NewsChannel 3′s Jessica Larche reveals details of her fitness journey

Posted on: 9:53 pm, February 21, 2014, by , updated on: 10:39am, February 25, 2014

Like many of us, I’ve struggled with weight issues my entire life.

And, like many of us, I went through cycles of losing weight only to gain it back.  I was tired of the same old, same old.

I had a wake-up call in the summer of 2012 that made me realize it’s not just about losing weight.  It’s about changing your lifestyle.

A visit to the doctor revealed my blood pressure was 150/100 (that’s dangerously high) and I was placed on high blood pressure medication.

I was scared, embarrassed and angry with myself.

While being on high blood pressure doesn’t always seem like a doomsday diagnosis in our society, it was to me.  High blood pressure brings the very real risks of heart attacks and strokes.  I didn’t want to live my life in that shadow.

I decided that I had to begin a lifelong journey toward health and fitness, and that started with me falling completely in love with myself at that exact moment (I was a size 24 at the beginning of my journey).  Loving myself enough to make good decisions gave me the fuel to take the first step on my journey.

I also had to find the blessing in my burden.  Once I realized that it is actually a blessing to have a burden that I have the power to work on everyday, I was pumped to get on the right track.  Just think of all the people who battle issues they have no control over.  I became grateful that I had a problem that I could tackle with some hard work.

So, I started researching food to help lower blood pressure, most of which were lower in carbohydrates.  Food like kale, spaghetti squash and flaxseed became main staples of my lifestyle.

Overwhelming reaction to Jessica Larche’s fitness journey

I paced myself in going to the gym at first, working out once or twice a week.  Now I’ve worked myself up to jogging, working with a personal trainer once a week and taking some high-powered cardio classes like “Body Combat” at One Life Fitness!

The biggest achievement of my journey: being healthy enough for my doctor to take me off high blood pressure meds!

Over the last two years on this journey, I’ve lost roughly 70 pounds! Do the math:  52 weeks in a year X 2 years = 104 weeks / 70 pounds = 0.673 a week.  At first, losing 0.673 pounds a week may seem small, but when you add it up over time, it equals big results.

I’m now a comfortable size 14 (which is the average size of a woman in America).

I chose to share my story because of all the positive viewer e-mails I’ve received since they began to notice the results of my journey.  I hope sharing my story helps you.  Just be patient with yourself, appreciate who you are in this very moment and make good decisions every day.

We can all do this!!!

Want to know what I’ve been eating along the journey? Check out some of my favorite recipes for low carb brownies and my homemade cauliflower rice and spaghetti squash dishes!

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34 comments

  • Jeffrey Allen says:

    Happy youre happy. A beautiful woman!

  • Michelle Flood says:

    You are pretty lady at any size.

  • Robin Grosso says:

    Girl you look good. Glad you decided to get healthy, not for anyone but for yourself. Bravo!

  • Howard Ballou says:

    Way to go, Jessica!

  • You look amazing Jessica. Can not wait to hear your secrets and you are an inspiration!!

  • Ophelia says:

    You look great! How did you do it I need help

  • ke1 says:

    You Look great keep up the hard work until you reach your goal

  • is says:

    Just sexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxy!

  • kaokoo says:

    Shut the door girl child honey child watch out now.
    I get being healthy I’ve walked in your shoes ain’t easy but when i tried on a straight long beautiful dress couldn’t get
    it off in the fitting room i was so embarrassed and had the nerve to be vain faulting the material of the I’m saying to the girls that helped me out of the dress. My doctor warned me to lose weight having H/B and a smoker. My incident was my Awww Ha moment. You had it going on before show nuff have it going on now Ma. God bless you that’s awesome.
    Sophia
    Virginia Beach Virginia

  • sean says:

    Look like candy, full figure, slim figure still sweet.

  • mimi kitchen says:

    I noticed her the other day when she was on and said to myself she looks like she has lost weight, then later on the news she was talking about it, way to go Jessica you are looking good !!!!!!!

  • henri says:

    Ms Larche, you were then an absolutely beautiful young Lady. I know you did it for YOU and no one else, you just fine tuned the attributes and now you are even more amazing, always classy, stylish, an icon, a pro at your job, you were getting the second looks and catcalls before, the onslaught has begun i;m sure. Congrats on the new and imprroved you and God Bless!

  • Charles says:

    You look HOT ! ,

  • Nealy says:

    Always beautiful inside and out! You are such an inspiration. So proud of you!

  • John says:

    Wow, incredible story of desire and success! You look great and are very inspiring as well. I don’t know if you are seeing anyone, but I would sure like to take you out! If you would like hit me back.

  • donald says:

    You look great. Do this for you, and not based on others say or think of you. Congrats!

  • amondez says:

    WOW!!! Lookin’ BEAUTIFUL HON!! Keep at it :)

  • Jennifer McCormick says:

    you’re beautiful either way but your smile shows you’re a much happier you, now :)

    Congrats on the amazing weight loss and to your lifestyle changes!!

  • Schnell says:

    You look great!

  • Kimberly Jernigan says:

    Hi Jessica, we are really looking great . I saw you during President Obama’s reelection campaign at Green Run High School and it was very nice to meet you. Please give me some pointers . I am a size 18, and I would like to finally get my weight under control. Keep up the good work .

  • Gertie says:

    Keep up the good work and thanks for giving me the spirit to keep pressing forward.

  • Amanda Grover says:

    You are beautiful inside and out! Sharing your story with such honesty will help others. Thank you!

  • Pamela says:

    You look astonishingly gorgeous. Now I’m encouraged.

  • melissa says:

    way to go! you look awesome!

  • jACKIE says:

    You look great, I am trying to do the same thing for my health and it is

    so hard. i look at you and you really encourage me. Hope i can do it.

  • jayne mason says:

    You have started on a lifetime of healthy eating and fitness. Keep this commitment and it will give you years of energy and vitality. I know because this is my 47th year of fitness and good nutrition. You are an inspiration to many.

  • Kathy Times says:

    Way to go Larche. Great report. So happy you’re feeling better and as always you look great. You’re an inspiration.

  • Jessica, WoW! You look fantastic! I so happy for you. Continue on your life journey. God Bless You…..

  • Dot Rhodes says:

    You look amazing !! Keep up the hard work because it is paying off!

  • Beulah Combs says:

    Proud of you! And yes,you’re an inspiration to me, Im sick of blood pressure meds got to get moving. My Blessings….

  • Disgusted says:

    Wow….,how rude. Wonder what YOU look like?

  • Gina says:

    You go girl!! You look beautiful! Keep up the good work!

  • Jolynn says:

    You go girl …you look great and hope your vitals are great as well !!!

  • stephen proctor says:

    Love you jessica…as I always say…its all you…we will continue to keep the drive alive:)

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