New Year's Eve 2010: I'm proud of this body I've worked so hard for, and I'm looking forward to improving even more in 2011! :-D

august 2010: i think i look good here, but i can tell that i'm much more toned up now! :-D


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Hi everyone! I'm Jordana. I'm 21 and my weight has been fluctuating since I was 14. I've been active on SP since February 2010, when I weighed in at 158 at the doctor after getting down to a glorious 135 in the summer of 2009 (though, looking back at the circumstances of that summer, i'm pretty sure a lot of that was muscle loss). That weight gain was due to a number of things, but especially due to completely not paying attention to my nutrition and eating about 4000 calories a day of fatty, salty, fried college food. After starting my program last February, I got back down to 140 by April and felt great about myself.

However, during the summer of 2010 I kind of fell off the SP wagon for a while. Just stopped paying attention again, though at least I wasn't eating as much of the same crap I'd been eating before. I gained 10 pounds back by August.

In September, I went back to school and discovered a wonderful, amazing thing... EXERCISE!!! I started going to group exercise classes at my campus rec center 3-7 times a week, and by October I was back down to 144 and really seeing great results on my body. My exercise slowed down a bit in November and over the 2010 holidays, and I gained some weight back but kept eating right (for the most part).

Now, going into 2011, I have new goals and a whole new outlook. I realize for the first time in my life that exercise is the magical ingredient that was missing from all my previous attempts to lose weight and look awesome. I've also realized that the people who look the best, usually look that way BECAUSE they exercise regularly- there are very few people who can just sit on the couch, eat whatever they want and be skinny minis in the process. So, I'm going to keep exercising as much as I can- yoga at least 5 times a week, zumba at least twice a week, and whatever other group exercise classes catch my eye and fit with my schedule. I'm also hoping to branch out on my own at the gym with some strength training, stationary bike, treadmill and elliptical... if I can conquer my self-consciousness (and find the time)! But I keep telling myself that it doesn't matter how I look to other people while I exercise- the whole point is that I'm there in the first place!

So, exercise is going to be my main focus this time around. As for nutrition... I already know what I have to do there. I know basically everything a person can know about what's healthy and what's not. I eat lots of fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy, fiber and whole grain. And I'm not going to beat myself up for mistakes anymore. Everything in moderation!!! As long as I'm eating right for the most part and *exercising* (there's that secret ingredient), I'm not going to worry TOO much about a can of soda or an order of fries every once in a while. The key there is to avoid binging (which can be a problem for me) and pick myself right back up when I fall.

All that said, I weigh 150 pounds as of January 1st, 2011. I've restarted my SP program and declared that my goal is not to lose weight, but to live a healthy lifestyle. I'm trying to accept the curves I was born with, as well as the fact that I'm fairly muscular and muscle weighs more than fat! OF COURSE I would love to weigh in somewhere around 120-130, but since I keep plateauing in the 140s, I'm starting to think that maybe that's just what my body was meant to weigh. I'm no longer going to cling to the 131 that I weighed at 13 because, hello, I'm an adult now! Plus, I figure that if I'm living this gloriously healthy lifestyle I've outlined for myself, any excess weight will just come off naturally. So I'm not going to use the scale as a crutch and I'm going to rely more on my measurements and how I look and feel!

Happy sparking, everyone!!! :-D

Member Since: 2/9/2010

Fitness Minutes: 11,980

My Goals:
To put an end to junk food and mindless eating, to drink only water and 100% fruit juice, to fit into my clothes without feeling like I'm going to literally pop out of them, and most importantly... TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYSELF AGAIN! It's not so much about the weight for me- although right now I do have to lose some- but about how I look and feel!

My Program:
Limiting fatty/greasy/processed foods as much as possible, and eating lots of fresh fruit, veggies, fiber, lean protein and whole grain in their place. Trying as hard as I can to eat only when I am TRULY hungry and to stop when I am full. Telling myself every day that McDonald's isn't going anywhere, so I don't have to rush out to the drive-thru and order everything off the menu. Doing yoga 5 times a week, and zumba twice a week. Oh, and I work at a dog kennel, so I get some pretty good exercise there. :-)

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I live in southern NJ with my boyfriend of 2-and-a-half years, who, bless his heart, thinks I'm crazy for wanting to lose weight.

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    Happened on your page when I was googling for ideas for exercising with a broken toe. I broke my 5th toe over the weekend, like you, rushing around and catching my pinky. I went to urgent care and after x-raying, they gave me injections and attempted to re-locate it, then they buddy-taped it and referred me to an orthopedist. I'm wearing an ortho shoe, picking up crutches this evening (after I was stupid enough to say that I didn't need them, and today the toe is even more swollen and the coloration looks scarier.

    I've just gotten on a roll, I'm down 4.5 pounds over the past 3 weeks, and I'd kick myself if it wouldn't make my toe hurt. Did you ever come up with some suggestions? I have a fitness cycle and was thinking that maybe I could remove the strap from the pedal. Did you have to fully take a break, or were you still able to do some form of cardio?
    2330 days ago
    visit www.perfectchance.bodybyvi.com this guy i met in the gym whos a trainer and helped me dropped 20lbs in a month on a twice a day protein shake that taste like cake mix
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    Welcome to the Sugar and Food addiction team. I have added some new fun challenges for the month of November if you want to take a look at them sometime. emoticon
    2773 days ago
    emoticon to Sparkpople!

    Good luck on your weight loss journey! emoticon

    Have a great Day!! emoticon

    -MaryAnn emoticon
    3042 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon to SparkPeople! So glad you joined us. emoticon

    Good luck on your journey...Through all the bumpy up-hill battles, it's all worth it! You are worth it!
    3042 days ago