One thing we keep mentioning we love about creating and running MJFITNUT is the remarkable people we meet. After visiting Cali for the first time, attending our first 420 Games LA, and getting to be surrounded by so many like minded people, all coming together to help create a positive image for cannabis, we are thrilled for the year ahead of us! It’s amazing getting to have inspiring conversations with people like Jazz, who you will meet today.
Last week we had the pleasure of introducing you to the dedicated team at 420FITNESS in Oakland, California. Today we bring you the person behind Instagram’s @420_fitclub. When we first saw her description, “I’m set on a journey to lose 100+ lbs, and gain muscle, to break the lazy stoner stigma!”, we were instantly intrigued, and wanted to know how we could help showcase her efforts in our common goals, to break down the misconception of lazy stoners. We reached out to Jazz and she was excited to be interviewed. What we learned was more than just a goal to be more health and fitness conscious, but to help others. With us sharing yet another commonality, we couldn’t be more happy to introduce you to Jazz!
Jazz, tell us a a little bit about yourself.
My name is Jazmin, I'm 25. I was born in California, but raised in Oregon. I met my partner, Caitlyn, in college and moved to Washington. I've lived here for about 5 years now. I work part-time in retail, and volunteer at the school she teaches at. I started my weight-loss journey this January, and have lost 56 pounds so far! I'm about halfway to my goal!
What made you decide to set your weight loss goal?
I've been overweight most of my life, and never really saw it as a problem because I was pretty active. I played rugby, so size was more of an advantage for my sport. I started noticing a problem when I was about 23. I hadn't played a sport since high school, and I was eating a lot more fast food, because at that time, I just thought cooking was way too time-consuming. I went on ignoring my body for another 2 years, and proceeded to gain weight. At the end of last year, I was tipping the scale at 298.7, and was diagnosed as pre-diabetic.
At that point, I knew I had to do something to change, so I was talking to a co-worker about making changes in my lifestyle. His response was, "Well...if you want to lose weight, you should probably stop smoking pot." That sparked my wake-up call. I was angry my poor decisions had led to him believing I was overweight because I consume cannabis. I started consuming cannabis after I had already gained the majority of my weight, (around 16).
At that moment, I knew I wanted to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way, and promote my cannabis use. I set my goal at getting to 275 first, and crushed it in the first month! Now I'm down to 243 and my next goal is 200!
298 to 275 in one month! That is an accomplishment worth congratulating! That’s take a lot of determination, and effort! What sort of activities do you enjoy the most that help you to meet your goals?
My partner and I decided to forgo a gym membership, and invest what we would put towards that into some used home gym equipment. Our reasoning was "No excuses, the gym is at home.” I personally am not a fan of running, so I decided to get an elliptical, row machine, and a bike for cardio, as well as a weight set for toning. We also go biking and hiking, since we live in the Pacific Northwest, and have beautiful trails in our backyard.
On our "rest day" we like to do silly things, like go to laser tag, or an indoor trampoline park. Sometimes those are the days I burn the most calories! Anything can be a workout if you put the effort in it! The most important thing is to enjoy it. It'll make you want to keep working out.
We love your attitude, and agree that anything can be training! After all that activity we all need good fuel to recover. We noticed you do some meal prep. How do you feel about it? Do you have any strategies, or go to things you like to have ready?
Meal prep has been a lifesaver for me! My go-to excuse for eating junk used to be, “I'm too busy to cook right now.”, so I'd go through the nearest drive-thru, or stock my fridge with radioactive waste, like cheap frozen pizza or microwave burritos. I went on Pinterest and started looking up meal prep options, and was hooked. I've done everything from mason jar salads, to overnight oats.
A lot of things were kind of trial and error. I had to find what I liked and what would work with my caloric needs, but Pinterest definitely made it easier. I also meal prep everything from my breakfasts, to my snacks, so I don't ever have to worry about portion size, and it makes it easier to track what I've eaten. Right now, my go-to meal prep day consists of:
Breakfast: Overnight oats with hemp hearts
Snack: Melba toast w/ a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese*
Lunch: Steamed veggies, brown rice and baked chicken w/ orange sauce
Snack: Fruit & yogurt*
Dinner: Homemade burrito bowl* (rice, protein, beans, salsa, avocado, lettuce, onions etc.)
Snack: Protein Shake*
*My dinners and snacks are different everyday, but my lunches and breakfast will usually stay the same for a week, or until I get tired of them.
Pinterest is a great resource, and an excellent suggestion for people searching out new ideas! Preparation in general is the key to success in any field, so we really believe meal prep makes a huge impact on nutrition. How do you feel marijuana helps you to meet your goals?
To be honest, at 300lbs, I don't think I would have been able to jump on an elliptical and work out for 45 mins without extreme pain. My joints would have been miserable. Sativa strains gave me that little cushion of pain relief I needed, to keep my mind on my workout, and not my wobbly knees.
Before using marijuana as a training tool, I used it as a relaxation method. I would smoke after work to wind down, so I started smoking Indica strains before stretching and meditating. It relaxes my muscles, and has done wonders for my flexibility and recovery.
Lastly, the munchies. I get a lot of questions like, "How do you deal with the munchies when you smoke pot?” My approach is to switch out my old munchies, with healthy options. I used to eat a few candy bars. Now I'll eat a bowl of fresh raspberries, with a drizzle of dark chocolate. I used to eat a whole bag of chips, now I have a big bowl of air popped popcorn! I don't even miss the junk food anymore!
It’s so phenomenal how marijuana consumption can provide so many benefits to people’s overall health and fitness! How do you feel it may be more helpful to others?
I've gotten a lot of questions about this. It's honestly the hardest one to answer because marijuana affects everyone differently. For me, marijuana has always been something positive. I knew how my body reacted to it before using it as a training tool. I would suggest people who have never consumed marijuana, and are curious about the benefits of it a workout tool, to try it in a relaxed environment first. Get to know how your body reacts to indica vs sativa, or possibly a high CBD strain.
If you already consume marijuana, and are curious about using it for health goals, try using a strain that is stimulating, like Jack the Ripper, or Sour Diesel for pre-workouts. Or maybe try a mellower strain for recovery, like Blue Dream or G-13. If nothing else, anyone can get health benefits from CBD, either through consuming, or topical lotions on injuries/sore muscles.
We couldn’t agree more and think that is great advice for someone wanting to test how marijuana works for them! What made you want to get out and start setting a positive example for marijuana, and helping to de-stigmatize the lazy stoner?
I mentioned earlier, that a coworker sparked my fire to break the stigma, but since then I've come across a lot of people who believed that's what weed made you do. In a way, I don't blame them, because you turn on the TV and you have people portraying us as lazy, junk food fueled, dummies. I want to show people I got obese by making poor choices, and I have the power to change that. Marijuana is just something I enjoy. It's what you choose to do with your marijuana use, that defines what kind of "stoner" you are.
What is preferred your method to consume marijuana? Do you have any favorite products or strains?
Personally, I enjoy smoking. I use a bong at home, and my glass blunt on hikes. I mostly smoke flower, I'm not big into dabbing. I love my balanced hybrid strains! There's this grower called Nobel Farms, here in Washington, and they produce some of the best balanced strains I've ever tried. My favorites so far are Cherry pie, and Blueberry!
You’ve given our audience such great advice! Do you have anything else you’d like to share?
Remember that just like anything else, YOU are in charge of your own journey. I'd be lying if I said all I did was start smoking marijuana, and the weight melted off. I've worked really hard at rebuilding my relationship with food, organizing myself to meal prep, and dedicating at least an hour a day to do something active. Marijuana has helped me get the motivation and empowerment to do those things. If you're thinking about starting a similar journey, and don't know where to start, reach out to me. I'm more than happy to help. When I reach my fitness goal, I'd like to become a certified personal trainer, with emphasis on 420 fitness. For now, I'm happy to be a support system for anyone who wants to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Wow Jazz! What you’ve managed to accomplish, some people aren’t able to accomplish in an entire year, and it deserves to be commended. Congratulations on your hard work, effort, time, and dedication! We know it isn’t easy. Your attitude is what stands out the most, and it’s incredible. We couldn’t be more excited for you! Your story seriously inspires us to keep doing what we’re doing. It’s stories like yours that are going to change the face of marijuana, and we are honored to be able to share it with the world!
We wish you and Caitlyn, all the best, and good luck in your journey!
This week we are in Denver for the 4/20 Week, and will be participating in activities promoting responsible use, and legalization! For this reason, we won’t be releasing any Friday articles, for at least the next two weeks. This will give us time to focus on setting a positive example in person here in Colorado, and we will follow up by bringing you the best CannaFitness content the web has to offer! Be on the lookout for next Tuesday’s interview, when we speak with a private marijuana chef from the NY!
Until then, be well friends.