A 19-year-old woman weighed over 320 pounds for eating fast food every day and regularly would spend hours watching her favorite shows on Netflix. After realizing her bad habits, she decided to make a change.
“I was a very picky eater. I didn’t stick a vegetable in my mouth. I ate fast food every day, and would pretty much only eat chicken nuggets, pasta, and fries,” Jessica Beniquez said. And her lifestyle had turned sedentary, despite having played sports in high school. “I laid in bed watching series after series on Netflix. All I did was eat, go to work, and watch my shows.”
Speaking about her transformation, Jessica, from Florida, said: “Being overweight my whole life definitely took a toll on my body.
“I was always tired, my feet always hurt and I would just want to lay in bed all day and watch movies. I felt sluggish 24/7 and just super uncomfortable with the way I looked and felt,” she added. “I always wanted to lose weight, but I never knew how to start. I sat in bed for two months straight watching One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl on Netflix until all seasons on both shows were finished.
However, in February 2016, Beniquez finally committed to her health.
“So, in that moment I decided it wasn’t going to be me just wanting it, I was going to actually do something about it.”
“I have dedicated my life to fitness and I have learned to love it when before I started this journey, I would dread just walking to the bus stop that was not even a 5 min walk.”
And the changes haven’t just been physical. “I never expected to be where I am today. I was shy, but now I have so much more confidence, I have so much more energy… It’s crazy the things I can do now that I couldn’t do before.”
Jessica has dropped seven dress sizes after replacing her Netflix binges with exercise every day and ditching her carb-laden diet for vegetables and lots of protein.
Her best advice to everyone, “don’t give up no matter how hard it is and if you don’t see results right away, don’t give up.”
This stuff is not easy to post, it is definitely hard because a year and a half ago, I was that girl on the left. I may look miserable in that pic because I wasn’t smiling but I wasn’t, I didn’t hate my life, being over weight didn’t stop me from having friends or having fun but I did feel miserable at times and I hated the way I looked. I would always complain to myself how I didn’t like my body and I would always make excuses because I didn’t know HOW to start. But one day it all clicked and i got my butt up and finally did something about it. I made this Instagram and post this stuff to show and prove that anything is possible. Going from over 300 pounds to 145 pounds with diet and exercise is possible! Believe you can do it and it’ll happen! #motivationmonday #iammotiv8