Monday, August 27, 2012

Jessica- Absence/Advice

Hi Everyone!
Sooooo I know I said I'd blog every day and I haven't for a few days. Still feeling slightly under the weather and haven't made it to the gym due to that. My plan is to make my return tomorrow night for hip hop. I'm sorry but hopefully I'll be back soon! Just a side note I would like to point out. I am not perfect. I have never claimed to be perfect. I am quite the opposite. My main goal is to educate others on how to lead a healthy life and change bad habits. I realize that old habits die hard and I really want to stress the importance of moderation. Cutting things out completely is never the answer because it will only cause you to crave it more. The key is to finding a healthy balance. Is it okay to sometimes splurge? Yes. Do I splurge?? YES!!! Do I sometimes eat things that are not healthy? Yes. Is that okay? Yes- as long as it isn't all the time, and as long as you complete exercise to go along with that. Did I eat some foods in the last few days that weren't healthy? Yes. Hey guess what... I still lost almost 3 pounds in the last week. Now that I've said that, I would also like to stress the importance of support. Judging and guilting someone for their eating choices is NEVER an option. What you eat is your choice and you should not be afraid of being scrutinized by someone by indulging in something that you think is a good "sometimes treat". Here is what I ask of you:
1. Love each other.
2. Support each other. 
3. Inspire each other.
4. Encourage each other.
5. Do what you need to do for you to live a healthy life (whatever that means to you). 

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow! 
~Jessica~ 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Day 5: A TRUE Day of Rest

I classified Tuesday as a day of rest but still got some cardio in. Last night my throat started hurting. When I woke up it was worse. My energy is at an all time low today. I debated all day long what I wanted to do and when it came down to it, I decided a day off (completely) is probably what i needed. As much as I hate to say that. When you get sick there is a fine line if working out is okay or not. Sometimes sweating out the germs helps, sometimes it makes things exponentially worse. So I decided to just go home and relax. So here's how the eating went today. 

Breakfast: Protein Shake. 294 calories

I'm thinking I may need to add a snack before lunch. Today I was super starving  before it was lunch time. A little shaky as well. I'll have to figure that out. 

Lunch: Ham and Swiss sandwich, Yoplait very vanilla fat free yogurt, mandarin oranges pack and a banana. 515 Calories. 

From there, I had plans to go to the store and pick up ingredients for Chicken Noodle Soup. But as I left work I realized I was starving and didn't want to wait that long. I had to stop at the library anyway, which was right next to a Panera so I went there, though I shouldn't have. I was feeling awfully shaky, so here's what I got. 

Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup in a Bread Bowl. What can I say? I'm a sucker for carbs. I figured that would at least give me a little more energy, but no such luck. The girl asked what I wanted for my side (baguette, chips or apple) and I said apple, but like happens every time I go there, they gave me a baguette. I'm too shy to say anything. and managed to eat that as well. Not one of my prouder moments. 
This meal came in at 911. Honestly it would have been okay without that bread bowl. I never thought those things could have that much- I may never eat them again. Holy wow! 

Results
Calories Consumed: 1719 (Goal 1600) so clearly I went over because of that ridiculous impulsive decision I had. 

Calories Burned: 2016 (Goal 2350) Definitely not a good day. But like I said, my energy was at an all time low. :(
Surplus of 32

I just want to take this time out to say that we are ALL going to have bad days. Am I sad about how today went? A little. Am I mad? Not really. I haven't been feeling well and I know that if it weren't for that, I would have made it to the gym and done my strength training and then gone to aqua boot camp. But the important thing when you have bad days is to learn from it (I've learned those flipping bread bowls are toxic!) and that tomorrow is a new day and you can make better choices then. Starting with my better choice is to get lots of sleep tonight.  And now you can all see that I truly am not perfect. :) Hang in there friends, it's almost Friday! :) 

~Jessica~


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jessica Day 4: SHOULDERS

Today was a pretty rough day. I've been averaging 6-7 hours of sleep a night all week and I'm pretty sure it's catching up to me because that is clearly NOT enough! When I finished work and it was time to go to the gym, I really didn't want to. I wanted to just go home and sleep, but I knew that wasn't an option. One thing you must know about me is that I am the world's best excuse maker. That is a large reason my previous stints with the gym never lasted long. When I hired my personal trainer I had someone else who was counting on me getting work done, so I didn't have a choice and it ended up being a habit. But I still have days where I just don't want to. I intentionally picked a gym on my way home from work so I couldn't not go. So I dragged my butt in there. 
I wasn't looking forward to doing my 30 minutes of a hill on the treadmill. I really don't enjoy walking uphill, but today was the last day for that (it's just for week 1), so I sucked it up and went. For some reason I wasn't feeling really well when I did that. I'm not sure why, but something just felt off. As soon as that was finished, I ran into the locker room for a mid-workout snack. And onto my shoulders workout! 

1. Free Motion Shoulder Press 




The only difference in form is that your back should not be on the backrest- you should be sitting at a 90 degree angle. Hold your hands there and lift one arm straight up at a time. 12 on each side (or 24 total). 


Do 3 sets.






Onto Rotation #1. I don't include that in a rotation because it's the only exercise done in this workout that is on a machine. The rest is mat work. 

1. Side Plank Pulse. 






Start in side plank with your hip on the ground, feet should be stacked. Rest on your elbow. Left your hip as high as you can go. Do this 15 times on each side  






2. Rainbow Plank



Start in plank like this picture. Basically you will make a rainbow with your body. First curve your body so your right hip touches the floor, then curve it so your left hip touches the floor (it doesn't actually have to touch the floor). 
 Do this one for 1 minute

I have a love hate relationship with this exercise. The first time I did it I HATED IT. You will grow to love it. Promise. :) 

Do 3 sets of those 2 exercises

Next Rotation!
1. Side Plank Punch
This one is fairly simple. Go into side plank and grab a handweight (5-10 pounds). Hold it near your armpit and punch it straight out in front of you 15 times. Do this on each side. 

2. Bosu Burpees
Start with the Bosu on the ground. You should be standing up. To start, I grab the Bosu, lift it above your head, then put it on the ground and jump your feet back. To make it more challenging, do a pushup. Then bring it back above your head to repeat the motion. Do this 15 times. 

Do 3 sets of the rotation. 

That's all! :)

Most exercises I was not a fan of at first but they have grown on me. Burpees are NOT one of those. I can think of very few things in life that are more horrible than burpees and the worst of them are Bosu Burpees. I HATE THEM! My entire workout I dreaded doing them and even procrastinated starting them. As I walked over to the equipment area, I prayed that all the bosu balls would be taken so I wouldn't be able to do it, but no such luck. Sometimes I really just need to suck things up and do them. No matter how much you really hate them. I seriously felt like I was being punished. I would pretty much rather do ANYTHING but burpees. Even stairs. Or sprints. We'll get to that later on in the month. :) But on the humorous side.... I found these tonight. :) 
The Shoulders workout is pretty short, though I was dragging today so it took me about 40 minutes. I think you could do it in 30 probably. 

FOOD
Breakfast: Shake.  294 Calories. On a side note, tonight I was online looking at more protein powder to buy since I'm almost out. Muscle Milk makes a cake batter flavor! :) 

Lunch: Almost exact same as yesterday. Ham and swiss sandwich (oh and I forgot to mention that the bread n butter pickles that I used are sugar free so they are calorie free! Hooray!), mandarin oranges, and a cinnamon applesauce. 383 Calories

Snack: Yoplait fat free Very Vanilla yogurt and banana. In this category I also put the protein bar that I ate mid-workout. Between those 3 things, it was 428 calories. (Higher than I would like)

Dinner: 1 Serving of Smothered Burritos. 254 Calories

Snack: I was still hungry after dinner, but only had about 300 calories left, so I had a snack bag of some bbq chips I had leftover from like a month ago (I've never been a really big chip eater). That was 220 calories. 

RESULTS
Calories Consumed: 1580 (Goal: 1600) Pretty close! 
Calories Burned: 2238 (Goal: 2350) so I didn't quite make it (112 away). 
Deficit: 428

While I didn't quite hit my goal for both calories burned and my deficit, I did still have a deficit so that's good. Plus the last couple days my deficit has been OVER my goal. I'm only slightly surprised that I didn't hit my goal today. I've been pretty tired. That means early to bed today, hopefully! :) I will start to post more recipes (even if I'm not eating that food on that day) because I love sharing healthy recipes. :) If you have any you would like to share you can leave that in the comments section. 

~Jessica~

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jessica Day 3- "Day of Rest"

Generally you should let your muscles rest if they're sore. I realize this contradicts with what I said yesterday about alleviating soreness by moving, but sometimes they need a break. I had planned on doing a workout today, but things came up and I ran out of time. With that being said, I still went to the gym. Every Tuesday night, you can find me there in the Hip Hop class. I know it sounds weird and honestly I can't tell you what originally got me to the class. But my first time in there I told myself I'd never go back. I never realized just how uncoordinated and white I am and it was really hard. Something had me keep going back though. Maybe it was my love of dance. I danced for 8 years when I was a kid and I really miss it. So Hip Hop on Tuesdays allows me to feed that craving. I've recruited some friends to join me so that always makes it more fun. On nights that I do really well and push myself, I usually burn about 500 calories within the hour. I haven't been getting much sleep this week and some other things have really zapped my energy, so unfortunately I was not at my best. :( I still went and danced, but I barely broke a sweat. So that is why I'm calling today a "day of rest" though it wasn't really. I just didn't work out as intense as I could have. However, when I plugged in my body bugg I was quite surprised. I really expected to only have burned about 200-250 calories. Nope, 474! Just imagine if I'd really pushed myself! 

Here's a video of some of the dances I do. :) So much fun! 


As far as food goes, it's kinda funny. All day I was hungry. ALL DAY! And it was like when I ate, I just wanted more. So I felt like I ate all day long and was sure I was going to go over on calories. After dinner, right before hip hop I logged my calories and found this. 
Breakfast: 

  • Shake as always 294 calories

Lunch: 

  • Sandwich (Lean Honey Cured Ham, 1/2 slice of swiss cheese, 1 tbsp light mayo, 4 bread n butter pickles, 5 banana peppers on wheat bread)
  •  a whole pickle (leftover from jimmy john's last week)
  •  a little cup of mandarin oranges in water. 
305 Calories

Mid-Day Snack

  • Fat Free Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt
  • Banana
208 Calories

Dinner

  • 1 Serving Smothered Burrito
254 Calories

Okay, so maybe it doesn't seem like a lot, but I really felt like all I did all day long was eat. I guess it just goes to show that you can eat lots, but as long as it's healthy (think fruits and vegetables) you can eat almost as much as you want and be okay! :) Sometimes I learn things too. 

Since this week has been rough so far (and it's only Tuesday!) I decided that after hip hop I would splurge and have a treat. It also helped that I still had over 500 calories left in my daily allowance! So for my snack I had....


  • 1 Cup Light Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 Reduced Fat Oreos (crushed up and mixed in the ice cream)
This is probably one of my favorite snacks to have and it only came in at 373 calories. My biggest challenge in the food department is that I have a very large sweet tooth. And I don't care about how people say that if you crave something sweet just eat some fruit and your craving will be satisfied.... Yea I don't think so. Unless that fruit is doused in chocolate it's not gonna work! But it's okay to have sweets as long as you either  work them into your daily calorie consumption or add an extra workout in the day. Sometimes I worry that people are going to judge me if they see me eating sweets and think I'm "bad" or failing at training, but the truth is... everything is fine IN MODERATION. 

I truthfully don't have a whole lot to say, so I'll just leave you with the calorie totals for the day
Calories Consumed: 1436 (Goal 1600- even with ice cream I still came under!)
Calories Burned: 2603 (Goal 2350)
Deficit: 1167 (Goal of 750)
Definitely a good day, surprisingly so! 

Hope you all had a wonderful Tuesday and are making healthy choices! 
~Jessica~

Monday, August 20, 2012

Jessica Day 2 - CHEST AND BACK

You would think after doing this for the last 2 years I would have learned my lesson. Unfortunately not. I'm actually going to intertwine the workout and food portions of the blog tonight. I think it will make more sense that way with how things went today.

I woke up and got ready for work and took my multivitamin and fat burner. For breakfast I made my shake. Here is what I have. I generally have these every morning during the week.
I know what you're thinking! I came across this one day when my gym was giving out free samples and I was skeptical but it's really good! It has a decent amount of protein in one serving and usually keeps me pretty full until lunch time. Right now I only have chocolate, but I've tried the strawberry as well and it's pretty good. I mix one scoop with 1.25 cups of skim milk and my breakfast has a total of 294 calories! Perfect.










Now, I had planned my menu very carefully and even spent a good chunk of my morning not only putting together my lunch but also calculating how many calories it would be. But then everything got thrown off. We  were taking the kids to Chuck-E-Cheese and I had really hoped I wouldn't be tempted to eat anything there. I figured I'd just eat when I got back to work. Well, we ended up being there much later than I had anticipated and I was STARVING, so I had a salad and one piece of cheese pizza. Now I guess I had it in my mind that the two of those were going to equal 1,000 calories. Originally I thought I'd eat my lunch (or at least part of it) upon my return to work but that didn't happen either. When I got home tonight I looked up the calorie content of my lunch. A whopping 273 calories- pizza and salad! Hmm.... Maybe I should have researched it before we went.

Work was so crazy when we got back that I didn't even have time to think about eating. It wasn't until I was on my way to run some errands before my Chiro appointment that I realized I was starving (this was about 3:00pm). I left all of my lunch in the fridge at work to have tomorrow, but I did have a banana in my backpack so I ate that pretty fast and ran an errand. Afterwards I realized I was still hungry, exhausted and still had an appointment and NEEDED to work out. So I ran to Starbucks to get a Refresher- those things are delicious and not very caloric. AND they have caffeine in them! win win. As I walked in I thought that I'd get a protein plate and that would help fuel my workout. Of course they didn't have any! The egg salad sandwich looked really good, though at this point I probably would have eaten anything. I found a goat cheese and garden veggies bistro box and got that with my refresher. It had a little thing of goat cheese, fresh veggies (bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, green beans, and cherry tomatoes), tzatziki dip, and cranberry-apple crackers. It was delicious! I definitely recommend it! And the whole thing was only 220 calories! I went to my appointment and then made it to the gym.

I was feeling great when I got to the gym, and hopped on the treadmill to do my 30 minute hill. (Same as yesterday, but 10 minutes longer). I walked at 3.5 mph, 1.81 miles, heart rate was 106-161 and I burned 200 calories. Awesome. When I got off, I ran into the locker room to get something and for whatever reason was just POURING with sweat. And that's when I noticed I was kind of shaky. Luckily, I keep some protein bars in my gym bag at all times so I ate one pretty fast before I headed back out to do the strength portion of my workout. I am a sucker for anything that combines peanut butter and chocolate and these are pretty tasty!




Today's muscle group focus was Chest and Back.
For my first rotation I did...
1. Push Ups. 15 reps and we're not talking "girl push ups"
2. Lawn Mower. 15 with a 15 pound weight. Put the weight on the ground and form your legs in a lunge-esque position. If your right leg is forward, rest your right elbow on your right knee. Pick up the weight with your left hand and bring it up to your armpit, much like you are starting a lawn mower.
Repeat this sequence 3 times
Next rotation....
1. Plank up and down. I have a severe love hate relationship with this! Start in pushup position, and starting with your right hand, move from on your hands, to elbows. Do this 10 times. Then lead with your left hand and do that 10 times. That's 1 set. :) 
2. Plank Side to Side for 1 minute. Start in plank, then twist to side plank. I usually put my hand on my hip when I'm twisting. 




The only difference in what I do is that I start in full plank.









Do 3 sets!
After that I moved to the machines. At my gym, the machines I used are made by Hoist, but any machines will work. :)
1. Chest Press. Set on 50 pounds. 15 reps.
2. Mid-Row Set on 85 pounds. 15 reps.
3 sets.
I finally finished it up with plate swings. Get a 10 pound circle weight (the kinds that go on the bar when you bench press) Stand with feet hip width apart. Swing (in a controlled motion) plate between your legs and bring it up to to your shoulders in front of you.




It looks like this kettlebell exercise, but with a circle weight instead.







All done! Between that and the cardio, this workout took me about and hour and a half.

For dinner I had one serving of the smothered burritos I made last night.

I didn't hit my calorie goal yesterday and since I didn't consume very much this morning I think I learned my lesson. The funny thing is that yesterday I was lecturing a friend about not eating enough. Oops. So make sure you eat enough! And for future reference, one slice of cheese pizza from chuck e cheese only has 155 calories!

Before I sign off, I want to discuss what to do when you are sore. I say this because my legs are pretty sore from yesterday's workout and I imagine my chest and back will be sore tomorrow as well. Honestly, the thing that is going to help the most is to KEEP MOVING. They get stiff when you don't move. Sad, but true. So make sure you keep moving!

CALORIE RESULTS
Consumed: 1431 (Remember, goal is 1600 so I still came in a little bit under, but came closer than yesterday)
Burned: 2438 (Goal is 2350)
Deficit; 1007 (Goal 750)
Overall a pretty good day, despite not feeling great. On the plus side, my lunch is already at work and tomorrow will be better.

This is one of my favorite gymspiration quotes!







Feel free to leave questions or comments. Keep at it, no matter how hard it may seem. It's truly worth it!
~Jessica~

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Jessica Day 1: LEGS


DAY 1
I've been so excited to get this started! I weighed in this morning at 146.2 My goal is 140. I'll start with my workout for the day. Each day I focus on a specific muscle group in addition to doing some cardio. Today's muscle group was LEGS. I have a love/hate relationship with leg day. Especially the workout I picked for today. It is a really hard workout. Most of the time I don't even get through it. It also generally results in sore legs and butt for like 3 days. But for some reason I love it. I'm not sure I've figured out what that reason is yet. :) Here is what I did!

CARDIO
I got on the treadmill and picked the hill program (it just looks like a mountain) and did that for 20 minutes. My speed was at 3.5 mph. My average heart rate was 172, 138.4 calories burned and 1.18 miles completed. 


STRENGTH
I take 2-3 exercises generally and alternate them to spice things up. 

1. I started with Walking Lunges. There are aisles in my gym and one set consists of "down and back" which is the equivalent to 42 walking lunges. 
2. Next is wall sits for 1 minute


3. Finally is mountain climbers.  (see picture) for 1 minute. 
3 Sets of this rotation!









1. In And Outs. You sit on your butt and use that as your balance. It is the only part of your body that should touch the ground during this exercise. From that position, you "lay down" but don't let your head or feet touch the ground, and then you crunch up, bringing you knees to your chest. 25 of these. 






(this is a video on how to do them. The only thing I do differently is that I don't have my hands on the ground at all) 







2. Reverse Crunch. For this I use an exercise ball. Lie on the ball on your stomach and lean forward, walking your hands out on the floor until the ball is on your upper thighs. Abs should be tight. Bring your knees toward your chest. Repeat 25 times. My friend Vita named these "ass-ups" today. I'm sure you can imagine why. :) 






Do 3 sets of these. 
NOTE: While it is leg day, these are exercises that help with the core. You should work on your core every day as well. :) 

I then went to the Leg Press Machine and did 15 reps of that with a weight of 47 pounds I think. I didn't write it down- oops. I did 3 sets there. 

It wasn't quite the workout I had planned, as a few things came up and I was not able to complete what was on the plan but it was a good workout anyway. 

FOOD
I've been told this over and over again and I've also told people this but sometimes it just doesn't seem to get drilled in as it should. IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO COUNT YOUR CALORIES!!!!!! Is it fun? No. It is probably one of the most tedious things I can think of, but if you want results, you have got to track EVERYTHING you consume. With that being said, here is what I consumed today


BREAKFAST
1 Cup of Oatmeal Squares (one of my favorite cereals!)

1/2 Cup of Skim Milk
For the past 2 years I've had cereal for breakfast almost every day. When picking a cereal, make sure you pay attention to the protein content as well as the calories. Is a serving only has a couple grams of Protein, put it down because it will not keep you full. Unfortunately, most of the cereals out there are full of sugar and the ones that are healthy are quite pricey. Look for sales and then stock up! 
This meal was 251 calories. Perfect to get me through my morning workout!

LUNCH
I went out to lunch with some friends. Going out to eat can always be tricky as a lot of food you can get at restaurants is loaded with calories and fat. Some restaurants will supply the nutritional information either in store or online. If you can, I recommend getting a hold of that and picking what you are going to have BEFORE you go there. The restaurant we had picked today for lunch was one I had not been to before, so I had to be really careful about what I picked and the nutritional information was not available. After I got home I checked their website and none their either. So I had to estimate as far as calories go. 

VEGGIE SANDWICH (cheddar, cream cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, banana peppers, spinach, avocado, and mayo on toasted whole wheat bread)
SIDE SALAD (the sandwich actually comes with chips but you can substitute a side salad.... And I'm not talking iceberg lettuce, it was very dark leafy greens with chopped tomatoes and onions. I picked the raspberry dressing. Delicious)
It was all very delicious and came in at an estimated 573 calories. When eating out, always remember to stick to water if possible. It's cheaper, your body needs it and it's calorie free! 

PM SNACK
While I was making dinner I was starving so I snacked on a whole wheat tortilla which came in at 110 calories. It was enough to hold me over until my dinner was ready! 

DINNER
I have been having a craving for mexican food for weeks. The tricky thing about Mexican food is that generally it is loaded with calories and fat. Whenever I go out, I tend to not be impressed and think my mom's recipe for smothered burritos is better so that satisfies my Mexican food craving almost every time so that is what I made! 


INGREDIENTS
6 Whole Wheat Tortillas

1 can Refried Beans (I use fat free)
1 can Enchilada Sauce
3/4 C. Fat Free Milk
Low-Fat Mexican Cheese Blend (see recipe for quantity)
1 C 3 pepper and onion blend (This is a staple in my house- I always keep it in my freezer and put it in almost everything. A great, easy way to get in those veggies!)


1. In a bowl, mix the beans with the pepper and onion blend.
2. Mix the enchilada sauce and milk in a bowl. Pam the bottom of the baking dish and pour just enough enchilada sauce to cover the bottom. 
3. Warm the tortillas in the microwave, and put some of the beans and veggies on the tortilla. Top with 1 Tbsp cheese, roll up. Put in pan until all gone. :)
4. Top with remaining enchilada sauce. 
5. Top with 1/2 C Cheese

Bake at 350 until hot- I usually wait until it's bubbling. 














SO DELICIOUS
And the best part??? One burrito has 254 calories in it. Can you get that in a restaurant?? I don't think so! 





I do things in a way that most people think is pretty weird. Since I live alone (no husbands, kids, or roommates) it doesn't make sense to make a huge meal every night of the week, so I generally make one meal at the beginning of the week and eat it until it's gone. I even halved this recipe- the original calls for 2 cans of refried beans! So this is generally what I will be having for dinner all week. People always ask me if I get sick of eating the same thing over and over. Sometimes I do, but most of the time I make foods I really love so I don't get tired of them. :) I'm a pretty predictable girl. 

SUPPLEMENTS
Each morning I take 2 different supplements. 


1. Multivitamin


2. Fat Burner. 
I love this Fat Burner because it is all natural so there are no crazy side affects. Also it has caffeine in it so it helps me get moving in the morning. You can also get it without caffeine. Both of these products are made by apex and you can find at www.myapex.com or you can get them at 24 Hour Fitness

CALORIE BALANCE
One of the smartest things I ever did was purchase the body bugg. I wear it on my arm and it calculates how many calories I burn throughout the day. This takes out all the guesswork. 
My goal each day is to consume 1600 calories and burn 2350 calories. With a deficit of 750, weight loss is the goal. :) 
Today's Results
Calories Consumed: 1190
Calories Burned: 1981
While I didn't hit either goal, I still had a deficit of 791 calories burned. So that is very good!

Sorry today was so long, I didn't even expect that! I hope you learned something. As always, feel free to leave comments or questions.
-Jessica



Friday, August 17, 2012

Jessica Intro


Hello Everyone! 
Here's a little bit about me and my fitness history. Growing up I was always a pretty skinny kid, so I never worried about what I ate. I also never worked out. In my college years, my weight went way up and I struggled with it but didn't really know how to change it. I tried fad diets and weight loss programs and failed. Whenever I failed, I would just throw in the towel completely and revert to my old ways. When I was a child my dad did triathlons. It wasn't until I heard that a co-worker was doing one that I thought "oh, I'd like to do that one day" but there was a problem: I hated (and couldn't) run, I wasn't real fond of biking and swimming wasn't super easy. Great idea huh??? The more I researched how to train for a triathlon, the more I realized I couldn't do it all outside. Being that it was winter in Colorado, pools generally are closed. I did my homework and researched the local gyms. 
November 29, 2010 I walked into 24 Hour Fitness and joined. When I was there they talked me into purchasing their introductory personal training package. I figured "why not?" and didn't think I'd train beyond those 3 sessions. 8 months later my personal trainer moved and I wasn't ready for her to! It's been quite the journey since then (about 35 pounds ago). For the last 2 years (almost), I have had countless people ask me how I lost so much weight and the answer is simple: I move more and eat less. So many people have asked me for recipes and workouts so I came up with the idea to do a 30 day blog recounting all my meals and workouts. I am excited to get started and share with the world. I am also excited to show that I am not perfect. :) My dear friend Kristen will be joining me on this journey and I am sure I will learn from her as well. Stay tuned!
-Jessica