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Post-Italy Weight Loss Challenge with my Boyfriend... we are KILLING it!

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Happy Zumba® Lover! Feb. 23, 2014 (133lbs)

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2014... ___Keeping myself ___ ___healthy & happy!___

I've always known the equation for good health and maintaining a healthy weight: adequate exercise + proper nutrition.
Recently I've found out that the equation is actually lop sided... VERY lop sided!
...exercise (x 20%) and nutrition (x 80%)!!!
For the past 10 years, I've been focussing the majority of my time and energy on the exercise 20% and IGNORING the fact that it's the nutrition 80% that requires WAY MORE discipline for weight management!!!
I've always known the equation for good health and maintaining a healthy weight: adequate exercise + proper nutrition.
Recently I've found out that the equation is actually lop sided... VERY lop sided!
...exercise (x 20%) and nutrition (x 80%)!!!
For the past 10 years, I've been focussing the majority of my time and energy on the exercise 20% and IGNORING the fact that it's the nutrition 80% that requires WAY MORE discipline for weight management!!!
.............................UNTIL NOW!!! :)
I strive to be the healthiest 100% of ME that I can be!!!

My name is Jessica and I'm 33 years old.
My day job keeps me in a desk all day but I'm also a part time fitness instructor... being active is my passion in life!!! I teach classes like CardioKick, Breathe/yoga, REVS/spin and FORCE/weights. In my spare time, I enjoy rollerblading, mountain biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowboarding (to name a few).

My heaviest weight (I started Sparking on April 7th, 2008) was 155lbs & my inital goal weight was 140lbs. (Due to "my build" and that I am a fitness instructor, I've never thought I could be *extra small*, I just wanted to lose the love handles and back fat... to look like the FITGIRL that I really AM!!!)

In the beginning, I was ONLY on Spark to track my calories and to learn some ways to curb my sweet tooth!!! (I knew I couldn't do this alone, so I also sought the advice of a nutritionist who created a diet plan for me to follow!) Now, I'm a firm believer that everyone should have a nutritionist in their life! She has literally changed my life and the direction it was taking! I give her alot of credit for my current transformation and lifestyle changes!!!

Currently (as of March 11th, 2009), I have lost 30 pounds and LOVE Sparking daily! I have met some AMAZING friends through the Spark community and am forever blessed by all the support and encouragement I have received here!

My Weight Loss Stats so far:

WK0 - April 7th, 2008 - 155.0 lbs ... feeling very fluffy!
WK1 - April 14th, 2008 - 152 lbs ... lost 3 pounds... wow, so soon?
WK2 - April 21st, 2008 - 149.0 lbs ... lost 6 lbs! HOLY crapola!
WK3 - April 28th, 2008 - 147.8 lbs ... lost 7.2 lbs. Still making progress.
WK4 - May 5th, 2008 - 144.7 lbs ... lost 10.3 lbs!
WK 5 - May 13th, 2008 - 145.4 ... lost 9.6 lbs (You can't lose every week!)
WK 6 - May 20th, 2008 - 143.4 lbs ... 11.6 lbs lost!
WK7 - May 26th, 2008 - 141.9 lbs ... 13.1 lbs lost!
WK8 - June 2nd, 2008 - 141.7... 13.3 lbs lost!
WK9 - June 9th 2008 - 140.3... 14.7 lbs lost! so close to 1st GOAL!
****** June 10th 2008 - 139.1lbs.... 1st GOAL MET! 15 lbs LOST!
WK10 - June 17th, 2008 - 138.1 lbs ... 16.9 lbs lost!
WK11 - June 23rd, 2008 - 137.7 lbs ... 17.3 lbs lost!
WK12 - July 2nd, 2008 - 137.0 lbs ... 18 lbs lost!
WK13 - July 8th, 2008 - 136.4 lbs ... 18.6 lbs lost!
WK14 - July 14th, 2008 - 135.0 lbs lost! SP GOAL MET! 20 lbs LOST!
****** July 14th 2008 - 135.0 lbs.... 2nd GOAL MET! 20 lbs LOST!
WK15 - July 22nd, 2008 - 136.6 lbs... 18.4 lost! (With Stampede Week last week and the camping trip this past weekend, I'm happy with this!)
WK16 - July 29th, 2008 - 135.3lbs ... 19.7 lbs lost! July has been ROUGH!
WK17 - Aug. 7th, 2008 - 135.0 lbs 20 lbs LOST! Back on WL train!
WK18 - Aug. 12th, 2008 - 134.1 lbs... 20.9 lbs lost!
WK19 - Aug. 18th, 2008 - 132.9 lbs... 22.1 lbs lost!
WK20 - Aug. 25th, 2008 - 131.8 lbs... 23.2 lbs lost!
WK21 - Sept. 4th, 2008 - 132.2... 22.8 lbs lost! Just hanging in there!
WK22 - Sept. 12th, 2008 - 134.0lbs. What a TERRIBLE week for eating! AGHHH... I need to get back with the PROGRAM!!!
WK23 - Sept. 16th, 2008 - 130.2lbs... 24.8 lbs lost! She's BACK!!!
****** Sept. 18th, 2008 - 3rd GOAL MET! 25 pounds LOST! ******
WK24 - Sept. 24th, 2008 - 129.1lbs ... 25.9 lbs lost! NO ONE can stop me!
WK25 - Sept. 29th, 2008 - 129.2lbs ... 25.8 lbs lost! Week of nutrition course... poor preparation leads to poor performance! :(
WK26 - Oct. 7th, 2008 - 129.7lbs ... 25.3 lbs lost! Slowing Down...
WK27 - Oct. 16th, 2008 - 131.0 lbs 23 lbs lost! Going backwards. WTF?

*** OCTOBER 18th - FAME Canadian National Championships
I am so inspired by this show... I can't wait for mine in 27 weeks!
... the countdown begins!

WK28/27 - Oct. 23rd, 2008 - 129.4 lbs 25.6 lbs lost! Pleateu-ville sucks!
WK29/26 - Oct 29th, 2008 - 129.1 lbs : 25.9 lost! WL plateau, building muscle?
Oct. 31st Last weighin of October - 130.1lbs
WK30/25 - Nov. 5th, 2008 - No Weighin November
WK31/24 - Nov. 12th, 2008 - NWN ..Plateaus are
WK32/23 - Nov. 18th, 2008 - NWN ..NO place for
WK33/22 - Nov 25th, 2008 - NWN ......scales!
December 1st - 130.0 lbs STILL NO CHANGE!
WK34/21 - Dec. 2nd, 2008 - 130.5 lbs Up from yesterday, meh!
WK35/20 - Dec. 8th, 2008 - 128.0 lbs BROKE FREE OF PLATEAU!
WK36/19 - Dec. 16th, 2008 - 129.8 lbs ...not sure what happened, I am still calorie cycling but still stuck on that plateau!!!
WK37/18 - Dec. 23rd, 2008 - Away from Scale
WK38/17 - Dec. 30th, 2008 - Away from Scale
WK39/16 - Jan.6th, 2009 - 133.0 lbs ~Christmas gain~
WK40/15 - Jan 13th, 2009 - 129.9 lbs Back to my pre Christmas weight
WK41/14 - Jan 20th, 2009 - ... 130.0 lbs (Leaving for Maui tomorrow!)
WK 42/13 - Jan 27th, 2009 - ... (IN MAUI)
WK43/12 - Feb 4th, 2009 - (Returning from Maui) 131.9 lbs
WK44/11 - Feb. 10th, 2009 - 128.7 lbs, after 1 week of low carb diet
WK45/10 - Feb. 17th, 2009 - 128.0 lbs ~seriously started low carb cycling
WK46/9 - Feb. 26th, 2009 - 127.2 lbs ~low carb diet starting to kick in!!
WK47/8 - Mar. 2nd, 2009 - 126.6 lbs ~LOW CARB WORKS!
WK48/7 - Mar. 10th, 2009 - 125.3 lbs ~I can taste my GOAL! OMG
****** March 11, 2009 - 125.0 lbs. *OMG GOAL MET! 30 lbs LOST!*
WK49/6 - Mar. 17th, 2009 - 123.2 lbs (and the carb deplete continues!)
WK50/5 - Mar. 25th, 2009 - 123.6 lbs ...sigh...
WK51/4 - Mar. 30th, 2009 - 120.8lbs ~OH YEAH!~ 35 lbs... SO CLOSE!
WK52/3 - April 7th, 2009 - 120.5 lbs (My 1 year DIET anniversary!)
WK53/2 - April 14th, 2009 - 120.8 lbs (feels like a stall!)
WK54/1 - April 21st, 2009 - 120.4 lbs


WK55/0 - April 25th, 2009 - 119.0 lbs on stage day! Placed 4th in Muscle Model! I DID IT!

*taking a hiatus from logging my weight here weekly. This journey is NO LONGER about weight loss to me!
I know I will gain weight back again after the competition (since you can't be that restrictive and expect to build muscle!) so I will keep track of my weight fluctuations on my own and blog about it as I see fit. I have most definitely surpassed my "dream" goal weight already!
However, I know that when I do compete in my NEXT show, I intend to have much more muscle definiton in my arms and legs!!! So if that means I lean out even more then I did this time around, BONUS!

*** July 25th - '24 Hours of Adrenaline'
mountain bike relay race in Canmore, AB, Canada.

*** October 17th, 2009 - FAME ALBERTA Championships!

*** March 27th, 2010 - MY WEDDING
(the honey moon ended 6 months later!
DIVORCE to come!)

*** April 28th, 2010 - Came down with Bell's Palsy.
Most difficult illness I've ever experienced to date!


*** UPDATE***
June 27th, 2008: Was given Spark People's MOTIVATOR status!!! I consider this a huge SUCCESS (completely different feeling then the success I've had with my weight loss!!!) This is AMAZING!!!

*** UPDATE***
Dec. 28th, 2009: Was selected as a featured Success Story on!!!
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Member Since: 2/20/2007

SparkPoints: 31,743

Fitness Minutes: 47,692

My Goals:
Goals for 2014: MOVE IN WITH JOE!!! Live happily ever after!

Goals for 2013 - BIG trip to ITALY in Sept. WITH JOE!!!
1. Feb. - Cuba
2. July - Fernie, Jasper
3. Aug. - Orlando, FL
4. Sept. - ITALY

Goals for 2012 - The year I smile at life and it smiles right back :)
~4 trips in the calendar year:
1 - Jamaica (January)
2 - Los Angeles (March)
3 - Orlando (August)
4 - Las Vegas!!! (December)

~No weight goals... just be as happy as possible.
~Dating wise - started dating Joe in late June... the rest is history! Sweet, sweet history!

Goals for 2011:
~LOVE my body at all sizes (fluctuating around 135 is acceptable!)
*130lbs is the PERFECT weight for me!*
~Zumba as much as possible... don't worry about lifting weights... focus on mental energy, what makes me happy!
~Dating... put myself out there, meet many different people! But never settle!


My Program:
Eat healthy: about 1600-1800 cals a day, everyday! (Starvation only works temporarily before you completely kill your metabolism!)

Between weights and cardio: burn 3000-4500 calories per week.

I am a Group Fitness instructor... I have been for since 1999! (Then why was I gaining weight for most of those years??? ... exercise doesn't manage your weight alone! Diet, sleep, hydration & exercise are all factors!)

Personal Information:
My name: Jessica
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Age: 36 (Jan.6)
Height: 5'3"
Heaviest weight: 155 lbs

First Goal weight
140 lbs *acheived June 10, 2008

First Goal Stretch
135 lbs *acheived July 14th, 2008

Second Goal weight
130 lbs *achieved Sept. 18th, 2008

My *OMG* Goal weight
125 lbs *acheived March 11th, 2009
(due to carb depletion diet!)

Final competition weight: 118 lbs

2010 Update:
I would be thrilled to hit and maintain 130lbs again... that's my summer goal!

Currently weigh: 133 & LOVE MY CURVES!

2012 Update:
Currently: 133... lose 5 pounds by summer.

2013 Update:
I love life, I love my body! I am HAPPY!

Goal = 126 by Summer. WLC with Joe!

Other Information:
"No body's gonna break my stride, No body's gonna slow me down! I've got to keep on moving!"
- Matthew Wilder

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Member Comments:
4/18/2014 1:04:13 PM

I was sooo nervous teaching Zumba Step! Helps my classes are not that big. Everyone who did it though commented and said they LOVED it! Woot! Woot!

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4/16/2014 1:21:13 PM

LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE the new profile pic!

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4/16/2014 7:06:53 AM

Thanks for stopping by my blog and offering some advice. I have been going slow for so long with my weight lifting that it is definitely time for me to kick-it-up a notch :) I am really enjoying the more intense workouts - hopefully the results will start showing soon :)

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4/15/2014 12:44:56 PM

Your comment was so incredibly sweet and encouraging, Jess. Thank you! I think it's a case of even despite the less epic times for me, I never, and am working hard to never again, give up. For me, the fuzz is more a case of working harder mentally to stay focused than any other time in the past ten months. It means a lot to hear you say that in your eyes I haven't stopped burning once. Truly means a lot. :D

lol, I did raise my arms like that, just to smack the finishing line banner though. :D I was TIRED, lol! My half marathon is Sunday May 4th, so just three weeks! :O My knee was absolutely stellar during the 10k, so I don't think it will be a problem. I think maybe the weeks of being sick was probably a good thing in that sense - it forced me to be inactive and let it heal.

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4/14/2014 12:16:26 PM

THANKS for your inlifting comments. I loved my outfit... It felt...IMO SO ZUMBA.
In my mind I look great...but when you see a picture sometimes it makes you feel "bigger". It was a TMO week anyway.

I actually got ALOT of positive attention from wearing it. In fact, a man paid for all my stuff in a store! Gave me his phone number... One of the dudes at the zumbathon hugged me. Did everything he could to help me get my ipod to work. He even went online and found each song and made a playlist. teehehehe...

At this point INSIDE I don't feel I perform consistently.
There is a feeling I am looking for...not sure if I am putting it into the right words. Not saying I feel bad...I want the same satisfaction with each routine consistently. Not from participants...a feeling INSIDE.

I find most instructor have a style. Each routine is performed in a similar way.
In some cases their music matches the style throughout.

OVERALL I had fun. YOUR was really good experience.
Each time I learn something new about myself and zumba instructor/tion.

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