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#31Days Challenge with Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow

Monday, January 03, 2011

I'm not exactly sure how it happened. When I was losing weight two years ago I was very precise about everything I did. Everything was planned out, every day. From food/calorie intake to how much I was planning on working out that day to knowing what day of the week (yes, I said DAY) I was going to take off and do nothing. I lost 60 lbs being precise. It was easy. I remember saying, "why didn't I just do this years ago? I can't believe how easy it's been for me". I was fitting into size 14 jeans (a nightmare to some of you, a dream come true for me) and I had found my long absent collar bones. Then the wall showed up, in the form of 'the Holiday Season'. I decided to just take it off and get back to work right after the holidays. Well, that was two years ago. It is after the holidays, again. So, even though I'm two years, and 70 lbs late, I'm getting back to work NOW!

Thanks to Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow, I'm hoping to get a good kick start. I went to Walmart yesterday and was very surprised to see how many different kinds of meals they had there. I had never looked for Skinny Cow ice cream before either so was surprised to see the different varieties of that as well. I picked up a few of each for myself to get going.

My family is a very unhealthy one. Half of us are overweight. Of course, the younger boys (19, 16, 11) are all thin and in good shape...heck, just because they're young males. My daughter, who is 20, me (I'm 42) and my husband (who is also 42) are all in bad physical shape. My husband is the worst though, being over 400 lbs (gasp!) and a 2 shot a day diabetic. He's always been large but it's gotten out of control. After much talk, yelling, crying and talking again he finally agreed that he also needed to do something so we decided, as a family to get healthy. His goal, right now, is to lose 100 lbs. That is also my goal right now. I'm hoping that by the time we both reach our goals we'll want to go farther and lose more. My daughter, well, she can get away with losing only (only...lol) about 40 lbs and she'll be good. It's a large undertaking, I know, but if we all pull together and agree, as a family, to do this, nothing can stop us.

I will be logging my nutritional information and fitness goals at SparkPeople.com (my user name is jchllm). Sometimes, actually most of the time, just marking things down and having them in front of us, makes us think differently about what we're doing and it's not mindless anymore.

I will be blogging, making videos which I will post here, whrrls, facebook posts, tweets and so on. I will hashtag everything with #31Days so check that out if you want to keep up. Right now I have a whrrl planned for later today, or tomorrow, and a video planned for the same time frame so be sure to check back.

So, here we go. A New Year. A new challenge. A new beginning.
Yesterday my husband and I walked a mile, without stopping and without smoking (he smokes). Today I am going to do a video and likely go for a walk as well. I have Biggest Loser DVD's (6 I think) and they helped me last time so I'll get Bob and Jillian yelling at me too (yikes!).

I have not posted my weight, etc here, but if you are interested you can go to my SparkPeople info.I will be making daily posts of some kind to come back and take a look.

Make sure you check out what the other 11 Lean bloggers are doing during the challenge period:

1. Zippy Sandler http://www.champagneliving.net/
2. Nicole Brady http://www.sahmreviews.com/
3. Wendy Hammond http://www.thelocalcook.com
4. Naomi Shapiro http://superdumbsupervillain.blogspot.com/
5. Tara Altier http://thismilitarymama.com/
6. Shelby & Steve Barone http://www.feltstories.com/
7. Elizabeth Ferree http://www.homemom3.com
8. Brandi Jeter http://www.mamaknowsitall.com/
9. Mel Lockuff http://www.mamabzz.com/
10. Ellen Christian http:/www.confessionsofanoverworkedmom.blo

I started a weight loss blog a while back and I will likely put this post on there as well. It is http://etxsaverandloser.blogspot.com

I am being compensated by Lean Cuisine, Skinny Cow and Collective Bias for this but the opinions and words are solely my own.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DISPATCH91 1/3/2011 10:34AM

    good luck on your journey, remember baby step before you can run.

You can't diet, you have to decide to make a lifestyle change. That is the only way.

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CHALLENGER15 1/3/2011 10:19AM

    How neat!

You can do it! You can ALL do it!

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JCHLLM 1/3/2011 10:19AM

    A group called Collective Bias is where I found out about it. Here's the url: http://socialfabric.us/

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LAURELJ72 1/3/2011 10:19AM

    I loooove Skinny Cow! :D (Great blog post btw.)

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JENNYMC7 1/3/2011 10:16AM

  You can do it. That sounds like an cool challenge, how did you hear about it? Good Luck with your journey as well as your families health.

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I did before, I know I can do it again!!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Two years ago I went on a mission, a mission to lose weight. I was 252 lbs when I started then, imagine that. I lost 60 lbs and felt great! I walked 2 or 3 miles a day, I did exercise dvd's, I walked home from the store one day and then still walked my 2 miles that day for a total of 6 miles. I was happy, I felt happy, it was great.
Then I hit a brick wall.
Then the holidays came upon me.
Then the weather too hot.
Then a cow died on my walking route and stank up the whole subdivision so I had to stay inside to avoid to stink.
Then it was raining.
Then my mp3 battery was dead.
Then I had to paint inside of my house and that was surely exercise enough.
Then I had family visit for 2 weeks, couldn't be rude and take time away from them when they had come all this way to spend time with us.
Then it was too cold.
Then I would go for a walk if someone would come with me, if they wouldn't, I wouldn't.
Then I forgot.
Then I kept telling myself I'd get 'back on the wagon' on Monday. Which Monday anyway?
Then I just didn't care anymore....until now.

It's time to begin again. I don't think I can live the rest of my life like this.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEALINGHANDS615 7/5/2010 11:12PM

    You can do this - just think how much better you'll feel! emoticon

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BEEJAY49 7/5/2010 4:58PM

    It's good to have you home again! :) You can do it, just keep moving forward. You have us and we're here to give you a good push when you need it so don't be afraid to say so! HUGS!

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JULIE_MAY 7/5/2010 2:59PM

    Welcome back! You CAN do this. One small step, one small change at a time! The hardest part for me is just getting my shoes on and driving to the trail. After that, it's easy!

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CINROSIER 7/5/2010 2:15PM

    You can do it again. Whats sad is again. I am in the same boat. Good luck to you. Enjoy the journey.

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The Energizer Bunny is back baby!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Well, it has happened. The switch has been switched. I'm back on the wagon, but driving this time! Something clicked and this week I've been back to the way I want to be.
I've passed on the chocolate in the house. I've turned down treats. I even had a salad at Subway instead of a sub.
I've had no bread or potatoes this past week and am wondering if that has anything to do with anything else. I do admit though, keeping my fiber levels up have been more difficult with no bread, as I normally eat double fiber bread.
Weigh in is tomorrow and I think it'll be a good one...ok, I cheat and I actually weigh myself every morning...I know, I know, don't lecture me!

So, here's to another bunny of spring...not just the Easter Bunny is back in the spring...but here comes Lisa, the energizer bunny!!


That wagon is a lot harder to get back onto than to fall off of...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I'm tellin' ya. I fell off the wagon during the holidays and am having a heck of a time staying on it.
When I started this in April I lost 60 lbs in 6 months, now it's been 5 months and I'm staying the same.
The only one I can blame is myself though. I can try to blame the weather, the holidays, my husband for bringing junk into the house, being sick, stress at home....whatever, but in the end it's all ME!!

So here I go again, starting again, again. Hoping I can keep both feet, and my butt, firmly planted on the wagon and hold on for dear life...no more falling off!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CINROSIER 7/5/2010 2:19PM

    Wagons.My excuse is they move to fast to jump back on once you've fallen off. Gotta run to catch up with it. Which is a great way to start again.

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PKINTX 3/17/2009 11:28PM

  Sounds like we've been dealing with the same "bandwagon" issues. Maybe we can figure out a way to spur each other on.

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4MEBFIT2015 3/17/2009 5:10PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself! You are doing your best and you are maintaining and that is progress also; I know you don't to have that right now but you will get it back. I have faith in you and you will get back on the wagon. Be strong! emoticon

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