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Quickie BLC Update

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Okie dok, so today is the beginning of Week 6 in this Biggest Loser Challenge I'm a part of. On day one I weighed 280.6 and this morning I weighed in at 273.2. Hurray! That is a total loss of 7.4 pounds. I'm averaging a weight loss of about 1.48lbs/week, that's not too shabby. I've also lost a total of 4.5'' too! Hurray for NSV!

In other news, grad school is kicking my butt but I feel like this week I'll be kicking its butt, so all is well. Learning how to balance everything has been the tricky part, but I feel like it's finally all coming together. I'm planning on making this week AWESOME. Hope you all are too!! =D

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LINDSAYB2013 3/4/2013 6:14PM

    awesome job! what do you think the biggest thing you are doing that is attributing to your weightloss? I've only been losing about .5lbs a week & would really like to lose at least a pound if possible. Let me know if you have any tips/tricks/advice! thanks emoticon

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DOROELLIS 2/25/2013 1:03PM

    Congrats on the weightloss!

Don't let grad school get to you too much. I'm in grad school as well, and while I can say that it kicks my @$$ sometimes, it's still enjoyable. And I've learned more in a year of grad school than I did during my bachelor's programs.

Balance is always key. Don't get so wrapped in grad school and weight loss that you forget to live. I set at least one day a week for nothing but family and friends.

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ANYVAR54 2/24/2013 5:41PM

    congratulations on your weight loss.

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SASSYLJB 2/24/2013 7:53AM

    great job! Keep up the great work!

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LOLATURTLE 2/21/2013 4:01PM

    JEN MADE A BLOG POST WHAT?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Congrats on your 7.4 pounds, that's so awesome!!!

I'm in my February Plateau From Hell (as opposed to my january plateau from hell... or my march one) so I'm getting bored waiting for the scale to moooooooooooove. hahaha.

BUT ZOMG you're almost out of the 270s!!! GO JEN GO!!!!!!!! I know how grad school can be - crazy! But are you having fun and learning awesome things?? I HOPE!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRADDIE 2/20/2013 4:54PM

    Congrats! You're doing awesome!

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LOLLIE62 2/20/2013 4:38PM

    I was in grad school for 10 years! You'll do well, and you'll remember it all fondly.

Great news on your weight loss!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

That is EXACTLY how I feel lately.


I'm already an upbeat, positive cheery person by nature but I'm probably bordering on obnoxious to those around me now.

Today was the beginning of the fourth week in a row where I've eaten well, exercised, gotten good sleep every night, and just plain taken care of myself. It's a good streak to continue, no?

The crazy thing is that I'm literally swamped. Work, grad school, home/kid-sitting, pet-sitting, eating well, making the time to exercise, going out with friends, spending time with family-just, well, living!

And you know what?

I HAVE SOOOOOO MUCH ENERGY! Seriously, I haven't even lost all that much weight this month but I feel SO. DANG. GOOD!!

I thought I knew this about myself before, but I've come to the conclusion that I am a person that does their best work when they have a deadline to meet. The more I have on my plate, the more organized and determined I am to get everything done. It kills me to think of all that I could have accomplished the year I was unemployed. KILLS ME. But I had all this time, so what did I do? Procrastinate. Or at least do as little as possible (save for applying to over 400 jobs of course). *sigh*

Anyway, as you may or may not know, I am participating in the 21st Biggest Loser Challenge and I just have to say-I LOVE IT!!!! I think the challenges are seriously helping me stay focused and I'm so so glad I signed up for it (thank you, Marji!!!). =D

I was trying to think about how my life will change when I reach my goal weight, and how I'll feel. And you know-I really truly sincerely in my heart of hearts hope that not a lot will change, save for my being able to go sky-diving (can't now-weight limit), pull that airplane seat belt tighter, and fit into all of those dang containers of clothing in my closet. Or, you know, have to buy new clothes because the rest are too big.

I feel like I'm at a really good place in my life right now. I'm working on a degree in a subject that excites me. I'm doing a little work on the side to pay for bills so I don't have to depend solely on student loans. I'm eating well, sleeping well, and enjoy exercising. I'm happy to make time to spend with my friends and family. I've taken control of my relationship and set some new ground rules. I feel like I'm moving forward and I LOVE it.

I just hope that when I reach my goal weight, I'll feel the same about my life-only I'll be rockin' it in smaller clothes and a healthier body. And you better believe I'm going back to being a redhead once I'm gainfully employed in my professional career as a librarian of some sort or another! =D

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL week!!!!

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MEKNOX 2/9/2013 1:32PM

    Loved this post! Keep up the great healthy lifestyle!

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MARJIMAC63 2/9/2013 12:32PM

    I like your response to the "how my life will change when I lose weight/reach goal" essay. The essence of who we are persists apart from the size of our bodies. The people--women mostly--who fall for the ugly (and fat) duckling becomes beautiful swan fairy tale will be most disappointed to reach their numeric goal only to discover that they are the same person inside. And if perchance the loss of pounds causes an increase in feelings of superiority over the poor fat slobs who aren't losing weight...well, that thin superior swan has cultivated a very ugly streak in her personality that likely started as self-loathing of her formerly fat duckling self.

I'm glad that you know who you are and to quote Mr. Rogers, "People can like you just the way you are and I like you just the way you are."

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CALLMEPAVLOV 1/29/2013 9:46PM

    Such a great attitude! emoticon

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LOLATURTLE 1/28/2013 1:17PM

    Yay, I'm SO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm very excited for you, I want to hear more about grad school!


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SHRINKING_SARA 1/28/2013 10:37AM

    I'm the same way... give me a time crunch and a TON of stuff to do, I'll plan, I'll work, and I'll get it done.

Give me a few months with no deadlines.... nothing gets done. Oh grad school... its fun, but its a challenge!

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JASI27 1/28/2013 8:25AM

    Isn't it amazing what healthy food, exercise, and SLEEP can do for you! Always makes me wonder why we allow ourselves to fall back in the pit when we KNOW!! I am so so so happy for you! Keep the streak alive!

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FIREFLY4407 1/28/2013 6:40AM

    emoticon Way to go - keep up the great momentum!

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New Year's Intentions *warning: BL-style BEFORE pics included*

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I recently heard someone talk about their dislike of New Year's Resolutions in that there are certain things that just cannot be resolved, and that instead of resolutions per se, they state their intentions for the new year. That struck a chord with me. Taking a page from their book, I am hereby stating my New Year's Intentions as they pertain to health and weight loss.

I intend to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.

I intend to take my vitamins and drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day.

I intend to track my food daily-even if/when I do not eat according to plan.

I intend to do some form of exercise 1 hour/day.

I intend to lose at least 52lbs this year.

I cannot really function with less than 7-8 hours of sleep, I've made the vitamins a part of my morning routine now, and I usually drink at least 10 glasses of water a day anyway, so those intentions will be easy to follow through with.

I don't mind tracking when I've eaten well, but I seem to avoid it completely when I haven't. Part of holding myself accountable is tracking everything I eat, no matter how (un)healthy the food was. I guess it's part of the "if I don't see it/track it, it didn't happen" mentality-but if I get on the scale and it doesn't go down, I want to be able to look at my food tracker and be able to say "oh, that's why" or "well, it wasn't because of the food this week" and really know and be aware of what I'm putting in my body. This is going to be the most challenging intention for me because food is my major issue when it comes to weight loss. I feel that if I make this a priority though, I'll be holding myself accountable every single time I put something in my mouth and moreover, I'll be wanting to make sure that what I'm eating is healthy because I'm going to HAVE to track it and see it in print. This will be challenging, but I intend to follow through!!!

I realize that some may look at my intention of exercising at least 1 hour/day as excessive, but I really do love being active. Even if I don't go to Zumba or do some activity at the gym, I'm either hiking or walking around a nearby golf course (5k) with a friend. And I just bought a swimsuit and goggles so I can take advantage of the heated pool at my gym as well, so I really feel that this is going to be easy to follow through with as well.

Now. As long as I am following through with all of these intentions, theoretically, I should be able to lose weight at a slow and steady pace. As such, if I average a weight loss of 1lb a week, losing 52lbs this year is not unreasonable. I've readjusted my goal to be 175lbs by my 33rd birthday (June 2014) and losing 52lbs this year will be on pace for that.

If you've read this far, you'll realize that I mention "following through" a bit. Why? Let me tell you-I am the best Starter there is. I will roll up my sleeves, gather all the necessary magazines/healthy foods/workout gear/you name it and get started on a project/resolution/intention/challenge/etc like no other. I'll START so hard you don't even know! I LOVE starting.

But I am also the biggest flake/non-follow-through-er when it comes to projects/goals that I am working on purely for myself.

Work? I got this. I'm rather proud of my work ethic. That assignment you need me to finish will be done hours before you need it and I will have paid so much meticulous attention to detail there'll be no need to double-check my work.

School? Piece of cake. I've been a classic overachiever in the land of academia my entire life. (Though I am a bit nervous about starting grad school-but mostly excited!!!)

But when it comes to weight loss and my health-I have started and stopped. And started and stopped. Rinse and repeat. So. Many. Times.

And let's just take a quick little gander into my closet over here. What's that? Oh yes-those clear containers?

Yes, those are each full of clothes I've either worn at some point in my life or purchased because "I'll fit into this someday" and yes, thank you, they are separated by size. One for 18, 16, 14 and under? Yep. Why yes, you're right-those ARE just like the small containers under my bed, thank you for noticing. You’re so observant!

And that coat that's hanging?

That coat that I sat in traffic for and drove over 2 hours the day before Thanksgiving to go 20 miles to that one Target that carried it because 7 others did not and I couldn't purchase it online and I HAD TO HAVE IT? That coat that ended up not quite fitting and that I still purchased and my boyfriend asked me why in the world I would keep it? I LOVE that coat. And yes, I will be wearing that this year on December 31st, thankyouverymuch. Yes, I need that out where I can SEE it because I WILL be wearing it on New Year's Eve. And I will be posting a picture when that time comes around.

I really should rename my closet into my Incentive Closet because quite frankly, the majority of clothes in there are too small for me right now. BUT. I intend to be wearing clothes from at least 1-maybe 2 of those containers by the end of the year.

And now come the before pictures. And measurements. I am actually fully embracing (yet still cringing) putting these up as this will be my point of reference to which I will compare all future success.

Current Measurements:

Chest: 48''
Waist: 44''
Hips: 51.5''
Thigh: 32''
Upper Arm: 17''

I'm 5'9'' and currently wearing a size 20 top and a size 20 bottom.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my starting point. I look forward to following through with my New Year's Intention to follow-through. =D

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BABYSOX 1/19/2013 7:30AM

    Great goals and it sounds like you have actions in place to obtain them. I can't wait until New Year's 2014 and the updated new you. Mindset is half of the battle when losing weight and you sound like you are ready.

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JOYFULJUDYLYNN 1/18/2013 10:44PM

    emoticon You can do it! Last January I decided to make 2012 the year I took back control, and I did. So can you!!!

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LISAN0415 1/18/2013 10:12PM

    P.S. You are a beautiful and lovely woman!


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LISAN0415 1/11/2013 11:59PM

    Great goals!

That's awesome that you are taking progress photos- you will see a difference soon!

Keep tracking your food and you will see, results are coming!
All your goals are healthy and realistic, and I wish you all the best for reaching them this year!


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HFAYE81 1/10/2013 2:43PM

    THAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COAT. I understand the drive/buy anyway mentality completely.

These are great goals!! I have also started tracking everything, even on days that I totally blow it. When I look back and wonder why I didn't lose any weight in September, I see it is because I track for like 60% of the month. Hmm...those were all binge days it seems emoticon But now, seeing what I did yesterday, last week, etc keeps me on track to be in range, rather than continue the spiral and not bother tracking.

So glad you are on here!! Looking forward to the pic of you in the coat...who knows? By NYE it may be too big emoticon emoticon

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LOLATURTLE 1/10/2013 2:26PM

    JEN YOU'RE BACK YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

k you for the lovely comments, it made me so super happy to see your FACE!!!

I love love LOVE your goal list and enthusiasm. That tracking even when I've overeaten thing has been really key for me; quitting tracking because I'd overdone it was why I kept quitting and restarting weight watchers, but when I started SP I really wanted my pie charts and bar graphs to be accurate, so I track everything even holiday dinners and even a recent binge! DO IT!!! It will really help over time.

And I know you're cringing, but I love that you went ahead and posted pictures (ME TOO! I cringed at my "before" photo, then went "well, up it goes!!" hahaha!) and do you know what I love best about them??? No, not that you're so brave and not your workout outfit or your blue sandals or even your cute glasses. It's your GREAT BIG SMIIIIIIIIIILE! I want to moosh you. So cute. emoticon emoticon


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PINKANGEL73 1/10/2013 8:12AM

    Congratulations on being brave with your photos. Here's really hoping you follow through on all your good intentions this year. Remember - you can't fail until you give up.

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ADELE66 1/10/2013 3:52AM

    I will look forward to seeing a photo of you wearing that coat!!


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HIKER-SQUIRREL 1/9/2013 8:52PM

    Good luck with your new year's intentions! Love that idea- much better than a resolution. I have a closet full of clothes that don't fit, too. Frustrating & motivating at the same time.


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AMARILYNH 1/9/2013 6:44PM

    You will be SO GLAD you took these pictures a year from now!! I didn't take 'before' pictures (I didn't want to get CLOSE to a camera in those days) and I truly regret it now!! emoticon emoticon

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MARJIMAC63 1/9/2013 6:20PM

    The pictures--so brave!! I was willing to go for it, but my daughter refused to take the pictures if I did!!

Ummm...could you come do my closet now?

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AZULVIOLETA6 1/9/2013 5:57PM

    When you are ready, I recommend sharing your fitness and nutrition trackers. It can be really helpful to get feedback from others when you are struggling, and when we can see what you are actually doing, you are more likely to get concrete, useful suggestions.

That little extra level of accountability is something that I've found helpful too. Just knowing that someone *might* look at what I've been eating keeps me a bit more on track.


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AZULVIOLETA6 1/9/2013 5:54PM

    Good start!

That coat is totally not my style...but I think that I might covet it. :)

You are very lucky to have smaller clothes waiting. I've never been one to buy or hang on to a lot of stuff, so getting new clothes has been a big problem in my journey from size 24 to size 12. The only plastic box in my closet is labeled "too big" and that's where clothes wait for their journey to the thrift store.

Your plan sounds great, but it's a bit light on details related to exercise. What are you going to do to keep yourself engaged for an hour a day?

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Week 2 Day 3: Strength-training soreness. YES!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Had another pretty good day today! I woke up to gray and totally did not want to get out of bed. Once I did though, I realized just how SORE my upper body was. But I knew it was from a good solid strength-training session and somehow the soreness didn't seem to bother me so much. At least not until Zumba and that darn song the teacher uses to focus on toning arms... I'm determined to keep up the strength-training though! Hopefully my arms won't be super sore tomorrow.

Being sore actually reminded me of the time when I was a little girl and learning how to ride a bike. After the first time I fell off, I started crying (and I'm sure complaining that I didn't want to get back on) when my mother yelled across the street to me, "Of COURSE you fell off your bike! You're supposed to-that means you're learning!" I mean-of COURSE I'm sore. I'm starting to strength-train-that means it's working. Right...?

Anyway, did pretty well eating-wise (I just KNEW I was going to go over my sodium, but that's okay) and got in some more cardio. And remembered my vitamins-woohoo!

~~~~~~~~~~Here are the numbers!~~~~~~~~~~

7-8 hours of sleep a night: 2/7

Within calorie range of 2030-2380: 3/7 (2073 today)
Within fat grams range of 45-93: 3/7 (81 today)
Within carbohydrate range of 228-387: 3/7 (266 today)
Within protein range of 60-208: 237 (84 today)
Within sodium range of 500-2300: 2/7 (went over: 2734 today)
Within fiber range of 25-35: 2/7 (went over: 38 today)

Minimum of 8 glasses of water: 3/7 (11 today)
Remembered to take my vitamins: 3/7

Cardio: 52 minutes on the treadmill at 3.5mph and 51 minutes of Zumba today
Strength-training: 1/3

Total fitness minutes: 103 today, 346 this week so far
Total calories burned: 1208 today, 3580 this week so far

Looking forward to my strength-training session tomorrow (and more possible soreness)...

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LOLATURTLE 12/13/2012 2:24PM

    Yep, soreness means it's working! And you'll find as you do more ST you'll either be less sore in between sessions, or it will feel better faster. Or both. The key is to push through the period where it's SUPER OW every time. If you quit for weeks, and then start again, you're always in the Just Started Super Ow phase.

OH THAT PESKY SODIUM! I have a hard time with mine, too, but I've been keeping it close to the top of my range (like within 200mg or so, even when not under) so I'm decently happy with it.

I am super impressed by your fitness minutes. LOOK AT YOU GOOOOOO!! I think you have more for this week than I have so far for this MONTH, hahaha! KEEP IT MOOOVING!!!!!

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Week 2 Day 2: Steady as she goes

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Today was a good day! I actually *GASP* spent 40 minutes strength-training today. WOOHOO!!! Aiming to do more on Thursday and possibly Saturday. =D

I'm realizing more and more that while the fitness aspect comes relatively easy to me (thank you, Zumba!), my eating definitely needs some close monitoring. While I'm struggling a bit to eat the minimum amount of calories and carbohydrates, I'm usually good on protein and always on the high end of my fat grams. I really want to make sure I'm not going over my sodium or fiber either. It's all a balancing act really, and I'm learning! In order to hit all my nutritional minimums, I had to finish out the day by eating an orange, dark chocolate covered almonds, and a cup of chocolate almond milk. It's kind of awesome, actually.

~~~~~~~~~~Here are the numbers!~~~~~~~~~~

7-8 hours of sleep a night: 2/7

Within calorie range of 2030-2380: 2/7 (2165 today)
Within fat grams range of 45-93: 2/7 (87 today)
Within carbohydrate range of 228-387: 2/7 (228 today)
Within protein range of 60-208: 2/7 (116 today)
Within sodium range of 500-2300: 2/7 (1757 today)
Within fiber range of 25-35: 2/7 (29 today)

Minimum of 8 glasses of water: 2/7 (8 today)
Remembered to take my vitamins: 2/7

Cardio: 10 minutes on the treadmill at 3.8mph to warm up and 53 minutes of Zumba today
Strength-training: 1/3 (40 minutes today-yeah!!)

Total fitness minutes: 103 today, 243 this week so far
Total calories burned: 1023 today, 2372 this week so far

Just trying to remember to be patient with myself, not expect to see results RIGHTNOWRIGHTNOWRIGHTNOW, and keep steady. =D

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JACKIE542 12/12/2012 10:01AM

    Looks good! emoticon

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KIMPY225 12/12/2012 9:54AM

    Woohoo! Keep up the great work!

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LOLATURTLE 12/12/2012 8:56AM

    Sounds good!! I too worked on the calorie count first, then started trying to balance all the other stuff. KEEP IT GOING JEN!!!!!!!!!!!

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ZRIE014 12/12/2012 1:53AM

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