My name is Jessica and I would definitely consider myself a fitness and nutrition freak. For several years now many people in my life have sought me out for advice on working out, eating right, and “toning up” and I’ve been told repeatedly that I should be a trainer. After deciding that working in the fashion industry wasn’t for me, I am now considering that profession in training. I must admit that I haven’t always been this way. I used to be an average, “skinny-fat” girl (you’ll notice I use this term often), but now I am becoming a much firmer, leaner, “toned” woman. I didn’t like exercising and I loved eating delicious, high calorie foods. This was all until I put on 10-15 lbs. during my Freshman year of college. During my Sophomore year I devoted my afternoons to the gym to lose that extra weight. At this time I was what I would now consider a “Cardio Bunny.” I did a lot of running, spent a lot of time on the elliptical, and would toy around with weights every now and then. This routine continued for several years and I definitely lost that weight that I had put on during my Freshman year, but I still didn’t have the body that I felt I could proudly flaunt in a bikini.
After college I moved to New York with my fiance’ to start my career in fashion. I got the job of my dreams and felt pressure from life in New York to lose some additional weight. I went on a dumb, extremely low calorie diet and found myself shrinking. At the time I was thinking “Yay! I’ve never been this thin before!” But eventually I found myself thinking “Damn, I’ve never been this hungry before…but what else can I cut out of my diet to keep losing weight?” This was an unhealthy mindset and I knew it. Plus, I wasn’t really looking THAT much better outside of my clothes. My body was just a smaller, lighter version of its old self. I didn’t look like a toned, bikini model. This is the point in my life that I discovered the amazing world of bodybuilding and figure training and I will NEVER look back!
Weight training and nutrition are the two things in my life that I am most passionate about, other than my dog Tiki and my husband Don…in that order. Hehe. I spend much of my free time reading studies, blogs, forums, and articles regarding these topics, plus, there’s the obvious time that I devote to the gym and planning of meals which has gotten me to where I am today.
Just so you know where I’m at in my own journey, below I have posted before and after front pics of my body. I still have areas that I’m working on (mainly leaning out my legs, but they are MUCH more solid now than they were in the picture to the left), but this is a lifestyle and a journey and I’ll never be finished. I don’t know if I’ll ever be completely content because once you become content progress just might stall.
So, welcome to my blog! Stop learning from your own mistakes and start learning from others’! Quit wasting your time and spinning your wheels to get the body that you want. Of course there’s going to be some trial and error along the way, but there are sure fire rules that apply to everyone and I’m going to teach you them if you haven’t been taught them already.