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  • Project Health – November Edition

    Bottom line – Steroids and many medications make you gain weight. I am no exception. I’m not complaining, because I’m above ground. And complaining gets me no where except idleness and a box of cookies. Which doesn’t help matters, I promise.

    As of Halloween, I was off all medication and had 80 pounds to lose. As of this morning, I have 66 pounds to lose.

    My goal is simple. Eat well. Move more. Actually move alot. It’s pure rocket science I tell you.

    When I exercise in the morning, I find my eating is really, really good. I don’t want to waste all the effort that I put in.

    Also after meeting with a trainer/exercise physiologist to get my VO2 max results read, he stated the obvious. “Jenny, your metabolism sucks.” Yep, and that is why he gets paid the big bucks.

    So instead of working out once a day, I’m working out twice. Once at the gym and once walking or running with my Couch to 10K app on my phone. It purely has to do with my metabolism being so low. My trainer suggested that if I only have 40 minutes to spare to divide it equally between the morning on an empty stomach and late afternoon/early evening before dinner. The latter isn’t always possible for me with kid activities and dinner preparation, but Jeff helps me out a couple days a week or I find that I walk after dinner.

    I’m not going to lie. I’m in the stages on working out in potato sacks. I don’t feel attractive, but I am proud of myself. I don’t want to look in the mirror at the gym and see myself next to the other toned women with coordinating Lulemon attire. But I tell you what -> This chubby chick can work out circles around them. I might sweat like a pig in my potato sacks, but I work out hard. No magazine reading work out girl here.

    I am requiring more sleep, which means some projects have been delayed. That’s ok as I know that I’m right where I am supposed to be. In the long run, this health journey will truly be a lifestyle change and my energy will soar. For now, I keep moving forward.

    I am taking a picture a day of my Project Health journey. I will post them on my Learn With Jenny Facebook page and Instagram (@jennymeyerson) using the hashtag #projecthealth. You will also notice I put the #66togo to indicate how much more weight I need to lose. This is simply me holding myself accountable. Feel free to use the hashtag. This ultimately isn’t just for weight loss, but healthy habits as well. But for now, it’s all about losing the backside and the jiggle.

    Also if you want to link your project health related blog post, please know you are always welcome to share in the comments. Sometimes people worry about proper blog etiquette. But not me. We all have work to do and we are in this together.

    I know that I am an athlete underneath all that fluff. I miss her. I know that I’m beautiful just the way I am, but I’m not healthy. I have 4 children that I want to set a good example for and I’m on the right path.

    So no excuses. Just eat well and move more.

    Who’s with me?

    Blessings sweet friends,



    Kerry K.

    Sending love and support! Go you! I’m working on it here in VA, too. XO, K

    9 November 2012 at 12:22 pm Reply

      I always feel your love. And I owe you an email. Tonight-promise. XO

      9 November 2012 at 4:01 pm Reply

    You will make it, Jenny. Just don’t give up, no matter what.

    9 November 2012 at 12:24 pm Reply

    I’m with you! I have 47 pounds to lose , somehow it seems like more than that. My challenge is my work schedule , I’m trying to find ways to get back to a workout routine.

    9 November 2012 at 12:32 pm Reply

      You’ve been more active than ever. I know you are trying hard! Keep at it.

      9 November 2012 at 4:02 pm Reply
    cathy stolze

    I love it!!! You are on a roll! Daily motivation is great. I’ve been trying to loose 20 pounds for a couple years now. I’m gonna try working out twice a day too! I think my body will go Whattt???? haha
    We got dis. : ) woop woop
    Go Jenny!!!!!!!!

    9 November 2012 at 12:34 pm Reply

    Love this post—I’m starting, once again, to climb back on the move-more-wagon. It feels good to be starting now, so that I’m in a good position to not eat my way through the holidays. Thanks for sharing your journey.

    9 November 2012 at 12:53 pm Reply

    GOOOOO JENNY!!! You can do it! I’m trying to get the ship headed the right direction too. I did it before, I can do it again. One of the possible things I’m considering that might also appeal to you is this class at Big Picture Classes: http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/movemoreeatwell.php I could’ve sworn they said 2013 registration was open but I can’t find it. I’m sure that will sort out but I was really happy to hear she was planning to continue in 2013.

    9 November 2012 at 1:17 pm Reply

      I was going to try to take that class last year and my intentions were better but alas, it just didn’t happen. So maybe this year! Cathy is real, and has a terrific sense of humor.

      9 November 2012 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Go Jenny! I am right there with you. I am in the process of trying to come off some medication (two more months of weening myself off), then it’s full on trying to lose the weight I’ve gained. I’ve joined Weightwatchers and lost 6kgs (not sure what that is in pounds). Struggling with the exercise though as I am getting side effects from coming off meds, including wanting to sleep constantly!! Reading your project health posts will be good motivation for me. Can’t wait until I am medication free!!!

    9 November 2012 at 2:08 pm Reply

      That’s over 13 pounds Tracey – impressive! I really like Weight Watchers and feel their program is very reasonable.
      I get the sleep/exhaustion phase as I’m still smack dab in the middle of it, but we will both get through it. Keep moving forward Tracey. I’m cheering us both on.

      9 November 2012 at 4:06 pm Reply

    I’m excited for you! Your Costco cart looks great. You’re going to do great, enjoy the journey. I’ll be cheering you on!!

    9 November 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply

    You know what Jenny, it’s been a while I wanted to eat healthy food and move more so I’ll start now!

    10 November 2012 at 3:38 am Reply

    Quite a ride/journey you are on Jenny! I can’t even imagine the emotional exhaustion you must have to go along with your physical side affects. I have to hand it to you that the surest way of success is giving yourself accountability. Not only are you doing that but you will be inspiring others to join and have their journey right along with you. awesome. I’m going to shoot you an email if I can find your address because there is some info I’d love to share with you. Also, have you ever heard of Chalene Johnson? She creates fitness videos but is also a motivational speaker. I know you are trying to stay off facebook but if you are ever on you should check our her page. She does some great motivational posts.

    12 November 2012 at 3:22 pm Reply

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