About Our Fitness & Nutrition Consultant
I am certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition, but am also qualified as a person who has suffered the humiliation and heartache of being over weight.
For over 17 years I have practiced and taught fitness and nutrition as it applies to weight management. There is such a vast array of information on these issues that it is easy to become confused and overwhelmed. Consequently, it is easy to give up before you begin. I wish to guide you towards a better understanding of applying exercise and diet to your everyday life. My advice to you is all about changing your eating and exercising habits permanently -- in the least painful manner possible. It is a proven fact that many people who start an exercise program and/or a diet program, give up within the first six months. You must persevere.
I would like to briefly share with you a synopsis of my experiences that led me to where I am today. My journey began when I was fifteen. I went downtown by myself to buy pants. Size fourteen wouldn't go past my thighs -- I was perplexed. This was the size I had last purchased. Sixteen's weren't much better, nor were eighteen's. I went home with no new pants and a broken heart. This was the day, in the solitude of my bedroom, I had to admit to myself I was fat. I can still see my face in my bedroom mirror as it looked that day -- it truly was a pathetic site.
I made up my mind that fateful day that I would be thin again, no matter what it took.
I did it; but I paid a high price. When first starting to lose weight I merely gave up junk food and I lost 45 pounds. I was now a size ten or twelve and could buy from the junior department again. I was not satisfied though.
I ate less and less, yet could not seem to lose any more weight. Eventually, I practically gave up food entirely. When the weight still would not come off I became a true anorexic. I never gave my health a thought - I wanted the weight OFF. It was not long and my health rapidly began to deteriorate. I became anemic. My blood pressure went dangerously low. I came down with mononucleosus. I had a terrible case of peridontal disease, almost losing my lower teeth.
In short, I was a very, very sick sixteen year old. I pretended I did not understand why I was so ill and I continued to starve. Finally, in the terrible sleepiness of mono, I had to succumb to my mom's insistence I get to the doctor. While in the doctor's office, nodding off so much I was barely aware of what was all going on around me, one thing he said came through loud and clear -he looked me in the eyes and said Jennifer, YOU COULD DIE! You are a very, very sick young lady". I do not remember my immediate reaction, but I do recall vividly the echo of those words as I was recuperating. They would not leave my mind. I became afraid. I did not want to die.
Moving forward a bit, with the help of my mom, we followed my doctor's instructions to the letter. I did get strong again and my ailments were brought under control.
Once well, I had the fear of getting fat again. I did manage to keep my weight down but vowed I would never starve to do so again. What I did do is eat but I would only eat one real meal a day. This seemed to work, but I was to later learn how unhealthy it was. In my very early thirties I began to have trouble keeping my weight down again. This led me to where I am today.
I come to you with empathy and understanding in addition to certification in this field. Unless you traveled down this road, you simply cannot know how painful it is. You feel judged for merely eating, something everyone does. You hurt inside. You question "why me?" You know you have a weight problem yet you don't know what to do about it. You're lost, scared and confused. Where do you start? What if you lose your will-power? What if you fail again? Is it worth it to even try?
Yes, it is.
First things first: Visit your physician to assess your medical needs before you embark on any diet or exercise changes! The information provided on this Web site is not intended to replace your physician's guidance. Talk to him or her about the best approach for you to take -- then take that advice and come back here for tips, helps, recipes and advice all of us can put into use every day of our lives.
I believe in you -- whoever you are and from whatever walk of life you come from. Now, it is time YOU believe in you. All you need is a little education and determination! I offer you the education -- the determination is up to you.
Never, ever, ever quit! -Winston Churchill
What are my accomplishments?
- Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995
- Honored for exemplary grades
- Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine.
- Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995
- Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 27 years
- Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, among others.
- September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing