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New approach (because the old one clearly wasn't working!)

Friday, January 18, 2013

I'm trying something new, because what worked for me before, isn't working now. As a busy, working mom, I am just not finding the time to take care of myself and exercise. (My daughter just turned two, and I am currently above my peak pregnancy weight!) I am starting a meal replacement program (HNT HealthOne) that is fairly low calorie, but allows you to supplement with fruits and vegetables. After years of low-carbing, its an adjustment in my way of thinking, but I am jumping in with both feet and alot of faith.

  
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SPARKNMOM 1/19/2013 6:06PM

    Oh my goodness....she's 2 already!!?? Wow!

I very much understand not having time to take care of yourself! I'm still low-carbing, but haven't stuck to exercise. I really need to. Best wishes on your new approach, and be sure to keep us updated!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/18/2013 6:41PM

    Good luck!!

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Time to get my butt in gear

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


(Pic is of Fiona at 6weeks)

I am exactly the same weight today as I was 2 weeks postpartum. That is freeking depressing. Its been 8 weeks! Where is my breastfeeding weight loss? Oh... you mean that chocolate I've been scarfing down is preventing weight loss? Ya think?!?

I need to get my a** in gear and kick these last baby pounds. Starting with some jogging (I went twice last week- OUCH), and doing some not so strict lo-carbing.

I'm ~12lbs from pre-preg weight. Would love to lose that by April 6th (my Sparkiversary).

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/14/2011 9:01PM

    She is so cute!!!!!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 2/27/2011 10:08PM

    soooooo adorable!!!!

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SPARKNMOM 2/27/2011 9:19PM

    Love the pic - such a beautiful baby!!

I, too, have been very lax in my eating. I almost can't fit in my pants any more!! I went back to more strict low carb and I've lost 3# since Wednesday. :) You can do it!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 2/23/2011 9:24PM

    She's beautiful. Congratulations.

...Pam

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MACKANDME 2/22/2011 6:55PM

    Oh so cute!

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MARIADALE 2/22/2011 5:35PM

    You can do it!

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Hello Baby, Goodbye Baby Weight

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Happy to announce the birth of my beautiful baby girl: Fiona Elizabeth. 7lbs, 15oz and 21.5". She arrived via unscheduled c-section on December 23, 2010, after two days of induced labor (cervadil then pitocin).

Still waiting for doctors clearance to exercise, and to be fully healed enough to go for a jog. Can't wait!

  
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RUNNINSTRONG 1/26/2011 11:54AM

    Congrats Tessa! She's precious. Here's wishing your family a lifetime of health & happiness!

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SPARKNMOM 1/18/2011 1:06PM

    OMGoodness....what a beautiful baby!! YAY! Congrats to you and hubby!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/16/2011 3:31PM

    She is PERFECT!! A 10!!

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MARIADALE 1/9/2011 12:46PM

    What a precious bundle...congrats

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SASSYDREAMER 1/9/2011 12:21PM

    Beyond beautiful!!! Congrats!

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2FUN2B_LAZY 1/9/2011 11:50AM

    She's beautiful!! I showed my son, and he said she was going "night night" (he's 2). He gave her a kiss via the computer! haha

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BRANDIAUNNA83 1/9/2011 10:38AM

    Felicidades! What a blessing. I just got my clearance to workout yesterday, and I'm very excited. Best wishes to you!

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MOMMAMATLAK 1/9/2011 9:39AM

    Beautiful!Congrats! emoticon

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CHRISTIEYCPTWIN 1/9/2011 8:29AM

    She is beautiful! Congrats!

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MACKANDME 1/9/2011 3:01AM

    So pretty...congrats.

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MAMALAW 1/9/2011 12:15AM

    What a beautiful little angel!! I've had 3 c-sections, take it easy and get lots of rest,you will be back to doing what you want before long but push it and it will take even longer. Take care of you and your sweetpea. Enjoy her they grow WAY to fast. emoticon emoticon

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HOTMAMA241 1/8/2011 11:52PM

    She is beautiful, the name is so cute. I had a csection last year, dont work out too soon

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PEDNURSEMOM 1/8/2011 10:34PM

    She is so beautiful. I love the name Fiona!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/8/2011 9:29PM

    BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations.

...Pam

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TIREDOFDIETING3 1/8/2011 9:21PM

  Congrats!! she looks so beautiful and peaceful emoticon

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2MILESADAY 1/8/2011 9:11PM

    Congratulations! What a cutie pie!!

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She didn't recognize me! lol

Saturday, September 05, 2009

So I ran into a neighbor today, just as I was finishing my run. I don't see her very often. I've probably talked her 4 times since moving to New Jersey (which was in 2006). She was out walking her dog and just happened to be standing next to the marker post that marked my goal, and end of run. So I stopped running and went over and said Hi. At first she probably thought i was any ol' runner on the trail (in this town, its normal to say Hi or Good Morning to people you pass on the trail), but then realized who I was. It was funny. I assumed that she didn't recognize me because I was red faced and sweaty, but she just said "My God, Theresa, I totally didn't recognize you! You look great! How much weight have you lost?!?"

Now this was a regular occurance about a year ago, but not something thats happened to me recently. Thats why it was such a treat :-). And, even though I've been feeling a little down about gain back a few pounds from my weight low, I was still able to say, "well, I guess about 50 pounds.... sometimes its more like 45 pounds, and sometimes its more like 50, but i guess today, technically its 48 pounds. But really I reached that goal about a year ago, and not much has happened since. I've just been fluctuating around 50." And I listened to my tone. I sortof sounded disappointed in myself. Like I'd reached some ultimate goal of 55 pounds lost, and then I'd somehow failed because now I was *only* at 48 pounds lost. She said "Wow, that's fantastic!" And it was like a little bell went off in my head...

And I thought...

Yeah, girl, that is fantastic. You've been b*tching about gaining back weight, but you've been hovering around the same weight for an *entire* year, and you're still 48 pounds lighter. Why are you making that sound like a BAD thing? Are you actually disappointed in yourself for that?

So here I am, a year later, and somehow, in a bizarre way, finally giving myself credit.

Its sad that we can be so quick to criticize, and quick to downplay our accomplishments and highlight our failures. I think I always knew that about myself, but maybe just realized how often I do it!

  
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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/6/2009 9:24AM

    YOU ROCK! emoticon I never would have been able to accomplish what you have when my kids were small like yours are.

...Pam

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SPARKNMOM 9/5/2009 10:02PM

    I needed to read this today, Tessa...so thanks! I'm so very bummed about where I am right now - 12 pounds over goal and unable to budge that daggone scale, but you're right....I've kept off 58 pounds and I'm still working hard at being healthy. So I have lots to be proud of - as do you!! So glad you're still here, still sparking, still being such a great motivator and friend!! :) Have a great weekend!


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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/5/2009 8:55PM

    It is amazing, isn't it. LOL. You deserve a pat on the back.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/5/2009 8:53PM

    It is amazing, isn't it. LOL. You deserve a pat on the back.

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OHANAMAMA 9/5/2009 8:02PM

    You have done wonderfully in keeping a major part of your loss off.
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MARIADALE 9/5/2009 7:21PM

    Glad you are taking credit...holding our own, even if not at goal is an accomplishment!

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WISEWIFE 9/5/2009 4:22PM

    That's amazing! I've been stalled most of this year ( after losing 47 pounds last year) & beating myself up too! Thank you so much for this! I'm 47 oounds lighter, why isn't that a good thing?
Hugs,
WW

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REDHOTREDHEAD 9/5/2009 1:52PM

    I think your reaction is normal. I started at 260 in 2003 and got down to 163. I'm now at 195 - still 65 pounds gone and not obese like I was at 260 - and I get on myself really harshly about being "fat". Although I'm not happy about gaining so much weight back (it happened mostly during student-teaching - major stress!!!), I have to remind myself that I'm still way better off than I was. Now I can say "I have 30 pounds to lose" instead of "I have 100 pounds to lose."

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LAB-LOVER 9/5/2009 12:00PM

    You deserve huge credit for maintaining!
Congrats on the compliment!
No such thing as "only" 50 pounds! (or 48!)

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L.A.PRINCESS 9/5/2009 11:58AM

    I'm glad you realized how amazing it is! Congrats on your Success!!! emoticon

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Back to jogging, finally.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I finally made it back out onto the trail this morning, for a short walk / jog (25 minutes, 1.5 miles). I haven't been outside yet this spring, and my last time on the treadmill was March. I decided to ease into it, especially since I don't know how the sciatica will react. It was such a beautiful, exhilirating run. Damp trees, empty path, and everything so fresh and green, the leaves almost seemed florescent. I jogged and walked and jogged some more. Its strange. One run and I'm already hooked again! I want to run again tomorrow!

Its good to be back :-)

  
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VHASKEW36 5/8/2009 9:28AM

    Fantastic job. Happy Mother's Day weekend. God bless,Ginny

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TESSA_NJ 5/8/2009 8:10AM

    Another great run this morning! :-)

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SPARKNMOM 5/6/2009 10:16PM

    Yay, yay, yay!!!!!!!! You ran : ) Me too! We rock : )

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/6/2009 2:03PM

    emoticon Way to go. Do take it easy, though. I've been away from running for several days now thanks to an IT band injury caused by over-enthusiasm.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/6/2009 2:03PM

    emoticon Way to go. Do take it easy, though. I've been away from running for several days now thanks to an IT band injury caused by over-enthusiasm.

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MARIADALE 5/6/2009 12:16PM

    Ease in girl friend! It is addictive isn't it?

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