BY: Lively Staff

August 15, 2017

The Vital Life: Jovana Borojevic’s Inspiring Weight Loss

You know her as @JovanaFit on Instagram, but the gal behind the ‘gram also has an amazing weight loss story!

Jovana Borojevic is known on Instagram as @JovanaFit and there’s a good reason why: she has transformed her body and her life starting with an extreme weight loss, in a healthy way. This girl knows fitness and she’s sharing her knowledge with anyone who is eager to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle, naturally.  We spoke with Jovana on her daily workout and eating regimen, what keeps her motivated, and how she’s inspiring others:

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Can you walk us through a day in your life?

I work full time! So my days are always pretty similar. I wake up around 6:30am, make my breakfast (usually a smoothie) and pack my lunch (usually left over dinner) and head out! I am at work from 8-4 and once I get home, I have my gym snack, head to the gym for weight training/cardio depending on the day. I’ve also recently introduced yoga, which is fun! After my gym session, I eat dinner around 7:30pm and I am done eating for the day! This is my time to catch up with my Instagram, do some errands etc before bed time!
 

What inspired your amazing weight loss transformation?

I saw a picture of myself one day and I remember commenting “wow I love this photo, if only my knees weren’t so fat”. I stopped myself and realized that that is not a common complaint – and it really worried me. I already knew that I had fatty liver disease and I suddenly got worried. I decided to weigh myself the next day. I was expecting to see around 250lbs (it had been about 2 years since I weighed myself). I stepped on the scale and sae 304lbs. I was horrified and scared at the same time. I never thought I would see a 3 in front of my weight and I knew I needed to make a change. It’s like seeing that number made reality slap me right in the face and realize that I was destroying my health and my body.

How do you stay motivated?

Honestly, when you want it bad enough for the right reasons and when you remember feeling the way you did in the past – that’s enough to keep you going. Thinking about how unhealthy I was, thinking about how I couldn’t do normal everyday tasks like walking up the stairs and thinking about the fact that I’ve come so far keeps me motivated. In the beginning, all my non scale victories would keep me motivated as well – fitting smaller clothes, not running out of breath, being able to do an extra minute on the treadmill. I always tried to think of it this one – one more day of fighting for my health equals one more day of life that I could have lost due to obesity related health issues. Of course, I have bad days like everyone else and I’m not always super motivated. Those are the days when I turn to all the amazing comments I get from my followers on IG and look at other amazing people’s journeys to feel reinvigorated. 
 
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What was the hardest part of achieving your weight loss goals?

For me the hardest part was food and temptation. I fell in love with working out and it was always something that I made a priority to make time for. There is always a way to make time for the things you enjoy! But I struggled (and still do) with saying no to certain foods, especially in social situations. Being a binge eater, this is something that I fight to over come. But keep in mind, no matter what your struggle is, the fight is always worth it in the end. Eating right is hard – but thats why I kept it simple in order to make it realistic forever. I never counted a single calorie, macro or weighed my food – because i knew restriction was my weakness. I focused on portion control and moderation in order to ease the difficulty (it’s okay to indulge sometimes!)

What would you say to someone who wants to make a major life change (such as weight loss), but is nervous to jump in?

Take it one day at a time. There is no rush, no pressure and no finish line. The time is going to pass anyways, no matter how you spend it. This is what I always say – start each day fresh, regardless of what happened the day before. Each morning, recommit to yourself all over again! Skipped your workouts? Ate what you shouldn’t? It’s okay! Don’t beat yourself up so hard. Life is not perfect, so we cannot expect this journey to be perfect either. Don’t wait for Monday, start EVERY day with a new commitment that you will try the best you can THAT DAY. Eventually it will become a positive habit, and you’ll find yourself with a new outlook to live each day as best and as health as you can. And do what is manageable to YOU. Don’t try to follow someone else’s routine, because at the end of the day, our lives are all different and consistency is key (so make sure you can keep it consistent!)

How has your day-to-day lifestyle evolved throughout your weight loss transformation?

I have a new zest for life. I want to go out on adventures, try new things, do new activities. Before, I would stay inside and lock myself from the world. Now, I feel more happy and positive and ready to take on whatever is thrown my way. Overall I have more energy and more pep in my step!
 
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