Transformation Tuesday

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It is amazing what losing 80 lbs does to your fashion sense. Granted, the before picture is me in a Halloween costume but the things I was wearing was actually things in my closet. Also that shirt was from 2005 when I was a sophomore in high school. I hated clothes shopping. If I liked an outfit then I kept it forever. I never got rid of it and would buy no new clothes. Now that I lost all this weight I care about my appearance. I look forward to clothes shopping. So not only has my transformation changed my body but it has also the way I think.

-Jackie

Transformation Tuesday

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I think I am at a point at my weight loss journey where the scale is lying about what changes are happening to my body. When I look in the mirror I do not seem heavier or feel bloated but the scale seems to say I am not losing weight or I am gaining. I have to be gaining muscle. Then I have to stop and think why I am complaining about this number? I could be 232 lbs again..or I can be what I used to look like and feel. I need to learn to be happy with my progress. Why is that so hard?

I am still homeless when it comes to a gym. I canceled my Planet Fitness membership because I was never going due to boredom. Then I canceled my $65 a month membership at spinning because I could not afford it. I may just do walk ins now but $16 is a lot. Help me, I am poor! I checked out a gym with my friend last week and I liked it. Only $50 a month so it is a little cheaper and it includes everything. I need a home for working out!

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No Scale November?

The idea of not using a scale for a whole month makes me nervous. My Mom even suggests that this maybe not the best idea because it is not the Weight Watcher program cause you should weigh in once a week unless you reached goal. I am not a Weight Watcher member so it is not a big deal..but what if I gain weight because I did not step on the scale? What if I am worse off?
Lately the scale has been taking over my entire life. It stinks. I am always worrying about it. Maybe because I have been at a stand still since July. So if I cut the scale will things be better or worse? What are your thoughts? I would love feed back.

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So since doing Bob Harper’s DVD I have noticed change in my arms..so I decided to take this picture as a before picture. At the end of the month I will take another picture.
Also, awesome news..the back flab I have is almost gone! My love handles are almost gone and I am so excited. It is nice to see a change when you are working hard. This goes back to my scale problem..even though the number is staying still I am still seeing results. So this is why I am not sure if I should stay away from the scale for a while.

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I love my home trainer Bob Harper. Sweat for days and feeling strong. I feel so good right now.

-Jackie

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! I love this Holiday so much because I love to dress up. For work I am dressing up as the five little monkeys. I am going to be pjs! Since I am going to grad school tonight I am not going out until tomorrow as Hipster Ariel.

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This is from Halloween 2011. I donated this costume last year for it was too big.

Anyway..Remember that Halloween is one day but do not pig out on treats. If you want a piece of candy go ahead but please do not sit with the bucket and munch away. If at work they are giving treats just say no. You do not need it. If they pressure then take it but do not eat it. Maybe give it to someone at home. When so have bad treats I always give it to my Dad because he is not doing WW but he does not need to lose weight.
Just remember today is one day. You can have a treat but do not be a little piggy!

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-Jackie

Helpful Tips and Secrets

So I have been rather quiet lately. I have been busy with work and graduate courses and it is getting on my nerves. I decided to take a break and write a helpful post on things I did back when I was 232 lbs. It seems so long ago but I was there.

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The picture above was me the day before I started Weight Watchers. I was 232 lbs..the heaviest I had ever been. I felt unmotivated and very unhealthy. I had no confidence in myself with anything. My Mom started to do Weight Watchers while I was away at school and I decided enough was enough! I was going to get healthy. I changed so many things about my life style that I can not believe what I used to do.

 1.)  P a life style plan that worked for you.

I picked Weight Watchers for a couple of reasons. The main reason was due to my Mom being on it. She went to meetings and had the online function. Since I was a poor graduate student I did what we do best and steal things off of her. She was more then happy for me to do this though. She made healthy dinners and she told me how much point value things were. I love Weight Watchers because I feel like I can still eat what I want but I learned how to be smart about it.

2.) Learn About Portion Sizes

My main problem was portion sizes. I was actually eating pretty good stuff but I was eating TOO much of it. I am ashamed to say I used to eat 3 BIG bowls of cereal in one sitting. I could eat a steak the size of my plate. I could even eat slices of bread..YES, just bread. I was eating too much.

When I learned what portion control was I learned that this is what you are supposed to eat. Yes, it was hard at first because my body was tricking me I was still hungry. I fought back and tricked my body. I used smaller bowls and plates. If it looked like a lot of food then I felt I was eating a lot..but in reality I was eating the correct portion size.

3.) Be Active

You do not have to do the crazy work outs I do now. I did not start out that way. I used to only work out 15 minutes when I started. Sometimes I could not do an easy task such as jumping. Find something you like to do. If you love to walk then go for a walk. Start off slow but start to increase the speed or distance over time. It is your body. You do not need a personal trainer and you do not need to do crazy work outs…but you should be active. The saying is that ABS are made in the kitchen and not in the gym. This is true to a degree but you are not going to lose a lot of weight if you just sit around all day. It will soon catch up with you.

4.) Cut the Junk/Fast Food

This one seems hard to express to people. I hear stories where people go out to eat more then four times a week. I feel like my Mom was always good with cooking our meals while growing up. Going out to eat should be a TREAT. Eating out should not be because it is something easy..I hate when people tell me that the fast food joint was around and it was easy. I hate it because I used to do it! That stuff is garbage and it is not healthy for you at all. If you want to have it then it should be once a week.

Now..I know you think I am crazy and how did I get over this? I stopped going. I stopped going to those fast food places. I would just drive by. I know this seems hard but really it was not. If I did not go I did not crave it and if I did not crave it I did not want it. Soon when I would eat at these places I started to feel sick after eating it. Since I felt sick I did not want it even more. Why would you want to eat something that made you sick? Do not go! Why would you wait in line for something to eat? Eating should be for sitting down and put on a nice plate..Not in a brown paper bag. You might as well eat the damn bag because you will get more fiber from it.

I hope I did not lose you yet but here are things I did to get rid of the junk food. I started packing my own lunches. If I spent the time packing a nice lunch then I did not want to go out and buy something.

Also, I did the big one and I started to add up what I was spending on fast food. It was ridiculous! Yes, you may get something off the $ menu or that Muffin and Coffee is only $5..but add it up. How much do you spend in a year, month, week and day? You could use this money for something else! I felt as if I was eating my money and that was not a good feeling to me.

Now I found some healthier places such as SubWay, Salad Works, Panera Bread and my favorite Muscle Maker and they seem a little more managable when eating out. I still suggest to consider eating out to be a treat though. Do not think it is for being easy! You are not cheap and easy..your food should not be!

5.) Cut Out Drinking…Not All The Way Though

Since I was coming out of college you can only imagine how much I was drinking. Drinking in college usually starts on Thirsty Thursday..and goes until Sunday night because you need a stress reliever for writing that paper due in the morning. I am not saying stop drinking but try to cut it down.

When I used to live on my own or go to bars I used to make mix drinks. Mix drinks are the worse. You are basically sipping calories. Also those mix drinks in bars are awful because they are nothing but sugar and they do not even get you buzzed. Drinking a beer is not better for you but it sure does cut the calories out. Also, do not binge drink. It is not cute when you are out of college. No one wants to be around someone who drank 8 beers in one sitting. Enjoying a drink once in a while is not a bad thing.

6.) Be Prepared for Parties

Parties are so evil. It is a way to get people together to stuff their face. What I did and still do is I try to work out before a party. Get some kind of physical activity in that day because you may not do anything active at the party. If it is a party with active things to do I suggest doing them. If there is a pool or some kind of sport then have fun doing so!

If you are going to sit around and chat..I suggest not sitting. Stand. If you sit then you get too comfy and want to munch on the bowl of chips right in front of you. If you are standing you are not near the food on the table. Also, do not socialize near the food or alcohol. Stay away from it. It is okay to indulge at parties but try to make better choices and not be a pig about it.

7.) Do NOT give into peer pressure

What used to drive me crazy were the people who thought I was not “living” or “enjoying” myself. I still get people today telling me that I do not seem to have fun with my life. Food should not be considered, “FUN!” Fun is around to help you live. Food should not be a hobby. Do not crumble into people who pressure you to eat. Do not fall for people who say things like, “It is just a cookie” or “You have to eat sometime.” These people do not understand that you have a food addiction problem. I will NEVER understand this. If you were getting over drugs or alcohol would a family member or friend offer you that? (Maybe if they are awful people) but usually the answer is no.  I know my friends would never do this but when it comes to food I feel as if I am being pressured to eat. I AM ADDICTED TO FOOD! It is not just a cookie..because I can not stop with one cookie.

Think of it that way because I feel like this could help one out. You have an addiction to food. Talk to your friends or co-workers too. If you tell them it bothers you they usually do listen. If not..then maybe it is time to cut ties from certain people. You need to think about you.

 

Well, I am done for now. I have other tips and ideas but I am too tired to type anymore..LOL! So I hope this was helpful. Let  me know what you want to read. Ask me questions! I am here for you. You can leave a comment or click on the contact section. I am willing to listen and help anyone out. This should not be done alone. If you need motivation I am here for you. Give me feedback people!! I know people are reading..I see the numbers. Let me know you are alive! =D I would love to hear from you!

 

-Jackie

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Weight Loss Transformations Boggle My Mind

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I totally forgot I got my picture taken at Sweat USA. I guess I thought it was not going to be sent to me but long and behold!! I received an email of my picture. I look damn good! The difference a professional picture makes with your confidence. I know I do a lot of transformation posts but I am always in shock.
The before was a couple of days before I started my weight loss journey. I hated how I looked and had no confidence. I did not felt healthy. Now I feel amazing. I am comfortable in my skin and I feel proud of my accomplishments. Anyone can do this and feel like this if you put your mind to it! It can be done!

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-Jackie

Halloween Transformation

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If you do not know, I love Halloween! I love Halloween more then Christmas. Only thing is since moving back to NJ people have been lame and never want to dress up, go out or have parties. Anyway, I love to dress up. I dressed up as Hipster Ariel for Comic Con so of I do go out I will dress like that again. I know at work for the preschoolers I am dressing up as one of the five little monkeys jumping on the bed…but I am not going to a bar or party like that.
I find it funny though that I finally feel confident in my own skin and I am not buying a girly or risky outfit. I guess I still have some modesty in me. Anyway, what are you guys dressing up as? What is your favorite part of Halloween?
Remember if you have kiddies to check there candy after Trick or Treating but keep the candy away from sight. All that candy is not a good thing! Also if you are giving out candy try to wait as long as possible to buy it or hide it because it could be opened and snacked on before Halloween. Just a warning from experience!

-Jackie

Transformation Tuesday

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Today is Transformation Tuesday. Show off you hard work. Today I am showing myself but I am also showing off my twin brother Michael’s hard work. Michael hit his final goal a couple months ago. He lost 100 lbs. He is now lifting weights and trying to bulk up. He is awesome!

-Jackie

Transformation Tuesday

I do not think I will post one of these every week. Maybe once or every other. For me, it is important to look at past pictures of myself. Looking at pictures of the past help motivate me about all the hard work I have done.

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It is amazing to me what I have done in a year. If you keep going you will see results. Do not give up!

-Jackie

Sweat USA in Atlantic City

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This Saturday I headed to Atlantic City, New Jersey and experienced my first expo that had everything to do with health and fitness. It was an amazing experience! I enjoyed it very much and I wish I went for the second day. The expo was at the Caesars Hotel and it was a great space. There was a lot to see and much to do. The expo its self was cool by having lots of free give away’s, A Reebok store with 25% off everything, E-boost and many different things. There was a main stage in the center that was really cool. Lots of interesting talks about health and fitness. One part pole dances were showing off there moves and a Zumba class  which was awesome.

The only thing I had a problem with was the knowledge of everything. If you plan to do this expo go early. Unless they change it for next year, you have to sign up for all the free classes (I do not understand why…I will explain later) and they fill up quickly. No where on the website it says that sign up is right out front and not before a class or anything. Also, they let people sign up for Sunday. I am so glad I showed up Saturday because if I came only Sunday all the classes would have been filled!

Well, I signed up for things and that was fine. When my class at 2pm happened..I went to the location I thought it was at but it ended up nothing was happening. When I asked people no one seemed to know what I was talking about. So I was a little upset by this. Then I noticed something interesting while I watched people go forward to the spinning class. People were taking bikes but no one was checking if they signed up. Then when people came and said they “signed up” they were kicking people off the bikes. No where did I see a list in someones hand or anything. No one was checking. What was the point with signing up? Well, I signed up for a hip hop class for 3pm. I had NO idea that they were a half hour behind with the classes. The classes were located across the hall from the expo and that is where I headed at 3pm. When the doors opened at 3 pm, I walked in with a huge group of women who were waiting. No one asked me if I signed up or made sure I was in the right place. No one asked anyone. We all walked in. Well, it turned out that I did not walk into the hip hop class but the KerboomKA class. Had no idea! Well, since I was there I stayed. It turns out I talked to a women later in the day and she told me that she only signed up for one class and that her and her daughter stayed in the theater all day..No one was kicking her out. So, what is the point for signing up? I do not blame the women because you spend this money why not stay for the free classes? Might as well. I just found it odd that a lot of people did know know timing and scheduling and no one was checking lists or names. My only problem with the expo. Okay..enough negative..Let me tell you the awesome things!!!

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The one high light of the trip was the address Jillian Michael’s gave. It was free with your ticket and it was on the main stage.  have to admit that I waited for her for a bit to make sure I was up close. I am really short so I always make sure I have a good spot. I had a great view. She came out and she was so motivational and inspirational. What I loved the most about her speech was apart about how do you get to where you want to be. You can tell yourself that you are great and you can do this..but how will you get to where you want to be? Why is this important? She made examples like living long enough to enjoy her children growing up or fitting into skinny jeans..or having a great sex life. The idea of how and why you want to get to where you want to be seemed to really hit home with me. It is enough to say you are awesome..but how and why did you get to that point?

I even said in my last blog post that she was adorable. She was quirky and funny. I had no idea she was like this. She always comes across and harsh and mean but she was so awesome. Then she had a Q&A which was great because she got personal with the people in the audience. She was so close to picking me. She picked the girl in front of me which was okay. I was going to ask her out to get past this brick wall I have been having with not losing weight. I also wanted her to tell Bob I said Hi..but you know sometimes you are not lucky. She was adorable though. People were throwing little gifts for her and she tries so hard to take as many pictures with fans as she could. She seemed very humble and great full that she has that many fans.

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There was so much to see and do for everyone at this expo. What I loved was the main stage and how it had examples of different classes that were going on during the weekend. They showed kick boxing, pole dancing, zumba, piloxing, motivational speeches and so much more. You did not have to sit there and watch. You could get up and move around and sweat your butt off which was awesome. Even if you did not sign up for the classes you still could get a mini lesson from the main stage. I went up to the kick boxing and boxing tent and they let me try a quick little lesson. That was tough! I never boxed with gloves on in my life. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. The gloves were so heavy and I felt my upper body strength was so weak! It did make my arms sore..So I know it was a good work out. I did sign up for information to be sent because they had a gym that offered classes nearby but I am not sure if I will go or not. It is something different. I am now interesting in try new things.

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So, I ended up signing up for Hip Hop but ended up showing up to this KerBoomKa class. When I got on the stage and the instructor was telling us about KerBoomKa…I had no idea what he was talking about! I was so confused because I thought I signed up for Hip Hop. I am so glad that I ended up doing the KerBoomKa class! It was a high light of the trip. KerBoomKa reminded me of Zumba but way more intense. It was faster pace (which I loved) and it felt more like a work out. I am sorry if you love Zumba..but I do not love Zumba. I find Zumba sort of slow and awkward. Maybe I have not had good experiences but I do not care for Zumba. KerBoomKa was awesome though. My legs are still sore from it right now! You do so many squats and crunches that you totally feel it the next day! I loved it and I am hooked..only problem is they are out of New York. I live two hours away but I am not going to travel to do an hour class. Maybe if I am in the area. Here is the KerBoomka website though.  I joined there mailing list and if classes do pop up near me I will not hesitate to do this again! I loved it!!

Hip Hop at Tilton Fitness was fun and goofy. Half the moves I could not do but I was not there to be on Broadway or Step It Up..I was there to work out. So you laugh and you have a good time. People worry so much that they can no do the moves. As long as you are moving, I think you are doing just fine. That class was fun because the instructor did classic hip hop and island dancing and different kinds I can not remember. It was just a lot of fun. We did a lot of squats in that class as well. I think my legs will never be the same again.

The expo was a lot of fun. I hope to go back next year. I really hope to go for both days. Now that I know what to expect I will go for both days for sure. If I could save enough money I would like to take classes with the celebrity trainers they have next year. This year they had Jillian Michael’s and Shaun.T. It would have been cool to do one of their workouts. So I hope to accomplish that for next year. I hope to maybe stay over night as well because driving and tolls burns money but a hotel room is more expensive. I have a whole year to plan. Also, I hope to go with someone next year. It was fun by myself but it would have been more fun to go with someone I know so we could laugh at how goofy we were being.

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Thank you so much for having me Sweat USA AC..I can not wait for next year. This was a great experience. I bought a tank top from the expo and it is a medium. Who would have ever thought I would by a female fitted medium tank top? Not me! I hope to wear it proudly next year when you come back to AC next year!

 

-Jackie