Bob Harper Helped Me Once..He Can Help Me Again

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If you know me by now, April 2013 I met Bob Harper. Bob Harper is a fitness trainer who appears on The Biggest Loser. While I love that show, I enjoy his books and his workout DVDs that he has produced outside the brand. Do not get me wrong..When I was 232 lbs I started my workouts with The Biggest Loser brand, but now I want more of a challenge and Bob gives me that. Bob Harper is my fitness trainer. He may not be there in person, but he is my personal trainer.

Well, I let Bob get away from me. Yes, I feel terrible! Why did Bob get away from me? I really do not know..Maybe stress from work and college? Maybe events? Maybe overall stress? I really do not know how Bob got away from me. Maybe I grew bored of his DVDs? I own a couple but due to my graduate school budget..I am broke as a joke. Since I am broke, I can not afford new DVD workouts. I usually buy older ones because they are cheaper. You know what? That is not an excuse. I will actually hop onto Amazon  when I am done writing this blog. There is not excuse that I let Bob get away from me.

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If Bob was here right now I wonder if he would be disappointed in me. At one point I was down 152 lbs. Over the course of the last couple months I gained weight. I thought it was muscle at first..and it was. I was doing insane boot camps at my local gym but then my work schedule changed and my masters thesis took over my life. Now all this is over and I am almost TWENTY POUNDS HEAVIER. I am not at the twenty pound mark but I am almost there. I am actually the same weight I was when I met Bob in April 2013.

Rachaelray11 I do not know if he would be disappointed, but I am disappointed in myself. None of my clothes fit me. Here I am during the Christmas season and I do not have a outfit I love because nothing fits. Again..graduate school has made me broke and I do not have the cash to buy new clothes. I do not want to buy new clothes though. The idea of buying a size up in clothes PISSES me off. It makes me angry to think I have to go above my size twelve.

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I am also angry because all my healthy habits have gone out the window. I did relax from going into local convenient stores but I still feel as if my healthy habits are gone. I do not work out like I used to and my eating habits seem awful. What is bad about this is I am so aware of all this! I am so aware but I can not stop. I feel like this  needs to change.

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While I was cleaning out my book shelf to make room for more books I found the copy of Bob Harper’s Jumpstart to Skinny. I opened it up and stared at the message that he wrote to me. I felt so disappointed in myself but this made me determined that I need to do something different. I worked too hard to keep being like this.

Sure..I kept thinking I PEAKED too soon. What do you mean? All this amazing stuff happened to me with my weight loss in less than a year when I was losing weight. I was recieving many followers on Tumblr  and I was on The Rachael Ray Show. I felt special and so much support. Bob said he would send me things and I thought I would receive the picture I was in with Rachael Ray, Bob Harper, and Shaun.T. That never happened.

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Well, things now everything has fizzled. I barely have viewers on this blog. I am not noticed like I was with my weight loss. My Mom and brother who worked harder than me receives all the praise. Which is fine for they worked hard. I stopped receiving followers on my social network. I have peaked too soon. I think everything happened at once and now everything has finally settled in and my fifteen minutes of fame is over.

This does not mean I should change my habits and gain all my weight again. It is time to stop feeling sorry for myself. I am much more then this blog, my social network, and my silly appearance on The Rachael Ray show. I have taken a lot of time thinking about this, but Bob Harper helped me once..he is going to help me again.

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I started rereading my copy of The Skinny Rules. As much as I love Jumpstart to Skinny, I believe his skinny rules is more helpful to recreate my healthy habits. As I am rereading I am finding myself going, “DUH!” with so many things. How could I forget to do this or that? So silly! If you have not read this book I really recommend it. I feel it is not like all those diet books out there. He is very clear with his rules. It is not jumbled up and confusing lingo. He is writing for people to help them understand how to lose weight. If you need a diet book for the new year then pick this up. It is one of his older books but the rules still apply!

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I need to do Bob Harper workouts again! Once I am done this blog post I am going to do one of his workouts. I miss doing his workouts. I miss hearing my personal trainers voice! Yes, I know I have older DVDs and not the newer stuff. Maybe if I receive more money I will buy a newer one but right now I will stick with what I have. I love his workouts. He loves doing squats and squats makes your butt look good. Everyone wants a great look butt! I also love the routines. They are high impact but not really quick and in your face where you feel like you could blow your knee out. If you never tried his workouts I recommend starting with the Biggest Loser brand first. His regular workouts are a little intense.

 

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I am sorry I went astray Bob Harper. You helped me once and you can help me again. You are such a caring and inspirational person that it makes me keep on going to do what I need to do. Maybe one day I can do what you have done for millions of people. You are truly an inspiration for me. I do not want to disappoint. I want to motivate others and myself. I worked too hard to feel this way. I worked too hard to feel sorry for myself and defeated. I HAVE WORKED TOO HARD! It is time to get off my butt and workout! It is time to say NO to going out to eat, alcoholic drinks, candy, and over eating. These habits were my 232 lb self. I am sick of this. I WORKED TO DAMN HARD.

Bob Harper was barely in my year for 2014. 2015 will be different. Bob Harper is back in my life starting TODAY.

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LETS DO THIS!

-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

 

Transformation Tuesday: Featuring A Philadelphia Radio Personality

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I am a huge fan of a radio morning show in Philadelphia,PA. Preston and Steve on 93.3 WMMR is something I have been listening to since I was in the seventh grade. I am 24 years old and going for my masters..That can tell you how long I have been listening. I listen to this show almost everyday. If you do not live in the Philadelphia area they do have a podcast on iTunes. Do the five day challenge and I bet you will be hooked.
Why is this transformation Tuesday so important? Well, the before picture looks nothing like me. It shows how much of an accomplishment I have done. Also, I am such a huge fan of the show, I was always embarrassed to go out to their events.
I went to their Totally Office Calendar realize party on Friday. That was the first event I have been to since 2009. This visit was different from 2009. I had more confidence around them. Since losing the weight I have gained a brand new confidence. I got a picture with Steve as seen above and we talked a little. I spoke to Casey about his weight loss. Preston
smacked me on the butt with a paddle, which is something I would have never done! Kathy actually said my outfit was cute and WHERE I got it.
I know this may seem silly but you would not believe what holds you back when you do not have confidence about yourself. I know the people reading this have something that they are afraid to do because they are letting their weight hold them back. Now, I know the Preston and Steve show would have not cared what I looked like. They were nice to me in 2009. I was most likely a weirdo in 2009 because since my confidence was at a low I did not speak to them. I just went up and got pictures taken. You need to have confidence. I learned in order for you to keep going with a weight loss journey you must have that or you will fail. Believe in yourself and love yourself. You are truly an amazing person.

On a side note, the Preston and Steve gang look great. They all looked as if they lost weight. They sometimes talk about it on their show and I think to have a group lose weight together is inspirational and great! Also, I had a load of fun on Friday night. You should totally listen to Preston and Steve on 93.3 WMMR. GADZOOKS!

-Jackie

New Works and Brand New Confidence

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What an insane week! I am going to make a quick post. I am sorry if I do not seem very helpful with advice posts or anything. Graduate school is kicking my butt. I have a presentation, annotated bibliography. two papers over 15 pages of length and the work of my masters thesis that is due less then a month. Lets say I want to pull my hair out! Anyway…

I am in such a better mood that I do not weigh myself every day or week. The scale was driving me crazy and I finally feel I have all this weight off my shoulder..No pun intended. I feel better about myself. I have no idea what my body is doing but it is nice to not constantly worry about it. I feel like I am actually living. So, goodbye scale until December 6!

So, I joined Healthtrax with my Mom last Thursday. Saturday I did a yoga and piloxing class. I have never done either before and it totally kicked my butt. It was funny because during the work out I felt like I did nothing but when I woke up the next morning my abs were on fire! My abs are still hurting if I sneeze or cough. I have never felt this sore in a while. So, I guess the class really did something. Sunday my Mom and I did Zumba and that was a lot of fun. I am not too crazy about Zumba but my Mom enjoys it. I think the whole idea of dance moves kind of drive me crazy. If you tell me to squat then I will squat. But if you tell me technical dance names I sort of get lost. My Mom and I are going to do another class tonight though. I am happy my Mom is going back to working out.

So, the fitness classes are awesome. I am going to try more classes until I go back to spinning. My body is bored of spinning. Also, my legs are looking damn good..so I will take a break. I actually meet with a personal trainer next Monday about weights. I hope to do more things with my arms and my abs. I would really like that. Well, I have to go. I always seem to be busy. I have an eye doctor appointment. I feel like I am always rushing around or doing home work! I can not wait for winter break!! Stay tune for tomorrow because I have an awesome transformation Tuesday photo! If you are from the Philadelphia area then you will know all about who I am posting a picture with. You will have to wait until tomorrow to see.

 

-Jackie

They Have a 5K for Everything: The Ugly Sweater 5K.

They really do have a 5K  for everything.  If you feel like running a normal 5K then go to the local city and run that 5K. If you want people to throw color at you or run in the dark with glow sticks then be my guest! I did The Color Run back in July with my family. It was a lot of fun and it was a quirky way to move your body. Most kids or adults..would run a normal 5K but if color is being thrown at you then it just makes it fun!

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Then I came across this 5K on a Groupon..It is called The Ugly Sweater 5K. I had to chuckle out loud to this because it is so funny the 5K’s they come up with. The silly thing is I really want to do it! It is happening December 7th in Philadelphia. I think it sounds fun. The charity seems to be for Toys For Tots and it is a great way to kick off the Christmas spirit. Who does not want to wear a ugly Christmas sweater and go for a run? Never mind..Do not answer that. Anyway, I think I am going to do it. Not 100% yet. I need to train for it. I am so out of shape with my running that I am rusty on my skills. I do have a long time to train for this and it is perfect. I will need to go to Good Will and get my sweater!

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Here is the website if you are interested. Maybe it is in a location near you. I never heard of this 5K before and I thought I should share! =D

-Jackie

Excuse Me Philadelphia, I Believe We Met Before

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Yesterday I had something I would like to call a ME PARTY…a phrase thanks to the movie The Muppets. I did not really have a party but a personal day to enjoy the city Philadelphia, PA. I live only a half hour away from the city and I never go. I never walk around and I never enjoy the city. I always complain I wish I lived in the city but I never go to the closet city to me. I decided to drive to a PATCO station, hop on the train and enjoy the sites of the city.

The best thing about this trip is all the walking I did. The city is a great place to really move your body and use what your feet were created to do.  I walked everywhere. I would love to live somewhere that I could walk everywhere. Where I live in Jersey you can not walk everywhere. I tried to go for a walk/jog one time out of my development and almost became road kill multiple times. Walking is a great source of exercise.

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A great app that you should download on your iPhone is MOVES. The app is great because it counts how many steps you did that day. It tells you steps, calories, time, and miles. It is great. It also tells you cycling and running. Not sure why it counted cycling yesterday because I did not cycle. That is my only complaint about the app is that is not 100% correct. It is still pretty awesome to have on your phone though. It helps me understand how much walking I did for the day. I suggest downloading!!

 So I walked around the area and looked at all the historical sites that Philadelphia had to offer. If you never been to Philadelphia and live nearby I do suggest you really take advantage of the city.  Everyone always says negative things about this city but it is really nice in the areas I was at yesterday. The history is crazy and really amazing. It is amazing I live so close by!

 A interesting thing about my trip yesterday was the fact that I did this alone. When I was over weight I would have never done this alone. I would have never walked this distance by myself. I would have been stopping all the time and I most likely would have given up. Homeless people when I was overweight would make fun of me and yell at me when I would not give them change. They would assume I eat so much and that is why I would not give them money. BTW..Homeless people never ask money. Beggars are not homeless and they ask for money for they are too lazy to get a job. Give money to homeless and not beggars..Anyway…I would have never done this trip alone.

 I would always beg someone to go on trips with me. I felt doing this trip was something I needed to do myself. I needed to see how far I could go and I wanted to feel independent. I could see myself living in this great city. If I go back I would like to go with Brian or Michael or someone but it was great to do a trip alone. Do not be afraid of doing something for yourself or on your own. No one is judging you and sometimes it is nice to have a personal day. Remember..What happens at a me party stays at a me party. =)

– Jackie