Losing 20 lbs in Three Weeks

Yikes! Where have I been? My last blog post was May 5th and it is almost June. No, I did not die..I just stopped posting. Why? I was not losing weight and I lost my motivation. I kept gaining weight and my workouts were ending. Once I was 152 lbs and now I am at 175 lbs. I have gained over twenty pounds. Do not get me wrong..I did not gain it over night. I actually gained it in the course of two years. I just could not seem to get my weight back down. Last summer I was around 158 to 162 and I was fine with that. I thought, “Maybe this is the weight I am supposed to be.” I thought..I am still working out and being somewhat healthy, but I can indulge here and there. I was fine…until…LIFE happened.

If you are aware a lot of major changes happened in my life the last couple of months. Since January I graduated with my MA in English, I left my old job and gained five jobs..where one will be my dream job in the fall, I still have no health insurance, and my brother moved all the way to California where I live in New Jersey. Remember..he is my twin. So a lot has happened and I do not do well with change. I miss my old job with having co-workers, I liked health insurance, and I actually miss school. My five jobs are fine but I am missing what I used to have. Since I miss and stress..I eat. So in the course of a few months I gained almost ten pounds.

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(The one on the left is from last year in May and the one on the right is this year.)

I got relaxed with going to convenience stores and buying candy..drinking more, and going out to eat. I stopped counting points/calories and just did not care because I was mindlessly eating. Since I was eating and gaining weight I started to loath working out. I started to feel sluggish. Insanity which I used to enjoy made me feel sick and I started to hate it for I felt I could not keep up. My workouts started to twiddle down.

Then the talking happened..people asking me if I am still “ON WEIGHT WATCHERS” or over hearing people talking about how I must of stopped. My worst fear has come true..people were talking about ME and my weight in a negative way again. Of course…I should not care and be like, “Who the hell are you to talk about me like that?” but it hurts and it reminds me of high school. No one wants to be around the fat girl. Trust me..I lived through it. It took me five times to ask someone to be my prom date and it was due to my weight.

So, I am here. I am going to try. You know what I am going to do about it? Two words…

BOB HARPER

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I am going to practice his JumpStart to Skinny. I am going to give it a try. I received this book when I appeared on the Rachael Ray Show back in 2013. I have to be honest..I read the book but I did not think the book was for me. This program is not for everyone. The program is a 3-Week plan to lose 20 lbs quickly. IT IS NOT A LIFE CHOICE. This program is for important events such as a wedding, reunion, vacation, and ect..I am going away in the end of June. I am scared to death I will gain even more weight. Also, none of my clothes fit. Even though I have five jobs, I still have no money to go out and buy all these things. I just need motivation and confidence and I think this program will work.

So I am going to do my best to practice all of his steps in this program. I will do the best that I can. I do admit that I will not be doing his meal preps. I have my own ideas for meal preps. I did rejoin Weight Watchers at the end of April and I plan on sticking with that still. I do plan to follow his rules the best that I can.

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Rule #1: Take Control with Proper Portions 

This is a no brainier. We all eat the wrong portion sizes. Just look at going to a restaurant. The portion sizes are crazy. I have to say I am not terrible with taking control with portions..when I am not lazy. I have been measuring a lot of stuff out lately but I need to take more focus on it.

Rule #3: Cut Back on Calories: Then Cut Back Again

Bob suggests that I eat 800 calories a day. That is really not a lot. As crazy as it  sounds..it can be done. I did the math with Weight Watchers. I found many sites that say that 1 Weight Watcher point = 40 calories. I am not sure how correct this is but I have seen this is numerous web sites. So I am allowed 26 points but it turns out that it is still TOO much for Mr. Harper. I would have to eat 20 points to have it equal 800 calories. 20 points is not a lot and it is very tough but if you plan ahead of time..it can be done. So for the next three weeks I will need to plan my meals ahead of time and NO SNACKS!!

Rule #3: Eat No Complex Carbs After Breakfast

I can do this. This seems pretty easy. I am not a pasta kind of girl so I will not miss spaghetti.

Rule #4: Get Rid of Water Weight by Drinking More Water

I am SOOO bad at this one. For some reason I never drink enough water. Bob Harper wants me to drink two large glasses of water before every meal and make sure I drink a total of 80 ounces a day. GOOD LORD…I will be in the bathroom every twenty minutes. My problem is I can not do this while substitute teaching. So I will do the best I can with drinking 80 ounces a day. I do agree I need to drink more water..

Rule #5: Get Your Electrolytes

I must admit that I never did this before…until I read this rule. Electrolytes is in fruits and veggies! Not sports drinks. I am the fruit and veggie queen!

Rule #6: Do 45 Minutes a Day of Low-Intensity Cardio, Preferably Before Breakfast

Here is the thing..I can not workout before breakfast. Here is how crazy I am. Ever since I was a little kid, when I woke up I HAD to eat something. My stomach will grumble and I will feel sick until I eat something. Also, I never have time in the morning. I usually wake up to my phone ringing for a sub job and I usually have to get ready quickly for it. As for working out 45 minutes a day..I can do that.

Rule #7: Five Times a Week at Any Time of Day, Do 15 to 20 Minutes of my Jumpstart Moves

This is pretty interesting. In his book he has some moves like Sit-ups,mountain climbers,lateral jumps,high-knee tucks,jump rope, burpees, and many many more.Now I could do one of these moves for 15 minutes before work.I will just wake up earlier to do this. 45 minutes is harder for me. I love the workouts he includes in the book.

Rule #8: Cut the Salt

Now I am pretty good at this one. Salt is awful because it makes you retain water..if you retain water..you then gain weight.

Rule #9: Take Advantage of the Restorative Power of Daily Fish Oil

Erm..I am not sure about this one. I know nothing about fish oil.

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Rule # 10: Fall Back on Veggies!

Again, this is easy. I love Veggies.

Rule # 11: No Fruit During Week 3

Say whaaaaaaat?! I LOVE FRUIT! I eat an apple every morning. After reading the chapter it did make sense. Fruit has  fructose and fructose is something that “skews our metabolism toward fat storage rather than fat burning” (Harper 39). So it makes sense. I do not think a apple that week will kill me but I may try to cut down on the fruit for that week for what he says in the chapter makes sense.

Rule #12: Lay Off All Booze

For the love of God..get me away from this stuff. I am a firm believer booze is why I gained this much weight. I can lay off the booze until my vacation. I know I can.

Rule #13: An Espresso a Day…or Two or Three

I have never had an espresso. I drink coffee in the morning though. Bob Harper tells us it is supposed to be taken black and with no artificial sweetener. I do drink my coffee black but I have to admit I use sweeteners..which I know are bad for you. Maybe instead of drinking the espresso..I will stick to coffee but try something else to make it sweet.

So here we have it…all the rules. Again, the book has meal plans which seem great but I am starting this tomorrow and I do not have the time (another excuse) to go out and buy things. So I am sticking to Weight Watchers and my 20 points a day. I have a meal plan of my own written out where I am following all these rules. Maybe I will post it in the future.

I am nervous..I really want this to work. I need to get my mind out of the gutter and really work for this. Bob Harper..you helped me once before..I know you can help me again.

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Wish me luck..

-Jackie

Transformation Tuesday: Graduation 

 
 Three years ago today I graduated Coastal Carolina University with my BA in English. It was a proud moment of my life. I worked so hard to accomplish such a task. Only thing was I was at my heaviest at 232 lbs.

 In January of this year I graduated with my MA in English at Monmouth University. To this day I still tell everyone it is one of the hardest things I had to do. Also I lost 80 lbs and that was extremely difficult.

 I accomplished so much in a short amount of time. Funny thing is I am in South Carolina right now and I was there three years ago. Who knew? So I am proud of everything and I can not wait to see where life takes me next.
-Jackie

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

 
 Yesterday my Mom tried to kill me with the Go Ape course in North Myrtle Beach.  If you do not know what it is…it is a course that is up in the air. You are put into harnesses and it is your job to make sure you are always attached up in the air. My mom wanted to do it and it seemed like fun.

  
I was totally out of my comfort zone doing this. A lot of upper body strength and do not forget the last course you are 900 feet in the air. A lot of the things consist of balance and walking on rope or wood. The best part was after each course there was a zip line. Those were the best part. It was insane. I did have trouble with the Tarzan swing because I had no upper body strength to pull my self up on a rope wall. I actually needed assistance with it.

  
  Even though this was the toughest thing I have ever done I am glad I did it. My whole body was really sore and I did hit 10,000 steps on my Fitbit just on the course alone. It was a great experience.

 
 I highly recommend everyone getting out of their comfort zone. When I was 232 lbs I would never be able to do this. I am proud of my accomplishments.
-Jackie