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Photo Food Blog 8/1/11

Monday, August 01, 2011

Breakfast: 265 calories
breakfast burrito w/ low carb tortills, 2 egg whites, 2 tbls black bean and corn salsa and a little under 1/4 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese.
1/2 grapefruit

Exercise: 40 minutes elliptical!!!

Snack: 246 calories
1 naval orange
4oz glass vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1/2 crunchy PB sandwich on sara lee 45 cal delightful bread

Lunch: 306 calories
Tuna salad w/ tuna, light mayo, celery, sweet pickle relish
Salad w/ sweet salad peppers & bacon bits

Nibble: After lunch I gave the kids some mini peanut butter cups. I ended up eating a hand full of them and I was going to just pretend it did not happen but instead I portioned out what I ate and took a picture of it to keep track of it... I wish I had not of eaten it though once I found out how many calories it was. I think this was a step in the right direction.

Hand full of peanut butter cups - 330 calories

Snack: 130 calories
Kashi TLC bar - mocha almond chewy granola bar

Dinner: 246
1/2 can progresso onion soup
4 oz baked chicken breast
sticky fingers BBQ sauce
1 serving birds eye garlic cauliflower

Target calories: 1400 - 1700
Total Calories: 1523


I went to my weight watchers meeting tonight to weigh in. When your lifetime your suppose to weigh in once every calendar month... last month I never got around to it so I had to pay tonight. uhg! .... Also they closed down my meeting location so i had to go to a new meeting and it was completely different and just not very motivating for me. I am thinking about finding a meeting in my area that has the same leader I had before, because I really liked her. I felt really uninspired by the meeting and it sucks I had to pay but I am happy that I went. I have been really off track the last few months and am feeling really good about the last few days.

Luckily even though I had to pay I was not over my goal, even though it was a night weigh in and I usually weigh in the mornings. I was only at 160 and my WW goal is 162. That is a ray of sunshine I guess. Here are a few new pics I took of myself today

Im working really hard to get back into the habits I had before... like cooking only enough for everyone to have 1 serving of food at night instead of having extra to nibble on... I am tracking my food now.... I am drinking more water and I am slowly trying to get back into the habit of exercise. Its so easy to slip back into old habits. Its just easier to be fat and unhealthy. So I am putting forth some extra effort now and hopefully I will start feeling better as a result. Weeks of bad eating and no exercise have left me feeling blah.

Anyway... I hope everyone had a great day and I hope to continue to food blog for a while to keep myself on track, so I will see you tomorow.


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JENNIFER0807 8/5/2011 10:31AM

    emoticon Lovely! emoticon

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MACANBEFIT 8/2/2011 12:18PM

    You look fantastic! Sorry to hear your WW morning meeting ended. It can be hard to find a new meeting and leader you like. I have been there and done that, which is why I am with Spark. Good luck in your search for a new meeting and keep up with the great work. emoticon

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SARAHJ19 8/2/2011 9:42AM

    once again...AWESOME food blog! I can't tell you enough how much it inspires me to read these!

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LOSINGJESS 8/2/2011 9:09AM

    I actually applied a few months ago to work for weight watchers but never herd anything back.


I am counting calories now instead of points. i have switched back and forth throughout my journey and its worked pretty well for me.

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KTTAYLOR21 8/2/2011 8:16AM

    You look fantastic!!! Great job!!!

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MALEXANDER4 8/2/2011 7:58AM

    Wow Jess you look wonderful. I love your food blogs as I've said before so i'm not disappointed you will be doing more. Your so creative and you give me so many new and wonderful ideas. Today you will shine.

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TSF1264 8/2/2011 7:37AM

    Since you are at lifetime, have you considered being a motivation to other WW'ers? Become a Meeting Leader yourself! emoticon Then you can motivate and encourage the way you think a meeting should be! (its my goal, since we are losing our awesome leader to someone else in an area too far away from me too!)

BTW, WOOHOO on being lifetime! LOVE your photo blog! You are gorgeous! emoticon

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YORKSHIRELASS68 8/2/2011 3:00AM

    Love your photo food blog......more please!! Also you have quite a glow on your photos and look really healthy emoticon

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CORINA81 8/2/2011 1:55AM

    You look great!! I love your food blogs gives me ideas. Are you counting calories now instead of points?

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    Great day! Hope you find a meeting you like. And maybe show up at the meeting more often than once a month ... might just help you to get things going in the right direction a little more easily.

Wishing you the best. emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 8/1/2011 9:34PM

    Jess you look beautiful ...love that dress!! :) and always enjoy your food blogs..you are doing great...im proud of you!

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Photo Food Blog 7/31/11

Sunday, July 31, 2011


BREAKFAST: 440 calories

3 soy flour pancakes (atkins bake mix) - not bad with syrup
2 tbls lite log cabin pancake syrup
1 Jimmy dean fully cooked turkey sausage
2 fried eggs
1/2 cup no sugar added pears

LUNCH: 304 calories

mini french bread pizzas (french bread, mozzarella & pizza sauce)
no sugar added apple sauce cup

SNACK: 80 calories

Fat free tapioca pudding cup

SNACK: 149 calories

Monster Rehab
Kashi TLC bar
Both really good

DINNER: 338 calories

Baked Spaghetti (whole wheat pasta, pasta sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil)
Salad w/ sweet banana peppers, shredded carrot & 1 tbls light ranch
1/2 tsp grated parmesan cheese

SNACK: 230 calories

1 serving reduced fat wheat thins
Home made chunky guacamole (avocado, onion, jalapeno, tomato, guacamole seasoning)

Target Calories: 1500 - 1700
Calories Eaten: 1541

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AMBERADAMS1 8/1/2011 2:01PM

    Your post always give me food envy! Glad to see you are back on track. Good job, girl!

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BOVEY63 8/1/2011 12:21PM

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SARAHJ19 8/1/2011 9:43AM

    thanks for posting this food blog! You make healthy eating so easy and yummy! It is not all about salad and grilled chicken and frozen healthy choice meals. Thanks for the inspirations!

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BEACHMOMMY87 8/1/2011 8:41AM

    emoticon Food looks great!! :)

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LOSINGJESS 8/1/2011 6:58AM

    I needed to do something to keep me on track... So far its helping alot

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WATCHMEGO2 8/1/2011 6:56AM

    Woot! Good job and I am so happy to see you food blogging again!

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MALEXANDER4 8/1/2011 6:56AM

    Love the french bread pizza idea. thanks. YOu always come up with something great. i love your food blogs.

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    Looks good!

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SPMOM2 7/31/2011 10:42PM

    looks delicious

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JANRTEACH 7/31/2011 10:06PM

    Looks good!

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Holy Cow

Thursday, July 07, 2011

well I weighed myself today and after a really bad week I have gained about 6 pounds. OMG! I am now 0.2 pounds away from being 2 pounds above my weight watchers goal. That means if I weighed in above it then I would have to pay when I went to my next meeting. Boy would that suck.

I had a horrible horrible week. When they say old habits die hard, they are not kidding. Every old habit I had from 2 years ago came flooding back this week. I ended up eating a lot of food that was really bad for me and I said F*ck it, I'm going to "enjoy" myself. Well enjoying myself left me feeling horrible and bloated and as a result I gained a bunch of weight.

It is so weird how it seems like an impossible feat to lose 10 pounds but gaining it is so freakin easy!!! I was at 155 pounds about 6 weeks ago and now I am sitting at 163.8! I cant say "how did this happen?" because I know what happened. I ate until I was stuffed and ate really bad food. So I gained and I gained a lot.

So now hear I am and I need to get back were I was. I would like to get back to 155 by the time me and my husband go to his friends wedding in September. Thats 2 months away and I need to lose a little under a pound a week. I think that is reasonable.

I moved my elliptical back into my living room. I moved it in the kitchen last year and have found I use it much less. My daughter is old enough to where she does not crawl all over it now so I think it will be safe in the living room and give me more incentive to do something other than sit on my butt while watching TV.

You know going from 158 to 164 in a week is really horrible, but maybe its the wake up call I needed to get back on track. I realize that I am almost considered overweight on the BMI scale now. I refuse to go back there.
It makes me realize also that I have a lot of work to do still on my habits because they can come back just like that ::snaps::
This whole thing really is like an addiction and I am going to have to fight with it for the rest of my life if I don't want to go right back to where I was.

I have to realize this is never going to be easy. Its going to be easier some weeks than others but I am never going to be able to put my guard down like I did the past two weeks and just eat like everyone else. I will never work like that for me.

~ Jess

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TAICHIDANCER 8/1/2011 7:10AM

    An excellent reminder that we're all in this for the rest of our lives. So ... I guess I should stop now and get to the gym. emoticon

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MARIEFIYA 7/26/2011 10:51AM

    Don't beat yourself up... It happens to the best of us. The important thing is that you realize what caused you to gain and that you are getting back on the wagon!

It's very tough and discouraging to see a gain, especially with how low u got. But each day of eating/living healthier will get easier I promise!

Plus, I am sure most of it is water weight that will come off fast once you start eating normal again. Try to drink lots of water. It helps flush out your system. You are doing awesome! Thanks for inspiring us each and every day:)

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62NVON 7/14/2011 1:13PM

    I hear ya... I had a BAD weekend... (see my blog today)... and paid for it on the scale Monday.

Do you weigh-in weekly? If so, there is no freakin' way you gained 6 pounds of fat. That would be an EXTRA 3,000 calories a day of food consumed. More likely, part of the gain is water retension from high-sodium food. 'Cuz if you are like me, when you falter, you go to the processed food which is a killer there.

Snap out of it and start over. Look how FAR you've come! You know what to do, so just do it.

I wish you all the success in the world, my Cabarrus County SparkFriend. =)

Edit: What ATHENAFOREVER81 said.... I just re-read the comments. GMTA. =)

Comment edited on: 7/14/2011 1:14:50 PM

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ATHENAFOREVER81 7/14/2011 12:08PM

    I think you will lose that weight alot easier than you think. I also think alot of it is water weight which you will lose once you change you eating habits back to healthier choices and add some exercise. To gain 6 lbs in a week, you would need to have eaten in excess 21,000 calories on top of what you body burns through out the day. Dont get too discouraged, I believe you will be back to your 155 in a week or two. Best of Luck!

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MALEXANDER4 7/9/2011 8:22AM

    They don't call this a battle for nothing my friend. I have the same things going on and like you occasionally I just say F**k it. But you know what? I sure don't feel any better about myself either. I guess we are what we eat....if we eat junk we feel like junk. So none of that this week.

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G9FIRE 7/8/2011 10:59AM

    I've done the same thing many times. I'm tired of gaining the same 10-20 lbs back only to work really hard to lose them again. And many times in the past when I've gained a couple of lbs a week for several weeks in a row, it seemed like I wasn't really eating that bad. Oh well, I've came to the same conclusion as you - it's a lifetime battle and there will be weeks that are easier but I have to work at it pretty much all the time.

But it feels sooooo good to see that other people out there are having the same exact struggles. : ) Thanks for the honest blog!!!

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HULLAF 7/8/2011 8:18AM

    I am in the exact same place! We CAN do it! I know we can.

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BAKER1009 7/7/2011 3:01PM

    You're right, this will never be easy. Hang in there. I hope moving the elliptical does help. I sure wish I had one at home. There is one in the gym here, and I need to reintroduce myself to it!
It sounds like you have plenty of things to help motivate you back into shape, and I hope they work. You can do this!!

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JANRTEACH 7/7/2011 1:02PM

    I'm right there with you. Trudge on friend!!

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BOVEY63 7/7/2011 12:44PM

    Boy do I understand the "easier to gain than lose" issue - been battling that for what seems like forever.
I know that you will get back on track and you will be at your goal by the wedding.

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    Oh goodness...I totally understand the whole so-easy-to-gain, so-hard-to-lose thing. It's absolutely ridiculous!

As for reaching your goals by September, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!

- Michelle

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MALIAN1 7/7/2011 11:19AM

    Today is a brand new day - start over....You CAN do this!!! Don't look back - look forward!!!

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SUGIRL06 7/7/2011 11:02AM

    I'm sure that once you go back to your normal eating, at least a few of those pounds will go away immediately from water weight! You can do it girl!

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ALICIA214 7/7/2011 10:38AM

Gosh I freaked t 2LBS up yesterday and it is water retention for me it happens every year with the warm weather, if any one else has this problem and has a "cure" I would
love to hear it I drink hot lemon water first thing in the morning but it us not enough.

From your comments Jess I think you are a life timer with WW I have not reached that status yet but I have a friend who has and she worries whenever she weighed in she
did not want to have to pay.I wish you all the best in your battle with weight control.

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JENNIFER0807 7/7/2011 10:36AM

    it is freakin easy to gain weight ughh! if life was fair it would be the reverse and losing would be a breeze!

Keep on fighting!(you look great btw) emoticon

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DONNAEDA 7/7/2011 10:04AM

    Do it now or it will be 10 pounds then 20 pounds. I know I have done that and still trying to get back to goal. Ugh

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ORIONAIMEE 7/7/2011 9:52AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 7/7/2011 9:41AM

    Focus on your goals the next two months. You can do this. You've lost the weight before, so you know it is possible. Plan your day out including exercise and meals. When you want to indulge heavily, remember how you felt this morning when you step on the scale after last week. Sometimes, those weeks are what will save you the next time you decide to eat unhealthy.


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    Being overweight is hard. Keeping on your journey is hard. Pick your hard. That's what a leader told us one time. I believe it's true. But I know this ... YOU can do it!!

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Friday, July 01, 2011

I have been doing really great the last few days with my eating and yesterday I actually had a good workout.

I woke up this morning and my whole body is soar from the workout I did. I was quite surprised because I did not think I worked that hard.

Me and Lyra (my two year old) went to the park yesterday afternoon. We walked for about 20 minutes, at a pretty slow pace because she wanted to walk and she cant really push it to a fast pace yet lol. she has short little legs. Then we went over to the playground and she played while i did interval training while I watched her. I set the timer on my watch to beep at 1 minute and then again at 30 seconds, so i would do 1 minute of exercises and 30 seconds of rest.

Exercises I did (1 min each - 3-5 sets)

~ Jumping Jacks
~ Walking Lunges
~ Step ups using the picnic table bench - Wow my butt is soar today from these!!!
~ Push ups off of the top of the picnic table. - Pushed off the top of the picnic table with my arms while extending my body so my back was flat and my body was angled. Really worked out my chest more than i thought it would after only 3 sets.
~ seated tricep dips off of the edge of the park bench
~ Ballet leg lifts to back
~ Ballet leg lifts to side
~ Running perimeter of playground

Im sure I looked pretty silly, because there were other parents around at the time but I got a really good workout and I overcame the old parent standby excuse of : "I don't have time to workout because I have to watch my children"

Overall, I am super proud of myself.

~ Jess

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STARLIGHT615 7/7/2011 8:53AM

    Great Job Sweetie!! Who cares what other people think... ur making great choices they are the ones sitting there making excuses!!

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MALEXANDER4 7/2/2011 8:47PM

    Your doing awesome. I know how hard to can be to get back to it. I'm doing it myself and I'm so proud of you.

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KENNYWHEELS 7/2/2011 4:42PM

    that is so awesome that you were able to get that workout in


you rock

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MALIAN1 7/2/2011 1:44PM

    That is a great idea on the exercising at the park....every movement you do takes you one step closer to your goal. Way to Go!!!

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BOVEY63 7/2/2011 10:26AM

Congrats on eating well and some great working out - very inventive to use the picnic table!

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HONORINGGOD 7/1/2011 1:30PM

    emoticon emoticonkeep up the good work

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BAKER1009 7/1/2011 12:01PM

    You should be super proud of yourself, that's awesome! Keep up the great work!

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    Yay!!!! Great job!

- Michelle

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    emoticon What a great way to work in a workout! Bet all the other Moms wished they could do all that you can do! YOU Rock!!!

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Fresh Start

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today I re-subscribed to Weight Watchers etools. I had gotten rid of it a few months ago because I just was not sticking to the new plan, so why waste the money. I have had a problem sticking with the new points plus plan the last few times I have tried it and I have decided to try it once again. This time I will not be nibbling though which has been my down fall the other two times. I know that its not weight watchers fault that I gained weight doing points plus, its my fault. I was not adjusting well to change and so I was self sabotaging myself and then blaming the new program.

I did incredibly well today. I planned out what I was going to eat and saw that it was a little too high for what my points allowed so I adjusted.

I pre-made food for the week on sunday and placed it all in individual portion sizes (glad wear containers) and put them in the fridge. I figured it would help me and hubby stay on track and maybe detour us from eating out, also saving us some money.

Alot of the dishes I made are pasta based, because it was cheap and easy. So my stuffed shells for lunch which was 6 jumbo shells stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta and spinach and then topped with a lean ground turkey pasta sauce was a little high for the new points plus system. Carbs make the count go up alot.

So I cut my portion from 6 shells, to 3 shells and paired it with a salad. That knocked my count down from like 13 points for lunch to 7 points..... and I was satisfied afterwards.

I really have had a hard time with portion sizes. Even now after losing all this weight I still have a problem. 6 shells seemed like a approprate serving size to me, but in reality 3 was all my body needed. Thats most likely the reason why I always feel stuffed too and have a hard time losing weight.

I still want to eat the amount I ate when i was much bigger... but I dont need that much now.

Its going to take alot of getting use to but I am determined to focus on my eating and really correct the problems that I am having.

1. portion size
2. Nibbling

These are my biggest issues and I have gotten by this whole time without addressing them because they never hindered my weight loss up until this point.

I had a good day though... drank all my water... ate right... the only down fall was I did not exercise at all. I will try and get into that habit again a little later. I want to get the eating well back on track first.



Breakfast: 1 cup honey nut shredded wheat, half a banana, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk - 6 points

Lunch: 3 stuffed shells, small salad with 1 tbls light ranch and 1 tbls shredded fat free cheese - 7 points

Snack: 1 medium peach - 0 points

Snack: 1/2 cup plain fat free greek yogurt & 1/2 cup thawed frozen blueberries - 1 point

Dinner: 1 serving Louisiana smothered chicken, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup black eyed peas - 11 points

Snack: 1 cup sleepy time tea topped with whipped topping (sounds weird but I really wanted hot cocoa with whipped topping and did not have the points for the cocoa, lol it was actually pretty good) - 0 point

Snack: 5 tortilla chips topped with 1/4 cup fat free cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup black eyed peas, 1/4 sliced jalapeno pepper, 1 tbls fat free sour cream... baked in oven - 4 points

Total : 29 points
Target: 29 points

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MALIAN1 6/30/2011 3:11PM

    You CAN do it!!!

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NIKKIV2 6/29/2011 2:37PM

    You are doing awesome! I think at some point we all have to reevaluate what we are doing and how we may be the ones sabotaging ourselves. I have the same problem and try to work on it daily.

Good luck and keep up the good work!

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G9FIRE 6/29/2011 8:57AM

    Yep, I'm working on portions as well. Measuring everything out again : )

We can do it!

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HONORINGGOD 6/29/2011 8:05AM

    emoticon,so go girl

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BAKER1009 6/29/2011 8:00AM

    You can so do this Jess!! Awesome job today!

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MALEXANDER4 6/29/2011 7:45AM

    Oh my friend how I can relate. Here I sit telling myself each day that it is going to get better and each day I do the self sabatage to myself. You did so great and you got to eat well, that is my trouble....i'm boring when it comes to meal planning. I love your chips idea....i'm going to give that one a try for a weekend snack. Today is my first day back on plan and i'm kinda scared I won't do as I should. My portions like your are out of whack....heres to us and success.

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LOSINGJESS 6/29/2011 6:10AM

    Louisiana smothered chicken is a recipe in a cook book I have. It's called "low fat, great taste" by time life books. This was my very first cook book, (I got it when I was 16) and I love all of the recipes.
I will post the recipe later today.


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PRINCESSNURSE 6/29/2011 4:23AM

    portion sizes is one of my biggest challenges too. It sounds like you are on the right track with all of your planning and food prep. I hope the e tools help :-)

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MESEATURTLE 6/29/2011 3:04AM

    i need to work on my portions too......
good luck!!!!
u got this!!!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 6/29/2011 12:03AM


Louisiana smothered chicken sounds interesting! I am looking that up

Keep rockin' your journey!

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FAITH2BWELL 6/28/2011 10:25PM

    Keep up the good work.

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 6/28/2011 10:21PM

    hmm...sleepy time with whipped topping, would have never thought of that, but it is probably no different than the putting half and half or milk in tea (which I do a lot) - might have to try that

I really like what you said about the "used to eat" portions versus what your body needs - excellent observation

good luck with the new points system emoticon

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    You make such a good point ... we keep trying to eat the old portions that were once required to fill us. They are no longer required. How awesome is that?! But oh what an adjustment! But, one we'll work to make ... and work it truly is!

Sounds like some really great eating! emoticon on a day well done!

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