One Year Since The Rachael Ray Show and Meeting Bob Harper

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It is hard to believe that one year ago today I traveled up to New York, appeared on the tapping of The Rachael Ray Show, and met my fitness he Continue reading

Beauty is not Measured in Lbs

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So since my birthday I have been doing a really good job eating right..except going out to eat. I told Brian that he needs to keep me in line and tell me when I am not making the healthiest choice. Maybe we should stop going out to eat? Brian’s Mom bought me this awesome cook book to learn to cook and I was thinking of cooking for Brian two days a week when my semester is over. So, I feel cooking for ourselves would be healthier than going out to eat every week.

I also notice I eat and snack a lot at night. I have started to stop eating after 8pm again. I did this in the past and I actually notice it was successful when I did it. People do claim this does not matter or does not help, but it helps me keep in control with my snacking.

Finally I am trying very hard still to learn that beauty is not measured in pounds. I need to learn that when I get on the scale that the number does not make me any less of a person. Here is to healthy living and healthy thinking.

-Jackie

Transformation Tuesday

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Here is myself on my birthday on 2012 at 232 lbs where I turned 23 and the second is me 80 lbs less where I turned 25 on Saturday.

I am confident that I can maintain the weight and maybe loose a few pounds as well. I am going to cut one day of weight training and do more cardio. I do not have any big plans or events coming up so good choices with my food and drink will be easier. Here is to bright futures.

-Jackie

My 25th Birthday Weekend

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Well, I am back to the real world now. I spent my weekend in Atlantic City due to my 25th Birthday. Thanks to Brian for making my birthday awesome. Of course a weekend away means unhealthy choices but I am going to get back on the right track tomorrow. I do not have unhealthy events the rest of this month so I see good things coming my way with staying healthy.

This was a quick blog post. I have an awesome transformation Tuesday for my birthday. I just wanted to share all my positive energy.

-Jackie

25 Things To Do During My 25th Year

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Well, I am not 25 yet.

It is really hard to believe that April 5th means I will be 25 years old. I will be a quarter of a century old and I am blown away by this. I know, a lot of people feel that 25 is not that old and it is not but I am not in my early twenties anymore and I am getting closer to 30. Time is still moving forward and everyday means I should keep going forward and not hold back to the past. As I sit here I believe there are many things I need to accomplish at the age of 25. I love to make lists and set certain goals. I know this is a fitness blog but I feel it is important to share all aspects of my life because some of my goals has to deal with mental and physical health. I feel that this is important to share.

Also, this list is not going to be silly or pointless. I would never put something such as, “I will eat a jar of Nutella” or “Dye my hair pink” because I feel like this could not help my life.  Sure, that stuff sounds awesome but I could do that any year. One could argue I could do anything on the following list any year too but I want the things on the list to mean something. I want it to help me learn new things or experience. Sure, eating a jar of Nutella could be a learning experience but I think it is rather silly.

So here is my list…

 

25    THINGS TO DO FOR MY 25TH YEAR.

 

1.)    Read 25 new books..I want to read

 

Fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, biography, autobiography..ect..I will read anything. I want to explore new texts. I am tired of reading things focuses for school. All the Judith Butler and Foucault has been driving me crazy. I will read what I want and wish. 25 new books of my choosing!

 

2.)    Get in touch with money/reality

 

My mind is so scatter brained when it comes to money or numbers. I know nothing about financial aid, loans, taxes, and ect. I know nothing. Also, my car. I know nothing. Lately I have been careless with my car. My oil change was WAAAY overdue and my expection expired. I also keep my car a mess. Stupid things like this..I need to keep remember and keep in mind. I need to learn and understand these things or I am going to end up failing in the long run.  I need to understand money/reality.

 

3.)    Start A New Hobby

 

Back in 2012 I started the hobby of health and fitness. I am overdue for a new hobby. I always envy people who build/create things. Hell, I cannot even cook or bake. So I will have to figure something to pick up as a hobby.

 

4.)    Stop Second Guessing

 

I am always second guessing everything I do. EVERYTHING. I barely speak in class because I think people will judge what I have to say or I do not experience something because I am scared. I am always holding myself back because I always think something will go wrong or I will be judge.

 

5.)    Explore Philadelphia, PA

How uncultured I am with Philadelphia! I am only a half hour away from the city and I barely explore it. I want to see Edgar Allan Poe’s House this summer! I also want to take the time to explore night spots or more restaurants.

 

6.)    Be More Charitable

 

I am always concerned about money. I really think I budget my money pretty well too. Only problem is I am always worried about my money for myself. I wish I gave back to others more. I want to do more to give back to others. Example is I really would like to do the Susan G. Komen walk in Philadelphia this year or give more towards Autism or Down syndrome research. It could be more things than just that.

 

7.)    Stop Worrying About What People Think or Say

 

Lately I tend to let people walk all over me and treat me like a kid. No more. I am an adult and I am half a century years old. Last year at my job I let my boss walk all over me but I am not going to be like that anymore. I am an equal just like everyone else. I will speak my mind and tell people how I feel. I will not be pushed down by people anymore.

 

8.)    Try Restaurants That Are Not Chains

 

This is most likely an awful idea because I am trying to be healthier with my eating habits but I find this to be interesting. The best meals I have eating out are the Ma & Pa shops no one knows about. I want to do more things like this. I think Brian and I do an awesome job doing this already but I want to explore this even more.

 

9.)    Get Certified to Teach Spin

 

This maybe a stretch because it is so expensive to be certified but I love spin classes. I love it so much that I wish I could teach it to others. I think it would be awesome if I could teach college courses at a university and later go to the gym and teach a spin class. I would love to do this. It may not happen in my 25th year but I know it will happen in the future.

 

10.)                  Learn How to Cook/Bake

 

This could be considered a hobby but I feel that cooking/baking is important to live sine we all need to eat. I wish to be more observant in the kitchen and learn a thing or two about making home cooked meals. My goal is to make Brain a killer bread pudding recipe he will love since it is his favorite dessert.

 

11.)                  Cut Back on Drinking

 

It is not cute to be a lush. It was fun to party it up in my early twenties but now it would be nice to just have a social drink rather than go too crazy. I want to learn to pace myself and not get too out of control. Also, I feel like the older I get the amount of time going out just to drink just seems silly.

 

12.)                  Take More Video

 

I am known for taking many pictures during events but I never take videos. It dawned on me that people do not last forever and sometimes it is hard to remember even what they sound like. I thought of this when I wanted to watch my parents wedding video because I do not remember what my MomMom looked or sounded like. I want to take more video even if it is only a minute or Vine long clip for social media.

 

13.)                  Try Crossfit

 

If you do not know or if you are new, I am a huge Bob Harper fan. Well, Bob Harper is a HUGE fan of Crossfit. I ALWAYS wanted to try Crossfit but I am afraid I am not strong enough physically and mentally for it. My goal is to train over the summer and start Crossfit in September. Only problem it is super expensive and I am a graduate student so I cannot afford anything. So we shall see.

 

14.)                  Take More Walks

 

I need to learn to be in touch with nature more. I do not want to go on hikes but I want to enjoy the outdoors more. Explore what nature has to offer and take it in. I feel like I take the outside for granted and I learned this during the winter.

 

 

15.)                  Be More Spontaneous with Brian

 

What I mean here is to show Brian I love in in little ways. I feel like I should buy him little things here and there not just for holidays or events but just because. Also, maybe treat him to a meal once in a while to show I care. This is why I want to take up a hobby or learn to cook so I can show him I care with little things like this. Brian may think I am crazy for putting this down but I could show a little more to show I love and care for him.

 

16.)                   Cut Ties From People Who Do Not Have Time For Me

Ever since I was younger I always make time for people. I always went out of my way to make everyone happy. I remember working at Dollar Tree for 8+ hour shifts and still would go out for people. Well, not everyone returns the favor. It is mentally exhausted for the same people to not respond to me when I plan events or not even talk to me. Yes, I could reach out more but they do not reach out either..Hell, not even at all. So..I am done. How can your life be so BUSY to tell me you are busy?  I do not care if you are not free but to ignore me then forget it. I am done with people like this.

 

 

17.)                  Take More Time For Myself

 

I go so long without doing things for myself. Lately I get my nails done but I should do more for myself. I should get a haircut rather than wait too long. I should not pluck my eye brows and get it professional done. I should take time for myself and care more about my appearance.

 

 

18.)                  Buy Professional Clothing

 

Since I have lost 80 lbs it seems that my wardrobe is a mess of clothing I always wanted to buy when I was younger. I have so many graphic t-shirts, short shorts, and short dresses that I could never teach in a classroom. My goal is to buy nice outfits so I could be a professor in a classroom. If I was to go on a job interview right now I would not have anything to wear!

 

19.)                  Be More Organized and Part With Things

 

I may need a good spring cleaning because my room is a mess! Nothing is organized and it is awful. I have a bin of pictures that need a home but I never do anything with it. Even my book shelf is lacking organization. I should treat my bedroom better because this is my own personal space!

 

20.)                  Cut My Use of Social Media in Half

 

It is rather disgusting how much I am on social media. You name the social media outlet and I am most likely on it. FB, Vine, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, ect..ect..I feel like my life dedicated so much on my phone and these social media sites that I really need to take a breather.

 

21.)                  Ditch my vocabulary habit

What does this mean? I want to get rid of the vocabulary and way I speak I acquired during high school and undergrad. I need to stop saying “you guys” or “hey” or “you know” or “whatever” or “and um”. I need to stop!! I will soon be a teacher and this way of speaking has to go.

 

22.)                  Volunteer more

This goes along with being more charitable but I feel I do not volunteer for enough things. I should take time out of my life to help others or be a part of something. I feel like if I did this then this would show me a new way of life and be aware of more things around me. I was never a community service type of girl but I should start.

 

23.)                  Do more for my parents

My parents have done a lot for me over the years and I should do more for them now that I will be 25. It would be nice to treat them to a meal or do things more around the house. I take for granted a lot of the things they do not make me do and I should do more to show how much I appreciate this.

 

24.)                  Write More

 

I feel like lately my writing is either my Master thesis or this blog. That is all good but I feel like I should go deeper with my writing. I was debating if I should just keep a diary or if I should start to go into more creative writing like I used to. I love to write and I feel like I should connect more with this passion. I am not sure what I will write but I think I should write more.

 

25.)                  Get that job I have been working so hard for.

 

This could be a stretch too but I really want my job as a college adjunct because I have working so hard for it. I love the job I have now but it is not what I want to do. I have received my BA in English and soon in December my Masters. I have been working so hard for these degrees I feel like by this time next year I should be working at that job I so want. I hope..I pray that it happens.

 

 

Well, I am posting this now because I will not be home or near a computer on my birthday. I will be in Atlantic City with my awesome boyfriend for the entire weekend. He surprised me with a weekend stay. I cannot promise healthy choices will happen but it is my birthday and I deserve to have fun!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

-Jackie