July 21, 2024

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My Story

All of our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them!
Walt Disney

Welcome to Fit and Lively Mom!  Thank you for joining me on my journey towards a healthy and happy life!

Why “Fit and Lively Mom”?

I recently started focusing more on my health with eating better and exercising more.  I began losing weight, and without the help of a gym!  My friends and family showed interest in the food I was cooking, the exercises I was doing, and other little things that were helping me improve my life.  I started feeling healthier (Fit) and happier (Lively), and all why taking care of my precious children (Mom).  This site was created to share the things I’ve done not only with family and friends, but with anyone who might benefit!

What made you start your journey?

I have struggled with being overweight most of my life, being above 200 pounds since  junior high school.  Since then, I have lost and regained weight several times.  After my last baby, I stopped trying so much.  My weight kept getting higher, but I didn’t care.  That food tasted so good!

Last August, I looked at some of my recent pictures.  My big awakening came when I looked at a picture of me standing next to a cast member from my favorite TV show.  I was twice the size he was!  The person I saw in those pictures wasn’t who I thought I had been seeing in the mirror.  I stepped on the scale and was shocked to see the number: 251.8.  For the first time in a long time, I felt ashamed.  Not only ashamed of how I looked, but ashamed of the woman and mom that I was becoming.2013-10-31_20_53_04

I took another look at myself and decided I wanted to change.  I didn’t want to be ashamed of how I looked.  I wanted to play with my kids and do things with them instead of sitting on the sidelines.  I wanted to start eating better.  I wanted to pass on healthy habits to my kids.  Most of all, I wanted to be happy.

What have you done to change?

I didn’t try and change everything at once.  I’ve learned that “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).  I started making better choices with my food.  I took my children for walks in the stroller.  I put in a workout DVD.  I joined a weightloss support group on Facebook.  Little by little, I made changes to my life.  Little by little, the weight started coming off.

Where are you now?

I have finally lost over 100 pounds!.  However, my journey is not over.  My journey is not only about losing weight.  It is about staying Fit and Lively!




  • Heather

    Hi Jayni! I love your story. You look amazing, and I congratulate you on your transformation. Stories like yours give me encouragement that getting healthy is possible. I look forward to reading more of your blog. BTW: Glad you had the courage to leave the verse up that means so much to you.

    • Jayni

      Thank you for reading Heather! Getting healthy is possible. Just remember it’s a journey, not a destination! And thanks again for reminding me that it’s ok to share my faith and be me!

  • Jebbica

    Hey Jayni, I found you through the Blogelina class. FYI, you are beautiful in both pics, but wow your transformation is inspiring! I have a weight loss blog too…I have lost about 55 lbs out of 75, but every day is still a struggle! I’m going to add you to my blogroll so I can keep up w/ you. 🙂 Every Friday I have a link party called Food & Fitness Friday, where people can share their own food or fitness related posts. I hope you will come join!

    • Jayni

      Thanks for visiting Jebbica, and thank you for the kind words. Congratulations – 55 pounds is a lot! I would love to join your link parties!

  • Shannon

    Hi Jayni, I found you on the Blogelina comments! Glad you posted 🙂 I think you can recycle older posts. I do share some of my older posts a few times a week on social media. I blog at Daily Momtivity. Hope we can connect!

    • Jayni

      Hi Shannon! Thank you for visiting, and I would love to connect. I’m always looking for more ideas of things to do with the kids!

  • Jeannette

    Hi Jayni!

    My name is Jeannette and I am the Field Marketing Manager for ips All Natural. We are a fairly new company that has recently launched the world’s first egg white chips! Our egg white chips are high in protein and a healthier snack alternative. Since you are on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle I thought you might be interested in trying out our chips. We are happy to send you a sample pack with all our flavors if you’d like. All we ask in return is that you tell your friends about us if you enjoy our snacks.

    More about us:

    They are called ips (rhymes with “chips” and short for “intelligent protein snacks”) and they’re made with non-GMO corn and egg white protein.

    They have 6 grams of protein per serving (about the equivalent of one egg), half the fat of fried chips, and fewer carbs than baked chips. The basic idea was to replace some of the fat and empty carbs out of traditional chips with egg white – a natural, high quality protein source. And they taste great!

    They are in about 700 stores, including Whole Foods in the Bay Area, lots of Vitamin Shops, Gelsons’s etc. and also sell well online at Amazon.

    Sean, creator and CEO of ips All Natural, came up with the idea for the product when he saw how much his kids loved the crunchy edges of the eggs he made them for breakfast (and don’t worry, the taste / texture is like a chip, not an egg).

    We’ve been featured on The Today Show, Muscle & Fitness and others. Here’s the Today Show clip (we’re at 3:43 or so) http://www.today.com/video/today/56035419#56035419. You can find more of our media placements on our website, http://www.ipsallnatural.com.

    If you’re interested, I’d love to send samples and more information.

    Thanks so much!


    • Jayni

      Hi Jeannette!

      Thank you for looking at my story! I’ve never heard of Ips, but I would love to try some!

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