(WTOL) - When our team members started their program three-months ago, all of them told us they wanted to do more than just lose weight. They wanted a life-change.
Well, one of our contestants has gotten that and more... in some good ways and some bad.
Melissa Voetsch checks in with Jennifer.
Of all our Weigh In To Win team members, Jennifer is having the biggest challenge staying on the program. But she's not giving up.
Three months ago, Jennifer started out strong, but then her personal life went into chaos. In a confession cam video, Jennifer laid out her personal challenges including home foreclosure and marriage separation. She also disclosed a late night McDonald's binge.
Her 35-pound weight loss lost ground, and so did her work-outs.
Jennifer tells us, "I always feel good when I'm here and when I leave. It's just... getting here is the hard part."
Her YMCA personal trainer Lori shares Jennifer's frustrations. "I would really like to see her get back on track and really start to lose more. Also to be a little more consistent with her work-outs."
Both are trying to refocus Jennifer's work-outs, which started out very basic. "Pretty much all cardio just to begin with... just to reduce the mass," Jennifer explains.
Even that was a challenge according to Trainer Lori. "She completely failed the step test, which kind of scared me because I thought 'She's going to be a tough cookie.' But she's come a long way since then."
Despite all the set-backs, Jennifer has still lost over 30 pounds in the first three months. It's a weight loss she hopes to double by the end of the program. She also wants to run in her first 5-k at the Race for the Cure in September.
To accomplish that, Lori is kicking up Jennifer's program a notch.
"We're into what I call the "big boy room," Jennifer explains, "with the free weights and the big machines and the guys who pump iron... So I'm pretty excited to be here."
Through it all, Jennifer says that physically she's beyond where she thought she would be at this point. "I never imagined I could do 100 to 200 crunches and push-ups. And actually using the weight bench in there and putting weights on them. I mean it's only 2 1/2 pounds on each side, but it's still more than just the bar."
"She'll have it all there, " Lori says, "It will be given to her. It's up to her to get through it."
Would you like to send words of encouragement to Jennifer? You can post comments on her blog. (That link goes to the page with all team members' blogs. You just have to click through to Jennifer's blog.)
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