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

Fit 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 food and fitness, 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 by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified 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 she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  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!!!

Leave A Comment

Are you ready to join the #bgg2wlarmy and achieve your weight loss goals?



Join the squad, and let's reach our goals together!

— Weekly positive affirmations

— The latest news in food & fitness

— Delicious recipes

— Insightful discussion

— Tips to help you on your journey