year’s resolution.
First, she began doing some research and found the 21-Day Meal Plan. The plan was about foods they could eat, and foods to skip. Of course, the first thing they did was cut sugar, junk, and processed food, while adding fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean meats to their meal plan.
She started seeing the difference in the very first week, adding she felt more energetic and was more focused. Within a month, Jasmine lost 17 pounds, whereas Crawley 20. The weight loss was quite a motivation, and in addition to changing their eating habits, the couple started exercising.
They started with 25-minute workout DVDs at home, but Jasmine admitted she struggled working out at 294 pounds. However, she didn’t let it wear her down, and with her partner at her side, Jasmine went on. Every time they would hit a plateau, they would switch up the exercises or eating habits.
Overall, the couple lost 215 pounds combined, claiming the weight loss was much easier because they had the constant support of each other, and because persistence is the key to success.
Now, both Jasmine and Crawley are loving their new active and healthy life. She said:
I am happy with how I look. I am happy with how I feel. I am just overall happy.
As for people who are looking to shed a few extra pounds, Jasmine and Crawley shared some tips.
1. FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
The meal plan they followed during their weight loss journey worked perfectly for them as it included real food, and you can adjust it accordingly to fit your needs. Jasmine was even breastfeeding when she lost the weight.
People should do research and find something that’s gonna work for you. Find what is going to be sustainable.
2. ‘THERE IS NO QUICK FIX’
Jasmine mentioned many diets and fads that will cost a fortune and still aren’t a quick fix. There’s no such thing as a quick fix as the journey is usually hard, and will take work, but in the end, it will be worth it.
3. HAVE A BUDDY
Starting this journey together with a partner tends to be more successful. At points when it got difficult, they were always supporting and lifting each other up.
It completely changed everything. We really fed off each other’s energy and it was a lot easier having someone eat the same meal as me.
4. HAVE EVOLVING, REALISTIC GOALS
Jasmine’s original goal was losing 40 pounds and run a 5K by July.
I knew that it had to be something short-term and realistic.
When she lost her goal weight, she constantly set new ones, to finally weigh 170 pounds.
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Making excuses burns zero calories, I said to myself while reading Jasmin and Crawley’s story…