Record-Breaking At-Home Transformation || Jacqueline’s Story

Are you ready for an at-home transformation that is definitely one for the record books? Jacqueline is a close friend of one of our team members, and when I first heard about her and her 350 lb weight loss (yes, you read that right—no typos—three-hundred-and-fifty-pounds!!!), I KNEW I had to share her story with the world! So grab a healthy snack and your water bottle, take a seat, and be prepared to be totally inspired. Here’s Jacqueline’s transformation story in her own words…

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My name is Jacqueline Adan, I am 29 years old, I am from California, and I have been overweight most of my life. I had a hard time with my body image and hated the way I looked from a very young age, and the more upset I got about it, the more I ate. I was also frustrated and mad at myself for allowing food to take over and allow me to be so overweight. It seemed like no matter what I did, I could never stick to any “diet” plan and would end up gaining the weight back, plus some, or I would just quit when it got too hard and would turn to food again. I was always different than everyone around me because I could never eat what my friends were eating because I was always “dieting” or worrying about food and my body, and I was tired of it! When I started college in 2005, I had had enough and just completely gave up and just wanted to live a “normal” college life, so I began eating like everyone else and not caring anymore.

At the end of 2011, just a few months before my 25th birthday, my boyfriend Kevin and my sister Jenny decided that we needed to take a trip to Disneyland—a place I have loved ever since I was born. It’s a place where I was immediately transformed into a princess as soon as I walked through those gates, a place of magic and fantasy, and a place where anything was possible and where dreams really did come true. I thought that maybe taking a trip to the “happiest place on earth” was just what I needed to boost my spirits, but when we got there, I had to rent a wheelchair because I could barely make it walking to the front gate. I was so embarrassed about how I physically could not walk and that my weight had become so bad that I needed a wheel chair to get around. I remember wheeling around Disneyland and feeling like everyone was staring at me, judging me, and looking at this fat girl on wheels who couldn’t even walk! I was ashamed! I told my sister and Kevin that I didn’t want to go on the rides, but really, I knew I just wouldn’t fit on them, and that killed me! I agreed to go on a few rides that I thought I would be able to fit on; however, I forgot about one little thing. As we approached the front of the line, I saw it…the turnstile. My sister went through, Kevin went through, and I…got stuck! I was mortified! Once I got out, I laughed it off, but at that moment, I had never felt so much guilt, shame, and embarrassment, and I couldn’t believe that I had allowed myself to get that big. I went to the bathroom and sat there and cried.

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In February 2012, a few days after my 25th birthday, I remember waking up one morning and deciding I needed to change—I wanted to change. I decided to call Jenny Craig, not knowing how much that one phone call would change my whole life! As I prepared myself to step onto the scale once again, my mind was flooded with emotions, but nothing could prepare me for what I was about to see on that scale. I broke down and started crying right there in Jenny Craig. After I calmed down, I wiped my eyes, dusted myself off, and said, “Ok, I can do this!” and we set a goal for me to lose more than 300 pounds! I wanted to at least get into the 100s. As I left the center that day, I felt determined, ready, overwhelmed, and scared! I am the kind of person that if I really set my mind to something, I am going to do it. Nothing was going to stop me this time. With the tremendous help and support of Jenny Craig, my consultant, my family, my friends, and the unconditional love of my boyfriend Kevin, within the first year, I lost 100 pounds!

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In May of 2013, I reached my first “big” milestone…I was halfway to my goal weight. Another thing that happened that year was my first trip back to Disneyland in August with Kevin, Jenny, and my cousins. I was a little nervous to go back, but it was my little cousins’ first trip, and I wasn’t going to miss it for the world! I still had to get a wheelchair to help with the walking, and I was really nervous to go on the rides. But no matter how much I doubted myself and thought that I was too big to fit, my cousins took my hand, and we got in line. I was able to fit on all of the rides, and I didn’t get stuck in any turnstiles even though that was the most difficult thing for me mentally. I wasn’t going to allow my weight to stop me from living my life any more.

At the end of 2013, we took another trip back to Disneyland, and my life changed in another big way. Kevin proposed to me in front of the Disneyland Castle on Christmas Eve! I had never felt so happy in my entire life! I really did believe that Disneyland is the place where “dreams really do come true,” and this was a huge motivation to keep me going on this journey. Here I was down almost 200 pounds, more than halfway to my goal, and now engaged to the man who was always by my side, no matter my size. I was determined to get married in a non-plus size dress, and I told myself that no matter how long it takes, I will get married with the body I have worked so hard for, next to the man who was by my side through it all! It truly was a great end to a great year! I felt like a real princess!!

In the beginning of 2014, I began to struggle a little bit. The weight wasn’t coming off as fast, and I allowed that to really discourage me. I started looking at how far I still had to go instead of how far I had come. I had a hard time eating anything and couldn’t get anything down, so we decided it was best for me to try cooking my own meals to see if I could eat again. I still had a hard time eating anything, and I wasn’t getting enough calories, which was causing my migraine headaches to be worse, and the weight was still not coming off. I started eating different foods and mentally had to tell myself that eating was not going to make me fat or gain weight. It took a little while, but I was finally able to get back on the right track and continue my transformation.

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In January of 2015, I started a “boot camp” class at “Fit For Life Solutions,” and I love it! My trainers are all super supportive and really work with me and help me modify things so I can do all of the moves. I am doing intense exercise with cardio and weights 4-5 times per week. The number on the scale is not only dropping, but the inches are as well. I can actually see some muscle definition now, and I was so excited when I could see my collarbones for the first time in years! I am so glad to have found more amazing people to add to my support team. Not only do I have the best trainers, but I also have an amazing support group in all of the people I work out with. They are so supportive and encouraging and are always there to keep me going.

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Currently I have lost around 350 pounds, I am still going to boot camp 4-5 times per week, and I am still eating Jenny Craig food. My weight has stabilized for about the last 6 months; however, I am still seeing drastic changes in my body.

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The only problem I am now facing that I have lost the weight is all of the extra skin. I am trying to be okay with it, but mentally, it still causes me a lot of issues. Physically, it is causing me headaches, severe neck and back pain, and rashes/irritation. On top of all of the medical issues the extra skin is causing me, I am still in the process of fighting my insurance company to cover the costs of surgery because they are deeming it cosmetic. I’m trying not to let this stress me out too much and keep my mind and body positive and calm, especially since I’m still recovering from my first skin removal surgery I had on July 28th.

My journey does not end here, and I am excited to see what the future holds for me! I have my whole life ahead of me, and I am living a life that I am proud of and not ashamed of anymore. I can now plan trips to Disneyland without needing to worry about fitting on the rides or renting a wheelchair. There is an ongoing joke in my family that after all of this is said and done that I will end up having a destination wedding and forget a wedding dress all together and just get married in a white designer bikini. To quote Disney, “Anything is possible, you just have to have a little faith, trust, and a little pixie dust.” We will all just have to wait and see…

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I LOVE Jacqueline’s story! Not only has she lost 2+ people, but she’s also gained worlds of wisdom that I KNOW will be helpful and inspiring for anyone who is on a transformation journey. I wanted to get to the “how” of her transformation success, so she and I had a little Q&A:

What is the hardest change you made during your transformation?

The hardest part of my journey is still being “okay” with the number on the scale. Especially when you know that you are following your meal and workout plan.

What advice would you give to those who are beginning their transformation journeys or who are having a hard time on their journeys?


Do it for YOU! Always remember why you started and think back to that to help you keep going. It is going to be difficult, and there will be moments when you want to give up, but if you continue to stay focused on your goals and what you are trying to achieve, it will be easier to make the “right” choices. Think about what you want in the end, not what you want right now in that moment.

What advice would you give to those who say they can’t do this on their own?

You can, and you will. Anything is possible if you work hard, believe in yourself, and never give up and really want to change. You can do it.

What are your top tips for transformation success?

1. You need to be ready to change. Do it for yourself, not for anyone else.
2. Always believe in yourself no matter what anyone else says—don’t let them discourage you. Never let go of your goals or dreams, no matter how big or how long it may take to reach them.
3. Never give up! Do your best every day. And like my trainer always tells me, “Win everyday.” If you eat “clean” and get your workout in…you win!
4. Don’t care what others think. Their comments, looks, stares, judgments, and doubts will never stop you from getting what you want if you keep working hard and never give up. Prove them wrong!
5. No matter what, smile! You are beautiful—never forget that!

Jacqueline, thank you so, so much for sharing your story with us! I know you’ve inspired me to want to do and be better, and I know you will continue to inspire everyone who hears your story!

For those of you who are on your own transformation journeys, what is your #1 takeaway from Jacqueline’s story? What is one thing you will do today to get closer to achieving YOUR transformation goals? Please share—and inspire us—below!

Xoxo,

Heidi

Follow Jacqueline’s continuing story on her blog and on social media:

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Transformation Tuesday: Kristen Kinney
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35 Comments

  1. Funmi - October 21, 2016

    Hi Team Powell, hi Heidi and Chris, I’m really inspired by this story, I started my weight loss journey like 4months ago, I had an accident in 2009 n fractured my femur 2 months to my wedding I struggled to get back on my feet, I had a total of 14 surgeries between Nigeria and India because the surgeon in Nigeria introduced infection into the fracture even though it was a compound fracture but because I badly wanted to get back on my feet and have my wedding in opted for a quick solution which was surgery with nails n iron,I didn’t get myself back until 2012 but I ended up with a stiff knee and a lot of weight. Did my wedding in a four corner walker (lol) don’t knw the name, anyways fast forward to now, I have 2 beautiful daughters n a very supportive husband, I still use a Kane to walk, I go to work 8am -4pm. It can be crazy for me…lol.

    But I started my diet like 4 months, I stayed on a fruit diet for 3months straight, I ate just fruits because I need to crush my weight n with a stiff knee I could really not exercise as much, I’m currently in and out of 90-93kg with a height of about 5.9 but I would really love to weight btw 75-80kg , but I’m stuck. Of course I can’t eat just fruits forever..lol. And it’s expensive. I exercise now in d most funniest way that is a running motion but not with the steps just an upper body movement to get my cardio going I make sure I do 10,000 steps everyday just to keep d weight I lost off then I do fruits and vegetables as my diet but I’m getting bored n not loosing as much weight.

    Please advice me Team Powell. I’m all d way in Nigeria/Africa, I watch all your shows on YouTube. Do me a special and advice me..???

    • Team Powell - October 21, 2016

      Hi Funmi: Thank you for your comment and for sharing your story with us. You’ve been through a lot! You can learn all about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show – in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060, and be sure and check out all the links within the post too. And please discuss this, or any nutrition and exercise program, with your healthcare team first and then follow any modifications they might recommend. You can totally do this! 🙂

  2. Carole Dearth - September 21, 2016

    I have a serious challenge for Heidi & or Chris. I was diagnosed with Chronic ThromboEmbolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) 4 years ago & have lived past the expected date of expiration. I am now going for a life saving surgery this December 2016. I have been pretty inactive for the last few years but now that I’m having this surgery & will be able to be active once again, I would like, no, I want to lose my excess weight, my couch potato weight. I need help. I never used to ask for help but if there is one thing I’ve learned its you always have someone to go to, someone who will help. I NEED help Chris & Heidi. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

    • Team Powell - September 21, 2016

      Hi Carole: You can learn about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on EWL – in this post: http://heidipowellnet/9060, and be sure and follow all the links within the post too as they will lead you to even more information that can help you achieve your transformation goals. And please discuss this program, or any nutrition and exercise program, with your healthcare team first and then follow any modifications they might recommend. We wish you the best with your surgery and we hope you have a speedy recovery!

  3. Crystal whaley - September 6, 2016

    Plz help me ! I`d b so blessed if yall would help. Ty for your time plz get hedie or chris powell to call me ( 1-704-207-5171) i really would have 1 dream come true. God bless u all !.

    • Team Powell - September 6, 2016

      Hi Crystal: You can learn all about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show – in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too. You can do this!

  4. Kristan - August 30, 2016

    I really needed this encouraging story! I have been carb cycling for 2 months now. I originally started my weight loss journey in 2014. Just trying to watch what I eat and exercise. I have lost 62 lbs. I really need to lose about 30-35 more to reach my goal weight. I run/walk every morning for about 45-50 minutes on a backwoods trail that my two teenaged sons have made with their 4 wheel drive trucks lol. I alternate between running and walking. I did weight watchers for close to a year but got in a slump/plateau where nothing was coming off. I had an emergency apendectomy in November of last year then Thanksgiving and Christmas was here and I sort of gave up and gained back almost 20 lbs. So the first of this year I looked into the Carb cycling and it has worked awesome. The scale seems to be stuck again but Sunday morning as I was dressing for church I tried on a skirt that I haven’t been able to fit in lately. I actually bought it for inspiration knowing it was a size too small. But it fit!! So that encouraged me to keep going. I’m not necessarily losing pounds but gaining muscle and losing inches. I was super excited. Especially when my hubby said You’re not wearing that. You look too good!! 🙂 He was joking of course but it made me feel wonderful. So this morning even though the scale isn’t moving as fast as I’d like I got my running shoes on and went running. And your story is so timely. Thanks for the encouragement. Great job!! I know it feels wonderful 🙂

  5. Lisha Hogan - August 27, 2016

    Your story gives me hope NOT to give up on my journey to lose weight. I have been doing weight watchers and have taken off 40 pds . But I am not at a stand still and nothing is coming off. This story has given me hope that I can get back on track with my weight loss. I am 56 years. Very nice and amazing story . Thanks you !

  6. Georgia - August 27, 2016

    Hi my name is Georgia, first of all well done to everyone on a weight loss journey or people like Jacqueline who have done it! Such an amazing thing to have done…
    I am 40 lbs overweight and I binge all the time! I literally feel like I will just be like this forever but I hate it.. I would love to be slim even just once to know what it feels like! I have just had a baby and I want to be fit so I can play with him and take him on bike rides and just run around with him like other parents..

  7. Tina B. - August 27, 2016

    Her story is truly amazing! I’ve lost 58 pounds out of my goal of 100. Done it completely on my own and it’s been alot of blood, sweat, and tears along the way. She is absolutely right about not forgetting why you are doing it in the first place. My #s on the scale have been at a standstill (I knew I would plateau at some point) and when I read a story like this, I think if she lost 350 pounds, I can do my whole 100 and it inspires me to trek on.

  8. Paul Tanner - August 25, 2016

    I need help. I have a Ten year old daughter who plays 3 sports. She tells me and her mom that she is fat. It drives me nuts. Can you please advise me on what and how to talk to her about this.

    • Team Powell - August 25, 2016

      Hi Paul: This can be tough. Our kids are bombarded all day every day with very unrealistic images of what they should look like, and it’s tough to compete with this. Try and help her understand that many of these images she sees are photo-shopped/not real, and that beauty is in inner strength and outer strength. Try and help her focus on all the amazing things her strong body can do, and try and help her realize that each body is different – you can’t compare one body to another. And here’s a post Heidi wrote about teens and body image, and I hope you can find some things in it that will help you know how to talk to your daughter: http://heidipowell.net/7201. Another thing to be mindful of is how you and her mom talk about your own body images when you’re around her. If you talk about needing to lose weight, etc., she will pick up on this also. I hope this helps, and we wish you all the best!

  9. adejoke - August 25, 2016

    hi team powell. ive been losing weight and ive lost 36lbs. over the last 3 months ive put back on 15 lbs. my family arent supportive at all they are the cause of me slipping up with all temptaytion around me. ive tried talking to them but they wont give in. do you have any advice ot help me lose the weight

    • Team Powell - August 25, 2016

      Hi Adejoke: Some things you can do are to make sure you’re getting in 60 minutes of activity every day and eat nutritious foods: Lean meats, cheeses, nuts, Greek yogurts and other dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. Try and stay away from the junky foods because they have a lot of calories and very little nutrition. And be sure you’re drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day too. And don’t forget about those promises you make and keep to yourself: http://heidipowell.net/8679. It’s also a good idea to talk to your healthcare team about any nutrition program and have them help you put together a program that will work for you. You can do this!

  10. Abigail - August 24, 2016

    Hi…Im Abigail , I have a question for Heidi , Im lost like 73 pounds , but a have problem with my knees ( make a sound & little bit of pain ) , what i need to do , I love to do exercise , I want a cry !

    • Team Powell - August 24, 2016

      Hi Abigail: With any type of knee issue, it’s best to discuss any exercises with your healthcare team and then follow their recommendations. They are the best ones to help you since they understand your issues and can work with you on a one-on-one basis. What’s okay for one person with knee issues might not be okay for another, and we want to keep those knees safe!

  11. Melissa - August 24, 2016

    This is truly inspiring! I’m glad you shared the Q&A portion. I love hearing the tips from others who have been in the same situation.

    I’m just beginning my journey, and am 15 pounds down, still have 150+ to go. Today, I will eat right, drink tons of water and cook healthy for dinner!

  12. Monica Joy - August 24, 2016

    Thanks Jacqueline for sharing. Love the idea of remembering the long term goal and not right now.

  13. Jo Campbell - August 24, 2016

    You are one AMAZING WOMAN. So so proud of you and all you have accomplished. What a true inspiration………

  14. Zoe - August 24, 2016

    You are a inspiration to us all I myself have lost 8and a half stone and like you I have now come to a standstill with my weight but I’m losing body fat and gaining muscle so it’s all going in the right direction. Thank you so much for sharing your story it makes me feel that there is light at the end of the tunnel xx

  15. Sarah - August 24, 2016

    Oh my gosh what an inspiration!

    I really needed to see this!
    I got weighed yday and the scales said 74.8%fat I’m truly disgusted in myself but planning to move forward and get it down to a more acceptable level and reap the rewards in terms of confidence, health,
    fitness and fashion!

  16. Samantha Waldmann - August 24, 2016

    Most of us want the weight to come off right now. If it doesn’t then give up. She never gave up. Great job!

  17. Rachael Paterson - August 23, 2016

    Wow! What an amazing woman!
    I have worked with insurances for a while. They are all about the money and very little about the patient. I am not sure what you have done but you sound like a strong advocate for yourself.
    I know when I try for a pre determination for patients, I will include photos of sometimes not so nice looking pics. If you have anything like that showing a flare up of a skin irritation/rash, documentation from any and all M.D’s info about your neck/back/head pain basically a collection of your billings and send it all to a supervisor in the patient review dept. A little tip if you can send this documentation, include a cover letter and then at the end of the letter put cc Insurance commissioner. And forward this info to the insurance commissioner in your state. I believe you could get an independent medical review. Here is the Web site you can do some of this online. Inform your insurance co that you will be pursuing this. They don’t like the attention. https://eapps.naic.org/cis/fileComplaintMap.do Make sure that you document in a note book all discussions and messages left with Name/Date and yes Time. This can hold up in arbitration Also if you leave a message on voice mail, state the date and time you are leaving the message.. This also gives a clue to the person/department that you are on top of things. I hope some of this advice helps. You deserve nothing less than great care. Many hugs Rach PS you are my inspiration to lose my last 50 lbs.

    • Monica Joy - August 24, 2016

      WOW Rach that is great insurance info and really kind of you to help out.

  18. yvette - August 23, 2016

    U r awsome I will follow u

  19. Rajesh R - August 23, 2016

    Im stunned…!!! Awesome story… You are great inspiration…!!!

  20. jen - August 23, 2016

    Win every day. Eat clean and work out = you win! I like that. I need to get back on track. I’ve hit a plateau over the summer. I will win every day too! Thanks for the motivation!

  21. Allie - August 23, 2016

    What an inspiration! What an accomplishment! She is a warrior!!! Way to go Jacqueline! ?

  22. BONNI - August 23, 2016

    As someone that has lost 100lbs x 2 and gained it all back 2x… The biggest thing is that IT CAN BE DONE and NEVER GIVE UP

  23. Brittany - August 23, 2016

    Thank you so much for sharing! You are an inspiration!!

  24. alfonso mitchell - August 23, 2016

    JACQUELINE ADAN = INCREDIBLE BAD ASS
    Congrats and goodness nothing you can’t do. Living proof.
    Thank you for sharing your story and I’m sharing it with others

  25. Marco Morales - August 23, 2016

    So inspiring! I’ve lost 200lbs and I completely relate to her fear of regaining the weight and developing that negative association with food. I agree with her that we must continue on our path with faith that it is still going to yield results, no matter how slow. I need to learn how she got over that hump of not giving that number on the scale so much power. I’m still very obsessed about that number. All I know is, she is definitely a great inspiration and I’m glad to have come across this story. Thank you for sharing, Heidi!

  26. Wendy L Uhl - August 23, 2016

    I’m inspired by how Jacqueline kept searching for new ways to reach her goals, whenever she hit plateaus or roadblocks. Instead of quitting, she found new pathways to success. I also liked her trainer’s motto- “Win everyday” eating clean and working out is a “win”. Too often I get into my head, don’t see the magic number on the scale, and throw in the towel. Instead of focusing on the negative I need to realize all the good things I’m doing will work. Great story, Jacqueline. Keep up the good work!!

  27. Sandra - August 23, 2016

    Do it for me, not for anyone else!
    Thanks for sharing. ♡

  28. Melinda Poullion - August 23, 2016

    Oh my gosh….this amazing..and inspirational…I’m so proud of you

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