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Friday, November 18, 2011

On my iPod so this will be brief. Losing any weight right now is way too ambitious for me right now. It's amazing how you can go from doing so great one week to a nose dive the next. I have been over eating & eating bad things and I just feel like I need to turn this around before it gets bad. Sigh. Im just really going to try and focus on what and how much I am eating. I just don't want to start gaining weight.

I am stressed, busy, swamped by birthdays (moms, daughters, father in law and in two days mine) and I am about to start that time of the month so I am all hormonal ( most likely 99% of why I am feeling so out of sorts) .... I just need to relax & try to get my groove back.

Oh god, sunday I will be 30! Where did the last 10 years go? It flew by.


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WOLFKITTY 11/20/2011 3:04AM

    30 is a great age!! You'll love this decade, especially since you'll be able to enjoy it physically. Hang in there!!


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MALIAN1 11/19/2011 11:21AM

    Take a deep breath.....breathe in breathe out....

Happy Birthday tomorrow.....I hope you have a wonderful day!

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GODZDESIGN95 11/18/2011 7:32PM

    only 30 count your blessing at age 51 entering menopause...I never know my visitor is going to come. Aint it grand being a woman.. emoticon emoticonYou will make it just don't forget to get your me time.

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pizza is now a vegetable? wtf? so sad.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


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SUMTHINGZEN 11/19/2011 2:31AM

    I used to have a cookbook based on 'traditional' 50's&60's fare, a 'memory lane' style cookbook that came out in early 2000's which had articles about the food in each section- one of the sections was school lunches- and included the dates and regulations from the mid 50's when Ketchup was determined to be an acceptable 'vegetable' when served with potatoes- then went on to recommend serving potatoes mashed for simplicity (not because fried was bad- no fried was the preferred method of meat preparation...)

*sigh* I miss the corn fritters from that cookbook

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BELINDADUVESSA 11/18/2011 9:30PM

    I guess I'm lucky. Sure, our school still sells pizza. But it also serves it's hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and other sandwiches on whole wheat buns. They also use whole wheat tortillas for any food requiring tortillas. For example, Monday's Menu consists of:

Yogurt & Apple
Baked Fish Nuggets
Tyson Chicken Rings
Mashed Potatoes
Broccoli w/Cheese
Rosy Applesauce
Wheat Roll
Fresh Fruit
Fruit Juice
Variety of Milk

Yes, there are some not so healthy options on there, but when I was in school, we didn't get fresh fruit regularly. Or wheat rolls, or really anything that was healthy for you. Many school systems haven't changed, I know this. I'm lucky enough to live in a school district that has.


That's the link to the Elementary School Lunch Menu. You do have to download to see but it's filled with healthier options, if only they will get it.

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NAYPOOIE 11/18/2011 1:19PM

    A never ending source of amazement

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WOUBBIE 11/18/2011 11:42AM

    "Piling on to the companies' opposition, some conservatives argue that the federal government shouldn't tell children what to eat. In a summary of the bill, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee said the changes would "prevent overly burdensome and costly regulations and ... provide greater flexibility for local school districts to improve the nutritional quality of meals."

Provide greater flexibility for proferring crap to our kids is more like it.

Stop complaining aimlessly and notify your Senator and Representatives of what you think. Schools will only adhere to a higher standard when parents and other taxpayers outshout the lobbyists. Remind your school district that there's local money to be made by switching from pre-packaged garbage food to locally grown produce and dairy.

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MALIAN1 11/18/2011 9:49AM

    Totally shocking to me!

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BEATLETOT 11/18/2011 9:29AM

    This put me in a foul mood. I was so mad, I posted this to Facebook. Then when I went on Facebook, I saw my "best" friend is getting married. Today. And didn't tell me. I knew she was getting married, but I didn't know she'd set a date yet. Now I'm in a really foul mood.

This kind of article makes me want to move to a desert island.

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FLGIRL1234 11/18/2011 9:06AM

    The food schools serve is ridiculous. It's a real shame!

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LOSINGJESS 11/18/2011 8:14AM

    I pack my sons lunch because of this, his pb&j on whole wheat, unsweetened apple sauce or celery & ranch, string cheese & juice box is much healthier than french fries and pizza. I do let him get school lunch occasionaly as a treat, which is what every one of us needs to learn... balance.

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BAKER1009 11/18/2011 7:29AM

    WTF is right! If they want to keep pizza, they could find a healthy way to make it...wheat crusts, tomato sauce, and some veggies. Pizza doesn't have to be bad. However, I highly doubt the effort would be put into making the pizza healthy. Not to mention, the children would likely not eat it.
I am proud of my daughter who takes advantage of the awesome salad bar they have at school now!

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HONDABLONDE 11/18/2011 3:24AM

    they're pathetic.. but what else is new?

The Gov't seems to get stupider and stupider all the time. Driven by money? Of course!

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KPETSCHE 11/17/2011 11:19PM

    It's one of those cases where the "smart ones" are proving how dumb they really are! I couldn't believe it when I read about this.

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SMAN1964 11/17/2011 8:19PM

  They think $$ grow on trees too! emoticon

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BARCLE 11/17/2011 7:47PM


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BREWMASTERBILL 11/17/2011 7:45PM

    lol ... the government never shocks me.

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Monday food blog & First night working Weight Watchers

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

breakfast - 1 serving wheat -n- bran shredded wheat
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup blueberries
6 points plus

snack - orange
0 points plus

Lunch - Smart Ones Turkey breast meal
1/2 cup green beans
6 points plus

Snack - 2 slices of sara lee 45 cal delightful bread topped with
1 egg white
1 oz ham lunch meat
bell peppers & tomato

1 serving cranberry mixed veggies (so good)
5 points plus

Dinner - Smart ones traditional lasagna
cranberry mixed veggies
cup unsweetened almond milk
10 points plus


Workout - 20 minutes of dancing while I cleaned... I was so busy so I had to try and be extra active while I cleaned up. I did work up a sweat doing it though.


I would go into more detail here but I am really afraid someone might sue me after reading some of the new hire paperwork I read. lol.

First night (and last) working for weight watchers

well last night I started my training as a receptionist for weight watchers. I observed only. long story short I realized after a lot of thought that this job is a whole lot of work for a very small amount of pay. $17 a meeting for 2.5 hours of counseling people, selling products, signing people up for memberships, weighing people in, teaching ect ect... plus a very large amount of paperwork, all done by hand the old fashioned way. You would think a (I assume) multimillion dollar company would be able to spring for some sort of system that worked through laptop computer.

When it came down to it, I did not feel it was for me. I wanted to help motivate others to achieve there weight loss goals but if I did this job I would feel like a slave. I will just have to get that warm fuzzy feeling from helping others here on spark, and that's fine with me. :-)

~ Jess

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FLGIRL1234 11/16/2011 9:59AM

    Your food looks so good! yum!

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LOSINGJESS 11/16/2011 9:59AM

    lol, thanks :-)

BTW.... my appologizes for all the frozen dinners I have been eating. I had a bunch of really great coupons so I had to jump on it. I know frozen meals are not the most exciting thing to look at... hense the reason why I plate them the way I do and add extra veggies... gotta make everything I eat look appealing in some way or I want to eat more even if I am not hungry... thats just how I am.
I will create some more creative things next week. :-D

~ Jess

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SARAHJ19 11/16/2011 9:53AM

    I really love your food blogs. I tell you that so many times! You are such a great inspiration and motivation for me. I will send you a goodie for payment for all you do for me! emoticon

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/16/2011 8:42AM

    Wow...I had no idea that was all they paid! I had thoughts of training to be a receptionist once I made Lifetime. My next door neighbor is a receptionist, and I know they are very strict with her weight, but we never discussed money. For 2.5 hrs work, $17 isn't even minimum wage. I'm glad you realized it wasn't for you!

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BRENDAF761 11/16/2011 7:31AM

    That is a lot of work for so little money. I'm glad you can say NO to a job you really felt you wouldn't enjoy. So many people just do things they hate to do. Life is to short for that! Have a great day! emoticon

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LOSINGJESS 11/16/2011 6:23AM

    Your right they do get a percentage of sales. The lady training me added up what she would get at the end of the night from sales and told me what it was. $0.01 ... That's right, a penny! Omg. They only sold about 5 products but I have not seen things fly off the shelves at any meeting so I'm sure for a meeting that size it was about average.

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DIANITAH 11/15/2011 6:21PM

    Yeah, that seems like a lot for little money!

I do like the idea of plating a frozen dinner and making it look a little fancier.

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 11/15/2011 5:32PM

    you did such a great job plating that turkey dinner - it looks better than it does on the box :)

I'm glad you are listening to your inner voice and not doing something if it doesn't feel right for you - you have to do what makes you happy

you do a great job here inspiring and motivating :) emoticon(a little "warm and fuzzy" chicky)

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CHAOTICMOM4 11/15/2011 5:05PM

    Interesting perspective, I have given some serious thought of applying for a job there when I hit goal. I thought it would be a great way for me to help others and keep myself in check to. I thought that those 'working' the meeting also got a percentage of the sales of any products during that meeting time to? Is that not true? My center seems to sell tons of products

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BABASI 11/15/2011 4:59PM

    You right, $17 does not worth the work, paperwork and time you put into. Let someone else help all those people. I can understand it! :) Hey you can always motivate me if you feel like doing something for free ;)

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Sunday Food Blog ~ Confessions :-P

Monday, November 14, 2011

Breakfast - 1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 tbls almonds, sliced
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
6 points plus

Lunch - smart ones sesame chicken
1/2 cup green beans
8 points plus

Snack - 1/2 cup blueberries
1 serving light butter pecan ice cream
1 serving cool whip, light

Dinner - Ruby Tuesday to - go

Ruby Tuesday Avocado Turkey burger - 1/2 portion
1 serving mashed cauliflower
and a swiped peice of Cici's pizza that I did not plan on eating but did
26 points plus

Daily Target: 29 points
Total Points used today: 44
weekly points remaining: 28 out of 49


I felt bad about what I ate for dinner at first, really horribly guilty. Here is the story. My birthday is next week on the 20th and I signed up for all these free birthday offers from restuarants last year. I got a free birthday burger coupon yesterday from ruby tuesday so I figured that me and my hubby could split the meal and it would be free and not too bad on points. Then I looked up the points and found out how many points I would be using if I did that and decided I would let hubby take the burger and I would eat the salad I got on the side.
I got the food home and was sooo hungry and the burger looked really good so I changed my mind and split it. I felt bad afterwards though, like I should have been perfect yesterday because I was doing this food blog and people would see what I ate. I came so close to not taking the picture and just skipping Sunday all together, or at least removing the slice of pizza that really made me look like a pig, before I took the picture, but I really wanted to be honest about what I ate, so I took the picture of everything real fast before I changed my mind, ate it and then I tracked it and I owned up to it.... even that slice of pizza I took from the kids food, which was not planned at all, it just looked good at the time.

Paying for it today though. even with two lactaid the meal has really torn my stomach up. I have been eating alot of dairy lately and a lot of lactaid with it and the lactaid is not really helping much, so I need to really cut back like I was before.

I have decided that I should not feel bad about what I ate last night though. I have been trying to hard to be perfect and maybe that is my problem. I try to be perfect and then fail at it, because I am not perfect... no one is. I was not perfect when I lost all my weight, so why should I be perfect now that I am trying to lose the last 10lbs? During my whole weight loss journey I would go to meetings on Saturday morning, I would weigh in and usually do pretty good and then you know what I would do? I would go out that night and eat anything I wanted. I would go out to Ruby Tuesday or Fridays or the chinese buffet even and I would eat what ever I wanted and blow every single weekly point I had! I knew thats what I would do, I planned it and it worked for me. I would do great the rest of the week and I would feel no guilt at all for doing it because I tracked it and it was allowed. I always figured maybe I would lose a little more than 1 pound a week if I cut that out but I never did and maybe that is a good thing, because maybe I would have felt crazy like I do now and eat bad things throughout the week instead of on one controled day.
Maybe I need to bring my Saturday ritual back. Maybe I have just been trying to be too perfect because I feel like I need to live up to the pride I feel in myself and the pride others feel in me. I dont need to do that though, I am human, I am not perfect and I am posting the pictures of my horrible meal... made a little less horrible by the fact that I did split it in half.

I thought I would feel embarrassed doing that, but I dont. I just know that I am now going to keep the eating that I do, like this, to the weekends so I dont go overboard anymore.

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week.
I am in a good mood, It is the first day that I start training as a receptionist working for weight watchers. I am a bit nervous and a bit excited, I am just hoping I dont fail horribly.


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MALEXANDER4 11/14/2011 8:33PM

    Hey I had that mashed cauliflowe this past week it was awesome, and I ate it with a buger...the real deal. Guilt? Nope that is what the free points are for. Enjoy.

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G_TWINS 11/14/2011 9:37AM

    That is the beauty of WW you can have one of those days now and then count it up and move on.

Congrats opn training as a receptionist working for weight watchers!!!

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    I just want to say I love your picture blogs! GOOD LUCK with your training!!!!


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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/14/2011 8:22AM


I think you are a very disciplined person, and I enjoy your photo food blogs immensely. You are an inspiration! Going out to eat has always been so difficult for me. I don't want to go out to eat and pay good, hard-earned money for a salad. I can make a salad at home! So I my out-to-eat meals tend to be things I would not normally cook for myself or little splurges, and, yes, those points when totaled up can sometimes be jaw-dropping. The thing is, you had your weekly points to use. And you still have some left for the rest of the week. While we don't always make the best choices and while sometimes we don't follow through with our plans when we're face-to-face with temptation, you were honest, you blogged about it, and you counted the points plus. In my book, that is working the program.

Good luck with your receptionist training! How exciting!

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Saturday Food Blog

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Breakfast - egg white & veggie english muffin sandwich w/ southwest sauce
small clementine
5 points plus

Lunch - Weight Watchers smart ones enchilada meal
Over a bed of shredded lettuce w/ salsa
side of carrots & celery with light ranch dressing
8 points plus

Snack - Banana
0 points plus

Dinner - Oven fried cube steak 2.5oz
1/2 acorn squash w/ brown sugar & butter
1/2 cup butterbeans
1/2 cup steam fresh cranberry mixed vegetables
1/2 serving brown & wild uncle bens rice
15 points plus

Snack - Sugar free hot chocolate w/ 1 shot pumpkin schnapps
7 points plus (wow, that pumpkin schnapps was 6 points, was good but not really worth it now that I know.)

25 minutes walk/jog combination + 5 min cool down & stretch

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MOMOF4CHANGES 11/13/2011 4:28PM

    That pumpkin schnapps looks real good to me too. And in hot cocoa no less. I think that knowing ahead of time will keep my hand out of the junk drawer. Thanks for the food blogs. Great idea.

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MISSLISA1973 11/13/2011 12:10PM

    One day maybe I'll do a food blog. I love seeing what other people eat. My little slice of bread with two ounces of turkey and a pickle spear isn't quite as pretty as your fancy looking meals though.

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