Coming off the most impossible of years, she looks fitter, healthier and happier than ever, and I’d give anything for that girl’s pipes!
But reading the comments below the article, there are certainly mixed feelings. Some readers think she looks wonderful. Some think she looks “too thin for her” and others implied she hit a plateau and that’s why she is done losing. (To that I say “Whatever! The girl’s teensy!”)
My take? I think she looks great. She’s clearly thin and lean, but not bony or “scary-skinny.”
But I do think (and this isn’t necessarily a negative) that she looks very thin “for her” — in the same way at one point I probably looked very thin “for me” back at goal in 2004.
Looking at JHud’s trajectory to thin-dom, I am reminded of my own journey.
My goal weight was a weight that, once I hit it, was not maintainable for me … and therefore it was something I couldn’t keep up without a significant amount of work and calorie-cutting (I didn’t have the luxury of a personal trainer or chef like many celebs do).
Still, I remember being annoyed when people would say I was getting “too thin” because they never knew me as anything but heavy; how could they classify me as “too thin”? They were comparing my old body to my new body … much in the same vein as how JHud is being compared. Her former plus-sized self being compared to her current size-6 self (and I’d say she looks about a 4 now … but that’s neither here nor there). She’s still JHud, just in a smaller, fitter package. And it’s hard for people to grasp.
I don’t know if she’ll be able to keep it off. I look back on that time recognizing I probably was “too thin” for me; obviously — I couldn’t maintain it and wasn’t about to go to any extreme measures to do so. (In fact, my disordered habits began only as I tried to maintain my loss; not while losing … interesting, no?!)
I wasn’t bony or anything, but I had gone from a 12/14 (depending on the store) to a 6/8 in a matter of 8 months. Though done in a totally healthy manner, it was still pretty dramatic, even though at the time it didn’t feel that way. I just felt good. I remember feeling confident, strong, lean and proud … much like Jennifer talks about feeling today. Weight loss does crazy things to your psyche; of that I am sure.
I personally think the biggest gift of weight loss is not only if you can be healthier and keep it off but if you can, as I did, gain some back (or heck, all!) and still love yourself just the same. Still feel good about yourself, confident in yourself. Recognize you’re more than just a body.
With respect to Jennifer … only time will tell — but I know one thing for sure: she has my support as she works to maintain her loss. It’s not easy, that’s for sure …
How about you? What do you think about Jennifer’s new body? Is it maintainable?