Inspirational Board

I am feeling very crafty lately. 


 Today, I made an inspirational board. Since I was in a funk lately, I did research and found this project to boost confidence and motivation. I found wonderful quotes and words that I felt described me. Also, I am hold a sloth and that was the happiest I ever was.

 -Jackie 

One month without alcohol 

Today is a big day for me. It is one month since I had alcohol. Now, I was not an alcoholic but I was finding myself drinking more than usual. I was getting into craft beer and making it a hobby. There were other things too with this subject.

 Alcohol has caused me to gain weight. I worked so hard with my weight loss a couple years ago. Once I started to go to craft beer or liquor, I was starting to gain weight but my mind set changed. I had a huge thing happen in my life a month ago and I thinking drinking was a big cause to it. So I decided to stop a month ago.


I did a split screen. The one on the left was more than a month ago and I was drinking that night. I feel like my face is extremely puffy and I look older. Now, I am wearing makeup that is more extreme in that picture. However, I feel the picture on the right (which was taken on Saturday) I look younger and my face is not bloated.

 If you disagree it is okay. This is what I think and if it helps me, I am okay.

So…Congrats to me. I am happy of my accomplishments so far.

-Jackie

What a Wonderful Week

This week has been great. Monday was a great start with my Weight Watchers meeting. Going to the meetings are really helping me and giving me something to look forward to. Also, it is keeping me in check to count my points and care what I put into my body.


 I am enjoying counting points again. Also, I like scanning things to see what is a better choice or not. Here is an example of a healthy five point Weight Watchers lunch. I decided to have carrot chips besides regular chips for they are zero versus 3 or more. 

Not only am I doing well with eating this week, I went back to the gym. I know! Shocking! My goal is to go to spin classes three days a week and go to the gym and do something random once a week. Four days a week will be a nice getting into the swing of things. I am nuts because I go to a 6 am class. If you enjoy an instructor..you will do anything to take their class.


 Before you judge the bubble and poop looking face, I am getting really into skin care lately. When I was looking at my skin the beginning of this month, it was dry, oily, and I felt like I looked old. I am only twenty-seven, but I felt I needed to take care of my face. So, I went to Instagram. The first picture is a clay mask that is carbonated. It is the weirdest thing ever, but it really works! My skin feels so smooth. The next picture..I know, it looks like I rubbed poop on my face. However, cupcake from Lush had helped me with my oily skin. It is a wonderful mask that smells great! I am so in love with skin care.


I am becoming in love with me. My courses are going well this semester, evaluations for a rocky semester went well, I am taking care of my body and I am able to do what I want when I want..and not worry about stupid stuff when it comes to relationships. Single life is the best thing right now.

Have a wonderful weekend!

-Jackie

Weight Off Your Shoulders Wednesday 

  
 I am doing something new for Wednesdays! 

   Weight off your shoulder Wednesday’s is when you comment below with any comment, question, story and get your feelings out. 

 I hope this makes my blog more interactive. This week you can say anything in the comment section. Some weeks I will have a theme.

Comment below! What do you have to say today?

-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

 

Helpful Tips and Secrets

So I have been rather quiet lately. I have been busy with work and graduate courses and it is getting on my nerves. I decided to take a break and write a helpful post on things I did back when I was 232 lbs. It seems so long ago but I was there.

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The picture above was me the day before I started Weight Watchers. I was 232 lbs..the heaviest I had ever been. I felt unmotivated and very unhealthy. I had no confidence in myself with anything. My Mom started to do Weight Watchers while I was away at school and I decided enough was enough! I was going to get healthy. I changed so many things about my life style that I can not believe what I used to do.

 1.)  P a life style plan that worked for you.

I picked Weight Watchers for a couple of reasons. The main reason was due to my Mom being on it. She went to meetings and had the online function. Since I was a poor graduate student I did what we do best and steal things off of her. She was more then happy for me to do this though. She made healthy dinners and she told me how much point value things were. I love Weight Watchers because I feel like I can still eat what I want but I learned how to be smart about it.

2.) Learn About Portion Sizes

My main problem was portion sizes. I was actually eating pretty good stuff but I was eating TOO much of it. I am ashamed to say I used to eat 3 BIG bowls of cereal in one sitting. I could eat a steak the size of my plate. I could even eat slices of bread..YES, just bread. I was eating too much.

When I learned what portion control was I learned that this is what you are supposed to eat. Yes, it was hard at first because my body was tricking me I was still hungry. I fought back and tricked my body. I used smaller bowls and plates. If it looked like a lot of food then I felt I was eating a lot..but in reality I was eating the correct portion size.

3.) Be Active

You do not have to do the crazy work outs I do now. I did not start out that way. I used to only work out 15 minutes when I started. Sometimes I could not do an easy task such as jumping. Find something you like to do. If you love to walk then go for a walk. Start off slow but start to increase the speed or distance over time. It is your body. You do not need a personal trainer and you do not need to do crazy work outs…but you should be active. The saying is that ABS are made in the kitchen and not in the gym. This is true to a degree but you are not going to lose a lot of weight if you just sit around all day. It will soon catch up with you.

4.) Cut the Junk/Fast Food

This one seems hard to express to people. I hear stories where people go out to eat more then four times a week. I feel like my Mom was always good with cooking our meals while growing up. Going out to eat should be a TREAT. Eating out should not be because it is something easy..I hate when people tell me that the fast food joint was around and it was easy. I hate it because I used to do it! That stuff is garbage and it is not healthy for you at all. If you want to have it then it should be once a week.

Now..I know you think I am crazy and how did I get over this? I stopped going. I stopped going to those fast food places. I would just drive by. I know this seems hard but really it was not. If I did not go I did not crave it and if I did not crave it I did not want it. Soon when I would eat at these places I started to feel sick after eating it. Since I felt sick I did not want it even more. Why would you want to eat something that made you sick? Do not go! Why would you wait in line for something to eat? Eating should be for sitting down and put on a nice plate..Not in a brown paper bag. You might as well eat the damn bag because you will get more fiber from it.

I hope I did not lose you yet but here are things I did to get rid of the junk food. I started packing my own lunches. If I spent the time packing a nice lunch then I did not want to go out and buy something.

Also, I did the big one and I started to add up what I was spending on fast food. It was ridiculous! Yes, you may get something off the $ menu or that Muffin and Coffee is only $5..but add it up. How much do you spend in a year, month, week and day? You could use this money for something else! I felt as if I was eating my money and that was not a good feeling to me.

Now I found some healthier places such as SubWay, Salad Works, Panera Bread and my favorite Muscle Maker and they seem a little more managable when eating out. I still suggest to consider eating out to be a treat though. Do not think it is for being easy! You are not cheap and easy..your food should not be!

5.) Cut Out Drinking…Not All The Way Though

Since I was coming out of college you can only imagine how much I was drinking. Drinking in college usually starts on Thirsty Thursday..and goes until Sunday night because you need a stress reliever for writing that paper due in the morning. I am not saying stop drinking but try to cut it down.

When I used to live on my own or go to bars I used to make mix drinks. Mix drinks are the worse. You are basically sipping calories. Also those mix drinks in bars are awful because they are nothing but sugar and they do not even get you buzzed. Drinking a beer is not better for you but it sure does cut the calories out. Also, do not binge drink. It is not cute when you are out of college. No one wants to be around someone who drank 8 beers in one sitting. Enjoying a drink once in a while is not a bad thing.

6.) Be Prepared for Parties

Parties are so evil. It is a way to get people together to stuff their face. What I did and still do is I try to work out before a party. Get some kind of physical activity in that day because you may not do anything active at the party. If it is a party with active things to do I suggest doing them. If there is a pool or some kind of sport then have fun doing so!

If you are going to sit around and chat..I suggest not sitting. Stand. If you sit then you get too comfy and want to munch on the bowl of chips right in front of you. If you are standing you are not near the food on the table. Also, do not socialize near the food or alcohol. Stay away from it. It is okay to indulge at parties but try to make better choices and not be a pig about it.

7.) Do NOT give into peer pressure

What used to drive me crazy were the people who thought I was not “living” or “enjoying” myself. I still get people today telling me that I do not seem to have fun with my life. Food should not be considered, “FUN!” Fun is around to help you live. Food should not be a hobby. Do not crumble into people who pressure you to eat. Do not fall for people who say things like, “It is just a cookie” or “You have to eat sometime.” These people do not understand that you have a food addiction problem. I will NEVER understand this. If you were getting over drugs or alcohol would a family member or friend offer you that? (Maybe if they are awful people) but usually the answer is no.  I know my friends would never do this but when it comes to food I feel as if I am being pressured to eat. I AM ADDICTED TO FOOD! It is not just a cookie..because I can not stop with one cookie.

Think of it that way because I feel like this could help one out. You have an addiction to food. Talk to your friends or co-workers too. If you tell them it bothers you they usually do listen. If not..then maybe it is time to cut ties from certain people. You need to think about you.

 

Well, I am done for now. I have other tips and ideas but I am too tired to type anymore..LOL! So I hope this was helpful. Let  me know what you want to read. Ask me questions! I am here for you. You can leave a comment or click on the contact section. I am willing to listen and help anyone out. This should not be done alone. If you need motivation I am here for you. Give me feedback people!! I know people are reading..I see the numbers. Let me know you are alive! =D I would love to hear from you!

 

-Jackie