December 6, 2016

Let’s Get Real

post-image-1Its finally here!!!! I’ve been waiting SO long to finally get this blog up and going and to be one hundred percent REAL with all of you. I’ve received so many amazing messages and questions since my first initial post on my Instagram about my recent transformation. I certainly was not expecting this response, but the amount of support and love I received was out of this world! Ever since that day I have been incredibly excited and hopeful to get my story out there as soon as possible. It was seriously one of the scariest posts I’ve ever had to press send for… being open, vulnerable, and honest about something so personal. It is TERRIFYING, especially in today’s society where bodies and appearance are so important!! So I feel very strongly that its about time somebody stands up and says, “I’m not perfect!! I’m a REAL human being with flaws and I’m ok with it.” I hope throughout this whole process that you will know that you have someone that you can open up to and account to and hopefully, through your stories and experiences, your questions and concerns, together, we can work to bring greater understanding and contentment about what’s REAL and what really doesn’t matter!!

My goal for this blog is to hopefully inspire and/or motivate somebody in need of a little extra boost or perspective. As cliche and cheesy as it sounds, that’s truly my main purpose! No matter where you are in life, your age, your situation, or emotional state, we can all use a little encouragement, honesty and friendship. We all want to be more happy than we are!!

I have been blessed with such a beautiful life but let me be the first to tell you, it has not been all butterflies and unicorns. Not many people know, but I have struggled with depression, self esteem, my weight, and many more insecurities for most of my life. The more I tried to hide it and push it aside and put on a fake facade for the world to see, the more stressed I felt and miserable I became. It wasn’t until this past year and specifically these past few months that I really took control of my life and did some major re-evaluating. I did a lot of detoxing with all aspects of my life and with an insane amount of help from my family, I was able to turn my life around. I still have a lot of work to do! I am nowhere near perfect! Everyday is a struggle, (just ask my sisters, they will be the first to tell you). But I also feel like there are so many people, (especially girls), experiencing similar things that I have gone through, that I can’t keep my mouth shut any longer because the change that it has made in my life, has literally saved me!!

Let me reassure you that this is NOT a “lose weight fast with Jenna” soliciting blog. That will not be my main focus, (although I will be sharing what my health and fitness plan is and how I’ve been able to get physically confident). There is so much more that goes into having an overall healthy lifestyle than just fitness. I believe that there needs to be a balance in all aspects of life to be happy, motivated, productive, interesting, and at peace with yourself.

I can’t wait to share some of the things that I have been researching and experiencing that I know have helped me and can help you as well.  I hope those of you reading this right now are excited to go on this journey with me because I’m about to burst!! I really want to be your  listening ear and hear all that you have to say! Lets do this together and lets do it the REAL way!


95 thoughts on “Let’s Get Real

    1. finnalllly 🙂
      can’t wait to read more Jenna , im fan since sytycd :*
      congrat for the blog <3
      i wish you can do a youtube channel too 🙂 😉 <3

  1. jenna i’m so excited for your blog! I know this exciting for you too! you already inspire me so much and i know this will help me achieve and inspire me to do everything i want in life. thank you so much jenna, you’re amazing!❤️

  2. Hi Jenna,
    I would love to follow up with your blog (when I have time). I have never been able to feel physically confident. I really struggle with weight, It seems as though it does not matter what I eat and how many calories I intake my body will still retain weight! Its been a battle for me. I have been a dancer my whole life, like you! I stand at 5’3″ and weigh between 135-145 ): I don’t typically eat the healthiest foods (i LOVE carbs) but I also don’t eat the daily 2,500 calories. I eat maybe 2,000 or less and still gain weight? Ugh why me?! You’d be happy to hear that as a dancer water is my favorite beverage! I drink so much water daily, i don’t drink alcohol, and not much soda or sugary drinks, but again still gain weight. Yuck.
    Thank you for creating this blog, Its awesome to see someone like you doing something REAL for someone like me (:

    1. Hi Jamie!
      I was just reading your post and thought I’d share a little thing that has really helped me. I used to be able to put on weight like that and I also wasn’t eating that much. I’ve always loved healthy food, but did tend to go for carbs when I wanted a snack. 🙂 I even started retaining water and I didn’t know what to do! My Mom is really into nutrition and she thought it might be allergies. I’ve stayed off grain and dairy for over 6 months and I’ve finally been able to control my weight. I still have to work hard to control it though, and make sure I excercise at least 4 times a week. But it seems like you do that since your a dancer. 🙂 Another little thing that I’ve started doing is putting a little apple cider vinegar in my water, which helps keep your stomach acidic so you can properly digest your food. Although you might not like the taste at first you get used to it. But I know how it is to get discouraged when you are working hard and not seeing any progress. It does take time, but don’t give up! I would really try going off of at least wheat and dairy and just seeing if this helps you feel better. And then try the apple cider vinegar. 🙂 I hope this helps! It has really helped me feel more confident as I see my body changing for the good.

  3. Good for you Jenna! Excited to see where this takes you. No matter what remember you are loved, especially by lots of people in Provo.

  4. Thank you for making this! I can’t wait to read more about your journey..I struggle everyday with my appearance and the way my body is, but through this I hope to hear other people’s stories and yours about saying “Hey! I’m not perfect and that’s okay!” Thanks again, and I can’t wait to see you on tour! Much love.

  5. WOW ! Thankyou for being so honest and open 🙂 looking forward to reading more of your blogs and explore your website. Your commitment to dance and a healthy lifestyle is really inspiring! Much love and respect from New Zealand

  6. Let’s get real! I love you since the first time I saw you on SYTYCD. I really understand everything you say here. I am mother, grandmother and as a woman who worked so hard throughout my life and also deal with all sorts of situations.
    Unsure of my body all the time, trying to be correct about everything and always thinking if I was making the right choice.
    Time and experience. Tears and joy. Learning what makes me happy and being honest with myself is the right choice.
    I feel the same for you and for you to be so young and already so sure and determined is one more reason for me to love you more.

  7. This is amazing!!! I really love your first blog!! I know you will inspired a lot of people including myself! I am open to hear more stories and motivation!!

  8. Are you still working with dancing with the Stars?
    I am interested in reading about well being, coping with depression, lifting ones mood.
    Thanks look forward to more.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this Jenna! My sister and I have been saying for quite some time that it was TIME to be real and share the good, the bad and the ugly of what it takes to accomplish whatever it is we wan to achieve. It’s a bloody battle, that brings so much humility, appreciation and unconditional happiness. I can’t wait to follow along. This has officially inspired us to share our journey with others as well. Thank you for your bravery and boost in confidence!

  10. Any human being is full of flaws.. whats important is the acknowledgment of these flaws and the motivation to work on them 🙂 Thants what makes him beautiful. AND U R SOOO BEAUTIFUL Thank u Jenna for sharing ur story 🙂

  11. I’m so proud of you, Jen. And I’m already in love with this blog. I can’t wait to read more & follow you on your journey ❤️ – xo

  12. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Jenna! I, too, have struggled with depression and body image problems for many years. And all your friends will tell you is “shut up, you’re skinny” or “you’re no fun anymore.” It’s so hard to tell people what you’re going through, so I really appreciate this!

  13. So excited for this Jenna! I love to see people I’m a fan of doing such positive things as I try to live a positive and balanced life as well. I’m sure this will be a great encouragement for me and so many other people. You rock!

  14. Jenna, it’s me Selné from @jenjcakes on Instagram. I just want to say that just be reading this, you already give me so much positive feelings. Just be reading your first blog post, I already feel so much better. Knowing I have you by my side as my idol is just the best feeling. You motivate me so much. Words will never be able to describe how much you mean to me and how positive you make me feel whenever I read something you write from your heart. Your smile always cheers me up and I just can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. I know that your blog will help me and others so much because I know I need someone like you to help me and keep me going the right and REAL way. Thank you for being so open about how you feel. I really needed to know that I am not alone. I can’t wait for every thing you post on here. I love you so much! (From South Africa)

  15. Omg! I am so excited to keep reading you’re very inspiring and I am a huge fan of not tonly your dancing but you as a person! Thank you for being so genuine and real.

  16. Thank you for sharing and letting us go on this journey with you! I’m hoping to find myself in a way I haven’t yet. I’m stuck in the same runt and haven’t seem to get out of it. I think I love my life but I come to realize there’s so much more I can accomplish during my time in this world that I can say “I truly LOVE my life!” And maybe reading this and help from you can be that key!
    -Kathy DP

  17. Beautifully written and beautiful message for so many people. Thank you for being vulnerable and providing support for so many who need it. You are blessed to be able to touch so many at once. Good luck and I look forward to following your blog!

  18. Jenna I too have battled depression and self esteem issues and about a year ago I even tried taking my own life. But after hitting rock bottom, I started to put the pieces back together and build myself back up. I see how beautiful the world is and how incredible I am. It’s taken much work, and continues to require work, but I am at a place where I am really starting to live a healthy happy balanced life! I am so excited for your words of wisdom, your inspiration and most of all, your friendship! 🙂

  19. Love you girl!! I’ve watched you since you were on SYTYCD!! You were my favorite. Now, I can learn from you. Thank you for your openness and honesty!

  20. Jenna, my admiration for you, continues to grow. I am SO proud of the woman you are and am so proud to be your supporter. Thank you for taking the time to be that ear for every other soul on this earth. Speaks volumes. Truly a gift, you are.

    Love you, Trish

  21. Cant wait to see where this goes. This is something that can hopefully help me, as I feel like I’m starting a vicious cycle all over. Recently losing work hasn’t really helped either. Can’t wait for more. How often will you be updating?

  22. I am so excited to jump on this journey! Feeling like I’ve lost a little zest for life. Looking forward to your new blog.
    Thank you!

  23. Hello Jenna, it’s Abeer @flawless.jennaj on instagram 💕. Jenna you have no idea how just the start and just from the first blog post I’ve been touched. I don’t know how to describe this but knowing that you’re writing these words yourself and making us feel so close to you makes me emotional and happy at the same time! Especially that I’m 22 years old just like you so this definitely can’t get any more relatable! You’re just a human and if this shows anything it just shows and proves how genuine and vulnerable you are! I feel so lucky and thankful to have witnessed this blog. I’m just a regular person with a regular weight and body but I do NOT exercise and I’m not that healthy! I just graduated from University and I’m kind of free and finding myself right now so this is the perfect time for CHANGE. And a perfect time for that little boost that you’re going to offer in this blog. I am really drawn to this right now and I just can’t wait for the next blog! Jenna, I cannot wait to CHANGE by your guidance and support! I love you to bits and pieces and I’m beyond this world proud of you and proud to call you my idol 💕. (All the way from Saudi Arabia 💞)

  24. Jenna, I’m so happy for you. I have really enjoyed watching you blossom on the show and now have the confidence to reach out and share your story. And especially letting young people know that it is not all perfection. If I’m not mistaken, dancers have a tremendous time with body issues and eating disorders. So thank you for being the bright, beautiful, and genuine young lady you appear to be!!

  25. I’m so excited for this! But I have something that I need some help with. I am terrified about telling people what I feel. I guess you could say that I am somewhat shy when I am in front of people, but I don’t know how to change that. I am a junior in high school and there is so much drama and judging that goes on in high school. It’s just really hard to say what you feel when you feel like you are going to get judged by someone who says they are more “popular” than you. I am not getting bullied or anything but it’s because I don’t really say much unless it’s to my friends, soccer team and my mom. My mom really can help me with anything she is amazing but I would like someone else’s opinion. thanks and sorry u had to hear me ramble about my problems😭 (P.S. I have a speech tomorrow for my English class and I’m really shy so it’s going to be hard and I’m nervous to do it so please pray)

  26. Thanks Jen for doing this! Being honest with yourself is very difficult and talking about it with people is so much more! I can’t wait to follow this journey with you, I already know that it will be amazing and very special! I wish you a lot of success, happinedd and health for you! We love you so much♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
    XOXO from São Paulo, Brazil♥

  27. I’m super excited for you, and this blog. I can literally relate to a lot you had to say in this post, and because of that, I’m going to follow. I believe that you can motivate me and many other girls and women. I can’t wait to Get Real with you, Jenna! Happy blogging! 😘 #excited

  28. I’m interested in whatever tips you have to help me get to the point where I am happy with myself. It’s hard, I know that but I’m determined to make myself happy for myself. Because it’s what I want.

  29. I have always loved watching you dance on dwts and thought you were an amazing and beautiful person. Just from reading this I feel like I can 100% relate to you. I am not a dancer, but when I was in high school I really struggled with depression and self-esteem. Ever since I graduated school a year ago, I have felt much happier with myself. I cut out lots of negativity and started to focus on things and people that encouraged me instead of putting me down. Thank you for putting yourself out there Jenna… this blog will inspire me and many other people.

  30. Love when people share their stories of struggles and accomplishments. That is what people in this world need to hear. WE ARE ALL SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT!! AND ITS AWESOME!! Keep it up girl!

  31. Thanks for taking the time to create this blog. Im a SYTYCD AND DWTS fan and have loved seeing you move from one show to the next. I would have never known your struggles but just know you’re a beautiful dancer. I look forward to reading about your healthy lifestyle tips and inspirations.

  32. Can’t wait to read more! There is so much pressure for women to look a certain way and it’s terrible on inescself esteem and it takes a toll! Keep doin you and good luck!

  33. Jenna, congratulations on your blog! I look forward to following you and reading what you have to say. I have enjoyed the beauty that you bring into the world through your dance and I can’t wait to see what else you have to share.

  34. hi jenna, i just wanted to say that i’ve been really struggling with my weight for a while now and you are such an inspiration to me and i wanted to thank you for making this website!!

  35. Jenna! Congrats on the start of your blog! I can’t wait to read what you have to say about keeping up a healthy lifestyle. I’ve loved you for years on SYTYCD and DWTS, and it’s great to know that even people on my TV go through the same real life struggles as I do. I’m also in the process of becoming a stronger, healthier me, so I look forward to reading what you have to say on fitness and health. Love ya! <3

  36. Hi Jenna! I love the blog so far. I have so much I want to say but I don’t have time to write it all at the moment. For now I’ll just say thank you for sharing your story because honestly it’s easy for me to be jealous of girls like you and to look at your life from the outside and think that it is perfect. But knowing that no one is perfect and that everyone has their own struggles and challenges to overcome really helps me to put my life and my challenges into perspective. Today I don’t feel jealous, I feel inspired. And that is the first step..

  37. Jenna!!! I’ve been looking forward to this day since I saw u on YouTube! (I’m not in America so I can’t watch it live)
    U are my ultimate idol!!! U inspired me so much! Because I live in Singapore, I can’t watch it vote live on SYTYCD or DWTS so I felt bad. But seeing u so successful makes my day every time! Everyday I wake up, I look forward to watch a video of you on instagram, SYTYCD or DWTS! (even if it’s an old one!) u have changed and grown so much and it make me so happy! This thanksgiving and Christmas, I and grateful and thankful to have u in my life. I have learned the basics of ballroom dancing just from watching you dance! So far I have learned the Walts, cha cha, Latin and so much more!!! Thank you Jenna for being my inspiration, my joy, my idol, and everything! I love you!!! Love Carissa! (your Singaporean fan!)

  38. Jenna this is amazing. I love you so much and I’m so glad that you finally have a blog!!! Ahhh! I’m so glad that I can be confident about my body while reading this. And I’m so excited to hear your story. Your Utah homegirl (me) is here cheering you on:)

  39. I’m so excited to read and see what advice you can give us going through body insicurities and how we can get through it. You are truly and amazing role model!💗

  40. Thank You Jenna for being an inspiration for me and for everyone else. It is pretty tough to live under an emotional state; I can relate to you on that. But I am looking forward to hearing the rest of your story and advice. I will follow your advice. Oh and I am a big fan of you!!!!!!! <3

  41. Jenna!!!!

    So proud of you for all of this, it takes immense courage to do what you’re doing. It breaks my heart to hear what you’ve gone through but it is so inspiring to see how you’ve grown and what you’ve learnt, and to know that you have gone through struggles like me. You’re an absolute gift and such a blessing. Thank you for taking us on this journey with you.

    Lots of love xox

  42. I’m so proud of you Jenna! I look up to you and especially your confidence so much you have no idea in life and on stage. I can’t wait to see where you go with this blog and I know I’ll be here reading every article. I can’t wait to read your beauty and nutrition tips and all your story’s!! Much love to ya ❤️️

  43. Just reading this first post has already made me smiling from ear to ear! Believe it or not, I really needed a boost of confidence especially this week. So thankful that you are willing to share your story to inspire others. Much love from Malaysia!

  44. Thank you for this Jenna! As a fan excited for you and for this coming out. I can relate A LOT to what you said in your blog so thank YOU!

  45. Hey Jenna,
    A big congratulations on your blog. I enjoyed reading it thus far and excited to see what’s to come. For myself and a lot of young girls out there shared and still are sharing the same struggles that you went through. So reading this blog makes me feel like I am not alone. Having someone who is in the lime light sharing something like this makes us all feel like humans and that’s it’s okay to have imperfections. Thanks for sharing your story. Good luck and see you on tour.

  46. Hey Jenna! First of all I think you are beautiful inside & out! I can watch you dance forever-the way you can adapt to new dances with different partners,is absolutely amazing,& you do it so effortlessly! Just wanted you to know that I have worked in the mental health field for 31yrs-I absolutely LOVE the field of work I chose,& it’s allowed me to see progress of patients that are desperately trying to regain co troll of their life-I work in an ER psych unit,& we get all kinds of people–including kids-so many of these kids have body issues,& will think they are bad people & no one will love them,have no friends,etc. Once these kids hear of how certain celebrities are also struggling with what they are struggling with,it actually brings a calmness & a clearer understanding of their issues. You are definitely one that the girls look up to,& believe me,I will be using you for an example of going through things,yet choosing to win & overcome the issues. Thank you for being such a real,heartfelt woman–definitely a role model to many!

  47. Beautiful first post Jenna. I struggle with putting on a different person in front of others and not being my real, true self. You have motivated me to be real. You inspire me so so so much Jenna. Thank you.

  48. Wow, I love everything about this! I am so excited to see where this blog goes and to have you as an accountability partner in my own journey to getting fit and living a happy life! I love how you are showing others (mainly girls) that they should be happy and confident in their own skin. What a great message that needs to get across to so many girls. Thank you for this and your venerability to share your story! can not wait! 🙂

  49. Jenna! i’m a huge fan of yours! you’re my favorite pro on dwts and I absolutely struggle with self esteem and feeling comfortable with myself! I look forward to keeping up with your blog! i’m super excited for this!

  50. Hey Jenna!! I’m Angelica from Dominican Republic. I’m so glad of you to finally open up the way you wanted so badly to do. You’re a big inspiration and I’ve learned about dancing with you and i want you thank for it. Hope always fills you with so many blessings and this will be such a big beginning in your life. Huge hugs and kisses from here. Big fan of you, I also do ballroom dance and hope someday have a dance school.

  51. Hi Jenna! Reading this first post made me so happy. I have loved watching you grow on SYTYCD and DWTS, especially the season just gone – you were the queen of the ballroom! and I’m super excited to see your new journey with this blog that will inspire so many people from around the world. Lots of love from New Zealand x

  52. Wow. It’s nice to see someone who is as sucessful and beautiful as you, share that amazing story. I’m so glad you were able to turn your life around. You are such an inspiration! Looking forward to more tips in the future. 🙂

  53. Hi Jenna,
    I just wanted to say that you are an inspiration to many people around the world. We can not wait until you tell us more about your stories. Just reading this first post made me happy and excited. Let your light shine girl! – Alma, Sweden

  54. I love this, I’m obsessed with you. You are everything in this world and now that you have a blog it’s like I hit the promise land. You’re one of my favorite pros on DWTS and my favorite mentor on SYTYCD. Ugh you’re honestly queen

  55. I love this and I love YOU! thank you for doing this and being such an inspiration for so many of us. Your the most incredible person with the most amazing heart. So excited about this entire blog. XO

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