HomeFit Chick Watch, Sweat EquityFit Chick Watch: How Wiltrina Jones Lost Over 200 Pounds

Jaw. Dropped.

How I Lost It: It didn’t start instantaneously, but I knew I had to do something. So I started one day going to Gold’s Gym. I would walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes and then run out the door as soon as I was done. It was overwhelming; I was out of breath and I didn’t want to do anything else. Within five months I had lost 68 pounds.

But I had knee pain that wouldn’t go away, and eventually I had to stop going to the gym. My doctor told me it was because of my weight. I suffered with the pain for 10 months, and gained every bit of the weight back and then some. I was devastated.

My knee pain continued to the point that it started giving out on me. My back and legs were in so much pain, too. I was on acid reflux meds and pain meds for my back and my knees. I stopped weighing myself at the doctors because it was pointless; the scale only went to 350. My doctor gave me a shot of cortisone in the knee and said if that didn’t work he would need to do surgery. I made a promise to God if I felt better I wasn’t going to do this to myself again.

Well, I felt better, but didn’t have a plan — yet I knew I was going to do something. I talked to a client of mine who also went to Gold’s Gym. She gave me a diet to try, but it was just that, a diet, and I needed something I could do for the rest of my life. I tracked my progress for a month of eating no carbs. I was fascinated by the First Lady and her fight against obesity, so I took what I learned from her and coupled it with a host of recipes that I created.

Today I eat clean. I eat six to seven small meals a day, of things like protein shakes, baked chicken breast, broccoli, tilapia, sweet potatos and more. I work out six days a week. I do daily cardio running or the Stairmaster. I focus on different body parts daily for strength, like triceps, biceps, back, legs, abs, glutes, deltoids, etc. I love to work out; it’s my life. I get asked constantly how I lost the weight and I listen to so many stories. I tell them I truly understand I use to be you. I let them know it’s not easy but that it is definitely worth it. It’s not about how fast it comes off, but about getting healthy and changing your lifestyle. Today, I’m getting my body ready for a fitness competition. Everyone seems to not remember me 200 pounds heavier, but I do. I love me today.

Check her out, man:

Someone tell her I love her? Please?

By | 2017-06-10T11:46:29+00:00 January 14th, 2013|Fit Chick Watch, Sweat Equity|57 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and crtified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because lol why not.

57 Comments

  1. Sakeenah Davis August 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM - Reply

    Great Job!!! You look wonderful!!

  2. Shannon August 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM - Reply

    Love it! She rocked it!

  3. J. Wilson August 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM - Reply

    I just screamed when I saw the pictures. Talk about having no excuses. Woo, girl!

  4. Truly Inspired August 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM - Reply

    Wow, what a beautiful story of motivation and dedication. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and best wishes with your new endeavors.

  5. Denise August 20, 2012 at 4:22 PM - Reply

    Congratulations to Wiltrina Jones!!! WOW. She’s doing it the right way. Lifestyle change, no magic pills or potions; nothing but determination and hard work. Excellent.

  6. Sonia (Jackson) Blumanhourst August 20, 2012 at 4:26 PM - Reply

    Erika, thank you for this story. I am crying while I am typing this. You look beautiful! I am going to the gym but I know that my eating is horrible and I vow to get it under control so that I to can have a after picture just like yours. Did you have people cheering you on? Seems as if the people in my life don’t.But I will lose this weight! Thank you for being an inspiration!

    • Ester Hunter February 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM - Reply

      Hi Sonia,

      You remind me so much of myself. I’m at a little over 300 lbs and it encourages me and I cry every time I read great stories like this. I make vows to myself and to others that I WILL lose this weight. I’m cheering you on and I’m saying that WE WILL lose this weight. I don’t know you but if you ever want to contact me for some inspiration, you can contact me. I can be your “fit buddy” cos that’s what we both will be….FIT!! Don’t give up, I won’t give up on you or myself. If crying is what it takes, keep crying but also keep going.

      • Sonia February 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM - Reply

        Hi Ester sorry it took me so long to reply just looked at my email. I would be honored to be your fit buddy. My email is [redacted]. I promise to help you also!

        Editor’s Note: Ladies, e-mail me and I’ll connect you. I don’t want your e-mail addresses getting out unnecessarily. – Erika

  7. lynnid August 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM - Reply

    Miss Wiltrina, you better rock it girl!

  8. Askoku August 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM - Reply

    Her story sounds like me. Shoulder, knees and back pain on a daily basis. I lack motivation, but hearing that you started with the treadmill and even lost 68 was amazing that will be a good start for me. I use to go to Zumba classes but other things conflicted with the class so I had to stop going. I had lost 14 lbs and gained it all back and then some. I’m ready. I never really read any of the blogs but after reading Ms. Kendell’s story, I’m doing it. I need to set an example for my son whose cholesterol is elevated. This blog could save my life. Thank you.

  9. Arlissa August 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM - Reply

    Ooooh. I love the new arms. Great story – inspirational and motivational. Looking at the old and new you, I see some body areas that are now flat. I was thinking just yesterday that my lower stomach is never going to be flat. I see thats not the truth. I’ll just keep pressing.

  10. Danielle August 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM - Reply

    That is awesome!!!! Such an inspiration to many!!!

  11. Yoletta August 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM - Reply

    Hello, I enjoyed reading your story. I’m on my journey, my question is did you have to do anything for the excess skin or did it firm up from you working out?

    • Erika Nicole Kendall August 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM - Reply

      This is Wiltrina’s story, not mine, but… it firms up from working out and eating your veggies!

  12. futuredocforlife August 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM - Reply

    This story is beautiful and motivating. Even a long road does have an end point.

  13. Keengdom Chique August 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM - Reply

    AMAZING!

  14. Chasing Joy August 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM - Reply

    Wow! So inspiring!!!

  15. Sunny August 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM - Reply

    WOW!! Dang, Wiltrina! You DID the damn thing!!

  16. Nneka August 20, 2012 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    Amazing! Thanks for showing us that it can be done the right way! Good Luck in the competition.

  17. LaToyur Tisdale August 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM - Reply

    Wow! You’ve inspired me!!! You look great!

  18. Majikcam August 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM - Reply

    Thank you for this story.

  19. 45sexydiva August 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM - Reply

    You’re looking great my sistah, trying to get where you are now!!!!!! .. .. . . .. . . .with the Lord I know all things are possible, if I believe…….

  20. Keni August 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM - Reply

    Way to inspire! I’m on the road but dig inspiration!

  21. angie August 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM - Reply

    You made that weight your bytch! Way to Go!

  22. Cynthi August 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM - Reply

    Wow! You look fabulous

  23. Karen G August 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM - Reply

    I am truly inspired! It would be great if you could share some of your recipes.

  24. Kaija August 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM - Reply

    Way to go Wiltrina! And your arms are AWESOME 🙂

    • Rooo August 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM - Reply

      Aren’t they? Miss Thing is *cut*.

  25. kamea August 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM - Reply

    I am truly inspired by this. She looks great.

  26. Ronni August 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM - Reply

    That is all kinds of awesome!

  27. June Cash August 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    WOW! You look great. If i could do half of what you have done I would not have to take these meds for high blood pressure.

  28. Pat August 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Wow, get it girl! Fantastic job.

  29. Nikki Lenzy August 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM - Reply

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  30. april m August 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM - Reply

    wow,you look great. I started feb.19th at 228 Im.now 188 ive been going to the gym. but,I have to get better with my eating I must admit.congrats

  31. Aftaan August 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM - Reply

    Congratulations to her!! She looks great!

  32. Paulette August 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM - Reply

    Inspiring! You go girl! This was just the shot in the arm that my motivation needed! Thank you!

  33. Mimi August 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM - Reply

    Wow, I am truly inspired. I also have a significant amount of weight to lose and this is great motivation and inspiration!

  34. Annette August 21, 2012 at 2:09 PM - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful and inspiring.!!

  35. Jame (@jameane) August 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM - Reply

    Amazing! I am totally inspired and jealous. Great story! I hope to post my own soon!

  36. CoCo August 21, 2012 at 6:25 PM - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing Wiltrina’s story! Reading this added some sunshine to my day. =)

    To Ms. Wiltrina all I have to say is “Uh oh! Work it, work it!…Uh oh! You work it!” =) You’re rockin’ them muscles, mama!

    c.

  37. Lawanna Audain August 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM - Reply

    I’m new to this group, and I’m lovin the postings. This story is so inspirational to me. One of your last points it’s not how fast you loose the weight, but getting healthy and changing your lifestyle. I have been eating clean since 3/12, the weight is coming off very slowly. I’m committed to my gym workouts, so I’m trusting in the process and reading about nutrition. Your journey I will always keep with me on my journey. Thank you for sharing.

  38. Donnalee August 22, 2012 at 9:54 PM - Reply

    Amazing and inspirational story.

  39. A'Ja August 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM - Reply

    Fitness beast! That is dedication!

  40. Unique August 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM - Reply

    This is beautiful and so encouraging, just as you have been in your journey Erika…My issue is getting past the voices in my head and stopping the vicious cycle of stagnation, self-hatred, self-pity which leads right back to putting the wrong foods in ym mouth and avoiding all the mirrors until I’m forced to look in one just to get disgusted with myself all over again. I look forward to the day I’m sharing my story, I appreciate you for sharing this and for doing what it is you do.

  41. Angela Rice August 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM - Reply

    Me and my friend at work was looking at your picture on facebook thinking how did she do and to come this site today and be able to ready your story was just AMAZING…… It makes me more dedicated to living a healty lives. Also, God has no respect of person, what he did for you he will surly do for others as long as we are willing to put in th work. SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!!

    • Jackie September 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM - Reply

      So very true!!!

  42. Cylia August 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM - Reply

    She is a great role model!! As I am trying to recoup my 100 pound weight loss I emailed her and got some great words or wisdom! I am 20 pounds way from my goal (again) and she encouraged me to use the Stairbeast lol aka the stairmaster that jump started my weight loss again! Thanks Soror for spotlighting this great woman!

    • Jackie September 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM - Reply

      Cylia,
      Congrats to you and of course Wiltrina!! Please share the words of wisdom and what is the stairbeast? You are both an inspiration. I am taking the journey day by day.

  43. Michelle November 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM - Reply

    WOW seriously no excuses! She did an amazing job! This inspires me so much. This just proves that any one can do what they put their mind to! Love this blog 🙂

  44. CelebrateYourProgress January 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM - Reply

    Truly inspirational! Congratulations Wiltrina!
    & Thank you Erika for bringing us these true life success stories.

  45. Tigerlily_NJ January 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM - Reply

    Truly inspirational!!!! One day that will be me! lol

  46. Simone Gibson Jamai April 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM - Reply

    You look amazing keep up the good work when I began my journey to my new like I thought I was all alone as a black woman trying to live healthier I lost over 110lbs and since than my life as changed for the better and I am coming across all these site that support black women getting healthier and looking fab. Thank you lord because this gives me such inspiration to stay on the right track

  47. Mrs. Quinsey April 5, 2013 at 7:54 AM - Reply

    Good morning all, especially to those of you like this young lady who keep focused and just do it. No excuses but instead lean on those people and ideas that will keep the path health a daily priority. God Bless. As I am reading this, going back in fourth in my mind that I need to get back to working out and eating better but finding every excuse not to. My biggest hurdle currently is constant pain in my feet brought on by heel spurs. Which I know ultimately came from my unhealthy life style. God I thank you for this story, it is time for me to make it through this pain. Keep it up ladies.

  48. Bianca July 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM - Reply

    How very inspirational! I wonder how she chose exercises to do with nee issues however…that has been my challenge..

    • Erika Nicole Kendall July 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM - Reply

      I mean, there are a few options – depending on the kind of issue we’re dealing with, knee braces can help with that until the muscles around the knee strengthen up enough to support the joint better. It looks like she might focus more on lifting, and since lifting can be pretty low-impact and can better aide the body in fat loss outside of exclusive exercise activity, that might make sense.

  49. seejanesweat October 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM - Reply

    So inspirational.

  50. Kinu Tanaka July 30, 2014 at 7:47 AM - Reply

    Wiltrina Jones is a Fraud. I paid $200 on her website for a 12 week meal and exercise plan. The problem was that she gave me a 2 week meal plan that consisted of eating the EXACT same 6 meals/snacks a day for 14 days before she would change the diet. I requested a refund, she said “Best Regards”. SO I then requested her to give me my remaining 11 weeks and I would do diet on my own, she said it didnt work that way. After begging and pleading with her, I have NO DIET or $200.

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