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jennifer wagner


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hello!

Allow me to tell you more about myself (for those who don’t know me. Haha!). I’m Jennifer, and I’m married to my absolute best friend ever. I have two sweet kiddos, my 5-year-old daughter, and my 1-year-old son who are literally the most exhausting and amazing little people ever. I’m a working-mommy turned stay-at-home-mommy. I absolutely love spending time with my family. I do photography. I love being involved in my church. And guess what – I used to be 336 pounds. 

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Yep, you read that correctly. This was me before I started my health journey. Well it’s still me! Hehe! BUT boy have I changed on the inside and on the outside. I look at this girl and I remember how horrible I felt at the time, over ten years ago. This girl was bullied all through school, and by the time I graduated high school I was just in such a dark, sad, and hopeless place.

I remember the night before I started my health journey. I remember laying in bed, in the dark, and sobbing. Sobbing, and sobbing, and sobbing some more. Until I drifted off to sleep. The next morning I woke up and started making tiny changes in my health choices.

Just baby steps. Small changes here and there that added up in the long run.

In the forefront of my mind, I am always thinking about this girl. I’m thinking of how it felt to live in that 336 pound body, and how different it feels now, to be healthy. That’s probably why I have become so passionate about my own health, and about helping other people in the journey, in whatever small ways I can.

That’s what it’s all about right?! Sharing your story, and letting your crazy mess become your message!! So here I am, sharing a few of the key elements that help me stay on track these days.

In this post you’ll find the four main components of my health habits, and how I use them to help me reach my ever-changing goals.


​meal prep

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Meal prep has been a major game-changer for me, and it actually helped me break though a major weight loss plateau in my life!

What I do is this. I start crafting my menu for the week on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, I go grocery shopping, making sure I pick up everything I need to make all the foods on my menu. Then on Sunday, I prepare all of my food for the entire week. Yes, it’s a little bit of a task. But once it’s done, it’s done! 

Think about it. We all have to eat. Every single day, all day long. We can’t just NOT eat. Obviously. Hehe. So eating is this thing we constantly have to think about and decide on. That, mixed with the absolute craziness of life, things get a little blurry and it gets difficult to make the right decisions on what to eat and when. 

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So with meal prep, you only have to plan ahead for the week, and then you’re done. So everything is ready to go. You don’t have to guess or decide, you just take out your meal and ENJOY! 

The biggest question I get about this is where to get the containers! I just use these containers(11.99 for 15), which I ordered from Amazon. I use the​ black, rectangle containers for my bigger meals, which are usually a meat, a carb, and a veggie. I use the medium containers for snacks that might just be a meat and a veggie. And I use the small round containers(14.99 for 36) for pre-measured snacks such as berries or sliced bell peppers, almond butter, nuts, dressings, or sunflower seeds. ​​

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​working out

UGH! Exercise!! For most of us it’s the daunting task we know we should do, but we don’t wanna! At least that’s how I feel many days. 

So for me, I have a simple goal that I know I can meet or exceed. 

30 minutes a day. 

I personally do at-home workouts from an ondemand source, thirty minutes a day. That’s it. The hardest part is pushing “play” but once I do, I get through it, and I am always so very glad I did it! 

At times I vary it up and like to head outside for a run, a long family walk, or just some fun runaround time with my kiddos. But the bulk of my exercise is 30 minutes a day right in my messy living room! Hehe!​

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You also can’t forget about what you exercise in. My current fave for workout clothes is Senita Athletics. Their trendy web print high waisted pants (39.00) hit all the right levels of comfort and have a convenient pocket for your phone. Did I mention the high waisted part? It keeps everything at bay while burning those cals! Their black breathe back tee(20.00) is amazing because again, has the reoccurring theme of comfort and functionality with the stylish mesh to keep you cool. They also have some fabulous sports bras and shorts I know you’ll adore!
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community

Because I have such a passion for health and fitness, due to my own rollercoaster of a weight loss journey, I tend to band together with other women who share the same passion and struggles as I do. I have found that creating a community of women around me has drastically helped me stay accountable, motivated, and inspired to keep going. For me, it’s a challenge group that brings all of us ladies together in a secret online group, so that we can share our stories, our progress, and our ideas. This awesome group of ladies is incredible. Each woman is on her own journey to her fitness goals, and we all work together to help motivate, inspire, encourage, and keep each other accountable. This has been such an amazingly encouraging community of women to be partnered with in this  journey of health and fitness.  To find out more about joining a challenge group, head over here
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​personal development

Even more significant than the drastic outward transformation that I’ve gone through, is the change that has happened on the inside.  I truly cannot express enough how important it is to work on the mind, heart, and spirit when you’re hoping to produce any kind of change in life. 

Learning self-control, how to have discipline, how to give yourself grace, how to love yourself – these are all things that have to happen as you make your way through your health and fitness story. For long-term results and success at the highest level, working on your inner self is just absolutely vital. 

So as busy as life can get, I know this can be challenging! But what I do is, I make my goal something that is actually attainable. So I aim for consistency. This would look different for anybody, but as a busy mommy of two littles, I aim for a good, solid, intentional 15+ minutes each day. During this time I UNPLUG (get off my phone, get off my computer, etc.) and try to block out any distractions. Then, I read a book that helps me focus on developing personally. 

Currently I’m reading How We Love Our Kids, by Milan & Kay Yerkovich. It’s a wonderful book that relates to the season of life that I’m currently in, as a full-time stay-at-home-mom. Other books I read might deal with my faith walk, public speaking, mentoring others, or other topics that I’m interested in. It’s all about focusing on bettering yourself on the inside.

Because ultimately it’s about being the best version of yourself, on the INSIDE and the OUTSIDE!

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  • Sarah
    June 12, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Wow, Jennifer! This has really inspired me. I can say as a girl who has always been thin and around 150 or less her whole life and then gaining 50-70 pounds due to birth control and poor eating habits- this is so encouraging. I have started to meal prep and actually be intentional with what I eat and be conscious of what goes into my body. Learning the difference between empty calories and carbs verses healthy ones.
    Another big part of my journey has been the sel-worth of it all. To finally look at myself in the mirror and say “you are worth the weight loss. You are worth feeling good in the skin God gave you.” That’s been tough to understand and understand at a heart level.
    Community I can also say is so important. I have my mom and husband who WANT to see me healthy. Not skinny but healthy from the inside out. I know that the healthier I get the better wife, business owner, friend, and future pastor I can be! Thank you for sharing your journey. It’s really encouraging to someone who has a lot of weight to lose and it feels nearly impossible but i see that you did it! And that gives me hope that I can too. 🙂

    • Jennifer Wagner
      June 12, 2017 at 5:54 PM

      Thank you so much girl!! Love this! It is definitely a journey and we can do it!! Just take it one day at a time!!!! <3

  • Kristen Wheeler
    June 12, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Yeah, I’m crying over here. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Jennifer! You are the embodiment of beautiful, and we can ALL benefit from these tips!

  • Vickie Smith
    June 12, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Wow Jennifer,what a tremendous Story! What a testimony YOU ARE TO ALL OF US WOMEN,WHO STRUGGLE SO HARD,WITH THE WEIGHT GAIN! I am so touched & inspired by your Story! As l am 58 yrs.old F.T.wife,mother,grandmother,CNA,MED AIDE,& FOREVER A CHILD OF CHRIST, but I struggle so as l am very Overweight,& l STRUGGLE with healthy eating,exercize,& just taking good care of my body! Your blog has TRUELY Encouraged my heart,to begin again,THANK YOU FOR SHARING! MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY, & IN THIS NEW MINISTRY HERE,AS YOU MINISTER TO WOMEN ALL AROUND YOU.This is so helpful!!!!

    • Tricia Taylor
      June 13, 2017 at 3:53 AM

      Vickie, I’m right there with you. I’m the same age. Arthritic knees has stopped a lot of the things that I love to do. My biggest thing is I eat out of stress and depression. Now I’m 60 lbs over weight and it’s a vicious cycle. It’s easier to eat than diet. Exercising is nonexistent. I wish I had people physically here. Internet is nice but does not provide full accountability.

  • Kimberly
    June 12, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    You look so good girl! Three snaps. Work it !!!

  • Jenn
    June 12, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Thank you for sharing Jen. This helps me with my own rollercoaster I’m on. What an inspiration. And you look AMAZING!

  • Dena
    June 12, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Jen, you go girl! You inspire me daily in all aspects but I so admire your passion for fitness/a healthy lifestyle! You are so great 🙂
    Ps: LOVE those workout clothes!!!

  • Chelsea
    June 12, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    This is a powerful testimony you have! I loved reading about your journey and I hope to be as successful as you!

  • Brittany Warren
    June 13, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    So beautifully written and inspiring! I will be following your journey now. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Janella Panchamsingh
    June 13, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    you are truly an inspiration for women who think they can’t do it!

  • Coppelia
    June 13, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Wow! I need to go back and reread this, Ashley! You have an incredible story! And I definitely could use the motivation and inspiration to meal prep!

  • Virjinia Harp
    June 13, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Girl, way to go! Your hard work definitely paid off. I love how you focused on your personal development too because it’s such an important part of growth. You are such an inspiration!

  • Amber Battishill
    June 13, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Wow, what an amazing journey and transformation that you have been through! I absolutely love your mindset about everything. Setting obtainable goals but giving yourself grace is so spot on. You have to be kind to yourself in the process. There will always be roadblocks and set backs but finding a way to power through and around them is what life is about.
    Thanks so much for sharing your amazing story!