Today I am super excited to have Jessica Limpert, contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser season 12 guest post for me! I am so honored she would take time out of her busy schedule to share her journey with us. Her story is truly an inspiration! So without further delay…enjoy!
At nearly 300lbs and struggling to walk up one flight of stairs I would have never imagined that I would be signing up for spin classes, pre-scheduling my workouts for vacation and I definitely never thought I would pass up a cookie EVER! But I do and I love it! I have had the opportunity of a lifetime as a contestant on The Biggest Loser changing my life forever losing a total of 100 lbs, meeting the love of my life on the show and now living the life that I always dreamed.
I wasn’t always an overweight obese girl. I was an athlete. I entered college at 155lbs and felt amazing. I didn’t fear the freshman 15, I thought It would never happen to me-until I gained the freshman 80! Yes, 80lbs in one year. During that time I had entered into a new relationship where he pushed me towards food, he didn’t want me to have the attention from men that I had once received- it kept him more secure. Throughout that six year relationship I continued to gain and ballooned upwards of nearly 300lbs. Food became my friend and I really thought it was the only thing that made me feel “happy” as I wasn’t receiving it from my significant other and I had isolated myself so much that I really allowed myself to be alone and away from friends. I had such a low self esteem and no confidence in myself that I said yes to a proposal when I remember wanting to scream out “No!”. But who would love me? That was my only option in life- my plan had been made for me. I was going to be 300lbs and in an unhealthy relationship because I didn’t have the confidence in myself that I could do better.
Then finally something in my brain clicked while I was away on a mission trip that I no longer wanted to be the “big girl”, I no longer wanted to feel bad when my boyfriend didn’t think it was appropriate for me to wear makeup, or wear something other than oversized sweats and I wanted to be happy, to wear a smile that wasn’t forced or faked. It was time for me to remove myself from that situation and start over- to earn my life back and prove to myself that I am worth it. Ironically as this epiphany happened I saw a commercial for The Biggest Loser- they were coming to Pittsburgh for a casting call. I really didn’t have anything to lose (but weight!) so I went, it was for season 11. I was quite successful in the application process but as we know season 11 was couples and I didn’t have a partner. So I took that as a sign that it was my time to do it on my own. I picked up my stuff and moved to California as a travel nurse. I began hiking and trying new things. I started to lose weight and was feeling amazing. Out of the blue Biggest Loser calls me 5 months later asking me to be a part of season 12. I was blown away that they remembered me- and clearly I took advantage of that opportunity!
I am so proud to say that The Biggest Loser brought so much light into my life and lead me to coming into who I was and was meant to be. I have lost a total of 100lbs. I met the love of my life who truly has shown me what love really is and how a woman should be treated. I have become a AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and have recently started my own business, Priority 180 where I work as a Celebrity Personal Health Coach helping people around the world with the tools to nutritional success, exercise tips and guaranteeing support/a listening ear.
I no longer have to call ahead of places to check weight limits or size requirements. I go for a run because I enjoy it. I never miss a spin class on days off and I wear a smile because it’s truly how I feel.
Sure, life after loser is hard. I had to learn the balance of working out and eating in real life. How to incorporate 14 hours of work a day, how to have my meals prepared and preplanned for success but I am happy to say I think I have found the balance. I will always have an addiction to food- as all overweight/obese people do but I have figured out how to incorporate healthy eating into an active lifestyle that allows me to enjoy it! It’s an amazing feeling to live life for real. It’s even better helping others experience that. Small steps = huge success. All you have to do is trust the process.-Jessica Limpert BS, RN, BSN Celebrity Personal Health Coach, Priority 180 AFAA Certified Personal Trainer Biggest Loser Season 12 Contestant Priority180@yahoo.com Twitter: @JessicaLimpert