Habits, especially the bad ones can be tough to break. Over-eating, spending too much money or too much time hanging out watching Netflix can turn into unhealthy behaviors if you’re not careful.
I love chocolate, fried food, and ice cream. Do I indulge in these temptations each day? No way. I believe in moderation. I don’t eat them once a week, not even once a month. On the very rare occasion, I’ll give in and eat something I shouldn’t. Like this young woman in the story below, I too have made lifestyle changes that have brought about positive results in my life.
Jessica Beniquez is 21. Her previous routine from a year and a half ago would eventually kill her if she didn’t make some drastic changes. At five-feet-four inches, she weighed over 320 pounds, Jessica was well on her way to encountering serious medical issues: “All I did was eat, go to work, and watch my shows,” she says of her routine.
Not a healthy lifestyle no matter your size. Thankfully, early last year, Jessica came to the smart realization she needed to make a change. For her, making her transition meant entirely giving up fast food and substituting it with healthier options. Jessica ditched her sedentary lifestyle. No more couch potato for her. Jessica began exercising. She started walking; she then built up her stamina to doing workouts she found on YouTube.
At first, the gym terrified Jessica. Now, it’s her happy place where she works out two hours each day. Like the healthy eating, spending time at the gym has become part of her life.
Jessica documented her weight loss journey on social media, hoping it would inspire others: “My name is Jessica, and I’m 21,” she wrote in a recent Instagram caption. “I’m 5’4, and I have lost over 170 lbs with diet and exercise. Starting at over 320 lbs and currently between 145-148.”
I applaud Jessica for her toughness. It’s not easy to break old habits. Making a lifestyle change doesn’t happen overnight as she’s proven. Jessica’s aware of the reality of her new lifestyle. There will be difficulties, and she will slip up because no one is perfect.
“There were and still are obstacles that get in the way, but that’s just the way it is, and I have to deal with it. Did I let me give up? NEVER.”
Making a change, even a small one can often feel impossible to maintain. Jessica knows that you sometimes have to take things day by day. As long as you don’t give up on your goals and yourself, that’s what matters most.
“I have dedicated my life to fitness, and I had learned to love it when before I started this journey, I would dread just walking to the bus stop that was not even a 5 min walk.
“And the changes haven’t just been physical. “I never expected to be where I am today. I was shy, but now I have so much more confidence, I have so much more energy… It’s crazy the things I can do now that I couldn’t do before.”
Jessica’s transformation has allowed her to see the new confident woman inside. That’s worth the struggle, the rough days and times when she wanted to quit. She loves herself for who she has become, and that in itself is fantastic.