I lost 30 lbs: How 2013 Was My Year

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Despite the struggles I have been having the last couple months, 2013 was truly my year. When I looked back on it all, this year was truly amazing. I have lost 80 lbs overall but in the year 2013, I have lost 30 lbs and that is a huge accomplishment! Since the New Year is almost upon us..I felt is was fitting to write a blog post on what I felt was great accomplishments and amazing moments of my year. These moments are not ranked or anything but this is what made 2013 great for me.

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Of course, the first moment I will never forget as long as I live is how I was on The Rachael Ray Show back in May. I was on the show which aired twice this year and I got to meet Bob Harper..my fitness hero! The moment is why this blog is even around. I started off on Tumblr but once I realized my Tumblr blog was actually noticeable I decided to create this blog! Not only was this blog created but my Tumblr exploded with views and I made a lot of friends from all over the country this year.

The moment truly showed that people are inspired by little things. At the time I lost 60 lbs and I inspired others. People before that time were inspiring me that I did not realize that I could actually inspire others.

 

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Getting back to the show, the moment was amazing. I had my hair and make up down like a celebrity. I had my confidence boost so much that day. Knowing that the people of The Rachael Ray Show actually reached out to me so I could meet my fitness hero was amazing. Bob Harper was so sweet to me. He took a picture with me and he even signed a copy of his book. All this happened in his dressing room of course! What you see on the Biggest Loser is the real deal with him. He was truly amazing to meet. This moment was one of the greatest moments of 2013 but also of my life.

 

 

Another moment of 2013 that was amazing was how I was in two 5Ks. I did my first 5K in June and was not #1 or anything but I still ran the entire time in it. It was one of the toughest things I did this year but I enjoyed every second of it. The thought of actually doing a 5K was very rewarding. Granted, I am not a huge fan of running but it was still great to try something new and not give up the entire time.

 

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Another 5K I did was with my family. It was The Color Run. Granted, we did not run this one. I think it would of killed the women in my family if we ran the whole thing but nothing was wrong with walking. The Color Fun was a lot of fun and was a great way to get my family moving their body. Any one can do this 5K at any age. Also, the pictures taken during and after this event if so funny!

 

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A silly moment I loved of 2013 was when my friend Allie came to visit in July. Of course, the whole time my friend Allie was here was great because I love showing her the Northern life since she is from South Carolina. Even though the weekend was filled of poor decisions with food it had a lot of great moments. One moment that stood out was when the Naked Cowboy in Time Square picked me up and held me. This was the first time since I was a kid anyone thought they could pick me up. Sure, people stared at me a half naked grown man was lifting me in the streets of NY but the confidence level that happened to me during this moment was amazing! Someone actually picked me up because they thought I was light enough!! Call it silly but it was great!

 

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Another moment was in September when I did Sweat USA in AC. The fitness expo was great and I got to hear Jillian Michael speak! She said a lot of powerful and inspiring things during her talk. Also, I got to take a lot of new and exciting classes where I sweat my butt off. I hope to do this event next year and hopefully for two days!!

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Going to Jamaica with Brian this year was a great high light because it was the first time I was ever out of the country. Also, Brian and I tried many new things such as snorkeling. I loved swimming around in the clean water and looking at all the fish around us. It was truly beautiful.

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Finally, the confidence level I have is truly a huge accomplishment this year. I truly love clothes shopping and it maybe a problem due to my addiction to certain stores now. I do not mind showing off my legs, wearing skirts and wearing things that are tighter to show off my curves. I have found an new love for my body and for the clothing I wear.

 

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2013 was a great year and it was my year. I lost 30 lbs this year and I show no signs of slowing down or stopping with being healthy and fit. I am so humble for the people who read my blog or stumble upon it. You all are an inspiration to me for actually caring about my story. I am a twenty something from New Jersey who needed to become healthy and you all actually care. Thank you all so much! Here is to a great 2014 and hope that I write more. I hope graduate school could be less crazy, but I feel it will not be! Haha..Oh well!!!

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful New Years!

-Jackie

 

 

 

 

Merry Fitness and Have A Happy New Rear

Season’s greetings on my new laptop that will not break down on me or explode while using. I am great full for my new laptop because I have my thesis development coming up this semester and I really needed a laptop that would function very well for all my research and writing. I did receive my grades this semester and all my hard work paid off. I am very pleased.

This Christmas was a little rough with all the junk and high fatty foods…and drinking. Sunday is m family Christmas. It is a ugly Christmas sweater theme and I have a awesome outfit planned..but since it is families getting together then there will be bad food. Then Brian and I are going out for NYE with a couple of people. We are going to a catering hall, dressing up, drinking, dancing and going to have a blast. I am just nervous about all these new events. I really don’t know how my body is going to be after all this. All I can do is work out and try to make the right choices. I want to look awesome for NYE and I plan on going out tomorrow for the most amazing NYE dress. I am just afraid nothing is going to fit me. I wanted to buy something that was more fitted to my body but I may go for something that flows. I am not sure.

So..how was everyone’s Christmas? Did anyone receive anything that was for health or fitness? I really did not get anything actually. I did not ask for anything for Christmas though..so I can not complain. I did get two Biggest Loser books that are cook books and what not…So that will be cool to read. I also did get Just Dance for the Wii. I totally forgot about that video game and it was a way I used to get my work outs. I am excited to play that game. Did anyone receive anything good? I really need new sneakers and sport bras..but I need to buy them on my own. Brian did buy me a pair of UGGS..but that has nothing to do with fitness! haha!

I love the holidays so much. I wish fatty foods was something that did not have to be around but sometimes you just have to take a breath and enjoy the things around you. I decided to show a picture of me from Christmas EVE 2012 and Christmas EVE this year. Have a great day, guys!!

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-Jackie

Merry Christmas Ya Fitness Animal

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Merry Christmas Eve everyone! All my gifts are wrapped and ready to go. I am rather excited for the Christmas holiday. This is one of my favorite holidays beside Halloween.
If you are feeling nervous about today or/and tomorrow with eating habits..Remember it is only two days. Do not afraid to indulge but remember that this holiday is to be with your family and/or friends. Don’t stuff your face when your should be talking to them!
Be smart if you wish. An example is today even though I have little things I may have to do..I am going to the gym today. Do not take it easy. If you are not a sweaty mess..I personally do not feel that you are working hard enough. Work out today! Most events are not until later. Tomorrow I am taking a break from working out.
Just be smart with the holiday but enjoy! This should not be about the food but your loved one. Still enjoy though! Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!!

-Jackie

Work Out Mania!

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I am so happy to be done with graduate school this semester. It was very stressful. I am still waiting for my grades though..I have so much free time now so have no idea what to do with it.
I really love my new gym, Healthtrax! I love doing the classes but I also love the equipment they have. Where else can I work out and watch Dead Poets Society on my own personal TV? I really enjoy the Zumba classes and yoga is something I am trying to get used to. The spin classes are great but I enjoy trying new things. I really want to do a aqua class or Aqua Zumba soon but I may be the youngest one there. Oh well!
I am glad I enjoy where I work out because my eating habits are so bad. I have not been writing my points down..at all. Last week I ate out so much and today I ate so many sweets due to my Mom baking. I know it is the holidays but I want to still be good. Plus I need to fit into a awesome New Years Eve dress this year! So I need to cut the sweets! I have been working out hard though. Oh holidays…you are stressful! Not really..I love christmas!

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-Jackie

‘Tis The Season To Gain Weight..

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 Holy mother of bad food. This season is serious folks and I have lost all my self control! haha..Well, not really but I am not being as good as last year. It is tough! I feel popular this year as well and I am being invited to all these different events. Saturday I was out with my boyfriends family and I ate the best (but worst thing for my body) and today my grandfather came over for dinner and my Mom actually cooked red meat. Tuesday I have a cookie party to go to at graduate school. Wednesday is a luncheon at work. Wednesday night I am going to a restaurant with a bunch of my graduate classmates and professor. Saturday Michael and I are going to a Christmas party where Tony Luke’s will be served. Then Christmas eve and Christmas!!! UGH!!!

 I know you should live and enjoy the Holiday’s but this is just crazy! My body will not be able to handle all this. I will try my best to make the best choices I can. In the mean time I am working out. I do plan to work out more this week because some of these events I do not have to be at right away. So..I am working out like crazy. I know once the semester is over and the holidays are done..things will go back to normal. I do not believe in New Years Resolutions..but I know once the new year starts then I will go back on track. Rigt now it is tough. So I will try and have a couple of cookies and maybe try to eat a slice of pizza..no alcoholic drinks this week and save them for Christmas. I will try my best to make good choices but learn to live and love the family and friends I am with during the holidays. I better find my fat pants.

 

-Jackie

First Weigh In…I FORGOT!!

 

 

Yes, my first monthly weigh in was on Dec 6..and yes I forgot to weigh in! I was in the middle of eating my breakfast and forgot to step on that scale! I am so used to not stepping on the scale that I totally forgot. I guess this proved that I am more then a number. Also, it proved that I am less stressed out due to my weight. I weighed myself later that day but it was at my gyms scale. It said I gained a pound. Then when I came home after my work out it said I gained two pounds. So either I gained a pound in the month or I stayed the same. I am really not upset by this because I know Thanksgiving happened but also I notice a difference with my body. My arms and stomach look different to me. I have been trying all these new classes at my gym that I am never bored. Tomorrow I am going to get my butt kicked by my trainer. I hope he gives me a cool new work out routine to try. Right now i feel like I am in a good place. I feel like sculpting my body is the way to go.

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This semester is coming to a close..THANK GOD! This semester went by so quickly but was pretty crazy. Going to school three days a week was rough. Also, writing a response paper all the time was so not cool. My goal is not to snack/over eat due to stress with school. I am going to try very hard to be good leading up to the end. I will not wait until the last minute to write my papers. I am almost done one. I have another to start. Also, my thesis proposal which seems like will never happen due to conflicts with the professors.  Speaking of that..I literally just sent an email to the head of the thesis writing due to this sentence.

Keep_Calm_Its_Christmas With all this stress of graduate work, Christmas is literally around the corner as well! So much stress but fun. I have purchased most of my gifts due to Black Friday but I still need to buy a couple of more things. The junk food during this holiday season is crazy too. I have to bake something for a cookie swap at a graduate school event. I also want to bake cup cakes for my first graders I watch during lunch. Lots of treats! Then who knows what else to follow. I am training hard for this holiday season because for Christmas and NYE..it is me not caring. I want to live! Well, enough with my rambling. I need to finish homework.

-Jackie