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Fat acceptance, my ass

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

She's still as crazy awesome as ever. I remember seeing her years ago when she lost all the weight & thought "that lady is insane!" Insane or not, she's got chutzpah and tells it like she sees it.


Week 1 of my 6wk No Scale Challenge

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Let's see, where to start? I haven't been tracking my food very consistently. I know, I know. Not the way to get the weight & inches rolling off but I can guesstimate pretty well and there's probably only a day or 2 I went over my range. Saturday being one of those days as we had a kid free weekend and ate out for every meal on Saturday. Ugh, I was certainly feeling it by Saturday night.

I got quite a bit of exercise over the past week though, including almost 3 hours of dancing at House of Blues in Boston last Friday where we saw George Clinton & Parliment/Funakdelic. Even though Mr. Clinton's voice is pretty much shot, the show was incredible. His bands are funkalicious & his female singers, wowzah! Those girls can SING. I did a 52 minute FIRM Bootcamp DVD on Sunday to erase some of my transgressions from Saturday. I've still been doing my Jillian 6 week 6 pack DVD every few days and it's getting easier, hooray! Maybe next week I'll jump up to level 2.

Start week (SW) Current Week (CW)
Waist: 31 31
High hip (at hipbone): 39.25 39.25
Bust: 34 34
bicep (L): 12.5 12.5
bicep (R): 12.25 12.5 (+.25)
thigh (L): 25.75 25.5 (-.25)
thigh (R): 25.5 25 (-.5)
Waist @ bellybutton: 37 36.75 (-.25)
Hips @ widest part of body: 41.25 41 (-.25)

So, if I add that all up, it's a total of 1 inch lost from all over my body within a week's time. I'm pretty damn happy with that all things considered.

Here's to an even better week 2!

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ADAMM9 2/24/2011 11:52AM

    Great job hun!


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ROSEBTWN2THRNS 2/23/2011 12:22PM

    good job, Jenni!

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ADRIANE29 2/23/2011 12:05PM

    Go Jenni Go!


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6 week challenge. Who's in?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Today I've been discussing weight loss with some ladies on Facebook and Twitter. I realized that there's WAY too much emphasis on the scale, blast that damn thing to hell! Or do this! emoticon While the scale is a useful tool for weight loss, it is not the only tool we all should have in our arsenal. Two of my other favorite tools are how my clothing fits and my measurements. Another useful tool, that I'm honestly not 100% comfortable with, is pictures. It's been said that a picture tells a thousand words and I've found that to ring exceptionally true about weight loss & healthy living.

So I challenge those of you who are up for it: go for 6 weeks without weighing yourselves. Eat right, exercise, and every week take a few pictures and your measurements. I'm going to push myself out of my comfort zone & post my progression pictures at the end of March. I'm nervous, excited & curious to see exactly WHAT I can accomplish in those 6 weeks.

Tomorrow I will weigh myself for the last time until at the end of March. I'll have Adamm9 snap a few pics & help me with measurements every week. Who knows, maybe I'll re-sculpt my body yet again & get some super toned arms, legs or a less flabby midsection! Now THAT would be one hell of a birthday present. emoticon

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NERVOUSNELLIE 2/21/2011 7:52AM

    I'd love to, but I'm too interested in what the scale says! I also never do measurements and the idea of pics makes me emoticon! It's a great idea, though. For those of us who are able to stick to it!

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HALOGRAN 2/17/2011 5:18PM

    I'm in! I did measurements a couple of weeks ago and I'm angry with the blasted scale anyway.....the separation will do us well.

Good idea!

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62NVON 2/16/2011 12:39PM

    I think this is an fabulous idea. Dave already thinks I obsess over the scale, or more importantly the number on it. I have to go to the doctor on 3/14, and you know they always weigh there, but I vow to not step on my home scale for six weeks.


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ADAMM9 2/16/2011 10:55AM

    I'm in. You can take pictures of me in my underwear later.

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3SQUIRRELS 2/16/2011 10:36AM

    I am in - I may not post pics but I will take them.

Adriane/Jen - toss the scale!! You can do it!!! You have control over that freaking number.

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LOVEMYJOEI 2/16/2011 12:16AM

    You know I'm in for at least 3 weeks. The scale tends to do me in, if I have a loss, I cheat, if I have a gain, I cheat. And so on, and so forth. Still have not measured...and I highly doubt I will do pics. BUT, I'm in for the scale challenge, and that's pretty good for me! I'm *almost* as addicted to it as Adriane.

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ROSEBTWN2THRNS 2/15/2011 6:41PM

    I will gladly throw out the scale for the next 6 wks, no problem! =)I've been driving myself crazy, so hopefully this will help me pay attention to my body more than just what the number reads. emoticon

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SKINNIKKI 2/15/2011 5:00PM

    I'm in. Grudgingly, I'm in. Giving up the scale will be torture for me

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JENNI329 2/15/2011 4:32PM

    Amber, you don't need to post your pics for everyone to see. It can be just for you.

Adriane, I had hoped you'd give up the evil scale for a few weeks, but am glad you're on board with 2/3 of this challenge. I can dig it!

TrigirlJ, measurements are a fabulous way to track progress. I'm one of those ladies who doesn't drop clothing sizes until I lose 15-20 lbs, so measurements are eye-opening for me, as well as pictures.

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TRIGIRLJ 2/15/2011 3:45PM

    I like the idea! Measurements are a great way to track progress. :)

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ADRIANE29 2/15/2011 2:17PM

    I'm not giving up the scale but I understand why it's a good idea. I will do the progression pics and measurements too.

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AMBERH579 2/15/2011 1:55PM

    I'm in. I don't like pics myself but if it's what will help then I'll do it!

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Random things I've learned during this journey

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This is going to be rambling, so bear with me as there's lots of words floating around in my head that are screaming to get out. emoticon

It often strikes me that people, in general, are not educated enough on daily nutrition and how important it is to weight loss, maintenance & overall well-being. I try to limit the amount of processed food that comes into our house. Some weeks I do really great, others, not so much. I'm fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom and have the luxury of meal prep/cooking throughout the day, so most of our meals are completely from scratch. I try not to buy too many canned goods as they're FULL of sodium and other preservatives that our bodies simply don't need. It's just as easy for me to quick soak dried beans & set them on the stove top to cook for a few hours during the day while we're home. And you can freeze cooked beans, so its even easier to avoid canned.

There's been times where I've focused WAY too much on the quantity of food, ie: staying within calorie ranges & eating junk, rather than on the QUALITY of my food choices. I find when I eat more fresh vegetables & foods in as close to their natural state as possible, I'm more satisfied AND manage to stay within my ranges easier.

When I've reached a holding pattern (Thanks MissAnthropy15 for that!) or plateau, I've found that going back to basics for a few days, logging EVERY bite and being brutally honest with myself about what I'm shoveling in my mouth, really helps me to see where I can shake things up a bit as far as my eating is concerned. I 've also found that shaking my workouts up helps bust through the plateau much faster. Adding extra cardio & cutting back on a strength session or 2, seems to be the best way for ME to shake it up. TaeBo is my favorite cardio workout to get things moving again. Your body gets used to the same activities after 3 weeks. So if you've been running 3x wk & doing ST 2x wk for a while, you're probably not challenging your body enough to drop weight.

What works for ME doesn't always work for others and vice versa. However, this doesn't mean I won't listen to others advice, thoughts &ask for help when I need it. Even if I don't like what someone may have to say, it's still important to listen, especially if I've asked for help and not blow them off like they're an idiot. People are MORE than happy to share their successes/failures of weight loss, just like I am. I am much less inclined to give you my full attention/respect though if all you do is focus on the negative. If you're trying with everything you've got & are being honest with your food/exercise, then you have NO reason to be Debby Downer.

The scale is NOT the tell all be all of weight loss. Some days, I want to throw ours out the window, like this morning. Then I remember that I'm making better food choices, exercising regularly and my clothes still fit just fine. Why should I let .6lb distract me from my succeses? I'm currently in the best shape of my life, stronger than ever & love my body for what it can do now as well as for how it looks. I finally have a booty! emoticon

I give myself a cheat meal or two most weeks. Maybe even a cheat day but never more than that if I'm trying to stay focused & on track. If I give myself the whole weekend off from eating well & exercising, it only sabotages my efforts, so why would I want to do that? Weekends cannot be an excuse to not exercise & eat healthily. Even if we're eating out, I'm pretty good with food choices and often end up eating only half my meal & get the rest to go as restaurant portions are WAY too big for any one person most of the time.

This is NOT a diet. Let me repeat, this is NOT a diet. This is a lifestyle change. For the rest of my life. I can't go back to my old ways of over eating & being a couch potato. I love being fit, being able to keep up with my kids (for now!) and go into pretty much any store to grab clothes off the rack, knowing they will most likely fit. Sure, I can relax a bit now that I've maintained with my personal 5lb range for almost 18mo now, but I'm a work in progress, never completed and always looking for ways to make me better.

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ROSEBTWN2THRNS 9/20/2010 5:00PM

    Yay Jenni! Wonderful musings. emoticon

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    See, I should know better. I miss awesome blogs like this when I neglect Sparkpeople. Love it, Jenni, thanks for the ramblings. emoticon

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3SQUIRRELS 8/25/2010 2:32PM

    I so wish I lived closer to you so that when I go "quiet" you could really come and kick my a$$ in to gear. Thanks for motivating me yet again.

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FEELS*LIKE*RAIN 8/25/2010 2:28PM

    Excellent blog Jenni. I wholeheartedly agree. I think some people just have really strong food addictions (myself included at times) and sometimes it takes falling down a few times and getting back up to learn the process. It truly is a learning experience. Things I probably should have learned growing up and didn't, but hope to teach my own kids.

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SCOUT1222 8/25/2010 1:00PM

    The one size fits all approach is what DRIVES ME NUTS. Everyone has to find their own path, and while there are some things that are really good indicators of success, you don't have to do ALL of them. But like you, I know I need to ask what others are doing, because sometimes I get in a rut and know that if what I'm doing isn't working, something needs to change.

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Really? the day before AF shows up

Thursday, April 15, 2010

And not just one but BOTH pairs of my skinny jeans fit?!?! And without my having to squeeze myself into them. One pair being my Old Navy sz6 and the other my Victoria's Secret sz 10. Gotta love discrepancies in different companies sizing! NOT. emoticon

Last July I wrote about these damn VS jeans:
I was SO bummed when I tried them on last summer & they barely fit. yesterday, on a whim, I decided to pull them out of my drawer and see how I was progressing towards being able to wear them comfortably. Well imagine my shock & complete giddiness when I could do them up AND sit comfortably for longer than 20mins! Don't laugh, y'all know what I'm talking about here. emoticon I swear jeans & bathing suits are my two worst nemeses, as I imagine they are for a lot of women in general.

I'm going to be brave & post some pics as it's a HUGE success in my book as these jeans *barely* even closed last July. I need to cut about 4" off the bottom & re-hem them as apparently every woman who can wear VS clothing is a 5'10" or taller goddess.

And just because, pics of my Old Navy jeans too.

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ADRIANE29 4/16/2010 2:38PM

    AWESOME Jenni! Thanks for sharing this with us, you are extrememly inspiring! Hard work & consistency PAYS OFF!

I love your strapless top too, where is that from?

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3SQUIRRELS 4/16/2010 9:54AM

    I remember that post from last year. So proud of you sweetie! Love the size discrepancies too -its just crazy. Thanks for inspiring all of us.

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BRE7482 4/16/2010 12:20AM

    You really look great in them! Congrats!

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RENGLE 4/15/2010 2:31PM

    Work it, lady. W.o.r.k. i.t.

I especially like the ON're not helping my overwhelming desire to go shopping right now!

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EKKING 4/15/2010 2:04PM

    Awesome job!

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FEELS*LIKE*RAIN 4/15/2010 1:26PM

    Just the thing I needed to read today. I just bought a whole bunch of stuff from ON and it mostly fit, but nothing still fits right around my middle...the mummy tummy as you said in your other blog. I was pretty bummed about some of it. It is so inspiring to see someone who is way ahead of me making progress. You are looking great, Jenni! I'm so glad you put yourself out there for all of us to be inspired by your great work!

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DENIMANDPEARLS 4/15/2010 12:26PM

    You are one hot mama! WTG Jenni!

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CELESTIALAXIS 4/15/2010 11:25AM

    Sexy mama! You look awesome and continue to inspire me every day! =)

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SKINNIKKI 4/15/2010 11:21AM

    You are amazing. You look amazing! Really and truly you are an inspiration. I think of you often during the day. Most days. Keep me on track when I'm focused. Make me feel guilty when I'm not. JUST THE THOUGHT OF YOU. Regardless of whether you are riding my butt on twitter. LOL

Lookin hot.

Who was the photographer???

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