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6.24.2009

Extreme Makeover {Me Edition}


I'm participating in {aefilkins} Extreme Makeover {Me edition}. This is my first time to play along. I'm usually just hopping around reading everyone else's inspiring posts. A few months ago, I really started trying to lose weight and get in better shape. I've currently lost 14 pounds 16.2 pounds (I just got back from my WW meeting and lost 2.2 pounds...YAY)! I'm super excited about that. I really do want to experience an EXTREME Makeover...ME edition! To be healthy, in every aspect of the word, is my main goal right now.

Each week, Amber or one of her followers, will offer up a question in regards to weight loss or healthy living. To participate, you just have to check out Amber's blog on Wednesdays and write a post about the topic...then go back and link up, of course!

This week's question is brought to us by Shortmama from Family of Shorts. Her question is:

Who is your biggest supporter/motivator in your weight loss?

I think my biggest supporter(s) right now are my co-workers. We are all attending a lunchtime Weight Watchers meeting each Wednesday. This has been so helpful! Number one, it keeps me accountable! I think accountability is HUGE in weight loss success. Without it, it is sooooo easy to fall off the wagon. It's easy to be bad when no one is looking. So, I have to credit them with keeping me on track. They also help me eat healthy. We all decided as a group that we would only eat out once a week during lunch. We have been bringing healthy lunches and eating in everyday except one. Even on the day we go out, we count our points and keep it all in check. We also exchange good recipes and ideas for staying full. They really are my biggest supporters. We even started an office weight loss chart that tracks how many pounds we have lost all together!
Do you have anyone around you that tries to sabotage you by "talking" you in to eating the not so good stuff?
There are a few people who are my "sabotagers" and they may not even know who they are, but they are people who enable me to eat the things that I would rather not. The nice thing about WW is that NOTHING is "off limits". It is a lifestyle, not a "diet". So, it's not that I can't have things, it's that I choose not to. So, I guess my sabotagers are anyone (mainly family) who eat things that I would like to eat, but choose not to eat. This is getting easier though. It's getting easier for me to look at food in a whole new light. I see the fat, the calories...and I can even see past that to the way I would feel if I would eat that. It's getting easier to put things into perspective.

In addition to this, I would like to share with you my two BIGGEST weight loss helps...
My fav workout DVD...Hellooooo, Maksim! Can you say 'motivation'?! ☺ This 100+ Oklahoma heat is making it BRUTAL to get outside and exercise, so I've been resorting to indoor workouts. It's not the easiest workout dvd, but it is fun, it makes me break a sweat, and bust a move...and did I mention Maksim?

And this...my reusable stainless steel water bottle. I LOVE IT! I put filtered water in it and it tastes so clean. I know that sounds weird, but the water doesn't pick up any yuckiness like it does sometimes in plastic bottles. It's green. It's good. I got this one at Old Navy for less than $10. Starbucks has some REALLY cute ones too.



One last thing...

I am in the process of gathering up some CUTE things to send out to all of you who commented on my Commenting for a Cause post. So, PLEASE...if you commented on that post...PLEASE e-mail me your address (jaltman@goldenfieldservices.com). I promise that I'm not going to send you anything besides my token of appreciation for commenting on my blog and commenting for a cause. I'm not an axe murderer. I won't turn it into a telemarketer. I won't send hate mail. I've been trying to go to each of your blogs and send an e-mail directly to you, but some of you don't have an e-mail attached to your blog. So, please please please send me an e-mail with your name and address. I can't let this super cute stuff go to waste!
Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL Wednesday!


25 comments...I love comments:

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

I just got a stainless steel water bottle too, and the "clean" taste, that doesn't sound silly at all, I know exactly what you mean! I'm loving mine too! :)

Great job on the weight loss, it's so great to have you join in!!!

Michelle said...

can I just say that I LOVE coming to your blog so that I can watch for the 1000th time the new Twilight movie. YAY! 8 days and counting till I go to Forks, Wa :) woohooo!!! :)

Michelle said...

I will def. do a Forks/Twilight giveaway :) and WE CAN DO this whole working out losing weight thing :) You are doing great! WE'll keep eachother motivated! :) Also, love your new pic with your Starbucks Tumbler, I'm drinking out of mine right now :)

Xazmin said...

I'm sooo glad you joined EM:ME! That's so great that you have such awesome support from your co-workers, and that you're doing this together!

All my church friends are already skinny! So they don't really get where I'm coming from. Now Tanielle's prego, so we can't really do the same things as each other for weight loss...I'm kinda alone in the real world for weight loss support!

Can you put those stainless steel water bottles in the dishwasher? I'm lazy like that.

Connie Weiss said...

Your header is adorable!!

That exercise video looks very promising and I love your water bottle looks great! I love starbucks...might have to check those out!

So glad that you are joining us! YAY!

Kelli said...

Love this post and congrats on the weight loss! I should look at that DVD. I need to do something and I just have not gotten the motivation yet. I also love your water bottle!
I emailed you my address so I hope you got it.

Lerin said...

Welcome the EMME, my fellow newbie! Thank you so much for the encouragement. How wonderful to have so much support from your coworkers! That is priceless, and will help so much!

I noticed you're from Wagoner. I grew up in Tulsa, right near the Catoosa/Tulsa border in Rogers County. I didn't move away until my husband was transferred to Houston a few years ago. I can't believe how hot it is in OK right now... but Houston is toasty too, with the added bonus of humidity.

I'm following you now! :)

Jen said...

Hey, I'm glad you're joining us! And good work on the 14 lbs. so far. Keep at it!

Vivienne said...

I will have to try one of those water bottles. Good job on the loss!

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

Congratultions on the weight loss!! I am proud of you! I have always heard that WW rocks!! You are living proof of that!!

~Becca

Jill said...

Way to go at WW. GOSH... I need to start it again asap.

Jen said...

CONGRATULATIONS on the weight loss! Fantastic! Love your water bottle - last spring I bought the whole family bottles. Now I just need to use 'em (sigh).

Darlene said...

GREAT job on your weight loss!!! Love that water bottle!

Lynn said...

Welcome to the group, it has been nice to spend time with like minded people. Supportive coworkers sound great. It seems like those are the people you spend the most hours of the day with. It must really help. I look forward to getting to know you.

Lemon Annie said...

Jenny,

Way to go! I bet you feel great! On a totally different note...did you know that Mattel is coming out with Edward and Bella Barbie dolls? I am sure you are way ahead of me on this one. I am not quite sure how I feel about this. They don't really look all that much like them.

Liz said...

Congrats on your weight loss! That's great that your co-workers are supportive and doing it with you. Love your water bottle... too cute!

Tanielle said...

Way to go!!! What an amazing support you have! Love that you have all joined together at work to get healthy...awesome!!!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I just watched the Twilight Trailer. Wow! Intense. I have to admit that I do not understand a single thing, but my interest is peaked.

Oh, and Maksim? I am definitely going to have to check that one out. Thanks!

-Francesca

mysteryhistorymom said...

Congratulations on your weight loss, Sweetie! And please do not worry about sending me anything, Sweets! I was happy to leave a comment.:) Lori

~Billie~ said...

Ooo... Maksim! How dreamy you are! LOL! Good luck! I love that you have support in your coworkers! That is awesome. Everyone needs a similar support system.

Katie said...

Proud of you!!!

wife.mom.nurse said...

It is great to hear that you are making your health a priority!

We all need to do this. It is great to hear of your success.

I love WW. I had just lost at least 10 lbs before I had my latest incident. Now it is back, the Prednisone is brutal! but I am not discouraged I know that I CAN and will get good results when I can get back to it in the next week.

I get the heebees with plastic bottles...thanks for the tip. I saw awesome bottles at Starbucks too. I shall buy one.


This post has encouraged me. Thanks bloggy friend.

~Julie

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hi Jenny,
Hey... I just came over to tell you we are shutting down the Lit sisters blog at the end of the month. We just decided it's too much work and there has been very little response by the members to the books we have read... I think everyone is just too busy!
Thank you for offering to host though, that is so sweet of you.
If you have any questions let me know-robinruns@comcast.net
Robin~♥

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Congratulations on your weight loss!! That is fantastic and oh-so-hard to do. I am sure you are feeling so good about life and yourself, which is just wonderful. What a reward! :) Now go put on a cute dress and prance around...you deserve it!
Carrie

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so proud of you. : ). I can't say it enough. Should I say it ten more times? Proud. Proud. Proud. Proud. Proud. Proud. Proud. Proud. Proud. Proud. Proud : )