Jerdella Davis went on a life-changing journey to get fit and start feeling better. She totally transformed her body and mind with fitness. She hopes to inspire others to do the same with her uplifting posts on social media.
Jerdella’s made huge strides on her journey in the past few years. She even completed her first 5k race a couple of days ago! It took her a while to get to that moment, but she wouldn’t change a thing. For her, it’s been a long, hard battle, but she’s learned so much along the way.
Working out hasn’t only improved her mental health; she’s also seen positive changes in her stamina. In the beginning, however, she faced a lot of challenges. To get fit, she knew she’d have to push through the pain to become stronger.
“I had high blood pressure, I had a whole lot of chest pains, I wasn’t able to workout without being really tired, I used to get a lot of cramps, and it was really frustrating.”
While she did lose weight in the beginning, having weight loss surgery really helped speed things up.
“I’ve been on a fitness journey for over 3 or 4 years. But, it didn’t actually kick off until I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, which is a form of weight loss surgery, on July 22, 2019,” Jerdella explained. “My starting weight was 334.2 pounds; currently, I’m at 258 pounds. I have a goal weight of getting below 199, so I still have 60 more pounds that I want to lose before I’ll be satisfied.”
According to her Instagram, she’s lost even more weight since the interview. She now weighs 242 pounds, so she’s down another 16 pounds. Jerdella’s getting even closer to her goal, which gives her more motivation to keep going.
In the beginning, she decided to go slowly until she got used to working out. As they say, slow and steady wins the race, and her patience to get fit has paid off.
“Some of the things I first started doing when I started losing weight was I made myself a plan of how am I going to lose weight in certain months that I need to lose by certain dates. You know, I started out walking and doing easy stuff that I could do,” she said.
“I would walk around town so I would have more scenery versus just walking on a treadmill. It was really hard at the beginning because when you don’t see results, it can be a little frustrating, but you have to push through it.”
After she got accustomed to moving her body, Jerdella decided to challenge herself more. Some days, she ended up pushing herself too hard, so she had to keep her fitness level in mind. However, she still felt proud of her progress, even if she couldn’t accomplish certain things yet.
“One of the major obstacles that I faced is that, in my mind, I thought I was more healthy than what I was,” Jerdella says. “So, when I would go to the gym and try to do certain routines and stuff, and I couldn’t do them, it made me feel like a failure. But, once I realized that you have to start somewhere, you know, the rest is history.”
Jerdella didn’t want to stick with one type of workout. She combined several different exercises to keep things interesting and tone her whole body.
Dance classes helped Jerdella stay focused and have fun working out
“I do a lot of mixed fit and cardio; I’m starting to get into weight training, so I try to mix it up and not just focus on one muscle group.”
Mixed fit workouts combine explosive dance movements with bodyweight toning. Lori Torres came up with the program in 2013 and hired an instructor at one location. Now, the program spans across the globe with over 1,500 locations.
It offers people a fun, unique workout with easy-to-follow choreography and effective bodyweight exercises. They play all types of music, ranging from hip-hop to pop to Reggae and more. Think Zumba, but with bodyweight exercises and a wider variety of music.
So, Jerdella enjoys taking these classes from time to time, along with her other exercise routines. Dance classes offer a wonderful way to lose weight because it doesn’t even feel like a workout! Sure, you’ll work up a sweat, but it’s more like being in a nightclub than a gym!
Things to keep in mind if you’re trying to lose weight:
- Do workouts that you enjoy. Just as Jerdella’s cup of tea was Mixed Fit dance classes, you have to find what works for you. It’s much easier to stick with working out when you look forward to it.
- Don’t expect to see huge changes overnight. It takes time for your body to adjust to working out. It may take three months or longer to see the results, but it’s worth it!
- Avoid restrictive diets. When you eliminate entire food groups from your diet, your body will crave those foods even more. Try to eat a balanced diet, and remember to treat yourself occasionally! You shouldn’t ever look at losing weight as a form of punishment.
Final thoughts on a woman’s inspirational body transformation that will motivate you to get fit
Jerdella went from weighing 334 pounds at her highest to her current weight of 242 pounds. She’s lost almost 100 pounds since her weight loss surgery, and she isn’t done yet. She hopes to lose about 40 more pounds, and it seems like she’s well on her way to achieving her goal.
Jerdella reminds us that getting fit doesn’t have to feel like boot camp. It’s important to find workouts you enjoy and stay consistent. You’ll get results in time because hard work always pays off. If you want to get fit, keep this wonderful advice from Jerdella in mind:
“What keeps me motivated through the process is doing it for me. If you can’t find motivation in anybody else, be your own motivation. That’s what helps me get through my process and keep striving to get to my goal.”