It's #TransformationTuesday. Today, we're sharing Jody Stevens’ amazing journey. In March, she was nearly 300 pounds and suffering from chronic pain. The teacher didn’t have the energy to keep up with her young students. Then, her doctor diagnosed her with high cholesterol and said she was pre-diabetic.
Stevens was feeling down. Then she saw the HLN 8 Week Transformation Challenge and took a leap of faith. She knew she needed to drop some major weight to save her life.
And she did! Stevens lost 92 pounds and shed 55 inches in body measurements in just seven months. Listen to her inspiring story.
It was a cold brisk Friday morning and I was hosting a 5K event when I first met 1st grade teacher Jody Stevens. It's hard to believe the Jody I know now, is the same Jody I met that morning.
Jody was a chronic dieter struggling to manage her weight. She was emotionally eating, had low self esteem and just felt completely uncomfortable in her own skin. But what I love about life is that change is only a moment away. One moment can ignite action and give you back control of your health and body.
Jody experienced her moment shortly after that 5K. She was putting on her shoes and the unthinkable occurred; she couldn't tie her shoes because of her excess pounds. That humbling event inspired Jody to start focusing on her health again. But this time, she wasn't going to diet. She was ready to make it a way of life. Jody adopted a 1% mindset and made small health improvements each day. She ditched calorie and carb restriction and focused on "eating in 3s" and keeping her blood sugar balanced. And most important, she made her stand with thousands of others making their "8 Week Run" and then thriving, every person supporting and cheering each other on.
With that determination, education and support, Jody was unstoppable. Seven short months later, 92 pounds lighter, 55 inches lost, lower blood pressure, normal cholesterol and no longer considered "pre-diabetic", Jody was transformed inside and out, with an entirely new outlook on life.
Watch, hear and feel Jody's passion and see how this amazing teacher has become the pride of her school and a powerful example for her students and her fellow teachers.