Transformation Tuesday: Wedding Traditions

A couple years ago I was in my friends wedding. Even though I felt very beautiful is my bridesmaids dress, I was at my heaviest. I was at 232 lbs. At her wedding I caught the bouquet. Well, two years later and 89 lbs lighter, I caught the bouquet at my neighbors wedding.

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This has to be a sign to catch the bouquet at two separate weddings in two years. Nothing so far! Oh well..I am still worrying about my master’s degree and future job. People are always worrying about the future and moving quickly in a relationship. I have been with Brian for five years and I do not see any rush at all. We get to experience things like go to events and travel.

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It is interesting how different I can look in a matter of two years. Whenever I get depressed or I think I have not accomplished anything I always look at older pictures of myself. I feel healthier and stronger then I ever did in my entire life. I am happy about the accomplishments I have made.

-Jackie

Music + Workout = Important to Me

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I do not know everyone else, but music is highly important to me when working out. Without my headphones and my iPod I can not even be bothered working out. Usually gyms play music I can not stand because they have to please everyone who works out there. A class also has good music for me to workout to. I use to take this spin class on Mondays but I had to stop. I could not stand the music. I am 25 years old and the music was a little old fashion for my taste. Granted, Edith next to me loved it..so it is really hard to please everyone. I am just saying music is really important to me with my workouts. It makes time go faster.

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Not only this, but I do not want to hear anything out of the norm at the gym. For example..myself. I do not want to hear the loud breathing I am creating or the machine. I also do not want to hear others. For example..there is a guy I run into sometimes..and he sings at the top of his lungs the music he is listening to on his iPod..it really annoys me. I feel like if I wear my headphones and listen to my music then I escape the world around me. I feel like it is just me in the gym and that is what I want. I do not want to feel like I am in a crowded space while singing Larry is next to me. I want to enjoy my workout and music helps me.

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I thought I would share my workout playlist with you. If you care to share yours then comment below. I know everyone’s music taste is different but sometimes when you see a list it will open you up to knew song choices to workout to.

- A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

-American Boys – Halestorm

-Artificial Sweetener – No Doubt

- Bang Bang – Jesse J. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

- Bathwater – No Doubt

- Billie Jean – Micahel Jackson

- Bomb Intro/Pass That Dutch – Missy Elliott

-Daughters of Darkness – Halestorm

-Do What U Want – Lady Gaga

-Drive By – Train

-Excuse Me Mr. – No Doubt

-For Your Entertainment – Adam Lambert

- Freak Like Me – Halestorm

-Freak on a Leash – Korn featuring Amy Lee

- Gorilla – Bruno Mars

- Heaven Knows – The Pretty Reckless

- Help is on the Way – Rise Against

- Hold On – Alabama Shakes

- I Miss the Misery – Halestorm

- Let It Go – Idina Menzel (Frozen)

- Lights and Sound – Yellowcard

- Lose Control – Missy Elliot

- Lose Yourself – Eminem

- Love Runs Out – OneRepublic

-Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless

- Mermaid – Train

-Never Close Our Eyes – Adam Lambert

-New Divide -Linkin Park

-Out of the Black – Royal Blood

-Royals – Lorde

-Say You’ll Be There – Spice Girls

-She Hates Me – Puddle of Mudd

-Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

-Sparkling Diamonds – Moulin Rouge

-Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls

-Spiderwebs -No Doubt

-Team – Lorde

- Wannabe – Spice Girls

-Wooble – V.I.C

-Work – Lil Jon

-50 Ways to Say Goodbye – Train

 

My music is sort of all over the place because it is in ABC order but I hope to have it down so it is warm up, working out, intense, and cool down. I love music. What do you all think about working out with music? Is it a must? What do you listen to?

 

-Jackie

Transformation with Arms by Doing Insanity

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So I thought I would share one more thing before I go on vacation. One thing many may not know about me is I hate workouts with a lot of equipment. If I do a workout and I need X amount of weights, a mat, resistance bands, and the kitchen sink I tend to steer clear. I know..these are great workouts but I guess this is my lazy personality talking.

Anyway, I always wanted to sculpt my arms but found weights was not really cutting it. The before picture was taken in March. I was lifting weighs and doing machines. Did not really see much results for me.

In May my local gym changed their kick boxing class because the instructor graduated and was moving back home. I was bummed and scared they changed the class to INSANITY. Were they crazy!? Needless to say I sucked it up and did the workout. It was tough! I was spent after doing only the warm up.

Well readers, I LOVE THIS WORKOUT. You do not need any equipment. You relay only on your body weight. Since I am 160-165 lbs that is a lot of weight! Planking and triceps dips are ten times better then lifting a dumbbell for me.

I have been doing the workout for three months now and my arms are different. My whole body is different. The scale says I am not losing weight but my clothes are bigger and my body feels stronger. I do Insanity twice a week. I also do T Focus 25 which is like he same thing twice a week.

Do not be afraid of Insanity. It is a great workout. There are plenty of modifications and you still get the same affect. Even someone like me do modifications. Try it!

-Jackie

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

Alex and Ani and Tour De Shore

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I am obsessed with Alex and Ani and their up lifting and inspirational bracelets. I really love the new one I bought which says, “Young & Strong” because it reminds me of the achievements I’ve accomplished since my weight loss. I love the bracelets and you can find anything on the site. They have for every event and every inspirational milestone. Also, I am not a girly girl and these bracelets are so simply. I love them.

 

So, if you know me I am obsessed with spinning classes at my local gym. It is my favorite type of class at the gym. One thing I really want to do is get my bike back in order and actual ride around the area. Anyway..I was listening to WMMR’s Preston and Steve podcast  and knew about an event in my area that their produce Casey Foster participated in. The event is called Irish Pub Tour De Shore and I have made up my mind that I will do this for summer 2015.

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The Irish Pub Tour De Shore is bike riding of course, but it is hardcore bike riding. One starts in Philadelphia at The Irish Pub on Walnut Street and ride their bike all the way to Atlantic City’s Irish Pub. This is a 65 mile ride. I want to participate this in the worst way.

I have NEVER road 65 miles, but this event makes me so determined to try. The event is going to be a year away and I can train for this. My only problem is the $200 to do the actual event, but if I save my money then I can raise enough for my donation.The main problem will most likely be the training for such a ride and other things..Here is my list of concerns.

1.) Raising money

2.) Having a functioning bike

3.) Training for this event

4.) Have the gear to pull this off.

Again, I have a whole year for this event and I think I can do this. I REALLY want to do this. I think I can do this.

 

-Jackie

 

My Curse of Craving Food and Other Things

So lately I have been craving food. I have been craving food more than ever and it is rather annoying. I want crunchy and salty foods and I do not know why. When I watch television I have the urge to have my mouth moving at all times which makes me not watch television much anymore. I find myself chewing lots of gum lately. Also, when I have the urge to eat I will go out for a walk or go to the gym. I also go up to my room and read or work on my Master’s Thesis. I am not sure why I have the urge to eat all the time lately. What do you all do to fight the urge to binge eat?

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Here is a list I found on Pinterest of helpful advice to avoid over eating and bingeing. I do most of this stuff already, but my main problem is I need to stay away from the food. Now, I do not mean stop eating meals but I need to stop grabbing food I SHOULD NOT be eating. Example: I grab a box of cereal and was eating most of the box while watching TV at 3 in the afternoon. This is ridiculous.

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My other problem is people sabotaging my weight loss. I believe I spoke of this once before and it is also ridiculous. Why do people guilt me into eating? I have an addiction. I am addicted to food. If you were around a drug user or alcoholic would you offer them their substance of choice?  It is the same thing. So please do not guilt me into having this or that. If I say NO, it means I do not want any. If you keep bugging me; then I feel bad and I will eat. Do not be one of these people. It rather upsets me. Do anyone else have this problem?

 

On other news, I want to do the night time Color Run in Philadelphia on October 18th, but I may not be able. I am excited and disappointed at the same time why. In a week and a half I am auditioning for Night of Terror which is a very popular horror attraction in my area. It has appeared on television such as the HGTV network and has been voted best attraction in South Jersey a couple of years. I am excited, because I have not had the courage to audition for something like this in a long time. My problem is I can not do the Color Run at night if I am working Night of Terror. If you live in the Philadelphia area, you should sign up here. It looks like a lot of fun!

 

 

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Does anyone know of any quirky or fun 5ks? I am not really into running and I feel in order to do so, the 5k has to be quirky or fun. I have actually been looking  into doing a Mud Run, but all the ones in my area are over..for now. I also feel like I have to train for such a run. Has anyone ever done a mud run or some type of obstacle run? Please let me know.

 

I hope everyone has a healthy and safe week. Remember that weight loss is not a race. Remember exercise means  a lot for weight loss. You do not have to be like me. Going for a walk can help you out a great deal. Have a great week!

 

-Jackie

I Lost 7 lbs in 7 Weeks

 

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I started being detailed and consistent on Weight Watchers again seven weeks ago. I was 165 lbs. I weighed myself this morning and now I am 158. Seven pounds!! I am so excited, but it is so interesting how much harder it is to lose the weight when you are not over 200 lbs.  When I read through my journal for WW, I did notice that my hypothesis on the summer season is really hard to lose weight is true. Every weekend but one when I started I had one or two events that have bad or tempting food. This weekend coming up is the first weekend in four weeks where I have nothing planned on my weekend. No BBQ or Bridal Shower. I have to say..I did pretty well for these events. I still counted my points and wrote EVERYTHING down that I put into my mouth.

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I found a really cool picture on PINTEREST from Slap Dash Mom where it lists all the 0 Point Plus Foods on Weight Watchers. Remember…eating these foods may be 0 points, but if you eat so much of these foods it can still make you gain weight. This is food when you want something to eat or want to add more to your meals. Just remember to use this wisely.

Well, I go to Mexico with my wonderful boyfriend in over three weeks. I hope to lose at least 3 lbs. I think I am nervous because I plan to be a little “crazy” on vacation. It is an all inclusive place and I spent a lot of money to go. So…point counting is not going to happen. I do plan to be more active on the vacation though. Also, I read that the resort is huge and you will be doing ALOT of walking. Wish me luck!

-Jackie

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