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Working to finish the week strong - Day 5 : Week 3

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Last night I went out to eat at olive garden. The waiter seemed not to understanding about me and my husband spliting a meal and getting water... He looked confused almost. We ended up with worse service than all the other tables around us and I think its because he thought that we were being cheap by spliting a meal between the two of us and spliting the kids meal (like the kids eat that much food!).... I geuss he dident think he was going to get a good tip anyway so he was going to neglect our table.
Olive garden no longer offers light ranch. He brought our salad out with regular ranch on the side so I had to send it back and get light italian. This made me sad because I really like my ranch. The light itailian was surprisingly good though.

Its amazing how un-understand people who are not watching what they eat are. Like I saw these people in the supermarket the other day and we were in the bread isle.... this man picked up a package of the thomas' bagel thins (which I bought last week, they are awesome!) and said "whats the point in that?" ... His wife turned to him and said " Well thats just stupid, who would by a smushed bagel?" ..... I just wanted to turn to them and say not everyone can eat what ever they want and stay a healthy weight... It made me kinda mad for some reason.

Well back to olive garden... I ate good, I stayed within my calorie range for the day by spliting a meal with my husband and only eating one bread stick. I went over on fat and sodium though, but I figure I dont eat that way very often so it shouldent effect me too bad.

I have been doing well this week. I dident work out in the morning yesterday but I got it in when lyra took her nap. I got my workout in this morning even though I really did not want to get it in.... I hate getting up in the morning. Its so much more convient then trying to work it in durring the rest of the day and I like the fact that its done. Only 2 more days of workouts though and then I get a much needed break... I just need to push through. I have been really good on my eating latly... I feel like Im in a really good place at the moment... I really hope that sticks for a few weeks, I usually get in a good place for a week or two and then end up having a really really hard time for a few more weeks. I know that summer is comming soon though and I have my goals burned into my brain... its much much easier to stick with this when you have a concreat goal in place and its close enough to see. I want to look good in my white dress by this summer, that is my goal and thats what I am looking twards. Its keeping me moving in the right direction.

well Im hoping for a warm day so I can get out with the kids and soak up some much needed sunshine. Its amazing how much more I like being outside now that I have lost weight.... I geuss its because being active and sweating is much less unpleasent when you are thinner... its god aweful when your closer to 300 then 200.

Lets rock the rest of this week!!!

~ Jess emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LOSINGJESS 3/24/2010 4:51PM

    thanks to everyone for your great responses... its nice to know that so many others know what Im talking about. I love spark people, I have the best spark friends ever! :-)

~ Jess

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MEGANC1988 3/24/2010 12:51PM

    Awesome job! I know what you mean, it is difficult when you're trying so hard and people around you don't seem to understand, but don't let those people get to you, their high metabolism won't last forever ;)

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LIFEHASCHANGES 3/24/2010 11:14AM

    You know what drives me crazy about food issues like this??? NOw that I am so close to a healthy wait people seem so surprised that I want low calorie options. I have people whoencourage me to eat food that I turn down again and again, they make me feel guilty. Its like they think I can handle it. Inevitably I have to tell them NO, I used to weigh 296 pounds, I have a serious problem and I need to watch my food intake. Bottom line is I LOVE food, and if I let myself go then I am likely to gain weight rapidly in the cycle of guilt and shame I have lived in my entire memorable life... People seem so surpsrised, its funny actually- they are so shocked and say they could never imagine me being overweight- I feel like showing them my stomch- actually I have- LOTS of extra skin! ha hah. If its not one thing its another!
Oh and I have baked vegan, I do it to reduce calories, and eggless is a good way to bake with Kids who will lick little fingers (no slamonella issues)...
Its helthier too, if you want to cut cholesterol, and really I dont eat butter. Just butery spreads- YUM!
God bless sis :)

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MIGHTYFINEWINE 3/24/2010 11:01AM

    I get you about the people not getting that other people are trying to eat differently. I woman at work was just going ON AND ON about how she can't believe anyone does vegan baking. "WHY would you do that? It's stupid. Who wants butter and egg free cake?" Well, maybe people who are allergic? Or made a moral choice? Or just don't want to eat it? If they are enjoying their vegan baked goods, who are we to judge?

And I LOVE Olive Garden. But I only go there for lunch and get the soup, salad and breadsticks and ask them to only bring 2 breadsticks. I could live on those things.

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BELUGA20 3/24/2010 10:54AM

    Olive Garden is one of my favorite restaurants. I wish you could order lunch portions during dinner though... once the plate is in front of me there's no stopping me.

Here's my take on people being silly about low calorie items and such... There are so many people in this world that have special needs when it comes to food- allergies, preferences, health related issues like diabetes and high cholesterol. I don't understand why my special needs are some how less legitimate... I have special needs when it comes to food because I'm obese, which puts me at risk for any number of health related issues... is it so hard to fathom that I might want to eat the lower calorie item... or that I might not want cheese on my salad. I always feel like waiters are annoyed with my special requests, but it is important!

I think there's a lot of people that do understand, but those few that don't really irk me (though I try my best not to let it bother me). I think it's partially because I practice kindness and understanding of others in my daily life. I try to assume the best of other people. (Maybe that guy that cut me off is in a rush because a family member is ill... or maybe he's just a jerk, but I try to assume the best.) I expect people to assume the best of me as well...

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KENNYWHEELS 3/24/2010 10:27AM

    i was just wondering about your white dress goal. you should hang that dress somewhere you can see it every day, for that reminder in getting to your goal. Too bad about the dressing at O G. funny story about the smushed bagel. emoticon

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ANGIE0310 3/24/2010 9:59AM

    Ugh that is so frustrating about Olive Garden. I hate getting bad service. You are doing great on getting up early and working out! emoticon You are going to look great this summer!

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Progress pics - Working out

Monday, March 22, 2010

well since starting to do the biggest loser workouts 5-6 times a week I am seeing big changes in my body already and I have only been doing it a few weeks. The before pictures Im showing now are from January so its not really week zero... but I did not take pictures week 1 ... I assure you though My arms were just as flabby 3 weeks ago as they were back in january... maybe a bit smaller but still very flabby with no definition.

I cant wait till a few more weeks pass and I am seeing big results.

If you are wondering my workout routine btw.. I am doing the biggest loser video - Biggest loser: the workout.... it comes with a high impact and low impact cardio segment, a strength training segment and a boot camp segment. Its been really great at kicking my butt the last few weeks and I feel like I am really getting stronger!

Well here they are


This is Jan - March. Im loving the difference in my arms... I also notice that the loose skin there is actually tightening up! That alone is worth all the work.


This is from Jan - March and only about 5 pounds difference and I dont know if I really look much different in the front.


This is three weeks ago and today.... I think I actually look a little bigger in the second picture but my body shape is a bit different. Im hoping to see better changes in the next few weeks as I drop more weight.

I Figure I just need to keep it up and have a little patients ... untill then I can enjoy my arms if nothing eles lol.
I have to also look at the bigger picture when its all said and done I look great compared to what I started at.


  
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CRK910 3/25/2010 8:14PM

    Way to go!
Everytime I question if what I am doing is actually helping I just have to look at your progress and it keeps me on the straight and narrow :)

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MINENA1 3/24/2010 9:05AM

    Wow what a difference!! I have the biggest loser workout too. I did it faithfully for like 2 weeks & stopped. BUT yesterday I started up again & funny thing is.....I took "before" pics like these too! But I won't post those yet. Hehe! I'm super sore this morning from that workout. Keep it up girl!

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WINTERGURL 3/24/2010 8:59AM

    Wow I really need to get The Biggest Loser Workout to get my butt in gear!! You look wonderful! YAY YOU!!

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FLYSOHIGH 3/23/2010 3:56PM

    Your results are pretty amazing! I really like seeing you in my friend feed, you're such an inspiration! Anytime I see your avatar pic in the feed it reminds me that it's worth working out, because the results WILL come!
I think you must be an amazing model for your children, even if they don't see it yet, they will surely be very pround of you in the future! emoticon

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THE_NEW_ME_24 3/23/2010 12:06PM

    noooooooo! I read this post while at work and now I can hardly sit still or focus on what I should be doing. All I want to do is run out the door and just keep running and running. Hopefully the inspiration can last until 5 :D

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INTENTWON 3/23/2010 12:59AM

    What a great inspiration you are. Go you!

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DEB4HIM1 3/23/2010 12:53AM

  Your transformation is amazing! thanks for sharing the before/after pics.

Debbie

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BABYROSEJEANS 3/22/2010 8:26PM

    You're looking fab! Keep it up!

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62NVON 3/22/2010 8:06PM

    Wow, you are amazing! Keep it up!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 3/22/2010 5:55PM

    DANG GIRL!!!!!!!!! Man! Working out sure HAS made such a huge difference for you, and so fast too! That's gotta just PUMP you up! I'm here literally doing a victory dance for you at my computer!! Serious!!

You keep it up - you're unstoppable and incredible! I am so proud of ya =)
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SUNSHINESTGIRL 3/22/2010 1:48PM

    You are doing so well...I`m so proud of you and wish you the best! Keep up the good work! Love your " before and after " pics.

Eva

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ANDILANE 3/22/2010 1:27PM

    Great job keep up the good work!

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MORETHANWEIGHT 3/22/2010 1:27PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the before and after pictures

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MEGANC1988 3/22/2010 12:41PM

    Awesome!

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SWEETNEENI 3/22/2010 12:33PM

    Awesome arms! emoticon
I need that video, ASAP!

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PEGGYMAS1 3/22/2010 12:09PM

    got to tell you there is a big difference!!!
keep up the good work emoticon

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HULLAF 3/22/2010 11:44AM

    What a GREAT idea! I usually get so frustrated when the scale doesn't move, or doesn't move fast. Pictures are a great motivator. Keep up your good work. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks!
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JUDITH1654 3/22/2010 11:35AM

    Great idea with the before and after pictures! And great job on your progress! That is awesome inspiration and motivation! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HATE2BFAT 3/22/2010 11:00AM

    emoticon GREAT GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!... you make me want to really jump into this again.. I have been such a slacker..

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COCOMODEAN 3/22/2010 10:58AM

    Awesome! I need to start taking pictures along this journey too. I believe that it will keep me focused and stop me from falling back into bad habits.

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PRISCILLAE 3/22/2010 10:56AM

    Wow! Awesome changes in 3 weeks! I always feel more motivated when I see those changes. I definitely see changes in the front. Keep it up girl!!!

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"Im not getting up this morning!" - Day 3 : Week 3

Monday, March 22, 2010

Todays Workout - Biggest Loser the workout : strength
Todays Breakfast - 1 C Fiber one caremel delight - 1/2 C 2% Milk
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Well this morning I dident want to get up. I told my husband in a groggy stupor "I dont think Im going to get up this morning" He said "No your getting up, every time I let you lay there and sleep and skip your workout you regret it later in the day and Im not going to let you do that today. If I have to get up then you do too!" ..... then I told him " I commend your effort but Im tired and I will just workout when lyra takes her nap later".

Thats when he pulled the covers off of me and told me to get my a$$ out of bed. I grumbled like an angry kid that wants to stay home from school and reluctantly got up, ate breakfast and worked out.

I love my husband. He is so supportive in my efforts and pushes me when Im not up to pushing myself. Im so glad I have him.

I went out yesterday and got some new workout pants. I was wearing a size 16-18 and they were falling off and these new ones I have are 12-14 and they are not going anywhere... these suckers are tight! I really hate being in between two sizes... they look painted on but they work lol... and I know its better they start out tight because I usually dont stay in stuff very long so its better to get it on the tight side.

I got a few bras at walmart too. I tried on a bunch in both 38C and 38B and I am most definatly in a size 38C not B. I think when I got sized at JCPenny on saturday the messurments were off because I was wearing a sports bra at the time. sports bras tend to make your bust alot smaller than a regular bra because of the uniboob factor.

I love my new bras... its so great to have ones that fit. I got just a regular every day bra and then this other one thats a push up with 4 way straps so you can wear it strapless, halter, regular or crisscross. Wow! it makes me look like I got a boob job lol... It really is a self esteam boost wearing it. The other one is not bad either, they look rather small in it but they are nice and perky and I can totaly do small and perky... Ok I suppose enough about my boobs lol. Im just so happy with my purchases.

Im thinking that I will try to eat at the lower end of my calorie range and see if that helps on the scale front. I know I have said the scale is not the only messure of my success, and its not.... but sometimes you just want to see a lower number, expecially after a few weeks of half pound loses and gains. I am bound and determined to have a great scale week... and Im really pushing so I can get my body in a better place by summer.... I know I wont be at goal but I want to be able to wear my white dress... I would love for my arms to tone up to where I can wear something sleveless and not feel self consious.

Im putting in alot of hard work... most of the changes right now are showing up in my thighs... which I pretty much have only taken my mirror progress pictures so its hard to compare my thighs to how they were in picture form... but I can tell they are more toned and alot smaller. I hate that you can do spot treatment when your losing weight... I would love to be able to tell my body to eat my stomach and back fat first... but right now its making my thighs and legs shrink and everything eles stay the same lol.... it sucks for pants because the legs get all baggy and the waist is tight. I just have to roll with it though and know that evenutally my body will get hungry for other areas and then they will start to catch up with the rest of me.

well its monday... lets rock it and have a great week of great choices!!!

~ Jessica emoticon

  
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BABYROSEJEANS 3/22/2010 8:26PM

    Congrats! When I was in between 12-14 it was so annoying, but they will slide off in no time. I also went bra shopping after I googled the bra whisperer. I saw her on Oprah years ago and I gotta say her online questionnaire is pretty right on. I went from 40C to 38DD to 36D and now I'm a 34D. I actually go to the maidenform outlet where the bras are 50% off...so I spent $25 on 2 new bras...what a bargin! :)

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SHRINKINGTINA 3/22/2010 9:50AM

    Congrats on the progress! You're inspiring me to start looking into the morning workouts... how do you like them opposed to working out at night?

It's great that you have a hubby that is so motivating! In no time those 12-14's will be sliding off because they are too big!

Have a great week!

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MALEXANDER4 3/22/2010 9:05AM

    I have to agree about the stomach being the last place to lose. I'm getting frustrated with the measuring tape, it wont change in that area, been stuck on the same number for a longggggggg time now. tight waist, lose legs, thats me. I hope we both see a change on the scales this week. i'm tired of sitting still. let's give em heck.

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CLUS1903 3/22/2010 8:01AM

    I envy your ability to buy bras at Walmart or Penney's! Those places don't carry anything that will fit me. I won't mention my cup size but it stands for Huge.
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Missed a few days - Day 2: Week 3

Sunday, March 21, 2010

update from Week 2: Day 7

well friday I weighed in and I had gained 0.4 pounds. I was kinda disapointed with this even though I knew it was water weight. I had weighed in a few days before that and I was acutally down a few pounds but I dident save it or anything because I was waiting till friday to officialy weigh in.
I started that time of the month and the water weight threw my weigh in. I figure next weigh in will be that much better so Im trying not to sweat it too much.
friday I desided to just to ellipitcal instead of the biggest loser workout... I was feeling lazy and just getting on the ellipitcal and running seemed more appealing than bob kicking my butt.
I had to go on my custody drive on friday and we went out to eat. Hubby was sick of Mcdonalds and Taco bell so we stopped by Burger King. It was a little nerve wracking because Im not familar with thier menu and I dident know exactly what I could eat. Luckly they had a big nutrition chart hanging on the wall so I was able to determine that I could stay under 400 calories by getting a grilled chicken sandwich with no mayo. I have to say i like mcdonalds grilled chicken sandwich much better. My husband enjoyed his burger though.... Even though He dident get mayo I dont think it was very good for him, but he does have alot more calories to spend then I do.

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Sunday - Day 2: Week 3
This weekend dident go bad. I dident track my food very well on friday or saturday but I am pretty sure that I stayed within my calorie range... I never went over bored with anything and still made good choices.
I went to JC Penny yesterday and tried on a few bras.... Im somewhere between a 38B and a 38C... It really depended on the bra I was trying on. Damn a B! I have never been that small... I geuss no one wants there boobies to disapear but Im sure once my body gets to where it going everything will be in proportion... thats really all I want is an unlumpy body thats proportional.

I need to go out and buy some new workout pants because the bike shorts that I got for christmas now litterly fall off of me when I workout. I got up this morning and worked out (even though I did not have it planned) and as I was doing the jumping jacks I had to pull my pants up every 3rd jack! They were falling down around my butt. I had to pause the video a few minutes in and grab a rubber band so I could bunch my pants up in the front and rubber band them tighter.

I have a feeling Im going to have to start replacing my clothing alot more frequently now that Im smaller. Im prob gonna have to buy new pants every 10 pounds. I mean in all actuality I only have about 40 pounds to go untill I am at the top range of my goal. wow only 40 pounds.... it really dosent seem like that much.

Im hopeing to have a great week this week and by the time my next weigh in rolls around I should be all done with water weight city and hopefully pull a good number.

~ Jess

  
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MORETHANWEIGHT 3/22/2010 12:51AM

    OMG I am so pumped for you
While my pants are staring to get loose they're not quite to that point yet.
I just love your blogs they're so motivating
BTW did you know tha Panera's are now all posting calorie counts?

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BELUGA20 3/21/2010 2:49PM

    Yay pants! I don't want to lose my boobies either, but hey... it's worth it right? I told my fiance that I'll just have to get implants. :)

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BIZENMO 3/21/2010 11:08AM

    Jess -

How fantastic that you are going to have to buy new clothes! Got a chuckle about the every third jumping jacks! LOL!! I can't wait till I have that same "problem!" ha ha ha

I totally understand about the boob issue, too. I'm noticing the loss there as well, but as long as it's proportional by the time I reach my goal weight, I will be ok with it! LOL!! I'm just tickled that my belly's not sticking out beyond my boobs so much anymore! I'll be a really happy camper once it's the other way around! LOL!

I didn't do as well as I could have with my diet the past couple of days, but I can't say I didn't try to make good choices. It was definitely something I thought about. Since I was with my friends, I allowed myself some latitude, but there was no excuse for last night's dinner. It was a total bust! It was way too greasy. I'll probably pay for it in other ways today! LOL!

Most of my excess calories came from drinking pop. The places we went to didn't have filtered water (I make sure to ask!), and that's what I'm used to drinking. If I was to drink regular water, I'd have a case of Montezuma's Revenge like nobody's business! LOL!! A little TMI perhaps, but I'm not kidding. The hardness in the water does a number on my gut! (I remember shortly after I started drinking clean water, I went with friends to a casino. We stayed overnight and I had OJ for breakfast the next day, not thinking that they made it from concentrate. I couldn't even make it home (an hour's drive)! We had to stop. Luckily there was some place TO stop. That was one lesson I only had to learn once! LOL!!)

How great that you found the nutrition info at BK. It seems grilled chicken should be the better choice, but it has a LOT of sodium and that's not just at BK, it's pretty much everywhere!

You keep up the good work! I am so happy for you! Only 40 lbs till you're within your goal range?! That's fantastic! I'll get my bells and horns ready...it won't be long till we can celebrate reaching your ultimate goal!!! I can't wait! Have a great week!

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MALEXANDER4 3/21/2010 11:00AM

    OH just you make me smile....I borrowed a dvd from my daughter the biggest loser cardio. I"m going to give that a try for a change up some days. I changed my trackers to say what the ww scale says. It looks like I gained a heck of a bit this week but next week hopefully the numbers will start to go down. This way I can see what I really weigh instead of what I want it to say. lol. have a super day. Ps the pants thing....I just told hubby last night I need a couple pairs of pjs, mine look horrible....

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JUST_SIMONE 3/21/2010 10:38AM

    Congratulations for your falling pants! My boobs are also shrinking, but new bras help in that arena.

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KENNYWHEELS 3/21/2010 10:19AM

    emoticonfalling pants is a great sign that you are doing an awesome job. when i started losing weight i wore the same size pants for a long time , i just switched to suspenders cause i was tired of putting new holes in my belts.

maybe you should try getting some shorts with drawstrings that way you just need to pull it tighter and you won't have to keep on spending on new shorts. emoticon

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Week 2 : Day 6 ..... Yawn

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Im so freaky tired right now. blah. I got my workout in already though and Im looking forward to a good weigh in tomorow. Im really hoping for at least 2 pounds... I feel I have worked hard enough to deserve a 2 pound loss. I will be happy with whatever I get though... your body dosent always do what you want so I just have to go with it. It could go either way though... I know Im building muscle because I am starting to see a change in my legs and my arms..... Im actually starting to get a little defanition in my arms... crazy.

wish me luck for my weigh in tomorow.

~ Jess emoticon

  
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YESITSDEB 3/18/2010 10:57AM

    You don't need luck......it will happen because you earned it. Good attitude about being satisfied if the scale doesn't show it. The definition you are seeing in your body is your big win this week! Well done - regardless of what the scale says tomorrow. emoticon

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BELUGA20 3/18/2010 10:52AM

    Good luck tomorrow! I hope you get to bed early tonight, and good job on getting your work out in early. emoticon

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SANDY5882 3/18/2010 9:04AM

    Sounds like you are doing all the right things, so regardless of what the scale says, you are a winner!

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PRINCESSAMY2001 3/18/2010 8:20AM

    It feels so good to see results right?! Good luck with your weigh in! But you're right, you're probably gaining muscle, so you might be losing inches more than weight. Great Job!!

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TER137 3/18/2010 8:04AM

  Hey, Great job. I guess I am Week one, day one (OK, again, but trying a new attitude :) Good luck with your weigh in!

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NUTRON3 3/18/2010 7:46AM

    good luck!

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