About Jodi Davis

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Jodi lost 162 pounds in 16 months, and she’s kept it off for 10 years. How did she do it? Simply by walking and eating healthier. Now Jodi is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s walking and healthy living advocate.

Ten years ago Jodi attended the funeral of a family member. Like her, this woman was morbidly obese. As Jodi looked on as her family mourned she realized that it could have been her in that casket. And that is the day she decided to make a serious lifestyle change.Jodi’s personal triumph and passion for walking, coupled with her desire to help people reach their goals, make her an ideal spokesperson for healthy living. Jodi truly cares about each individual’s unique weight-loss challenges and wants to help inspire their success.

1. What is your favorite thing about living in Michigan?

I love the lakes, especially Lake Michigan and the amazing summer sunsets.

2. What things do you find yourself doing that you said you’d “never” do?

I had always said that I would “never” exercise, but now that I’ve lost my excess weight, I find that I enjoy exercising more than I ever thought possible. In fact, I NEVER thought I would participate in any 5K races…and now I do! It’s amazing to know that I was once morbidly obese and couldn’t even run. Now I can run and do cartwheels. Pretty good for a mom in her 40s!

3. What are your favorite ways to stay healthy?

I love to walk with my dogs every day but I also enjoy heavy yard work – it helps keep my arms strong. And my old habit of continuously focusing on food is gone. I eat to live instead of living to eat.

4. What songs or artists are in heavy rotation in your iPod right now?

My iPod contains several Rod Stewart songs plus lots of country music by Rascal Flatts, Jo Dee Messina and Shania Twain. I also have hundreds of classic rock songs from the ‘70s – basically anything I can dance to.

5. What are your favorite things to read online? How do you stay informed and inspired?

I enjoy reading the latest health studies pertaining to weight loss, weight gain and obesity. I stay informed through links that my Facebook friends send me. They care about good health just as much as I do!

My inspiration comes from “the old me”…the memories of the obese life will never be forgotten and I don’t want to return there ever again.

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  1. I was looking for help and came upon Jodi’s story and it gives me a glimmer of hope that I didn’t have yesterday or even earlier today. I am 300 pounds and I really need to cut my weight in half. I am 50 years old and everything in my body is telling me that now is the time to do this… I have to do this right now! I have no family support and all of my friends are overweight and don’t seem to want to change anything but I am tired of feeling sick and tired. I have a knee that bothers me constantly, I am developing dry skin, I feel like crap when I eat wheat or sweets and I am uncomfortable in my own skin! It is hard to pull around the weight of another human, hard to find a comfortable position to sleep in and I wonder what my best options are for beginning a life-long exercise program & diet are and there is so much information and mis-information-I also wonder where I can find a good source of support–I can’t leave my friends and family but they also don’t encourage me, support my efforts & will try their darnedest to sabotage my efforts & I can’t let that happen!!

  2. Hello Suzi. I’m so grateful that you came upon my story and that it gave you that glimmer of hope that I continuously strive to do for those who don’t know what to do about their excess weight. It IS POSSIBLE to shed those pounds and feel better, remember that!.

    For one, please understand that I will ALWAYS be here for support, okay? I want to be that person that you can rely on whenever you have a question about losing weight as I will do my best to answer it for you. I’ve been there too, and I know the challenges. Let me help you conquer them “one step at a time.”

    My first question for you is this: have you tried any form of daily, physical activity? You may have read that walking was the key to my weight-loss success. I didn’t want to exercise at all when I was morbidly obese, but walking was pretty simple and I could do it at my own pace, anytime of day with anyone (including my dog!) 3,000 non-stop steps, which took me about 22-23 minutes. I did this every day and the weight “melted off.”

    You mentioned that your knee bothers you. Have you talked to your doctor about the ability to begin an exercise routine? Please make sure to do that, and I’ll work with you to keep you motivated. Together, Suzi, we can get you on track & living a healthier lifestyle!

    Please feel free to also contact me on Facebook. Jodi Davis (Jodi Freudenburg)

    I’ll be waiting to hear from you!


  3. Hi Jodi,
    I was totally amazed by your story in the Grand Rapids Press on Feb. 3rd. Thank you so much for letting people know that it is possible to lose weight without the extremes of surgery. I, too, have lost 162# over the last 13 years. I lost and kept off 130# starting in Jan. of 2000. Then, last summer it was time to lose a bit more and am now down the rest. I am now at a healthy weight and feel very comfortable in my skin and clothes.

    It is nice to know that there is someone else out there that has done the same thing that I have. I have never met another person that has done this and been able to keep the weight off after the lose. It is a daily process for me, I plan our family menus, do the shopping, and prepare the healthy foods.

    Congratulations on your good health.

  4. Hello Beth,

    Thank you for your kind words, they truly mean the world to me!

    I want to CONGRATULATE you on your 162 LB weight loss … how awesome are you! You are correct when you say that it is uncommon to find someone who has lost the exact same amount of weight AND who has kept it off for several years as well. We both have discovered the secret: plan & prepare healthy foods daily. It works wonderfully doesn’t it? Walking also works great for me; I don’t go a day without my daily exercise routine. Do you have a favorite form of exercise?

    Let me say that I am very proud of you, Beth, and I think it’s wonderful that you are living a healthy lifestyle.

    Please stay in touch ~ Jodi

    1. Hi Jodi,
      Thank you for the nice message. It was interesting to me that our stories are so similar…..same amount of weight loss and almost the same numbers of years of improved health. I, too, do a daily exercise routine but have to admit that the weight came off because I was very careful in my choices of foods, cutting out refined sugars, and putting healthy proteins (fish) back into my weekly menus. I typically do stretching exercises, some yoga, some Pilates, and when the weather is good I walk. My exercise routine is basically to strengthen my core and protect my back. I had a back injury in 2005 and have had daily pain since then but work to maintain strength in my back, so far so good. Walking is a great exercise but in the winter months I am always a little bit fearful of taking a fall, that would be awful!! I do what I can and don’t do what I can’t….one of my life mottoes.

      Have another great day in great health.

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