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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Operation Weight Loss Week 6 - The incredible shrinking woman





I can't believe that it has been six weeks since I started this journey to lose weight. The time has gone by pretty quickly, I suppose taking on this type of task over the holidays will do that. In any event, I suppose from the title of my post you can guess that I've lost weight again this week. 1.9 pounds to be exact!

This brings my total weight loss to *********drumroll********

19.2 Pounds!!!!!!

I only have about 6 more pounds before I make it to my halfway mark. Exciting news for sure! I know many people are wondering what I have been doing to lose the weight. Well, I moved from a sedentary lifestyle to exercising 4-6 times per week, in at least 30-60 minute increments. I aim for 60 minutes but there are times that I can only fit in my challenge workout for the day.

I have been following the Jenny Craig 1500 calorie food plan. I can't even call it a diet because I am eating more food than I ever used to eat. Once I hit my halfway mark I will start incorporating my own meals - now that is a milestone that I look forward to. I have to honestly say that I rarely find myself hungry and in the event that I am hungry Jenny Craig has taught me about volumizing my food. There is an entire list of foods that I can add to daily intake. Some of the foods are free foods (most vegetables fit in that category), others are limited free foods and surprising things like candy, cool whip, and other sweet confections are on that list. Although Jenny does have some supberb snacks, I like to mix it up a little and my new fave is Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. These delicious confections are only 140 calories and 1.4 grams of fat.

I love eating some of my favorite treats while maintaining a healthy lifestyle! It is so funny that now I rarely crave sweets but if I do I choose the low-fat, low calorie options. There was a time in the not so distant past when I would eat an entire box of ice cream in one or two sittings. Gluttony is a sin, I know. And I was very guilty of it.

This is a new day for me, a new lifestyle and I am totally committed. I started my second 6 week Challenge with EA SPORTS Active More Workouts. When I do my step aerobics workout I've increased the difficulty by adding an additional riser to my step. I have had the same Jane Fonda step for almost 20 years and it is still working for me - I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

This weekend I will be visiting sunny California to hang out with the other 11 participants in the six week challenge. We will actually be doing a live broadcast on UStream at 7 PM EST on Saturday click HERE if you want to tune it to hear from other folks using More Workouts.

And of course, I did a vlog this week to chronicle my journey - Watch me shrink!

ETA: I said 1.6 pounds but actually, I am down 1.9 pounds. 1.9 pounds!

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of EA More Workouts to participate in the 6 week challenge and I also receive a discount on food from Jenny Craig. All of the opinions are my own.

80 comments:

Reiza said...

What wonderful news! I'm so impressed. I've finally had enough of this baby weight (the baby's almost a year old), so I decided to do something about it. Seeing how far you've come is really movitating me. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us.

Shynea @ Penny Pinching Diva said...

Congratulations Renee on your milestone. I am SO excited for you and I am rooting for you that you reach your goal. It is nice to see that you are getting healthy and exercising as well. (Now maybe some of that can rub off on me.)

Please keep us posted on your progress. I'm so happy for you.

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Woohoo girl, I'm so proud of you, you look wonderful! (But then again, you always did) :)

Have fun this weekend! Hug and squish everyone for me :)

Beachbrights said...

Amazing. Thank you for sharing in detail what you have done. I am so excited to be starting my challenge. Thanks for being inspirational!

XOXO

Shannon said...

Congratulations!! You look fantastic. I love Jenny Craig. Wish I could do that rpogrambut right now, nope.
Have a great time in CA :)

Allison M. said...

I'm clapping for you!

I'm have tempted to go buy a Wii and get EA Sports right now. (It's definitely on my list of wants too.)

Victoria said...

Congratulations Renee! You ROCK! :)

Mandi @ It's come to this said...

Congrats!! That is awesome! I love Skinny Cow too ... It's a great treat:) yum, yum! Best of luck on the last half of your goal!

moosh in indy. said...

Whoo honey! You look amazing!
Wii did gooood in picking you!

Rachel said...

Congratulations honey!
I'm so proud of you!!

I've started my trek to lose 30 pounds and I'm drooling over all y'all and your EA Actives :-

I'm using the Wii Fit Plus ;-) It's what I have.

You look fantastic. I can't wait to see you again!

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MelADramatic Mommy said...

Fabulous! Congratulations on staying on track over the holidays. I wrote them off entirely and it shows. You're an inspiration!

MOMMY-MOMO said...

wow wow wow!!! In just 6 short weeks there is a dramatic difference! wow! Keep up the hard work. Its clearly paying off! Good job girl!

sitsgirls said...

Woo-Hoo!

You look fabulous!

Sevibabyyy said...

I have been decided whether or not to buy that EA Active game. I think I may go ahead and get it now. I've been training for a 10K and the running is nice, but I need to get a little more active. Thanks for showing me that it is worth it and I hear you on the curves!

Amanda @ High Impact Mom said...

Renee,
Ahhh...I love seeing you on video. You are so awesome!! I can't wait to start working out again! Keep it up you look phenomenal.

*Lissa* said...

You are so hot!! Way to go!

I love the skinny cow treats too! Yum!

Enjoy those GAP jeans and enjoy CALIFORNIA! Pop Christy for me, would ya? :p

Stacy said...

Coming out of lurkdom to let you know that you are doing your thang! You look fantastic!

bookieboo said...

I wish I could have heard the video, but my lap top is not letting me on internet. I'm on a sucky computer.

Anyways OMG!!! You are rocking it girl! I'm so proud of you and you look soooo good in that picture! Can you see the differences? I certainly can...especially in your legs, thighs and butt!!! Wooo hoo!! XXOO

Ms. Sarah said...

You are doing fantastic. Keep up the great work. We love the skinny cow in this house.

enjoy ca

Jessica said...

You are awesome! Thanks for documenting the journey so that the rest of us can find inspiration!

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Oh my gosh...you look stunning! Beautiful! I can't believe it's only been 6 weeks.

Ali said...

I keep meaning to tell you I saw you in their commercial one day and like a crazy person I started yelling, "That's Renee! That's Renee!" Congratulations!

Funkidivagirl said...

Congratulations! You look great! And I love Skinny Cow....so do my kids, so it's a healthy treat for everyone.

Ms. Bar B: said...

Amazing!! So proud of and happy for you Renee! Go 'head on. You are a continuous inspiration.

Shawnta said...

I am so proud of you! You look wonderful! Keep up the good work. You are TRULY inspiring & motivating me to do better. Wow!

Totally Desperate Mom said...

Good for you!

K. Rock said...

I can tell you are happy by the huge smile on your face. You are looking great and inspiring many. Keep up the good work.

Melissa ♥ Spoiled Mommy said...

SO proud of you!!! A tad jealous but so motivated to do something myself! I need to lose 20 and was just at a loss of how exactly to do it. Your plan seems to clearly work...you look HOTT!

Erin said...

You look amazing! Seriously, I've always thought you were a beautiful woman, but you're just stunning.

Sugar said...

Way to go, lady!! You look great!

I lost about 40 lbs on Jenny Craig after my fourth baby. I was pushing 200 and couldn't even recognize myself! It's a great program and kept me so satisfied! They use whey in the food to make you feel full, so when you switch back to regular meals, you may want to consider adding that into your daily diet.

Keep on going, beautiful!

fly tie said...

go 'head!

(for some reason in the video the lipstick is standing out. i've probably seen you in some before, but it's very striking here. you wear it well.)

your enthusiasm is infectious!

cocoamommy said...

Woo-Hoo! You look fantastic! Have great time in California!

Al_Pal said...

Congratulations!!! It's clear in the photos that your thighs are smaller, ad your waist is dipping in from your arms more!

Naomi said...

I saw you on TV tonight! Woo!!!

Lauren said...

You look AWESOME! Keep it up hotness!

Christie O. said...

congratulations, you look amazing!! And look at you, you're SO CLOSE to that 20 pound milestone!! and congrats on finding what works for you, that is a wonderful accomplishment! the journey finds itself some wonderful rewards, doesn't it!?

Karena said...

Renee -- great job! Week after week, you keep racking up those pounds! Awesome effort rewarded by awesome results!

Brooke said...

wow.

wow.

you look incredible. you have taken charge of your life and in less than two months have made a dramatic difference! keep it up!!

Lynn said...

I didn't even read the title of the post before seeing your current picture. All I could say was...wow. You look ab fab! Have fun in CA and I signed up for the UStream. Can't wait to be inspired!

My best, Lynn

Trish said...

You are doing sooo awesome!! I am inspired! Yes I am!

Tanyetta said...

You look and sound fantastic! Very Happy for you!

You are truly the Incredible Shrinking Lady and all of your hard work is paying off.

I saw the commercial last night. Imma need them to give you more time up on that commercial. Do I need to make some phone calls? :)

TRBS said...

That is AMAZING! You are doing such a great job. I'm very proud of you.

Crooked Eyebrow said...

LOOK at you .
You are kicking butt and taking names and we are all so proud of you!

MrsFatss said...

hey! Thanks for the tweet today. Love your blog! Gonna add you to my roll, because that's how I - well - roll.

Suburbs of Atlanta said...

O gosh, you look "B" for Beautiful! Congrats on your weight loss. Keep up the great work!

~Mendie~ said...

AWESOME! That's all I can say....that's wonderful results! You have proved a busy lady can succeed....and make it look so good! Keep it up, you have a whole sisterhood cheering for you!

Heather D said...

You. Look. Amazing!
Great job, can't wait to see all the great things you'll accomplish! So glad you've joined us at the Sisterhood!

Elisa said...

woa, Renee!! You look great! That's incredible progress!! So inspiring, thanks girl.

Sheliza said...

Simply AMAZING!! What a great accomplishment!! Looks like someone is going to have to hit the sales rack at Marshall's for some new skinny jeans!! Do your thang girl!!!!

Mommy Mo said...

Renee, you are shrinking right before my eyes. I think you are beautiful and now, you are H-A-W-T too!

Talking with Tami said...

Go Go Go! Im right behind you bookie! I was so shocked when Lisa Wu Hartwell told me she could train me! We live by each other and we meet the gym every morning.I feel so energized since Ive been working out! Im so proud of you chica!

Lisa Mom of 2 Boys said...

You look amazing! Keep up the great work.

Cindy said...

Awesome job! You look great, and really ARE shrinking! Keep it up!

LittleTechGirl said...

Congrats!! You look awesome. Keep up the good work. I need to get motivated and get off my butt and workout. :)

imadramamama.wordpress.com said...

Renee, you are doing so, SO great! You should be super proud of yourself!! Congrats on the loss!!

Petula said...

You look absolutely marvelous, fabulous, magnificent! I can definitely see the results of the work you're doing. Congratulations and much luck for the rest of your journey.

Diane said...

Way to go! So awesome!!

Wifey said...

Congrats, Renee! You look fabulous! Loved the commercial, too!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Yum Yucky said...

You are workin' it! I love how you you dived into this challenge. I can sense that you really want it. This real sincere desire is missing from a lot of people's intentions for change.

Cheryl Wood said...

Renee,

I am so very proud of you. I just came across your blog today and I love it. I went back and read the previous weeks and you remind me so much of myself. I also USED to be a fitness fanatic. I worked out twice a day, was a personal trainer, and ate, slept and breathed fitness. But since becoming a wife and mom of three I no longer made the time for myself. So, for 2010 I am on a mission to become half the woman I am today (LOL). My journey has just begun as I started a kickboxing class on Monday. The class if 5-weeks, 2 nights/week, for 1 hour each class and so far I love it. I feel alive again after only two classes. This is my year and I hope to begin posting my progress within the next week. Please check me out at http://arealmomsview.blogspot.com.

Cheryl

scott.remy said...

Renee,
These photos got sent to me a few days ago. Many congratulations. Very impressive. Good luck as you continue on your Operation Weight Loss journey.
Scott Remy

La'Tonya Richardson said...

You are kidding me! You're just almost to half way! You'll be itty bitty!!! It's like WOW!

You had already convinced me to get the EA Active. But I haven't yet. This weekend for sure!

Did I say WOW!

Tooj said...

Congrats! You're looking FABULOUS. :) I'm happy to hear that you're eating healthy and enjoying your food still under your plan. I always worry after watching friends try different programs and have their bodies react negatively (menstrual cycles altered, etc) due to "following the plan". I worry. :)

Ms. Understood said...

Congratulations!!!!

Katherine Malone said...

You look awesome! Keep up the hard work!!!

Lisa C Writes said...

You look great Girl!!

SageMom said...

WOW! So inspiring! Congrats and keep up the great work!!!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Wow Renee! You look TERRIFIC!

Samantha said...

You look absolutely amazing! Such an inspiration!

Muthering Heights said...

That is sooooo awesome Renee!! :D

anymommy said...

You look amazing!!

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

Wow! I am totally impressed, not only with the level of your commitment but how great you look.

I can't wait to see you at BlissDom!

Felicia said...

Renee...I'll say it again.. You look amazing and I am so proud of you!

Calinda said...

Okay, I love you chica--and I'm all about being supportive but 6 more pounds gets you to the HALFWAY mark? I like the Incredible Shrinking Woman but don't become the Incredible Disappearing Woman! You have the good fortune to look great at any size so you're on a health journey. Just wanna make sure. Cuz, girl, I'm NOT being a hater but what we see on TV ain't natchal! ;-)

Christie-The ChatterBox said...

WHOLLY (insert any four letter word you want)! You totally kicked the fat pants butt! You look fantastic! Way to go and keep it up!

Lucille Roberts said...

You look great! Keep up the good work!

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