Brother Lost 100 lbs, SweatUSA and more

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I spoke about my twin brother Michael before but today he hit a mile stone and a huge accomplishment in his weight loss journey. He has lost 100 lbs in a year and a half. He learned to eat right. This guy used to eat boxes of pop tarts and Cheez-its by himself.  He would drink a lot of orange soda and eat Taco Bell all the time. Now he does Weight Watchers and eats healthy and right. He does not work out and I hope to get him started on that. Congratulations to my brother!!! He is amazing and inspirational! =D

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I wish I was not so poor. Yes, I know I do a lot of fun things but I budget my money like crazy. I am going to Jamaica in two weeks but I saved up for that trip for a while. I really want to go to SweatUSA in Atlantic City but it is like $40. Yes, I know..$40 is nothing well it is a lot when you are a poor graduate student who lives pay check to pay check. I do live near Atlantic City but I do have to take in account tolls, parking, and gas. Not to mention I do want to buy things at this convention. I was planing on getting the $40 which is the main entrance. I would get to listen to a motivational talk by Jillian Michaels or Shaun.T depending on when I go.

 This is the other thing that bothers me I only want to go for one day but the tickets are on sale for both days. I mean it is great if you can go to both days and listen to both Jillian and Shaun.T but I only have the funds (not now anyway) to go for one day. Yes, I live near by but it is not practical to go for both for me. It is still an hour drive both ways and as I said tolls, gas, and parking add up. It would be cool if they could sell a one day pass for $20 but I understand the two day pass. It is nice. Really two days for $40 is not bad but it is just not in my budget. Again, this is my problem and not theirs. I just think it would be awesome if you could buy a pass for one day.

 I really want to go because I would love to hear Jillian or Shaun.T. Shaun.T and I were on the same Rachael Ray episode. It would be interesting if he remembered me. Not to mention you should support a guy who lived 15 minutes away from me in Deptford, NJ. I also would love to go because they added a TRX/Cycling class to the AC convention. I would find that awesome. I have been doing cycling since March at my local spin class but I would to sink my teeth into something like this. Also, I may meet new people and enjoy the company of others who love fitness and health!

 So, I hope to save up the money for this awesome journey. Who knows..maybe I would travel to it for both days. I get my first paycheck from work on Sept. 15 and I wonder if that is too late to purchase my ticket..It could be. I do not see this convention selling out though. If I can not go this year there is always next year.

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Brian and I went to Cape May, NJ yesterday to enjoy their local Crab and Beer festival. Only problem is they ran out of crab twice and we never got any. Oh well..the beer was good. I got a Shock Top and Wood Chuck. The Wood Chuck is my new favorite because it tasted like nothing but apple juice. Brian did not like it because it is the kind of drink that can sneak up on you. I say it is my favorite type. haha

 We ended up walking into town where we ate at The Ugly Mug where I got an awesome Lobster Roll and french fries. After a time of looking around at shops we did get Ben and Jerry’s and that was the end of my treating myself. I usually treat myself on Friday or Saturday. Depending on what is going on Sunday is a day I sometimes treat myself. I had a lot of fun yesterday and enjoyed it with my boyfriend. =)

-Jackie

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