JENNJO322's SparkPeople Blog JENNJO322's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Turning insecurity into determination. I got this picture in the mail this afternoon inside of a thank you card from my in laws baby shower a few weeks ago. When I attended I had about a two pound weight loss and hadn't started hitting the weights as hard as I've been. But I felt good, I had a cute summery dress on <BR> (I live in Florida) and nice sandals to match. When I got there I met the guest of honor's twin mouth nearly dropped open. She was beautiful! One of "those" women who we all know. Stunning from head to t... Wed, 1 May 2013 15:50:12 EST Jenni's favorite things...with pics I love nutrition and food... Isn't that part of the reason why I am here??? Lol buttttttttt, I love reading recipes and cooking and shopping and new gadgets and products. So for what it's worth I like to share what makes my life easier in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Almond Milk <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I add 1c to my protein shake and any recipe that calls for it. Only 40 calories and delicious. I like that this one can be stored in the pantry ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:01:45 EST Think Like a Man I love my hubby so much, he's patient, calm and supportive. The complete opposite of me. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> We work out together and our techniques are vastly different, while I log, measure, weigh, count, portion, eliminate, read, time and micro manage every step of my journey he does nothing but lift heavier and cardio. To be fair he's stopped eating cookies <em>495</em> , but still indulges in yummy Doritos and his addiction of Diet Coke. I won't nag him on how bad that stuff is b... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:28:13 EST Challenges and SUCCESS This weekend was a true test.. Hubby invited me out to eat on Friday for our 6month wedding anniversary. This meant canceling our gym date... Yikes! <em>234</em> <BR> When I have focus I don't like to stray from my routine, but I went anyway and we did Mexican which is one of my faves. I had a hard time resisting ordering a drink since they are loaded with sugar but found a "skinny margarita" which claims to have only 120 calories. I decided to go for it, but upon the drink being served I ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:37:31 EST HELP along the way. Happy Sunday Morning Sparkpeople! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> My loving hubby came in to me this morning and made a valid point. He scolded my beloved pup Riley the Daschund for being underfoot as he was moving our non functioning brand new washer. About twenty minutes later the faithful pup bounced up to his doggie dad wagging his tail and wanting to play. Such a lesson in unconditional love or lack of holding a grudge. If I could adopt a natural ability to forget and let go how much happier w... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:38:08 EST I lifted 160 pounds! Well more like 168.4 lbs, to be exact. My body weight...I fell off my kitchen chair this week. I was standing on it to throw old food out of the pantry and wrangling my impossible 12 yr old son and plop off the char...OUCH <em>234</em> I really did hurt my foot. I stoopidly pressed on to do my C25K and returned to an aching swollen upper foot!!! <em>46</em> <BR> That was partly due to my husband telling me to "shake it off". <BR> <BR> Anyway, it set me off a bit because the next day I w... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:21:33 EST I stopped eating. Last night I had to cook, now don't misunderstand me... I love to cook. Food and cooking are a passion of mine. I'm one of those who DVR's Food Network shows. It's just during the week after work it is rough to put dinner on the table sometimes. Last night I decided to make grilled chicken breasts, kale sautéed with garlic and mushrooms and a baked sweet potato for me. I subbed the healthy sides with rice a roni for the fam. Anyhow a funny thing happened, as I served myself my portions and sa... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:11:21 EST Before Pics-April 2013 Here are the dreaded before pics....uh oh <BR> Front view: <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Side view <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stats: <BR> 169 lbs <BR> Bust: 38 <BR> Waist: 38.5 <BR> Hips: 46.5 <BR> Rt. Thigh: 24 <BR> Rt upper arm: 14 <BR> <BR> I am going to weigh in once a week and measure and pics once monthly.... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 18:13:34 EST I didn't have a it's a good day. I'm trying to remain positive and goal focused. I have been very attentive to my nutrition plan. Lunch today was frustrating because I lowered my calories from 1402 to 1302 in an effort to lose 1.5 lbs per week. I made this great soup loaded with white chicken,kale,lentils an veggies and ate that for lunch. Based on the ingredients I put in the soup I know it's low cal but I haven't worked out the recipe. After I ate my sweet tooth kicked in, but I bypassed the chips ahoy with some whole grai... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 15:45:36 EST Jenni's Favorite things-with pics I wanted to share some fun stuff that makes my life a little easier when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I always enjoy when fellow sparklers post interesting products they use, so I hope you like and comment and add some input of your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These beets by Melissa's are yummy!! I have never eaten a beet before and I am in love! I found these in the veggie aisle at my Wal-Mart Neighborhood... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:00:15 EST Back...up 15 pounds from last year at this time. Reflecting on this time last year so many things have happened in my life. Happy and sad, life changing moments. I bought a house with my fiance, got a new job and realized I need a career change...another story. I gained 15 pounds and most sadly lost my older sister. Among all of these roller coaster emotions I've experienced and the intense sadness I feel in light of my sister's passing I've realized life passes us in a moment. Being healthy and happy is important to living each moment to i... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:32:12 EST Sunday food prep blog.....WITH PICS!!! Lately, I haven't truly committed to food prep and clean eating as I should have. I completely took last week off from the gym and didn't food prep either and I realized that needs to be a part of my daily life. It seriously caused anxiety when I wasn't vigilant about what I was putting in my mouth and planning each meal and snack. So I got back to it. I am on a mission to lose these last 20 something pounds, and lean out. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Tomorrow I do an official weigh in with a NE... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 18:32:53 EST Calling all SPARKFRIENDS---I am trying to make a HUGE decision Hello Friends~ <BR> <BR> Since turning the big FOUR O this past year I have been faced with many life choices. Being unhealthy, divorced, in a new relationship, raising three children, in a new state, working at a job that I do not like. Once I started losing weight I realized that life is too short to not do what truly makes you happy. I'm working at a job that I'm bored at. It does not utilize my skills or talents and I'm not making enough money to sustain my family. If it wasn't for my fi... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 10:45:46 EST My eye opener.... progress so far.(WITH PICS) This weekend we took the kids to Universal Studios in Orlando. We have annual passes and haven't been there since February 2011, so we decided to go up to Orlando for a fun day. <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> This is what I looked like in February: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was at least 180lbs. here. I was so uncomfortable and remember I kept catching glances of myself in the store reflections thinking about how horrible I looked, and just... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:25:32 EST What didn't you do? This past week has been a bit of a struggle for me. It was my fiance's birthday, TOM for me, Father's Day, dinner at our friend's and basically just life happening. I took each day as it came and did my best to do what I could. At one point I was just focused on the negatives of what I didn't do, but while riding on Sunday I realized there was some positive things that occured as well. <BR> <BR> I didn't push as hard as I should. <BR> I didn't eat the cookies that were in the pantry. <BR> I ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:07:37 EST Giving Away Your Happiness.......HELLLLL NO!!! I got lost on my journey for a "minute"or the drama o I did this this week and boy am I pissed off at myself for it. I let someone who shouldn't matter one bit in how I live my life steal my happiness and rob me of sleep, miss a workout/leg day at the gym, and push me off track. The reason why I say "minute" is because in the grand scheme of life what it was equivalent to was a minute's time. <BR> <BR> This person showed their true character as I knew it to be all along, this person being my stepson's mother. My stepson lives with his father an... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 10:13:58 EST Read This Letter I Received Today. Dear Jenni~ <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let you know that for 40 years you have been abusing me and not taking very good care of me. I find that very saddening when I have carried you so many places and been there with you every step of the way during your journey. Do you remember the countless times we joined Weight Watchers? Or how about LA Weight Loss?Jenny Craig? What about the diet pills you shoved down my throat? Or the awful tasting shakes? How about the greasy fried foods that caused ... Wed, 18 May 2011 09:42:47 EST Progress Pics...or a reality check....whatever you call it it's eye opening....PICS <img src=""> <BR> This is me and my fiance at Universal Studios in February 2011. I was disgusted about how I felt and even more so about how I looked. This was a brand new outfit and I thought I was "watching" what I ate although not exercising. My weight was 179-180lbs. <BR> <BR> This is me today 5/6/11 at work in the office restroom. Some improvements??? 166.8lbs. <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 6 May 2011 12:05:44 EST Failure is not an option: PLUG INTO POSITIVITY We all have those days when obstacles get in our way, in our mind those obstacles can seem like huge mountains in front us which seem impossible to tackle. How do we overcome?? Self doubt and negativity eat away at the very core of our being when we are trying to lose weight, it is easier to be weak than choosing to be strong. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Make the right choice sparkers.... <BR> choose strength over temptation. <BR> choose strength over emotional distress. <BR> choose strength ov... Thu, 5 May 2011 15:14:05 EST HELP!!! How do I upload vid from my iphone???? I can click on the add a video blog from my phone on the website and once I do it never gives me the option of browse/upload the video. What am I doing wrong? Does anyone else have this issue? Tue, 3 May 2011 15:49:48 EST Emotional Madness----the EX factor. " I am so mad at you because of the mistake you made. I know you said it wasn't on purpose but the stinging, sickness I feel when I imagine her initial response brings tears to my eyes." <BR> <BR> This blog is most likely to be a rambling one but thankfully no one reads my blogs so I can vent. This texting thing just has me at my wits end. The fact that my fiance still must keep in touch with his ex on this quasi-whatever terms has hit the boiling point with me. I know there is not a damn t... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:15:27 EST Various Food Blog Monday's Lunch <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was starving this morning, and while sitting at my desk and thinking about how I could not stomach another salad for lunch I had just resgined myself to a half a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread...yawn!!! It's been a mundane Monday for me...when I got home to eat lunch I whipped out the mushrooms and added a bunch of other veggies and sauteed them up with a bit of EVOO and Balsamic vineagar. YUMMMMY, I love e... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 13:20:09 EST Happy Weekend It's been a good week for me with my journey. I am so focused and feel mentally strong, not letting any negative thoughts get in my way. My fiance has even noticed that I'm losing weight which gives me the motivation to kepp going. I have my eye on the prize, which is a stonger, healthier, toned, lean body!! <BR> <BR> I will try to remember this feeling when I'm having a hard day that I just can't seem to get through. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:24:43 EST Kicking A$$ and taking names It's only Wednesday??? That's what I thought when I woke up this morning, not that I was in a bad mood, although I was in alot of pain. You see, I started weight training this week with my fiance. And my muscles were sore!!! Ever feel like you're arms and legs are cement blocks??? <BR> I've been having a great week journeywise. I've been feeling SOOO motivated and challenged that it's like the switch has been turned on and the SPARK lit. When I had my weigh in on Tues I was down 3 lbs!! I re... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:36:40 EST One of those hard days No matter what I do today I can't seem to reach down inside and shake my dreary feeling. Maybe I can attribute it to feeling a little sick or the achiness I've had in my shoulders for the past month or two. I think that's because of my mattress. I did the punch, kick, jam workout dvd for Turbo Jam and boy am I feeling that soreness today. I like it though. It was really hard to get through, I remember the days when I got through it in no time flat. My new Turbo Fire series shipped today....I'... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:31:08 EST Beginning Again How do we change if we stay the same? I have finally started on my journey again. I want this to be the time I finally succeed at losing weight and maintaing. I've done it in the past time & time again but then I stop exercising and I'm back to where I started. So I begin again. I pulled out my Turbo Jam DVD's and started by doing the 20 min workout. I pulled something in my knee but I'm not letting it deter me. I ordered the new Turbo Fire series today and I'm hoping that will help with my ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:49:29 EST