On last night's premiere episode of My Big Fat Revenge, we met Jennifer Tippie, a 26-year-old woman who set out to get fit and get closure. We watched as Jen powered through intense workouts with the help of her trainer, and eventually got the healthy body she's always wanted. After that, it was time for her to serve up her own revenge to an ex who was too embarassed to date a bigger girl. Follow up with Jen with this exclusive Q&A.
How has your life changed since being on ‘My Big Fat Revenge?’
Since being on the show, my lifestyle has completely changed. Besides making a new religion out of early morning runs and healthy eating, I've noticed that everything is just easier now. It's easier to date, it's easier to go out and have fun, it's easier to exercise... everything. I get noticed much more and people seem more friendly and more interested in me than ever before. I'm enjoying my life and my new body.
Are you single or dating?
I am single, but also dating. Nothing serious, just testing the waters to see where things go and what's out there for me.
Have you since had contact with your ex after filming?
He's tried contacting me numerous times. So much so that I added a service to my phone just to block him from calling, moved away and marked his emails as spam so I wouldn't have to see them anymore. It's gotten pretty ridiculous. His most recent attempt at contacting me came from one of his friends who forwarded an email from him through a Facebook account. It's like I just can't shake this guy and all I'm trying to do is move on with my life! I've stopped responding to him long ago, and even told him as bluntly as possible that I want nothing to do with him, but he just won't let it go. Kinda sad really.
What are you most proud of accomplishing on the show?
I think the thing I'm most proud of is not only losing the weight, but gaining a new air of confidence. I feel like a completely renewed woman and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity that I was given with this show.
What are you up to now?
Now I'm pretty much back to my normal life. I go for a run every morning, work full time and spend the weekends doing something active. My two favorite weekend activities are a nice long morning hike at Griffith Park or a treck up the Culver City Stairs. I spend as little time as possible indoors these days. LA has so much to offer the fitness-minded individual, so I try to take full advantage.
What advice would you give to girls who are bullied for their weight?
Well, of course I've been bullied for my weight my whole life, and the way I got through it was to become numb to it, I never really let it bother me. That was just how I coped with it, but that's not dealing with the problem so much as it is sweeping it under the rug. The best advice I can give is simply this: get up, and do. Get up and start doing something! Anything! All it takes is making small changes, slowly, and steadily. Something as little as cutting out soda can help jump start a weight loss program. Or taking an easy stroll through the neighborhood after work or school. Take something out of your normal routine that does not facilitate a healthy lifestyle and replace it with something that does. The change from "fat" to "thin" happens slowly but the road is paved with small victories along the way. Celebrate each victory and recognize that change is coming.
What do you do to keep up with your weight loss and stay in shape?
I'm just active all the time now. I'm definitely not working out as hard as I was on the show, but I still do something active every single day. I have to. I notice that when I don't do active things, even something small, I'm likely to just veg out on the couch and start falling back into old habits. I mean, 26 years of bad habits are hard to break and sometimes I slip up. I'm only human, but I've learned that as long as I stay active I'm more likely to eat healthy and not get down on myself for having an occasional treat. This whole thing has been a learning experience for me and I'm still settling into my new lifestyle, so the tips and tricks I've taught myself, like staying active, really help keep me focused and remind me that I still have a goal to reach. I'm not done losing weight yet and I'm nowhere near giving up!
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