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I am esctatic!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yesterday my daughter had a check-up so it was a good day to get weights on the whole family.

Everyone in my house is at a healthy BMI. This is the first time EVER. EVER!

I've been cleaning up our eating slowly since 2004 and really ramped things up last spring. In June one of us was clinically underweight and three of us were overweight. And now.... all of us are at healthy weights :-)

Even better than that, my husband has REALLY cleaned up his eating - what he eats and how he eats. He used to eat one meal a day plus any business lunches he couldn't get out of. When the kids went back to school I offered to start packing him a lunch and he took me up on it. Just this morning he told he he's eating quite a bit of it right after he gets to work because he's starving then. Woo-hoo! I don't care what he's calling it, he's eating before 8AM and it's BREAKFAST. That is so awesome.

I am such a believer in clean eating. And it's so clearly not a 'diet'. If it brings an underweight person to healthy weight and an overweight person to healthy weight, how can one argue it's a 'diet'? And I LOVE that now that they are eating foods that properly fuel their bodies their bodies are demanding they eat them at properly spaced intervals! It is just so COOL to see what I've read in action in my own home with people who are really just 'along for the ride'. They are mildly interested in eating more healthily (ie they don't miss the stuff that's gone) but they aren't reading and making active decisions to change things. The eat what they are given and their bodies have responded :-)

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MICRAELIE 10/27/2011 2:00PM

    This is so fantastic! Good for you. Your family is very lucky to have you.

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TANYAP71 10/27/2011 12:49PM

    Jess - Don't give up! Not on the family, not on yourself! To be cliche, this is a marathon not a sprint and it takes endurance. You've seen yourself that you can backslide so easily BUT the failure is not in backsliding... only in giving up! I didn't get the kids on board until the started learning nutrition in school. Sadly, it comes MUCH too late here. Hubby has come on board even more slowly but he's getting there. I figure I was 33 when I started this.... that's a LOT of years of bad habits to unlearn! I think a big part of the success in the last year has been a growing acceptance of the difficulty of the journey and how that difficulty does NOT give me permission to give up. This October - dad having a quintuple bypass, DD miserable at school, DS displaying some of the WORST teenage characteristics, and me busy with a huge volunteer project - is just the kind of month that used to undo me (and therefore the whole family). It didn't! It won't! And I think 7 years of trying to get here was well worth it.

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5KIDS4MEJESS 10/27/2011 12:34PM

    Way to go!! It's so inspiring that you have been working on this since 2004! I had started to kind of give up on getting my family where they need to be health wise after only 1 year! You have helped me realize it may take far longer than that and I thank you for that. You are a true inspiration in my life emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUNEGIRL2 10/22/2011 10:32PM

    Congrats on making some big changes in your families' lives. YOu will all be so much better for it...

Sorry to hear about your father but very glad to hear that he is doing well. My Dad had a similiar story only he was complaining of chest pain etc and the Dr said nothing was wrong. He collapsed one night and needed a quadrulple bypass...he is thankfully doing well.


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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/20/2011 11:27AM

    WOHOO!!! Great job to you and your family!!!

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ILOVELIFE2012 10/20/2011 7:49AM

    how awesome!!!! Congratulations on such a great achievement for both you AND your family!

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LATTELEE 10/20/2011 7:49AM

  Don't argue with success, whatever works!

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ERIKO1908 10/20/2011 7:49AM

    this is awesome that all are now healthy BMI's!!

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Quintuple bypass.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I've been quiet for a while because it's been a stressful week and a half... so stressful that I can't believe it's only been a week and a half.

My dad had a quintuple bypass a week ago tomorrow. He only found out he needed bypass surgery a week and a half ago and it was a pretty big surprise. Not that there isn't awful family history that made heart disease a possibility, not that my dad didn't have risk factors, but he just didn't seem sick. He's lost a fair amount of weight eating healthily and exercising (core and cardio) very regularly over the last 3 years. If anything, he should have been getting BETTER.

The surgery went well and his cardio and core work have served him VERY well post-op. He sounds and looks really good. I am thankful beyond words that he had a bypass before a heart attack. Many of his relatives never got that chance.

My dad has been one of my inspirations in this journey. If he could make these changes in his 60s, I could make them in my 30s and 40s. I may talk a lot about what size I'm in, looking great, yada yada yada.... but it has NEVER been lost on me that my family history is NOT good. Now that my dad.... arguably the healthiest-appearing of the 5 'children' in his family... has had a bypass I will be all that much more motivated to keep at this healthy lifestyle. I am so glad that I can do it WITH him and not in memory of him.

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5KIDS4MEJESS 10/27/2011 12:38PM

    Wow, what a shocker. I had a similar experience with my uncle, he needed an emergency quadruple bypass after a heart attack at work one day. He recovered well, but refused to change his lifestyle and died about 3 years later of a massive heart attack. I am so glad for you that your father found out before a heart attack and that he'd already started the work of getting healthier that served him so well during his recovery. Hopefully it will mean many more years enjoying his company. I hope everything continues to go well. Yay for modern medicine :-).

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/17/2011 8:51PM

    Glad to read your dad is doing well.

I agree there are many health issues in my family too and I am very thankful I cleaned up my diet, hit the gym as much as I do, and will continue to live as healthy as possible:)

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MICRAELIE 10/17/2011 9:05AM

    I am so glad your dad is okay. I had a similar experience with my mom a few years who suddenly had to have a six-artery bypass. I am really, really happy that your dad had a positive outcome and that you get to have more time together. Experiences like this really show us how fleeting time is, doesn't it. Take care.


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LINDAGRAVEL 10/16/2011 8:59PM

    Glad your dad is okay.glad you realize it may run in the family you won't be surprised

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On to October

Saturday, October 01, 2011

September Goals:
In September I will:
1. Lose 2 pounds. - I lost 5 pounds.
2. Drop body fat from approximately 23% to approximately 22%. - I came in at 20.8 this morning, have dipped lower a few times.
[1a&2a. NOT drop below 131 unless it is a 'fat only' loss. ie, if I'm not GAINING lean body mass, I do NOT want to go below 131.] - I don't want to quibble over 10ths of a pound but I can say with confidence that I am maintaining my lean body mass at around 102 pounds. Never 101, never 103.

3. Do ALL my Base Phase workouts as scheduled in The Female Body Breakthrough. No adding stuff. No doing them in another order. No crazy cardio Tuesdays. Yes and Yes. Really enjoying my new workout schedule.

4. Eat a minimum of 100 g of protein every day. Aim for 130+ grams. - I came in low 7 times, in the middle 10 times, and over 130 13 times. I have not had a low day since I went to having 2 scoops of whey powder each day. That is also when my lean body mass stabilized so I intend to keep it up.

5. Make an appointment with my trainer to get instruction on how to use the squat rack, how to do pushups, and how best to gain lean body mass. - I didn't make an appointment but I did send the email to request the appointment. I'm sure I'll get in to see him in October.

Now..... October goals:

In October I will:
1. Drop body fat from approximately 21% to under 20%.
2. Do ALL my Defining Yourself workouts as outlined in The Female Body Breakthrough. (3x a week strength training, 1x a week centergy, 1x a week 30í on the elliptical or another centergy class if I can catch one)
3. Eat a minimum of 100g of protein every day. Aim for 130+ grams.
4. Balance fruit and veggies a little better. I notice Iím eating more fruit now that itís cooler.
5. Maintain weight in the range of 126-130. MAINTENANCE!!!! WOW!!!

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VIOLINK 10/14/2011 6:11AM

    best wishes to you on all those goals!

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5KIDS4MEJESS 10/4/2011 1:16PM

    Yay for October!! Ou are so awesome and an inspiration to me every day. Thank you so much for your wisdom! emoticon emoticon

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MOONSTORMER 10/3/2011 1:22PM

    wow! loving these goals. and september was such a success!! i love the squat rack, i must say that i miss doing squats with the weight on my back - it always made me feel so strong. i'm sure they'll reappear in my routine, though.

go show october who is boss!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/2/2011 12:43PM

    WOHOOO!!! Great goals! You will reach them! Keep up the progress!!!

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MICRAELIE 10/1/2011 2:17PM

    I'm impressed by your specific goals. I haven't attempted that yet. I think I'm afraid of failing! ;-) Perhaps I will that a try this month. Have a great weekend.

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5 Things I Love About My Container

Friday, September 30, 2011

Following in Jennswim's footsteps (http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_
journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510881) I decided to show a little body love towards myself this weekend and come up with 5 things I love about my container.

1. I love my hair. It's thick and in pretty good shape given how I abuse it with hair dye, product, and appliances.

2. I love my new butt. I've never had one before. In fact pre-strength training if you had asked me what I hated about my container my butt would have been on the list. It's pretty awesome now given the shape it was in a year ago.

3. I love my eyes. They are imperfect. Boy, are they. But they are unique and I love them. The color and shape come from my dad. Goodness knows where the strabismus comes from!

4. I love my shapely arms. A year ago my right arm was in such bad shape :-( And both carried a lot of extra weight. They are shapely and beautiful and curvy now. And I don't mean that euphemistic curvy on jean labels. I love them all that much more because I know how far they've come.

5. I love my posture. I've always had poor posture. Drove my parents NUTS. It's not so poor now. Core work does AMAZING things!

This post is worthless without pictures so I'll have to get some soon!


Yum, yum, yum. No-guilt post-workout hot cocoa

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I had very yummy hot cocoa after my centergy class.

I made a medium (standard cup) size hot water in the keurig. Dispensed into a 2 c measuring cup so I'd have room for blending.
Added 2 tablespoons hershey's dark cocoa.
Added 30g vanilla whey powder (mine is sweetened with splenda and has 23g protein per 30g).
Added 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Whirled it all up with my handheld blender and put it in a pretty mug. Super chocolately, nice and thick, and the cinnamon is just perfect. The only downside is the splenda but I bought the only whey powder at BJs the first time I bought whey powder. I need to find an unsweetened one or one sweetened with sugar (I can spare the calories now and probably need the carbs post workout).

This will be my go-to post-workout drink on chilly centergy days. Just SO yummy. With the splenda-sweetened protein the whole thing was just 150 calories!


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