What jump-started Jennifer Lopez’s weight loss journey?

Jennifer Lopez has enviable Latina curves, but the actress admitted recently she suffered from a poor body image while dealing with post-pregnancy pounds in 2007. Lopez gained approximately 50 pounds, and she told Dr. Mehmet Oz in an interview she put on so much weight that even her nose looked fatter. Though a healthy diet–primarily vegan–and exercise are Lopez’s not-so-secret secret to her now slender body, it took one thing in particular to motivate her to lose the extra weight from her pregnancy. SEE ALSO: 5 reasons Jennifer Lopez still looks stunning That one thing was a goal, and that goal was to do a triathlon. “I don’t know what possessed me,” the 45-year-old told Dr. Oz. “I had never done a triathlon before in my life.” According to the International Triathlon Union, triathlons are activities that combine swimming, cycling and running into one event. The first recorded triathlon was in California on September 24, 1974, and since then the sport has evolved into a world-wide phenomenon. Participants generally complete the Olympic standard distances in each event of  a 1500 meter swim, 40 kilometer bike and 10 kilometer run. Training for a triathlon means training for three separate sports, not just one, and therefore triathlons put many people through the test of ultimate fitness. In 2008, Jennifer Lopez made her goal a reality, completing the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, a ½-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride and 4-mile run in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 28 seconds. “Thank you guys so much,” FoxNews reported Lopez saying to the crowd after her finish. “This is an amazing day. I feel really great and so glad I finished and that I made it out of the water but more amazing than that, I feel really great that we raised $127,000 for the Children’s Hospital [of Los Angeles] and hopefully it’ll go to good use.” Since then, she told Dr. Oz, she has felt more capable, like she can do everything she used to do in her twenties now–only better. Lopez uses that motivation to stay in shape and eat clean, though she now sticks to high-intensity cardio dance exercises with light strength training. SEE ALSO: Be fit and in-shape like Jennifer Lopez Goal-setting can be an important part of weight-loss. The Mayo Clinic indicates a goal can mean the difference between success and failure, and goals allow people to remain focused and motivated. Triathlons are ideal goals because they detail an exact distance a person much achieve to complete the goal, and as a person progresses toward that event, progress is tangible in how much their running has improved.The post What jump-started Jennifer Lopez’s weight loss journey? appeared first on Voxxi.

What kick started Jennifer Lopez’s weight loss? (Cinemafestival/Shutterstock)

Jennifer Lopez has enviable Latina curves, but the actress admitted recently she suffered from a poor body image while dealing with post-pregnancy pounds in 2007. Lopez gained approximately 50 pounds, and she told Dr. Mehmet Oz in an interview she put on so much weight that even her nose looked fatter.

Though a healthy diet–primarily vegan–and exercise are Lopez’s not-so-secret secret to her now slender body, it took one thing in particular to motivate her to lose the extra weight from her pregnancy.

SEE ALSO: 5 reasons Jennifer Lopez still looks stunning

That one thing was a goal, and that goal was to do a triathlon. “I don’t know what possessed me,” the 45-year-old told Dr. Oz. “I had never done a triathlon before in my life.”

According to the International Triathlon Union, triathlons are activities that combine swimming, cycling and running into one event. The first recorded triathlon was in California on September 24, 1974, and since then the sport has evolved into a world-wide phenomenon. Participants generally complete the Olympic standard distances in each event of  a 1500 meter swim, 40 kilometer bike and 10 kilometer run.

Training for a triathlon means training for three separate sports, not just one, and therefore triathlons put many people through the test of ultimate fitness.

Triathlons consist of three events
Running, cycling and swimming are what make up a triathlon. (Shutterstock)

In 2008, Jennifer Lopez made her goal a reality, completing the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, a ½-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride and 4-mile run in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 28 seconds.

“Thank you guys so much,” FoxNews reported Lopez saying to the crowd after her finish. “This is an amazing day. I feel really great and so glad I finished and that I made it out of the water but more amazing than that, I feel really great that we raised $127,000 for the Children’s Hospital [of Los Angeles] and hopefully it’ll go to good use.”

Since then, she told Dr. Oz, she has felt more capable, like she can do everything she used to do in her twenties now–only better. Lopez uses that motivation to stay in shape and eat clean, though she now sticks to high-intensity cardio dance exercises with light strength training.

SEE ALSO: Be fit and in-shape like Jennifer Lopez

Goal-setting can be an important part of weight-loss. The Mayo Clinic indicates a goal can mean the difference between success and failure, and goals allow people to remain focused and motivated.

Triathlons are ideal goals because they detail an exact distance a person much achieve to complete the goal, and as a person progresses toward that event, progress is tangible in how much their running has improved.

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