HAPPY ONE YEAR TO FATSO: A WEIGHT LOSS BLOG!!

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One year ago today I created this blog off of WordPress.com. I have been writing/losing weight since 2012, but it has been one year since I created this blog. I used (and somewhat still use) Tumblr when I first started my weight loss journey. Once I was on The Rachael Ray Show and saw how much traffic I was getting on there, I decided to create a new outlet. So..HAPPY ONE YEAR! It has been a rough and rocky one with my weight loss, but I am determined to keep going. Thank you everyone for reading!! There is no signs of me slowing down.

 

-Jackie

I Lost 4 lbs in 2 Weeks! =)

Hello everyone, today is my first day off from work until the summer program and I thought I should post something on here.

 

So, I have gone back to the basics like I said before. I decided to crack down and start from scratch with the Weight Watcher Program. As stated before, I am not a member of Weight Watchers. My Mom actually goes to the meetings and is part of the program. I merely take her lead and piggy back off the information she shared with me. I use her books and tools to help me. It is actually easy to do Weight Watchers and not be a member. There are so many websites to help you. Here are a few of my favorites:

Weight Watchers Points Calculator 

Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone

Exercise 4 Weight Loss

 

Those are only a few of many out there. The Weight Watcher points Calculator is VERY helpful. I do have the calculator on my phone, because my Mom is allowed to have the calculator on a couple of devices, but when I started Weight Watchers that site was helpful. I believe anyone can do this program and not be a member. Sorry Weight Watchers, I am a poor graduate student and can not afford your program, but it is an AMAZING  program.

 

So, I have lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks! I started at 165 lbs and now I am at 161. I am uber excited. I am trying to go back to my lightest which was 152lbs before the end of summer. That is less then 10 lbs! I believe I can do this.

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So, I have been writing EVERYTHING down. This is what my madness looks like right now. It may not look pretty and it may not look normal, but this is the method to my madness. I calculate my activity points from this book my Mom has but you can figure it out here too. I love working out, so my points rank up. Then I get 49 Activity which I use during the weekend. I write down everything now even if I did bad that day.

An example is this weekend. I went to a diner with close girlfriends and got a Chicken Caesar Salad. Sounds healthy? Wrong, the chicken was huge! I still ate it, but it ended up calculating to 20 points. So a healthy salad out still was crazy, but I used some of my weekly. Then I went to a graduation party where I used the rest of my weekly and some of my activity.

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So even though I went a little crazy, I still wrote everything down. My Mom actually gave me great advice last night. Look at it and think of things you would do differently. Well, maybe I would have had one beer and maybe no fried chicken..then why did I need a slice of cake AND a cupcake. So writing it down is helping me to figure out I should pick on rather than the other.

 

So due to being fully committed to Weight Watchers again, I lost 4lbs. I am excited to see how far I can go again. I was stuck in a funk, but now this funk is gone. I am a strong woman and I know I can do this physically and mentally.

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-Jackie

Trying out Shaun.T and Shakeology

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I am not going to lie. I was really upset when Thursday night kickboxing was no more once our instructor at our local gym left. They changed the program to Insanity which I thought was strange, because I thought you could only do the program with a DVD. The class is actually really good! Insanity has a new line where it is a CD of music and a horn goes off throughout the CD. The CD comes with a booklet of different workouts one must do. Even though I was not happy at first, I feel so much better about Insanity.

I was always afraid of Shaun.T and his Insanity workout because he loves jumping. I am not a jumping kind of girl because my ACL is not a strong due to a injury when I was eighteen. Jumping is something I do not enjoy. Of course..I never tried Insanity. I love it!! It is by far a BETTER workout then my kickboxing classes on Thursday. I feel so powerful and strong when I am done a class.

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I told my coworker how much I loved the Insanity workout and she let me borrow her Focus T25 DVD’s and now I am a Shaun.T fan. I love the workouts. I feel like I am really working my body and the workouts make me feel so powerful afterwards. The funny thing is..I actually met Shaun.T when I was on Rachael Ray. I met him for two seconds, but I still met him. Sad thing was I wanted NOTHING to do with him because I was afraid of his workouts. I will always be a Bob Harper fan, but I love trying new things and Shaun.T is something new. I love his workouts! You should do them too. Do not let anything scare you! You do not have to be perfect with your workouts. If you can not do something then just keep at your pace. You will still be a rock star.

 

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Hey fellow readers, I know sooo many people who are doing Shakeology now. I have actually been approached by a number of people asking if I can join their group and buy this. Only problem is..IT IS SO EXPENSIVE! So I have a couple of questions to anyone who does Shakeology.

1.) Is this worth it? Do you see results? I only want to do the shake part, because the measuring is something I do not need to do because I do Weight Watchers.

2.) Does it taste good?

3.) Is the price worth it? Is a 30 day supply really in a bag?

4.) Why did you decide to do it?

I have been going back and forth. I do love smoothies and shakes. I make a lot with Weight Watcher smoothies. I notice the powder ranges from 4 to 5 points a scoop and that is a lot for me. I was going back and forth. Like I said..I love to try new things, but I am not sure about this.

 

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great memorial day weekend. Time to go back to healthy living!

 

-Jackie

Have you Hugged A Graduate Student Lately?

So, I have been silent lately due to my graduate studies. I just finished my thesis development and I felt highly satisfied with it. The process was a pain, but not a bigger pain then my other two classes. Right now I am trying to process a paper that I feel is total garbage. This whole semester has been stressful and it shows in my routine. Due to my long commute, my long assignments, my hours at work, and just all this stress my diet is showing it. Granted, I have stayed the same weight every week for the last four weeks and that is not a bad thing, but I still kick myself because I have been stress eating! Not even eating, but drinking too.

I have been doing so well during the day with eating healthy and counting my Weight Watcher points but at night I shove food into my mouth like it is going to be stolen from me. I am so annoyed with myself.   I only have two weeks left of graduate school and even though I wanted to be skinny for the summer, I will live with trying to get back on track for the summer. I am going to do different things and I hope I can keep these promises.

First, I am going to try and eat five small meals a day. I am noticing my meals are way too big and I eat only three big meals. This concept is not helping me because I am finding myself getting hungry quicker after my meals.  Of course I need to stop snacking. I need to stop sitting their and shoving snack after snack into my mouth. I need to learn to do other things beside watching T.V as well. Maybe go for a walk or clean my room/car. I need to stop SNACKING!!! ugh..

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I want to try this because I always want to do CrossFit, but I do not have the money for it. This is awesome because you do not need equipment and it looks like awesome workouts.

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I also, wish to do some type of ab challenge, because I feel like my core could be better. I bought a lot of shirts this summer that could show my stomach depending if I stretch high enough. I also feel like I do not do enough with my abs. My legs and arms look great, but my abs could be better.

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I also feel like my plank ability is awful. I have no upper body strength and when I do my kick boxing class, I can not do a plank to save my life. I feel like this challenge will help me. I am not sure about five minute planks, but to get to 1 minute that would be awesome.

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I know I have come a long way and I beat myself up, but I feel like I have more to lose. Sometimes I feel like I am people’s support group. People message me questions and are always asking for advice, and that is fine but sometimes I wish I had someone to talk to.  I have to stay positive and just get pass this speed bump.

 

-Jackie

Any Fitness Events Out There and Cutting Things Out

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Well, 2014 seems to be going well so far. I am moving along. I am doing many fitness classes at my local gym and I am going back to writing my points and tracking them. So hopefully everything is back to normal from the holiday season. I am sort of bored lately though. I need some type of fitness thing to look forward to. The Color Run does not seem to come in our direction yet and Sweat USA has no information yet. Does anyone have any ideas or know any cool events that are coming this way that is about health and fitness? Let me know please. I love trying new things. I looked at my Weight Loss Bucket list but everything I listed seems to be more summer time. Please let me know if there is anything out there! =)

I am proud of my boyfriend because he has lost almost 30 lbs. He has been complaining that he needs to cut beer/drinking from his diet. I want to encourage this but he does not have to fully cut it out. I think it would be interesting if I could cut something out and we join a pact with each other. Example is I cut chocolate or sweets and if I eat a sweet I have to tell Brian..and then he thinks of a punishment. I know a punishment for him if he drank beer when he should have not would be posting a baby picture of himself on Facebook. I think this would be fun.

Sorry my blog post is not very interesting. I do not have much going on right now. I am going back to my weight before the holidays slowly and I am working out more but nothing exciting is happening. Sometimes I think my Rachael Ray experience happened too early in my weight loss journey. When Bob Harper met me I lost 60 lbs. That is nothing to sneeze about, but now I have lost 80 lbs. I think I look different. I would love to work out with him. I want to show him how strong I am and what I have learned on my own. I know this will never happened though. One can dream. I can not be selfish. I already got my 5 minutes of fame.

Anyway, I will keep doing what I am doing and hopefully you guys can comment on awesome events that happen around the country with fitness. Please let me know! I love trying new things. If anyone ever needs advice please contact me. I love reading and writing back to people. I am always here to help. I know losing weight is not easy and I want people to know I am here for them.  Have a great week!

-Jackie

I Lost 30 lbs in 2013! What Will 2014 Bring?

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Happy New Year, everyone! As I stated before, 2013 was my year. I am excited to see what 2014 has to bring. This whole year I lost 30 lbs but 80 lbs overall. That 30 lbs has truly helped me a lot! I am going to continue on doing what I have been doing because it is working.

I do not believe in New Years Revolutions because they seem to be really big picture goals. Everyone always wants to lose weight but most people have a huge expectation in their head when they starts. When they decide to lose weight they keep this big number of what they want to lose and this is why they fail. Maybe instead of saying you wish to lose twenty pounds..Say you will eat healthy or go to the gym three times a week. Please keep in mind that a life style change will become a huge change but I feel you should start off small. That is my advice to everyone with the NYR.

For me..I need to get back on track because the holidays was filled of food and drinking. The only thing I was doing right was working out everyday but Christmas.  So for 2014 I will get back to writing down everything I consume, track my Weight Watcher points better and stop snacking/drinking alcohol. I really need to calm down with the snacking and drinking. I feel if I get back on track with this then my body will go back to feeling how it was before the holidays.

I also would like to continue to weigh my self only once a month. Not worrying about the scale has done wonders on me because I am not stressed out about the number on that scale. My goal this year is to not worry about the weight loss but the muscle I gain. I am going to gain weight this year but I wish to sculpt my body the way I want it to be.

Finally, rather then worrying about weight loss or muscle gain I wish to try new things. I have already done this last year but I feel like trying new things keep your life fresh and exciting. I climbed a water fall in Jamaica and ran in a 5K last year. Who knows what will happen this year? I still have a bucket list with many interesting and exciting things I have no done yet. Speaking of the bucket list..I am pretty sure I can gross things off on it. Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I hope this year is a success for everyone. Make the best of it!

-Jackie

Transformation Tuesday

I stole the idea from Brooke: Not On A Diet even though she most likely stole it from someone else. I like doing before and during pictures because it always motivates me to keep going. It is amazing how pictures can change your look on things. I hope to do more before and after pictures after Jamaica because when I went to Vegas last year I lost 20 lbs. It would be interesting to do before and after pictures with 80 lbs lost.

porkyMy transformation is rather insane because not only did I lose weight but I also gained confidence in myself. My clothes actually fit me for once. Also my hair style has changed which is pretty awesome. If I was over weight I would have never gotten my hair cut.

weightlossssBack in 2012 I was living a life of being unhealthy. I was living on my own at Coastal Carolina University and I was making bad decisions for my health. I was unhappy with how things were going too. I looked to food and alcoholic drinks for comfort but it was making things worse. Moving back home really helped me change my health for the better.

meeeeeWhen people ask me now about my weight loss I am not doing this to change my appearance. I thought I was beautiful but I was not healthy. I also did not have confidence. I was 232 lbs and 5’1. Usually clothing stores do not cater to a plus size shorty. Clothes never fit me and I never felt confident to wear certain things. I also just could not stand how unhealthy I was. I had my gall bladder removed at the age of 22. I knew something had to change and I did.

I am living a happy and healthy life now. I have lost 80 lbs and I hope to lose 100 lbs overall. Once I do that I will see where my journey will take me. I have a huge amount of confidence and a great healthy life. I could not ask for anything more. Weight loss and being healthy is hard but I am here to help. =)

-Jackie