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. 

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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