Inspiration comes from everywhere. I remember when I first stumbled upon this week’s feature in our series. I found one of her exercise videos and I was just so proud and amazed. She was attempting exercise moves that to this day I stay away from (burpees).
She is fearless and I love that she’s so transparent. Her daily videos keep me going, and I find myself cheering her on.
If you’d like to keep up with her journey you can follow her on Instagram. Her handle is @jaimee_sue.
1. Tell me about yourself. Something unique and dynamic. Not the generic things that someone can find out on social media. But also add your name (first name) and age, please.
I was a competitive swimmer since the age of 3.I love to sing!My name is Jaimee Phelps and I am 26 years old.
2. What gave you the motivation to start your journey?
Well, I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. So I was also kind of on a journey- just not like the one I’m on right now. What gave me the motivation to start my journey is watching my healthy dad, pass away from pancreatic cancer when he was just 56 years old. Life was denied to him, yet there I was killing myself with food. It was time for a change. I had no idea what this journey would bring to my life.
3. How did you start? Did you start by exercising or did you clean up your diet first? And did you clean up your diet gradually or did you jump right into it?
I jumped into my journey starting with workouts. I felt like then- I knew how to control my food but I didn’t have the exercise part done. I was SO WRONG. I am so glad I found a program that helped me work on both (nutrition & workouts) because along with that I found a community. I didn’t know I needed support. I was a serial starter and stopper. I never finished anything I started and I would break a commitment to myself over and over. But when someone (or many others) were holding me accountable, that’s when things started to change! :)I felt so overwhelmed with all the different fad diets, and opinions of different doctors, nutritionist.. etc that I didn’t really know what to do. I now use the portion control color-coded containers that have a specific size for each food group and depending what meal plan you’re on for that specific program, you get a certain number for each of those containers. It also came with a food list so there was no guesswork and no room for me to fall off while still incorporating ALL food groups.
4. What’s the hardest thing about your lifestyle change?
The hardest thing I have experienced is this journey is not just about physical appearance. It goes so much deeper than that. I didn’t realize how many mental obstacles there were. So much work has gone into working on the inside just as much as the outside!
5. What has kept you going even when you didn’t feel like it or when you felt like it’s not working out how you planned?
There are a few different things that help me continue to push forward when I really just want to quit and give up. the 1st one is definitely my dad! I kind of explained That earlier in one of the questions. He was incredibly strong, determined, courageous, brave and never let discouragement stop him. I think of all the amazing things he did and I try to remember living a healthier life is a choice I decided on because I want to live in his honor and live out my life. My second motivation that helps me continue to push forward is my 7 year old niece, Reyna and my 14 year old nephew, Jacob. These kids are my whole life. They deserve to have their aunt to be here and watch them grow up. Graduate collage, start a family and live life. They already lost their papa, they don’t deserve to lose me either. I let that fuel my fire… ALWAYS!!!
6. Do you have any regrets on where you had to get to change your lifestyle around? And did you have to evaluate yourself to find the source of your weight gain?
It makes me a little sad that I waited for a life-changing event to start making me believe in myself and know that I was worth the change. I would have to say the only regret I have is not starting on a self-love journey sooner. The middle school and high school girl could really have used the strength and self-love and belief that I have in myself now.
7. Why is/was this time different from the other times you’ve tried to lose weight? What gave you the strength to not give up this round?
This time is very different than any time before. Although these past 4 years have definitely had its ups and downs, I have learned so much. So much about myself. So much about fueling your body. So much about the emotional attachment, I have to food. So much about exercise and moving your body plus all the added benefits it does for your brain, mobility, flexibility and just overall health. I am passionate about becoming my best and happiest self while helping others along the way. Showing them It is possible to do whatever it is they want to do if they really put their mind to it and believe that all of us can achieve whatever our final goals/ dreams are!
8. What has been your happiest or the most rewarding moments since you’ve started your journey?
There has been a lot of rewarding moments so far in my journey! I would say that my favorite has been playing and doing fun things with my niece and nephew. Showing them what commitment and hard work looks like. As far as my fav opportunity- it would most definitely have to be getting called up on stage in a room of 1,500 people and working out with a celebrity trainer. The fact that he believed in me enough to bring me up on his stage to encourage and motivate others in that room- blew my mind. I will remember that moment forever!
9. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about or just started their lifestyle change?
The advice I have to someone who is just starting their journey or is thinking about it would be… go into it with an open mind. Remember, you will always be your biggest cheerleader so keep on rooting for yourself even when it gets hard and you want to give up. Even when you feel discouraged and you’re not seeing change. Constantly remind yourself these choices you’re making everyday is going to help you live a better life. You made the decision to change and now you’re putting in the work. You didn’t get to where you were overnight- so don’t give yourself the expectation to see the changes overnight. I also would most definitely recommend incorporating personal development/self-help books to keep your mind strong and your motivation on fire!
10. What is the ultimate goal? Do you have a specific weight goal? Is there something you want to achieve after getting to your ideal place?
My ultimate goal is to get this weight off. I know carrying extra weight is not healthy for any of us- no matter how body positive we want to be. I want every part of my body to be healthy. I don’t want to be dropped by my weight anymore. I want to live my life without a health concern. I want to be able to do whatever my niece and nephew want me to do with them without having to tell them I can’t because I’m too big. I want to show others anything is possible when you stop giving up on yourself. I want to be a motivational speaker someday. Healthy doesn’t have a number. Happiness doesn’t have a number. I will continue living my best life no matter what!
The first step is trying and the next step is not giving up when things get hard! If you keep going you may be the next person featured here!
Keep going! If no one else believes in you know that I do. You’ve got this!
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