Operation Skinny Jeans: November 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Holiday Diet Bet Before

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is the start day of Ash from A Step in the Right Direction and my Holiday Diet Bet! I am blown away that there are 110 people in on it, with a pot of $2200!! It is not too late to join if you want to stay on track this holiday season!

So just like last time, I took before pictures that I will compare to my afters. I wanted to take them wearing a tighter shirt so I can see my progress better. Without further ado-




And here are my measurements!

Bust- 45.5 in
Waist- 41.5 in
Hips- 49.5 in
Thigh- 28 in
Arm- 15 in


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A lot can change in 3 years

Today is my 3 year wedding anniversary.

Like I mentioned in my news story, my wedding day was kind of like a wake up call for me. On the happiest day of my life, I was almost 290 lbs.

 
I remember being so uncomfortable while taking this picture.
My belly pushed out my dress and you cant tell I am wearing a sash.

I wasn't comfortable in my own body, and I wasn't very happy because of it. I was in the throws of yo-yo dieting that lead to binge after binge. I could not make losing weight work for me, no matter how many times I tried.

This went on for two more years.

My marriage suffered. I wasn't "me". I wasn't the sexy, confident woman my husband met and fell in love with. I was moody and closed off and fat. I dont like to use that word but I really was. I was 75 lbs heavier than I was the day we met, which in all honesty isnt really fair. I had let myself go. And it wasn't getting easier.

Then something clicked and I finally started making steps to better my life. 50 lbs down and my marriage has never been better.

I am so appreciative that my husband has been by my side and supported me the whole way. I know he will help me through the next 100 lbs and for many years to come.

Awww. barf lol

Turkey trot info!

If you don't have a blog, don't worry! You can still participate (and are encouraged to do so!). Just comment that you did it on the link up post, OR email me pics and I will share them on Monday (email is operationskinnyjeansblog@gmail.com) OR you can tag Operation Skinny Jeans in your photos on facebook and I will share them! OR (so many options) tag me on Twitter @skinnyjeanjess in your post or pics or whatever and I will re-tweet. AND you can hashtag #virtualturkeytrot13 on instagram (you can tag me in those too @operationskinnyjeans) and twitter so you can see everyone's! Hell even do it on facebook. facebook has hashtags now, right?

ANYHOO I am super excited for this race and I cant wait to see how you all do!

Btw our Diet Bet has blown the fuck up. It is over $1200 which blows my mind. Wanna get in on the action? Starts tomorrow (and I will post all my starting stats then too). www.dietbet.com/ashandjessxmas





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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I am Wonder Woman

This morning on the radio, the hosts were talking about a study that was done about what makes athletes different than normal people. Not just people that play sports, but hard core athletes, like marathon runners and people that set out to accomplish something only 1% of the population can accomplish. I will add people setting out to lose a large percentage of their weight to this, and you will  see why.

The difference between those people and "normal" people is focus (duh). People who set out to do the impossible are more focused on the long term satisfaction of accomplishing their goals, than the short term pleasure of daily life. This is why we are able to look past the chocolate cake, even tho it would give us immediate pleasure, it doesn't fit into our long term goals. The reason I lump people setting out to lose a large percentage of their weight into this is because it requires the same focus. Sure, you can look at every cupcake and pizza slice as a moment of instant gratification, but we know that it wont fill our long term goals, so we choose to look past it.

I still struggle with this.

I will go through stretches where I am a focused machine, ready to accomplish the world. Then I start to feel like maybe I am MISSING something by not eating the cupcakes or pizza, so I lose focus. I think that is called being a human. This is why I respond so well to goals. I can look at something and focus on it, and live accordingly.

Like running a half marathon in August.

Like running ANOTHER one in October.

Like cosplaying Wonder Woman at Denver Comic Con in May.

Yup.

I have learned some things about myself, and one of them is that I am WAY stronger than I ever thought possible. I am Wonder Woman. And so I am literally going to become Wonder Woman.

Yes this one:

 
Wearing hot pants and all.
 
And I am stoked!
 
Even if my body wont look like hers (which is really more than likely), I am going to ROCK that costume because EVERY woman is Wonder Woman. We are all stronger and even more badass than we think we are.
 
Btw if you didn't know I was a nerd, hi. I sure am. Here is my cosplay from last year.
 
 

Nerd and proud my friends. If you recognize who we are, we can be friends :D

Oh yeah! Have you joined our Diet Bet yet? We are on the front page of www.dietbet.com right now which is pretty freaking cool. We are going to get you through every cookie emergency. I promise.


Join us at www.dietbet.com/ashandjessxmas


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Monday, November 25, 2013

Virtual Turkey Trot

Were you thinking to yourself "self- I wanna do a Turkey Trot but 1. There are none available near me. 2. I don't want to wake up that early. 3. But I will be cooking a turkey. 4. I don't want to pay $50 to run when I can just do it for free... "

Me too.

Pretty much to all of those.

So I had a fun idea!

A Virtual Turkey Trot! Yay!

Here is how it will work. Sometime on Thursday or Friday, run 3.1 miles (or as far as you want really...), track it using your Garmin or app on your phone, then write about it and link up on Monday! I will throw together a cute little logo to link up with for you all by the end of the week, but if you wanna join, comment so I can think if all of you while I pound that pavement! I might even make a Spotify playlist that I can share with you all so we can listen to the same music (if you are interested).

So yay! I am excited.

Nextly (it's a real word. Deal with it :P ) I am going to bug you EVERY DAY this week about Ash and my Diet Bet! It starts on Thursday (yes, turkey day) and goes until Christmas DAY!

We will hold your hand through every leftover turkey sandwich, every cookie exchange and every super fattening holiday meal that is coming your way in the next 4 weeks! Prove to yourself, and your friends and family, that you will NOT be derailed by the holidays and that you WILL lose weight in the next 4 weeks, no matter how much they laugh at you and call you crazy (true story). Join us at www.dietbet.com.ashandjessxmas
 



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school... I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy...

I don't understand women. I am one, and I don't get it.

From a young age, we learn to be bitches. I don't remember anyone specifically teaching me to lie and talk crap about other girls behind their back, but I remember when I learned this. It was Middle School. Middle School was a battlefield. It was the first time you were either "IN" or "OUT" and bullying started. We as young women learned to resent other women, want what they have and cut them down to make ourselves feel better. Don't try to tell me you haven't done this. You are lying. We all have. I have. I am not proud.

I think it has to do with being unhappy with ourselves, and projecting that onto other women. As someone who has walked a LONG road to self love, I finally see the light. And I don't get why we do this.

A friend of mine on facebook (who I love and I am sure is reading this so I want to clarify that I do love her and I am not at all mad or pointing this toward her) posted a selfie of her gym clothes, which consisted of a baggy t-shirt and pants with the caption "Other girls at the gym are wearing hot pink, boobies popping out.... and then there's me." This spurred a string of comments to the effect of "I hate those women who do their hair and wear make-up to the gym. They are only there to look for men" (I am paraphrasing) in addition to these photos for effect.

 
 
I get it. I get that these women have awesome bodies and might be intimating to other women at the gym. But isn't insinuating that they are slutty, or criticizing what they are wearing JUST as bad as judging the big girl on the treadmill? WHY do we hate? That's what I don't get. OBVIOUSLY these women care about their appearance. They are working on their bodies, just like everyone else at the gym, and they are proud of their bodies. FACT: When I look like that, I am going to walk around naked. Everywhere. I deserve to show off the hard work I put in.
 
Ok maybe not really, I dont want to be arrested. BUT I will definitely be showing off my body. My point here is why are we not supportive of EVERY woman. Men already judge us enough, why do we have to judge and hate on each other? Those women are beautiful. My friend is BEAUTIFUL. Fuck I am beautiful. And so are you. And so is every single other women, whether they have thigh gaps or not or collar bones or not or cellulite or not, we are ALL beautiful because we are us! Don't mistake my quest for health and strength as me HATING my body or myself. I am doing this BECAUSE I love myself. I love my stretch marks. I LOVE my cellulite. I also love my muscular calves and my peck muscles I can flex. I love every part of me. And I love every part of every woman out there. BECAUSE WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL.
 
</soap box>
 
SO please, the next time you go to the gym and see a woman that you might label, stop yourself. Tell yourself that she is beautiful and so are you and that we don't HAVE to hate each other! We don't! So just stop it, okay!
 
And don't do it on facebook if we are friends because I am not shy and I will call you out. Awareness is the first step. 
 



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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday- I am not perfect.


Weigh In Wednesday

As you guys know, I am not perfect. I am a binge eater, and while I have been able to control it for a while, it has reared it's ugly head. I am trying to follow a strict clean eating diet plan and I will be FINE for a few weeks on it, but then the restriction seeps in and the old habits come out. So I am going to confess my sins, and move on from them.
  1. I ate a bowl of ice cream last night in the shower so my husband wouldn't know. Except that I forgot to go put the bowl away after he fell asleep last night so he found it this morning when he showered. Shameful.
  2. I had pizza and cupcakes AFTER that for dinner. I only had 2 slices and 2 cupcakes, but I still felt like shit after them.
  3. I had to pick up doughnuts for work this morning. I ate two in the car before I got to work. And another 2 while at work. My stomach hurts :(
I haven't had ANY problems with hiding food in over a year, so this has definitely been triggered by my new diet. I need to figure out that happy medium.

So my weight is about what you would expect. 241.0 I am disappointed and sad. I was so proud that I got to 235, and now there is probably no chance of getting to 230 before my Diet Bet starts next Thursday. But that doesn't mean I am not gonna try! I have a week to get back to a place I feel comfortable before we go into crunch mode.

I have been told that I am absolutely crazy for doing a diet bet from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Maybe I am, but I know I need the most support during those 4 weeks, more than any other 4 weeks in the year. I am terrible about cookie exchanges, and I have one coming up in a few weeks. I know that the accountability will keep me on track during the hardest part of the year, and if you think it would help you too, join us!

We will also have a secret facebook group for all the participants, to offer tips for staying on track!

We would love to have you join us and prove to yourself that you CAN succeed during the hardest time of the year!



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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I dont know about you, but I still feel like a 22

I went to Old Navy last weekend to try on clothes. I wasn't looking to buy anything, I just wanted to see if my size had changed. I knew my pants were a little big, so I was hoping they were big enough that I was a new size.

I rolled into Old Navy wearing my size 20 Old Navy jeans I was so proud to fit into. It had been YEARS since I could actually shop there, especially since they took out the plus size section years ago.
Size 20 ON Jeans, boots, and my favorite tank and cardi combo.
It was my day off, hence the comfy casual look. Side note- I have the shortest legs on the planet. Look at those things!
 
Anyhoo
 
So I grabbed a few size 18's and tried them on. They fit! But they were a little lose. Like they fit enough that I would buy them if I wasn't losing weight, but since I am I dont want to buy anything that will be too big in a few weeks so I wouldnt buy them. They had me thinking tho. I strolled out of the dressing room and grabbed a pair of 16's. I was chuckling to myself on my way back to the dressing room, thinking "this will be fun! I will see how far I am from this size and then peel them back off my fat legs."
 
I stepped in, pulled up, sucked it in and bam. Buttoned and zipped.
 
I opened one eye at a time, and looked in the mirror. Holy hell they fit.
 
I immediately snapped this pic and posted it on my personal facebook page.
 
I couldn't believe it! So I took a selfie from the front.
 
 
I wanted to scream.
 
But I didn't.
 
I took them off, folded them nicely, kissed them, and gave them to the dressing room attendant.
 
Then I drove to another store I love, Maurices. Maurices has SUPER cute stuff, and has a HUGE straight size section, and a decent sized plus section. I have been in the plus section since high school. Their straight size jeans go to size 17, so with my new found confidence, I marched in, went to the jean wall, grabbed a 17, went back to the dressing rooms and freaked the fuck out.
 
Its weird how my nose looks really big in this picture.... but my thighs look tiny.
Fact: That sweater is a straight size XL like for normal people!
 
I stuck around there for a few minutes, and had the sales girl dress me up until I had a small anxiety attack. Being on the other side of the store freaked me out. I am intimidated and I feel like I dont belong. I don't understand why, it's stupid really, but shopping amongst the normal sized people made me feel so out of place. This is stupid, but there is a sense of community in the plus sized section. We are sisters. On the other side I felt like I was in the way, or like they thought I didnt belong. The sales girl (who was a size 2 and probably was paid to say this but whatever) said "you are not a plus size girl. You should be shopping over here." and kept pulling me XLs. And they kept fitting. and I kept freaking out and so I left because I am weird.
 
BUT my point is that I have worked so hard to get where I am today. But I still feel like that 285 lb version of myself. I still think I look like that. I think that might be the mental block that is holding me back.
 
Oh yeah! So on Sunday, I wanted to show off my new "fitting into 16's" trick to my husband so we went to Old Navy. I grabbed a pair of 16's, went into the dressing room, slid those bitches right on, buttoned without trouble and strutted out of the room. My husband's jaw hit the floor. He said I looked 20 lbs thinner wearing jeans that actually fit me. So I bought them.
 




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Monday, November 18, 2013

Back on the Meal Plannin' Wagon!

Okay Okay! Fine! I get it! Lesson learned! Meal planning IS better.

Which is why this week I have food prepped my face off and I am sharing the goods with you, per a request from a facebook follower.


I made lots of different things today and I am so excited to have my entire week of breakfast, lunch AND dinner already made for me! Here is a run down of the different things I made!

Breakfasts:
Hard Boiled Eggs
Turkey Sausage
Whole Wheat Toast

Lunch/ Dinner:
Salad with Chicken Breast
Salad with Steak
Minestrone Soup
Chicken with Sweet Potato and Broccoli
Steak with Sweet Potato and Broccoli
Chicken Sausage with (you guessed it) Sweet Potato and Broccoli
Chicken, Steak and Sausage with Asparagus

Fruits to snack: 
Apples
Pears
Grapes
Pomegranate 

Veggies to snack:
Peppers (red, yellow and orange)
Tomatoes
Cucumbers

Tada! And all it took was a day of cooking, some plastic baggies, and some ikea tupperware. 

Do you meal prep? Any tips? I am excited to see how I do this week. I usually have a hard time getting all my food in! 




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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Apparently I am not on the pizza diet


Weigh In Wedneday

This Weigh in Wednesday is brought to you by a wasted week!

239.6
 
I guess I didn't gain, but staying the same is LAME like crack is wack. I know what I did. I didn't eat clean at all and I haven't been as good about going to the gym. I am SO disappointed in that number that it is time to kick it into gear!
 
My goal is to be 5 lbs less than where I ended this last diet bet when the new one starts in 2 weeks! Yes that's 9 lbs, but 4 of it are because I am dumb so I am hopeful with some attitude change I can do it. I would be happy with starting that bet at 232.
 
Speaking of Diet Bet! Ash and I had such an awesome time with our last one that we are at it again! BUT this time, it's over the holidays! Yep, that's right! We start Thanksgiving DAY and end Christmas DAY! I know that seems scary, but the point is to provide you will all the support you need to SUCCEED during the holidays! YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT! There is nothing written in stone saying you have to gain the 10 lbs average that people gain in those 4 weeks!! You can do even better and LOSE 10!
 
Yes, it's scary, but we are arming you with LOTS of accountability! All the Diet Betters will be invited to a private facebook group where we can share tips for making good eating choices, staying on track during cookie exchanges and holiday parties and tips for fitting in a work out during the holidays. It's going to be awesome and it is going to change the way you look at the holidays!
 
So give yourself the gift of CHANGE! Don't let yourself binge your way through the holidays! You are worth so much more!
 
 




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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

RAGE CrossFit Equipment

A few months ago, I was contacted by a rep for Dick's Sporting Goods to participate in a CrossFit event for the launch of a new line of CrossFit equipment, RAGE. If you remember way back then, the timing didn't quite work out, so instead I went to a CrossFit class where I learned a little more about what CrossFit is all about.

While I was there, the instructor showed me all the different RAGE equipment, and how they use it in their gym (tho I think the accurate term is Box...) One of the pieces of equipment we used was the big Medicine balls. I have used medicine balls before, but the small ones that are kinda hard like a basket ball, or the kind that are squishy and full of sand like a giant stress ball. Never THIS kind of medicine ball.


http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13266362&locale=en_US&clickid=prod_cs&recid=Product_PageElement_product_rr_3_37
Dick's Sporting Goods- Rage Fitness Supply
We did squat cleans with it (like this)



and I really liked it! So I was really excited when Rage Fitness (and Dick's Sporting Goods) sent me a Medicine ball of my own! I love it because it is so versatile, and I am not just saying that because they gave it to me. I use it to add weights to my squats, to squat clean, to add weight to my crunches, in place of hand weights for arm exercises, and sometimes my husband uses it as a foot rest. SO versatile.

Here are some pics of me using my new toy :D


 
 
 
RAGE has lots of different pieces of fitness equipment I am dying to have! And I dont even CrossFit! For example:
 
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=28685716
Dick's Sporting Goods- RAGE Fitness Supply

 
This is my new favorite thing in the whole world, the ab mat. OMG. If you know me, you know I have a lower back problem. A herniated disk. So doing crunches can really mess me up. I used the ab mat at the CrossFit class and I was able to do crunches with NO PAIN. omg I have got to get one of these. It will actually change your life. and I am not just saying that.

Dick's Sporting Goods- RAGE Fitness Supply
Jumping rope is such a good workout! And you can actually do it anywhere. Sure you could just get a kid's jump rope, but it isn't as aerodynamic and is probably not the right length. I seriously need one of these too because it is such good cardio.

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13266759
Dick's Sporting Goods- RAGE Fitness Supply

I love working out with a kettle bell, but my apartment gym doesn't have any. I would totally buy one to use on my own.

So even tho they are technically "CrossFit" equipment, there are lots of things everyone could use in their daily workouts! So check out the rest of their line if you are looking for high quality products :D

*Yep, like I said above, I was given the medicine ball to write about, but I love you guys and I would never lie to you. I use my medicine ball all.the.time. And I am about to order that Ab Mat. Seriously. life changer. **


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