Stay-At-Home Mom Jennifer L. Finally Got Serious About Weight Loss

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In August 2012, Jennifer L., a 38-year-old, stay-at-home-mom to 2 girls, ages 8 and 11, decided to get serious about losing weight. “I was tired of having to wear plus-sized clothes. In my town there aren’t a lot of choices for larger women, so I hated what I looked like in the clothes I had to wear,” says Jennifer. “I didn’t want my children to be embarrassed to have an overweight mum, who wasn’t able to do things with them. My self-esteem was low and I felt invisible.”

She knew she needed a change, so she decided to try MyFitnessPal. “It’s so easy to keep track of what food I eat because of the huge food database & the scanner,” she says. “Before I started losing weight, I wasn’t exercising at all, unless we took the family to a zoo or something. I was eating WAY too many calories—a lot of sweets including chocolate, pastries, ice cream—and not enough real food. MFP helped me watch my food and nutrition, because it showed me which macro levels and micronutrients to focus on. The forums were also very helpful whenever I had a question. In the end, the content of my diet hasn’t changed too drastically. I go by IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), so I don’t discount anything from my diet.”

A few weeks after kicking off her weight loss journey, Jennifer bought a Fitbit. “I wanted to start tracking my activity and calories. I quickly started using it 24/7 and became obsessed with my stat tracking and goal-setting. I started with the Fitbit Ultra, and now have a One, which is awesome. It’s so small and discreet! I love that I can see my calories burned throughout the day and know that I’m on track with my activity.”

In just 7 months of tracking her food and exercise, Jennifer achieved a huge milestone. “As of March 30, 2014, I lost 75lbs. It’s so hard to believe I was that much overweight, and I still have about 15lbs to go. That’s a lot of extra fat for anyone, let alone someone who is 5’2″! I went from size 18/20 jeans and 2XL shirts to size 10 jeans and small/medium shirts.”

Nowadays, Jennifer stays in shape with walking. “When I started using Fitbit, it definitely made me want to add more activity into my day. I started by walking 2km every time I went out, and now I walk at least 10km per session, with my max right now at 16km. I’ve also tried some at-home DVD workouts and using the treadmill for running intervals, but I prefer walking outside to anything else. About 95% of my daily exercise is walking.”

Jennifer acknowledges that getting serious about her health is the best thing she has ever done for herself. “I love MyFitnessPal and my Fitbit. I couldn’t have been as successful as I have been without either one of them!”

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  • thanks for being an inspiration! I have been using MFP since early March and started using a Fitbit mid march. 20 lbs have came off and I feel so much better. I can only imagine how much better it’s going to be when the other 50-70 lbs come off 🙂 I just wanted to say well done — and thank you so much for sharing your story. I now feel encouraged and ready to keep going!

    • Good job, Paula! Keep at it and that 50-70 lbs. will come off before you know it! I too am using MFP and just purchased a Flex and an Aria scale to help me monitor my exercise and weight. Having been diagnosed as diabetic it is important for me to exercise and get my weight down and keep it down.

      For me, tracking my activity and calories on a daily basis really seem to help my motivation.

      Good luck with achieving your goals and keep us posted on your milestones!

  • I am very inspired by your story! I received my Fitbit Flex last Sunday as a present from my kids because it was on my Amazon wish-list. I had serious orthopedic surgery on my hip and leg almost a year ago with a 9 month PT rehab. After being released from PT I realized I had gained weight and had difficulty getting back into an exercise routine. It is stories like yours that keep me going towards my goal of getting back into my former size.

  • I use my fitbit one and I used to use MFP… I should learn to use them together. My downfall is logging the food I eat… In my job, I travel a lot and It is hard to make good food choices when you are at meetings and conferences and have to eat what they have on the buffet. Thanks for being an inspiration, I hope to take this success story and get over the hump that I am on.

  • Great job! You are definitely and inspiration! I started using MFP to keep track of my food and exercise with the hopes that it would help me lose weight and get better control of my diabetes. I am hoping to lose 30 lbs. by the 4th of July, and I just purchased a Flex and an Aria wireless scale to help me monitor my fitness and weight. I have been walking and jogging on an outdoor track and an indoor treadmill for several months and have been entering the data manually into MFP. I am looking forward to having much of the data entered wirelessly.

    Keep up the good work and I wish you continued success!

  • I have lost weight before using WW, but gained it all back over the years. This year on March 1 I changed my eating to “clean” eating and to date have lost 28.8 lbs. I feel better and I know I will continue to feel better as the weight continues to come off. I also had to replace my Fitbit One since it went through the wash for the 2nd time. Yesterday I bought a Flex. Thanks for being an inspiration.

  • I love reading stories of how others are taking themselves BACK <3 We all can do what we put our minds to, one meal and one day at a time. The baby steps add up. Thank you for sharing you <3 Dream. Wish. Live. Inspire.

  • Thank you for inspirational story. Ive been a mfp member since may 2010 but i kept falling off the wagon. I bought a fitbit flex on wednesday and so far its helped me 🙂 Lost 2 lbs so far 🙂 hope to keep going 🙂

  • Wow! You look awesome. Thank you so much for being an inspiration. I’m going to save your picture and look at it whenever I feel discouraged!!

  • Inspiring story! I’m glad to hear you lost weight mostly with walking. You look terrific. The fitbit is fun! I find myself walking around the house to try and get the last of my 10,000 steps. Will have to look for the MFP!!

  • Congrats on your progress and great success!!! Way to go!

    Where did you find the information about macro and micronutrients? I have both MyFitnessPal and the Fitbit and don’t remember seeing anything about that.


    • Mary, you can check out IIFYM by going to I use that “diet” too–it’s the only way I could prevent cheating and binging. Lost 15 lbs so far with fitbit and IIFYM.


  • O my God! Your story is so inspirational. It really will motivate me to know that I can accomplish this weigh loss journey and succeed. Great job! Keep up the good work.

  • What an inspiration. Thanks. I bought a Flex for myself in January. I walk about 5 miles a day at work but I’m having a problem with food. Will try MFP again.

  • Incredible – you are a true inspiration for me – another Canadian woman that hasn’t been paying attention to my health or weight. Your photo on the left looks pretty much like I do now and your now photo gives me great incentive to keep on and don’t quit – I can actually look like that!

    I just bought a Fitbit One on May 22nd and had not stepped on a scale in months as mine was broken. I bought a new scale on May 24th and stepped on it the morning of May 25th and was utterly shocked at my actual weight – almost 20lbs higher than what I thought I was. I’ve been using solely to track everything and using the dashboard throughout the day. There are a lot of foods that are US only so I’m finding I have to add pretty much everything. I entered a food plan with the intention of losing 1.5 lbs per week with 95 lb loss overall and have lost almost 10 lbs in just over 2 weeks – without actually trying! I love the way Fitbit tells you how many calories you can have for the day as I tend to exercise most at night so my calorie intake is actually in a fairly large deficit by the end of the day. Go Fitbit & go Jennifer!

    • it’s absolutely brilliant the way we can have friends 2 compete against i love it .

      I’m being honest i have never come across such a good website in my whole life!!!

      3 cheers for fitbit!!!!

  • Your story is amazing! I too started with MFP & have lost 35 lbs since January. I purchased the fitbit One last week & just receive my first weekly progress report. So exciting! I’ve got at least 25 more lbs to go & I know that I will achieve my goal thanks to these fantastic tools.

  • Congratulations! You are an inspiration! I bought my fitbit in April. At first I was shocked that I only walked about 3000 steps a day. I didn’t realize that I was so sedentary. I love it. But I am interested in My Fitness Pal to track food. I will have to check that out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Fantastic Jennifer. You look great. Good luck with remaining 15 pounds. You’ll soon be a size 4. Keep up the excellent work.

  • Love your success story! I bought a fitbit in January & it has kept me motivated to exercise as well. I’m 20 pounds lighter & looking forward to being at my target weight by December. The food tracking was difficult for me but hopefully the new fitbit ap upgrades will help me track my intake better.

  • Nice job Jennifer and thank you for being brave enough to share. Your inspirational story may be just the motivation that someone else needs to make the change in their life. Plus, I am a nurse and I can tell you, the changes on the outside are awesome but, what you did for the longevity of the inside of your body is unbelievable! Best wishes to you for continued happiness and great health.

  • I am exactly like you! I’m 5’2″ and 192 lbs. I’m only 22 years old, and I know that if I don’t start doing something now, that I’m going to end up with some serious health problems due to family history. I have a fitbit flex, and I love it. I haven’t lost much weight yet, but I’m not giving up. It’s about health for me more than anything. It’s nice to know that someone else has already beaten the battle that I have in front of me.

  • No, the FitBit cannot tell how much you weigh but their scales will synch to it. My kids gave me a FitBit Flex and Aria scales for Christmas. I love them both. I started with the MyFitnessPal two months ago to lose weight but the FitBit and Scales will help. They synch very well but using MFP to log foods as I am most used to it. It synchs right up to the FitBit site.

  • Way to go, Jennifer!
    While I have had the FitBit for awhile…I just didn’t use it regularly.
    Now beginning January 2015; I work on ‘every day’…’one day at a time’ principle as
    Currently I wear XXL and I want to be back in a L or M by the summer.
    I love the FitBit support and appreciate everyone’s comments that we share 🙂

  • Great story! Thank you for sharing your story.
    I, too, am using MFP and fitbit. MFP updates my exercise based on the calories the Fitbit says I’m burning so I have the opportunity to eat more food. Tell me, how did your eating compare to the calories on the Fitbit. I am always worried the Fitbit allots me too many calories and I won’t lose any weight.

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