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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Operation Weight Loss Wk 2

Here is my week 2 photo and I think that I see some changes in my body now. I think that my torso is slimming a bit, especially in my stomach area. On Monday I had my 2nd week weigh-in at Jenny Craig and I maintained my weight loss. That is a good thing, my first week was big with an 8.2 pound loss and this week it is my time of the month. Generally I get bloated and having no weight gain is really a plus for me.

As far as my eating goes, I have been sticking to my plan. Adding my fruits and veggies to the JC food. Last Tuesday I went out for sushi with my friend Laura, we shared all of our food and I didn't overdo it. I did treat myself with a wine spritzer which I suspect the bartender added soda to instead of soda water but no biggie. When I make my own spritzers I add tonic water to cut down on the calories and will do that over the holidays too.

One more thing about the Jenny food - I've found an anytime bar I like, thanks Jericho! Jericho suggested I try the oatmeal raisin bar and I enjoy it. It is new and I think a great addition to the plan. I have been exercising, I continue to strive for at least an hour a day. I want to talk a little about exercise today.

Exercise
I used to be an aerobics instructor. Yup. I was a fitness fanatic and exercised at least 2 hours a day 5 - 6 days a week. I LOVED fitness. I go through cycles of not exercising but I know the importance of exercise and really do strive to stay in shape. Until something comes up. And then I slack. I am once again adding exercise to my life in a way that works for me.

I have so many tools at my disposal in my home so that I can keep my exercise fun and interesting as well as challenging. Between my workout DVDs, Wii fitness games and Exercise TV and Jenny Craig Walking DVD I have tons of options. The key is ensuring that I actually get up off my butt and do it. I haven't missed a day in my EA SPORTS Challenge and look forward to working out.

Now that I am working out consistently I question why I haven't been doing this all along. And I push myself. The one thing that I have to remember is that this is a marathon, not a sprint. That is difficult for me. I am so used to exercising for 30 days and getting off the extra weight - which works when there are only 10 pounds to lose but I have 50 to lose. It didn't creep up overnight and it is not going away overnight. I tell myself this everyday otherwise I may end up exercising so much that I will hurt myself.

If you are working on weight loss give yourself a break too. Understand that this is a lifestyle change and commit to this for the long haul. And perhaps this will be the last time that we will have to fight to lose weight. I know this is my hope and I committed to being a healthier me!

One more thing - I've started documenting my journey on video too! Here is my second video

20 comments:

bookieboo said...

I love how you talked about weight loss being a marathon. I always say very similar. Weight loss is like a marathon. You never intend to come in first...you just wanna finish. You have a great attitude, but that is cause I think you have done this before and know the ins and outs. YOu know it's gonna take some time and the ultimate goal should be health. That takes most people, including myself, a long time to realize. Keep up the good work and remember that I am always here to cheer you on!!!! XXOO

Tanyetta said...

you are awesome renee⁄!! we are rooting for you!

Lisa @ Serah's said...

Hi Renee! You're looking great girl! You're on your way. I've lost 10 lbs myself so I'll be checking in on you to see how your progress is going.

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

It will be excellent to watch the progress photographs of operation weight loss And I am sure it will motivate others- Health is Wealth -Old saying.
Cheers!!!

Angie said...

Go Renee! Lookin' good!

Diva Ma @ Mommy Fabulous said...

Keep it up, Renee. Wish I had your motivation!

cocoamommy said...

Way to go Renee! I wished you lived close to me; your motivation would definitely keep me focused.

*Lissa* said...

You are so gorgeous!!

Maintaining is excellent after that HUGE LOSS you had last week! Keep up the awesome work, Renee!

mannequin said...

Oh Renee....You are looking absolutely radiant!
It sounds like a workable plan you've devised and I guess that's the key...that and your obvious dedication!
Kudos Renee...you look gorgeous. Even your hair is glowing!

Karena said...

Congrats on maintaining your loss, and thanks for the awesome words of wisdom. I love the comparison to a marathon.

Brooke said...

you're incredible :) awesome that you're already noticing changes in your body. that's the most encouraging thing in the world! :)

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

I just found you - and you sound so much like me! I am a former fitness fanatic, too. I used to run two miles with my dog every morning and led an hour-long exercise class four evenings a week. But when I fell off the fitness wagon, I fell hard. And now I'm trying to get back on again ... because it's like I don't know this person in this clumsy, overweight body.

Weird.

Anyway, you've got a new follower! :)

Christy - The Sisterhood said...

You're doing an awesome job, Renee! I'm so proud of you, not only for maintaining this week, but for realizing that this IS a marathon! It's a new lifestyle you must adopt in order to get the weight off and keep it off.

Keep up the amazing work, and I probably won't recognize you in a month! I can already tell you look so much thinner, especially in your face and torso!

april said...

All my Shrinking Jeans sisters stole what I was going to say!

You're doing a fantastic job!! Keep it up!!

Candace Sheppard said...

You look fantastic! All the best. Now if only I can get motivated to get it together!

Trayce (@trulytrayce) said...

Renee I'm SO excited you have discovered mamavation and are a part of our journey! You are inspiring and your attitude is fantastic! I can't wait to follow you all the way!!! xo

Krystal Grant said...

Fantastic job maintaining your weight! You're doing a great job. Stay motivated! Go Renee Go!

anymommy said...

You look amazing already, can't wait to see the after!

Joanie said...

Congrats! I'm very proud of you! Keep up the great work.

Tooj said...

I hope that it's all going well for you....it's so difficult to do something like this around the holidays...ugh. I don't know how you'll do it. BUT you CAN! I just couldn't. LOL

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