Miserable to Fabulous

As I write my final Oz blog, I’m filled with many emotions as I reflect on how far an average woman like me has come. I’ve climbed many mountains in my life, I found strength to pull myself out of a physically and mentally abusive relationship when the only one who believed in me was myself. I had nothing, and turned that nothing into a full time job, benefits and found a way to support myself and my two young children at the time.

As I write my final Oz blog, I’m filled with many emotions as I reflect on how far an average woman like me has come. I’ve climbed many mountains in my life, I found strength to pull myself out of a physically and mentally abusive relationship when the only one who believed in me was myself. I had nothing, and turned that nothing into a full time job, benefits and found a way to support myself and my two young children at the time.

Feeling miserable at 201 pounds, I found courage to step into a gym for the first time in my life at age 37. Five years later, I’ve turned into a fitness instructor and am teaching the very classes that helped me achieve my goals.


I never enjoyed reading, but after watching Dr. Oz on Oprah, something inside told me I needed to get his book YOU: On a Diet and read it. I went on to lose 76 pounds and become healthier than I’ve ever been in my life. At age 42, I am also in the best shape of my life. Since I appeared on the show, I lost another 16 pounds and I feel great!

I used to take medications every day until I chose a different path for myself through healthy eating and exercise. I now take no medications and haven’t for almost 5 years.

My proudest accomplishment was the day Dr. Oz made me one of his Wellness Warriors. He considered me to be a true success story and his ultimate fan. Little did I know, my appearance would open up many more doors for me, as so many of you follow my blogs that now I’m going to write a book. I’m beyond thankful for being able to be an inspiration to so many of you!

Dr. Oz believes in meditation and I practice that almost every day. I’m not religious, but I am spiritual again, thanks to Dr. Oz.

I used to worry a lot, but I now believe in “The Secret”, vision boards, dreaming big and setting goals for myself. Hanging on my vision board is a ticket to The Dr. Oz Show, my goal of being a fitness instructor and many other things I put on there. As we all know, all these dreams came true for me! I live in a world where all my dreams now come true and it’s fabulous.

I was wondering to myself the other day on how I was going to continue to connect with people (besides the gym) and help them achieve everything that I have. Just after I was done teaching my weight lifting class yesterday, a fellow instructor who is opening up his own business offered me a very promising position. I was concerned because I do not have a degree, but my friend insisted that it does not matter because people want to hear my story and succeed just as I have and I have the ability and knowledge to help them do so! This was just another example of how when one door closes another opens.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank my fans, followers and Dr. Oz for where I am today. Your support has given me the power to believe in myself and turn my life around. What I’ve learned is that you must love and put yourself first before you can go on to help others. I’m a completely different person than I was 5 years ago, and I owe it all to Dr. Oz, my hero! And a continued thank you for reading my blogs. I hope that I can continue to help others accomplish what I have! As always you can find me on Facebook, Jennifer Lynn Reopell Szall. 

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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