I’ve shared my weight loss story in the hopes to help other people who are suffering or have given up on themselves. You have to power to change your life! After my daughter was born in 2001, I couldn’t take off the pregnancy weight and got up to 270 pounds. For 13 years, I went on every crash diet you can imagine. You name it, I tried it, probably more than 50+ diets in all.
In 2013, I was finally inspired to make a real change. I was sedentary! I was working with all these great people who were getting up early to workout and that got my attention! My team in Denver was my biggest inspiration!
So, I started for real this time and faked it most days, telling myself it was easy. I said no to cheating every single time. I didn’t want to have the cravings.I mean I am a sugar addict for goodness sakes. I had to stop this vicious cycle. I had to make a MENTAL CHANGE and I had to work on it every single hour of every single day. I start posting socially about my workouts and diet—which consisted of high protein, low carb and low sugar. Soon, friends and family began reaching out via Facebook or text asking me, “Did you work out today?” That helped me with my accountability and really focus on all the support I was getting to be successful. I felt like I was beating this—finally! And when friends would ask me to go out to happy hour or dinner, I’d say, “Ask me to do something else,” and we’d go on a hike or walk instead. I needed to take temptation out of the equation and minimal booze until I was strong enough to face it.
One of my biggest cheerleaders kept saying to me, “You’re Getting Closer Every Day,” and when I had a bad day or was getting frustrated, I’d remember that phrase—and how grateful I was to have support in my life. Support is a tricky thing too. Not everyone is going to support you because change is hard for everybody. And some people don’t have any support and I mean ABSOLUTELY ZERO and every human deserves that in my opinion!
AND THAT’S MY WHY! (GCE) gettingclosereveryday.com and its corresponding Facebook communities and private groups were created to help those who needed an extra lift in their life. Everyone needs support and I know there is not a magic pill or trick because I’ve tried them all! We all have the MAGIC WITHIN. I want to help others know they can do it too, not to wait another day, and that there is FREE SUPPORT and so much kindness to be received! GCE (Getting Closer Everyday) has followers of all shapes and sizes. Everyone from nutritionists, sport instructors, and people who want to lose 15 pounds up to 500+. And guess what? Anything is possible when you COMMIT!
So many people in the community asked me what supplements I used to stay healthy while losing weight so we decided to make them available here and on gcemd.com. Again, no magic pills or powders. That does not exist, but when you do all the right things it can get you 10% closer. I bought workout clothes to help myself feel motivated. I treated myself to a massage every now and then and paid money towards everything wellness to help me stay aligned and committed to my end game. And in the end, that’s priceless!
Finally, after I lost 140 pounds, please pay close ATTENTION. I felt healthy and just so happy I decided to put the cherry on top and have a breast lift and tuck. It was the first surgery I’d ever had, and though it wasn’t a walk in the park, it was the best decision I made for myself. I want to be clear here too. If I never had the surgery I still was always going to be truly happy either way with my accomplishments. I had no idea I would be able to pay for it and then guess what another goal was born— I committed to making the money and then another dream came true.
Now this is really where I want you to LISTEN. Nine months later, I needed to have a hysterectomy that was coming for me like it or not! I had a scary incident in post-op that required me to have CPR and declared me clinically dead. I often wonder if my heavier self would have survived. My doctors said, not likely. So, when you’re looking for inspiration to be a healthier version of yourself, just remember it could be preparation to beat the unexpected things in life.
When I think of what I’m thankful for this holiday season. I would have to say as crazy as it sounds that it would have to be my struggle with losing my 140lbs and being stuck for so long. Without that struggle and being stuck for 13 years, I would never have created our Getting Closer Everyday Communities. EST. 2015
These communities bring support and kindness to everyone! It is unlike any other group in the space! The story is not about me and my journey. The story is about people for people. We’ve grown to nearly 60K (engaged) followers across our social media platforms. I receive countless letters of gratitude that fills my heart and keeps me on my path. So, thank you to all of you who have shown me so much love and support to keep on my path. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it! I am in awe of the friendships and even relationships that have been born on GCE! There is so much love out there to be received!
☆ If you know someone who is struggling share and join our communities! Thank you for being a part of our movement! With Gratitude Be well. Always. Commit. You have the power WITHIN. DIG DEEP. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Jenna Leveille
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