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How the Lynx's Jessica Adair shed 70-plus pounds and learned to love veggies

Posted by: Vince Tuss under Lynx, On the road, WNBA Updated: October 10, 2012 - 4:00 PM

 

 

ESPNW profiled Lynx forward-center Jessica Adair and her amazing physical transformation. The accompanying photo is enough to tell the tale, except for all the hard work it has taken -- and continues to take. At left is Adair in her playing days at George Washington University, where she weighed up to 270 pounds. At right shows her at her current weight of just shy of 200 pounds. Teammate Amber Harris, who played against Adair in college, probably sums it up the best: "I didn't even recognize her last year when I got to Minnesota. She was all skinny. I didn't know who she was." And now Harris has lost 30 pounds herself.

In the article, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, who helped bring Adair to the Lynx after she was out of the WNBA for a year, calls her "an example" and a role model. "When other people are struggling or have questions, I send them to Jessica to have her talk to them about the things she's done," Reeve said.

So what was the solution? Any number of things: Changes in eating habits that took years to build, thanks to a mom used to cooking for 18 in the Army. Living for a time as a vegan, including when she had to lose 30 pounds in a month during her senior year at GW. Changing her workouts into including P90X, Insanity Workouts and plyometrics, or jump training. Knowledge about what works for her body.

And don't forget the vegetables. In the article, Adair jokes that she used to count potatoes as her vegetable, subbing fries for veggies when she eat out.  Now she's eating  zucchini and raw spinach. A typical meal is sautéed zucchini, baked chicken and rice. A typical breakfast: an egg-white omelet or protein shake.

But the battles continue, especially as she has recovered from knee surgery this year. Adair cites the time on the road as the biggest problem. So is the strawberry shortcake at the Cheesecake Factory. Cheating every now and then helps. So does losing more weight in the offseason because it's a better fit for clothing. And Adair knows she's not alone in struggling with her body image.

"I think about food all the time, my next meal, but it's easier if I think about it ahead of time. People have a to-do list, and I have a to-do list of what to eat."

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