Fit feels so much better

Name: Jenny Hodges

Age: 41

Involved in: Multi-sport adventure races, triathlons, group fitness classes, strength training and playing with my kids

kids mom mud so proud

Overcoming obesity

I was overweight most of my life. Morbidly obese. At my heaviest I was close to 400 pounds. My kids were 2, 3, and 4 and I was trying to play with them and I fell. You can see a clip of my story on the Today Show.

Staying motivated and challenged

GirlsGoneSporty (GGS): What is your motivation for staying active?

Jenny Hodges (JH): My motivation for staying active is the way that it makes me feel. I know how I felt when I was obese and living a fit, active lifestyle is so much better!!!

GGS: What sports and fitness accomplishments are you most proud of?

JH: Wow, I honestly have to say that running my first 5k in April 2010 was a big turning point for me. I had always dreamed of being a runner, but my size held me back. My Weight Watchers meeting sponsored an unofficial 5k and I decided I was going to participate. And I won!! That’s when I realized that my body was capable of anything!

jennifer hodges weight loss

GGS: How do you keep challenging yourself to improve?

JHI set monthly goals, mainly centered around a race. I do some sort of race every month. Mud runs are my favorite, and at least three times per year, the kids do a race with me. I love getting them involved in fitness, and we enjoy the time that we spend together.

GGS: Are you currently training for a race or event? What’s your workout schedule look like?

JHYes. My training schedule involves a lot of running and biking. I alternate running and biking every day, and do strength training (focusing a lot on my back for the kayak/swimming parts of my races every other day.

Tools of the trade:

GGS: What’s your favorite healthy food or dish?

JHI love black beans! I make an amazing black bean soup that is easy, healthy and so filling!!

GGS: What’s on your workout playlist?

JHI listen to all sorts of music; top 40 and techno are my favorites for working out.

GGS: What’s in your gym bag?

JHI keep two resistance bands, my Polar heart rate monitor, a towel, Blistex and some GUs. I’m able to head home right after my workout, so I don’t really pack my gym bag with a lot of extra stuff.

Live the sporty life

GGS: What does the phrase “live the sporty life” mean to you?

JHTo me living the sporty life means having fun while being active.