My Story

About The Slender Grapefruit:

The Slender Grapefruit is dedicated to making you as healthy as can be. By providing readers with clean eating information, tips, and recipes, The Slender Grapefruit is a source for all things health. Not only can you learn healthy eating techniques from my blog, but also fitness tips, workouts, and exercise moves to keep your body in optimal condition. The Slender Grapefruit also helps health-nuts continue learning about natural foods, physical fitness, and tips for surviving in a processed-food world.

I am thankful to have been awarded The Liebster Award and The Versatile Blogger Award! I am also very happy that I was invited to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour 2014. Find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest or email me at SlenderGrapefruit@gmail.com!

About Me:

It all started about six years ago when I was a sophomore in high school. I had grown up in a family that, like most American families, lived on processed food. We ate sugary breakfast cereals, processed school lunches, and dinners consisting of frozen fish sticks or pizza. So, by the time I reached high school, I had spent almost my entire life being lazy, overweight, and unhappy. I had always wanted to change, but never knew how to start. At my heaviest, I weighed about 165 pounds. It might not sound like much, but for a 5-foot tall, 15 year-old girl, it was unhealthy, not to mention, unattractive.

I’m not sure what exactly got me motivated enough to change my eating habits, but the summer after my freshman year of high school, I desperately wanted to change. I hated pictures of myself. I hated looking in the mirror. I hated going shopping for clothes. I hated myself. I wanted to change, and I began counting calories and doing very minimal exercise.

The first diet I did was one I found in a magazine of my mom’s. It basically limited my daily caloric intake to 1500, and I stuck to it. The only exercise I did was 20 minutes of aerobic videos one or two days a week. Surprisingly, weight started coming off. Even though I was still eating junk, I was losing weight just by cutting back the calories. I drank only diet pop, ate only sugar-free cookies, candy, and jelly, ate reduced-fat anything, and started packing my lunches for school.

After about a year of counting calories, I felt a lot better about myself. Even though I didn’t really understand how to eat healthy, I knew how to cut calories and stay somewhat thin. I was smaller, but still flabby, unhealthy, and out of shape. I stayed the same all through high school, thinking I looked decent, but not quite how I wanted to.

After graduation, I headed off to college, fearing the so-called “freshman 15.” I had heard about it, and of course I was scared to death of gaining my weight back. But with a full, all-you-can-eat buffet in the cafeteria, it seemed nearly impossible to control myself. After my first semester at college, I gained about 10 pounds. I’m guessing this was mostly due to eating a buffet three times a day, the stress of college, and a complete lack of any exercise whatsoever. After coming home for winter break and noticing how much bigger I looked in pictures, I knew I had gotten way off track.

I went back to school with the attitude that I could diet again and lose the weight, but it didn’t work. I signed up for countless websites to help me count calories, but no matter how much or little I ate, I could not lose even one pound. I started exercising about 20 minutes a day, but it still didn’t work. I became discouraged. I decided to go buy bigger, looser clothes so I could live with the added weight.

I accepted the fact that no matter what I did I wouldn’t be able to lose weight, and I lived with it until the summer before my junior year of college. I was dating a guy who had casually mentioned to me one day that I’d look better if I lost some weight. His exact words were, “Just think how good you’d look if you lost like 10 or 15 pounds.” Of course, this sent my self-esteem right down the toilet. Thinking that he’d like me more if I was skinnier, I started a strict diet again.

This time I wasn’t messing around. I only allowed myself 1200 calories a day, and I started working out an hour every day. I did cardio, weight training, and pilates. I finally started to lose weight, but what I was doing was unhealthy. I was tired all the time, and I was barely eating. And the worst part was, even though I was losing weight, my boyfriend didn’t seem to notice or care, which made me even more upset.

I moved back to school for my junior year of college, and I decided my relationship wasn’t good for me, so I ended it. However, the damage to my self-esteem was done. I went back to eating a normal amount of food, but continued working out for at least an hour every day. Miraculously, I did not gain any weight, and I felt happier about myself than I had in a long time. But there was a problem: I was skinny fat. I was small, but flabby. I had cellulite, a pudgy belly, and a flabby booty. I wanted to be toned. I wanted a bikini body, which I had never achieved before.

I started exercising two or three hours a day. I did tons of cardio, running, pilates, Zumba, weight training, and ab workouts. I let myself eat when I was hungry, and I focused on eating healthy foods, not just low-calorie foods. I was exhausted at the end of each day, but I was seeing results, and it was worth it. I dropped to 129 pounds, the lowest I think I’ve been since I could use a scale. Even though I didn’t lose a lot of weight, I gained a ton of muscle and toned up like crazy. Overall, in six years, I had gone from a size 13 to a size 5.

I began researching healthy eating, and I read article after article about health. I read books about eating healthy, avoiding processed foods, and eating more natural. I stopped counting calories. I limited my processed foods. I started drinking more water and enjoying tons of fruits and vegetables.

As I’m writing this now, I’m living in a new city and working in marketing. I  exercise about five days a week, for about an hour each day. I still do my cardio, Zumba, abs, weights, and pilates (which are my all-time favorite). I still eat healthy, eating processed foods in moderation. I am finally healthy.

I even have a new boyfriend now. One who likes me just the way I am! And the best part is, he cares enough to read my blog, and is proud of all the work I’ve done. I think I’ve even inspired him to eat healthier, and it makes me so happy! if I can inspire just one person, I’ve reached my goal.

Eating healthy can be challenging at times, but I know it’s worth it. I don’t deprive myself of foods I love; I eat them in moderation. It can be hard to find time to exercise, but I make a schedule for the week, and I stick to it. I’m not going to pretend it’s easy, but it’s definitely worth it!

Last month, for the first time in my life, I wore a bikini to the beach with my friends. I can see muscles in places I never knew I had. I can run farther than I ever thought possible. I found a love for healthy food, and I love making my own recipes. I never knew how much I would love living a healthy lifestyle!

I love blogging; it has become so important to me. I write to share with everyone how eating healthy and taking care of your body will improve your life. I want The Slender Grapefruit to inspire you to be as healthy as can be!

Thank you for reading!

Jessica

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30 thoughts on “My Story

  1. I’m so glad I discovered your blog. I love what you’re doing! In just a few seconds I realized I’m going to have a lot of fun trying out your recipes!

  2. I’m so proud of you. You are quite an inspiration, especially at such a young age. I am 44. I grew up thin and didn’t have to worry about my weight until I started gradually putting it on about 6 or 7 years ago. My husband and I are now losing weight and toning muscle on the Food Lovers Weight Loss System. The basic premise is to drink at least 96 oz. of water per day, exercise moderately, eat EVERY 2-3 hours, and balance 3 meals a day with fast carbs, slow carbs (greens/berries), and protein. It’s effective and has led us to healthier food prep. I will definitely check into your blog periodically. I found it searching for a healthy brownie recipe, so I can’t wait to try yours.

    • Good for you and your husband! I love hearing about others taking care of their health because they want to, not because something went wrong and a doctor told them they had to. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  3. This is so inspiring! I have kinda the same story, but I’m still at your college point when you gained weight cause you were stressed. I’m still trying to lose weight and I think that post gave me the final boost I was looking for. Thank you!

  4. What an inspiring story! I have always had trouble with my weight, especially in high school and college. I’m doing better these days with my work outs, but I still can’t stop eating! Hopefully your recipes will inspire me to eat better 🙂

  5. I think you are so beautiful! Will you go out with me?!?!?!

    Im so proud of you baby! You are the best thing that has ever happened to me! I love you!

    Ps. I do try the things she makes and she has mad skills in the kitchen!

  6. I think you are so beautiful. Will you go out with me!?!?!?!?

    I am so proud of you baby! You mean the world to me!

    Ps. I do try the things she makes and she has mad skills in the kitchen!

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  8. I love your story and your will to be the healthiest version of yourself! Thank you so much for being vulnerable and sharing it with us. Great job on your weight loss — you look fantastic.

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