ABOUT

Hello, I'm Jess, a 30-something year old living in Mesa, Az with my husband and 7 year old daughter. We have two cats, Elvis and Fish, and a Golden Retriever named Maggie!

I decided to start this little blog to help track my progress with running and weight loss. I have struggled with my weight and health for over 10 years and it was time to put things into action to get healthy. While working on my weight, I discovered and fell in love with running!

As for my eating, I simply eat mindfully and watch my calories. I do not follow a diet or program, just my own. I have done Weight Watchers in the past many times, only to lose weight and gain it right back. I keep under 1,300 calories a day (more active days I average close to 1,600 calories). Accepting the fact that I am a food addict and binge eater was my first step, I had to do something different that would turn into a lifestyle, rather than a diet.

"What are you doing?!" 

First off, I always recommend the book Savor by Thich Naht Hanh and Lilian Cheung, this book is what got me started on my weight loss journey. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially if you are a food addict and binge eater like myself! Here are things I do daily to help me with my health and weight loss:
  • Intuitive Eating - I watch for true hunger signs before grabbing something to eat. If it's 2 hours after a meal, I'll grab a snack... if it's only been 30 minutes after a meal, I know I'm just craving or bored so I work through it.
  • Meditation - I used to do breathing meditations throughout the day when I felt a binge or craving coming on, but I don't meditate that often anymore. Meditation helped me get out of my head for 2-3 min and focus on breathing while the craving passed. 
  • Exercise - I am fairly active, I don't think of it as exercise since I'm not doing it to lose weight, I just do it because I love it! I run, walk, and mix in strength training with free weights and kettlebells.
  • Water - Lots of water! I aim for at least 100 oz a day, if not more. 
  • Cut out my triggers - I cut out my trigger foods. This included fast food, soda, most processed foods, junk food, most added sugar foods, red meat, pork. I don't have "cheat meals", I just eat. If I feel like something sweet or really need a snack, I use mindfulness in what I choose. When I really want something specific, I'll hold off till the weekend to have it... this helps me build willpower and control.
I am a body positive supporter and I believe everyone can learn to love themselves at any size! I also believe in self love and self care, this is important to me on my journey. I love my body at every stage and I honor myself daily. One of the most important tools on my weight loss is being body positive, I never talk poorly about my body.

The main goal I have is health and to feel good.

"Fat or thin, it's about how I feel. That is my goal."
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