Jessica Lombardi’s story
HCF: What made you decide you needed to change your life?
“I had bad back pain every day and also got sick pretty frequently, including chronic acid reflux, due to my poor diet and being overweight. I am also hoping to have children in the near future, and my mother told me that if I remained as heavy as I was, I could have complications during pregnancy. That was a real kick in the butt for me. I love hiking and doing things outdoors, but I got winded just walking up a flight of stairs. I decided that since I am still young, now would be the time to get healthy, for a better future.”
HCF: What steps did you take to improve your life?
“I cut out all sugary drinks and started strictly drinking water and green tea sweetened w/ stevia (and the occasional glass of wine!). I stopped eating fast food, frozen dinners, and highly processed foods and switched to whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables. I actually had been a vegetarian for 8 years but started eating fish and poultry again, with the occasional grass-fed beef burger and venison. I also started making exercise a regular part of my weekly routine. I had to start slow with this and work my way up. I got a lot of knee/ankle injuries at first, but now I am working out 6 days a week doing high impact stuff like Tabata, athletic conditioning, kickboxing, and lifting heavy weights.”
HCF: What motivates you to keep on this path?
“I feel the best I have felt in my life, physically and mentally. This transformation has made me a strong person in body and in mind. I know I am capable of doing things I never thought I could do. I did my first Spartan Race in March, and I am signed up for another one at the end of June and Tough Mudder in November. The mud runs give me something to train for and hold me responsible for staying in shape. I feel like a warrior when I hit the finish line! Also knowing that I have inspired others to make their health a priority keeps me motivated more than anything!”
HCF: What are you most proud of going thru this journey?
“I am most proud of taking responsibility for my health and recognizing that I was to blame for the condition I was in. Being able to admit that I was at fault opened me up to change a lot of other things in my life, including ending a relationship that was not healthy for me.”
HCF: What futures goals do you have?
“I want to continue to work hard and build muscle. I am also considering becoming a personal trainer so I can help others achieve what I have! I think it helps to train with someone who understands how hard it is to change once you have been overweight and unhealthy.”
HCF: If you could share any advice or words of encouragement what would they be?
“Transformation, in any form, takes time. We all hit bumps in the road. The most important part is to stick with the things that are good for you. Anyone is capable of changing themselves if they want to. You just have to have patience and a drive to push yourself.”
HCF: Where can people get in touch with you?
“I run a blog that has some personal stuff as well as fitness/nutrition advice, recipes, inspirational stories, etc. You can follow me there.”