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Monday, January 31, 2011

You know, if it were not for spark people I would really not have done as well as I have. I go through so many periods of doing good and then doing horrible.... spark people always brings me back though. As long as I just log in and stay reminded of me and my health, then I never truly fail.

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to be work free and school free durring the majority of my weight loss. It really allowed me to really focus on myself. I really commend the people up here on spark people that have lost weight while working full time jobs, raising family's and or going to school. Its really hard to stay on track.

I was never really faced with the demon that is fast food... I never had to deal with being completely pressed for time and even stressed out.

Before I blissfully went through my day, meals planned, time to cook, the only thing I had to worry about was getting a child off to school, taking care of another, keeping the house clean and making meals. I was isolated at home while hubby worked so I had no temptation to go out and get a big mac durring the day. lol.

I find myself now having to do all the things I did before, plus squeeze in errands, exercise, School, home work and all the temptations that the outside world brings to the table. Including no healthy choices in the vending machines at school, besides bottled water!

It is hard to stay on track, its hard to plan ahead... and the people who do it are like super heros. I am trying to strive to be like those people.... I'm having a hard time but I am slowly falling into a new routine. When I do get fast food I try to make it healthy choices.

Im not losing right now, that's for sure, but I'm not gaining... so Im ok with maintaining while I get into a groove that works for me.

~ Jess

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RUTHANNE100 2/2/2011 10:14AM

    You're doing great to figure out what you need to do to maintain while you're juggling added responsibilities. You'll get your groove back to lose your remaining weight when you're ready.

Keep up the great work!!

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MALEXANDER4 2/2/2011 3:15AM

    Planning is key. Your great at creating new recipes...maybe packing a granola bar, or fruit for when your at school. Fits in the back pack. lol. You will find a way. Look how far you have come. Right now maintaining is awesome.

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KTTAYLOR21 1/31/2011 11:23AM

    I know the key is to plan plan plan... I can tell you this, but I haven't gotten it down pack yet. It is something that I am GOING to implement into my schedule. I am reading this book and it says to set aside a day where you plan your whole week, exercise, meals, housework, homework and time for family. This way you have your schedule for the week at the beginning of the week. Now I know this, I have now shared this with you now lets see if WE can get this done. (smile)... good luck to you and ME!!!

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SLIMSUPERNOVA 1/31/2011 9:34AM

    Oh I so know what you mean. I was losing weight much faster before I got this job. That being said, you will definitely find a new balance that works for you. Just takes time. :)

Good luck! This blog deserves better comments than this one but my brain is all fuzzy. I'll just say I really enjoyed it + cheer you on.

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MALIAN1 1/31/2011 9:22AM

    Way to go!~ Stay focused...you CAN do this! emoticon

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Busy Jess

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

well I have been busy lately. I guess alot of it is self inflicted because I have been going to the YMCA to workout at least 5 days a week. I have been trying out alot of different classes, trying to find the ones that I like and that are going to be really effective for what I want to do, which is tone up and slim down my body. I'm not necessarily looking to drop pounds right now but I do want to lose inches and tone up. I need to buy a measuring tape (because I cant find mine) so I can track my progress, if it does not reflect on the scale, which it might not.

I have taken this one class twice, called pump and burn. Wow, when they say advanced on the class scedual, they mean it! I was really workin my butt off in that class. Moving very rapidly from high intensity cardio, to challenging weight training. I still feel the class from friday, on top of the class I took last night. I am hoping that I get in better shape fast, so I can keep up a little better.

Driving has been nice but also so exhausting. I go out in the morning, do the whole Y thing and then run a few errands and I am ready to just drop. Then I come home and try to get things in order here and have just enough time while lyra is down for her nap where I can take a 30 min - hour nap myself. Then I have to get up and start dinner, spend a little time with the kids, eat and then get ready to go out to school from monday - thursday.

I haven't even really gotten in to school full swing (because of all the snow last week) and I am already tired. I have to drive to the other campus because that's where most of my classes are and that is waaay down the highway and takes like 30 minutes to get to. The clser of the two campus' is only 5 minutes down the road but I only have one class there, once a week.

I can do all this though, I just need to get into a routine and then stay on top of everything. I know my big problem is putting things off and then they pile up and its hard to dig my way out. So I'm not going to do that this time.

You know with all this activity you would think I would be having an easier time with my eating. I have to say though, its a little harder, because I find myself to always be hungry. I think its because I'm in a new routine so its throwing me off a little and that makes me want to snack more. I'm sure all the added activity is making me more hungry as well. I'm just trying to make sure I eat good for me things and not grab things while I am out and about, because usually the things sitting by the register at the grocery store, or in the vending machine at the school are not so good for me.
I have been taking south beach protein bars with me to eat after I workout which helps, because I am super hungry like 30 minutes after a workout. And I have been bringing a snack with me to school because I am in class like 30 minutes.

Last night that did not workout so well though. I ate dinner before going to school and then ate my snack after class before driving home and then once I got home I wanted to eat again. The other night seemed to work out better, where I just had a snack in the afternoon and then ate dinner when I got home. Of course then I am eating dinner really late, because my class does not let out until like 9pm.
I'm sure I will figure out what works best for me though, without snacking myself into a food coma.

well that's a quick update on me. I'm going to try and keep up with spark people the best that I can.... I'm gonna play it by ear as I get more into school and homework and other things, that haven't really hit yet.

~ Jess

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THE_NEW_ME_24 1/24/2011 3:37PM

    If you haven't picked up a measuring tape yet, I have one I can send you for free. My cousin works for a sewing company and they go to conventions and get TONS of free shwag, and then she gives it to me. One time I ended up with 4 or 5 measuring tapes. So yeah, if you'd like one, let me know and I can send it to you. I could send it to a PO, your hubbies work or a school address if you aren't comfortable.

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RORYTA 1/23/2011 3:53PM

    so proud of you, way to get back into it. those classes sound intense. keep up the great work, it really does show in your progress pics

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BECKYCOLVIN 1/20/2011 1:42PM

    I've been getting back into more strenuous cardio, and I am finding that I am famished all the time. I just have to be more deliberate about planning snacks (string cheese & an apple, cottage cheese & pears, hummus & carrots--a fiber/bulky item & a protein source). I've heard it said that exercise does make you hungrier, but that it is still worth it to exercise because of the way it changes your shape & muscle tone. Making a plan sounds like a good idea because once you take the guess-work out of your eating & exercise, your mind will accept things and you'll start feeling less desperate about food. :)

I understand what you're saying about feeling too busy, though. There never does seem to be enough time in the day!

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KTTAYLOR21 1/19/2011 9:30PM

    I, like Nikkiv2, also take classes online and it takes a TON of discipline. At the start of each semester I say I am going to do better then I did last semester and stay on top of my work... does it ever happen... NOT!! So I understand EXACTLY where your coming from. Good luck and lets both ROCK THIS SEMESTER OUT!!!!

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BOVEY63 1/18/2011 5:31PM

    You sound like one busy lady! Way to go for making the time to fit in fitness.
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Best of luck at school.

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ANGELBELIEVER 1/18/2011 3:15PM

    You are such a great inspiration. I am sure you will find your balance. I don't know how you do it all. I continue to enjoy reading your blogs.

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ALLEY2300 1/18/2011 1:54PM

    Routines are good! One thing with the hunger and working out. You probably will be a bit hungrier when you start working out intensely. Make sure you have added all the workouts to your spark page because your calories/needs may adjust depending on how much you are working out. I get hungry when I first start working out again and find that if i meet the higher end of my protein intake, I am not nearly as hungry.

Way to go though! Remember, don't run yourself to down though, or you may burn yourself out! Gradually swing back into working out and don't overdo it when you first start! Good luck!

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SILVERWING2623 1/18/2011 12:02PM

    You are an inspiration!

Just make sure that you are eating enough for your increased activity! That might be why you are more hungry now.

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NIKKIV2 1/18/2011 10:13AM

    Jess I do online school and still have issues with getting things done in an organized fashion. I hope you can get a routine that works for you! It isn't easy but so worth it. Good luck and keep up the hard work!

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Monday Food Blog

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Breakfast - 2 egg whites w/ mushrooms, onions, bell pepper & tomato - topped with 1/4 cup fat free cheddar cheese
1/2 grapefruit w/ splenda
1 turkey sausage pattie

Lunch - 1/2 lavash bread wrap w/ 2 slices turkey breast lunch meat, 1 laughing cow light cheese wedge & lettuce
1 large granny smith apple

Snack - cup soup & 1/2 serving pretzel chips

Salad w/ lettuce, olives, tomato, onion, banana peppers, 1 tsp bacon bits & 2 tbls ff Italian dressing
Vegetable premivera made w/ 2/3 cup pasta, 1/4 cup Jar Alfredo sauce, 2 tbls Parmesan cheese, sauteed broccoli, carrots, onions, bell peppers, yellow summer squash & tomatoes.

2 crescent roll bread sticks - totally not planned but I skipped my snack later that night to make up for it.

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HONORINGGOD 1/4/2011 1:22PM

    looked very tasty emoticon

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LOSINGJESS 1/4/2011 1:06PM

    4 points plus - breakfast
6 points plus - lunch
5 points plus - snack
16 points plus - dinner

31 points plus

Daily target - 29
Weekly points used - 2

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DONNAEDA 1/4/2011 11:06AM

    excellent menu

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MAMAGOSS 1/4/2011 9:48AM

    Looks yummy especially to someone doing P1 of South Beach!!

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KARAKRIS 1/4/2011 9:05AM

    Great photos!!

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SUNRISE14 1/4/2011 8:11AM

    emoticon emoticon COULD YOU ADD YOUR POINTPLUS IN YOUR BLOGS ? emoticon

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STEPPYSUE 1/4/2011 7:50AM

    Love those pics, gives the whole story!

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    Mmm looks good!

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Monday, January 03, 2011

I have been driving all over the place. I have taken the kids to the park twice... I went walking at the mall... I went shopping and actually got to park in the farthest spot away from the store (something that would have annoyed my husband if he were with me).

I feel so free since getting my drivers license last Thursday and I feel like I have been a lot more active.

Before I sat in the house all day and by the time hubby gets home from work at 4:30pm all he wants to do is sit around. So usually the only day I got out of the house before was Saturday to go to weight watchers and go grocery shopping.

Hubby says that he can tell a noted difference in my moods as well, and I have to admit I do feel happier.

well I have to go get my son off the bus and then Im going to take both my kids to the park to let them play and take a walk.


~ Jess

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SLIMSUPERNOVA 1/4/2011 10:52PM

    Hope you continue to enjoy that independence! I know the feeling of being without it. I'm so frustrated with my lack of car right now but hopefully when tax refunds roll around that will change. Independence would help my confidence + productivity SO freaking much. Here's to 2011 for both of us. :) May it be freeing.

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LOSINGJESS 1/4/2011 7:45PM

    Yes it is... Especially here in NC where sidewalks are a novelty.

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DAVEW175 1/4/2011 7:25PM

    That's great. It's really hard to get around in the US without a license. Have Fun!

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BECKYCOLVIN 1/4/2011 11:56AM

    This is really great--it gives you a chance to be a more active mommy & person in general--gets you different places to exercise. This is going to be a great thing in your life! :)

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MALEXANDER4 1/4/2011 6:31AM

    I'm so very proud of you. Isn't independence a wonderful thing.

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-FEMALE- 1/3/2011 10:56PM

    WTG with getting your license and your new freedom!! I'm aiming to get my G2 this year - super excited!

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KENNYWHEELS 1/3/2011 10:33PM

    awesome jess

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SPARKYJEANIE1 1/3/2011 5:37PM

    Heck yeah girl!!

Enjoy that new freedom! I could NOT imagine NOT having a car around - and look at you gettin out there and all!! How are the plans for those art classes coming? When do you start? You helped motivate me to want to get back in the school sadde, myself...I'm going to focus on running for right now - my 5k is 2/6 (the day after my 35th - shhhhh bday) and losing a bit more weight. Then still debaiting if I should do a class for summer or just wait till fall. Fall seems soo freaking far away though.

Enjoy this new feeling!!! Of course your mood is improved - you can do practically anything you want and not have to feel bats in your belfrey (that's what I call being cooped up in a house all day) anymore!! You deserve it...now we need a pic of you in the driver's seat...lol

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NIKKIV2 1/3/2011 4:47PM

    Good for you! It is amazing when you are used to relying on everyone else. Right now we only have the one vehicle so I am housebound all week long unless my friends take me places cuz hubby works out of town. Enjoy the your new found independence!

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TEJAS1291 1/3/2011 4:29PM

  I miss my independence too.I had too quit driving in 2006 because of meds I was on.Now I've been off those meds for almost a year and am soon going to get my license again.I am going to have to take both driving tests again though...Glad you are feeling freedom!! Enjoy it for both of us!!!LOL

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MRSSIBRAT 1/3/2011 4:21PM

    it's so good to have Independence isn't it!

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SILVERWING2623 1/3/2011 3:05PM

    Ive been procrastinating getting my license. This sounds pretty awesome though. :D

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    Wooo-whoooo!!! That's good stuff! Enjoy that new-found freedom and make the most of it! :)

- Michelle

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Food blog - day 3

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Breakfast - Egg white & turkey sausage breakfast burrito, sauteed mushrooms & peppers, 1/2 grapefruit w/ splenda

Lunch - roast beef pita w/ light chipotle mayo, lettuce & banana peppers... grapes

Snack - 1 serving baked tortilla chips w/ fat free cheddar, salsa & fat free sour cream

Dinner - Dirty rice (brown rice, onions, bell pepper, jalapeno, turkey sausage, chicken, kidney beans, chili powder, hot sauce, cumin, salt & pepper, tomato) .... black eyed peas & collard greens

snack - egg nog ice cream w/ 2 tbls bran buds & whipped topping

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SLIMSUPERNOVA 1/2/2011 12:35AM

    This is making me hungry, lol. I'm so lazy with my eating lately. I eat pretty healthy but it is usually light soup out of a can, apples, cereal, quick salads, etc. Very little creativity. Should probably work on that.

Props to you on the variety + health at the same time! :)

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SARAHJ19 1/1/2011 4:47PM

    what a great menu! Everything looks so good!! I really like your food blogs, it really gives me ideas and keeps me out of my food ruts! Thanks! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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