A Few Lifestyle Changes Helped This Woman Lose 175 Pounds

For starters, she ditched her Netflix and Chill routine.



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Jessica Beniquez used to live a life of back-to-back cheat days: She'd stay in bed, binge watch shows on Netflix, and eat fast food. But at 320 pounds, she finally came to terms with just how awful a sedentary lifestyle was: "I knew I needed to lose weight because I had high blood pressure, but it took me over a year to realize how dangerous that is — and to do something about it," she told People. So in February 2016, instead of starting yet another series, she decided to make a change — a few small changes, actually.

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She took it one step at a time.

The scale may not be moving and it’s BEYOND frustrating but I am definitely seeing definition and toning coming along so HOORAY for #NSV 🙌🏼 #weightlossjourney



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Literally: For an entire month, all Beniquez did was walk — one to two miles every night. Eventually she joined a gym, but that came with its own struggles. "Walking through a gym, you see a lot of fit people, and I was super intimated by that," Beniquez told People. Still, she stuck to her hour-a-day goal (she's up to two now), doing exercises she saw on YouTube before hiring a trainer.



She overhauled her diet.

Margarita grilled chicken from chilies for dinner tonight, SOOOO GOOD 🤤



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While her meals once consisted of chicken nuggets, pasta, and fries, now they revolve around shakes — the healthy kind. "I ordered Herbalife shakes that day," Beniquez revealed. "If I didn't, I honestly don't think I'd be where I am right now." She relied on shakes and small meals for close to a year before moving on to foods like lunch meats, carrots and hummus, yogurt, and grilled chicken salads.

She embraced her Insta-fam.

More than 216,000 people follow Beniquez — or @getfitwjessica, as they know her — on , and they're more than just silent spectators. They often reach out with inspiring messages. "It kept me accountable when people would be like, 'You can do it'," Beniquez said. Now, she's doing what she can to give back, in the form of motivating before-and-after shots and her workout routines.

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