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Thursday, December 16, 2010

well I have decided that I am going to try the new weight watchers plan again.

My e tools really help me... I need them. And I have found if I stick to my plan of eating healthy then the two plans don't really differ in points so much. My problem is when I start nibbling on things I am suppose to stay away from, or eat in moderation.... then my points start edging up (especially on the new plan because these things are much higher in points on the new plan)

I went into the new program to start with trying to build on what I had already been doing before and that is hard to do with anything new.... trying to build ontop of the old is never a good idea and its frustrating.

I decided I need to go into this with a fresh mindset. I think a fresh start would do me a world of good because I have been feeling like I'm floundering... and I hate that feeling.

So I went onto the weight watchers website today for the first time in a week and erased all the food I had saved. There were like 150 different foods that I had entered before that needed to be recalculated for the new program and that was very overwhelming to me. I don't even know if I will be eating these foods any time soon so there is no need to bog myself down with them... so they are gone.

I went through my house and got rid of everything resembling a christmas cookie... My mother in law sent home a big tub full of them and all I have been doing for the past week is picking at them and having one here and one there and its making me crazy. So they are gone now and will stay gone.
Egg nog went too.

I love the holidays but its killer when your trying to stay on track. I did not have nearly this much trouble last year.... and I know thats because I did not let the crap in the house. I thought that this year I could handle it.... you know Im all skinny now so I am suppose to have the will power of a rock....

I dont! I never will..... Im just going to have to keep that in mind for the rest of my life. No matter how much weight I lose, and no matter how long I keep it off, I am always going to love to eat and love to eat alot! If there is a plate of christmas cookies sitting around I cant eat one and not think about them for the rest of the day. I will eat one and then the plate will call to me every moment from then on, until I have another or until they are out of my house. There for its a bad idea for me to have them in the house. The kids have been eating waaaaay too many cookies lately anyway .... and I dont want my kids to end up with the same problems I have.

So healthier snacks will be replacing the cookies, in my cookie jar. Something that I wont want to eat a truck load of.

Im going to look at from here on out as a fresh start. I have gotten to comfortable where I am now and have even thought about trying just not to worry about losing the weight until the first of the year. Its easy to do that around this time. I dont want to back track though because I know it will be hard to get back to where I am now.

Someone here on spark said that the reason it has gotten hard for me to lose right now is because Im at my "Happy Weight".... I think that is so true. I have gotten to a point where I feel comfortable in my own skin... Im not completely satisfied with my weight yet, but if I stayed this weight for the rest of my life, I would not be misrible. I dont want to settle for just feeling OK about myself though. I want to be really truely happy and proud of where I have gotten to. This is not the weight yet.

So I am going to try and start fresh in my mind. Hopefully I will gain a little of that fresh motivation back and start moving forward again.

I weigh in at weight watchers on saturday. I did not weigh in last week because I was at my inlaws on saturday... I just hope I did not gain that much weight in the past two weeks. I have been really trying to stay on track but its not been going great. I guess we will see.

~ Jess

  
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MALEXANDER4 12/17/2010 7:11AM

    Starting fresh with etools is a good idea. I will give that a try. I have kept a lot of what I was eating. I've gotten away from chips and such with my lunch and now eat carrot sticks. I love them and really I don't miss the chips. As for christmas cookies, cakes, you name it they call my name. I'm not one of those people that can eat just one of anything. Best to not have it. Good luck to you this week. this is my second week on plan and I had a slight gain... of 0.4. Pms i'm sure hoping is what added to my waist line this week. Now onwards and upwards to better weigh ins for both of us.

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HOPE2011 12/16/2010 2:29PM

    You can do it, Jess! Whatever you make your mind up to do, I know you'll do it! emoticon

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MKELLY72 12/16/2010 1:01PM

    I love your new take on your situation. You sound so positive and committed. You are still so inspiring! Way to go!

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DONNAEDA 12/16/2010 10:34AM

    congratulations on your new attitude. Yes, I had to throw out the old WW mindset because I was at goal and knew what I could eat and not eat, and have adopted the new points plus program. It is different, I have joined e-tools to help me and I have found that I like this program so much better. I haven't lost any weight, but I have stayed within 5 pounds of my goal. I too am satisfied with the way I look and feel, could I loe more, of course, are we ever satisfied? So enjoy the holidays and nibble on healthy snacks like the rest of us.

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HULLAF 12/16/2010 10:25AM

    Hang in there, Jess! You CAN do it.

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SUGIRL06 12/16/2010 10:06AM

    Great idea! Sometimes you just need that extra little support. Good luck with weight watchers!
~Ang

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JANRTEACH 12/16/2010 9:31AM

    Jess -- You have learned the terrible truth about cookies. I really think they are dangerous!! I gained back 40 pounds one time just because the dang cookies tasted so delicious and sent me spiraling!!! At 5'8" 161 is probably a great weight. It almost sounds skinny. Good luck on your new plan and have a great time. You deserve it!!

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DEBBIEKAY1 12/16/2010 8:23AM

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SHESTOUGH 12/16/2010 8:13AM

    I haven't done Weight Watchers, though I've heard fantastic things about them (I've just used Spark so far) but I have the same problem as you -- NIBBLING! I've slowly been working towards it and getting it out of my system quick! Here are a few things that I've done that have helped me stop the nibbling (especially at night):

- Put the dishes away immediately and pack up any extra leftover food from the meal so it's not there taunting you after you've taken your serving. That will help with going back for seconds.

- After you're finished eating, chew a piece of gum. It creates saliva and the sugary taste sometimes gives off the appeal of dessert which is far less calories than a piece of chocolate cake or a candy bar! It also helps fend off heartburn!

- Once you've finished eating for the night, brush your teeth and/or rinse your mouth out with a fluoride based mouth wash. Because of the fluoride, you're not allowed to eat or drink anything for at least a half hour due to the process to help strengthen your enamel - by the time your half hour is up, you won't be willing to snack anymore! And if you are, drink water!

- 90% of the time you think you're hungry, you're actually just thirsty! Drink more water!

Good luck and happy Sparking!!! Make today GREAT!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/16/2010 7:48AM

    It sounds like you are bound and determined! You can do this Jess!

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Plan for wednesday

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Goals - stick to smaller planned meals
drink a glass of water with each meal
Exercise for 60 minutes
Find something to do other than eat when I feel like nibbling

Daily points target: 22

Breakfast - 1 egg fried - 2 pts
1 slice toast - 1 pt
1.5 slices turkey bacon - 1 pt
sauteed Veggies - 0 pts

Lunch - 2 slices double fiber bread - 2 pts
Turkey breast lunch meat - 1 pt
Tomato, lettuce and onion - 0pts
1/2 can light progresso soup - 1 pt

Snack - 1 cup cereal - 2 pts
1/2 cup fat free milk - 1 pt

Dinner - 3oz chicken breast - 3 pts
1 cup whole wheat pasta - 3 pts
1/2 cup pasta sauce - 2 pts
1/2 cup cooked spinach - 0 pts

Snack - apple cup - 2 pts
1/2 cup fat free frozen yogurt - 1 pt

Total Points used : 22 points

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Jess

  
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MESEATURTLE 12/15/2010 2:26AM

    Great plan!!

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CORINA81 12/14/2010 9:52PM

    I love following Weight Watchers points system so much easier then counting calories I think.

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HONORINGGOD 12/14/2010 9:40PM

    emoticon idea plan ,plan ,plan

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Hard time adjusting

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I was doing so well and I felt like I really had some good momentum going and then what happened? Weight watchers went and changed there freakin program on me.

If you have not herd about it. Weight watchers has changed there point system. Instead of using calories fat and fiber they now use - fat fiber carbs and protein. Fruit and veggies are zero points and you get more points per day to eat. Things that are higher in carbs have gone up in points, and I geuss they are trying to stear you more towards high protein and lower carbs.

I was really excited at first. I went through that first week and stuck to everything exactly. I was nervous because fruit was zero points and because I was unsure of how everything was going to add up but I trusted it and just went with it.

I weighed in last week and gained a pound... and this was a week after gaining almost a pound the previous week. So I am almost two pounds up since reaching my goal and to make lifetime you have to maintain your weight no more than two pounds above your goal weight. So I started freakin out.

I came home and kept doing the new program but I was feeling all of a sudden very out of control. I found myself not feeling like I could have one cookie or even whole wheat pasta because it was higher in points on the new program. I know its all a mind trick though because I get more daily points as well. but this little mind game I was playing with myself made me feel very out of control and made me want to eat a whole plate full of cookies. Even though I did not eat a whole plate full I ate more than I wanted. I ate more than I planned at that holiday party last week.... I found myself nibbling and not writing down so I could avoid what the new points system would tell me. I was also annoyed every time I had to buy something at the store or eat anything because I had to calculate the points for it and had to use 4 elaments instead of three. Its much easier to go the the kitchen and pull a box of crackers down and remember 100cal 2 fat and 1 fiber .... then it is to remember 2 fat 33 carbs 1 protien and 1 fiber as you are walking down the hall to the computer to look up how much it is. Maybe I am being ridiculous but these things just made me want to cry.

So I sat down and took a deep breath and decided even though this is what weight watchers wants me to do I need to decided what is good for Jessica. Jessica was doing very well on the "old" weight watchers system and had lost 100 pounds doing it. So why change? I know weight watchers says that its because new science has come out about food in the last 15 years blah blah blah blah.... but what does that have to do with me.

I have finally found something that works for me.... found a groove that I can stick to after years of struggling to lose weight, only to gain. And I know the one thing that did not work for me was hopping from one "diet" to another and never sticking with anything. That is what this change felt like to me.... even though the new system is sound nutritional advice and all it just felt like another "diet".... I dont feel like its a good idea for me to switch to this right now.

You know its funny because I almost feel guilty for switching back to the old points system....(which I did mid week because I was feeling so bad about it).... like I'm doing a forbidden thing or should have given it more time. The way I was headed though I could only see gains in my future.

Anyway now I am in this place where I am just struggling to do anything right. I'm finding it very hard to get motivated to exercise and very hard to stick to good eating. Im trying to find that good place where you can just get up in the morning and workout and not feel like stabing yourself in the head.

Its hard because I am tracking on paper and before I use to live by the weight watchers e-tools tracker. They switched everything over to the new system to its useless if I am using the old system.

Hopefully in the next few weeks I can get into that good place again. I have to be at or under my goal by the time 6 weeks rolls around at weight watchers because I want to make lifetime and be done with paying. It would be nice to take the money and join the gym... I think that would really help me stay on track.

Jess

  
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DETERMINEDJANET 12/9/2010 11:13PM

    You're making the right choice! I remember when they went from the very ancient exchange program to points that even the leader had to step down because she could not maintain the weight on the new program. Same idea! I still have to go back to the ancient exchanges to lose easily. They'll never know you're doing the old points system and why should they care if you are losing and getting healthier! Personally I don't think fruits should be zero because a lot of those are higher in calories and even my doctor says you can gain weight on fruits and veggies.

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PANFRIEDTROUT 12/9/2010 10:26PM

    yep ... "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" ...

and as BAttistoli said, I have to MAKE myself do physical activities & like him/her, feel better after I have

lastly (but not least important) way to go on the 100# loss!!

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MALEXANDER4 12/9/2010 10:22PM

    You wrote what i've been feeling. I have all the new tools (finally), they started the program but online users had to wait and when I ordered the tools that others got at a meeting for 4.95 I had to pay 11.95 for the same caluclator, I just got my books today. . Maybe now I can sit down and come up with a plan. Like you I gained the first week. This is my second week and tomorrow wiill tell. I'm almost tempted to go back to the old way myself. I feel we should of been given a choice. Good luck to you no matter what you choose. You will reach lifetime and soon.

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HOPE2011 12/9/2010 10:00PM

    I agree with the others - if the old system worked for you, then work the old system. Just because they changed doesn't mean you have to. Heck, I remember hearing people having a hard time with WW when they changed over to Points all those years ago! The bottom line is that you know what works for you. It's healthy, not a fad, and there is no reason why you can't do what's best for you.

Hang in there, Jess! We're all rooting for you! emoticon

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SYLVIALYNN2 12/9/2010 8:18PM

    Please don't sabotage yourself at this point. You are so close. Stick with what works for you. Do your paper tracking and maybe once a week, enter your information into the new etools to compare. Once you have made lifetime, it may be easier for you to switch to the new program.

I am loving the new program and have lose 5.5 pounds in 2 weeks. When I started the old program last year, I honestly did not work at it. This is serious business and if you are serious, you win.

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BRIAEL 12/9/2010 1:15PM

    Ouch. I'm sure you're not alone in discovering this is a much harder pattern to maintain than the one you're used to.

My suggestion would be ..... build your own document based on your historic WW paperwork and continue working with the old system. It worked for you, you were familiar with it, your nutrients were right for you (or you'd never have stayed healthy and happy with the plan) and you weren't doing a mental nosedive with it.

If WW aren't prepared to work with you on this, then they aren't in it to help. Something to consider. :)

You CAN eat properly and you lost a helluva lot of weight doing it. Don't keep following a path that is making your lifestyle unworkable and you anxious. :)

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BOVEY63 12/9/2010 12:56PM

    I hate when they change programs!
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I think that you are right in doing what works best for you - the success you have achieved has definitely proven it!
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MKELLY72 12/9/2010 12:39PM

    I absolutely agree with everyone else who has posted. Do what works for you! I had a little trouble adjusting, because I started this entirely on my own with shared information. I did everything on paper, which I don't mind at all. That's what I'm still doing. When I started the new program, I still tracked everything the old way too, and I found that I was staying in target on both sheets. That really helped me to get a grip on it and put the proper perspective on the change, and it reassured me that I was doing fine. I already made lots of fruit and veggie choices anyway and whole grains, lean protein, etc.
Don't stress about it. I'm sure if you track the old way, and make a comparison on your own terms, you will find that you are just fine:-)

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/9/2010 11:44AM

    I am a life timer and have maintained for 2.5 years. I am sticking to the "old" program as that works for me too. Sometimes change is good and sometimes we are better sticking to what we know works for us. You'll be fine. Stay the course!

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62NVON 12/9/2010 11:40AM

    Do what works for you, Jess... You are the only one who knows your body. If you have access to a spreadsheet program, I have the old Points formula. You could make your own "tracker" on your computer.

I'm so freaking proud of how much you've accomplished. Keep going! =)

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ASHLEYW_206 12/9/2010 11:32AM

    You have to do what works for you! Don't feel bad about sticking to what you know. Maybe you could experiment a bit with the new program before committing 100%. It's hard to change when you've become accustomed to how things work a certain way. Don't give up and don't feel bad about doing what works for you....I think that's the best way to work a system anyway! Each person needs to do things a little bit differently. Remember how far you've come! Keep it up, girl...you are such an inspiration to so many!

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BATTISTOLI 12/9/2010 11:21AM

    i am glad you decided to go back to the old system. that was going to be my first suggestion. i mean, hey, if it worked for you, then i say stick with it! forget the new program! keep your goal of wanting to reach lifetime right in front of you. put it on the fridge. in your purse. in your car. this is what you are reaching for. that way, when you get ready to eat something you shouldnt, see your goal and remind yourself "i want lifetime". its all a mind game unfortunately sometimes. i wish i could wake up and WANT to work out... i literally have to pick my a** up off the chair and FORCE myself to do it. i can tell you i feel much better once ive done it. dont beat yourself up. keep doing what works for you.by the way, CONGRADS on losing 100 lbs! that is fabulous. im right behind you!

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My Birthday

Sunday, November 21, 2010

well I had a great birthday yesterday... as you know I reached my ww goal which is a gift in itself.

My sisters gave me some really awesome gifts, including some dark kiss lotion and body spray from bath and body works... mmm smells so good, a new table cloth and new pot holders... yay. I asked for all kitchen stuff this year.

My mom came down and gave me some new ear rings, that were really cute and then me and my husband took her out to dinner (it was her birthday two days ago so that was my gift to her)... we went to a japanese hibatchi place... the kind where they cook the food in front of you. I had miso soup, a salad with ginger dressing, we got three sushi rolls to split and then me and my husband split the chicken & steak and the Salmon & shirmp entree, which came with veggies, fried rice and noodles.

After that we went to go see the new harry potter movie. It was really well done compared to alot of the other movies. There were some things in it that really did not match up with the other movies though, things that were in the books but not put in the previous movies.... you would be lost if you had never read the books. But all in all it was really good.

I asked my hubby to stop by a local diner near our house on the way home. They have the best cheesecake and I wanted a slice, I have been planning on eating a slice of cheesecake from there for the entire year. I love cheesecake, its my favorite but I have made a deal with myself that I will only eat it once a year on my birthday because then that keeps it special and I dont have to worry about how high the points are.... because its only that one time.

They were out of the new york style cheesecake.... it was karyoke night and I geuss everyone there had a taste for plain cheesecake. :-(

So I went to the grocery store and ended up getting a sample pack of 4 slices.... I just wanted one big slice but it was either the sample pack of 4 tiny slices or buying a whole cheesecake to get my one big slice (which I knew would turn into the whole 8" cake by today)

So me and hubby split the pack of 4 slices. It was not the best but it satisfied my need for cheesecake once a year. and I am so done with it till next year.

I was so full last night I felt kinda ill. Even though I only ate half of my meal at dinner and did not get snacks in the movie theater I still ate waaay more then I normaly do and it was alot of points.... I added up the points for yesterday and it came up to around 60 points. My daily allotment is 22, so thats alot. I used up the majority of my weekly points on my birthday.

You know what though, I really enjoyed it and I know that I will make up for it this week. I am back on track this morning. I used the measuring cup to measure out my shredded wheat and fat free milk and I plan on exercising today too.

Overeating happens, its nice to be in a place now where I can jump right back to eating well the next meal. That makes me really happy.

One sad thing about yesterday though that really bothers me is how little my mom ate at dinner. I really wanted to take her somewhere nice and she did not hardly touch her food. I think it was because she was self consious about her weight. She lost alot of weight last year... she had gone from like 200 down to 150 lbs because the doctor gave her diet pills. Well she stopped taking them and guess what happened. :-( .... Now a year later she weighs more than I have ever seen her weigh. She looks like she is almost as big as I was when I started and it makes me really sad for her. I can just see this look on her face every time I see her. Expecially last night because she has not seen me in 20 pounds.
I really wish she would get her head in a good place to do this too... but you cant make someone take thouse steps, they have to be ready on there own. I of all people know that.

On a lighter note though overall the day was really good, overeating aside. Im looking forward to another great week.

Hmmm.... I just thought of this though... if thanksgiving is this week and I used all of my weekly points on my birthday.... hmmm, this is gonna be interesting. I think I may need to tweak my thanksgiving menu some more and make it even lighter. It will be interesting to try and eat on target that day, but I enjoy a challenge.

~ Jess

  
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MAMAFEELGOOD 11/23/2010 12:11PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENIFROUFROU 11/21/2010 10:24PM

    Glad you enjoyed your birthday dinner. Try stepping up your activity every day this week so you can bank some extra activity points for turkey day :)


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MALEXANDER4 11/21/2010 3:04PM

    don't forget your activity points. You could use those for thankgiving or some of those. I don't like to use them for food all the time but I have on occasion. I'm glad your day was wonderful. I was so happy for you yesterday I told my husband and daughter. I showed my hubby you pic and he couldn't believe how wonderful you look. You really are a new and improved person. You know what you mom will come to that place, give it time, I'm hoping my daughter does also. She is where you were. that is why I wanted her to see you, I want her to see taking care of yourself really does pay off. You look awesome.

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BOVEY63 11/21/2010 11:57AM

    Sounds like a very nice birthday celebration. Here's to another wonderful year!
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SWEETNEENI 11/21/2010 10:57AM

    Sorry I missed your birthday but glad you enjoyed it. Make this year your best one yet!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 11/21/2010 10:40AM

    emoticonHappy Birthday! And kudos to you for spending your day the day you wanted to because you made a plan to do it that way! Your birthday is a much more important day than Thanksgiving day! It's all about YOU!!!! WAY TO GO on achieving your Goal Weight!!! What a Gift to yourself! I'm soooo happy for you!!!!

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HOPE2011 11/21/2010 10:30AM

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed your day - that's most important of all!

I am really impressed that you're getting right back on track - that's a lesson I need to learn. I also like your strategy of keeping your cheesecake craving to one day a year - that is awesome! You've given me a lot to think about for me and my strategies - thank you!

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DONNAEDA 11/21/2010 10:21AM

    you remember that you have an extra 35 points for special events like your birthday. and you earn extra activity points for exercising. So you really didn't do that bad. Happy birthday to you and many many more.

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CIVIAV 11/21/2010 10:12AM

    Wow! It sounds like you experienced a lifetime of life on your birthday and what a wonderful birthday it was! Your thinking is amazingly focused and balanced. Now, to Thanksgiving and the coming week. How about a Spark People Challenge to get through Thanksgiving and to Spark your Mom?!

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BELLALUCIA 11/21/2010 10:10AM

    Hey Jess, Happy B-day! Spoiler alert about Harry, so beware!
I enjoyed the jokes, lots of them. The end was just right! Voldemort desecrating Dumbledore's grave was epic! I love Voldemort's evil ways, lol. He is a great villain, Snape is one note, well he's not really a villain is he? Malfoy is a one note villain for realz! I cried when Dobby died and laughed when Potter was dancing with Hermoine. What song played when they were dancing, I wanna listen to it again! I'm gonna stay on plan on Thanksgiving if at all possible! Here's to us!

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Reached Goal At Weight Watchers

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Well this morning I got up early and felt really good about today. For one its my 29th birthday and I have a really fun day planned. Im going out to eat later today with my mom and my husband and then we are going to go see harry potter.
I also felt good because I have done really really well this week... I stuck to my eating and got in around 40 minutes of exercise M-F.

I needed 1.8 to reach the goal I set at weight watchers and I have been trying to make it for a few weeks now but I will only lose a few oz. and I even gained one week. I had really been struggling.

I really pushed this week because how cool would it be to make goal on your birthday!

So I nervously got up on the scale at my 7:30am meeting and when my leader held up two fingers I said .... "2 pounds?"
She shook her head yes and I started jumping up and down... I could feel the tears welling up. lol.

I pulled out a sheet of paper with something I had written out last night on the computer. I knew if I reached my goal today then my leader would want me to share my story with everyone and I knew I needed to write it down because I would leave somthing out or be so flustered I could not compose my thoughts. thats just how I am.

When it was time for my leader to announce my 100lbs lost and reaching my goal I handed her the sheet of paper and asked her to read it... because I knew I would cry. and I started crying as soon as she started reading so it was a good thing.

here is what I wrote

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I have been overweight since I was a baby. When I graduated high school I weighed around 310 lbs. I went on my first diet shortly after high school and my weight went up and down for years as I went on one fad diet after another. I would “diet” for a week or two but after not getting the quick fix I wanted I would eat everything in sight as I went on a month long binge and gained everything back plus some.

By the time 2009 rolled around I had just had my 2nd child and was 273 pounds. I could not play with my kids because I would get to tired, I could not shave my legs in the shower because I would get out of breath bending over, I could not put my pants on standing up because it hurt to lift my legs and The only clothes I had that would fit me were 3X maternity clothes, that I was quickly growing out of.

At the time I didn’t think I would ever be thin, I had pretty much given up hope on that a while ago but I knew I could not go on living the way I was. I knew I needed to change my mind set because the quick fixes I tried in the past never worked. I told myself that I would do this and no matter if I only lost a quarter pound a week I would not stop.

I started my weight loss journey on Jan 3rd 2009 at 273lbs. I started by just eating smaller portions and lower calorie foods but after a few weeks I decided to join weight watchers. I had done weight watchers once before and done well for the few weeks I stuck with it. I knew I needed the accountability of the meetings because even though I had lost 13 lbs. on my own I could feel myself slipping.

Shortly after that I decided to start exercising. Every other time I tried to lose weight before, exercise was something that was missing. I would always work out for a few days and then just get sick of it and quit. I could never get into a routine. This time I started with baby steps because I knew for me to stick to anything I needed to build it into a habit. So I started with the most minimal exercise I could think of; walking in place in front of the TV.

After almost two years I have lost over 100 lbs. and around 150 lbs. since high school. I ran my first 5k this past summer, I am now able to shop in the normal side of the store and am wearing a small - medium in shirts and a size 12 in pants. Shopping in the normal side of the store is something I had never been able to do, not even in middle school! I can now wrap a normal size bath towel around me instead of a beach towel, I have become a good role model for my children, and have even helped my husband lose 90 pounds just by cooking healthier meals for our family.

This has been the hardest, greatest, most wonderful thing I have ever done for myself and my family. I have learned so much in the past two years and have grown more than I thought I could from just learning to live healthy. I have no fears that I wont be able to maintain my weight loss because I know I now have the tools and support I need to keep me on track.

I am so excited for the years to come and to finally be able to live my life with nothing holding me back.

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By the time she was finished reading half of the people in the room where crying! I was really shocked over that because I did not expect my story to move so many. I had people come up and hug me and tell me how inspired they are by me... there was a man who was around 50 years old and you could see the streaks left on his face where he had cried... wow.

I got my 100lb charm for my key chain and in 6 weeks I will be a lifetime member. I am so so happy. I am not at my final goal yet... I have a personal goal of 150 lbs.... but It feels like I have gotten there already even though I know this is not the end. I am so incredibly proud of myself.... that is an amazing feeling in its self because I really truely did not think I would ever be able to do this.

I think the most wonderful part of it all was a lady came up to me at the end of the meeting and she was crying. She said she was planning on quitting after today because she was just fed up with the whole thing. She said that she was going to stick with it because of me. That has to be the most rewarding feeling of all because I know how painful it is to be where she is now and how frustrating it is when your on that road and it seems like you cant get any farther along. I hope that one day she will get to where I am now and feel how happy and proud I am.

Its already a great Birthday.

Happy Saturday everyone!

~ Jessica

  
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MAMAFEELGOOD 11/23/2010 11:57AM

    Congratulations! You should be proud and doing a happy dance!

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MG3KDZ 11/21/2010 1:03PM

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PIXIEMOM13 11/21/2010 12:29PM

    I followed Ruthanne100 over here (and because I saw the title about Weight Watchers, which is the plan I am following.

Happy birthday! And you've given yourself such a tremendous gift of good health.. how awesome is that?

I read your entry out loud to my husband and as I was reading I was getting choked up and was crying. I don't know you, but I'm so happy for you! (and I hope to one day be able to post something similar to your post).

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SWEETNEENI 11/21/2010 11:00AM

    You are a superstar! I'm so proud of your accomplishments! WTG!
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NANFACEMIRE1 11/21/2010 8:52AM

    emoticon. Job well done. I am a lifetime WW member and have been maintaining for 9 years. It is still sometimes a struggle, but I do it because I want to be where I am. WW teaches you a new way of eating and you can eat anything you want.........just COUNT it. emoticon for you and a belated Happy Birthday.

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DAVEW175 11/21/2010 8:00AM

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday.

You're an inspiration to so many of us. emoticon

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DRB13_1 11/20/2010 11:26PM

    emoticon Happy tears!
I saw the title of your blog on my friend feed and thought I was just stopping by to say how significant reaching goal weight is and congratulate you, but then I read your blog and I am just so inspired and proud and happy for you and so overwhelmed how much you have changed your life and ...there aren't even words to describe all the feelings!
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congrats on reaching goal weight
congrats on losing over 100 lbs
congrats on helping others see what is possible
congrats on one of your best birthdays ever
congrats on taking control of your life and living it fully and spectacularly and persistently
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all the best in everything you put your mind to do
because you can!
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JENIFROUFROU 11/20/2010 10:00PM

    Happy birthday and congratulations on your 100 pound victory!!!

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RUTHANNE100 11/20/2010 9:31PM

    Now THAT'S what I call a great birthday! Congratulations...how rewarding to see your hard work paying off!!!

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Your story so inspirational that it brought tears to my eyes too!

Happy Birthday - enjoy your night out and the movie (my son and his Godmother went to the first showing and they both enjoyed it).
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ELSCO55 11/20/2010 7:03PM

    emoticon emoticon Wish you were in our WW meeting. You are an inspiration.

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46SHADOW 11/20/2010 5:42PM

    So happy for you!

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CHICAT63 11/20/2010 5:30PM

    What an excellent way to celebrate your birthday, losing 100 pounds and gaining wellness !!!! Have fun tonight, enjoy. Wishing you a happy birthday, health, happiness for the year to come.

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MALEXANDER4 11/20/2010 4:51PM

    Oh jess that is awesome. I"m so happy for you. I've already wished you a happy birthday but I want to wish it to you again. I'm still holding out to finally see my magic number on the scales....i'm 5 lbs away and each week I feel farther away. You have given my the motivation I need to finish this. I'm so proud for you. Michelle.

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BRIAEL 11/20/2010 4:43PM

    Darn girl, you have me in tears now too! First of all, have a wonderful birthday. A special day in which you celebrate both your birth and your "coming of weight age".

What an awesome achievement. I'm so thrilled for you, and overjoyed that you got such recognition from your fellow Weight Watchers. I bet everyone in that room was hoping that they have your strength, determination and courage for their journey.

Whether you know it or not, you inspire people every single day. Just because we don't pat you on the back, doesn't mean we aren't here admiring from a distance and hoping to be just like you in time. :)

You are awesome sauce, Jess! :)

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MKELLY72 11/20/2010 4:37PM

    Incredible story! Happy Birthday! You are truly inspirational. It's great that you share your story and so wonderful that it has the effect on others like it did. You did a great thing by giving this gift to yourself and by bringing hope to others who felt they couldn't go on. Congratulations!

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MAMAGOSS 11/20/2010 4:01PM

    What a wonderful birthday gift to yourself! You rock!!

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AMLGARRIDO 11/20/2010 1:03PM

    Congratulations!!! Happy Birthday!!!

Can I start crying now??? LOL. You truly are an inspiration to us all!I am so happy that you've come this far! You are my motivation to keep going forward! Keep up the awesome work!

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ASHLEYW_206 11/20/2010 12:37PM

    Incredible! Thank you for sharing your special story with us today....and happy birthday! Here's to a wonderful year ahead Jess!

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THENEWSHANNON 11/20/2010 12:33PM

    Happy birthday, and way to go!!!
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DEANABABY 11/20/2010 12:30PM

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on all of your hard work and success!! emoticon

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HOPE2011 11/20/2010 11:49AM

    The people at the WW meeting are not the only ones you brought to tears - you are such an inspiration, Jess! Congrats to you for everything. I want to be like you. emoticon emoticon

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MASHEI 11/20/2010 11:47AM

    FAN-freaking-TASTIC!!! I don't even know you and I am proud of you! Congratulations on your successes. I hope you have many more! Here's to you reaching your ultimate goal!
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Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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PRINCESSNURSE 11/20/2010 11:40AM

    Congratulations! What a wonderful birthday present you gave to yourself--way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 11/20/2010 11:38AM

    This story is just awesome! Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon

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BROADCASTER 11/20/2010 11:35AM

  Terrific and congratulations. Your story is most inspiring and really reflects the power within. Way to go!

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