My name is Jenny Chatelain (@jenniie_fit), and I’m 29 years old. I’m from Haiti and was raised in Canada, and I currently work as a respiratory therapist. I lost 78 pounds by staying in a calorie deficit and slowly increasing my weight lifting workouts over the course of a year.
When it comes to losing weight, my biggest struggle has always been my love of food. It’s so convenient to go out to eat, and I’ve loved eating my whole life. At my heaviest, I weighed 242 pounds.
When I first started my weight-loss journey, I thought I had to give up all my favorite foods and *always* eat healthy foods. I kept telling myself that it was too hard, and I wasn’t sure if I could do it. But my motivation was my health. When I was overweight, I was out of breath simply from taking the stairs. I was always tired. I couldn’t find my size in clothes I liked. I lacked self-esteem.
My turning point came when I was on the bus on my way to school. A lady who was seated asked me if I needed her seat for the baby. She thought I was pregnant.
I was so embarrassed because I wasn’t – I was just overweight. This event made me sad enough to tell myself I couldn’t stay like that. I had already thought about losing weight, but I had not taken any real action. Thinking about it is not enough – I had to put in the work, stay focused and be consistent.
I chose to start by focusing on the amount of calories I was consuming per day. I learned that all I really needed to do to lose fat was to be in a caloric deficit (eating fewer calories than your body burns). I eat protein at each meal, and eat a lot of fruit and veggies. I was able to include some of my favorite foods and treats while staying in a caloric deficit and learning how to control my portions.
I’ve never starved or punished myself. This new diet became my lifestyle. I came to the realisation that I was struggling to lose weight because I lacked the knowledge of what to really do. Now, I know I can lose fat and still eat ice cream in moderation. This method is the best for me because it’s sustainable.
What I typically eat in a day
- Breakfast: Two full eggs and one egg white omelet with a lot of veggies. Fruits on the side.
- Lunch: Ground turkey, avocado, broccoli.
- Snacks: Carrots, cucumbers, almonds or a bowl of oats. I make my oats with water or oat milk and add a banana and chia seeds.
- Dinner: Grilled salmon, sweet potatoes and green peas.
- Dessert: Plain