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20 Week Summer Challenge ~ Overview

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Well I desided to give myself a little push in the right direction I am going to challenge myself to bump up my workouts and really crack down on my eating to try and lose 30 pounds in 20 weeks. Thats roughly 1.5 pounds per week I will need to lose to meet my goal, which I think is reasonable. If I can lose 30 more pounds I will be right around my goal weight and that will mean I will be at a healthy weight for the first time ever in my life! Very exciting. :-)

I have some how got my husband to aggree to do this with me... wow. He has been eating better with me since I started this lifestyle change of mine back in Jan 2009 but has never really jumped on board with exercise or anything. He lost 80 pounds the first year just because he was eating better with me but his weight loss has since stalled and he has lost and regained the same 5 - 10 pounds for the first part of this year.

So this is what we are doing.... we both set goals for ourselves that we hope to reach on or before October 29th..... 20 weeks from last week. We have both also set rewards that we would like.... and who ever meets thier goal first gets the reward that they chose. His reward and my reward is something that the other person can use as well but of course we are going to want the reward that we chose.

To buy our rewards we are going to start putting a little bit of money in our savings account every week. That way by the time we meet our goals it wont be such a strain to purchase whatever reward we get, which means we will be more likely to actually get it instead of putting if off cause we dont have the money.

I think it will be lots of fun and give us both some extra motivation to meet our goals.


My Goals

Lose at least 1.5 pounds a week
Lose a total of 30 pounds
Go from 180lbs 150lbs
Go from a loose size 16 Jeans to a comfortable size 12
Get into a routine of waking up early and going to bed early
Drink more water
Incorporate more activity into my day to day life and still get my regular workout in as well

My Reward if I reach my goal first

Trip to Carowinds (local theme park) : Saturday October 30th 2010
New Outfits for both of us


Hubby's Goals

Lose at least 2 pounds a week
Lose a total of at least 40 pounds
Comfortably wear size 38 / 40 pants and large size shirts.
Workout at least 4 times a week.
Stop eating popcorn L

Hubby's Reward if he meets his goal first

Playstation 3, with extra controller, blu-ray remote, one game, and HDMI cable.

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LDY_ALI_79 6/29/2010 12:00PM

    emoticon that's great for the both of you!

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CHOCMOM 6/21/2010 1:44PM

  Jess - have you checked out that new website for helping you save money -

I checked it out but don't really have time to track my savings on it, but thought you might be interested in it.

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MAMASALLYSOCKS 6/21/2010 10:01AM

    Awesome plan and goals!

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CHICAT63 6/21/2010 7:06AM

    emoticon sounds like a great plan.

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GRANDMAAMIE 6/20/2010 9:11PM

    emoticonGREAT GOALS I WILL KEEP emoticon emoticonFOR YOU BOTH!! emoticon

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GOROSIEO 6/20/2010 9:06PM

    That's so funny. I just did my long range goals to October 30th-when my daughter gets married. It's really just a date to work towards. But I was not as nearly ambitious as you are. I aimed for 20 lbs only because I am the slowest weight loser on the planet. I'm not how much more I could bump up activity, but I could give it a whirl. I feel like I have the eating mastered.

Those size 12 jeans seems like a good goal. Go for it! emoticon

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SAPPHIRE983 6/20/2010 9:04PM

    emoticon You got this girl!

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BEACHMOMMY87 6/20/2010 8:50PM

    Sounds great! Good luck!

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Food Blog Friday - Catching up

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Breakfast before workout - 1/2 cup honey sunshine kashi (dont like this cereal but I bought it so I gotta eat it)..... 1/2 cup 1% milk

Breakfast after workout - egg white omelet w/ homemade pico & 2% cheddar cheese... toast w/ zero cal butter spray & jam

Lunch - 1/2 can lentil soup.... 1 light yoplait blueberry yogurt..... 1/2 apple

Snack - rice cake with blueberry cream cheese

Dinner - around 12 peices sushi made w/ imatation crab, cucumber & 1/3 less fat cream cheese....... 1/2 cup wheat pasta w/ asian steam veggies, 2 tbls kraft lite sesame ginger dressing ......... 1 pack duck sauce

snack - 1/2 cup frozen yogurt

I think it was around 1600 calories this day but Im too lazy to check lol... tastey sushi though.

~ Jess

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GRANDMAAMIE 6/20/2010 7:37PM

    emoticongreat job looks good

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LOSINGJESS 6/20/2010 7:29PM

    As far as I know sushi does not have too many calories, I just put in a california roll - 12 peices on my spark tracker and it was only a couple hundred calories.

I have been making my own sushi for a few years now. Its not very hard to learn and only takes a little practice. All you need to make a california roll is sushi rice, rice vinegar, sugar, seaweed (nori) sheets, cream cheese, avocado & imitation crab meat.... then you need a sushi mat too but they arent very expensive.

When making your own sushi I think the keyis to make the rice right or you wont get the same flavor as when you get it at a resturant..... what I do is take 1.5 cups dry rice and rinse it under cold water a few times untill the water goes from Thick white color to a more clear white color. This washes some of the starch off the rice so it wont be too pastey.... drain rice and add in 2 cups water.... bring that to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. (no lifting the lid because the steam cooks the rice and it will get all hard and chewy if you do)

Put in a glass mixing bowl & add in 1/4 cup rice vinegar mixed with 1-2 tbls sugar. Mix up and let cool a little bit and your good to go.

~ Jess

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KENNYWHEELS 6/19/2010 10:49PM

    Jess did you make your own sushi? just curious. i love sushi but don't know how many calories are in it so i never get it anymore


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JDYJMM2000 6/19/2010 7:07PM

  Looks good

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SHASHEE71 6/19/2010 6:59PM

    MMMM....love me some sushi too!! At our Publix they have it made w/ brown rice! Your meals look so filling and yummy...!!
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Food Blog - Thursday - Catching up after a few days of not posting

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Breakfast - PB&J on double fiber bread / 1/2 cup 1% milk .... 1/2 cup V8

Lunch - Pasta salad w/ whole wheat rotini, light itailan dressing, parm cheese, frozen peas, fresh basil & shredded carrot...... Kashi cereal bar

Dinner - chicken & broccoli crepe w/ salad (for crepes I just took hungry jack light and fluffy pancake mix and made it a little thin, added milk instead of water and an egg.... I refridgerated that for an hour and then made thin pancakes. The filling is just 1/2 a rotisary chicken breast chopped up with some cooked frozen broccoli, brown rice, jarred alfredo sauce, rosemary and garlic..... You just fill each crepe with the mixture and then bake in the oven untill everything is hot. very good!... and you can basically make up the filling from just about anything)

Snack - mini honey bun & 1/2 cup 1% milk

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GRANDMAAMIE 6/20/2010 7:33PM

    looks good could i make the crepes from eggs like a very thin omelet ?

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CITAPITA 6/20/2010 1:19PM

    Those crepes look awesome. I'm going to have to try them for sure. :)

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Food Blog - Tuesday

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Breakfast before workout: 1/2 cup special k w/ red berries.... 1/2 cup 1% milk

Breakfast After Workout: 1/2 cup oatmeal w/ splenda, cinnamon & margarine..... 1 slice toast w/ black raspberry spreadable fruit & zero cal spray butter
Breakfast total: 341

Lunch: 2 slices home made alfredo pizza made on Naan flat bread w/ tomato, fresh basil & onion..... Small salad w/ kidney beans, peppers, onion, tomato, bacon bits & kens honey mustard dressing - 458

Snack: strawberries & light whipped topping - 52

Dinner: 1 pork chop cooked in the crock pot w/ BBQ sauce, canned pineapple & onions..... steam fresh lightly sauced broccoli & cheese...... green beans...... 1/4 serving uncle bens vegetable harvest ready rice - 502

*really easy to make, I just took my crock pot and layered it with one sliced onion, then 4 pork chops, 1/2 can pineapple chunks w/ juice, 1/2 cup bbq sauce. turn on low and cook around 5 - 6 hours.

Snack: carrots & wishbone ranch - 55

Snack: Frozen Lemonaid made with splenda - 15 (very tastey)

Snack: 1 serving baked scoops tortilla chips w/ homemade pico de gallo, 1 tbls light sour cream & 1/8 cup ragu cheddar cheese sauce - 219

Total Calories for the day: 1643

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MALEXANDER4 6/17/2010 7:49AM

    crock pots are the best...ham, pork roast, ribs. It is all done after work with no muss or fuss. Love your ideas.

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HALOSUN 6/16/2010 11:27PM

    Those nachos are making me drool! I'm loving your blogs!

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SARAHJ19 6/16/2010 2:52PM

    I am making those pork chops for dinner tomorrow night! They look so yummy!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 6/16/2010 1:43PM

    CHEF JESS...come to MY house!!! lol Great idea now..I MUST get myself a crock pot too! Can you believe I've been with hubby almost 12 years with 3 kids and NO crockpot!! Great job doing that! I'm a pineapple freak too!

Great work again =)

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GRANDMAAMIE 6/16/2010 12:38PM

GREAT JOB emoticon

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CALCOUNTER4LIFE 6/16/2010 11:21AM

    Wow! Lots of GREAT food to look forward too!
How can you have a bad day with all that! emoticon

-VG - (Still baffled to what happened to my camera) emoticon - I want to post pics too...

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CALLIKIA 6/16/2010 10:15AM

    Glad to know I'm not the only one who splits her breakfast if she's planning a workout in the AM. I want my body up and running and ready to go before I start sweating, and I want it burning more fat right after I'm done too!

That flatbread pizza looks so yum!!

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SMURPH32 6/16/2010 9:48AM

    Those nachos look DELISH! Jealous!

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JENNLEX 6/16/2010 9:43AM

    My husband is going to love your pork chop recipe! Thanks!

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NIELSENSLADY 6/16/2010 9:41AM

    I am especially loving the nachos!

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STARLIGHT615 6/16/2010 9:23AM

    Yummy!! Ur pork chops dinner looks so tasty! might have to try that one night!!

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DANIELLEBREEN 6/16/2010 9:20AM

    what a fun blog! I enjoyed seeing all the food you're eating...although...since i JUST got up and haven't had breakfast yet, you made me hungry! LOL keep up the good work!

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LOSINGJESS 6/16/2010 9:14AM

    I love cooked pineapple too.... Have you ever tried fresh pineapple on the grill? You just cut it in chunks and put it on skewrs .... Its sooo good! I love love love fresh pineapple... its the best.

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SAPPHIRE983 6/16/2010 9:13AM

    I love the crock-pot idea! I am obsessed with cooked pineapple, mmm! So good!

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AMBERADAMS1 6/16/2010 9:10AM

    Those pork chops sound so good! Your food is so much more exciting than mine! LOL

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Photo Food Journal ~ June 14th ~ Monday

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I woke up yesterday with my hubby at 5:30 because I wanted to work out and get it done. I actually ended up getting to bed at 10:30 the night before so I felt pretty good. If I stay up any later than 10:30 then there is no way I am getting out of bed before 7am. My plan for this week is to make sure I get to bed early, get up early and work out. So far I am off to a good start.

Anywhoo, I split my breakfast into two parts because for one I dont like working out on a real full stomach but its a good idea to eat something before working out and for two If I eat my full breakfast that early then I end up getting hungry again by like 9:00.

I did 30 minutes of The biggest loser boot camp video and then ate -

Breakfast 6am: 1/2 cup milk blended with 1/2 scoop protien powder & 1/2 small banana, sprinkle of sliced almonds

Breakfast 8:30am: 1/2 cup V8 Juice..... 3 egg omelet with tomato, red bell pepper, fresh basil, salt, pepper, onion mrs dash & 1/8 cup 2% cheddar cheese..... 1/2 everything bagel thin.... 1/2 tbls cream cheese 1/3 fat

Breakfast total: 418

At lunch I desided to split a hot pocket with my daughter because when I bought them I dident realize that they have almost 300 calories a peice... really dosent seem worth it when you think about it. I really wanted a hot pocket though and it was good even if it was only half.

Lunch: 1/2 ham & cheese lean pocket, 1 serving alexia sweet potato fries w/ ketchup & malt vinegar, small salad w/ shredded carrot, kens honey mustard dressing, & bacon bits - 399

Snack: 1 box cracker jacks.... I never even thought of getting these because come on how can caramel popcorn and peanuts be ok to eat... but I was in the grocery store and came accross them and picked them up and saw that they only have 120 calories!!! wow, who knew. they are great because they taste good, are portion controled and great on calories - 120

For dinner I got some steak on sale the day before. We hardly ever buy beef or chicken so it was a treat. I really enjoyed this, its basically steak cut up into peices and cooked in a nonstick pan with cooking spray. Its usually made by just cooking the steak whole and putting the relish on top but I wanted to stretch my 1/2 pound of beef farther so I had more of the relish then steak. anyway, Then the relish like sauce thats over it is diced onions, garlic, carrots and canned tomatoes sauteed and then simmered for a few minutes in 1/2 cup chicken broth with 1/2 tsp oregano & 1 tsp rosemary. very tastey........ the potatoes diced and boiled untill just tender and then tossed in a little olive oil, minced garlic and dried rosemary and baked in the oven for 15 or so minutes untill kinda crisp.

Dinner: Steak with tomato vegetable sauce..... garlic rosemary potatoes.... canned green beans.... ketcup ~ 429

snack: small bloody mary... 1/2 cup V8, 1/2 oz vodka ~ 57 cal
(tall glasses are great because they give the allusion that you have a bigger drink lol)

snack: 1/2 cup cookies and cream frozen yogurt, whipped topping, lite hersheys syrup - 184

Total Calories for the day : 1608

* (my range 1400-1750)

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MJDEVEREUX 6/16/2010 3:25PM

    Love the tall glass idea! I'm going to use that. And Cracker Jacks are going on my "sweets that are okay to eat" list.

Thanks for the great ideas and info. And you look great by the way.


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LOSINGJESS 6/16/2010 2:49PM

    The EAS chocolate protien powder is what I use... you can get a huge bag (like 90 servings or something) for 30 bucks at sams club. Its not too bad... I mean its not hersheys but it doesent make me want to yack either lol.

~ Jess

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MALEXANDER4 6/16/2010 8:15AM

    Cracker jacks? yummy, thank s for sharing. I like your idea with the potatoes. I do them but I always baked them and it took forever. I never thought to boil them a bit first...thanks for sharing. Love your food Ideas. How does the protein shake taste? I stay away because of the chalky taste.

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SILVERWING2623 6/15/2010 2:38PM

    Wow, talk about a find with the cracker jacks. I haven't had them in years!!!! I think I might add them to the shopping list. :D

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JESSSPARK 6/15/2010 12:04PM

    Holy crap- I would not have believed you about cracker jacks -I was going to google them but lo and behold the nutrtion info! Great to know, they look pretty okay overall minus the sugar content.

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SUGIRL06 6/15/2010 11:50AM

    Pretty good day! Even had a drink in there and still in ranges! Woohoo!
And thanks for the info on the cracker jacks! Now I know what to get at a baseball game!

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DASEEMAN 6/15/2010 10:50AM

    What a great idea to use a tall glass to make it appear to be more! Great job on your food choices for the day.

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KARVY09 6/15/2010 10:48AM

    YUM! A lot of food for only 1600 calories.

Love days when a bloody mary is a "snack."

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GRANDMAAMIE 6/15/2010 10:40AM

    wow look good! I love cracker jacks reminds me of when I was little and loved the toy lol.

have a great day!


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