Suc­cess Sto­ries

Bet­ter choices helped Christina Jor­dan lose half her body­weight, re­verse di­a­betes and win a beauty pageant.

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See how Christina Jor­dan and Mauri Peter­son changed their bod­ies and their lives.

for many, Dis­ney­land is “the hap­pi­est place on earth,” but for Christina Jor­dan, it was the most em­bar­rass­ing place on earth: She was kicked off a ride in front of hun­dreds of peo­ple and her two young kids for be­ing “too big,” just af­ter hav­ing been di­ag­nosed with Type 2 di­a­betes.

“I was ter­ri­fied be­cause nearly ev­ery mem­ber of my fam­ily was over­weight and had di­a­betes, and sev­eral had even died from it,” she says, ex­plain­ing that she was teased and bul­lied her en­tire child­hood and suf­fered from low self-es­teem. “I had just had my sec­ond child and knew I had to change.”

Clean­ing Out and Clean­ing Up

Jor­dan had an un­healthy re­la­tion­ship with food, starv­ing her­self all day long while drink­ing so­das and sug­ary cof­fee drinks. At the end of the day, she would come home ex­hausted, and too tired to cook, she would binge on pizza, french fries and other pro­cessed foods.

“Eat­ing was my out­let for self-abuse,” says Jor­dan, who hid food in her closet and un­der her bed. “I would eat un­til my stom­ach was so full that I would cry. Then as soon as I could eat again, I would.”

When Jor­dan re­al­ized that it was time to make a change, she sat her hus­band down and asked him to help her stay ac­count­able. Then she purged her home of all junk food. “I ac­tu­ally hated any kind of veg­etable or fruit, so I had to force my­self to try new foods,” she says.

For ex­er­cise, Jor­dan be­gan by sim­ply tak­ing a brisk walk ev­ery night af­ter din­ner. Within a year, she had lost 100 pounds and had com­pletely re­versed her di­a­betes. She added hik­ing, kick­box­ing, weightlift­ing and yoga to her rou­tine, and when she got preg­nant with her third child, she gained only 27 pounds in­stead of her usual 90. She lost that weight plus an­other 30 pounds, and today Jor­dan does strength train­ing three days a week and yoga and car­dio two days a week. Her hus­band, a black-belt mar­tial artist, re­mains her big­gest ad­vo­cate. To­gether, they ex­er­cise with their three boys in their home gym and en­joy tak­ing week­end hikes.

A Fam­ily Af­fair

Mo­ti­vated by her suc­cess, Jor­dan quit her stress­ful job and went back to school to be­come a nu­tri­tion­ist. “Be­cause of my trans­for­ma­tion, my parents, sib­lings, cousins and even grand­par­ents are all eat­ing healthy,” she says. “Now our fam­ily hol­i­days are hosted at home, and we al­ways have healthy op­tions avail­able.”

In 2017, Jor­dan wrote her first book, For­ever Fit Weight Loss Guide (ama­, and she launched a six-week work­out pro­gram. She also com­peted in and won her firstever beauty pageant and now serves as the 2017-2018 Mrs. USA Elite Global Earth.

“I never re­al­ized how much I hid be­hind my weight un­til it was gone,” says Jor­dan, who was re­cently signed by a na­tional mod­el­ing agency. “I can do hand­stands and el­e­vated push-ups, run 3 miles with­out stop­ping and hike moun­tains.”

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