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Where I am today and My Fitness Resume!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

If you are a Jade Dragon or follow my antics on Facebook, you may know I have been struggle to lose the weight I gained over the last year while dealing with a bout of adrenal fatigue as well as recovering from a few other injuries!!! I have been feeling really down about myself...even to the point of seeing myself as a failure!!! I have been beating myself up emotionally and mentally and it was taking a toll in every aspect of my life!!! In an effort to kick start the new year and hopefully get out of my funk, I started a 30 day vegan (caffeine free, dairy free, soy free, chocolate free, alcohol free, sugar free, gluten free, CUPCAKE FREE) group cleanse lead by Tony Horton's (of P90X fame) personal chef, Melissa Costello!!! After the first few days, I started feeling like my old self again...my energy level was through the roof and my foods craving and binges were completely gone!!! Well, I am on day 19 of the cleanse and I am feeling AMAZING!!! If you have questions about the cleanse, let me know!!!

As is the case with most people, when you start feeling better about yourself, the world seems to open up and things start to happen...at least that has been my experience!!! So as I'm looking through my inbox this week, I see an e-mail for Active Ambassadors looking for Fitness Advisers for a unnamed corporate wellness program that is helping it's employees train for their first 5k race in May. It seemed like the perfect job but they were only interviewing 6 people and selecting 4 for 4 different positions...running coach, relaxation coach, nutritionist and something else that has slipped my mind!!!

Well, I applied for a position was a nutritionist thinking this would be a great stepping stone into my new career as a Certified Holistic Nutrition Educator!!! I only had one day to submit the lengthy application. I was really nervous but sent it off anyway!!! The following morning, I received an e-mail stating I had been chosen for an interview!!! Happy dancing and big Woo Hooos when I read the e-mail...in fact, I had to read it several times to make sure I was reading it correctly!!! But as part of the interview process, I had to submit a FITNESS RESUME and an outline of a sample program I would implement!!! I was torn on how to write a fitness resume but here is what I came up with...after re- reading it, I again started to own my accomplishments...I can own how far I have come and what my true motivation is!!! For today, I no longer see myself as a failure and know in my heart the number on the scale does not dictate my worth as a woman!!! I wanted to share this with you in the hopes that putting this out into the universe will open the door for whatever amazing things are coming next!!!


My Fitness Resume

Let me start by saying I was never an athlete growing up, in fact, just the opposite. I was an overweight, clumsy and physically reserved teenager. Spent my early 20’s yo-yo in weight and by age 29, I was 280 pounds and showing the effects of weight related health problems. At 30, I began working out with a trainer and reached a healthy 130 pounds, but never really addressed the reasons why I ate the way I did. As is the case for many women, I ate to deal with my emotions. I continued to lose and gain weight for the next 10-12 years, working out when things were good in my life and letting that part of me get pushed aside when things got too hectic. Life had a way of getting in the way of my good health. In 2007, my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer and passed away 10 weeks later. Needless to say I was devastated by her death and promised myself I would change my lifestyle so this would not happen to me. I felt I had so much to live for and knew in my heart if I did not embrace a healthy lifestyle I would follow down the same path as my mother did.

In May 2007, I joined an online support site and worked very hard to change not only my eating behavior but also my thought process regarding food and exercise. I was not really overweight at the point. I had somehow managed to maintain a “suitable” weight for the past couple years but knew that I needed to become more physically active if I wanted to reverse the effects of all those years I had abused my body with poor food choices and a sedentary lifestyle. I started a daily walking program during my lunch break and added light strength training a couple times a week. I still did not see myself as an athlete and never dreamed I could become a runner. Up to that point I could not even run ½ a block without feeling pain. Through the online website, I connected with a woman who convinced me I could run, if only, I would do some things differently. I followed her guidance and soon found myself able to run. I was still walking daily but I was adding short bursts of running to those walks. Not very long after, while watching the LA Marathon on TV, I decided to register for my first 5k in April 2008. I ran the entire race (I was much faster back then) and felt such a feeling of accomplishment crossing the finish line; I knew I would have to do it again. I ran my 2nd 5k 2 weeks later. I ran a few more 5ks and a couple of 10ks in a very short period of time and then decided to train for my first ½ marathon in October 2008. It was an awesome feeling and I really started to embrace the athlete in me. Since running my first race in April 2008, I have completed over 29 races including 13 ½ marathons, 2 full marathon, a sprint distance triathlon, a marathon distance bike tour and the Hood to Coast relay. Race results are listed at www.athlinks.com Results for 1/16/10 Phoenix RNR ½ not yet listed.

I am currently training for the LA Marathon this March, the San Diego and Seattle ½ marathons in June and the Hood to Coast relay in August.

While I consider myself primarily a runner, I believe cross training is vitally important to keep myself injury free. I cycle 2-3 times a week, do yoga 2-3 times a week, lift weights 2 times a week and hike (weather permitting) once a week. And while I have had my share of injuries over the years, I have been able to keep up a full training schedule for the past 3 years.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I am down 10 pounds since I secretly weighed in on January 1st!!!

My interview is tomorrow at 5:30 (rescheduled from today)...Please send positive vibes!!!
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  • HILLRUNNER
    Missy J!!!
    YOU my CALIF bud are in no way any type of failure! I so admire what you have done and are doing!! Keep moving forward and these amazing things will keep happening! All the best with the job opportunity!
    Great respect!
    Mary
    3232 days ago
  • RINSKY3
    Hope the interview went well =) Where canI get more info on the cleanse that you are doing? Thanks!
    3235 days ago
  • IFDEEVARUNS2
    Awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3236 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    Positive vibes coming your way!!! You will do great!!! AMAZING fitness resume - very impressive!!! You will be PERFECT for the job :) GO YOU!!!! Cant wait to hear how it goes!
    3236 days ago
  • HARTMAMP
    I would be curious to see what you eat on your cleanse - your results are tempting!
    3237 days ago
  • LIGHTNINGRUNNER
    Fantastic. Sending those positive vibes.
    3237 days ago
  • ROUXZQ
    Hope all went well Jackie.... you don't need luck, you create your own. I have confidence in you. Hey girl, lead the way to the cleanse. I need that so bad right now.
    Denise
    3238 days ago
  • GAYEMC
    Jackie, I hope the interview went well. What a cool job that would be for your career change!
    3238 days ago
  • SEYSARAH
    Jackie I'm so thrilled you took the initiative and put the effort in to apply and then when asked work up a fitness resume...you would be super and definitely an inspiration to so many who think they cannot do anything past small amounts of exercise...you have tons of experience and the wisdom to share the real stuff..the credible stuff. I have good vibes, positive thoughts, and prayers going your way!
    3238 days ago
  • MBSHAZZER
    Jackie, first of all, I have to get this out of the way:

    YOU ARE NEVER A FAILURE!!!!!

    Please, never say that again! You are an inspiration!

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for both you and for whoever is lucky enough to be coached by you!

    I am super excited to see you in Seattle!

    Also, you do get regular colonoscopies, right? My grandmother died from colon cancer and my dad has headed off any issues by getting regular screenings. They always find polyps. That's just my $0.02!

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    3239 days ago
  • ILOVEROSES
    You are just PERFECT as a nutritional coach and I am sure you'll get the job! Good luck and sending you positive vibes! emoticon emoticon
    3239 days ago
  • LAB-LOVER
    Love it! Particularly because your running history is SO similar to mine -- both in approach and timing! Good luck!

    I have been spending a lot of time thinking about MY next career move lately and starting wondering (at 4 am) if I could start a business focusing on coaching new runners to their first 5K and beyond. It's the first time I've ever thought about something physical (vs. mental) as a job -- and it's just an idea, but then to come here and find you APPLYING for a job like that was an incredible coincidence!

    Can't wait to hear how it goes!
    3239 days ago
  • SCOTIANRUNNER
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    3239 days ago
  • JEM0622
    GL Jackie!

    I have always been a pudge. I did a 2 wk food lovers cleanse this year and it was a lot of cooking but I got some good results!

    You can do this! Glad you are getting the results that you were working so hard to see. Removing a lot of those things really does make a difference.
    3239 days ago
  • MKKAYA
    Jackie, my very good my friend - I am impressed but I have always been impressed with you and that didn't even change after I met you at HTC last year. LOL

    You work so hard and you never do anything half ways - you put your whole heart and soul into it. I know you are going to get the job sending any positive vibes that you need. Love having you back as a dragon!!! good Luck my friend!!!

    Mike
    3239 days ago
  • RUNNERMOMTO3
    Jackie~ You've been such a huge inspiration for me. I really admire how you have just gotten back at it after taking your time off last BLC round and have just come out in full force this round. I love reading about the vegan cleanse and I love seeing all your pic's that you post on FB!! I read your posts everyday, some days I re-read them cause they are what I need to see and hear to help me get over whatever slump I may be in that day. Please don't think of yourself as a failure EVER!! A failure would just quit and never give it a try again. Girl you have tried again and you are kickin ass and taking numbers!!!
    3239 days ago
  • LIZZYP609
    LOVE IT! Good for you....You will not only do well on this interview...you will GET the job!
    Congrats on the weightloss!
    3239 days ago
  • TERJEGOLD
    What a fantastic fitness resume. I think you would be the perfect candidate for a nutritional coaching position and I definitely am sending great vibes for your success. WOW!!!
    3239 days ago
  • KAYOTIC
    Nice to see you're still here! Great job on the resume, secret weigh in and 10 lbs down....good luck with the interview!
    3240 days ago
  • COFFEE-MATE-Y
    Cupcake free? Now that is some serious will power!!

    I know you may see yourself as a failure, but you have inspired so many people to do so many things. You keep moving forward- even with injuries, and that alone is beyond inspirational!

    I love reading about your cleanse! And I loved trying the hot water & lemon! It was delicious!

    Your fitness resume is great Jackie. I love learning about where you’ve been, where you are now, and where your going!

    And ummmm hello, 10lbs down!!!! WOOOO HOOOOO to that!!!! I love that it was a “secret” weigh in!

    Best of luck in your interview! You’ve got this!

    3240 days ago
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