Overweight grandmother, 48, reveals how she shed 70LBS and won a beauty pageant against ‘girls half her age’
Overweight Grandma reveals how she shed 70LBS – ‘I’ve never been in better shape!’ A 48-year-old grandmother, who once weighed more than 200lbs, has revealed how entering a beauty pageant motivated her to lose 70lbs and ultimately win the crown.
Janice Celeste, from Flanders, New Jersey, is an author and the mother of international model Sessilee Lopez, 26, as well as the reigning Mrs. New Jersey United States 2015.
Janice, who comes from a long line of pageant queens, weighed over 200lbs and was few years shy of 50 when she vowed to lose 60lbs, and decided to return to pageantry to motivate her to shed the extra pounds.
48 year old overweight Grandma reveals how she shed 70LBS and won a beauty pageant48 year old overweight Grandma reveals how she shed 70LBS and won a beauty pageant
‘Being overweight and finding myself on daily blood pressure medication wasn’t enough to get off my butt to get serious about weight loss,’ she explained in an essay for the Huffington Post. ‘Knowing that I will compete against girls half my age while I’m on stage wearing a bathing suit somehow motivates me while giving me a deadline to be in tip-top shape.’
The mother-of-three and grandmother explained that over the years she lost herself in being a wife and mother and couldn’t seem to lose weight. Janice admitted that she ‘failed at Weight Watchers’ three times before she finally succeeded.
48 year old overweight Grandma reveals how she shed 70LBS and won a beauty pageant
‘I once thought weight loss was impossible,’ she wrote. ‘That those who were dramatically losing weight had some trick up their sleeve they weren’t disclosing. Instead, I found it would be one of the hardest things I would ever do.’
Janice, who is now off her blood pressure medication, said it took her three years to lose 70lbs, noting: ‘I didn’t gain it fast. I couldn’t expect it to come fast and stay off.’
Losing the weight gave her a newfound confidence, and after a lifetime of ‘wearing practical flat shoes’ Janice, who is just shy of 5’9″, started wearing six-inch heels at the age of 48.
In July, she represented her home state and competed at the Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas.
‘It was one of my most challenging pageants ever,’ she noted.
And although she didn’t win, Janice said that she learned that can perform under pressure and she can ‘ace any job interview after sitting in front of various pageant judges’.