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Healthy lifestyle survey

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Egg Mcmuffin
* Thomas' whole grain light english muffin
*1 fried egg
*1 Jimmy Dean fully cooked turkey sausage pattie
*1 tsp ketchup

Berry Banana Smoothie
* 1/2 cup vanilla light and fit yogurt
* 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
* 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
* 1/2 tbls ground flax seed
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/3 frozen banana
* 2 tsp splenda

2. How much water do you drink a day?
I try for 8 cups but truth be told I really dont like drinking water and I usually get around 7 cups in. Thats really good for me though, I try to drink at least one glass of hot tea and I have a glass of water with metamucle each night so that helps... before I started all the healthy changes in my life I never drank soda or juice or any other types of drinks so I never had to give anything up... I drank maybe one glass of water per day and no other drinks at all and survived I geuss by all the fluid in the food I ate. I was so unhealthy before.

3. What is your favorite workout?
I like getting out and walking at the park in spring / early summer and fall. I love to swim but I dont get a chance to do that ever... I would swim every day if I could.

4. What is your favorite fruit?
hmmm. I would have to say fresh pineapple.... I could eat a truck load

5. What is your favorite vegetable?
I have a few.... onions, mushrooms and spinach.... I could eat these three things in every meal.

6. How many calories do you burn a week?
I think its in the 2000 calorie range.... last week it was 2480

7. How many calories do you eat a day?
Im usually around 1600

8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
wheat crackers w/ homemade pico de gallo...... or w/ light sour cream with taco seasoning mixed in..... or w/ some avocado.

soup.... dark chocolate..... sandwich thin and peanut butter

9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
turkey lunch meat on a wheat sandwich thin and 1/2 can progresso light soup
Flatout light wrap made into a burrito filled with uncle bens santa fe rice and cheese w/ pico de gallo or salsa .... 1/2 an apple
some sort of salad

10. What is usually for dinner?
a pasta meal made with a small amount of meat and lots of veggies...... vegetable stirfry with noodles and teryaki.... parmesan crusted tilapia, a veggie and rice..... sushi..... taco salad or tacos.... ect.

11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
I dont really like strength training... but its got to be done. I just try to get through it the best I can.

12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
I dont really like lunges.... triceps are hard because mine are weaker than all the rest

13. What is your least favorite exercise?
Team Sports.... I dont do them and prob never will. I remember them from school though... ick.

14. What is your favorite exercise?
Swimming.... Biking.... Both of which I dont do. I would like to though when I have more money and free time.

15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
I geuss I can have problems with salty foods if they are in the house and go over board. Like if i have a whole bag of bagel chips or something I would want to eat the whole bag. I try to keep most foods like this out of the house.
If they arent in the house its not really a problem... I have cravings for a few things that I know I can not eat.... hooters wings, fried pickles, the fried appitizer plates they serve at sit down chain resturants. ... I would love to get these and eat to my hearts content but I know I cant stay on track and eat these foods... not even in modaration... they are too bad. I try to just stay away and make options at home that are lightened up versions.... its never the same though :-(

16. What is your go to workout song?
I love any type of Happy Hardcore Techno, its great to workout to.

17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
I take a daily multi-vitamin.... calcium + Vitamin D & K chocolate chewey thingy.... ground flax seed.... metamucle fiber laxitive.

18. How often do you eat out?
Once or twice a week.

19. Do you eat fast food?
Yes.... my go to fast food is taco bell fresco menu.... mcdonalds grilled chicken sandwich with no mayo.... mcdonalds ice cream cones..... subway roasted chicken on 7 grain honey oat.

20. How do you stay motivated?
I read health magazines... I subscribe to prevention, Health and weight watchers. I am motivated by my friends on spark people, its always great motivation to see how far others have come and all the great choices everyone makes throughout the day. I watch the biggest loser. I watch health related documenterys. I have a graph on www.fitday.com that shows my weight related to the goal I have set for myself and it shows if I am on track or not and how far I have come. Before and after pics online. Vlogs on youtube of others who are losing weight and making healthy lifestyle changes.

21. Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband... My son (5 years old) who says that he wants to grow up and be healthy and strong like mommy... My spark friends.

22. How much weight have you lost?
77 since 1-3-09
114 total

23. How did you determine your goal weight?
I am shooting for between 145 and 150. That is in a healthy BMI range for me. I have not been under 185 since freshman year in high school though so I dont know what that number will look like on me. My goal weight might be slightly higher or lower, I wont really know till I get there.

24. Do you have a gym membership?
No... I do all my workouts inside my house. Ellipitcal and workout videos. Sometimes walks in the park.

25. How often do you work out?
I workout at least 5 times a week... sometimes 6.

26. How did you find Spark?
I was refered to spark by a freind on livejournal.com. I was quitting weight watchers and was worried about accountablity and food tracking and she suggested spark.

27. How much sleep do you get a night?
an average of 7 - 8 hours... sometimes if I am lazy or lucky I get 9

28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
I am trying to hard to be a morning workout person. I do much better when I get my workout out of the way in the morning because if I wait till night then I dont want to do it. If I dont get it done in the morning I try and get it done at noon after I put the baby down for a nap.

29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
No I dont have cheat days... I dont even have cheat meals. I use to have cheat days and cheat meals when I was on "diets". I always went overboard and most of the time I got thrown off all together and fell off the wagon so to speak.... Now If I want to have something high in calories I split it with my husband or just have a meal that is a bit high in calories and know that its not a big deal in the bigger picture. I split a high calorie meal with my husband when we go out to eat at least once every two weeks... its great because the portions are huge anyway so you are cutting the calories in half and the price of the meal. We can eat olive garden for the price of taco bell and still feel satisfied.

30. Do you drink soda?
I drink a diet dr. pepper maybe once a year. I drink diet monster energy drinks a few times a month... I really like the coffee ones... they are only 50 calories a serving.

31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
I have a half glass of wine a few nights a week... usually arbor mist. I have a mixed drink when I go out maybe once every few months... I cant afford them and they are high in calories... I like long island ice teas. Most of the time I try to avoid alcohol because it dosent seem worth it to me when looking at the calories vs. what small amount of buzz I get.... drinking is highly over rated.

32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
I love how full featured it is, expecially for being free, there is so much to do ... you could litterly stay on spark all day long and not get bored.... I really have to keep myself away sometimes lol. My favorite part though is the people here. I have been a memeber of many other message boards and social networking sites and this one has less drama and less people that want to be mean and hurtful. I have never gotten negitivity on spark only helpfulness and encouragment!

33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
I hate my back fat... its so close to being almost gone but its still there. I hate that my skin did not bounce back after losing all this weight... I feel so big loose and fat sometimes. ....... I love that my face is small now, I have cheek bones, I love my ankles and my hands, I love being able to do so much more now and having the energy to carry my children around and not get tired, I love my freakles, I love discovering new body parts that I never knew were there before because they have been covered in fat my whole life.

34. Do you have a workout buddy?
No I workout alone :-( ::sad face:: .... I have tried to recruit my two sisters who live with me and my husband but no one wants to stick with a workout routine. Several times a week though I have to workout when my son is awake and he usually tries to do the moves while standing next to me... "whoo mommy, I am so tired, I need a rest" .... "Look mommy Im getting stronger Just like you".... It keeps me motivated to do it every day when I realize that I am making his future healthier because of what I am doing now.

35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
Before I started this I remember saying to my husband "you know we are most likely always going to be fat, we should just learn to live with it and like ourselves this way. Maybe we just arent ment to be thin" ..... Thinking back on that makes me sad because I really did believe that and that is no way to live. I dident really think I could do this when I started but I knew I had to do something... I now know that I can do this and anything eles I put my mind to... I just have to keep with it and beleive in myself and not give up. I might have had success before but I never beleived in myself and always quit. I am no longer a quitter. There have been so many things that have changed in my life... Its hard placing a tag on one. I am a completely different person now than I was a year ago and I know I am continuing to grow and find myself. I know in the future I will be healthy and happy. Its an awesome feeling to know that for sure now.

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BDMCLAUGHLIN 3/18/2010 8:28AM

    Fantastic post! I can identify with so much of what you have written. Thank you for sharing!


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Week 2: Day 5

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I had a rough time with getting up this morning and I ended up breaking my streak of getting up at 5:30 and exercising. I stayed up too late last night because hubby wanted me to and then the baby woke up at midnight and 4am. I ended up getting up at 8:30 when it was all said and done.

I put the kids down for a nap at 1:00 and I really wanted to take a nap .... but I dident. I put on my shoes and popped my workout dvd in and just did it. I dident want to do it and I knew if I sat and debated over it and thought about it that I would end up talking myself out of it.

Now its done and Im glad. Uhg... Im so sweaty though. I really pushed myself this afternoon to get the most out of it and I did. I just kept imagining how my new body is going to look.

Im seeing progress. I looked in the mirror today and I have noticed change again. It goes in cycles... my body will look exactly the same for weeks at a time and then all of a sudden I will wake up one morning and look in the mirror and half my belly is gone. Its so surprising when it happens. I cant tell exactly where the changes are because I havent taken an update picture in the mirror, but I know Im smaller. I cant wait for fridays weigh in.

This weekend its suppose to be 70 here! yay. Im so looking forward to warmer weather!

Happy St. Patricks day.... I hope you all have lots of luck reaching your goals!

~ Jess emoticon

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CRAIGMA 3/17/2010 7:03PM

    It does not matter when you work out just as long as you work out. Keep up the good work.

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YESITSDEB 3/17/2010 4:19PM

    You may not have done it in the morning, but the important thing is that YOU DID IT! Way to talk yourself through it. emoticon

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Does this make me look fat?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Im wanting to enter in the spark people after photo contest. Im having a hard time picking out a before picture to use... I really never bothered getting a "good" before picture... I dident really think I would have anything to compare it to when I started and I dont think I can use the one in my sports bra because the rules say no "sugestive" photos. Not that I think 270 pound me in a sports bra is "sugestive" eww. Anyway, I picked a few that I might use... just wondering if anyone eles has a veiw on which one would be the best before picture to use. I plan on cropping the pictures with other people in them.

Thanks for your oppion. ~ Jess

Picture 1

In better quality because I would scan it instead of using this which is a photo of a photo

Picture 2

Picture 3

Picture 4

picture 5

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LIFEHASCHANGES 3/19/2010 12:47AM

    Dont forget they want a clear picture with uncluttered background. I think that picture number 1 shows the most change, but as far as these guidlines it might be too blurry. Unless you scan the picture and get it on your hard drive.The one with mickey is good but you could have copyright hang ups, but you could try to cut out mickey. This leaves number 4. I think that is a keeper for sure!
It will be interesting to see who they pick!
God bless ya :)

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MESSYJESSY22 3/17/2010 11:41AM

    I vote 1 or 4. Good luck you're doing such an awesome job!

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DOCYJK 3/16/2010 8:21PM

    I think 4 - it definitely shows your great progress!!! Congrats on this - you're a hero to me!!!

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DELILAS 3/16/2010 8:09PM

    I vote for number one, it shows the biggest difference between you then and now to me :)

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KENNYWHEELS 3/16/2010 7:47PM

    i think 1 if like you, said you can get a better quality from scanning it. if not number 5 cause of the clarity of it

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BELUGA20 3/16/2010 7:05PM

    It's amazing how far you've come! I would pick number 1 in higher quality or number three... or number four.

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BELLA_AMORE 3/16/2010 5:33PM

    I'd say to go with 1 or 4. Congrats on your success so far! You look great! :)

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LOSINGJESS 3/16/2010 4:39PM

    Ok, I cropped the other 2 pictures so you get a better idea of how they look.

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CRK910 3/16/2010 4:30PM

    use 3

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BOVEY63 3/16/2010 4:18PM

    I think either 3 or 5; but they all show how great you are doing. You're an inspiration!

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NANC304 3/16/2010 4:13PM

    I'd go with 5. You've made awesome progress! Great job!

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CJP3000 3/16/2010 3:57PM


I'd go with 1 or 3 ... 3 because it is a side view that really shows how much work you've done.

You are amazing! emoticon

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LOSINGJESS 3/16/2010 3:47PM

    my face is thinner in #5... the only problem I have with 5 is its actually from 2007 and I am about 20 pounds smaller than when I started. Im so mad because I have no good photos from when I started... just the ones I took of myself in the bathroom mirror. grrr.

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INTENTWON 3/16/2010 3:44PM

    I vote either 1 or 5. Both of them really show how far you've come.

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LIONHERD 3/16/2010 3:42PM

    5 all the way!!!

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KURVY_KAITIE 3/16/2010 3:41PM

    congrats on your success so far!
pic number 3 or 5 would work great!

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SWEETNEENI 3/16/2010 3:40PM

    I think 1 and 4 are the best. I think your face looks thinner in 5.

BTW, you're lookin gooood now mamacita emoticon

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ANGIEFAYE818 3/16/2010 3:39PM

    Use #5

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ERICA_NICOLE83 3/16/2010 3:38PM

    Pic 5!

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PACKY62 3/16/2010 3:35PM

    picture 5 is the one.

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RENZRYD 3/16/2010 3:32PM

    Yep, Pic 5 is simple and to the point. Great job!

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    I think pic 5 is a great before shot~
Congrats on your amazing loss!!! emoticon

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Boot Camp - week 2 : Day 4

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

wow... boot camp was hard after all. I got thru it though. I can imagine that my arms and back are both going to be sore tomorow because right now my back is kinda a dull burning sensation (upper back muscles) and my arms feel like jello. It is actually tiring sitting here just typing on my keyboard. So the results are in and the biggest loser boot camp has officialy kicked my a$$.

Ok... I did it again, yay. I got up at 5:30 this morning and got my workout in. I am hoping that today is better than yesterday was... I got up yesterday and worked out and by 10am I was dragging...... Oh I wanted a nap soooo bad, I was sooo tired. I never got one either. :-(
I took some excedrin for a head ache around 3:00 though and felt almost instantly better.... I think it must have been the small amount of caffine that excedrin has in it.

I went to my OBGYN yesterday for my yearly exam and the only thing she could talk about the whole time was how much weight I had lost. .... that made me feel really great. Last time I went to the regular doctor they dident even mention it. I geuss it shouldent be a big deal to me that someone notice that I have lost almost 80 pounds... but it is. This is like the biggest thing I have ever done. I have to say besides giving birth to my kids... which just kinda happens (although I did do it naturaly with my son).... this is my greatest accomplishment ever (as sad as that is). I told my doctor about spark people though and she said she was going to check it out... she sounded really excited lol. I love spreading the spark.

After my appointment I gave in to it being late and me being lazy and not wanting to cook and we went to the chinese buffet for dinner. I did really really bad the last time I went there, about 3 weeks ago. Last night I did the best I had ever done. I got hibatchi vegetables with a few shrimp... the guy tried to put a ladle butter on my food again (400 calories), just like last time and I was very clear "NO butter!!!" It felt good to speak up for myself. I got 5 peices of sushi... 1/4 cup wonton soup with one wonton... and 2 fried cheese wontons. .......... and that was it. I could have eaten more but I dident. I rocked!

When I got home and added all my calories together I ended up being in the middle of my calorie range... not at the top and not over! yay.

well Im off to do 50 crunches for my marymack group challenge. I hope everyone has a rockstar day!!!

~ Jess emoticon

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MORETHANWEIGHT 3/17/2010 12:20PM

    Good job at the buffet

So glad the doctor reinforced your success. let's face it we tend to put them on a pedestal so when they acknowledge your hard work it really seems to matter

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YESITSDEB 3/16/2010 3:10PM

    You should feel really great about the obgyn noticing your weight loss. It's a huge accomplishment and you deserve to be noticed! Well done with your boot camp! emoticon

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MEGANC1988 3/16/2010 2:49PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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MICHCLEARY 3/16/2010 10:32AM

    Sounds like you are really rocking. Congrats on 80lbs down! That is a great accomplishment I hope to match before too long...I'm kind stuck at 65 but will press on through to the other side.

Keep on going. You are doing great!

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NANC304 3/16/2010 9:47AM

    80 pounds is great! I'm glad your docotor commented on it, that had to be a great motivator! You made excellent choices at the buffet. Good for you!

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HATE2BFAT 3/16/2010 8:04AM

    Great job at the buffet.. I bet having your Doctors go on and on about your weight loss was great... emoticon You deserve the attention!!.. Keep it up...

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Here comes the sun - Week 2 : Day 3

Monday, March 15, 2010

Weekly workout Scedual

Monday - Biggest Loser High Intensity Cardio
Tuesday - Biggest Loser Boot Camp & elliptical machine
Wednesday - Biggest Loser High Intensity Cardio
Thursday - Biggest Loser Boot Camp
Friday - Biggest Loser High Intenisty Cardio
Saturday - Off
Sunday - Off


It's 7:15 and I am done with my workout for the day. I got up with hubby today at 5:30!!! wow that's early. I made us both breakfast... Banana Berry smoothies and eggs with veggies and turkey sausage. yum.

When hubby left for work I put on my biggest loser workout dvd and got moving. This week I am on 2 different workouts... high intensity cardio and boot camp. I do boot camp tomorow, and it sounds scary... I hope its not too hard. High intensity cardio was a bit more difficult for me than the low intensity workout but I got through it ok and worked up a really good sweat.

The sun will be rising soon and I already feel really acomplished for the day. I plan on getting up early every day this week and getting my workout out of the way. I will become a morning person if it kills me. lol.

Here is to a great beggining of the day and an even better beggining of the week!

~ Jess emoticon

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MORETHANWEIGHT 3/16/2010 12:15AM

    I am so impressed.
Up and making breakfast...better keep this secret underwraps or else other husbands may expect the same LOL

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BIZENMO 3/15/2010 3:12PM

    Can you do my workout and log it on my fitness tracker?? LOL!! Guess that would be against the rules, huh? Oh well, guess I had better get my buns moving then! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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    WOW! 5:30 is crazy early! Kudos to you, gf! that's very motivating!

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KENNYWHEELS 3/15/2010 10:19AM

    here's to you becoming a morning person emoticon

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BDMCLAUGHLIN 3/15/2010 9:03AM

    Great way to start the week!


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THENEWCINDY 3/15/2010 8:03AM

    What a great way to start a monday!!!

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MALEXANDER4 3/15/2010 7:35AM

    I'm proud of you, I myself am off for my morning run. I have been slacking in that area and I have to begin anew, my shins are screaming for me so I know i'm starting over. Good luck with your workouts, You can do this.

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FITNHAPPYNOW 3/15/2010 7:23AM

    Great job!! Keep it up!! emoticon

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