Jean's Story: Ice Hockey and a Healthy BMI
A former 'jock' gets her healthy body back
All she wanted for her 40th birthday was a healthy body mass index (BMI).
And three days before the big day, her dream came true: After 14 months on the
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic plan, Jean had lost 50 pounds and was declared healthy
with a BMI of 25!
She'd kept her eye on her target, with a BMI chart posted above the scale
she used for her weekly weigh-ins. But a lower BMI wasn't her only goal -- she
was also determined to become eligible for an ice hockey team. Ice hockey had
been her passion in college, and she longed to get back onto the ice.
In fact, Jean had always been active until her two children came along, and
she found herself too busy to exercise. A self-described "jock," she'd
never been overweight. But after the second baby, the Pittsburgh, resident
found herself packing on the pounds.
"I was snacking all the time because I was around the house, and each
year, I gained a few more pounds," says Jean.
When her youngest child started kindergarten, she decided the time was right
to start getting healthier. She got out her bike and started exercising
"But I knew exercise was not enough," Jean says. "My diet
definitely needed work."
A New Way of Eating
The WebMD Weight Loss Clinic gave her the answers she was searching for. She
says she enjoys the recipes, articles, using the journal, and, most important,
her eating plan.
"My healthy eating plan made me realize where I was going wrong and
taught me that I was eating way too many carbohydrates and not enough fruits
and vegetables," she says. Now she includes a little protein and some
low-fat dairy in her meals, along with a bounty of fruits and vegetables.
That's not to say the changes were always easy.
"It was hard and frustrating at times, especially when I would hit a
plateau, but I kept my focus on the BMI chart," Jean says. "I knew that
the eating plan provided enough food for me, so I would drink water or snack on
a piece of fruit instead of reaching for more food if I felt hungry."
These days, Jean says she no longer stresses out or obsesses about food. If
she wants a piece of chocolate, she has it, enjoys it -- and keeps the portion
Before children entered her life, she simply kept junk food out of the house
to minimize temptation. But "with the kids, I need to let them have a few
treats," she says. "Now I just exercise a little more to make up for
extras that I enjoy."
Her fitness routine includes a variety of exercises: bike riding, running,
lifting weights, working out on the elliptical machine -- and, as she'd dreamed
of, playing ice hockey twice a week on a competitive team.