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Friday, December 12, 2014

I have been maintaining my "goal" weight for just over 2 years 10 months, only 2 short months from my 3 year maintenance anniversary. These past nearly three years have been crazy. I have gone from over obsessed, to not caring at all and now I am FINALLY just feeling normal. I went from my goal weight of 160 alway down to 130 very unhealthy pounds and all the way back up to 160, some days give or take a few pounds.

I am now steadily maintaining around 150. 160 May be my "goal" weight but 150 is my ideal weight. I am finally feeling less stressed. I still track everything I eat and my exercise but it doesn't consume me. I don't let my eating habits, the number on the scale or my insecurities ruin my days. I care but I also realize I'm human.

Point of this blog? Maintenance is hard, but so is life. Once you make it past the uncomfortable stage, maintenance is beautiful.

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SCOUTMOM715 12/12/2014 10:25PM

    emoticon you look fantastic!

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MRSHONEYCOMB 12/12/2014 8:21PM

    BTW I have that exact same railing in my house. emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 12/12/2014 6:40AM

    well done - and a good reminder of what maintenance is all about! emoticon

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THERESE2015 12/12/2014 4:35AM

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LIBELULITA 12/12/2014 4:00AM

    A fabulous down to earth blog my lovely. It is a real achievement to have lost and maintained. As you know I failed miserably at the maintainance part, so it is a real inspiration to see you've managed it, and how you have managed it. I'm in awe. I hope I manage to ride it out like you have when I get to this stage again ( maybe by October 2015!). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Busy Summer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I have had such an amazing summer. Tons of running, strength training, swimming and sun tanning, this Utah weather has been amazing this summer and I am finally feeling comfortable in a bathing suit.

Celebrated my 10 year wedding anniversary.

And went on VACATION....

The Hoover Dam

Lake Havasu and....


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LIBELULITA 12/3/2014 9:57AM

    Wow, your arms! Wow, you in a bathing suit! Just wow wow wow ALL of it. You look so happy and radient. I'm so happy for you. emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/7/2014 12:06PM

    What an awesome summer! You look great!

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KAWANEE 9/29/2014 5:35AM

    Wow! What an inspiration you are to us all!
Fantastic pictures tracking your progress. emoticon

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WINNIE1978 9/12/2014 6:06PM

    Looks like a great summer!

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_JODI404 9/11/2014 10:21PM

    What a fabulous summer! Love all that great fitness & healthy, active lifestyle.

Those ARMS!! Whoa!! You GO girl!! emoticon Awesomeness.

You look amazing. Beautiful pictures! Love your long hair. You just look fabulous!

Glad to hear another positive update!


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GEORGE815 9/11/2014 8:09PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JAMBABY0 9/11/2014 8:01PM

    you look great, good for you

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Overdue Catch-Up

Monday, June 02, 2014

So.... 3 months have passed since my last blog. Don't worry, I haven't fallen off the wagon and I haven't given up.

Mainly I just live life. I have been enjoying life in my new body, after all that is the ultimate goal, to be healthy and "normal". It feels great to not be completely obsessed with my weight. Don't get me wrong I still track all my food and exercise, I just don't spend all day thinking about what I ate, or how much I need to exercise. I do feel like it was necessary to be consumed with my weight loss while I was losing weight, but it is so freeing to know that I can be more normal now.

These past 3 months have been great. I trained for and completed a half-marathon, with a time of 1:56:42, which was more than 3 minutes better than my goal time. My time also got me 2nd place in my age division. I was the 6th female to finish overall. It was a hard race, over 1100 feet in elevation climb and 1000 decrease; although I swear I don't remember going DOWN any hills. LOL! It was also a gravel road, OUCH! Everyone that I talked to after the race said it was the hardest half they had ever ran, of course I would choose that as my first. Overall the experience was AMAZING! I'm not sure if I'll do another half-marathon, the training is rough. I love 10k's, I've ran 2 of those and am getting ready for another next month. They are FUN!!

Remember over the course of this process, your overall goal is HAPPINESS! You don't have to be the perfect size, the perfect weight or the perfect person. You just need to be the perfect YOU!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/6/2014 12:06PM

    Hey, girl! I was just thinking about how much I miss your blogs! Hope your summer is going well! Can't believe it is already August! Love all your photos in this blog! Congrats on the half-marathon and just living your life to the fullest!

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TAYGETSSTRONG 7/17/2014 11:27PM

    Such beauty!!

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MRSHONEYCOMB 6/4/2014 1:44PM

    I impressed! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/3/2014 9:20AM

    I'm so glad to hear things are going so well for you Jessi, that's fantastic!

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_JODI404 6/2/2014 10:37PM

    Great to hear from you & glad life is good!!

It is truly awesome to just "live" and not obsess... just stay on track by doing what you always do now as good habit.

Congrats on your awesome time & awards on that tough race! emoticon

Love your pics, especially the last one! So sweet, and you look beautiful! Radiant and happy!!

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SCOUTMOM715 6/2/2014 9:03PM

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LJOYCE55 6/2/2014 7:58PM

  Look at you!! What a great accomplishment! Congrats.

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Gym Machines are Dirty Liars!!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Maintenance for me has been such a set of trial and errors. I have been maintaining my "goal range", which has also been quite the learning experience. Anyways for the past year I have been maintaining at the top of my range, which even though is in range, it not my goal weight. So for the past year I have been actively, all be it not very seriously, trying to drop about 10 pounds, yeah that's right 10 pounds! My goal range has a 20 pound spread. Like I said it's been a learning experience but for me this works. Anyways I have been battling between losing weight and eating treats, most of the time treats win but I have still managed to keep at least a 3500 calorie deficit every single week and yet haven't lost any weight.

So this past week I bought a heart rate monitor, just trying to get a clearer idea of calories burned. I mean I am tracking everything, have a deficit and still am not losing weight, there has to be a reason. Well turns out it's because I am WAY off on how many calories I am really burning. I have been basing my calories burned from the machines at the gym, BIG MISTAKE!! Turns out I am burning about 40% of what the machines say, even my distance tracker is about 50%. So here I am thinking I am doing so well, turns out I have barely been burning what I eat. Man that was a punch to the gut. I thought I was doing so good.

My husband thought I was crazy for getting so upset, I mean it has seriously taken me 3 days to get over the feeling of being violated. I tried to put it in terms he could understand, I went with money. Lets say that you are putting in a fulls day work thinking you are making $100 a day, then you get paid and it's only $40 a day. I mean you'd be pissed too.

I understand that a heart rate monitor is not the end all be all, I have noticed that it loses the signal occasionally, but I would far rather under estimate than over estimate. Besides I have signed up for a half marathon and it would be far easier to run if I weighed less. So I will got with what my heart rate monitor tells me, although I would much prefer to believe I am burning a lot more!! Damn technology!!!

Either way I am still killing it at the gym!!

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WINNIE1978 3/10/2014 6:26PM

    I've been wearing my HRM during all workouts for a couple of years now, in part because of a health issue, but mainly in hopes of getting a more accurate count of my calories burned.

A lot of the exercises on SP over estimate how many calories you are burning too, at least in my case. I found that out when I decided to wear my HRM while I was shoveling snow. SP over estimated by 150+ calories.

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    What kind of HRM did you get?

I ordered the Polar FT4 -- a couple friends have it and really like it. So excited & hope it comes soon.

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MISSB8604 3/10/2014 12:14PM

    Very frustrating stuff. Makes me wonder how much I'M burning...

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/10/2014 12:11PM

    Well, I guess it is good to know, even though the knowing is so painful. And I am positive you have been, and will continue to, kill it at the gym!

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NOTGVGUP83 3/10/2014 10:44AM

    Good morning! I love your analogy of looking forward to your $100 pay check and only getting $40. I would totally be crazy mad! That's awesome that you have your heart rate monitor now and that your readings will be more accurate. Look at that muscle definition in your arms and legs! You look fabulous! Best of luck!!!! =)

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HONEYMOON25 3/10/2014 9:27AM

    Ugh. So frustrating!
Were you tracking it on SP, too? I think SP calculates average calories burned with your personal info, right? Ex: The average calories burned in an hour run is 600 but depending on your personal weight it might be more like 475. I could be wrong though.

Here's to solving problems!

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NIELSENSLADY 3/10/2014 12:22AM

    Here is a positive light. If you didn't have the HRM and you weren't losing weight, you would never know why. You might begin to think something was wrong physically or you may start to get frustrated. Now you know what your caloric burn rate it,perhaps you will burn the 3500 weekly and begin to lose! emoticon

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2 Years Of Maintenance

Sunday, February 09, 2014

So I made it to that all magical 2 year mark.

Supposedly when you make the 2 year mark of maintenance your chances of regaining the weight drop down to 50%, not great odds but much better than the 95% within the first year.

But really what do those odds mean? Do those odds keep me from eating whatever I want? Do those odds drag my butt out of bed and to the gym? No! Just because my odds are increased certainly doesn't mean that the I can relax on the hard work.

During my first year of maintenance, when the odds of me regaining all of my weight were a staggering 95% I was scared to death. I not only keep up my extreme weight loss routine, it actually became more restrictive. I was so scared of those odds that I literally was killing myself to not gain it back. That first year of maintenance was rough.

During my second year of maintenance I started to become more relaxed, maybe even a little too relaxed. I gained some weight back and in turn gained back some of my sanity.

What I have realized about this process is that it is all about learning. While weight loss have a very structured plan, maintenance doesn't. There are no rule books telling you how maintenance works. If there were, no one would be overweight. So while the first year for me was about learning to not gain the weight back, the second year was about learning to live again.

I know that I like food. I know that there are going to be occasions where I want to eat crappy. There are going to be occasions where I will want to eat healthy. Hopefully there will be a lot more of the latter. I also know that exercise is a part of my daily life. For me exercise is what keeps me going, and more importantly keeps me succeeding. While you can't out exercise a bad diet you can counter act a bad choice, or two.

As I have went a long in this process I have learned that this new lifestyle is becoming less of a chore and more of a routine. Eating healthier is just what I do, I have relaxed enough to allow myself treats but for the most part I just eat what I eat. Exercise is less of a task and more just a part of my daily life. There are still days where I have to remind myself why I work so hard, but there are also days when I have to tell myself that I have to shower too.

Reaching my goal weight.

1 Year Maintenance Anniversary

2 Year Maintenance Anniversary

This journey from start to finish has been challenging, exciting, trying and a roller coaster. There have been ups and downs. I have had to learn as I went, man have there been a lot of learning curves, but in the long run I have finally learned that self acceptance, dedication and hard work are the "secrets to success"! and even though the statistics don't mean all that much, it's still nice to know that I am now on an even playing field.

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/6/2014 2:18PM

    emoticon emoticon For some reason I missed this blog back when you wrote it. I am so excited for you! You have done great things on this journey and have inspired me more times than you know! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/10/2014 3:37PM

    Congratulations on reaching 2 years, that's fantastic!

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HAPPYWALKER 2/10/2014 9:29AM

    emoticon on 2 years of maintenance!!

As a FORMER yo-yo dieter, maintenance means more to me than losing weight. My goal this time is to reach a healthy ideal weight for my frame and be able to maintain it. That's the true indicator of success.

Thanks for sharing your experience. It nice to know that even though it is not easy (to me, it seems like the toughest part of the journey), you are able to strike a balance and pull yourself back when you veer off a little. That's my dream and you are living it!


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HONEYMOON25 2/10/2014 8:51AM

    Congratulations! What a fabulous milestone!

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_JODI404 2/9/2014 8:45PM

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Congratulations!! Making healthy habits part of your routine day is definitely going to keep you on track. You look fantastic, and I applaud you for working hard to find the right balance that really is healthy!

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OMMAMA7 2/9/2014 8:36PM

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing what you've learned!

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LUVTOBOWL 2/9/2014 7:05PM

    First of all let me say "I really like the Lions tank top".

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MRSHONEYCOMB 2/9/2014 6:06PM

    emoticon I can't wait to be celebrating my 2 year maintenance anniversary!!!

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WINNIE1978 2/9/2014 5:50PM


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    Thanks for sharing - it's great to see how well you've been able to navigate maintenance. As you said, it can be a really scary place to go - but as long as you've found a way to make it work for you and you continue to be healthy and pleased with the results - that's about all that matters! Yay! Happy anniversary!

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