September 23 – HARLINGEN – What started out as a medical necessity to help her during her pregnancy turned into a challenge that led to the bodybuilding stage.
Jessica White, who has lost a total of 275 pounds in four years, began her weight loss journey in 2017 after learning she was virtually infertile.
She suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome, prediabetes and fatty liver disease.
“You name it, I probably had it,” she said.
Her doctor told her that she couldn’t have children if she didn’t lose weight. She decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle and started working with a medical assistant who introduced her to the gym.
“She slowly started helping me choose healthier foods and I lost 147 pounds after going to the gym,” White said.
After hard work, White got pregnant and had her baby in 2018. Her baby arrived early and was sent to the NICU for about four months.
White gained weight after having her baby, but continued on her weight loss journey. She saw a nutritionist who helped her stay on track with her meals and returned to the gym after opening.
“I thought it would be really great to compete. I had never seen someone who had lost too much weight compete,” she said.
White contacted two bodybuilding coaches, David and Trish Swander, and began preparing for the competition in March.
“So many people have told me that they’ve been thinking about competing or feeling discouraged, but if you want to do it, you do it. You set your own limits regardless of your insecurities,” he said. she declared.
“I wanted to do this show to prove that if I can do it, anyone can do it,” White said.
During her journey, she said she learned that the limits she had were the ones she set for herself. But now she believes in herself a lot more.
“I think I would have accomplished more if I hadn’t had a good support system. It’s a tedious process, but as a full-time mom and nurse, I learned a lot about my body. J learned patience and confidence, ”she said. .
Even though White started her journey to be able to conceive and has been competing in bodybuilding as a personal goal, she enjoys being able to inspire others with her experience.
She is the first in her family to practice bodybuilding.
“I would tell people that every day is a new day and every day is an opportunity to start working on your goals. Sometimes fear keeps people from doing what they want to do, but if they take it away , they will end up in places they never thought possible, ”she said.