Name: Jess Tyrrell
Why I Got Started
Well, growing up I was called "Jelly Rolls" and "Thunder Thighs". Those were my two nicknames. It never really hit me that I was that fat funny kid in high school that you always hung around. And honestly, I never realized I was fat. One day I was out shopping with my best friend and it hit me. I couldn't fit into the biggest size they had in the store.
It came as a huge slap in the face that I was, well, huge. I went to my grandma one night and asked her if she thought I was fat. The age ol' girl question. Her response was simple. She told me if I kept going down the road I was going that I was going to end up with diabetes, renal failure, heart disease and all the other problems that come from being morbidly obese. Yes, I was considered morbidly obese. I heard an ad that night on the radio for a 12week challenge at my local gym, I went down and signed up and I haven't stopped since.
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I Heard An Ad On The Radio For A 12 Week Challenge At My Local Gym, I Went Down And Signed Up And I Haven't Stopped Since.
How I Did It
Looking at my old fat pictures always fueled me to get to the gym each day. The compliments and the support I got were just outstanding and there was no way I was going to be the fat girl anymore. After I had lost 100 pounds on my own just doing cardio (about two years) I decided that after watching The Biggest Loser and seeing those people run marathons that I could do it too.
So, I got a personal trainer because I didn't know how to train for that. I worked out with him for about a year and he helped my get to the point that I'm at now. I am addicted to the way working out makes me feel and that's how I still make progress. I love knowing that I can push myself a little more each day, it keeps me going back for more!
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I Am Addicted To The Way Working Out Makes Me
Feel And That's How I Still Make Progress.
2 Times A Day:
- Flax Oil: 1 tbsp
3 Times A Day:
3 Times A Day Before Meals:
- CLA: 1 tab
AM On Empty Stomach and 6 hrs Later Before Eating:
- Fat Loss Support: 1 cap
When I First Started:
- 1 cup Non-Fat Cottage Cheese
What I Eat Now:
- 1 ½ scoop Protein Shake
My workout has obviously evolved since the start of my journey. This is an example week from my current training cycle. I work out on average of 15 hours per week at different intensities to enhance my endurance and marathon performance. Every workout is started and ended with myofascial release and stretching.
45 min Dynamic Ball Workout:
- Kickbacks: 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps
- Hamstring Curls: 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps
- Balance Lunges: 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps
- Dynamic Stretches
- 60 min Cardio (Running, Arch Trainer, Rowing or Stairmill)
- 20-30min Cardio (Jumping Rope or more Stairmill)
- Warmup: 5-10min on Rowing Machine
- Core: Primarily Rotational Core Exercises (Woodchops, Torso Twists - 12-15 reps each direction)
- Balance work: Unilateral One Legged Rows and Presses (12-15 reps per side)
- Fully Body Cable Movements (Full Body Lunges, or Kinesis) 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps
- Anaerobic intervals: 1min on/1min off of functional work. (Bunny Hops, Medicine Ball Throws)
- Evening: Spin class
Days 6 and 7: Rest and Recovery
Provided by Trainer:
Vinnie Van Wyk, NASM-CPT, CES
Gold's Gym of Wenatchee Valley
Suggestions for Others
I have so many suggestions. The first is to not give up when you don't see the results you were dreaming of right away! When I first started working out I thought that within the 12 weeks I'd be a tiny little thing. Ha! Wrong. Losing weight takes a lot of hard work, time and motivation. My biggest motivation is keeping a set of "fat" pictures close by. When I see the 281-pound girl looking back at me it will make me want to work that much harder in the gym to never be that girl again. It isn't just working out that will get you to your goals either.
Eating healthy is SO important and it is the biggest struggle. I hear a lot of the time that people don't have time. Well, I have two jobs and go to school full time. Get a tiny cooler and cook your meals on one of your days off. You can prepare a whole week's worth of meals in just a few hours. Stop making excuses and get something done!
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