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Thursday, April 04, 2013

breakfast - chocolate mocha shake (milk, choc protein powder, instant coffee, ice)

Had a hard time getting out of the house and to the Y so we were very late getting there so I missed my boot camp class and only had a little more than an hour until the Y childcare closed. So I dropped the kids off put on my shoes and went to the walking track. for the first 15 minutes I alternated between walking the oval track and running it and then the last 15 minutes I walked the short sides of the oval and sprinted down the longer sides as fast as I could. I had my heart rate up pretty high and when I finally stopped to stretch thats when the sweat really started dripping down my face. I dont remember ever sweating that much after a work out other than the time I ran that 5k 2 years ago. I got a really good workout though in a very short amount of time.
I took the last 25 minutes to shower which I have to say is the best part of having a YMCA memebership. Knowing my kids are being taken care of and not killing each other so I can peacefully shower.
Me time

How do I know when I have had a good workout? When my face looks like a tomato afterwards. lol

I got home and had a turkey bacon sandwich with light mayo and lettuce on gluten free bread and a small salad with raspberry dressing.

afternoon snack was a gluten free english muffin with strawberry jam and a medium banana with 1 tbls peanut butter. The english muffin is not really like a real english muffin but its pretty good when you cant eat the real thing. They are made by glutinos if your interested.

later that day I was cooking dinner for everyone, I was going to make them chicken cordonblu that I got on sale this past week. It contains wheat for some reason so I cant eat it, so I was just going to have some soup I made a few days ago instead. Somehow I forgot to turn on the stove so by the time I checked dinner when the timer went off I only had 20 minutes till I had to be out the door with the kids for there kids water fitness class and dinner was still frozen. So I had to turn on the oven and get that cooking again and then make the kids ham and cheese sandwiches. I was completely stressed out and found myself wanting to snap at the kids because they seemed to be more annoying than usual (or maybe it was just me)....

anyway I did not have time to eat and we rushed out the door to go back to the Y so the kids could go swimming because we missed last week and I promissed. even though I did not want to go.

I dropped them at there class and decided to go walking again. turned on my music and walked for another 30 minutes. I felt much better afterwards and there was no more snapping at kids for the rest of the night.

I ended up eating dinner at 9pm so I am glad I worked in that snack earlier in the day.
I had southwest sausage and lentil soup with 1 serving of scoops tortilla chips. and then for dessert (which I had planned on, just had not planned on eating it with dinner) I had gluten free strawberry shortcake.

The soup was so good. I will post the recipe below.

overall a very good day and I tracked everything on my sparkpeople app. Which I found out now costs money... I feel lucky because when I downloaded it, it was still free. :-) I have to tell you though that if I had to I would buy it in a heartbeat because it would be worth every penny. A great tool to have.

gluten free strawberry shortcake
4 tbls gluten free cake mix mixed w 1 tbls water and 1 tsp lite butter. Microwaved in glass mug w cooking spray for 46 seconds. Frozen strawberries microwaved separately for 1 minute - topped w lite cool whip

southwest sausage and lentil soup
Recipe (this is not exact... I kinda just wing it when I cook)

Sauté red onions, 1 chicken & pork sausage link (casing removed) and diced green bell pepper. Add in 1/2 can diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup lime jalapeno salsa (trader joes) & 2 cups chicken broth. Simmer a few minutes and then add 1/2 pack cooked lentils (trader joes) about 1 cup or so and fresh cilantro

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SEATTLE58 4/7/2013 3:40PM

    I loved your food blog and I wish I could have soy products but not, because of a low thyroid. If I would go to shakes, I'd take the whey ones instead. Just haven't gotten back into the shake thing since I lost with Herbalife long ago and I got so burned out on shakes. I probably could benefit going gluten-free but so far haven't gotten into that either. I just try to stay away from reg. pastas and white breads, white flour, etc. Thanks for sharing with us!

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LOSINGJESS 4/4/2013 4:34PM

    I had read something a while back about the soy stuff too. I should pay more attention to it but I guess I don't think to much about it. Same deal with the hydrogenated oils and non-organic food. It usually comes down to the fact that things are cheap so I buy them. The bag of protein powder at sams is a good price.

Thanks for giving me the info and reminding me that I eat some stuff that may not be so good for me in the future

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LOSINGJESS 4/4/2013 2:38PM

    the shower is worth every penny of the membership fee. lol

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SHANALOUISA 4/4/2013 2:37PM

    I was using the same soy shake product as you are (got it from Sams Club) but I discontinued usage as I read that soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women. I'm not sure if the shake would cause me any problems . . . I don't even know how much soy is in it . . . I was just turned off when I read that. Not telling you what to do just a little FYI . . . I'm sure there's plenty of research out there if you'd like to look.

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BAKER1009 4/4/2013 1:34PM

    That soup sounds good. Hubby and I love to do soups in the winter time. I'm going to have to save that recipe and give it a try. Love when you share your food blogs Jess!!
Great job on the eating and the workouts. I know very well how hard things are right now. It just doesn't ever feel like there is enough time in the days anymore. You're doing fantastic!
Oh, and I laughed about the shower at the Y. I'd probably spend the entire hour I was there in the shower, LOL! Even if I shower in the evenings after hubby is home I still hear the fighting, lol! Last night I waited until everyone was asleep at like 10PM!

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SAHMWICH 4/4/2013 1:17PM

    Awesome! You inspire me.. Doing this fitness healthy lifestyle thing is so frigging hard with having kids!

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

life with baby is going really well. It has been hard ajusting and even harder getting back on track with my eating and exercise but in the last few days I really feel like things are falling into place. wow it only took almost 4 months lol. Right now I weigh about 190 lbs. My official weigh in for the week was I think 191.8 but I am pretty sure I am below that now.

Why has it been so hard for me? well I think my main problem was lack of planning. I expected to just be able to jump right back into healthy eating and exercise without any extra effort other than saying "Im gonna do this!". Well that is not how it worked when I lost weight before, why would I expect it to be different just because I did manage to lose the weight before. Nothing magical happens just because you lost weight I was not transformed into someone who never had a weight problem so why would i expect to not have to put the work in like I did before. I dont now.

So what did I do before to help me reach my goal?...




I planned and planned and planned some more. Planned out my meals, planned out my shopping trips, planned out my exercise. Tracked my accomplishments, tracked what I put in my mouth and tracked what I did with my body. I exercised every day because I knew if I didnt do something even if that ment walking in place while watching tv for 30 minutes, every day then I would get into the habit of being still and it would be that much harder to get myself moving the next day. I ate things I enjoyed eating, I found ways to work in treats and made my food look amazing and enjoyed every second of eating it because I know I cant become a person who veiws food as only fuel, thats not me, I love to eat but have to find ways to love food and stay on track. I surrounded myself with inspiration and motivation, with people who were walking down the same road as I was, by people who were once where I was and people who were standing where I wanted to get to. I visited spark people every day like it was something I needed to live.

So I need to get back to that and I took the first steps this week by planning my meals and my workouts. I have been following that plan more or less for the past few days and I feel in control which I have been lacking for a long time. I lacked control durring my pregnancy too so its been a very long time.


So This week is spring break for Aiden and Andrew took off monday and tuesday from work so we decided to take the kids to the zoo on monday. I was a beautiful day, got up to like 72, the whole park was pretty shady and there was a nice breeze. We spent from 9am to 5pm when the park closed walking and being active as a family. The park is set in the middle of a very small mountain range so it was a lot of hills and the next day I could feel the day of walking in every part of my body.
I would really like to start having more active weekends with my family. There is something so nice about getting outside and just doing something rather than sitting around indoors.

Im going to post some pictures of our trip and a few of Baby Archer. He is getting so big. He is 3m old and 15 lbs. Yesterday we noticed a tooth coming though so he has been chewing on his hands like crazy. He cant really hold toys really well and has a hard time with his hands still so he is pretty grumpy about the whole teething early thing.
He was worth gaining some weight back for though, I could no imagine my life or our family without him.

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KTTAYLOR21 5/24/2013 1:22PM

    That last picture made me chuckle!! That picture is sssoo freakin' adorable!! PRICELESS!!!

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BAKER1009 4/4/2013 1:28PM

    That sounds like a fun trip, glad you all got to go! I know exactly what you mean about getting out of the house as a family. Love the pictures, especially that last one!

P.S. You asked me the other day about Carly. Well her 2 month check-up was Monday (though she's 10 weeks) and she weighed in at 11lbs 13ozs.

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TREADIN4BSP 4/4/2013 12:15PM

    Way to go (I said it before, but will say it again) being organized with your plan helps a great deal at getting and staying consistent which is what really needs to happen! Your family is beautiful and I am glad you can involve them in your efforts!

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This past week

Monday, February 18, 2013

This past week has been a really good week for me. I got my nike fuel band on tuesday and I really love it. It motivates me to keep moving and if I havnt reached my goal for the day it motivates me to get up off my butt and move a little bit more. It shows calories, steps, and nike fuel which is a special measurement that nike has come up with to show activity intensity. I really dont know how it works but it seems to show on the graph the difference between me walking around the house vs. walking around the grocery store vs. working out at a high intensity. Over all its just another motivational tool.

I was expecting to have an awesome weigh in at weight watchers yesterday because I had gotten in 3 full hours of working out durring the week and had tracked, weighed and measured all my food. I was feeling really good and my scale at home that morning showed the lowest weight I had been at since having the baby.

I weighed in at weight watchers and found that I had gained 0.2 lbs! WTF! I told myself that I would not let the weigh in derail me if it was not what I expected but I had no idea it would spit in my face and tell me I gained. I was really mad.

Long story short I ended up going out to eat last night (something I avoided doing on valentines day because I really wanted a good number on the scale this week) and said... Im gonna eat what I want!
We went to outback because they have a pretty good gluten free menu and I got the shrimp appitizer, split the full rack of ribs with garlic mashed potatoes with my husband and had about 1/4 of the chocolate thunder from down under. I also had two mixed drinks.

I thought I did worse than I did. I put it in the spark people tracker this morning and I ate about 3000 calories for the day. Thats not great by any standard but it could have been a lot worse. It was an isolated occurrence and the rest of my week will be great. i also was about 1000 fuel under my 3000 goal because by the time I got home I was pretty tipsy still and instead of doing my planned work out I crawled into bed at 8:30pm.

I have decided to start tracking with spark people again. I did really well tracking calories for almost a year when I was losing weight before and I really like the spark people app. I have always had issues with the new weight watchers points system. I lost all my weight before using spark people and the old points system and I have just never really been able to drop very much weight on the new ww system. maybe its the free fruit. IDK. All I know is weight watchers is discouraging me right now and I think I would be much better off if I just had a love affair with my bathroom scale because it has been much much kinder to me.

Im toying with the idea of running my 2nd 5k. I was acctually heavier when I ran my first 5k so I am thinking it would be easier to take up running this time. I know its never easy and I always hate it while I am doing it but the feeling I get when I am done is so wonderful. I feel amazing about myself after I run even though I hate it with a passion while I am actually doing it. lol. I dont really want to start training until the weather gets above 50 degrees though. I tried to go walking yesterday with snow on the ground and the wind hitting me in the face and I only got about 15 minutes in before I jumped in the car and headed home with a great big F this.

I hate winter.... bring on spring!

Well I hope everyone is doing great and discovering what works and what does not. I am a big fan of when something does not work for you, change something. Thats why I flip flopped between ww and spark when I was losing weight before. It worked for me so I am going to go with that approach again.

~ Jess

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LETHANIA 2/22/2013 5:00AM

    You are doing great! Just keep doing it! I know I did all good things one week and then nothing on the scale.. then I ate something I really should not have and i lost 2 pounds. Standby I bet that big meal helps you.. maybe some crazy motivation like I have to do good the rest of the week because of that meal... maybe your body needed something in that meal you wouldn't have normally had, who knows?? Enjoy the journey.. we all need a carefree evening out with our spouse every now and then. You are doing great!!

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JANRTEACH 2/19/2013 12:53PM

    You'll probably lose weight after that big meal. I think sometimes we don't eat enough. :)

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MOM_OF_1 2/18/2013 7:11PM

    Yes, Let spring get here!!!!!!


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BAKER1009 2/18/2013 1:48PM

    I can't wait for spring too Jess! I'm ready to get out and get walking!

Sounds like you are doing a great job! Do whatever works best for you, that's what matters most!
As for the 5k...go for it! I am looking to do the same thing. I've never run one before!

Keep up the great work!!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 2/18/2013 11:43AM

    Good luck!! You can do it!

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BEMILLER30 2/18/2013 11:20AM

    I like your plan. You are the only one that can find what works for you. This is an individual journey. You are going to do great. I did WW for a few weeks. I liked it at first, but then I started not liking it. I HATED weighing in at night. I love weighing in on my own scale first thing in the morning. I just think it's way more active. During the day ANYTHING you eat could make you fluctuate.
I'm ready for spring too! Even though it hasn't been too bad cold here, but I'm tired of the rain we've been getting.

Hope you have a great day, and you can do it!

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KTTAYLOR21 2/18/2013 10:14AM

    I'm with you, COME ON SPRING!!! I'm in Maryland and we haven't got much snow this year but these low temperatures are the pits!!

Sounds like you know what works for you. Your going to be just fine!! emoticon

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Weight goal

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My goal is to lose about 1 lb. a week. I figure that if I set myself on that goal I should be able to be back down to my goal weight by fall of this year. Slow and steady & hot by Halloween!

I can do this!

~ Jess

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MG3KDZ 2/11/2013 8:37AM

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/10/2013 10:04PM

    Great goal--slow and steady wins the race! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 2/10/2013 9:47PM

    thats my goal too! very healthy way to lose it!

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LOSINGJESS 2/10/2013 9:42PM

    As long as it averages to about a pound a week I will feel pretty good about it

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/10/2013 6:52PM

    Your goal sounds very reasonable.... just keep in mind that even if the scale doesn't show the numbers you want for a week or so that doesn't mean you're not making changes!!! Keep on keeping on!!

Have a blessed day!

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MALEXANDER4 2/10/2013 4:18PM

    Awesome loss this week. See slow and steady works.

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LOSINGJESS 2/10/2013 2:57PM

    1.6 this week, woo-hoo!

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RUNNER12COM 2/10/2013 11:57AM

    Slow and steady is a great plan!

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/10/2013 9:57AM

    That's a great goal, one of the most realistic and achievable I've ever read in a blog! Good luck with it : )

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MALEXANDER4 2/10/2013 8:05AM

    You've got this. That is an awesome goal because then you don't set yourself up for failure. Your so right slow and steady.

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Recipe ~ Weight watchers sweet and sour shrimp

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Dinner tonight : weight watchers sweet & sour shrimp. I modified the recipe by adding red peppers and scallion and using brown rice. Green beans on the side. ~ 8 points


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MPETERSON2311 2/7/2013 2:47PM

    wow looks awesome! Great job. All those colors must be healthy

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