My name is Jodie Amerell and I am 40 years old. Since I was a kid, I have been very active with sports, gymnastics, track, baseball, etc. I participated in college sports both track and field and the crew team the first two years. In my thirties I started swimming and eventually did triathlons. My solution to fitness was to work out and stay active. Over the years I slowly gained some weight but I always maintained between a size 8 and 10.At the age of 37 I ended up in the hospital with a pinched nerve in my back and nerve damage in my left leg. I no longer had the ability to exercise like I was familiar and I slowly put on weight. Being 5’-9” with long legs, it was easy to hide the extra weight. But what I specifically remember is trying on summer clothes that I had ordered from a clothing party three months prior and them not fitting at all. I actually didn’t understand what happened and how could I change that much in such a short period of time.I have always been a healthy eater, eating meals at home versus fast food, always packing a lunch, eating salads with every meal. However, I was always hungry. I could eat a big meal and be hungry again in 35 minutes. I also had to have food with me to avoid that constant hunger and any “food emergencies”. When my weight on the scale topped 160 I finally asked for help.
I joined the group OBB program and was taught how to eat and nourish my body. I did not eat fruit or enough fats on a daily basis, so that was added to my plate. I was to eat 4 times a day but with the balanced proportions of protein, fruit, fat, and vegetables. This sustained me and took care of the food emergencies. I also started to understand that the number on the scale was not what I wanted to watch, but I wanted to watch the ratio of water to fat to muscle on my body.During the 12 weeks I noticed my body size changing and my cravings settle. My mind was not obsessed with food and I was able to plan my meals for myself during the day to keep on track. My moods stabilized, I felt more relaxed, and I had the accountability I needed to stay on task. I was amazed at the results I received after BMI week and I received my ribbon of inches lost. I lost 25” in that period of time and it was mostly in the midsection. I have gained muscle and lost fat, and I did not need to exercise like a crazy woman to achieve those results. For me, I found a lifestyle that really works for me.-Jodi
Jodi lost 4.2 pounds and 23.5 inches with Optimal Body Balance!