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What Happens in Vegas….

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So I am fired, I seriously haven’t made a post all month.  I would say I was busy, which I suppose I was.  But that isn’t totally my excuse, I’ve just been lazy and a little uninspired.  I had actually written a post on the plane when I was on my way to Vegas, but there was no wifi on my flight or my hotel!!

So judging from my title, yes I was in Vegas this week.  I was hired by Hasbro to do make-up for their booth at the Licensing Expo to hype up My Little Pony.  I was only working Tuesday and we were there from Monday afternoon and flew out Friday morning so we had lots of time to have fun!

Monday when we arrived we took it easy since Fleury and I had to work Tuesday from 9-5.  So we just ate dinner then Fleury and Chantal went to the pool and I went to the gym since it was leg day Monday and I didn’t want to skip it.

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I think that Vegas is stocked with skinny mirrors

It was pretty fun working at the expo, I met a lot of cool contacts, and it was interesting to see some of the new things that are going to come out.  Also while I was there this woman who was attending the show also went to the last zombie crawl that I went to and recognized me immediatley, she even showed me the photo that she had taken of me.  I had a lot of fun though, I met a lot of great people and contacts, and I mean what girl wouldn’t have fun working with My Little Pony, at least a girl in my generation.

After we were done working Fleury and I wandered around the closed show to see what was around and found a couple cool booths.

993514_10200982971471857_690659288_nWe even found the WWE booth and I shot a photo with a giant CM Punk wall for Jake.

After the expo, we went back to our rooms and met up with Chantal and headed over to the Mirage to go to this rockabilly party in a tattoo shop.  It was an amazing party the last time that I was in Vegas for my friends wedding we went for her bachelorette party.   We walked all the way there from the Luxor and when we got there we found out it was closed!  It was even written about in the Vegas magazine in the room.  Bummer.  I went back to the room and went to sleep because I was still totally on NY time and was exhausted.

The next day I woke up early, went back to the gym, ran 3 miles and did arms and back

1003966_10200988317525505_1237718453_nAm I lame for going to the gym like this on vacation?  I really only went 3 days out of the 4 full days hehe.  But a girl has goals to meet!  After that we just sat by the pool for most of the day until we had to get ready to go to see The Chippendales! The Chippendales show was crazy but super fun.  I honestly was not expecting it to be as racy as it was.  We couldn’t take photos during the show but the highlight of the entire show was the group little old ladies front and center and when one of the Chippendales took one up on stage and gave her a lap dance.  (The later highlight of the trip was that very same woman was on our flight home!!)

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post Chippendales

After the show, since it was in the Rio, which if you are familiar with Vegas is kind of a hike to get to since its off the strip, we figured we would try out their rooftop party in the Voodoo Lounge.  The party itself, I am not going to lie was pretty lame.  Not very many people were there, but it was also a Wednesday.  What was awesome about it was the view.  We were all the way on the top of the Rio and the weather was amazing.  Totally worth it.

1012343_10200992586272221_154275951_nThursday was our last full day there.  I went to the gym in the morning then stayed by the pool most of the day, got a little sunburnt on my back, but honestly for the amount of time that i was in the sun, that is a victory in my eyes.

270442_10200989711240347_2043014985_nAfterwards we went to what I had been waiting to see the whole trip, Eli Roth’s Goretorium!  It is a year round haunted house that was super scary!!

942050_10200999841413595_1679499471_nThis chair shocked you if you held onto the arms!

1044669_10200999881174589_1464557948_nThis is seriously the best photo of the trip, at least of me.  Not to ruin the surprise for anyone that wants to go, when they have you line up to go in, they take you into a room with your group to take your photo and when they take the picture they scare the crap out of you.  This was me mid-scream.  I kind of ruined the surprise for the other people waiting in line though, a lot of people saw it coming and their photos weren’t nearly as hilarious.  I was literally holding on to this super cute gay guy who was just as scared as me, and we were both walking though the haunted house jumping and screaming at the same things.  I never even got his name, I just used his arm to squeeze when I was scared, how rude of me!

I had originally planned to just go back to my room and pack afterwards but my friend Paulo had a totally different plan.  He had just flown in for the Electric Daisy Carnival that weekend so of course we had to hang out.  We ended up trying out the club in the Luxor called LAX, it wasn’t very good FYI but we stayed for maybe an hour to give it a shot, then hopped in a cab and headed over to the Wynn to club Tryst which was amazing.  The club was open to the outside and the DJ was outside in front of this gigantic waterfall.  Rusko was DJ-ing that night but by the time we got there he was finished, oh well.  We closed down the club then got lost in the Venetian for a while, then I headed home around 6 and dropped into bed and woke up like 2 hours later to catch our flight to go home.

All and all it was a fun trip, I am so glad that I got to go, but I am also glad that I am home I missed my kitties and my boyfriend and I am super tired.

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Sixteen Hours in the Gym This Week, and all I have to Show is this Blog Post.

This week, even though it has been a good one has been tough.  I probably worked out more this week than ever, 16 hours to be exact and was just 54 calories shy of burning 5,000 calories.  image

Yet I am still not losing weight.  Is my scale stuck?  Are my muscles bigger?  I have been talking to two trainers,  one that I am working out with, Alex and another that is vegan so she kind of gets my eating woes.  Alex wants me to eat more protein, the vegan trainer thinks I might just have to eat more in general.  I fell off the myfitnesspal wagon quickly.  It just drives me crazy I eat too many veggies to sit there and add it all in there.  Myfitnesspal is designed more for people that eat processed food, its so much easier to just scan everything, but my bell pepper doesn’t have a barcode.  First world problems I suppose.

I’m not letting it bug me… much.  I mean I am not going to say I don’t want to see results, but I’m not quitting either.  I feel like I am still seeing small changes in my body, but nothing huge.

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If there are any signs of my weight loss it is that so many of my workout pants don’t stay up when I run anymore.  It is kind of becoming expensive, and a pain to plan my outfits.  I have to make sure I wear the proper outfit for the workout that I am doing that day.  On one hand I get to keep up with all the spring/summer neon that is happening right now like with these Adidas pants that I just got but it is also killing my bank account.  Does anyone want to teach me how to sew in a drawstring to the inside of my pants?

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My quads look crazy

My food obsession of the moment right now is salads with carrot ginger dressing.  I am still trying to figure out the perfect recipe which is slowed by me not measuring or writing anything down lol.  But it’s super easy!  I make it in my Ninja in like less than 5 minutes!

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Basically it is

  • 1.5 carrots
  • about a 2-3 inch chunk of ginger
  • spoonful of miso paste
  • 1 tsp Olive oil or sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

Obviously those can all be changed to taste, you don’t need to add salt because the miso paste is already salty.  But make sure your miso is non-GMO!image-2

YUM!

And Last but certainly not least, I am registered to run in MuckFest MS in Baltimore on June 29th!

MuckFestHeaderLogo_INTI did this last year and had a ton of fun! It is 5 miles with a ton of mud and crazy obstacles.  But the best part about it is that is raises money to help find a cure for MS.  If you have been a reader of my blog you would probably know that my mom has MS so this is definitely a cause close to my heart.  If you would like to help me raise money to reach my $200 goal.  All you have to do is click this link and it will put you on my personal page to donate!

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/KristinJackson

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I LOVE my Bike!!!

It happened, Brooklyn has taken me over and I think I am officially a hipster.  Let us count the ways that I have changed since leaving my roots in NJ

  • I work in a salon in Bushwick and worked in Williamsburg
  • I have a scooter
  • I have a “fixie” (almost)
  • I like my hair better when I don’t brush it
  • I am vegetarian
  • I juice
  • When I don’t juice myself I buy juice
  • I love instagram
  • I post food photos on instagram
  • I have an iPhone, iPad, and a MacBook Pro.. and an AppleTV lol

the list goes on and on….

Help me I am a hipster!

But you can’t totally take the Jersey out of me. I still love my animal print lol

But anyway.  This post is about my hipster bike.  I love it already.  Today my friend Julie and I went on a bike ride around Brooklyn.  We biked through Prospect Park and ended up in Cobble Hill for dinner.  It was so much fun and we are going to try to do it more often.  I have to admit, I was nervous that I wasn’t going to use my bike too much, but now I am in love with it and have used it pretty much everyday!

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37057_10200750350856487_790748023_nDidn’t get a photo of Julie during in daylight… woops.

Today I also ran outside for the first time this spring.  I originally planned on going to the gym to run on the treadmill.  In fact I walked all the way there, checked in walked into the locker room and realized I forgot my lock and had to go home and get it.    What a waste, so I changed my mind and went for a run outside.  I ran just under 3 miles.  2.9 to be exact and only because I got to the grocery store and wanted to to buy some food.  I even tried to run past the store to the end of the block and turn around but it still didn’t move me up to 3 miles.  darn.

21106_10200750024688333_443236274_nThe first row was my run and gym walk, and shopping, and doing some calisthenics when I found places to do them.  The second two rows are our bike riding adventures. 1,552 calories for the day!!!

941068_10200750167691908_975989572_nI really love this Moves app!  It’s so cool how it knows what I am doing, and I love the timeline of my day! Everyone should download it.  Plus it covers what my fitbit and my heart rate monitor can’t.  My fitbit doesn’t know anything other than walking, and my heart rate monitor while it can track my running, and calories and my heart rate (obviously) it can only count my calories not my bike mileage.  So maybe it seems like all these apps and gadgets are excessive, but really they all do different things so I like to use them all.  They aren’t necessary but they are fun.

So now my scooter is feeling left out, in fact the bitch got two tickets today while it was parked (don’t worry I can fight them, the cops must have been really bored today) Now you will probably see me around more on my bike, and hopefully this little added extra cardio will be the jumpstart I need to FINALLY get to my 50 pound loss mini goal!  So many April set backs really ruined that goal.  I am also starting back up with my trainer on Friday so that should help too…

Are there any other fun apps that I should have on my phone?

 

 

 

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Bump in the Road

Last week I had a great gym week, again I ignored what my heart rate monitor said and ran as much as I wanted.  Its a lot  more fun, and I have honestly already noticed a difference, my heart rate is staying lower while I run which is awesome.15117_10200590047889013_712156954_nagain no stars or trophies. I really thought I would get a couple stars since I at least finished all of my zones.  Oh well.  I don’t need stars to keep going, they just look pretty on my watch.

I was all pumped to go to the gym yesterday.  Mondays I have been going in the morning to do some cardio then I go with Jake at night to do our weekly leg day.  I stayed at Jake’s house Sunday night to watch Wrestlemania and when I left Monday morning I hit a bump in the road, literally,  On my scooter.  I lost control and me and my scooter went flying and slid across the road.  I was pretty lucky I didn’t break anything or get seriously hurt just some road rash and bumps and bruises.  My scooter still runs even though it is kind of scratched up.  I was lucky that it was on a busy road, a lot of people saw it happen and helped me get my scooter up and called an ambulance to clean me up.

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482756_10200589963646907_1405444477_nThis is what I woke up with.  My arms neck and abs are sore.  I guess I tensed up a lot, it was seriously super crazy feeling and scary.  And I am glad that this is all that happened.  It kind of woke me up a bit too, what if this were last summer when I was just wearing short sleeves or a little hoodie.  What save my arms from worse was my coat and my plastic windbreaker underneath.  I am definitely now always going to keep my skin covered when I ride no matter how hot it is.  I really wanted to be tough and go to the gym yesterday and at least just ride on the bike, but every time I moved my arm the wrong way my arm would start to bleed again and a lot, so I figured the people at the gym wouldn’t appreciate being next to a bloody girl.  I still am going to try to get some light cardio in today, maybe outside since it is AMAZING out!

Speaking of Wrestlemania my super talented friend Anna Yvette produced and was the vocals for a song by Machine Gun Kelly, and John Cena used it for his Redemption Video!   I was actually dozing off while we were watching and woke up yelling thats Anna singing!!  I had no clue that it was going to be on.  I am so proud of her!  What a huge huge huge break for her!

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Do I Listen to My Body, or The Machine That Listens to My Body

Last July I bought my Polar FT60 Women’s Heart Rate Monitorand I can honestly say it was one of the best things that I bought.  It did take me a bit to figure it out but once I got the hang of it I think it has been indispensable.  The thing that drives me crazy is that none of the training modes give me much time to run.  I chose the FT60 over any other model because it has the training modes that give you weekly goals to meet and/or beat and it also gives you feedback as well.  482188_10200533573437187_589942959_n

 

Right now I have mine set to increase fitness.  I used to have it set to lose weight but I found that it had me work out at too low of an intensity and it got boring.  Even in the increase fitness setting my goals are 2 hours in zone 1 (117-133) 3.5 hours in zone 2 (134-151) and 1.5 hours in zone 3 (152-171).  When I run I am in zone 3 and when I do the arc trainer or the elliptical at a moderate pace I can stay in zone 2.  But why won’t it let me be in zone 3 more?  My body does not feel exhausted if I run the amount that I am which last week was way more than it wanted me to.  In fact the past few weeks I have felt like I wanted to do more.  So I decided that this week I would….
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Sporting a pink face in that one… That day I warmed up with .25mi then ran 4.75 miles non-stop and stayed in zone 3 for most of my workout.  It felt awesome, I have lost so much of my endurance since last summer when I was running more.  When I wrote to polar asking how I can get more time in zone 3 in my training they basically told me I couldn’t and in a nice way to get healthier.  Explaining that I should be able to get my heart rate lower while I run.

Yeah yeah yeah, I totally agree with that idea.  However, how can I do that without feeling like I am actually working hard.  I am sure there is a TON of science that goes into these things but I can’t help but to feel a tad bit held back sometimes, but then other times it helps me get out of a weight loss slump.  I don’t want to say that I know all, or that I know more than the engineers that designed this, but I do know my body and it is telling me to run more.543728_10200549252189146_1282615107_nThat was my totals from last week.  My zone 1 is a bit over what it really was because my battery was dying in my sensor I think and I was getting low readings during times when I should have been in zone 2… but oh well, its still about right.  See what it told me though, train less in zone 3.  Of course it did because I ran 3 days in a row.  The bummer was I didn’t get a single star for my feedback, usually I get 3 stars and a trophy.  I was surprised I didn’t get anything considering I did way better working out for 12.5 hours and burning almost 4000 calories!

So what am I going to do?  Run.  suck it Polar… just kidding.  But I am going to ignore the training goals, and just use the heart rate monitor to make sure that I stay within my 3 zones for a couple of weeks and see where it takes me.  I am creeping up to reaching 50 pounds and I would like that to come sooner than later. But I think everyone wants that.

 

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Tattoos and Leg Days

Last Thursday I finished up my Angel tattoo so I didn’t get to go to the gym Friday or Saturday to let it heal up.  I made my goals for the week but by the skin of my teeth and only because I had days like this:

598944_10200477268229592_1602688145_nI kinda of knew I probably wouldn’t beat my goals if I didn’t add some extra time to the days I did go, but I went a little crazy hehe, I even clocked in about 22,000 steps that day!  Either way, I did sleep well after that workout!

I am sure you want to see my finished tattoo…

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Don’t judge my thigh, this is 10 minutes after we finished and man was I swollen!  It’s in the peeling stage right now so I can’t snap a new one quite yet.  Leaf did such a good job getting Angel’s attitude in her face, and I LOVE the frame!  I already have my  other leg planned the only thing is that I hate cutting into my gym time especially since I am trying to work on my endurance for the runs that I am doing this summer.

Monday was my first day back to the gym since my tattoo and it is my weekly leg day with Jake.  I used to just run while Jake did all his squats and deadlifts but a little over a month ago or so I decided that I should be doing that too.  So now I do his entire routine.

26318_10200333299550465_1427876075_nThis was in the beginning of when I started with him I was doing 40 pounds and he was doing 315 pounds.

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401189_10200509253429202_432895541_nYesterday I doubled what I started with and did 80 pounds and Jake made his goal a week early and did 405 pounds!  Thats just crazy.

The first week I started doing all this it hurt to walk for days after, now my legs still get a little sore since I keep upping the weight but not nearly like that first week.  I think there is a big difference in how they look though.  Hopefully.  Even if there isn’t a measurable difference I am getting stronger and that is kind of cool, and it’s more fun and entertaining to be on the meathead side of the gym for a change.

 

 

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I fell off the wagon (kinda)

Happy New Year!!

Jake and my first photo of 2013

Jake and my first photo of 2013

No, I didn’t abandon my blog, and no I didn’t quit.  I just let life get in the way a little bit, but thats okay.  My last post was about the teeny kitten that I found.  I let her get in the way of my gym time because I felt bad leaving her home by herself for so long on days that I had to work.  Now that she is bigger and more independent I am back to going to the gym 6 days a week about an hour and a half each day.

8 weeks old and already a trouble maker

8 weeks old and already a trouble maker

I also let the holidays get in the way a bit, the shopping, the gift wrapping, the cooking, and spending time with mine and Jake’s family.  I mean honestly I don’t really think it got in the way, I just think it was a good time to relax and enjoy my time with people other than the stinky sweaty people at the gym.  I of course didn’t lose any weight in fact I gained a smidge back, but nothing to really be angry at myself about.  I was at about 42 pounds lost, now I am back at 40.  Still a number to be proud of for sure.  And like I have said before most of my goals with my weight-loss is to still be happy while doing it.  It is not worth losing a ton of weight if I can’t still enjoy eating things I like or have fun every once in a while so for me I am satisfied with my results.

Rainy day in Rockefeller Center in front of  the Christmas Tree

Rainy day in Rockefeller Center in front of the Christmas Tree

I know I talk about my heart rate monitor a lot on here, but really it was probably the best thing that I purchased for my weight loss.  I have the Polar FT60 and I love it.  It keeps track of all of my calories burned and time I have spent at the gym.  I only wish I bought it sooner.  Either way I logged at least 245 hours in the gym since July 9 which I think it pretty awesome.  I realized last night that I can reset that back to 0, so I did and now I can’t wait to see what I do for the entire year (well minus the first 6 days of the year, whoops!  I also want to get better about wearing the S-1 foot pod, I just wish it didn’t go through batteries so fast.  That was why i stopped wearing it in the first place, I would always get to the gym, go to turn it on and it would be dead.  The one thing that I did change about my HRM is I upgraded (at least to me) to a different transmitter.  I bought the T31 coded transmitter and it makes wearing the monitor so much more comfortable.  This one is flat and doesn’t have anything to snap on so nothing can get undone, and it is also more comfortable when I am using machines that I rest my chest on.  I still wear the fitbit zip all day, but I really don’t use the numbers for much, I just kind of like seeing how far i walked for the day.  I don’t think the calories burned are as accurate as my heart rate monitor so I only use it as a guide.

My gym totals since I bought my heart rate monitor

My gym totals since I bought my heart rate monitor

So what else do I have planned for the new year aside from keep going?

I started looking into more runs to do.  So far I have 4 that i definitely want to do, I just wish I had someone at my fitness level to do them with.

I know my sister and I are of course doing to do the Muck Fest MS again because it was so much fun, and for a great cause.

I am also REALLY excited for The Electric Run so that I can bring out all of my old neon “cyber goth” clothes!

embarrassing but a perfect example lol

embarrassing but a perfect example lol AND no tattoos!!!

There are a few other mud runs that I am looking at, the Spartan Sprint which is 4 miles but the obstacles look pretty tough, and also the 5kFoam Fest looks amazing!  I just wish it was longer than just a 5k. The only tough thing about doing all of these is taking off all those Saturdays from work, sorry clients… don’t kill me!

So I guess the final question is did you make a new years resolution?  I didn’t, I just want to continue on the path that I have been on, for almost a year now, and I think I want to lose another 40 pounds and I should be good, maybe 50, but I think 40 is my minimum goal.  What about you guys?

 

 

 

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