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Epic. Weekend.

Epic. Weekend.

I must say, I had the most epic weekend.

Derek and I went to see Glitch Mob at the Showbox Sodo in Downtown Seattle last night. It was pretty FREAKIN’ epic! Words can’t even describe how incredible their performance was last night, I couldn’t stop smiling and was nearly on the verge of tears, such an emotional experience for sure. They put on the best show I’ve ever witnessed, hands down.

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I can’t even begin to describe the overpowering magnetic sensation when they turned on their instruments and tore down the black tarp to reveal their set. As my friend Ian said, it felt like a bass massage when they started revving up equipment, I’m getting freakin’ chills just thinking about it! Their stage performance was amazing, completely different than their ‘Drink the Sea Tour’ 4 years ago. Both performances were extraordinary, but I loved their new flavor. I couldn’t stop staring, these guys are truly in sync with their music and love and appreciate their fans more than anything.

I realized that Derek and I have been loyal fans for years, at least 5 years and their music has been the soundtrack of our lives. When Derek and I first met 4 1/2 years ago we went to their ‘Drink the Sea’ concert at the Showbox and fell in love with their song ‘Between Two Points’ and eventually became engaged, choosing that song ‘Between Two Points’ to be our wedding song. We remained loyal fans over the years as they worked on their new album ‘Love, Death, Immortality’ which seemed to be an eternity before it was finally released. For our 2 year anniversary this February we went to our friends gorgeous cabin in the mountains of Twisp and had an amazing time sitting by the fire place in leather recliner chairs basking in the sunlight through the windows with an amazing epic snow landscape, listening to their new album ‘Love, Death, Immortality’ from front to back on repeat. It was a surreal experience. You can imagine how awestruck we were when we saw them live last night, they were everything I had imagined and more.

After the show we waited to meet them, thank them for returning to Seattle and putting on a good show, and take a picture with them. Perfect night, I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Derek and I got to spend quality time with each other as well, something we haven’t done in a really REALLY long time.

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Before we went to the show, he took me to his school and showed me around campus. It was really cool to finally see where he spends a lot of his time studying, not to mention a lot of money on tuition! 😉 Seattle University is a very impressive school, I say Derek is spoiled! After he gave me the short version of the campus tour, we went to Rock Bottom Brewery for their delicious Cheesy Jalepeno Pretzel Sticks & Cheese Dip, 2 A.M Burger with their famous Mac n’ Cheese, and of course some delicious brews. We also deep cleaned our house earlier Saturday, which NEEDED to happen! We had a fun AND productive weekend, it was really nice to come home last night at 1:30am to a clean house, shower, and freshly made bed with clean sheets!

We didn’t end up going to bed last night until 4am! Derek woke up at 11:30am to do homework, and I slept in till 1:30pm, you can imagine how weird I felt waking up with have the day gone. O! I have positive news that IS health related! This morning I woke up and my bloat had banished! Hell yeah! I was starting to get really depressed, I thought I was going to remain soft and unsightly forever, possibly put on even MORE weight! I was drowning my sorrows in food too, I couldn’t stop eating all week. My bloating had gotten so uncomfortable and painful, last night being the peak of it. It felt my internal organs were expanding, burning, and possibly exploding. I know, disgusting. BUT…. this morning I woke up a deflated much healthier size! Of course I’m not in ‘peak week’ condition, but I put on 2 extra inches around my waist and I couldn’t be more happy with how I feel mentally and physically. I’m so excited to hit the gym tomorrow, eat so much better, and find a healthy maintainable balance in my life.

To be honest, I won’t be competing again in the future. I feel like I damaged my body more than anything throughout the entire process. It seems so contradictory to promote ‘health and fitness’ with poor nutrition, improperly fueling your body, having to decrease your lifting weight because you’re so weak, and going through desperate measures such as taking water pills and depleting your body the week before a competition. It’s just not my cup of tea. I enjoy working out, getting stronger, and sweating for the mental benefits, endorphin rush, and of course physical benefits. However, aesthetics aren’t the only important benefits of being physically active and ‘dieting’. I’m worth a lot more than what I spent on my competition, and 3 minutes of stage time. The last 6 months wrecked havoc on my mind, body, and family life. I couldn’t put my family through that kind of strain again, they deserve better and I deserve better.

Yes, I learned a lot, and it was a positive experience in many ways. Body building isn’t my calling, my passion, or where I belong. There are other outlets of fitness and health I would rather take that would make me feel so much healthier and happier. Stick around and see what I do next! Thanks for following my journey this far, I still have a ways to go 🙂

~Jess

 

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