I created this site in September 2016 as a place to share a variety of HIIT and yoga workouts, fitness, nutrition, and health info, and simple, plant based recipes. Here I excitedly share what I've learned by being a Certified Personal Trainer, getting my BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as being a vegan of 10+ years. I am here to help you achieve all of your fitness, wellness, and flexibility goals.
There's nothing you can't do with the help of the right people supporting you. That is why as a Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher in training, and Wellness Coach, I am here to help you find the right movement, mindfulness, and self care practices that work best for you!
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This site also gives you the tools you need to get started on your fitness and flexibility journeys, as well as the tools to take them to the next level. If there's something you don't see here that you need and are looking for, drop me a line! I'm here to help guide you, so always feel free to contact me with any content requests, questions, or comments you have about anything!
My number 1 goal is to help keep you accountable when motivation alone just won't cut it. You are never alone, we're in this together.
Now that you know what the site itself is all about, I'll bore you with some info about me, the site runner.
About Jickety Jacq
Hey guys, the name's Jacqueline, but you can call me Jacq (and please never call me Jackie). I'm from a town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I was born, raised, and still currently reside. I got the nickname Jickety Jacq from a math teacher in high school that I greatly admired. My passion for working out and eating healthy began in October 2010. I had been dealing with a particularly crippling bout of depression after temporarily dropping out of college and being unable to secure a job; but finally one day I gathered the strength to just get out of the house and go take a walk for a half hour. That walk changed my life, as unbelievable as that may sound. I returned home invigorated and determined to make walking a daily habit. I had finally found something that made me feel better. Over time, losing weight from this increase in my activity level made me feel even better and more confident in myself. Walking eventually led to jogging, which led to a myriad of at home fitness programs to really challenge myself and take my health and fitness to the next level.
When my weight loss stalled, I knew I had to tighten up my diet and make healthier choices to supplement my training and treat my body right. Since I've never really had much of a taste for meat all my life, I'd already been vegetarian off and on since I was a young teen. Then upon seeing and being horrified by Forks Over Knives, I could not forget the staggering information it provided, so I slowly moved my way to a vegan diet. This was after meticulously researching the validity of the claims made in the documentary, and verifying the substantial health benefits associated with a plant based diet, though, not just a rash decision I made at the drop of a hat. Cheese was the last food to go, and I was a massive cheese-o-holic, but I honestly do not even miss it! I wish I knew the exact time frame that I went vegan, but the best I can pinpoint is some time in 2012.
Since the start of my health and fitness journey, I have lost and kept off over 80 pounds. I grew up overweight and continued putting on weight through most of high school/my teenage years. I never cared about my health back then. I guess it's part of the apathy of being a teenager, but I just didn't have the motivation to ever stick with any sort of effort to lose weight. I never had a reason other than to lose weight. It wasn't until I finally found a better reason, and a way to enjoy activities that lead to weight loss, that I was able to change. It was such a revelation to discover that exercise makes me feel better physically, but even more importantly, it makes me feel better emotionally. It's the same with eating a plant based diet; eating vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and seeds makes my body feel better, which helps my brain work better, making me happier. I encourage everyone to eat more plants, but I don't push anyone to eat a strictly plant based diet; we all have different needs. But one thing is certain: if you take care of your body through proper nutrition and exercise, your body will feel good, and your mind will follow suit.
Ultimately, the goal is to be and feel your best each and every day. We should work every day to be and do better than the day before. If you've had trouble enjoying exercise before, by following the workouts I provide here I guarantee you will no longer have that problem. I constantly mix it up and do different things to keep it interesting and fun. Yes, I said exercise can be fun. It really can and should be. And I'm always adding new sections and features to the site, so I encourage you to grab my latest offering: the FREE Nutrition Facts Checklist by clicking right here. And if you want to peruse further, all my free resources are available together here.
The last thing I want to say is you have to find your reason, your motivation for wanting to be healthier. And it has to be more than just how you look; of course that will always be part of it, but even moreso, it needs to come from the way you think and feel about yourself. Maybe you want to be healthier so you have a long, healthy life with your loved ones, or so that you have the energy to play with your kids, so that you know you'll be well enough to be around to watch them grow up. Maybe something completely unrelated. So I ask you, what's your reason? Once you find it, never ever give up on it. I'll be here to help make sure you don't. Stick with me.