That time of the month cravings...

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Ladies. When it's that time of the month, we have two options:

 

1. Deprive. Restrict. Fight off the cravings. Stick to our diet. Stick to our meal plan.

 

or

 

2. Give in. Eat the salty foods. Eat the sugary foods. Binge like a mofo. (And start the clean-eating meal plan again on Monday.)

 

Orrrr that's what our brain is tricking us into thinking. 

 

That we only have two options. We are either being good and restricting or being bad and binge eating.

 

But what's in the middle? What's that unexplored gray area in the middle that feels super foreign because we've always either been on a diet and being good or not been on a diet and been bad? 

 

What's in the middle?

 

When I was working on breaking the diet cycle and making the transition from perfect clean eater / binge eater to wanting to just be a fcking "normal person" around food, I decided to practice having those "trigger foods" around me in the house.

 

Instead of demonizing pizza, ice cream, chocolate, cookies, chips, etc, I practiced having single portions. That meant creating my own single serving pizzas, buying single serving ice cream boxes, making single serving cookies, and portioning out a single serving of chips. It helped me normalize what portion sizes were, and it helped me practice eating these "bad foods" without going overboard. 

 

Truthfully, there were times I went overboard, felt like shit, but instead of banishing them from the house again, I granted myself compassion, used these times as teachable moments, and reminded myself it is always practice. Literally everything we do in life is practice for practice. No end goal. Just practice.

 

Now... years later of this practice... I can have full-sized bags of M&M's 2 feet away from me as I am working from home and not eat the entire bag. I can have cookies in the cabinets and not freak out that I might eat all of them in one sitting. I can do a road trip and not have every meal planned out and trust I will make the best decision with food.

 

Ok 

 

So tangible things you can do when craving junk food around that time of the month or really anytime:

 

1. Buy single serving options.

2. Look at the serving size on the nutrition label and measure out that amount.

3. Make sure you're eating protein and veggies with meals so you're full and energized.

4. Stop using the words good and bad when it comes to food... and you...

 

You're human. That means you're flawed from the start. You're an imperfect being, but you can and will do the best for yourself when you practice trusting yourself. 

 

 

For some more EASY AF single serving recipes including cookies, pizza, and nachos, check out this link: Eat with me

 

Do you struggle with cravings? What works for you? 

how do i deal with the uncertainty of life?

Coming to your from the in-laws' house where food is abundant and sugary.

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Shit like this used to scare the F out of me because I would be like, "How am I supposed to CONTROL myself around so many things?" And also, "How do you have all these things in your house? I am so confused why you haven't already eaten the entire bag of M&M's in one sitting? Why is the bag of M&M's still there?!"
 

 

But over the last 3 years, since I quit my job as being a public school teacher, I've learned that I need to either learn to deal with uncertainty or I will just have to be a hermit for the rest of my life.

 

Since quitting being a teacher, I first worked at a tech start-up in downtown Chicago where money was abundant and lunches were catered by local restaurants... So I had to learn how to have really delicious foods for lunch, not know exactly what was in the food I was eating, AND pick foods that would not be cause be to be in a food coma after lunch because I would sitting at a desk for another 6 hours. It took a lot of trial and error meaning there were days I ate food, felt tired, learned I couldn't keep overeating.

 

Then we moved to Atlanta and I got a job working for the (same) company that catered lunches to offices. So now I was the person in charge of sending the restaurants to offices. Crazy that I had so many issues with food and yet decided to work for a company with food... Again, I had to push myself in uncomfortable situations, learn to not be that weird girl with food issues, and learn to complete a work day surrounded by tacos, Chinese food, and fried chicken sammiches.

 

Thennnnn when that job never panned out to being a full-time job, I started being a nanny for wealthy families... where I was in these houses that had kid food. Granola bars. Fruit snacks. Chocolate milk. Easter candy. Tacos on Wednesday nights after basketball practice. I had to learn to be around these foods, make the best decision for myself in the given situation, and move on with life.

 

 

Gone were the days where I could be a hermit, only eat my perfect foods, and have all the perfection and certainty that made me feel calm. 

 

That's not real life. That's being on a diet. That's missing out on real life.

 

Real life is not perfect.

Real life is not certain. 

Real life is really messy.

 

 

It's August and summer is winding down. I've been chatting with my clients, and they're telling me they're nervous because end of summer means:

1. End of summer parties. Galore. Like omg summer is almost done, we need to have a summer party every day to soak up summer. 

2. Back to school stress. 

 

 

And here's the thing: life is uncertain now, life will be uncertain in a month, and after that, life will continue to be uncertain.

 

Summer is cray.

Back to school fall is cray.

Winter holidays is cray.

Beginning of the year is cray.

Spring that never gets here and it's still winter is cray.

Then summer magically hits and that's cray.

 

There will NEVER be a period of time that life feels super certain..

Life = uncertainty. 

 

And when life ever does become super certain, we'll start to complain about how bored we are of the routine... and we will do something to create uncertainty. Something to shake things up. Amiright? ;)

 

 

So what do we do?

1. Stop looking ahead for a time when... No perfect time will exist... shit will be uncertain then too.

2. Become comfortable with the uncomfortable.

 

 

How do we do those? 

1. Tell ourselves imperfection = life. Perfection sets us up for disappointment. Really say it aloud to ourselves. "I am imperfect. I am okay. This is life." Say it, write it. Remember it. 

2. Practice small habits every day. These are super tiny things you can do on the days that life is super cray. (Examples: 1. I always get in 7k steps. 2. I always eat veggies with my lunch and dinner. 3. I always have a serving of protein with my lunch and dinner. 4. I always have 8oz of water with my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 4. I always say 3 things I am thankful for.... these are SUPER easy things you can do with almost 0 effort. We might not always be able to get in a 30 minute workout and have a perfectly created meal, but we CAN always do these small things. Consistency adds up.)

3. Reach out for help. Click here and we can hop on the phone and figure out a plan for you.

 

 

xoxo

JACLYN

 

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How To Make Money While On a Road Trip

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Woo hoo! We just finished the last leg of our road trip through the south. We hit up Marietta, Savannah, Asheville, and Nashville.

 

Over a year ago, we talked about doing this, and I told some friends and they thought I was crazy.

 

Living in a hotel room?

Working remote? How does one make money on the internet if they're not selling sh*t? 

Too much uncertainty, right?

 

 

Yep, we figured it out, went with the flow, nothing went perfect, and it was a lot of fun. 

 

I woke up in the mornings and taught from our hotel room, and then we had the rest of the day to do what we wanted. I didn't work as many classes as I usually do because I took the weekends off. But overall, $500 while on the road sounds pretty good to me!

 

I taught 50 classes total: Some days only 2 classes/1 hour total because we had a lot to do. Some days I taught up to 8 classes/4 hours total.

 

50 classes x $10 = $500 for 20 hours of work (and no time spent on a commute!)

 

Wifi was not great in our first hotel room, so I had to use the HotSpot on my phone. But Wifi was great in all other hotel rooms.

 

What I used to teach: my computer, a mini white board and dry erase marker, the earbuds that came with my phone, my cell phone for some photos and GIFs, a tri-fold display board to make it look like we were in a classroom and not a hotel room.

 

Simple, less stuff > Overcomplicated, shit we can't keep up with

 

(One of my students asked me how I was in all different hotels, but it looked the same for her. She was amazed when I showed her what my background really was!)

 

Overall, it was a great experience, and I will do again when we take our next road trip!

 

I mentor new teachers through the hiring process and once they get started. Only 10% of applicants are hired! (I get a small stipend for coaching you through the interviews. Don't worry. You will learn how to teach this way! It's not hard.)

 

 

If you're going on a road trip this summer or want to travel and work, this is a pretty sweet gig.

 

You only need a Bachelor's degree in ANYTHING. No teaching certificate is required. Seriously. Love this side gig.

Apply here: Application   Referral Code: 03FJQO

Join my FB group here: Work From Home

xoxo

Jaclyn

Do diets even help us lose weight?

In a word: yes.

But we know what happens when the diet is "done" ----> gain the weight back plus an extra 10, 15, 20... 100lbs

So who cares about losing weight when weight maintenance is what we are really after...

Losing weight in a way that we can actually maintain...

And being happy and comfortable and enjoying life...

 

You see, losing weight is all about burning more calories than you take in.

On paper, it's easy. 

 

Eat less; move more.

 

But humans are not perfect science experiments and we add layers of complexity to everything! 

The thing about diets and meal plans and all of that... is they train us to do something drastic for a short period of time. And there are lasting emotional effects to diets. The yin and yang.

 

Diets don't help us sustain results.

 

WHO CARES IF YOU LOSE 25LBS BECAUSE YOU GAVE UP CANDY, COOKIES, CREAM IN YOUR COFFEE, PIZZA, AND ALLLLLL THE SOCIAL OCCASIONS because there will be a time that you want to go out with friends and get pizza and ice cream, and if your diet didn't help you learn how to do this, you either:

1. Miss the social occasion. Stay home. Eat your Lean Cuisine and sulk.

2. Go to the restaurant and eat allll the pizza, alllll the ice cream, and stop at Trader Joe's for their Dark Chocolate Cake which can be made into a personal cake if you try hard. (Been there!)

 

Diets do work. But they only work for a short period of time. So I guess this is a case of wtf does the word "work" even mean?

 

I've been exploring this a lot... We have been in Atlanta for 2.5 years.

February 2016, when I first moved to Atlanta, was the last time I did an all or nothing diet.

And it's taken me 2.5 YEARS TO HEAL MYSELF FROM THE DIET MENTALITY. (And I guess you could say my whole teenage and early adult life...)

 

Anywho, here are some thoughts from my journal this morning:

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Would you add anything to this chart? Take out anything??

 

2018 has been quite the year of self-exploration.

 

My upcoming online course will explore this issue and help you with long-term health and a sustainable approach to weight loss.

Sign up for the wait list here.

 

 

 

The BEST way to lose weight...and maintain health for life

When I first started wearing my step tracker watch, I found out my 2 work from home jobs had me moving a total of 2,000 steps a day.

 

That's not a lot...

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I coach people on moving their bodies.
I have a podcast about running. 
I have a blog about health and fitness.
All of my social media accounts are dedicated to helping people live healthy, happy, and strong lives. Not for 30 days but for LIFE.

 

And the step data showed me that when I’m not training for a marathon, my life is pretty sedentary.

 

⚡️Sooo use the data to make a change.⚡️

 

The CDC recommends 10,000 steps a day. That doesn’t mean we all need to train for a marathon or go to a Cross-Fit class. We can if we want! But the daily movement we do just by walking our pups, getting up from our computer during the work day, parking a little further in a parking lot, taking the stairs instead of the elevator- allll of that adds up.

 

Lots of people maintain healthy lifestyles without giving to a gym or doing extreme workouts just by being more active in their normal lives. And by being more active with day to day life, we can SUSTAIN health for life.

 

July marks the start of the second half of 2018.

 

Join me on a habit-changing 6 months. This isn’t a challenge but rather this is the bare minimum we should be doing to maintain healthy bodies.

 

Lots of people do work challenges with step watches. They compete with co-workers to earn money. Studies show they are highly successful in motivating people to walk more DURING the challenge. But guess what?!?

 

When the challenge is done, studies show people go back to their old sedentary habits. There was no long-term change.

 

So let’s do this differently. Instead of being motivated by money or by competing with others, let’s work on long-term health for ourselves.

 

Being able to walk up and down stairs when we are 70.

Being able to play in the yard with kids or grandkids.

Being able to run around with students at recess.

 

Wanna join?

 

Download this calendar and track your steps. If 10,000 steps is way out of reach right now, aim for 4,000. 6,000. We can increase as we go.

 

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-At the end of each night, record how many steps you walked.

-Post on your social media and tag @jaclynricchio with the hashtag #walkwithjaclyn for a shoutout and some encouragement from me

-Set a goal for the next day based on your data.

-If you miss your goal, it's nbd. We are looking for long-term health. Imperfect consistency and NOT perfection in the short run. 

-Have fun! Take the pup out. Take the kids out. Take the hubs or wife or bf or gf or roomie out.

 

 

Xoxo

Jaclyn

CHEAP AF Adult Lunchable #1

$9.00. That's what they wanted for a lil box of snacks that included a tiny scoop of chicken salad, some grapes, some crackers, and a few cubes of cheese. 😲

 

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There is a super cute new lil shop/cafe that opened up by us, and I ventured in seeing if I could set up shop and work there.

$12.00 salads with not really much salad or protein.

$5.00 Kombuchas.

$1.25 for a banana.

I get it. Like a cafe in a more affluent neighborhood has a pretty high rent to pay to be there. And the price for their foods includes the ingredients, the salary for the hands that make the food, the rent, the light bill, the you name it.

 

But here's the reality of what's happening in our country:

 

People think that healthy eating is out of reach for them because of their limited paychecks that need to be spread over a million things and because what's "healthy" is trendy and expensive.

 

The way "healthy eating" is marketed to us makes it seem like we need to spend $3 on an organic avocado or drink a $5 superfood drink or spend an entire paycheck to get supplements.

 

I can't stomach it. I spent the first decade of my career working with families who lived in actual food deserts and had meager paychecks, and it's ridiculous to think that someone needs to spend $25 a day per person on food in order to be healthy. No.

 

It's not true. There is a simpler way.

 

I'll be bringing you simple and CHEAP AF meal ideas from now on. Things you can buy at your big box grocery store and don't need a special trip to a fancy store 12 miles away. Foods that don't take 12 hours to prep.

 

If you can't make healthy eating a habit you can repeat over and over and over again, even when life throws you curveballs, you're never going to be able to stick with it. Simple is better.

 

Step 1: I always think through the template of veggie, protein, carb. I might add fruit here and there, but veggies are king. Let's think plants as veggies or fruit, mmmmmkay?

Step 2: Plants: I grabbed some cucumbers, pickles, edamame, and banana!

Step 3: Protein: I previously had boiled the eggs. My go to: boil the water, add the eggs slowly with a spoon careful to not break them. If they break, you'll be okay. Boil for 11 minutes. Empty the water and add ice and cold water. The ice bath will help them peel easily!

Step 4: Carbs and fat: Went for a few baby pitas cut up into mini baby pitas and 1 tablespoon of ranch.

Step 5: EAT!

 

Price? Waaaaay less than the $9.00 for the cafe's box o' snacks.

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Want to make it a little bit more filling? Get a plate, lay down a bed of lettuce, and use this snack box as toppings for your salad. You'll love it! All the fiber will take a lot of chewing, slow down your eating, and make you feel amazing AF.

Want more EASY and pretty cheap food tips? 

Be sure to check out my free veggie guide here!

 

 

Which diet is the perfect diet?

"Jaclyn, what's the perfect diet? I want to have perfect health. Which one is the perfect diet? Do I do Whole30? Keto? Clean eating? Which form of clean eating? I read xyz on the internet and I'm so confused. Which one will work for me? Just tell me what to do."

 

 

And the answer is: IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THE PERFECT DIET IS. IT DOESN'T MATTER. BECAUSE WHATEVER IT IS, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN EATING THAT WAY FOR LIFE. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE PERFECT.

 

 

A pretty decent plan you can actually adhere to is waaaaay waaaay waaaaay better than a perfect plan you quit.

 

Sure, eating organic vegetables grown by unicorns and watered with rainbow waters would be the perfect veggies to eat. But not every person has access to organic plants and grass-fed meats, so they feel like healthy eating just isn't possible for them.

 

OOOOR they try to eat perfectly, they can sustain eating only perfect foods for a bit, and then they find themselves missing the fun processed foods. So they quit. They binge on all the junk. And they find themselves in a worse off place than when they first started trying to be healthy.

 

Listen:

Stop trying to be perfect. Stop trying to follow someone else's plan. It won't work. They created it for themselves and you are a completely different person with a different work schedule and different tastes in food.

Start with eating some veggies. 
Add some protein.
Have some starches.
And sprinkle in treats. When you go overboard, because you will, because this is practice, because there are no rules when you're learning to eat for you, because being human literally means we cannot be perfect, grant yourself grace and keep going on with life. You don't have to stop and start over. You just go from where you are. Reach out if you need help.

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No more diets.
No more restrictive meal plans.
No more lists of good foods and bad foods.
No more clean eating challenges.
You have to eat for life, not for 30 days.

 

 

Imperfect consistency.
Flexible eating.
Lifelong habits.

 

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An imperfect and decently healthy lifestyle is way better than a perfect lifestyle you quit.

xoxo

Jaclyn

 

 

More on this here:

Breaking up with Whole30 and strict clean eating rules

Learning to eat pizza without binge eating alllll the pizza

 

WTF are we having for dinner?

Need a quick and easy dinner for tonight? Instead of making a single and super complicated recipe from Pinterest, you could give my SUPER EASY method a try.


I'm not saying to never peek at Pinterest for a new recipe, but if you're anything like me, those recipes really only get made when we are having a party and want to impress our friends with the cute things we made. See our dog party last year! All the food was dog themed! #pinterestwin
 


The other 98% of the time, I need QUICK meals that I don't have to plan out way in advance. Things I can make on the fly with regular grocery items we have in our house already. Meals that don't need a ton of thinking or decision making. Just healthy and tasty AF.
 

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Enter the Veggie, Protein, Carb combo. 



It's super easy, and this way of thinking just might solve your "what's for dinner?" issues. And if you follow this way of thinking about dinner, your "what should we buy at the grocery store?" issue just needs a quick run through of this combo too.
 

 

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Step 1: Pick a veggie. One that you like. Pick this first!! Here's why: The CDC reports that only 9% of Americans eat the recommended 3 cups of veggies a day. So pick a freaking veggie. And do not douse it in butter, cheese, or salt. Hold up.

For this meal, I picked broccoli. I had a FROZEN BAG OF BROCCOLI for like $2 from the grocery store. Gasp. And it wasn't even organic. I'll survive. I lightly sprayed the cookie sheet and then roasted them for 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees. I didn't even put oil or salt on them. They're still tasty AF. You can do this on Sunday and then reuse the veggies through the week.

How much to use in your meal? Grab a measuring cup, yes, a full cup or eyeball a fist size of veggies. Love them? Super hungry at dinner time? Miss out on veggies through your day? Go for 2 cups! Veggies: the more the merrier.

 

 

 

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Step 2: Pick a protein. Ok. So food isn't protein. Food has protein... but we tend to think of meat as protein, so let's go with that. Carnivore? Lean meats like chicken, ground turkey, ground beef, chicken sausage, whatever. Vegan? Grab some beans, a veggie burger, whatever your fancy. Omnivore? Do a mix of both.

How much to use in your meal? A palm size or deck of cards. Or use a food scale and measure 4 oz. Or follow whatever the serving size is on the package. If you have a grill, grill a bunch of meats for the week on Sunday or whatever day you cook and then save to reuse through the week for different meals.

For this meal, I used 1/2 Trader Joe's chicken sausage. They're super easy. I sliced it and browned on a skillet. And I did 1/4 cup chickpeas. From a can. Gasp.


 


Step 3: Pick a carby, carb, carb. Ok, so this is kinda a lie because food HAS carbs. Food ISN'T carbs. But we tend to think of things like pasta, bread, and potatoes as carbs. So I'm just going with it.

How much to use in your meal? Follow whatever the serving size is on the label. Measure it out. What we think is a plate of pasta is actually like 4 servings of pasta. That's why people think carbs are fattening. Not because there is anything magically fattening about them but because we are so used to overeating them. (I'm Italian. Growing up, Sundays meant eating 2 plates of pasta and then sopping up the gravy with a slice of bread. The pasta isn't evil. The overconsumption of food I used to eat was the issue.) It might not look like a lot when you measure out what 1/2 cup of rice, pasta, or quinoa actually is. But remember you are mixing this with other food. You're normalizing what serving sizes are. And if you're hungry, you can add more veggies. Make a big batch of rice or pasta on Sunday and you can reuse through the week for more DIY meals.


For this meal, I did 1/2 cup mostaccioli. I am not gluten-free, but if you are, check out the pasta made from chickpeas or brown rice. Yum. They're tasty AF even if you are not gluten-free. 


Step 4: Assemble. And add some additional tastes. I warmed everything up in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. I sprinkled with Italian spices and a little bit of parmesan cheese. Wanna add tomato sauce? Cool. Wanna add a different sauce? Cool. Look for ones that are not pure sugar or a million calories.


Step 5: Eat. All in all, this took like 5 minute to assemble BECAUSE I made the pasta on Sunday and reused through the week.


Other variations:

 

 

1. Cauli rice and mixed peppers, ground beef with taco seasoning, 1/4 cup rice and 1/4 cup black beans, a touch of cheese and guac. 


2. Roasted peppers, shrimp, pasta, a touch of sauce. 


3. Romaine lettuce and raw peppers, veggie patty, quinoa, 1 tablespoon salad dressing

 

Is this helpful? Would you like to see more DIY meals like this?

Checkout my free guide below!

WTF is Delaying Gratification

Delaying gratification! What does it mean and how can it help us lose weight/maintain weight?

 

Hey hi!! I will always be a kindergarten teacher at heart!! One of the biggest jobs of a K teacher is to teach kids how to be patient, control impulses, and delay gratification.

 

 

And I think we as adults can use the reminder too!

All too often, we want and get used to instant gratification.

 

I'm hungry--->run to vending machine, CVS, or Starbucks and get a cookie.

I'm bored--->scroll on phone

I need to get somewhere--->uber arrives in 3 minutes

I want to lose weight--->start 3 day refresh, 10 day juice cleanse, 28 day diet, etc

 

Immediate gratification is just a part of living in 2018. It's everywhere.

 

Buuuuuut when we delay gratification... we resist something small and immediate, we can build up and get a bigger reward.

 

I usually delay gratification by not having the cookies, pecan pie, or potato chips at my work.

There are some days those treats look really amazing and I do indulge, but 95% of the time, I pass up.

 

I eat really awesome foods during my day to keep me full and happy liiiiiiike veggies, lean protein, plant-based protein, fruits, healthy fats....

 

And every evening, I enjoy a small treat. I delay my gratification. But I do NOT demonize treats.

 

I also delay gratification by only eating out 1x a week.
AND ENJOYING THAT MEAL.

 

I gained 25lbs by having immediate gratification.
Having McDonalds fries on my way home from work every day.
Binge eating potato chips and cookies after work.
Having takeout for dinner almost every night.
Constant amounts of processed foods to the point I wasn't even enjoying them... the immediate gratification just became my normal way of life. I gained 25lbs.

 

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Here's my go to evening dessert-

1 scoop of protein powder, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 tsps of peanut butter, 10 chocolate chips. Eat them all. Enjoy each bite.

No guilt.

 

 

Do you struggle with immediate gratification? The food at work? The drive home from work? The cabinets at home?

 

I help women in my FB community!

my weight gain story

I talk a lot about how I lost weight.. let me tell you how I gained weight.

The gist is that I consumed more calories than my body needed.

I ate a surplus of calories, my body was like hey this is a lot, and instead of burning off the calories or building muscle, my body stored fat. 

Why did it store fat and not build muscle? Because I was pretty sedentary!! More on this later!

Whether we track calories or not...an surplus of calories will cause us to gain weight. A calorie deficit will cause us to lose weight. And just around the right amount will cause us to maintain weight.

 

So I wanna tell ya a little bit more about my story, how I got started, and why I do what I do now... 

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I had always struggled with the way I looked. The way I felt about my body. It's not a fun thing to be in third grade and think there's something wrong with your body.

 

I was not a very strong-minded kid. I did not have a lot of confidence in my ability to do anything really... I quit a lot of things whenever they got the slightest bit hard. 

 

When I was in high school, I still felt like something was wrong with my weight. I tried to only eat a single piece of fruit for the day hoping that would help me lose weight. Around 6pm, I'd cave and eat everything in sight. 

 

The crazy thing is that I wasn't overweight. But that mindset, that there was something wrong with me and that I was weak... and those habits... starve self and then binge... those two things ultimately did cause me to gain weight and struggle to get the weight off.

Here's how that happened.

After college, I moved moved to the city! Chicago! Where you can get a hot dog or pizza on just about every corner. I started my first job. I started grad school. And I started a relationship. All in the same year. I also started stress eating. On the way home from work. McDonalds fries because how the F is someone supposed to manage and teach 34 kindergartners? It was the most stressful time of my life. And I had so many things to juggle. Somehow I thought the fries would make me feel better. They didn't. They'd start something else though.

When I got home, because I hadn't eaten all day besides the fries, I'd binge on whatever was in sight. Chips. Cookies. Fried Oreos. I didn't know how to grocery shop back then, so we'd order GrubHub and eat an entire pizza and drink a liter of RC. And then finish the cookie dough we had opened before dinner.

This repeated almost every single day.

I gained weight.

I blamed it on the birth control I was on.

But looking back, duh. I over-consumed food. I stress ate. I boredom ate. I fed my emotions. I over-consumed food. I claimed it was about living in the city and enjoying food, but there is nothing special about city McDonalds fries or chips or burritos from Chipotle.

I gained 25lbs. Maybe more. I stopped getting on the scale because I was so ashamed.

I stopped wearing jeans because they hurt my skin and I refused to buy a bigger pair. 

 

All of this continued until I decided to make a change in my life. Deciding means literally cutting off all other options. And I promise you, I didn't lose weight by starving myself on a 1200 calorie diet. And I promise you, losing weight was not the only thing that makes someone happy.

 

I will tell you a little bit more about this tomorrow. But it's always good to realize WHY something happened so that whatever solution you come up with actually matches the problem. Sometimes we come up with solutions but... they solve problems that don't actually exist! and sometimes these "solutions" create even more problems for us... (I will tell ya more about that in a few days.)

 

So to sum up:

My problem... well problems:

-eating because of stress 

-blaming my weight gain on other things in my life, not taking responsibility for why I gained weight

-not eating during the day and then binge eating at night

-eating mostly processed foods

-not understanding what special occasion foods were and lumping all processed foods together

-rarely eating plants.. vegetables.. things grown in the ground

-OVER-CONSUMING FOOD

-rarely exercising

-NOT TAKING CARE OF MY BODY!!! my one and only body I have while I am alive

 

 

More on this later. 

Turns out you can create solutions to solve problems when you know what problems you are trying to solve!

 

xoxo

 

Jaclyn

Clean eating meal plan = A trendy way to say "diet"

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Have you ever seen a weight loss meal plan that told you to eat Rice Krispies treats, a Snicker's bar, Twizzlers, potato chips + French onion dip, Ho Hos, Fritos, Cheetos, cheese popcorn, or ice cream?

 

No, right?

 

Those are comfort foods and delicious foods...

 

But meal plans expect you to be perfect with food.

And eating processed foods is a no no.

 

Pst.

 

MEAL PLANS DON'T WORK. 

Not for weight loss that sticks...

 

HERE'S WHY:

 

Getting a set meal plan off the internet or from a book is the equivalent of a kid memorizing multiplication tables but never knowing WTF those numbers actually mean and why 3x3=9.

 

When you get a meal plan, you're set for 7 days or 10 days or 21 days or 30 days or whatever the F that meal plan tells you you need to be perfect with food and lose weight and whatever magical things it tells you.

 

But there are 365 days in a year.

 

And I plan on living for a several more trips around the sun. Do you?

 

So how the F are you supposed to eat on day 8 or day 11 or day 22 or day 31 or FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

 

Did you learn skills to use for life?

 

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When someone brings donuts to work and you want one?

When there is a candy bar in your desk and you want it?

When you've had a shitty day at work?

When you get home late for work and have nothing prepped for dinner?

 

Usually, when those things happen, we have something off plan, feel guilty, binge, and vow to start again Monday or the first of the month or... next year some time.

 

BLINDLY FOLLOWING A CLEAN EATING MEAL PLAN IS THE EQUIVALENT OF MEMORIZING MATH FACTS IN SCHOOL BUT NEVER BEING ABLE TO APPLY THE SKILLS BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T LEARN PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS. YOU ONLY LEARNED TO MEMORIZE AND DO WHAT SOMEONE ELSE TOLD YOU TO DO.

 

Pretend it's the day after your meal plan ends.

What do you do?

 

Do you continue on with the clean eating meal plan to a T because you're AFRAID OF FOOD and what will happen to your body if you do something else that's not on the meal plan?

 

Been there.

I was so afraid of carbs for so long.

I was so afraid of eating at a restaurant for soooo long.

I was so afraid of going out with friends for so long.

 

 

Do you binge and go back to all your old habits and find yourself gaining the 10lbs you lost PLUS another 35lbs?

 

I see this ALL THE TIME.

I can't tell you how many people I've seen be PERFECT and lose weight in 4 weeks and then gain all of it back.

 

Someone else writing a meal plan for you WITHOUT including your favorite treats...

 

It doesn't work.

 

Lots of meal plans hide as "clean eating" or "lifestyle changes," but unless you plan on eating like that for the rest of your life, it's not a change. It's a diet.

 

In order to actually make a lifestyle change, you have to learn how to do this shit yourself and apply the skills for life and how to eat some delicious treats.

 

Creating habits with nutrient-dense food AND treats you can sustain for life > short-term perfection/diet mindset

 

Your life needs treats. It's ridiculous to pretend you can eat perfectly for the rest of your life.

 

But you need to learn how to have treats in addition to nutrient-dense foods WITHOUT going overboard.

 

When you LEARN SKILLS, PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS, you can do anything.

When you solely do rote memorization, you're limited in what you can sustain.

 

Remember, we're not talking for 4 weeks.

We're talking for life.

 

Can I tell you a secret? I eat pizza. I have chips. I eat candy. And all the weight I lost 3 years ago has never crept back.

 

And truth: I am not running or exercising for hours upon hours every day. The weight has never crept back because I learned skills on HOW to eat with treats in my life.

 

Skills > rote memorization

 

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I hope this helps you. If you want more help, you can message me anytime: coachjaclyn@jaclynricchio.com.

xoxo

Eating healthy... but not losing weight. Help!

"I am running and eating pretty healthy, but I am not losing weight. What am I doing wrong?"

 

I got this question over the weekend, so I wanna dive in!

 

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--->This is not me hating on calories or saying that you need to count calories to lose weight. Nope. Not saying that one bit.

 

But here's what's up.

 

A lot of times we think because something is healthy, we can eat as much of it as we want.

 

(Totally thought this when it came to healthy fats like avocados, cashews, and coconut oil. AND when it came to trendy things like protein shakes and protein bars.)

 

Paul used to think this too when I was doing Whole30 and he was pretending to do it too.

"Whole30 means I can eat however much I want as long as it isn't bread."

He legit used to say that!

NO!! That is NOT what Whole30 is about. Even on Whole30, it works because it teaches you how to portion things using your hands or a plate... but overeating is NOT inherent to the program.

 

 

Overeating continuously will put us at a calorie surplus.

We will gain weight- whether that be fat or muscle.

 

All of the foods in the photos are foods I've eaten and have snapped photos to teach on social media.

There's nothing wrong with any of them.

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But it's really easy to overdo it and eat alllllll the food if you're not being mindful.

 

A lot of times we mis-remember what we actually ate over the course of a day. Gummy bears at the secretary's desk. Donuts in the teacher's lounge. Oops.

 

Or we specifically remember that we DIDN'T have those treats. We only ate healthy foods.

And we feel frustrated because even though we said no thanks to the treats, this weight loss thing ain't working.

 

That one was me. I specifically remember not going to bars with friends. Not eating the takeout Paul ordered... but being frustrated because I wasn't seeing a change.

 

We may get on the scale and see nothing has changed or see that a progress photo is no different than 3 weeks ago and then we get super frustrated AF, curse the healthy eating plan, binge, and then a few weeks later, start googling for the perfect diet plan for our bodies.

 

"There must be something wrong with me that I can't lose the weight... I must not have found the perfect diet for me. It has got to be out there."

 

But it's all about the execution of the plan.

The plan was to eat healthy, and ya did that but also ya can't overeat on the healthy things.

 

The single way to lose weight is to create a calorie deficit.

How you want to go about that is what you have to LEARN and PRACTICE how to do for your life.

 

If that means following a meal plan, counting macros, WW points, measuring food in measuring cups, whatever...

 

 

All of that works by creating a calorie deficit.

And all of that won't work without creating a calorie deficit.

 

 

 

If you're eating healthy AF foods, awesome! Keep it up. If you're not seeing the progress you want, take a look at how much of these healthy foods you're eating.

 

AND THEN GIVE IT TIME. Practice these actions over time.

No one loses 5 lbs of fat in 3 days. It happens with consistency.

 

I have some simple tricks that can help you in the food dept WITHOUT having to count calories.

 

You can get them by joining my newsletter here.

 

 

 

Until next time... xoxo

 

Go for a run!

 

Jaclyn

 

Why we run

"I want to start a good healthy habit for me and my family." -Mari

 

 

"I am doing this to get back into running and help support you! I haven't run since October..." -Leah

 

 

"I am trying to be more active and walk more. I sit at a desk all day most days and don't get a lot of movement in during the day." -Melanie

 

 

"I love running and I love accountability because it forces me to make exercise a priority even if I'm busy with work." -Brecon

 

 

'Because I want to get moving more and I want to start taking my dog on longer walks/runs." -Elle

 

 

"I am a mom and need to get moving more for me!" -Tricia

 

 

"I've been in a slump so this will make me get out there!" -Jodi

 

 

"I like committing to something and following through with it!" -Bianca

 

 

"I'm doing it for all of the other women who run or want to start!" -Holly

 

 

"I love running! It makes me feel accomplished!" -Cassi

 

 

"I want to feel strong and capable – to run for my heart, health, & life!" -Laura

 

 

"My wife said i have to!" -Jim

 

 

"Working out takes your mind away from other things and makes you feel confident!" -Marissa

 

 

 

Tomorrow is the big day!

 

 

How to win a $50 Nike Gift Card:

1. Run (or walk) 1 mile on March 8, 2018
2. Post a photo and tag @ jaclyn ricchio and#runwithjaclyn
3. Add yourself to https://www.facebook.com/groups/runningtoloseweight/

Drawing will be live on March 10th!

 

How running can change your life

A little over 2 years ago, I was feeling really shitty about my life.

I had just quit my teaching job. The one I spent $$$ for. Student loans for undergrad. Student loans for grad school. $$$ on doctor bills because of all the stress, anxiety, and panic attacks I was having.

I found myself working at another job I wasn't exactly in love with. I made 80 calls a day trying to help people to do some technology troubleshooting stuff I didn't actually understand. 

My 31st birthday was around the corner, and it turns out, life was really not all that much better than my 30th birthday.

I was a quitter... once again. I had been quitting just about everything I attempted. 

I needed something different in life. I needed to use that PAIN of feeling stuck and feeling like a failure and quitter to help drive me to change. So I decided to shed that label and do something hella crazy, and hella committed

I decided to run 31 days straight for my 31st birthday.

It was hard... but also it wasn't hard. I had decided, committed, and made no negotiations with myself. I was going to do it no matter what. That's what happens when you decide. You cut away the other choices and do the work. 

 

I did it.

 

I ran 31 days in a row. Through the cold. On days I worked 11 hours. On days it was -17 outside.

 

I did it.

 

And on day 32, on New Year's Eve, I woke up and decided to keep going.
On New Year's Day, hungover from the party, I woke up, and went running.

And I just kept going.

I ran 100 miles. 1 mile a day. 100 days in a row.

 

 

 

It was some hard shit. A lot of people told me not to do it.

There were days I told myself to not do it.

But I did it.

And my life will never be the same because of those 100 days.

On the 100th day, 100+ people, some babies, and some pups joined me for a run.

Disciplining myself to run 100 days in a row has changed my life.

Since then, I have created a new life for myself.

I've lost and KEPT OFF 25lbs.

I've stopped binge eating, emotional eating, and stress eating.

I've completed 3 full marathons.

I've helped hundreds of people lace up their shoes and get started on their own weight loss and running journeys.

 

Dear friends, the third anniversary of #runwithjaclyn is coming up.

 


Running can change your life too.

Discipline can change you life.

Deciding can change your life.

But it starts with 1 day. 1 mile. 1 step.

 

Get out there on March 8th with me and run/walk 1 mile.

Inside. Outside. Treadmill. Track. Mall. Whatever you can do.

 

 

 

Post a selfie on your FB or IG and tag @jaclynricchio and use #runwithjaclyn.

(Are we FB friends? We better be!)

 

Wanna enter to win a $50 Nike Gift card?

Do the above steps and then add yourself to www.facebook.com/groups/runningtoloseweight/

 

xoxo

Jaclyn

 

 

 

EASY AF BREAKFAST COOKIES

This is the easiest and tastiest breakfast ever.

I know everyone is all:
Omg I need to add protein to everything, every meal, all the protein!!!

And I used to be like that too.

Like I thought that adding protein powder or eggs or meat automatically made something healthier and more filling and better for me... (And this is NOT a knock on animal products. I still consume them. But I've learned that eating a crap ton of protein doesn't make your body healthier or lose weight just because you are a ton of protein!)

BUT through trial and error and tracking what I ate and how my body felt and taking the time to learn about the food going in my body and and and all that jazz, I found that when I eat real food and not just nachos all day, my real food already has enough protein in it.

So I don’t have to worry. It all evens out. AND it fuels my running better.

I seriously do sooo much better with running when I eat real food instead of fake food. 🍕

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Easy AF Breakfast Cookies:

1/2 super ripe banananana
1/2 cup of oatmeal
1/4 cup water

Mash the banananana first! Then add the oatmeal and water. Stir it up. 
Scoop into balls and lay on cookie sheet.

Sprinkle of a SMALL amount of chocolate chips. (Freal guys, don’t ruin ’em by putting a half of a bag of chocolate chips on ‘em. And don’t sneak chocolate chips. You know who you are. 🙋🏻‍♀️Me.) Bake at 350 for 11 minutes.

 

 

How many do I eat at a time?

Well, you know I don’t track calories. When I’ve done it in the past, I have gotten super obsessive over food and caused harm to myself. (I learned this is called orthorexia. I was always worried that food had to be super healthy and if it wasn't I stressed the F out. )

So I don't count calories anymore. And I don't stress myself out.

Same with my relationship with the scale. I just say no to the scale and being obsessed with it.

Ok so when I make these, I eat them all in one sitting... but also I only eat this ONE serving. <-----

I don’t make 5 of these servings and eat all 5 servings in one sitting. Sooo be mindful of serving sizes, but don’t worry about every single calorie and cause yourself to go crazy... like I did.

xoxo

JACLYN

 

Pssssstt....

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Gimme 12 wks. 

 

Lose 25lbs. Run your BEST 5k.

Making money working online

Hey hi! Did you know I used to be a Beachbody coach? Yeah! I did it for 2.5 years, and it was cool to give me a taste of coaching women and also working online with peeps...

 

But I quit it last fall. I wasn't making any money. I undervalued myself as a coach, and so people undervalued me as a coach. I found myself making $40 a month being someone's coach 24/7. YUCK. Sometimes I coached for free because I felt bad if someone couldn't afford the price. When someone purchased a product from me, I was their coach... but sometimes it was really weird and got into a gray area if they didn't consume their product every day and the 30 day supply lasted them 60 days.... 90 days... It just was blah and weird and not fun and not fulfilling. I found myself putting a lot of my emotional energy into my groups but it not being matched because I was so bad about communicating the coaching and boundaries. I will take ownership of messing up my end of the coaching.

I learned a lot during this mess-up.

 I am worth way more than $40 a month. For the amount of time, energy, emotional energy, after hours help, etc, I am worth more than the $130 a month price people paid for Shakeology.

I know WTF I am doing and help people, but my years of working in public education where I was undervalued caused me to continuously undervalue my expertise. You can read more about that whole thing here: I quit Beachbody.

 

The breaking point for me quitting Beachbody and seeing my worth was when I started teaching online. I could make $40 in 2 hours of teaching online. I could make $130 in 2 days of teaching of teaching online.

 

 Like no prep before or after. No emotional energy. No random texts from people at 10pm. Just sign in. Teach. Sign out. Continue on with my day. Choose my hours. Choose my vacation days. Create the life I want to live. 

 

Teaching online helped me see my value. If I was worth $20 an hour to read from a script, then my real life expertise is worth way more than $20 an hour. 

 

Teaching online has opened my eyes to the possibilities in life. Like I can take this job anywhere I go. If we are in a small apartment in Atlanta or in an airbnb in Thailand. Teaching online has been a blessing.

 

 

I set a goal to teach 2000 classes this year. This will help me have an income while I work on my personal running coaching business.

 

Lemme break it down for you:

2000 classes x $10 a class = $20,000 minimum (This does not include the $2 bonuses for a class being booked within 24 hours, and this does not include the $5 bonus for a trial class deciding to sign up, and this does not include the $100 bonus for helping a teacher through the interview process. Yes, I am very open and honest about the LEGIT money potential and how honest and EASY the payment plan is. UGH. I hate how confusing and scammy a lot of online businesses pay their workers. That's another story.)

 

So to teach 2000 classes, we gotta break it down.

 

2000 classes / 12 months = 167 classes a month 

 

167 classes a month / 30 days a month = 5-6 classes a day

 

So that is my goal every single day is to teach 6 classes a day. I don't always get 6 classes a day. My schedule is determined by parents signing up for classes with me. Sometimes I have 4. Sometimes I have 6. 

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---> THIS IS NOT LIKE A REGULAR JOB WHERE YOU ARE GUARANTEED HOURS. You have to build up your clients. It takes time. And when the kids have exams or on vacation, there might be fewer classes.

 

SOOOO that's when weekend hours come in.

Because I like to work mornings, I generally take my weekend evenings off....

But because I am serious about my goal of 166 classes a month, I decided to open some weekend hours. And because I got booked within the 24 hour period on some of these classes, I got some extra bonuses. Winning.

So within this 48 period from Friday morning to Saturday evening, I made $218. To work 11 hours. Broken up. In my yoga pants. In my living room. Instead of watching Netflix.

 

$218 is a good chunk of change.

 

And because I love to talk about how the small things we do EVERY DAY matter more than the big things we do once in a while,

 

$218 a weekend x 52 weekends = $11,336.

 

An extra $11k for working on a Friday and Saturday FROM HOME. 

 

 

IT'S THE BEST JOB EVER.

 

 

Only 10% of applicants are hired, and I've helped 10 people through the lengthy interview process. If you are interested in making extra money working from home the legit way, you can apply here and make me your mentor teacher:

Application: Teaching Online    Referral code: 03FJQO

Then add yourself to this FB community, and I will help you set up a schedule to make $20,000 from home too! FB Community

 

xoxo

 

Jaclyn

Working From Home the Legit Way

"Jaclyn, if you keep talking about money, people are going to think it's a scam."

Well, then they're not my people! I won't be able to help them anyway!

I talk about money a lot because for so long, I didn't have much. And I never really expected much of myself. I got into teaching because I wanted to help kids. I remember thinking over and over that if I love what I do, how much money I make doesn't matter.

I learned that.. well.. that's not true. What a moderate salary could afford 20 years is different now. When I left working in Chicago Public Schools, my income got significantly smaller...but my bills were still there. So it became a matter of figuring out how to live life with less money. No more eating out. No dream vacations. How long does one choose to live life like this? It wasn't something I could see myself doing for more than a year...

So I left..

But when I left teaching, my income took an even bigger paycut. I knew that I would have to work to build myself up and climb the corporate ladder, but being offered $33,000 to work a 9-5 job (plus being on call at night and on weekends!!) was not going to cut it. No room for growth. No bonuses. No commission. No equity. No overtime. 

Just $33,000. That's it. 

It wasn't a way I could live life.

***This blog post is not meant to be a judgement on anyone's salary or anyone's worth. It is meant to be informative and encouraging to more possibilities in life.

I invested time and money to go to college and grad school. I was still paying off those student loans. I couldn't afford to live on $33,000. 

So I sought out other options to create wealth in my life.

This online teaching gig is so funny because I never wanted to enter the teaching world again, but now that I am doing it online, I actually love it and enjoy it. I have students who are regulars. I have funny stories every morning. I've learned so much about a different culture that I am actually making plans to visit!

 

But this post is about money.

And yes, I talk about money a lot because I know that there are a lot of people out there who are struggling. People who invested time and money in college... but are struggling to make ends meet. That's why this job is a blessing.

I am open and honest about how much I make because there are so many get rich quick schemes on the internet.. and people fall for them and dig themselves into deeper holes.

This one is legit work. You're not going to make millions, but you could make $20,000 if you decide to wake up early. You could make $40,000 if you decide to wake up even earlier.

 

It starts with making the commitment to doing something every day. Commitment is important because if you decide to half-ass things and not do this every day, you're not going to make much money.

 

I will show you examples of both. Of when I didn't commit.. and what happened when I decided to commit.

 

I got hired back in July. I made $16. And I lost $12 because I missed a class! I wasn't taking this job seriously!! 

In August, I got a little bit more serious. I made $142. But I was still messing around. I didn't truly make a commitment.

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In September, I saw how much money other people were making. I realized other teachers were making $3000 or even $4000 because they were teaching every day. WTF. I am a coach who preaches doing things every day, and I wasn't doing it! So September became a new month. I committed to teach almost every single day. 

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Yes, I went from making $16 in July to $142 in August to $921 in September. I made a habit out of it. I built things up. I chose to do something every day. And it paid off.

In October, I continued to practice this behavior. YOU GUYS.

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In November, more of that shit! I taught every single day. AND I BROKE $1000 WITH THIS PART-TIME JOB!!!

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That was insane. In December, my goal was just to make $1047. I just wanted to make $1 more than November. I didn't know how much time I'd have for teaching because I took some time off when it was my brother's wedding, and I took some time off for New Year's Eve.

 

You guys. I killed it. My schedule of teaching 3 hours a day, give or take... I KILLED IT.

This was my schedule for December. You can see how I earned this giant paycheck by keeping my schedule pretty regular.

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I preach this over and over again with my coaching clients- what we do 1 time doesn't matter. Eating a salad 1 day will not cause you to lose weight. Eating a giant pizza 1 time will not cause you to gain weight. But eating a salad every day for 365 days instead of a giant pizza WILL cause you to lose weight. Eating a giant pizza instead of a salad every day for 365 days WILL cause you to gain weight.

 

 

Earning $60 is no big deal, but earning $60 for 365 days straight IS a big deal.

 

$60 x 365 = $21,900.

 

My goal... no, rather my COMMITMENT to myself is to make $20,000 with this part-time gig by teaching 2000 classes this year.

I've already taught 61 of those 2000 classes!

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Only 10% of applicants are hired, and I've helped 10 people through the lengthy interview process. If you are interested in making extra money working from home the legit way, you can apply here and make me your mentor teacher:

Application: Teaching Online    Referral code: 03FJQO

Then add yourself to this FB community, and I will help you set up a schedule to make $20,000 from home too! FB Community

 

xoxo 

Jaclyn

 

10 Tips for Losing Weight in 2018

Runner friends... I want you to do a marathon this year.

 

With the way you approach food.

 

If you've been trying to lose weight for the past decade and it's just not working, I want you to look at how you view eating healthy.

 

Is it a sprint? Something you do really fast for a short period of time? 

 

Or is it a marathon? Something you train for all year, you delay gratification constantly, and you actually change your lifestyle to accommodate this?

 

When I look at how I used to view food and losing weight and getting healthy, I realize now that all the fad diets I did were short-term, they told me to cut calories anyway I can, that low-fat dressing was better than full fat, and that calorie deficit any way possible was what I needed to achieve... not looking at the quality of foods...

I've learned a LOT in the last 3 years.

 

Here are 10 tips for losing weight in 2018:

 

1. Really learn about the food you are eating. FREALS. Learn about the food. Not just learn about the keto diet and what you are allowed to have on it and not just learn about a vegan diet and what you are allowed to have on it. Learn about foods. What eating eggs do for your body? How do you FEEL after eating eggs? What does drinking protein powder do for your body? How do you feel? If you're telling yourself you're on a diet, that means you can fall off of the diet. If you're telling yourself you are learning about food and what certain foods do for your body, you're doing self-exploration. You're learning more about yourself and your particular body. You getting to know yourself better and what works for your body.

 

2. Stop seeing calories as things you need to cut, cut, cut. 
Calories are units of energy. No, seriously. That's actually the definition of a calorie. Our bodies need energy... When we restrict ourselves to only 900 calories, that's not a lot of energy going into our body. AND that sets ourselves up for long-term failure. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Training yourself to only eat 900 calories is going to cause more harm to your self-esteem (you will quit after a few days or weeks and feel like a failure for quitting) and in the long run, it is going to make you afraid of food. (This is what I had to get over all of last year!)

 

3. Move your body every single day in 2018. Make a commitment to moving your body because you love it and not because you hate it. Move your body because you are thankful for having legs that work. You are thankful for having arms that work. Move your body because it is so freaking amazing. Do a hard workout 3-5 days a week and foam roll, do yoga, or take the dog for a walk on the off days. Move your body. No excuses.

 

4. Stop demonizing certain food groups. (Are carbs bad this year? Or is it fat this time? I can never remember.) Experiment and see how you feel after eating foods. What works for one body is poison for another. But when we take the time to see the effects, we learn a lot about ourselves. And we can do good things for ourselves.

 

5. Stop saying you're going on a diet on the first of the year/month/week. Just start eating better foods today. Tonight. Your next meal. The next time you go to the grocery store.

 

6. Listen to the way you are talking to yourself. Are you saying shitty things about being fat, lazy, unmotivated, this is too hard, you always mess up, you're a sucky person, etc? Then this shit will continue being hard. Stop saying mean shit to yourself. You're a beginner, and that's okay. We are all beginners learning this stuff.

 

7. Start filling up on the really good for you foods. Ones that don't come in a package with 20 items on the ingredient list. If it has an ingredient list, try to read the ingredients. Can you read them? Yes? No? Is it really food you're putting in your body?

 

8. Start using food as your medicine. No, not to treat a bad day at work or a fight with your sig other. But seriously, if shit ain't healthy with your body, look at the QUALITY of food you are eating. Lean Pockets may be under 300 calories, but they're not helping your overall health.

 

 

9. Start seeing how cheap it is to eat healthy WHEN YOU ASSEMBLE IT YOURSELF. Yes, a salad at McDonalds is more expensive than a cheeseburger. But a meal made with plants in your kitchen is even cheaper than the one at McDonalds... ps. It costs gas money to drive to McDonalds... And it costs $$$$$ money to go to the doctor because of poor nutrition, the shit we put in our bodies... so that dollar menu at McDonalds.. it's actually very expensive.

 

10. Be kind to yourself. No one goes from a shitty diet to a stellar diet in 3 days. There are missteps. There are Christmas cookies. It's a learning process... it's a journey... We learn more each day about what foods work for our bodies and what foods don't.

 

But when we make the commitment to the marathon and not the sprint, the weight comes off... AND STAYS OFF.

Money, and why I talk about it a lot...

When I left Chicago Public Schools, I took a $10,000 pay cut.

My cost of living didn't change. My commute got longer. I got older and had more experience.

But my salary decreased by $10,000.

 

The most money I ever made was when I worked in CPS. And that was also the unhealthiest period of my life. 

 

So, yes, it was a win to decide to leave that job.

 

And then when we moved to the south, well, there's not a lot of money in teaching down here.  

 

And the 9-5 job I was offered paid the same salary I made 10 years ago when I first graduated college with no room for negotiating. No summer off. No commission. No bonuses. No room for growth in the company. No adjustment due to inflation or due to my 10 years of experience being a freaking adult on this planet... Straight up what I made 10 years ago.

 

I left jobs in the past because I wanted to move forward, but I kept coming across jobs that kept me in the same place, or worse, pushed me even further down.

 

So when I found this teaching online gig, it was the FIRST TIME I have ever been in control of how much money I could make. Like I sit down each week, decide what hours I want to teach/how much money I want to make, and then I teach from my kitchen counter in my pajama pants, and I make that money. That's it.

 

I have to tell you:

 

This isn't my forever job.

This is a gig.

This is something I am doing to make money to pay the bills while working on my passion career: coaching and teaching women.

 

If you've been following my social media, you know I've been all over the place since leaving my steady paychecks.

I worked at 3 tech startups, I taught in a charter school, I tutored kids, and I nannied.

 

None of these are my passion jobs!

 

They paid the bills, but they also took a lot out of me.

I wasn't passionate about any of the tech startups, and it was a chore/anxiety fest working there.

I was unhappy and mistreated at the charter school.

And tutoring and nannying weren't awful, but the commute and gas money were!

 

I like teaching online because I can work with kids but I don't have to do all the things I hated about being a teacher. 

 

I don't lesson plan on weekends. 

I don't stay after school to grade work. 

I don't bring projects home to cut out.

I don't work for free anymore.

 

The hours I work are the hours I am paid for.

 

The kids are hilarious.

They say thank you at the end of a lesson.

 

And no games, no tricks up my sleeve. 

 

Last month I made $1,046 sitting at my kitchen counter in pajama pants.

 

 

And 15 days into December, I've made $628.

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Overall, I’ve made $3,737 working from home… 

 

Which is what some teachers make in a single month of teaching because they go balls to the wall and teach overnight.

 

No, seriously.

 

Some of these teachers make $4,000 in one month working from home. 

 

It’s pretty cool being in control of how much money we want to make in a year.

 

To teach, you do not need a teaching certificate but you do need a Bachelor’s degree in anything and experience working with kids.

 

You can check out my other blog posts about teaching here: Teach Online Info

You can apply here: Teaching Application

And you can join my FB group where I provide training and mentoring to new teachers: Get Hired

 

Only 10% of applicants are hired, so please reach out before your first interview! 

 

xoxo Jaclyn

Regina George is a Mean Girl

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I got a text saying I looked great in my dress this past weekend.

 

“Oh yeah? Good thing I spent $40 on Spanx. They fix bellies full of pie and my thunder thighs."

 

 

That’s the thought that went through my head.

 

 

Self-deprecating.

Divert, divert, divert.

No, I'm not worthy of a compliment. Get it away from me.

 

 

 

Sometimes we feel like no, we couldn't just accept a nice thing just as it was said because what if the person thinks we are conceited if we just plain say thank you to the compliment.

 

 

 

As if the person talking to us was Regina George, herself.

 

 

 

 

 

But I don’t think that’s what goes through most women’s heads when they're giving you a compliment.

 

 

I think they really are trying to say something nice.

They noticed something about you and wanted to say something nice. And we are allowed to say thank you without worrying the thank you means we suck.

 

(And if you DO have mean girl friends that have hidden meanings in their sentences, then you need to get rid of them because this ain’t high school anymore and your peeps should build you up and not be secretly tearing you down.)

 

So instead of calling out the imperfections of my body, I said thank you.

 

The truth is I did wear Spanx. (Who doesn't?)

 

My body does have imperfections. (Whose doesn't?)

 

I am not 100% confident all the time. I have to catch myself and remind myself. (Getting better every month.)

 

 

When I hear that Regina George mean girl voice in my head and start to listen to her, I pause and remember, nope, she is a character in a movie aka she fake and plastic and then I tell her to stfu.

 

My body has changed a TON in the last 3 years, but it is still imperfect and will always be.

 

 

My confidence has grown a TON in the last 3 years, but it is still imperfect, but I have the tools to continue to improve it.

 

 

 

 

We are all works in progress.