Fit & Fabulous Winner Jennifer Lee Gilbert: In It To Win It

Fit & Fabulous winner Jennifer Lee Gilbert

For Fit & Fabulous winner Jennifer Lee Gilbert,living healthy hasn’t been simple. It hasn’t involved that no-nonsense formula you hear over and over again of eating less and exercising more. For Jennifer, it’s involved doctor visits, multiple conditions…and maintaining an “In It To Win It” mindset.

“In November of 2011, I noticed after successfully keeping my weight off, I was picking up weight,” Jennifer said. “After a blood test, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. After consulting with an endocrinologist, I was placed on medication. I thought this was the solution to my problem. However, I noticed that my stomach was growing at an alarming rate, I looked pregnant! I had an ultrasound & learned that I had a uterus the size of woman who was 5 months pregnant due to fibroids. I had a hysterectomy & couldn’t work or exercise for 8 weeks. Finally, 5 months later, I feel normal! I still have more weight to lose, but I’m able to work out to the level I was before. I feel so much better!”

BDO had the honor of talking with Jennifer and learning more about her, her health struggles, and how she stays motivated.

BDO: What’s your health mantra? What’s something that drives you to stay healthy?

JLG: My father died at 50 from diabetes complications. I was a gestational diabetic. I’ve always been cognizant of this, and super-paranoid about all the complications from diabetes I witnessed because of him. I actually started having diabetes symptoms at 34. I remember starting an exercise program, and saying “God, I will be a health-junkie if you’ll let me not be diabetic. I’m 41 now, and not a diabetic.