Cheat Days Are Not Binge Days.

Good evening. 

It’s been a weird day, actually a weird start to the year.  It’s a shame I can’t rant on here about the happenings, but let’s just say Monday blues got me down everyday. 

So, how do I come to work with a positive, happy mindset? Because let’s be honest, working in the service industry means we have to put on an act to convince people we are the happiest people alive.  The only way I can ever tell if I am coming across like this is when my tips reflect positively. 

The truth is, to my coworkers, I most likely come across as negative, moody and frustrated.  I know though, that my guests don’t see that side.  It’s practically the same for every server in my opinion, mainly because it’s so tiring to keep smiling for 3-6 hours straight.  

I really don’t know what keeps me going… maybe it’s the Rockstar… or maybe it’s more the fact I’m going to burn my anger of at the gym and feel good again.  

I just thought, I havent updated you guys on how well I’ve been doing.  Not very good right now is the analysis.  I lost 19 (not 20) lbs so far. My original weight was 175 and I got down to 156. Pretty exciting huh? So exciting in fact that I decided it was a great idea to have 2 cheat days. Not regular cheat days either, the kind where you eat a million things and gain 2lbs each meal kind of cheat day.  So I’m pretty sure I’m back to 160, which sucks.  I really need to treat dieting like my money.  Save it until my vacations.  THATS IT! What a great idea… it’ll be my reward after losing what I want to loose. I eventually want to get down to 140, with everything toned. So I guess that being said, lets loose another 20lbs! I got this! 

Right now my routine has got to this;

1.Walk 3 miles with puppy at 7am-8am

2. Go to work

3. Go to gym, do either leg, arm or ab workout and 45min cardio

4. Go home, clean.

5. Complete 30min of Yoga.

6. Sleep.

Great routine right?? Just need to convince my brain its a good idea to eat right too. Like really brain? You have to know by now that cheat days don’t mean binge everything and regret your decisions later.

Sleep well young souls.

Peace out, yo.


Random Shenanigans 

I was struggling about what to talk about this morning…

So I guess this is going to be a random mess of everything I’m thinking off. 

I have two days (today and tomorrow) before my rest day, and to say the least I’m excited. Literally all people are saying to me is either a damand on me taking a break on working out or to take a rest day, so there you go, Monday I will do it! I find it a tiny bit irratating when you have done your research, you know what you’re doing, and people still want to tell me what to do with my time.  I feel like some people should be proud of me. I have managed to do the following:

1. Start my healthy lifestyle at Christmas

2. Start when my period started 

3. Stick to such a healthy diet and routine that I’ve lost almost 18lbs

4. Say no to alot of temptations, including going out with friends to bars and eating bad food

5. Power through leg pain and still go to the gym

6. Go to the gym for atleast 12 hours a week

It may seem like a lot, but if I want to achieve the things I want to, then doing what I am doing is going to get me there! Someone also mentioned yesterday when I was venting about this stuff that some people may feel threatened or jealous that I am working out. By this she meant that when a regular human being turns round to me and tells me they started working out and I say I am too, and that I’m going 12 times a week, that it makes them feel like they aren’t doing enough themselves.  I just want to emphasize that if you are going to the gym at any point during the week and working out then you are amazing. It is more than ALOT of people do and you should be proud of yourself! Don’t let my crazy workouts scare you! I want to be this active and its my choice. You do what you want to your body and be proud of what you achieve, no matter how small!

I’m excited to announce that I will be taking two vacations this year! I refuse to not have sufficient funds to have fun there too. We are trying to go to Florida and the Yosemite. A few of my good friends from England will be joining us for either one and I am sooooo happy. It’s already turning out to be a good year.

Maybe I’ll talk more about vacation plans next time when I have confirmed more information! 

Anyway, back to my morning workout.

Peace out, yo.

Good Morning From JBJ

Hello there! Its 7am on a rainy Friday morning, and guess where I am? You got it, the gym. Its nice to be able to write a quick blog while I am limping along on the treadmill. 

Thats right, I am STILL in pain from my leg workout 3 days ago! Its okay though, They feel significantly better, and I’m able to up my speed on my ‘walking machine of wonders’. You’re probably wondering how I messed up my legs so bad, but before I get there, lets talk about my fitness structure when I began working out. 

I mentioned beforehand that I do a 3 mile walk in the morning, which to be fair to myself, is more like a hike. This takes me around an hour. Thats workout number 1. In case of rain, I go to the gym and do a good 3 miles on that ‘wonders’ machine I talked about. Then I go to work, pretty much doubling my step intake, so technically, thats workout number 2. To top it of to a close 20,000 steps (which I don’t hit everyday), I go to the gym and use my guest pass at Chuze to bring a friend. Number 3. 

What do I do at the gym? Before my strength training, all I did was hop on the treadmill. Which, if you have the targets I have, of backpacking and running 5ks, is a great way to start. On the other hand, if you are looking to loose weight fast (recommend NOT doing), then this machine is not for you. It has helped me spread out my gradual weight loss, pushing at a 20,000 step goal using my fitbit. I occasionally pump up the speed, which with my legs how they are now – not very fast, to a light jog/run. Let me emphazie that running on a treadmill is definitely NOT the same as running on regular ground haha. It is a lot more strenuous. After finding out that little detail, I am for sure waiting until I can run on my ‘walking wonder’ before I venture outside again. 

After getting my schedule on a steady routine, which took a couple months, I finally started my strength training. Was super excited, until the next day that is. I decided it was a great idea to make myself do a circuit of 30 jumping jacks, 10 weight squats and 20 weightless lunges and then repeat them 3 times. Also adding abs to the mix with russian twists, a lying down bicycle and a few short planks, I was to say the least, in much pain and exhausted. 

The next day was so painful, that i literally couldnt walk. So yeah, my advice to you, is dont jump into countless squats and lunges until youve trained your legs a little more. Especially if you’re a server! I found also that doing a soft walk twice a day loosened up the pain a little, along with multiple piping hot baths. I heard a lot said about Creatine? Excuse me if I spelt that wrong. Maybe I’ll tty this stuff next time! Being low on funds means I can’t go all out with products. But my finacial stuff is for another blog.

Good luck with your Friday guys!

Peace out, yo.

Goals & Beginnings

Okay… Here it goes.

Before I start I just want everyone to know that I am, definitely, NOT a writer. So I want to apologize for any grammar/spelling/errors that you may come across. It’s not my fault I’m a dumby at this stuff.

While writing that, my computer, politely corrected some silly mistakes I made already, at least this thing is on my side!

So, for those of you who don’t know me, or we are only acquaintances, my name is Jacky. I guess it’s pretty obvious from the name of the blog… I am a bartender/server/shift leader at one of my local restaurants and I am making this blog in order to express my feelings/achievements/failures while changing the way I live. When I say ‘changing the way I live’, I mean that I am trying to live better. Whether that’s travelling more, being more positive or adding exercise and eating healthier. My overall goal is to be a healthier, happier individual. 

It is the new year of 2017 and I am flooding with goals. Here are some of them.

1. To be able to go backpacking with my boyfriend.

2. To be able to go on my first 5k/10k and ACTUALLY RUN IT.

3. Loose an overall of 30lbs.

4. Keep a regular routine, so that I can maintain my weight.

5. Get abs.

6. Get some definition in my arms and legs.

7. Make my legs pretty again.

8. Take my dog on more walks.

9. Take as little as possible of anxiety medication.

10. Motivate people.

If you are following me on Facebook/Instagram already, then you probably know that I have already been working at my goals for 3 months already. That’s right people, I began during the holidays. Probably the most difficult times to try a healthier lifestyle. Not only are there temptations up the ying yang, but you are surrounded by bad influences and spending money that you essentially don’t really need to, which increases your stress levels. I am SOOOO proud of myself for powering through Christmas. It was an uplifting experience that I would recommend! 

What was the point that I decided I wanted to change things up?

Well, Thanksgiving day I guess. I had been going through the majority of 2016 thinking about loosing weight. It wasn’t until that day that it finally hit home. I had been working so much and not being that social, that I didn’t realize how much weight I had really gained. I was going through my closet on thanksgiving day, trying to find something pretty to wear, naturally going to my dresses. I tried on one, and literally got stuck in it. I couldn’t get it off and I nearly cried. I then continued to throw it in the trash and grab a couple more dresses, the same size, and tossed them too. After eating tons of food, drowning myself in my sorrows, I was done. I was done with feeling bloated, overweight, groggy and not fitting into the clothes I loved.

What is great for me is that my schedule stays pretty much the same, so when I sat down to write a fitness regime, it wasn’t that difficult. What was difficult was using my ‘sit on the couch and watch tv’ time. I honestly hated thinking about giving up my lazy time. Trying hard to think of things I could put in its place, I finally came up with a great idea. I would wake up extra early, before work, and go for a walk with my puppy. It was a great way to start. I knew, after experience, that going on binge diets, or doing spurts of over exercise, was not the way to go. I knew I had to start slow, so this walk was a perfect start. 

After a couple weeks of doing the same 3 mile walk at 6am in the morning, I felt more energized and awake than I have ever been. My dad, like me, was amazed that I was waking up so early. I have never been an early morning person. To be honest, I felt like this was helping me snap out of my morning moodiness. I was excited to wake up in the morning and walk to my local 7 eleven. I think this also helped too. Having a goal place to walk to, helped me stay motivated to walk the full 3 miles. I wouldn’t eat before I left, so I needed to get to the store to be able to have my breakfast. I also had an addiction to energy drinks. This walk slowly helped me decrease my intake in those. One of the main reasons for that is, I was walking in the Winter months, so holding a cold beverage in my hand felt horrible! Also it would flatten really quick and started to taste gross by just 10 minutes of walking. I felt like I was wasting my money. That’s when I switched up to the 5 hour energy and finally stopped altogether when, for Christmas, my man got me a Camelback water bottle. Now, the only bad thing I drink, is a single Malibu and Diet Coke when I feel like being ‘bad’. 

Now, 3 months later, I am working out at Chuze fitness almost twice a day (once if I make it on my walk – which its been raining lately so I haven’t) and even started strength training 2 days ago! Got to say, I have never felt more pain in my legs than the past couple days aha… I literally walk like a 100+ year old lady with hip problems. 

I’ve been having a lot of different feedback / advice. The biggest advice I can give to anyone though is, do what works best for you and listen to your body. Don’t force yourself to do something you’re not happy with, you’re supposed to enjoy your life, not hate it. 

I guess I should cut this short, because nobody likes reading a big chunky blog (even though it is pretty chunky already…). I would love to have questions and comments, so feel free to message me etc. 

Peace out, yo.