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Let's celebrate 20kg gone for good!

Friday, February 01, 2013



See. 20.1kg lost!



Told ya!

Whoop whoop! Just hoping it stays off once I start ST again!

  
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CARLA-216 2/4/2013 1:34PM

    That's wonderful, Jess! I'm very proud of you!

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COLETTEISGREAT 2/2/2013 8:12PM

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 2/2/2013 5:03PM

    Way to go! You look great!

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CWHEATLEY12 2/2/2013 8:27AM

    Wow you look wonderful, congratulations!

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ROSINVN 2/2/2013 4:24AM

    Its a life style and you have been awesome so far so i just see that continuing emoticon emoticon

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ANAJAK 2/2/2013 4:22AM

    Woohoo Bubbles!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 2/1/2013 11:34PM

    emoticonYou look great! Congrats! emoticon emoticon

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TEACHFIRST268 2/1/2013 7:32PM

    You look fantastic! You've worked hard and it shows! Congratulations!
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LIVEDAILY 2/1/2013 6:46PM

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That's wonderful!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/1/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon Awesome progress!

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I'm back!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hello everyone! I'm back from my incredible trip away. Finally. I was delayed 12 hours in Brisbane, which was super annoying and frustrating. but I eventually made it home. I loved the states, and I can't wait to go back. My favourite places were San Fran and Las Vegas. So much to do, so much fun! I'll post a photo blog of my time in LA soon.

I weighed myself yesterday and prepared myself for a big number. Imagine my surprise when I saw the lowest number ever! I lost 700g, or 1.5lb while I was away! That's half a pound a week, which is amazing! I ate OK, and used moderation. I tried to eat a good breakfast every morning, and I would usually eat enough so I could skip my morning snack. Then I would have a light lunch and a bigger dinner. When I ate in restaurants I would order a non fried appetizer and a side salad to help with portion control. I also walked for miles nearly every day. Walking doesn't burn heaps of calories, but it must have helped!

So I am back to reality as of today. Eating well, limiting junk, etc. I was planning on going to the gym today, but I am so, so tired that I'm giving myself a break. I'm helping my grandpa move house tomorrow, so will hit the gym on Sunday. While I did lose weight in the states I don't feel like I did, so I am looking forward to getting back to exercising. I feel a bit fluffy.

  
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ANAJAK 2/2/2013 4:31AM

    Ha! I should have read your blogs before posting on your page! Hows your class this year?

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ROSINVN 2/2/2013 4:31AM

    What a wonderful surprise for you, like an added holiday bonus. Congratulations emoticon

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LYNSEY723 2/1/2013 11:36AM

    I'm glad you had so much fun!! I love that you got to take such a big trip - that is just so cool!! I look foward to seeing more pictures!

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LIVEDAILY 2/1/2013 10:30AM

    Welcome back and home! Looking forward to the photos! So glad you had fun in the USA! Maybe next time it'll be the East Coast - New York can be tons of fun!!

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CARLA-216 2/1/2013 9:26AM

    Welcome back home, Jess! I am so glad you had a grand time and had safe travels. Also, I am SOOOOO proud of you for LOSING while on your trip. That is totally awesome and amazing! I have much growing up to do to accomplish that, and I'm nearly twice your age. :/



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JSTETSER 2/1/2013 6:25AM

    Welcome back to your home!!
Enjoy those wide, open spaces! Nature and exercise together is a great combination!!
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AMSPARKER 2/1/2013 6:06AM

    great job on the weight loss, I'm happy you had fun in the US!

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BEANIES_MOM 2/1/2013 5:55AM

    Welcome back! Glad you enjoyed your trip to the US!

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PATSYB7 2/1/2013 5:53AM

    Glad you had a good time in emoticon the States. Next time you'll have to come east--NYC is really fun! Congratulations on your vacation weight loss!

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APED7969 2/1/2013 4:49AM

    Welcome back! Impressed you managed a loss while on holiday!

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BRENDA_G50 2/1/2013 1:50AM

    Welcome back emoticon

Glad you enjoyed your visit to the United States, hope you can visit the US again soon.

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Photo blog

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I met San Diego John in San Diego

I met flamingos at San Diego sea world

I ate cactus fries and rattlesnake in Sedona

I went on a helicopter over the grand canyon

and I saw it from the ground

I got my kicks on route 66

I made jaws drop in Las Vegas

and no Vegas adventure is complete without meeting Elvis

  
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JSTETSER 1/26/2013 6:31AM

    Come back when you have time to hike the Grand Canyon. It is beautiful. Vegas is fun. Glad you are having such a great time!

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STODD251 1/25/2013 3:24PM

    Seems like a fun trip!

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GIANTOCR1 1/25/2013 7:31AM

    Love the picture blog. And I can see why jaws dropped in Vegas. You are HOT in that dress. Very sexy.. emoticon

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WE_PA_FIT 1/25/2013 7:25AM

    what an awesome adventure! love it !

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LIBBYL1 1/24/2013 11:39PM

  gorgeous happy pics!

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RUNNER12COM 1/24/2013 9:02PM

    You are fabulous, my friend, and I'm SO glad we got to meet in person!

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PEARL10 1/24/2013 3:37PM

    Love to do route 66 on a motorbike


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CARLA-216 1/24/2013 1:46PM

    I love the photos and that you're having such a fab time!



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LYNSEY723 1/24/2013 11:32AM

    You look amazing in your Vegas dress!! It looks like you are having so much fun. I'm so happy for you!

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MAGGIENCALI 1/24/2013 9:39AM

    Awesome! Looks like you had a good time. :)

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HEAT7918 1/24/2013 6:15AM

    Great pics! I still want to go to the Grand Canyon and Arizona... I've lived in Ohio for all 30+ years of my life and haven't made it to those places yet. :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/24/2013 5:55AM

    Looks like you are having the time of your life! Way to ROCK your dress! You look wonderful!

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    Glad you're having a wonderful time! emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/23/2013 11:24PM

    Great little black dress! Glad you are having fun in the states. My son just returned from 6 months studying at University of Aukland! He loved it there and had great fun with his kiwi roommates. He ended his stay with a couple of weeks surfing in Raglan and doing the caves in Waitomo. He did say it was expensive there and he probably never wants to eat another lamb burger in his life...but he loved your country. Good trip!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/23/2013 10:21PM

    I love Route 66. I ran a half in Tulsa that was partially on it. The Williams Route 66 Marathon. If you run, you ought to check into it.

Of course it wouldn't be a trivial thing for you I suppose.

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Still in the USA

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hi all, just a quick check in. I'm alive and well. Since we last talked I have been to
- San Diego, California (met San Diego John, he is such an awesome and fun guy!)
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Sedona, Arizona (off road jeep riding, so fun!)
- Grand Canyon
- Las Vegas, Nevada

And now I am sitting in LAX waiting for my friends flight to arrive from London. I have been in the USA for 2 weeks now, and I have another 5 days left. I have had the most amazing times and seen amazing things. Vegas was so, so fun, I danced until 4am 2 days in a row. I loved it and didn't want to leave! I would go there again in a heart beat. The grand canyon was amazing, I did a helicopter flight over the canyon and it was indescribable. I feel so lucky that I am able to do this trip and to see and do so much!

I have done so much shopping that it isn't even funny. Clothes and shoes here are so cheap, and then I discovered Ross (OMG Ross!) and I just went a little mental. $15 Calvin Klein pants, nuff said. I got a pair of sketchers shoes for $30, and they are $130 in NZ! I ended up buying a carry on bag, and it is full of nothing but new clothes, and my suitcase is full. I will never need to clothes shop again!

A quick weight update: my clothes still fit fine, but I'm feeling a little flabby, probably from a lack of ST. I'm getting plenty of exercise with all the walking (and dancing) I'm doing, but ST is missing in a big way. I was weighed for the helicopter flight and I was 146lb fully dressed, so 143lb without clothes etc (approx). All scales are of course different, but since that is less that what I weighed when I got here I think that I have probably maintained my weight since being here.

So that's what I have been up to. Will try and upload a photo blog right after i post this just in case anyone is interested in seeing pictures of me in different locations.

I miss SP, will be back to it in a week!

  
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CARLA-216 1/24/2013 1:44PM

    It all sounds so very awesome and fun! Too funny about the clothes shopping. Hey, why not if it will save you so much money in the end!

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LYNSEY723 1/24/2013 11:32AM

    I am so thrilled you are enjoying your trip so much! I am still so sad that I was sick while you were in town.... I will have to come out and see you sometime!! :)

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MAGGIENCALI 1/24/2013 9:42AM

    Sounds like fun! Yes, Ross is pretty amazing. I could into a lot of trouble there ;)

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HEAT7918 1/24/2013 6:13AM

    What an amazing trip!

I love Vegas too (& dancing until 4am!) - I will be going there in April.

The United States needs to offer more vacation / holiday time!!

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MARINEMAMA 1/24/2013 5:10AM

    Sounds like you are having such fun! emoticon

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APED7969 1/24/2013 2:24AM

    The shopping is great isn't it?! :-) Glad to hear you're having so much fun!

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LIVEDAILY 1/23/2013 10:33PM

    You've probably seen more of the West Coast than most Americans will see in their lifetimes!
I'm glad you got to see it! I'm glad you are having a grand time!! ANY time an opportunity like this presents itself, you should go for it! Life's too short. What are you going to do the last 5 days? Buy more clothes??
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I'm teasing!! That's great that you found bargains!! Ross is known for that. My sister always finds treasures there!!

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How I'm doing after a week

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hi all. Finally have a moment to sit down and breathe after a hectic week. I spent 4.5 days in the amazing city of San Francisco, followed by 1.5 days in Seattle. Yeah, San Fran is a hard act to follow and I'm sorry to say that I wasnt that impressed with Seattle. I did the usual touristy stuff and then it was lunch time, lol. All part of the experience though and I'm glad I went and gave it a go.

I'm currently at Seattle airport waiting for my plane to LA where I meet my tour tomorrow morning. Traveling alone has been so much fun, but I'm keen to see what the tour is like.

Right, this is a weight loss website, so let's talk about weight loss and traveling. So far I havent noticed much of a change. My belly is a little rounder than normal, and i feel a little pudgy and sort, but my clothes all fit fine so I guess I am carrying some water. I have been trying to be smart about what I eat in an effort to maintain my weight.

- Most mornings I have had a good breakfast, then a good lunch, then I splurge a bit for dinner.
- I try to make one snack a fruit snack(as I type this I am munching on a locally grown apple that I got at pike place), and the other can be a bit junky.
- I always get the smallest size of anything. If I want a cookie or a donut I see if they do a small size. They usually do, to be sold by the dozen, but I have found that if I ask I can usually just buy one. It is more expensive , but worth it.
- if I can't get the small size then I don't eat the whole thing. Portion control is the key!
- all I drink is water, and if I am drinking alcohol I have a vodka and diet coke to keep my calories as low as I can

Also, I have been walking everywhere. In San Fran I was walking for at least 2 hours, if not more, every day. Once day we were walking for over 5 hours. I barely used public transport because I got to see more of the city if I used my feet. While it doesn't burn mega calories it does help. I did have plans to do push ups every 2 days, but so far I have only done them once... Will try to do them more often from now on!

I think I am getting a good balance of maintaining my healthy lifestyle and experiencing a new country.

I am hoping to get home and find that I ave maintained, or only gained a small amount. Flying makes me retain water, so I won't weigh until probably the saturday after I get back.

  
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CARLA-216 1/16/2013 10:10AM

    You're doing everything I say I'll do when on holiday but only ever do about half. You rock!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

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COLETTEISGREAT 1/16/2013 9:36AM

    Glad you're enjoying your trip!

PS: Vodka does not go with coke! Vodka with fruit favoured drinks; Rum or Rye with coke!

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LIVEDAILY 1/15/2013 10:52PM

    I think you are doing really good!! You have a plan, and you're sticking with it pretty much. That should tell you that you've made a lifestyle change, and it doesn't matter that you are on vacation, you're still making good choices!Have a grand time in LA!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/15/2013 8:18PM

    Sounds like you are doing well! You would be surprised just home many calories walking burns (especially all the hills in SF!) Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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LYNSEY723 1/15/2013 7:03PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed San Fran! Sorry Seattle was a bust. And I feel soooo horrible that I was unable to meet up with you. Even if I'd had the energy, I wouldn't have wanted to get you sick!!

I can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip!

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