How Nerd Fitness Gave Me Super Powers

This is a guest post by Nerd Fitness community member Jessica Broughton. She has lost over 65 pounds since beginning her weight loss journey back in 2007, and more recently has lost 20 inches off her body since September (dang!).  Take it away Jessica!

Step into my DeLorean and journey with me back to 2007.

I guarantee you wouldn’t recognize me.

I weighed the most I had ever had in my life – almost 300 lbs. I was newly divorced, trying to put my life back together, and starting over 2600 miles from home in California.

In short, I was pretty miserable.

I started changing my eating habits, exercising more, and slowly but surely I started to see the results.

Last year I discovered Nerd Fitness, and that’s when things really kicked into high gear:

I discovered that I had super powers.

The ability to see the future

In 2007, I looked into my future, and I did not like what I saw.

If I kept doing what I was doing (not exercising regularly and eating junk food), the future looked pretty bleak. I saw a life where my body wasn’t able to keep up with all of the things that my mind wanted to do. I didn’t want another week to go by being at the same spot, let alone have another three months, six months, or a year go by and to be in the exact same place as I was when I started.

NF showed me a different path so that I could become the “me” that I always wanted to be.

More importantly, NF showed me that the future isn’t written in stone, and that I had the ability to change it.

So I did.

I can leap tall buildings in a single bound

Kinda.

Since I’ve been reading NF and done a few 6 Week Challenges on the message boards, I have more energy than I’ve ever had, ever.

I sleep through the night and wake well-rested, which is a miracle for someone with insomnia. I wake up on my own without my alarm clock. I’m more focused during the day and my productivity is through the roof. Juggling the day job and writing and having a life is not just doable, but I have a smile on my face and a giant spring in my step.

Instead of balking in the face of life’s challenges, I’m leaping over them.

Know Your Kryptonite

Every super hero has a weakness: Superman has Kryptonite, Wolverine could never work at the large hadron collider because of the magnets, and Iron Man has a broken ticker.

My kryptonite?

Breaking my workout routine.

Because once I miss one workout, it’s super easy to miss another…and then another…and then before I know it, I’ve missed multiple weeks of exercise. My energy drops and the weight starts creeping back on.

It’s not just about knowing your kryptonite, but also making sure that you’re not setting yourself up to fail.

If you can’t eat just one potato chip, it’s easier to not have potato chips in the house. I don’t have anything sugary to drink in my apartment ever because if it’s there I will drink all of it. There’s no leveling up that happens from sabotaging your own efforts.

It’s easier to say no to junk food if it’s not easily available, and I’m motivated to work out tomorrow if I take the time to work out today.

The Power to Persevere

One of the themes in Batman Begins is the power of perseverance. Alfred echoes what Bruce’s father said to him all those years ago: “Why do we fall down? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

I wasn’t always this nice to myself. I spent too much time and energy beating myself to a pulp instead of talking to myself the way Alfred talked to Bruce.

You’re going to slip up.

It’s okay.

The important thing is that you get yourself back on track as soon as possible.

Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t berate yourself.

Just do better next time.

Remember that your legacy is more than bricks and mortar, and you can decide what you want that legacy to be. It’s never too late to turn things around, and it’s never too late to put yourself on the right track.

I’m not where I want to be – yet. I’ve lost over 65 pounds since 2007 and I still more to lose…but I’m working on it, and that’s the important thing. I’ve been using The Rebel Fitness Guide to keep myself on the healthy track. I’m losing inches (down 20 inches overall since September!) even if the number on the scale isn’t budging and I’m living a healthier lifestyle than I ever have before.

I’m also talking to myself the way I would talk to a good friend instead of a super villain, and those talks keep me motivated.

Everyone Needs a Sidekick

You can’t make this journey alone, and one of the greatest super powers of all is to know that you need help.

I tried to do all of this on my own and I failed miserably.

As soon as I put my fitness and weight loss goals out to the world, magic started to happen.

The Nerd Fitness community has kept me motivated and inspired on my most challenging days. The Rebel Army has encouraged me to go for one more push-up, taking a walk even when I just wanted to curl up in front of the television, and helped me take care of myself during a knee injury.

The NF Community also inspired me to take big, giant leaps of faith. This year I graduated from college, got my first piece of fiction published, exhibited at the Long Beach Comic and Horror Con, and self-published a short story. Every single time I thought I couldn’t, they were right there to tell me that yes, I could.

As we’ve learned from the Rules of the Rebellion, “Once you’re in, you’re in for life.”

The greatest super power of all

The greatest super power that I got from Nerd Fitness is not the ability to fly or X-ray vision, although that would be pretty darn cool if Steve could work on that. (Steve’s note: I’m on it!)

The greatest super power I’ve gotten from Nerd Fitness is that I believe in myself.

I believe that not only can I do this, but that I can keep it up. I believe that I will continue to level up my life, although this year has already been pretty epic. Through the highs and lows, I keep on keeping on, and my life has improved because of it.

The great thing is that you already have this super power, even if you don’t believe in yourself just yet.

You already have it because I believe in you.

You are a super hero.

Jessica M. Broughton is a writer living and geeking out in Pasadena, CA. She has a passion for Art Deco, vintage typewriters, and Halo. Come say hello at Grrlwriter.com. Check out her book, Bespoke.

###

From Steve: this is the first guest post I’ve run on Nerd Fitness in over a year – I told myself I would only run a guest post if it made me say “damn, I wish I wrote that!” This is an incredible community and I know quite a few rebels are also great writers…so, moving forward, I will be accepting guest post submissions.  Fair warning – I will be absolutely brutal in deciding what gets published.  NF is my life and business, so I’ve put together a ridiculous set of guidelines on what I expect out of a guest post. If you think you’re up for it and interested in writing for 10,000+ subscribers and 130,000+ visitors a month, email me at contact@nerdfitness.com.

photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo

Get The Rebel Starter Kit

Enter your email and we’ll send it right over.

  • The 15 mistakes you don’t want to make.
  • The most effective diet and why it works.
  • Complete your first workout today, no gym required.
  • These are the tools you need to start your quest.
Woman
Man
  • Xadus06

    Awesome post! I’m going today to get my paleo diet supplies and working out. I lost 25lbs and a few inches back in June and gained most of it back because I’m flat out lazy. Thanks for posting!

  • Xadus06

    Awesome post! I’m going today to get my paleo diet supplies and working out. I lost 25lbs and a few inches back in June and gained most of it back because I’m flat out lazy. Thanks for posting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/harmony.wallender Harmony Wallender

    I like the part about knowing your kryptonite. I am going to try once more to live a balanced life with Sugar (my kryptonite) and if I can’t, I will ditch it. (I even have a hard time saying that I will give it up)

  • http://www.WorkoutLab.net Brad Borland

    Wow! Great story. Wonderful site. It’s good to hear people getting real results.

    Brad

  • http://twitter.com/ratzelster ratzelster

    This was such a good story…especially for me at this moment.  I lost a bunch of weight, got stronger and then my kryptonite got me and I’m about halfway back to where I was and can’t face the workouts.
    I need some encouragement from someone who seems like they get it…not just someone who is buff and wonderful and working on things I can only dream of achieving.
    I love encouragement from a real person who has taken the challenge and faced it down…and look at how beautiful Jennifer is right now.  Thank you for sharing.  I have to go and find out about this Rebel Challenge thing and the Guide.  If were just starting way back in the day, what would you do beyond reading this blog?  How would you get started…given that I’ve looked at the boards and am not sure exactly where to start.  Thanks for your help.

  • http://twitter.com/ratzelster ratzelster

    This was such a good story…especially for me at this moment.  I lost a bunch of weight, got stronger and then my kryptonite got me and I’m about halfway back to where I was and can’t face the workouts.
    I need some encouragement from someone who seems like they get it…not just someone who is buff and wonderful and working on things I can only dream of achieving.
    I love encouragement from a real person who has taken the challenge and faced it down…and look at how beautiful Jennifer is right now.  Thank you for sharing.  I have to go and find out about this Rebel Challenge thing and the Guide.  If were just starting way back in the day, what would you do beyond reading this blog?  How would you get started…given that I’ve looked at the boards and am not sure exactly where to start.  Thanks for your help.

  • Jessica Broughton

    Just get going!  I used to get really stuck in *not* knowing which course was the best and then put off making any change at all.  Keep it simple – taking a walk today is better than not taking a walk, drinking water is better than a sugary drink, and saying hi on the message boards (wherever feels good to you) is better than staying quiet 🙂

    My motivation to keep going is seriously how good I feel.  I feel the best I’ve felt in years.

    Come on in – the water’s fine!

    Cheers,

    Jessica Broughton

  • Jessica Broughton

    You can do it, Harmony!  Start slow and make a change that you can live with.  When I was getting soda out of my diet I was still craving a carbonated beverage, so switching to flavored mineral water really helped.

  • Amber Bosch

    Congrats Jessica!

  • Julie Y

    Amazing post. Great words and I loved the illustrations. And you look fabulous, Jessica!

  • BarefootDawsy

    Great article Jessica, and very inspiring! What’s your name one the forums? I’ll keep an eye out for you!

  • Jessica Broughton

    Thank you, Julie!

  • Jessica Broughton

    Thank you, thank you 🙂  I’m Grrlwriter in the forums (which is pretty much how you can find me anywhere on the web!).

    I will definitely look for you as well, and I’ll be doing the next challenge too!

  • Chase

    Congratulations Jessica. As someone who has lost 50lbs and kept it off (though I still have another 15-20lbs to go), I can say it is the one thing that was a catalyst for change in my entire life.

  • Chase

    Congratulations Jessica. As someone who has lost 50lbs and kept it off (though I still have another 15-20lbs to go), I can say it is the one thing that was a catalyst for change in my entire life.

  • Chase

    Congratulations Jessica. As someone who has lost 50lbs and kept it off (though I still have another 15-20lbs to go), I can say it is the one thing that was a catalyst for change in my entire life.

  • Jessica Broughton

    Sending you a digital high-five, Chase!  Goooo you!

  • Jessica Broughton

    You are most welcome, and you can doooo it!  Feel free to check in with me on the message board if you need a little nudge (I’m Grrlwriter).  Tonight is my weight and cardio exercise, so I’ll make sure to check in that I worked out.

  • Jessica Broughton

     Thank you, Amber!  Cheers!

  • Jessica Broughton

     Thanks, Brad; I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

    Weight training has made such a difference.  I lost most of the weight with cardio, but I have to say, I am seeing quicker results since I’ve added weight training.  I didn’t think anything was going on for a bit because the scale wasn’t really budging, but I’ve lost over 20″ overall in just a few short months.

  • Hannah

    Way to go, Jess!  Great article, very inspiring, which is just what I need at this point.  Keep up the good work…and I will try to do the same.

  • Hannah

    Way to go, Jess!  Great article, very inspiring, which is just what I need at this point.  Keep up the good work…and I will try to do the same.

  • Jessica Broughton

    Thanks, Hannah!  I believe in you 🙂

  • Suhail

    good one.

  • http://leanmeanvirilemachine.com Darrin

    Wow, super inspiring story Jessica! Happy to see you’re using your super powers for good! 🙂

  • Goldstar0011

    Another inspiring story!  Well done and thanks

  • Goldstar0011

    Another inspiring story!  Well done and thanks

  • Jessica Broughton

    Merci beaucoup!

  • http://unusualliving.com Chris

    Jessica Great Job!

    I am always glad to hear about other peoples success! I really like how you talked about knowing your kryptonite. It is interesting that as you see what you weakness is you can make it your strength. Then your biggest weakness will over time change and you can over come that and then the next thing. In time your biggest trial will be something much easier to overcome that what it was initially!

    Keep going and good luck! 

  • Sumdawgtwigg

    This was really amazing and so inspirational. Great work! Makes me wanna work even harder.

  • Jessica Broughton

    Thank you, Darrin!  Yes, I have vowed only to use my super powers for good 🙂

  • Jessica Broughton

    Thank you!

  • Jessica Broughton

    Thank you, Chris!

    Yes, things that were once my kryptonite aren’t really issues anymore.  I actually don’t miss soda at all anymore, as now for me it’s just too sweet to drink.

    Thank you again for the support and motivation!

  • Jessica Broughton

    You can do it!  I know you can!  Thank you very much for your kind words.

  • Jason

    Wow, Jessica: you look stunning! That smile could make a man walk into a pole.

    Keep molding your life like as you want it to appear, and huge congrats on the book.  I’ve been there (divorce, restarting life, trying to get control of my life and body).  You are doing great.

    Smile big and take care.

    Jason

  • Jessica Broughton

    Thank you, Jason! *blushing terribly*

    I am hard at work on the next steps in my life, and I hope you are doing the same.  Writing this blog post made me realize just how far I’ve come, especially on those days when I think I still have so far to go.

    You take care, too!

    ~Jessica

  • Pingback: What’s Your Kryptonite? | Sexy Abs Castle()

  • Pingback: How to choose new habits to change your life()

  • Pingback: How Nerd Fitness Will Take Over the World in 2012 | Nerd Fitness()

  • Pingback: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting in Shape | Nerd Fitness()

  • Pingback: A Beginner's Guide to Getting in Shape | Bunngle Blogs()

  • Pingback: DMPK CRO()

  • Pingback: Search Marketing()

  • Pingback: Corporate Events Hyderabad()

  • Pingback: Bdsm()

  • Pingback: pezevenk()

  • Pingback: online joint kopen()