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Daily Accountability Blog - w/ pictures - Day One

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday 3/21 ~ Day One

5:30 - crawled out of bed and woke up Aiden for school

6:00 - coffee w/ 1 teaspoon splenda & 1 teaspoon coffee creamer - (1 POINTS PLUS)

6:30 - Aiden and hubby out the door

6:45 - peace and quiet while I eat breakfast

1 slice sara lee 45 calorie delightful bread grilled
1/2 cup spinach lightly wilted
1 very thin slice ham lunch meat
1 mushroom sliced & grilled
1 over easy fried egg

7:00 ~ 8:00 - Kempo X (P90X) kickboxing type workout video 60 minutes

My husband got this DVD a while back from a co-worker. I tried to do it 40 pounds ago with no luck and 20 pounds ago with no luck. I could not even get through the warm up before I was like "screw this". I am very proud to say that I got through the warm up and the entire 60 minute workout without dieing. I was pouring sweat durring and after but I never felt like it was too much for me. It feels so great when you discover you can do things you were not physicaly able to do before.

9:00 - (2 POINTS PLUS)
1 medium apple w/ 2 teaspoons peanut butter

12:00 - (6 POINTS PLUS)
Smart Ones Turkey meal
1 can of whole cooked green beans

2:30 - (4 POINTS PLUS)
Tabbouleh wheat salad over a bed of spinach
1 weight watchers string cheese

4:30 - (9 POINTS PLUS)
1 serving baked whole wheat pasta
small salad w/ ranch dressing & croutons

5:00 - Took Aiden to the park so he could ride his bike. I walked along with him. 40 minutes slow - brisk walking

7:30 - (4 POINTS PLUS)
whole wheat pita bread (not shown)
1/2 cucumber
2 tbls roasted red pepper hummus

WATER - Three 32oz bottles water !!! whoo hoo, went over my goal by 32oz




PS. I apologize for looking like a gigantic eco offender. I have been using paper plates and bowls a lot lately because the dishes have become an issue for me. Please don't judge me, I feel like I am going to hell every time I throw one in the trash as it is.

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I love your blog!!! The pictures and points value are awesome. Gives me a good idea of how I can sub some of my meals :D

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BOVEY63 3/22/2011 1:35PM

    You food looks so yummy - especially that breakfast!
Awesome job on the workouts and food points!
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CHERKYLE 3/22/2011 1:18PM

    Love it! You had a great day!! I actually worked out today too (again only 20 min) but I did it!!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 3/22/2011 1:01PM


I miss your photo food blogs sweetie!

That taboulleh (sp?) lookes scrumptious - that and the roasted hummous.

I didn't realize you are a P90x'er girl! All the more that makes you freakin emoticon!! How do you like it? Do you have the whole series?

Great work on the H2O, too! I got in a gallon yest - trying to do it again today (the bathroom is my new bff lol)


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LOSINGJESS 3/22/2011 12:47PM

    my issue with dishes is I am the only one that washes them and they pile up throughout the day if I don't have time to wash them and then the kitchen explodes and I get depressed. So I'm taking a break from dishes for a little while, at least till I am done with this semester of school.

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JLOSORIO 3/22/2011 10:48AM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog! The food selections look wonderful! One day... I might actually try this and see if I could make it a habit.

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CMA444 3/21/2011 10:00PM

    Thanks for posting! I'm doing WW also and this definitely gives me some ideas for new things to try!

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KENAZFEHU 3/21/2011 9:31PM

    An issue with dishes? That makes me curious!
But it's always terrific to stay on course.

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SARAHJ19 3/21/2011 9:25PM

    Looks yum! Way to go on having such a successful day! Woohoo!! Keep it up girl! emoticon

I love your food ideas! Thanks!

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CORINA81 3/21/2011 9:20PM

    I love this.....I am also doing WW this gives me ideas!

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MICHCLEARY 3/21/2011 9:17PM

    LOVE your background and your blogs. I've seen you on here for a long time and I incorporate your picture blogging whenever I'm at food events. it keeps me honest about what I'm eating!

Love the pita and hummus! You did a great job...I know how hard P90X is and you rock if you can make it all the way through now. My husband does that all the time. Congrats!

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JENS_MISSION 3/21/2011 9:14PM

    Great selections!

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MALEXANDER4 3/21/2011 9:14PM

    I have always loved you food blogs. They give me so many ideas. I'm with you on the not losing and getting lazy also, i'm close to goal and I guess the more people tell me I look good and I don't need to lose anymore I believe them. No more. I want to see that magic number, I want to be healthy and happy. Good luck to you getting it all done. I know you can do it.

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PINKHOPE 3/21/2011 9:10PM

    Serve it up! Yum! Looks good to me! :)

Press On!

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GERRIEY 3/21/2011 9:10PM

    Looks Yummy!

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Cutting out the lazy

Monday, March 21, 2011

well I have really been struggling with this last 10 pounds or so. It seems that I am at a stand still, I jump up and down between 159 pounds and 164 pounds and it kinda sucks. I want to break through and get down to where I want to be but the truth is I have been incredibly lazy the last few months.

I am use to being able to nibble and do half a** workouts and still drop weight, and unfortunately that is not working for me anymore. My body is pretty much holding right around 162. So I guess something needs to change if I want to go any farther. In general I need to stop being lazy.

I actually for a split second considered taking over the counter diet pills. I knew that was a bad idea though, because they most likely would not work, have bad side effects and cost a butt load of money. Its stupid for me to consider them when I know that what I need is more activity, not a pill.

I know my biggest issue is exercise. 20 minutes 4 days a week on the elliptical at best is not going to help me lose the weight I want so I need to seriously bump up the time and intensity. I have decided that 5 days a week I will do an hour of cardio or sculpting exercises.

Another thing I need to do is workout in the morning. I hate it, because once my son is on the bus and off to school at 7am, all I feel like doing is crawling back into bed and sleeping until my daughter wakes up at 8:00. The problem though, is I feel sluggish all day long when I do this and by the time the kids go to bed at night I don't feel like working out then either. When I actually do workout in the morning, I eat better all day and I feel better and more energetic in general. So I need to just stop talking myself out of it and do it.

I'm going to commit to really put my all into this and hopefully in a few months I will see good results. I took measurements and before pictures today so I can track my progress, I am really hoping to slim down a lot by the end of summer.

Goals for next 6 months

Go from tight size 12 - well fitting size 8
Lose 10 pounds going from 161 - 151 lbs.
Be able to wear a really awesome dress to a wedding I am going to on 09/10/11


Plan to reach goals

Drink two 32oz bottles of water per day
Eat 6 small pre-planned meals per day to = 29 points
Exercise 60 minutes per day 5 days per week in the morning
Track all food & Exercise
Blog Daily

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SPARKYJEANIE1 3/21/2011 4:57PM

    You'll get there, Jess.

Cut yourself some slack too...hey - remember??? You ARE in school too girl! And they always say those last 10 or so lbs are the hardest to lose, but you WILL lose it!

Gulp, gulp that h20 - I'm trying to get in a gallon today and I'm not even halfway there (and I've ran to the restroom like 4x already!!! jeesh).

We can do it!

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G9FIRE 3/21/2011 2:15PM

    This is a good plan. I really think it will get you to the final number you want to be at. I have also returned to my morning exercise routine I was doing last year. I have been sleeping in allot this year until the kids wake up but it's very difficult to get a work out in once they are up and around. So I woke up at 6:37 this morning and decided to get up and do my Bible time and work out stuff before they got up. The whole day does seem to go much better when I start the days like this. We can do it!!

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CHERKYLE 3/21/2011 12:37PM

    SOunds great! I like you need to work out in the AM or it NEVER happens for me!! I have the best intentions but nothing!!

I will get up with you in the morning and workout (albeit not 60 min LOL, 20 for me)

Keep me posted and motivated!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 3/21/2011 12:28PM

    Great goals!

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STARLIGHT615 3/21/2011 10:45AM

    This are reachable goals!! Just keep postive thoughts and get your exercise in... Just look back at how far you have come!! You can do this!!!

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MIM2317 3/21/2011 10:44AM

    Those our good goals. Good Luck!

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Donate something for Relief in Japan

Monday, March 14, 2011

I was watching good morning America and was very saddened by the disaster that has impacted Japan. It was amazing to watch as the US reporters interviewed people who were living on the streets or in shelters that they offered to share what little food they had with the reporters and were so gracious that the US was there to share their story with the rest of the world. I don't have very much to give but I gave $20, if everyone did the same it would really add up.


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BOVEY63 3/14/2011 1:01PM

    Thanks for the link - every dollar we can send will help.

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DONNAEDA 3/14/2011 9:50AM

    how thoughtful and generous you are. God bless you

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portions & a rocky weekend

Monday, March 14, 2011

well I had a great week last week. I felt so in control and did the best I have done in a while. I hardly nibbled at all, which is a big deal for me because I would say this is one of my biggest issues. As a result I ended up dropping 1 pound! yay. That is pretty good for a girl my size for one week.

So what did I do to celebrate my success. I went out to a chinese buffet and even though I would say I didn't do horribly, I didn't do great either. So yesterday I felt guilty about it and I think as a result tried to eat meals which were a bit lower in points, I ended up becoming munchy and as a result I ended up nibbling my way throughout the day.


Ok so I am done beating myself up over that and I am ready to get back on track and try to pull a loss out of this week. Its gonna be tough because Im sure I put back on the pound I lost last week.

I have found out a very interesting thing about myself though in the past week, and without this past weekend I would not have figured it out. I dont think if I had overeaten this weekend then it would have dawned on me.

Anyway here it is. I have been eating frozen dinners from lean cuisine and healthy choice for the past week. I have something like old fashioned oatmeal with frozen fruit mixed in or an egg white spinach and cheese flat bread sandwich for breakfast... and then I have a frozen meal and some steamed vegetables for lunch and a frozen meal with steamed vegetables for dinner and then maybe some greek yogurt and fruit for snacks.

Its been working out really great and the portions are really really small compared to how I was eating before, yet they satisfy me. Anyone who has read one of my food blogs knows that my portions are huge! I was doing ok on the portions that big but I would be full full full afterwards. I am nicely content after eating the meals I have been the past week, which is nice, and obviously helped on the scale.

Another good thing about the frozen dinners is I cant eat spoon fulls here and there while cooking it and end up eating another 1/4 serving while preparing the meal. What is there is all I get so there are no leftovers to contend with and no nibbling.

So anyway, last night I ended up cooking something from scratch. I made burrito bowls... inspired by the tortilla free burritoes I order at Moe's.... It was about 2 cups shredded lettuce, 1/2 cup pico, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 salsa, 3 oz steak ..... anyway it ended up filling up an entire full size dinner plate in a giant hill. It was alot of food and after I was done (although it was really good) I was stuffed.

It was then that I realized that the portions I make at home are 2-3 times more food then what I or my husband actually need. I would save a crap load of money if I could learn to just cook less and would be a lot better off on the scale.

I unfortunatly am unable to do that at this point, so I am going to stick to the frozen dinners for a little while longer.

I blame this btw on the fact that I came from a family of 9 and from the time I was 15 to the time I moved out at 22, I cooked all of our meals. So I went from making huge portions of food to feed 9 people (most of which were overweight and ate large portions) to cooking for just me and my husband. It was extreamly hard by the way, when you cook large meals, it becomes very hard to cook small ones. I got the hang of it but maybe not as well as I should.

I bought the stuff to make dirty rice so Im gonna make that tonight. Im going to attempt to make it a more healthy portion size though and to not eat it while Im cooking.


gotta do great the rest of the week. I have my meals all planned out for the day, Just gotta stick to it.

~ Jess

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MALIAN1 3/14/2011 10:34AM

    Everytime you dish something up focus focus focus on the portion. Just because you made a lot of food, doesn't mean it has to hit your plate. I am going to work hard at following my own advice ( I have the same issues and you just made a light go off in my head). Thank you.

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CATE195 3/14/2011 8:53AM

    Planning for the week is very helpful. You can do it!

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WENDYSPARKS 3/14/2011 7:20AM

    Good luck and have a good week.


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Essay for English - My Journey

Friday, March 11, 2011

This is my first essay for English. I decided to write it on my weight loss journey. A lot of it is ripped off from my blurb lol. If anyone feels like proof reading it and giving me any advice I would appreciate it. If not thanks for reading.

PS. I could use a catchy title as well, but cant think of one.

~ Jess


I have been overweight my entire life. I started out as a chubby baby, who grew into an overweight child and by the time I graduated High school I was starting my adulthood as morbidly obese. By 18 years old I weighed 310 lbs and went on my first diet shortly after high school. My weight went up and down for years as I went on one fad diet after another. I would try a new diet for a week or two but after not getting the quick fix that was promised to me I would quit, go on a month long binge, and gain everything back. It wasnít until I realized that quick fixes and magic pills donít work that I was able to lose the weight that had been holding me down all my life. By taking small steps and making lasting lifestyle changes, I was finally able to lose over 100 pounds, and gain a much healthier life for myself and my family.

In January 2009 I had just had my 2nd child and weighed in at over 275 pounds. I could not shave my legs in the shower because I could not breath while bending over, I could not put my pants on standing up because I could not lift my legs up that far and The only clothes I had that would fit me were size 26 - 3X maternity clothes, which I was quickly growing out of. I was constantly in pain from the close to 300 pounds I was carrying around. The hardest thing about being overweight was I knew that I was hurting my children by being so out of shape. I could not run around with my 3 year old son, or get down on the floor with my 3 month old daughter; I didnít feel like going outside with them or doing much of anything. Not only was I stealing away there childhood memories by being this way, I was also setting them up to be overweight as well. I was not being a very good example as a parent. At the time I didnít think I would ever be thin (I had given up hope on that a long time ago) but I knew I could not go on living the way I was. I knew something big needed to change; I knew I needed to change.

On Jan 3rd 2009 I started on a Journey to a healthier me. I made small changes like reducing portion sizes, writing down all the food I ate each day, keeping track of calories, baking food instead of frying it and drinking more water. Slowly I introduced simple substitutions into my normal meals like switching from whole milk to fat free and white pasta to wheat. If I ate a cookie or two, I didnít beat myself up about it, instead I worked in treats now and then so I didnít feel the need to devour an entire box. The changes I made were so simple and easy that it no longer felt like I was on a diet; I was just living my life in a healthy way. I took baby steps when it came to exercise. I knew that if I tried to do too much too fast I would quit, like every other time before. I needed to first make activity a routine and then slowly increase my intensity. Every night I watched 30 minutes to an hour of TV so during that time I would walk in place while watching. It was easy and I could have done more but this allowed me build exercise into my life without overwhelming myself.

After a few weeks had passed I had lost 15 pounds on my own but I felt my motivation slipping away. I knew I needed some extra tools to keep me moving forward. I decided to join weight watchers and an online support group called sparkpeople.com. Weight watchers kept me accountable because I had to weigh in once a week. The thought of stepping on that scale Saturday morning and seeing a gain was just enough to keep me from having that extra helping at dinner time, or skipping my workout. The biggest help I had was sparkpeople.com, with over 1 million members and 500 friends there was always someone during the week between going to my weight watchers meetings to help me out or cheer me on. I know without both of these tools helping me along that I would not have come as far as I have. I think it is important to have as many support systems in place as you can when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Surrounding yourself with friends, family and even people online can play a big part in how far you will go in reaching your goals. Going it alone was a mistake that I didnít make this time.

Many things about me have changed in the past few years, you might not recognize me. I am now 150 pounds lighter than I was when I graduated high school. I no longer become out of breath doing normal every day things and I have been able to increase my exercise from walking in place in my living room to being able to walk outside, do aerobics classes and even run. In fact, I ran my first 5k in June 2010 and came in top 10 in my age bracket. I am now able to shop in the regular clothing section instead of plus size and have gone from a size 26 to a size 12. The simplest things amaze me now, like being able to wrap a normal size towel around myself instead of a beach towel or just how incredibly small my wrists appear to me. I can run and jump and play with my kids now. Instead of having to rest after a few minutes at the park I am waiting because they canít keep up with me. I can now feel proud knowing I have passed on healthy habits like eating right and exercise and my children will not have to go through all of the problems that I did as they grow older. The most important thing that has changed is not only have I changed a lot on the outside but have also become a better person on the inside. I have love for myself and confidence in myself that I never had before now and it makes me wonder: If I have accomplished the one thing that I never thought possible, what else could I accomplish in my life?

A quote by an anonymous writer that I have kept close to my heart throughout the last two years is this: "Don't take a clock on this journey take a compass. It's the direction you're moving in that matters, not the time it takes you to get there." To anyone who is struggling to reach a healthy weight, I think the best advice I can give is to make small changes that you know you can live with for the rest of your life and also not to give up just because itís a slow process. It may take months or even years to get where you want to be but itís really not that long when you think about it and itís completely worth it in the end.

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MALEXANDER4 3/13/2011 8:09AM

    You already know I think you are awesome. Such an inspiration to so many. I love the essay and then feelings are there in your story. Who knows, you may help one more. I give it an A+

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ANGELBELIEVER 3/11/2011 8:31PM

    Well done. I agree with the suggestions of those small changes. I admire you for having the courage to write your story.

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/11/2011 5:36PM

    Wow, very inspiring and motivational journey! Well done!

As an English teacher(err, TRYING to find a teaching job in this craptastic economy), the only advice I have for you is to make sure you write out all contractions. I.E. Wasn't =was not. Some teachers/professors really hate contractions because it's informal. Also, be sure to write out words. Like instead of 2nd child, second child. And lbs= pounds. :-)

Keep up the amazing work, and thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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XIMERAGREY 3/11/2011 4:10PM

    Well done!

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NIKKIV2 3/11/2011 3:41PM

    I think you did an awesome job with this! I think the suggestion of "Finding Jess" would be a wonderful title! Since that is what you did.

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YESITSDEB 3/11/2011 1:55PM

    What a great story. Thank you for sharing your journey! You have an awful lot to be proud of.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 3/11/2011 1:26PM

    What an awesome blog! Really inspiring! And I loved the quote you gave (I cut and pasted it so I can keep it in mind).


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RETURNOFSARAH 3/11/2011 1:00PM

    This is great! Well written, personal and interesting x

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 3/11/2011 12:32PM

    What an awesome blog/essay! It was very interesting to read and easy to follow. I like the way it's more personal. I especially love the quote that you gave "Don't take a clock on this journey take a compass. It's the direction you're moving in that matters, not the time it takes you to get there." I am going to put that where I can see it as it's quite inspirational.

Someone suggested using your page name "Losing Jess" as your title, but I think it's more like "Finding Jess" as you finally found the healthy you that was hiding deep inside!!

Be sure to let us know what you decide to title it.

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THEWEIGHTSOVER 3/11/2011 12:15PM

    I think the title is obvious, "Losing Jess" or I thought it was a very good paper. My only suggestion is in the sentence, "The biggest help I had was sparkpeople.com, with over 1 million members ...", this sentence is a bit long and wordy. Maybe you can make it into 2 sentences. I only say this is as a fellow student who has editted tons of papers in my lifetime. Whatever you decide as a title, I'm sure it will be great. Good luck on your grade and thanks so much for sharing your story, so far.

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JPVALPO24 3/11/2011 12:12PM

    That is an awesome essay!! I wouldn't change one thing emoticon emoticon

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G9FIRE 3/11/2011 11:24AM

    I enjoyed reading this. It flowed very nicely. I like the suggestion for the title including the word compass.

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    This was really inspirational for me. Thank you for sharing it.

What if you called it something like "Compass" ?

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CHERKYLE 3/11/2011 10:34AM

    I myself am a very poor writer, so I will not be giving advise LOL I will say however, your story held my attention and I enjoyed reading it. I am sure you will get some excellent advise from people in the know. I loved it!

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CARTONIFIED 3/11/2011 10:28AM

    I liked it! It's good! Only "problem" i ound was in paragraph 2: "i could not breath" breathe*

can't think of a title though. M'sure you will get a great hrade!

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