Top 100 Weight Loss Blogs on Diet to Go


 I was just contacted by Diet to Go and was informed that they placed my blog on the “Top 100 Weight Loss Blog” list that they created. It is truly a honor to be mentioned in a list like this. I am grateful that Diet to Go decided to create a list of bloggers who may not be well known. I was looking at the list and all of these people share the same thing with me. We are trying to lose weight, live happy lives, and trying to inform and support others who maybe struggling.


What is really cool is Diet to Go has found 100 bloggers and I am in the top ten. Talk about a ego boost. 

Take a look at Diet to Go and the list they have created.

Sorry that I have been out of sorts and not really updating. The end of the semester was a killer. I am almost done grades. Phew!
Thank you, Diet to Go! You guys are awesome for creating this list! We need more sites like this to inspire everyday people like myself to feel connected with a issue many struggle with.

-Jackie

Helpful Food Advice 

Here is a short post for you all…

  
 Pbfit has changed my diet. I am a peanut butter nut and if you are on Weight Watchers you know how many points it is. Pbfit helps me with my peanut butter fix. 2 tbsp is only 1 Weight Watcher points. I firmly believe substituting this has changed my diet. 

  I use this stuff for everything. This product appears on sandwiches, on my rice cakes, dips, and smoothies. I love it!

Try it if you are a peanut butter lover.

-Jackie

100 Top Weightloss Blogs

 


 I am happy to announce that I was contacted by Feedspot and was told I made their list of  TOP 100 WEIGHT LOSS BLOGS TO GET RID OF FATS AND OBESITY
  I thought is was pretty awesome to be on a list like this. It means people are interested in what I have to say.

  
Not only am I in the list of 100 but I am in the top ten on this list. So awesome! 

Check out the list TOP 100 WEIGHT LOSS BLOGS TO GET RID OF FATS AND OBESITY because there are so many good blogs on it. 

-Jackie

Changes are Coming

Hello everyone,

I hope we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope we enjoyed and did not worry too much about what the scale may say to us in the future. Mine was great. I spent time with friends the night before. We went to a 80’s party and we all dressed up like Freddie Mercury. For the actual day I spent it with my family which was very nice.

I am writing this post because I think we are all aware of my worries. I have many changes coming soon in my life style. I am really tired of my weight gain. I have wrote many times I have gained 30 lbs in the last couple of years. I am going to work harder then ever before starting this month.

If anyone is interested, I did join a challenge that starts tomorrow November 29th-January 2nd. The challenge is only $5. This amount is really not a huge price.motivation

If you are interested in this, I suggest going to Brooke Not on a Diet’s website. If you are not do not know Brooke. I suggest reading this Buzzfeed article on her. She blew up the internet last year. What was cool about this was I knew her before all this. When I appeared on The Rachael Ray show she found and contacted me. Since this connection I read her blog, follow her on FB, Instagram, and Twitter. When she does challenges I always join in. She is a very supportive person but she has a lot of wonderful people who follow her. The support group is what I need right now. So if you are interested in joining the challenge with me and many wonderful people just click the link above to her blog.

Not only am I making a change with myself but this blog needs some changing as well. I have really been thinking about different ideas to try. I really want to hear more from others. I once or twice a week I will write a blog post and it will be dedicated to people who comment below and share their frustrates or struggles. I really need that support group. I plan on being more active on my Facebook account. I may have the same idea where people can comment below on a post and share their stories or whatnot. I think this blog is going well, but I think it is enough about me. I want to hear from others. I want to have support/support others.

I also want to create a separate email where people could email me questions or comments. I also was thinking about creating a YOUTUBE account. All of this is still up in the air.

So what do you guys think? Would you like a blog post dedicated to stories, questions, or concerns? Comment below and tell me what you would like to see. It is time for change.

 

-Jackie

 

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: Careers

I am so excited with how things are going for my career. Right now I am getting my foot into the door with teaching experience as a substitute teacher….but yesterday was a step in the direction I wanted.

  I just recirved a teaching position as a professor at a local community college. I am so excited for this is what I want to do. I have worked so hard during my school career to get this far. I am beyond words. I am teaching Fall 2015 with a intense 10 week course that is covering the topic of reading. My course is for students who do not pass the placement test. So I REALLY want to make these students engaged and interested for most of them will be first semester students.

 I am so excited and happy.



 So my Transformation Tuesday is a before and after of careers. In 2006 I worked at my first job which was a skating rink. I was over 200 lbs and I remember being teased by my coworkers because of  this. Granted, I was a junior in high school and they were  younger then me. It was basically babies working for this company. 

 My second picture is what I wore for my job interview and a possible outfit for my college teaching career. I am so excited for this opportunity.

 If you work hard enough and stay postive you can do anything. =)

-Jackie

Scare The Scale: A DietBet Hosted by Brooke: Not On a Diet

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I am excited to announce that I joined Brooke: Not on a Diet’s Dietbet called Scare the Scale. I encourage everyone to join in too!  Her Scare the Scale Dietbet  starts October 1st and ends the 28th. The last 48 hours of the bet is for weighing out. In order to join you have to put $25 into the pot. The biggest the pot the more you can win. In order to win..you need to lose 4% of your starting weight in 28 days. Right now the pot is at $1,025! The more who join the more money one can win!!

Here is a video to explain this process better.

 

Brooke is truly an inspiring person. Her blog Brooke: Not On a Diet is a site I read rather frequently. She has lost 172 lbs on Weight Watchers! No surgery..no gimmicks..just Weight Watchers and exercise! She actually reached out to me when I appeared on The Rachael Ray Show back in May 2013.  So if it was not for my appearance, I would have never met her and learned about her blog.

You may know Brooke yourself and you do not even realize it. A couple of months ago she had controversial story where Shape Magazine was not going to post a picture of her in a bikini even though the magazine wanted celebrate her weight loss. They just did not want to celebrate it in the way Brooke wanted to. It was insane!

Brooke is very sweet and inspirational. Her blog is an amazing read. I suggest you follow Brooke: Not On a Diet right away!

Anyway, I believe you should all join Scare The Scale Dietbet! I think this is the motivation I need to really kick October in the butt with my weight loss. Yes, it costs $25 but is that not more motivation to lose weight to try and get the money back or even more? So please join! Lets make this pot bigger! We are all in this together. Have a great weekend!

-Jackie