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My name is Jessica Groff, and I'm the gal behind Groff Nation.
My journey with nutrition and wellness began 20 years ago, when I was a 17 year old kid who didn't know any better. I was 5'2" and weighed 100 pounds soaking wet with rocks in my pockets. I drank like a fish, and my favorite after school snack was a hunk of Polly-O mozzarella melted on a plate in the microwave. My nickname back then was "Jessy the Body". Imagine that.
And it was all downhill from there.
In college, I subscribed to Pizza Hut and the local Chinese food joint. I spent my nights in frat houses, drinking my body weight in crappy beer. I subsequently gained the freshman 45, and I struggled with my weight and being happy in my own skin from that moment on.
Over the years, I've tried everything, from Atkins, to South Beach, to veganism. I looked at the Italian women in my family and resigned myself to that body type (if you're an Italian woman, you understand what I mean!).
In 2008, I met my husband, Hershey. We bonded over extravagant and decadent dinners. We dated for 3 years until we were married in 2011. It was the best day of my life. And I was at my thinnest since high school.
And then in 2013, I gave birth to twin baby girls, dropped a TON of weight, and then immediately gained it all back AND THEN SOME. Soon after their birth, I found myself unraveling. I was not the same woman who I once was and I felt SO out of control. I felt like I was standing in the middle of a crowded room screaming at the top of my lungs...but no one could hear me.
As I learned how to feed my children organic food, and spent a TON of time researching and making baby foods from scratch, I allowed my health and my husband's health to fall to the wayside. After long days at work, we ordered in more than not, and since we were living in a tiny apartment with our baby girls, making nutritious, home cooked meals fell to the back burner.
In 2016, I was suffering. My energy was so low that I found myself falling asleep on the couch when we got home from work. My kids would run circles around me, which would just irritate me. I was covered in hives from head to toe, and my eyes were dull and surrounded by dark circles. I felt swollen and puffy, and my gut hung over every pair of pants that I owned. I felt like most of my clothes were going to bust open at the seams. I spent a lot of time aggravated and feeling like I was drowning. I looked at a woman in the mirror who I did not recognize. And then something clicked.
I joined a clean eating and wellness challenge. And then I joined another. And then I signed up for a weight loss and exercise program and dropped ALL OF THE WEIGHT. I was back to what I weighed before I got married! I had energy. Clarity. I started learning about whole foods and how the foods we eat can fix EVERYTHING.
Today, I am a no B.S. mama who is teaching women to take back their lives, one step at a time.
I’m a teacher at heart. It's my day job and what I love to do. I am always researching and asking questions, trying to find a simpler, more straightforward way of living life. I thrive in an uncomplicated lifestyle, and I take steps towards that every single day. The steps are small, but they are there, and they give me some sense of control over my world.
I started implementing good habits one at a time. I am a thorough researcher of self-care, wellness, good eating, and organization. The RESULTS that I’ve gotten from implementing all that I’ve learned are astonishing.
- I found that I could do SO MUCH MORE with the little pockets of time in my day.
- I lost 30 pounds.
- I felt the fog lifting.
- I gained back my independence.
- I successfully taught my kids healthy eating habits (even my husband has jumped on the bandwagon!).
When my challengers started to see similar results, I knew that I had found something that I had to pay forward. There seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel. And I want to help you to see it, too.
Are you ready to get started on your journey to peace? Great...
When I'm not here blogging about my world, you can find me chatting away in my amazing Facebook Collective all about cleaner, greener living, stalking the local farm stands, or documenting #GroffNation on social media. Click any of the social media icons below to hop on my wild ride!