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Weekly Weigh In

I haven’t shared in the last two weeks because I was in a scary place for dieters.  Two weeks away from my scale and one of those weeks in a land of all you can eat and midnight dessert buffets…  yeah.  I’ll confess that I didn’t really watch what I ate that week.  Why?  You ask.   Because I didn’t want to.  Food is a joy to me.  Normally my over eating isn’t because I’m depressed and sitting in a dark closet, it’s because that’s a way that my family spends time together and we love to enjoy meals.

I wanted to splurge and enjoy everything new and different and not feel left out.  Really if I had tried going the left out way I would have gotten back and eaten half the pantry.  I’ve learned that about myself.  I tend to gorge myself after trying to avoid too much of what I can’t have…

So, now that I’m back into my routine I have a little bit of catch up to do. Not too much but that’s what should be expected after two weeks with no real exercise and no calorie counting.  The main lesson here is that you can’t quit because of a long break, you keep going!

I gained two pounds while I was gone.  Not as bad as dessert after every meal could have been…

My first goal, lose those two pounds this week as we get home and back into our routines!  I’ve already gotten one workout in and hope to continue towards 5 this week (someone might have to help me walk by the end of the week).  I’m also back to counting calories and tracking meals.  It’s a good place to be for accountability and results.

I won’t lie though, the two weeks were blissful.  I’m kinda glad though that I did gain a little weight so that I can remember the consequences…

Back to work now… here’s for happy results to share next week!

    • Marte Archer

      as long as you are happy with your “excuses” the weight will find you. while on vacation enjoy your family does not mean all you can eat and nighttime desserts. sample new foods but stick to your meal routine, trust me on this, your girls want you in their lives for a long time and they will not remember the meals except the ones they had to prepare without you. sad to read that you actually think a healthier lifestyle is a chore and not a blessing.

      • Tiffani

        Sad to read that you can’t offer positive encouragement to someone who enjoys a splurge, like so many of us do. Jenny, you go girl, keep up the good work while balancing it with your pleasures in life!

      • Georgi

        So sad to see that you’ll bash someone for enjoying life, for being courageous to share the ups and downs of changing, for not staying down and adopting a defeated attitude. I honestly feel sorry for you as it appears by your comment that you’re not too happy with your lot in life and are trying to convert others to your misery. If you’re a health nut, good for you! But don’t brow beat others to adopt your lifestyle.

      • Katie C.

        Yes, because two weeks of an otherwise healthy eater enjoying rich foods and desserts will definitely lead to an early death. Where is an eye-roll emoji when I need one…You did read the part about how she’s getting right back into her healthy routine, right? Are you familiar with the concept of grace? It’s an important one for those of us who work at maintaining a healthy lifestyle but are still human and very occasionally enjoy a little icing on the cake, so to speak. Anyone who has managed to lose weight and keep it off will tell you that the ability to jump right back on the horse after a spurge is the key to maintaining one’s health.

      • Crystal Goodwin

        I have to agree with everyone else. You sound like a very unhappy person. Having special treats and looking forward to rewards for all the hard work is what motivates most of us. Jenny is doing great. Jumping right now into her normal routine which can be really hard after a long break. Gaining only 2 lbs in 2 weeks means that she didn’t go too crazy while on vacation.
        Jenny keep up the good work.

      • Rebekah Barney

        Wow. Haters gonna hate.

    • Georgi

      You go girl! You’re back to your routine of healthy eating and exercising and that’s the most important part! Vacations are meant to be enjoyed, including treats.

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    • Marte Archer

      to the haters…evidently you put your own spin on what i stated, how you get “unhappy from a clear statement of using excuses to allow oneself to splurge is beyond normal reason. eating is not the only activity to spend with one’s family. put into perspective – two pounds unless water weight is an additional 7000 calories for the two weeks. happy to hear everyone has an opinion but let’s be honest, they are excuses. oh i can’t do this week’s workout i am having guests over for the day, oh i don’t want to be the only one not enjoying those yummy high caloric desserts, and my all time favorite excuse that seems to be acceptable from the “moms” it’s okay, i’ll start up again tomorrow. my comment was positive but you all see it as bashing. you’re the ones i feel most sorry about – can’t wait for the comments from this.

      • Georgi

        Well Miss Perfect, glad to see it dawned on you that the amount of fluid can make a difference on the scale. I’m not a “mom” (which sounds like such a horrible thing the way you put it). I’ve been between 110 and 120lb for years, which is on the lowest healthy end for my height. I eat healthy the majority of time, which doesn’t mean a plain lettuce leaf as a meal and nothing else. I indulge in a Happy Meal or some pizza and miraculously I’ve neither gained weight or died. A 2 pound gain can occur after ingesting anywhere from 2000 to 10000 extra calories depending on age, activity level, muscle mass, metabolism, medication, medical condition. Even at my worst anorexic state I didn’t get mad that others could eat a bite of a cookie without having a panic attack and therefore go off on them and telling them how bad and horrible they are. Yes, there’s loads of activities that families can enjoy without food. However, food is a necessity. And your idea of “positive” is quite different from the majority of population.

      • Angela Birchfield Farnell

        It’s not really so much about excuses since we don’t have to justify ourselves, but more about personal choice.

    • Melanie

      Jenny, thanks for posting an update. I am totally in agreement with all that you have said. You have such a good head on your shoulders, which is why I love your blog, your conferences, etc. Keep up the good work, and your journey is helping me a bunch. God bless.

    • Angela Birchfield Farnell

      In the Bible, God Himself instituted occasional feasts. I suspect that during those times they went over their normal calorie intake. ;)

    • Marte Archer

      I still stand by what I wrote several days ago, whatever spin you moms and non-moms have to do to continue with your lifestyle, fine by me. It is truly interesting how one statement about excuses can fuel so many people with their own interpretation of what I stated. I am not unhappy about my choices to eat and to exercise to continue my healthy lifestyle and I am okay that most people think it is fine to splurge, I just don’t. I would rather go camping with my kids or do a run with my husband than sit on my tush and eat high caloric foods that do nothing for my mind or my body. That’s just me and my opinion. If Jenny feels this was fine for her and she is “back on track” good for her.