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Week 5 - 20 week Challenge

Thursday, July 15, 2010

week 5 for the 20 week challenge to reach my goal weight!!!

well I weighed in today and it said I gained almost 5 pounds this week! I find that really hard to beleive because I have done extremely well this week. I have eaten pretty much on target ... a few random bites here and there but nothing worse than usual and I have worked out every day this week, and pushed myself when I did.

I am proud of this week despite what the scale says and I think am looking better than ever. I can see the changes in myself when I look in the mirror even in just the past week.

I plan to take pictures every 5 weeks for the durration of my 20 weeks. Today I took week 5 pictures and I am impressed with the changes in such a short amount of time. I will let you judge for yourself though. :-)


Weigh in :

Week 1 - 181.4
Week 2 - 181.4
week 3 - 176.8
week 4 - 171.1
week 5 - 175.7

Total lost in past 5 weeks: 6.3

It was a much more impressive loss before this past week. Again I think something is just funky. Like either last week I was not down as much as I thought or this week I have some sort of water fluctuation. Im thinking that my scale is just off. This weigh in was very close to the weigh in at my weight watchers meeting last week, so I will have to wait till saturday to find out weather or not I lost weight according to the scale there.

Weight watchers points have been working out very well for me btw. I was a bit thrown off by how few points I have to work with now (your points go down as you lose weight on ww) but I have adjusted and its really not so bad. The weight loss I have had since starting it has been really good, besides this week about 2-3 pounds a week.


And now for the before and after pics. Today & 5 weeks ago

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NUBODY4ME 7/15/2010 3:30PM

    WOW, you have done amazing in 5 weeks! I would not focus on the weight as it can be decieving. You are better off tracking your measurements and how your clothes fit! Good luck on your 20 week challenge!

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JENJENSKSF 7/15/2010 12:00PM

    Great pics - you are totally changing! Maybe the weight is just due to salt and water, or muscle. Don't let it get you down, you're doing great!
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BOVEY63 7/15/2010 11:53AM

    You're doing awesome!

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ARIESFIREANGEL 7/15/2010 10:45AM

    you can definitely tell things are starting to smooth out and pull in a bit more. :) good work! i wouldn't fret those 5 pounds. maybe its just from you changing up your diet program?

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MALEXANDER4 7/15/2010 10:09AM

    OMG, jess the definition in you is amazing in five weeks. Don't fret over those silly scales, your doing great. I'm so glad to have you on our ww team also. This is going to be a great week and your going to hit your goal soon. Michelle.

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CHOCMOM 7/15/2010 10:08AM

  emoticon Jess - you are doing great. I had a similar problem last week - right before my vacation, I had put on 5lbs despite what I thought was a successful week. It really saddened me because I was getting ready to go on vacation and knew I would have a battle then. I've not weighed in a week and will weigh when I get home Saturday - hope my 5 lbs is gone. You are amazing and I THANK YOU for writing your blogs, it keeps me going. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARLA-216 7/15/2010 9:35AM

    Wow, Jess, this is amazing in such a short amount of time!
You've had some very good losses over the last five weeks, and the scale today is lying to you. LOL Probably some water weight or just the body rebelling and saying WTH. I've had the same thing happen and the gain+ will be gone the next week. The important thing is that you are taking that number with a grain of salt, moving on, and focusing on those AMAZING progress pics!

Keep up the good work, Jess!
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CALLIKIA 7/15/2010 9:25AM

    Do NOT let that scale fool you. You are slimming down like nobody's business! The changes are SO noticable! Keep at it and maybe the scale will catch up, or maybe it won't...maybe it's time to fire the sucker and move on to measurements and pictures. Once your body looks like you want it to and feels the way you want it to, the numbers won't really matter so much anymore...

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 7/15/2010 9:17AM

    Wow, what a difference. Just keep on keeping on.

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SPARTANPHOTOG 7/15/2010 9:16AM

    Congrats. You are making progress! The proof is in the pictures. Also muscle weighs more than fat. As you work out, you are losing fat and gaining muscle.
You should google the pictures of fat and muscle so you can see it. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKSFLY715 7/15/2010 9:02AM

    Your transformation is AMAZING!! I'm sure the extra "weight" the scale reflected is just your body retaining a little extra water...most likely it will go down in the next few days! I can fluctuate a few lbs week to week depending on how hard I worked out. You should be so proud of how much you have accomplished! Keep rocking it girl!

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LDY_ALI_79 7/15/2010 8:58AM

    Don't mind the weight gain, I see progress in those pictures!!!!

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Great article

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This article really hit home for me, expecially the "new body nerves" segment about body image after losing a ton of weight.

I thought I would share :-)


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MAMAFEELGOOD 7/15/2010 8:33PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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    thanks for sharing!!

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20 week challenge ~ Week 4

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Jess ~ week 1 - 181.4
week 2 - 176.8
week 3 - 174.2
week 4 - 171.1

Total lost - 10.3 lbs
How many till goal - 21.1 lbs

Hubby ~ week 1 - 245.4
week 2 - 244.1
week 3 - 245.6
week 4 - 241.8

Total lost - 3.6 lbs
How many till goal - 36.8 lbs


well to refresh anyone who may not have read my previous 20 week challenge blogs, I am doing a challenge with my husband this summer. Both of us are trying to push through to our goal weights because we dont have that much left to go. We both sat down and came up with a list of goals and a reward each of us would like. The first one of us to reach our goal gets the reward that they picked out.

His reward is a playstation 3 ..... My reward is new clothes for the both of us and a trip to a theme park.


This week I have not been quite as driven as the past few weeks. My food choices have not been bad but I have felt the urge to eat more and eat bad foods... I have really been fighting against it though. I only exercised a few days this week too instead of the 5-6 days I was aiming for. My daughter has been very bad about taking her naps this past week so I am going to have to start waking up early in the morning again and doing them. Uuuhhg! I hate waking up early! you gotta do what you gotta do though.

Hubby is off to a slow start. He lost a little the first week and then gained it all back the next.... which is horrible because he was exercising. I felt really bad for him. This past week he has not exercised at all but I have been feeding him more than I was the preivious week, I think he was not getting enough calories. That seemed to do the trick because he dropped like 3+ pounds this past week.

Its cool that I am ahead but I really wanted to keep him motivated so its disapointing that he has really tried so hard and not done as well.


I have been doing weight watchers points for the last two weeks and I am impressed with how well its working out for me. Im dropping a steady 2-3 pounds a week and If I keep up with this pace then I will be at my goal way before the end of october. I fully expect to have a set back here and there though, I am sure I will step on the scale next week and only see 0.5 lbs lost or even a gain.... and thats ok because I know the scale fluctuates. Dont get me wrong.... I would be happy happy happy if I could continue to drop every week untill I reach my goal... Im just trying to be realistic so I dont get disapointed If it happens.

In other news, I am offically in size 14 jeans!!! Down from a size 26...... I got a pair at the thrift store that are Banana Republic, which run small compared to the Just My Size jeans from walmart I have been wearing. They are skinny jeans... wow and they look good on me too. I never would have thought I would ever been in skinny jeans. I also have a size 14 pair of shorts that fit now. ..... This is a major accomplishment for me because 14 has always been this size that I was shooting for when I was huge. It was like the ultimate unattainable goal. I thought I would be skinny when I was a size 14... now that I am that size, it dosent feel so small. Who knows maybe I will be in single digits when I reach my goal weight. That will be weird because I have never even imagined being anything less than a 14.... because at the time that dident even seem possible. lol. It feels great though.


Goals for this week - Get all my water in
Make myself get up early every day and exercise!!!
Track everything that goes in my mouth

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CARLA-216 7/13/2010 12:03PM

    emoticon You are rockin' and rollin' your way, Jess! Such an inspiration you are!

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G9FIRE 7/11/2010 4:56PM

    Great job!! I'm really inspired by your hard work. I'm hoping your husband sees some better results on the scale soon because I know that will encourage him. I used to do WW and still follow their rules for the most part. I really believe the WW guidelines are a healthy way to live. Good luck on reaching your goal by October! I am also trying to get to my goal by the end of October.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/10/2010 9:02PM

    Wow... you are off to a great start!

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KIRKEN2 7/10/2010 3:50PM

    you are such an inspiration! emoticonjob on the weight loss!

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KENNYWHEELS 7/10/2010 2:15PM

    Awesome work on the new size 14 jeans and shorts. i love it when i get into a smaller size it is just so awarding. seeing that something is being accomplished


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JESSSPARK 7/10/2010 2:15PM

    You are so rocking it Jess- I hope hubby picks up some extra loss, I don't know how committed yours is but I worry if my husband stops losing he will just give up and he isn't doing near the exercise I'm doing so it's obviously possible that he will hit a plateau. Gratz on size 14!!!!

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Amazing Measurements

Friday, July 09, 2010

I pulled out the tape measure today to see if there is any changes in my size... very happy with what Im seeing. I included what I have lost over all as well but I dont have a first set of measurements for neck, bicep, or forearm. Its crazy because of some areas I have lost over a foot!!!



Neck 4/14/10 - 13.5
Neck 7/9/10 - 13

0.5 inches lost in the past 2 months

Bicep 5/14/10 - 12.5
Bicep 7/9/10 - 11.75

0.75 inches lost in 2 months


Nothing lost in last 2 months (my arms are pretty damn small though)

Chest 1/28/09 - 49.5
Chest 5/14/10 - 40
Chest 7/09/10 - 38.5

1.5 inches lost in last 2 months
11 inches total since first measure (wow!)

Waist 1/28/09 - 48.5
Waist 5/14/10 - 38
Waist 7/09/10 - 36.5

0.5 lost last 2 months
12 inches lost since first measure (wow!)

Hips 1/28/09 - 57
Hips 5/14/10 - 45
Hips 7/09/10 - 44

2 inches lost in last 2 months
13 inches lost since first measure (wow!)

Thigh 1/28/09 - 29
Thigh 5/14/10 - 24
Thigh 7/9/10 - 23.75

0.25 inches lost in 2 months
5.25 inches lost since first measure

Calf 1/28/09 - 19
Calf 5/14/10 - 16.5
Calf 7/9/10 - 16.5

no inces lost in last 2 months
2.5 inches lost total since first measure

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ASHLEYW_206 7/14/2010 6:53PM

    You are amazing!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 7/14/2010 6:16PM

    YOU ARE SUPER COOL AMAZING AWESOME BLOSSOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jess...you have so much to be proud of! I am beaming here, for you, just reading all of this amazing progress! Hope one day I can share some similar stats!!!


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MAMAFEELGOOD 7/12/2010 4:42PM

    That is awesome!

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LEYETTE 7/12/2010 10:50AM

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Congratulations - you are such in inspiration to me!!!!

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MESEATURTLE 7/10/2010 10:49PM

    wow wow wow!!!!!!u r doing emoticon.This is the way to go!!!

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BABYROSEJEANS 7/10/2010 12:22PM

    Way to go!

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FLYSOHIGH 7/10/2010 1:37AM

    This is so awesome!!!:-))) Congratulations!

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MALEXANDER4 7/9/2010 9:48PM

    Wow, you go girl. You lost a person. that is great. Goal for you is in sight.

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MICHCLEARY 7/9/2010 8:33PM

    Wow = you are awesome! Over 100 lbs lost! That is so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SHASHEE71 7/9/2010 7:32PM

    I'm telling ya...the tape measure is the way to go when the scale isn't being very nice!!
YOU are doing incredible!!! You should be soooo very proud of all of the hard work you've put in and the results that have come from it!

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IMAGINE_IT 7/9/2010 4:13PM

    emoticon on losing all those inches..be very proud of yourself!!!
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KIRKEN2 7/9/2010 4:03PM

    emoticon that is so great! keep it up!

you are so motivating thanks for the updates!

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BEEFSHAKE 7/9/2010 1:54PM

    I really need to take some measurements as my scale doesn't move :(

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SARAHJ19 7/9/2010 12:21PM

    Awesome job girl! Keep up your hard work! emoticon emoticon emoticon You are such an inspiration!!!

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MG3KDZ 7/9/2010 11:54AM

    wow.. emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/9/2010 11:52AM

    Way to go!!! Keep up the excellent progress!!!

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HULLAF 7/9/2010 11:17AM

    Way to go! SO important to take measurements other than weighing in - and this is the proof. Keep up the good work!

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CARLA-216 7/9/2010 11:12AM

    Goodness gracious, Jess, this is absolutely incredible!
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    holy crap! where did your hips and waist go? lol man that is just awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGIRL06 7/9/2010 10:38AM

    Wow you are doing amazing!!!!

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NOMORE_MRFATGUY 7/9/2010 10:27AM

    Great job! Keep it up! emoticon

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BSTELLING 7/9/2010 10:23AM

    That's wonderful.. I've noticed how losing inches is even better than losing weight for me.

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KARVY09 7/9/2010 10:22AM

    Congrats on your amazing acheivements!

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JUST_SIMONE 7/9/2010 10:22AM

    Congratulations on 102 pounds lost and fantastic measurements! You rock!
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Week 3 progress pics

Friday, July 02, 2010

20 week challenge is going well. I dont know how hubby did this week yet because he weighs in on saturdays but I weighed in this morning and was happy to find out that I lost 2.6 more pounds!!! whoo hoo!

It has really been showing too because in the last 3 weeks my pants have become super loose and I am just about ready to move from size 16 down to a size 14!!! Im so excited.

I said that I was going to take pictures every 5 weeks but I got a little ahead of myself and ended up taking more pictures today. So now I have a set of pictures for week 1 and a set for week 3. I am happy with the results.... I dident think you would be able to see that much of a difference after only 3 weeks but there is a visable change.

I dont think I did as well this week as last week. I did ok with eating... although I have desided to track weight watchers points instead of calories and turns out that since I did weight watchers last I can eat alot less points. lol. I think I had about 35 points last time I did weight watchers and now I only have 22. I am using all of my weekly points though so its not too big of a system shock.

Exercise dident go nearly as well as last week. I only exercised 3 times this week and last week I totaled 6. Im going to try and do a little better this comming week though.

well here is my 3 week progress.... things are going great right now, I hope to keep up the momentum for the next 17 week. :-)

Week1: 181.4
week2: 176.8 ..... -4.6
week3: 174.2 ..... -2.6

total lost: 7.2lbs

Exciting news!!! only 10 lbs to go till Im at a healthy BMI! ... only 1 lb to go till I am at 100lbs lost since I started in Jan 2009! Im so excited for these milestones.

Hard to tell the difference in my thighs because of the black pants I was wearing in the first set of photos.... I will wear the grey ones from now on though, you can really see all the imperfections in the grey pants..... I plan to change that though. :-D

Just for some perspective... this is what my back looked like a year and a half ago

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FLYSOHIGH 7/10/2010 2:06AM

    I love those progress pics! And in your face you just keep looking younger and younger! Seriously in the after pic on the top you look positively teenagish!

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SHASHEE71 7/9/2010 7:35PM

    I am so proud of you girl! Awesome job! You are looking so great!!!
Such an inspiration to me and so many!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/9/2010 11:29AM

    You are doing great! Keep it up. emoticon

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CHOCMOM 7/9/2010 11:24AM

  emoticon You are doing GREAT!!

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PSSN4FITNESS 7/7/2010 7:17PM

    Your continued success is inspiring! You keep reaching higher and higher! I love that you and your hubby are doing this challenge together and it is clearly working! FAB Results!!
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KNITTINGMOMOF3 7/7/2010 9:54AM

    Wow, you look great! I can really see a difference in your back, belly and arms. You can also see your collar bones better. Great Job!

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KMARTIN9061 7/6/2010 4:20PM

    Wow! I can totally see the difference! This is so amazing! Good for you girl!! I need to investigate this 20 week challenge ... can you tell me briefly what it is?

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CALLIKIA 7/6/2010 10:11AM

    You are doing incredible! Congrats on the wonderful changes you're seeing and feeling!

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MAMAFEELGOOD 7/5/2010 10:20PM

    That really is a difference. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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PELESJEWEL 7/4/2010 6:35PM

    You are doing it and look great!

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HULLAF 7/3/2010 8:09PM

    You are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work. I've got to get back at it. and soon!

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    Your energy and stamina is Amazing!
You're doing GREAT!

Inspiring me to get back on track.. was off for 3 weeks. Don't stop it makes it difficult to get going again.

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KIRKEN2 7/3/2010 1:23AM

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SUSH_ASH 7/3/2010 12:33AM

    hey Jess, your progress is just amazing and unbelievable.. great going gal!! in fact in your first pic, that purple tee looks lot more looser.. i am inspired.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DANEISHA 7/2/2010 10:51PM

    Awesome! good job!

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MALEXANDER4 7/2/2010 10:29PM

    When you started this a year ago did you really think you would come so far? you are doing awesome. I can see so much change is just three weeks. are you still running? You look great girl. You are my inspiration. keep on keeping on jess.

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ESMOMMY13 7/2/2010 7:40PM

    You are doing so great! :) What a change. I should take photos of my change.

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SPARKYJEANIE1 7/2/2010 5:36PM

    DAAAAAMMMN JESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lookin good girlfriend! You can see a HUGE diff in only 3 wks, so keep on doing what you're doing...man - front, back, AND side views...you're gonna have to beat hubby off with a stick! Looks like that WW point tracking plan is paying off!!


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EVRLNGFOO 7/2/2010 2:53PM

    you look great! what a difference 3 weeks makes!

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CJANNESS 7/2/2010 1:57PM

  emoticon Lookin good!!

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1YEARFROMNOW 7/2/2010 1:33PM

    Awesome! You look great! I love the pictures.

Keep it up - you are doing fantastic!


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GOALOFLOSING 7/2/2010 12:55PM

    WAY TO GO!!

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    Wow you really can see a difference in just 3 weeks but what is more amazing is the difference in the past 18 months. What a great journey. You are amazing! emoticon

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SQUINKLY 7/2/2010 12:10PM

    That's 3 weeks! OMG you rock!
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LDY_ALI_79 7/2/2010 11:00AM

    Super job, keep up the good work! emoticon

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SILLYSD1410 7/2/2010 10:56AM

    My GOSH your changing in a hurry! You have to feel awesome about yourself!

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RUNNER_TIFF_07 7/2/2010 10:52AM

    Wow! You look amazing in just 3 weeks! You are doing so well!

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CHRISTYFG 7/2/2010 10:43AM

    Fantastic!!! Congratulations on your ongoing success!!


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MOMSCRZR 7/2/2010 10:43AM

    emoticonGreat job! Thanks for inspiring me! You look terrific!

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SUGIRL06 7/2/2010 10:40AM

    Wow you are doing so amazing!!! 100lbs lost!!! WOAH! You can really see the difference over just the couple of weeks too. Keep up the great work!

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CARLA-216 7/2/2010 10:33AM

    Holy moly, I can really see a marked change from week 1 to week 3. Awesome, Jess! Look out, next week will surely see you down 100 lb! How incredible is that?!*

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LOSINGJESS 7/2/2010 10:32AM

    I hope to lose the rest of my weight 30 pounds in the next 20 weeks. Me and my husband both set a weight goal and who ever reaches their goal first gets a reward that they picked out. I picked new clothes for both of us and a trip to the theme park that is near us.... he picked a playstation 3 with a bunch of accessories.

I thought of it to help him and I both get motivated. So far I am kicking his butt. lol.

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REBECCA1354 7/2/2010 10:30AM

    Great job! Keep it up!

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    Congratulations! I don't blame you for wanting photos.

Wishing you continued success!

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BRANDI0074 7/2/2010 10:21AM

    Way to go! You are looking amazing!!!! So what is your 20 week challenge about? I am so proud of you! You are kickin somy booty!!!!

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