AGE: 32 HEIGHT: 5’6” WEIGHT BEFORE: 213 lb WEIGHT NOW: 157 lb
LOCATION: Victoria, BC, Canada OCCUPATION: School Secretary
FAVORITE EXERCISE: Crossfit, Bootcamp, Kettlebell, Spinning, Running, Weights — I now love it all!
I think one of Jocelyne’s best traits is that she’s a genuinely happy, glass-half-full type of person. So many women look in the mirror and loathe themselves, no matter what’s staring back. But Jocelyne has always loved herself, even if she didn’t feel great about her body. Unfortunately, it was this fabulous optimism that left her believing her health was fine when in fact, her BMI was well over the obesity range, her blood pressure was sky rocketing and her energy levels were dismal.
“I didn’t really realize how heavy I was getting. I have always been a pretty confident, secure woman with good self-esteem so it was almost a distorted view of myself when I looked in the mirror. I suppose I would rather be like that than overly hard on myself, but the problem with that is the weight just gradually snuck on without me ever fully noticing it. Sure I had to get bigger clothes, but I still never clued in.”
Jocelyne can’t pinpoint the exact moment where she realized something needed to change but instead, thinks of it as a series of moments that all added up to send one message: it was time to make her health a priority.
“After having my two daughters, which did a number on my body, and then turning 30 and having high blood pressure, I think I finally realized it was time to really take a good look in the mirror. It was moments like these that just started adding up: sitting on an airplane and being squished in the seat, barely being able to ride the ferris wheel at the fair, not even attempting to play tag with my kids, not being able to shop in the same stores as my friends; the list goes on! I realized I wasn’t living the life I wanted to be living.”
Joining my Fitness Train was just one of the steps Jocelyne took to change her life. She was committed to making a change and knew she needed a wide network of support. She started walking and jogging with friends, began sharing her goals openly to build her accountability network, and most importantly, refused to give up. Even when she suffered defeats (like a calf muscle tear that prevented her from running the half marathon she was training for) or diet failures (we all know what those are!), she refused to think poorly about herself. She adapted, refused to quit, and rejected the negative self-talk that so many women entertain.
Losing Weight, Gaining Strength
As each pound of fat came off, it seemed like a pound of mental muscle was added. Jocelyne discovered just how strong and capable she really is and life went from survival mode to endless opportunities. The same woman that struggled to drink more than three glasses of water a day is now sweating buckets while teaching group bootcamp classes and is completing her certification as a Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Consultant! Doors are opening everywhere she turns as more and more women find her encouraging story inspiring and motivational.
The Benefits of Getting Fit
Besides getting a clear bill of health from the same doctor she used to avoid, Jocelyne now enjoys the many benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle: balanced energy levels, a new sense of mental clarity, not having to shop in plus-size clothing stores, being physically strong, and best of all, feeling like a positive role model for her daughters. In addition, after years of nagging (which never works, ladies!), Jocelyne’s healthy changes were infectious and her husband now proudly joins her at the Crossfit gym where they encourage each other through the challenging workouts.
I think about that day back in 2011, when I suggested my readers join my first ever Fitness Train, where Jocelyne commented with trepidation:
Well Jocelyne, you sure did commit! Through it all, you stayed true to who you are, refused to feel guilty for not being perfect, and showed the world that each small step adds up to total a life-changing success!
Congratulations, I can’t wait to see what you do next!
Natasha Drisdelle (aka Domestica) is a mom of twins, baby-weight survivor, and health & fitness blogger who lives in California’s Silicon Valley. She posted her before-and-after pics on the immortal internet as living proof that morphing into a gelatinous baby-growing-factory doesn’t have to mean your bikini days are over. You can find her on Instagram, Google+, Facebook and Twitter, cutting through the myths and guilt that keep women from realizing true health and happiness.