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Thanks giving prep

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Well despite the fact that I have been following a healthy lifestyle for almost three years now, this will be my first somewhat healthy thanksgiving. Why have I never attempted it before? Family. Everyone gets really touchy when you start messing with traditions, some of which the seinor members in my family have been doing for longer than I have been in this world. They all need a healthy change as much as I need it, or more. My inlaws are coming for dinner tomorrow as well as my sisters. I normally have my husbands family for thanksgiving and my family sometime durring the Christmas part of the year.

My mother in law wanted to bring something so I told her she could make the pumpkin pie again and a veggie side dish. I gave her a weight watchers recipe for the pie and told her to
only make one, instead of two like last year. I hear my father in law was not happy about that and she actually made him individual size full fat pies so he would not have to partake in my "diet" pie. lol.
I'm hoping her veggie is not too bad, I'm sure it will be very buttery though. I made sure I am
making a few really low calorie veggies though so I can fill up on them.

Tomorrows menu...

Cheese & crackers - inlaws are expecting munchies before dinner. I was not going to do any
this year, but I talked to mother inlaw this morning and she mentioned they would come early and we can sit around and munch & drink till dinner. So I ran out last minute and picked these up. Gotta keep everyone somewhat happy.

Sangria - lots of fruit, wine, splenda & diet soda. .... Shhh don't tell and maybe the wine will throw everyone off lol

Turkey - apparently they make mini turkeys that are hormon free ... The one I got is almost 10
lbs & called a lil' butterball. Its so cute. Hoping to reduce the amount of left overs this year.

Gravy - not much to lighten this, I prob won't have much though

Cranberry stuffing - lightening up the sausage cranberry stuffing recipe I used last year. No sausage( to lighten & because sister is a vegetarian) still has all the veggies and cranberries though. Excited to see how it turns out.

Reduced fat crescent rolls - none for me, I can have rolls anytime

Green bean casserole made with double green beans and reduced fat cream of mushroom soup

Cranberry sauce - canned - none for me

Roasted asparagus

Roasted spaghetti squash

Baked sweet potatoes - bought them small to control portions

Brussles sprouts - mother in law bringing

Pumpkin pie - weight watchers recipe - mother in law making


I'm looking forward to tomorrow. My goal is to have everyone enjoy the lighter versions of the
dishes the are use to just as much as the higher fat versions. I feel good about it though. I am sick of feeling sick durring every holiday just because it's a tradition. Seems silly to me.


Hope everyone has a happy & at least semi-healthy Thanksgiving tomorrow.
& if you do over eat, move on, send the leftovers home with everyone else and get right back on track. Don't let it snow ball into new years day.

~ Jess

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LOSINGJESS 11/28/2011 1:42PM

    it went ok, I made much healthier dishes this year and over all there was less of each but I still ended up over eating. I also made two big pitchers of sangria and ended up drinking one all by my self.

I look at it this way. I have been at this 3 years now and every year I learn something new, some new way to equip myself for these types of situations.

Next year I will maybe skip the sangria. lol.

Everyone enjoyed the food though. My mother inlaw was very surprised with how good the weight watchers pumpkin pie was... OMG it was really good. I may have had the extra slice that was left over in the fridge later that night.

I did have some left overs, tryed not to splurge on them... happy to report its all out of the house now.

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TAICHIDANCER 11/26/2011 10:08PM

    So how did it go?

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LOSINGDREA 11/26/2011 10:03PM

    Great post Jess! I am reading it after the holiday of course (today) but I have to say I did pretty good before following your advice, shows I have learned well and you certainly have more inspiration and motivation over me than even I realized before.

Hubby and I both had to work so it was just another day for us and yes we had to eat so I decided to stay up a bit from the night before since I worked and I cooked more than I said I was going to but everything was figure friendly, I took pics and video to share which I am working on editing those videos and uploading them to my YouTube channel now. While there were a couple of dishes I made I really was not pleased with, hubby and mom loved everything. I really thought they were just being nice especially hubby who ate a whole dish full of candied butternut squash I made in an attempt to make a mock version of candied yams (he hates sweet potatoes or yams) and well I hated it! I guess I was looking for that traditional taste I grew up on as well.

Don't know why there are those few people out there who just can't be happy for you when your trying to look your best and watch your figure. I have heard a few people talk about not wanting to be rude when visiting other people's dinner tables, parties,etc.. making suggestions of what to do and how not to act, etc., so not to offend anyone. I look at it like this, if they can't see I lost weight and am doing something about it and don't want their fat filled foods then screw them! How am I offending them, being rude or making them feel bad for refusing to eat those things? They know whats up and they invited me why can't they be like I would be if the tables were turned and make some healthy things for me to have when I come over?

My mom lives with us and while she is now almost 8 Years post-op from Rue-En-Y Gastric Bypass surgery, she eats whatever she wants to and basically while I suggest to her not to eat those foods I can't control what she does and she has these fat filled foods in the house and I just don't even want to eat them knowing whats in them. I simply look at these foods like poison and have no desire to eat them even when she makes more than she can consume and tries feeding them to me. I used to not want to waste the food but now I just don't care and tell her to stop trying to sabotage me. I hope that it would be that way for everyone who learns the amount of fats, carbs, and calories that are in many of these things like MAYO, BUTTER, etc.. I know I can still have these in moderation but I really am turned off by looking at fat foods, skin or fat still on chicken, etc... I hope I keep this frame of mind and thinking up through the rest of my journey and of course that means the rest of my life.

Love your blog, words of great wisdom from someone who knows and who has been there and is still thriving to stay where she is at. ♥ ya! emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 11/24/2011 7:36AM

    My daugter and I got together and came up with a few low cal dishes ourselves. i have to agree with the feeling yucky just because we can have a eat for all day. Nope i don't like it at all. Happy thanksgivng and enjoy the family most of all.

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My Birthday ~ streamers, balloons, cake, party.... ok not really, but in my head thats how it was. l

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I had a great birthday. I woke up at 5am this morning, and even though my plans were to sleep in, I woke up feeling well rested and just did not need to sleep anymore. I got up and made myself a cup of sugar free hot cocoa and played some
World of Warcraft, since no one was up and I never get a chance to play anymore. I use to play all the time but since Lyra was born 3 years ago I play maybe once a week and I just started playing that (for the past few years I have had my account turned off most of the time because I just have had no time to play). It was relaxing and quite, well besides the sound of wow monsters being killed through my head set. lol.

The family got up about an hour and a half later and my husband Andrew surprised me by making me breakfast. He made me two English muffins, topped with 1 fried egg a peice and 1 slice of turkey bacon each. Way too much food so I told him to eat one of them and I would eat the other. 6 points for that and it was really good. It was special too, because he never cooks for me.

I got to open my presents this morning because I we had discussed it earlier and we knew we were not going for a cake. I have eaten enough cake to last me all year. We got a quarter sheet cake for Lyras birthday on Thursday and I ended up eating 3 pieces of it. I don't even like birthday cake, cheese cake is my lover. After this week I don't even want cheesecake though.lol.

My gifts were a set of hot curlers, an exercise ball & a set of two anodized non-stick pans (drewl!).... I love my pans, I have been cooking on two ikea non-stick pans that I got for $5.00 for the set. They suck so bad... needless to say... you would expect nothing less from 5 buck pans. Anyway, very happy. I ended up taking the hot curlers back though because I would rather have something I'm gonna use more. Not sure if that's gonna be shoes or clothes or something else yet, but the money is back on the card and waiting for me.

I decided to try on a pair of jeans that have been hanging in my closet waiting for me to get small enough to wear them and I got them on... they are really tight but after slapping on my shapewear I felt comfortable enough in them to wear them out. Size 8!!! whoo hoo! This gives me a little incentive to lose a few more pounds so they actually fit me right. I felt great about myself today though.

We ate lunch - smart ones.... and then we went to the mall to return the hot curlers. I got a sinless sweet cream with blueberries mixed in at coldstone creamery (had a buy one get one coupon for my birthday) and ate half of a like it size cup (only 2 points!).

Then we went to the park and I watched the kids play. I would have played too but I was wearing heels.

Went out to eat at Ruby Tuesday (another buy one get one coupon!) and me and hubby split one of the fit and trim meals and each got the salad bar. I did great during dinner and hubby surprised me by getting them to bring out a cupcake for my birthday. I split it 4 ways and we and both kids each had a bite. :-)

Went to Sams club to buy eggs and did not feel the need to eat even one sample!

Now I am home. I have eaten 35 points today... my max is 29 so I only went 6 points into my weekly budget ... on my birthday I think that's damn good.
We are going to put the kids in bed in a bit and then my sister is coming over to watch them while we go out and see the new twilight movie.

Did I mention that I got so many wonderful birthday wishes and goodies from my spark friends. I feel so loved!

I had a great birthday. I feel good about myself, I feel like I look great (which feeling like you look great is more important than actually looking great), I ate great and I know that the next 30 years of my life will be better than the last. I have everything that I wished for when I was 20. I am thin and healthy, I have a loving husband, I have two wonderful children ( I was told I could not have kids because I was too heavy), I am living on my own (was with my parents at 20), I drive now (I just got my license last year, next month makes one year), I don't make the most money in the world but we get by and that's something that I never had growing up, I have wonderful friends who support me when times are good and bad (you guys!) and.... I'm really really happy... the kind of happy that you cant buy in a store or wrap in wrapping paper. I'm very lucky.

Hoping that my mood stays at least 90% this good throughout my 30th year of life. lol.

~ Jess

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CALLIKIA 11/22/2011 6:38AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. I love your thrill for life and your attitude in recognizing all the positive things you've created for yourself. Hope your 30s are the best ever!

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WOUBBIE 11/21/2011 11:03AM

    Happy birthday and YAY! for killing WoW monsters! My favorite pastime!

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BAKER1009 11/21/2011 9:21AM

    That sounds like an awesome birthday Jess! I hope you are super proud of yourself! The 30's aren't as bad as I had expected. The thought of 40 scares me though, but I still have 8 years and a month to worry about that!

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STEINERMOM 11/21/2011 6:30AM

  Sounds like a great birthday! Hope that the rest of your week goes just well. I am celebrating my birthday on Thursday. I am also going without cake due to the holiday. I hope to do as well with the eating as you did. Take care and enjoy the new jeans.

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SWEETNEENI 11/21/2011 6:23AM

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TAICHIDANCER 11/21/2011 5:07AM

    Happy Birthday. Sounds like you had a good day.

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LOSINGDREA 11/21/2011 3:51AM

    Way2Go On getting into the size 8's...and also for being so happy, hopful and motivated through a day I would have thought anyone would have splurged and eaten 2x the amount of points allowed! I loved reading about your day and how it went from the time you woke up until the time it was about over with and I guess you wrote all that above. The fact you were told you could not have kids because you were to heavy is another big incentive for me who is married almost 20 years and we have no children other than for our pets and I so would love to have even 1 child. I was not even looking towards that as one of my goals along with my lifestyle changes on this journey but perhaps I may just have to add it to my list!

~Happy Birthday Hugs~
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G9FIRE 11/21/2011 1:42AM

    Your day sounded so wonderful! Happy 30th! I also ate too much cake for my daughter's bday cake last week. It was cake pops on a stick that I made at home and I just kept sampling them. Oh well!

I hope your week is awesome and this good mood continues through this coming season.


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MALEXANDER4 11/20/2011 7:49PM

    You sound awesome and so happy. I'm so proud for you. I sure hope you enjoy the movie. I would love to see it. You did so great with points today and enjoyed yourself. I know it can be done but i'm still working on that. WOOHOO on the jeans girl. Have an awesome night.

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Thirty Flirty & Thriving :-)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Well happy 30th bday Jess!
Again I am on my iPod so this will be short. I just wanted to tell everyone I am feeling much better. I was just hormonal & munchie durring the last blog. I had a good weigh in despite feeling like I was eating like a pig and I felt much more in control of my food yesterday. I spent all day in the kitchen, cooking & freezing healthy dinners for the next two weeks. Each dinner has exactly 4 servings so I hope to nip the over eating in the bud.

Today is my 1 year anniversary of maintaining my goal weight. I hit 160 last year on my birthday and as of this morning I am 157.0 !
I have maintained a weight some said I would never be able to reach for an entire year, that is worth celebrating. You know it's been a year and it's still just as exciting. I am so freakin happy!

Hope this mood stays for the entire day because I feel awesome.


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FATHINSN 11/23/2011 9:20PM

    Happy Birthday!!! I think you have overcome or maybe accept the challenge for those who said you couldn't lose the total pounds in a year, WooHoo!!!

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LISA01605 11/20/2011 6:57PM

    Happy Birthday and congrats on maintaining!! Good health is the best gift you can give yourself and your family!

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KNITTINGMOMOF3 11/20/2011 2:02PM

    Congrats and Happy Birthday! Your picture is gorgeous! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 11/20/2011 12:53PM

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You deserve to be excited and oh-so-proud of yourself. You have done - and are doing - what so many others haven't, couldn't, or just won't. Thanks for allowing your life to be an inspiration to us all. Keep up the AWESOME work!

Happy birthday, and happy goal-versary! emoticon

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JENLRC80 11/20/2011 12:35PM

    Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your day!!!

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STRIVER57 11/20/2011 8:53AM

    congratulations for that hard work and success and ... you're inspirational (and i'm in need of inspiration:-)

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ELLIE-1220 11/20/2011 8:45AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!
Congrats on your successes!!!!


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SARAHJ19 11/20/2011 8:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday! And a BIG congrats on maintaining! That is awesome!!!!!!!!!
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TAICHIDANCER 11/20/2011 8:03AM

    SUCH A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT! Now I know you are busy getting started on year number two, but as a researcher who wants to extend your results to others (including myself), I hope you will sign up with the National Weight Control Registry (http://www.nwcr.ws/). It is a database of people who have lost 30 or more pounds and kept it off for more than a year. It is run by some researchers at Brown University. Anyway, you are an inspiration to me. Congrats.

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MALEXANDER4 11/20/2011 7:38AM

    Happy birthday. I'm so proud of you. You have always been my inspiration since your first 5k. You go girl. I know now it can be done. I just have to keep going.

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GIGALENA 11/20/2011 7:23AM

    Jess that is so wonderful! WOOOOOOOOOOO! Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy yourself today and celebrate, one year at goal. WOOT

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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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SINNIBLONDE 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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BREWMASTERBILL 11/17/2011 7:45PM

    lol ... the government never shocks me.

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