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Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Slow Runner. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.


24. April 2015 08:55
by jennifer
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When the "After" Becomes the "Before" and it's okay

24. April 2015 08:55 by jennifer | 7 Comments

In 2008 I started what I thought would be my last attempt at losing weight.

I did it.

I lost over 200 pounds. 

I reached my goal weight in June 2011.

157 pounds.

But I'm not smiling in this photo. I had to go back through the comments I wrote about this photo on Facebook:

"I Still have some tweaking and toning to do."

Why couldn't I have been happy with how far I had come?

I started off here, give or take a few pounds. 

And now I feel like I am back there again. 

Maybe not quite where I was back in the beginning, but certainly no where near where I was in the after. Because this time I'm smiling Cool

I'm OK! I'm happy. I love my job, I love my family, I love my friends. 

Throughout this 6 year journey I have learned so much.

1. I LOVE TO EXERCISE. Throughout this journey I have NEVER stopped working out. Sure, the type of exercise I have done has changed, but exercise itself..no. That's been ongoing. 

2. I HAVE ISSUES WITH FOOD. Serious issues. I always knew this, but I thought I beat those demons, which is why I stopped going to Weight Watchers. I kept that goal weight of 157 pounds (+-4 pounds) until April 2013. And then I stopped going to meetings, and I started to notice the tick-up on the scale. I didn't think my diet had really changed, so I contributed it to building muscle since I had started CrossFit just a month or so earlier. 

3. I NEED TO WORK OUTSIDE THE HOME. In November 2012 I quit my job as a school librarian to focus on my family. I didn't realize how lonely being home would be without having my kids around. I am an extrovert. I need people. I learned that I need to have a life for myself OUTSIDE the home, and I began my quest in 2014 to find a professional library position. 

But even though I learned these things, the scale kept ticking up. And I realized in early 2014 that I wasn't building muscle, I was adding fat. And I still kept thinking that my diet hadn't changed. 

But it MUST have. 

Could there be any other reason?

I had blood work done by my doctor.

Everything looked ok.

And then I joined Weight Watchers online and I started tracking.

It was my food. I was severely exceeding my daily points.

I kept tracking and I kept exceeding. 

I kept gaining weight.

I keep gaining weight.

And then today in my time hop, this popped up.

5 years ago TODAY, I weighed in and was down 4 pounds.

All those feelings of what it felt like when I stepped on that scale Saturday morning after Saturday morning came flooding back to me.

It was empowering. 

And it was exactly what I needed.

I'm heading back to Weight Watchers meetings tomorrow. Same meeting, same time I started at nearly 6 years ago to the DAY! 

It's sort of surreal.

But I'm going back a changed woman. 

I'm stronger, I'm smarter, I love myself more, and I DO NOT have a goal weight in mind. I just want to feel comfortable again in my own skin.

As this wonderful blog post The "After" Myth pointed out 

There is today. There is now. There is during. There is life.

And I'm smiling Cool

 

4. January 2015 12:57
by jennifer
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Weight loss success with General Mills & Weight Watchers-GIVEAWAY!!

4. January 2015 12:57 by jennifer | 41 Comments

It's not secret that I lost over 200 pounds following the Weight Watchers program. Weight Watchers really taught me so much about myself, my eating habits, and how to make healthy food choices.  I was even featured in the 2012 NATIONAL TV Commercial Campaign for Weight Watchers. I heart Weight Watchers. But during 2014 I really struggled. I mean really struggled.  I struggled with weight gain and am now in a place I honestly thought I'd never find myself again....in a battle to take off unwanted pounds. I got a little complacent and thought that I "knew everything" and no longer needed to track my points. BIG MISTAKE. HUGE. So I'm back on plan, and working hard to take off the 40ish pounds I put on over the past year. But if I took off 200, 40 is really a drop in the bucket. One of my FAVORITE Weight Watchers endorsed product is the Broccoli Cheese from Green Giant. But not only is it a favorite of mine, but it's a favorite of Ronin's! The Broccoli Cheese is also one of my favorite "go to" items for lunch while I'm at work! It helps to keep me on track! Green Giant makes it so easy to get in your vegetables! Simply take the box of Frozen Green Giant Vegetables, put them in the microwave, and viola, DINNER!!! They taste great with a grilled chicken breast and a lovely purple potato! GIVEAWAY! General Mills is giving away an amazing gift basket of products, including salad tongs, a dressing emulsifier, and salad shears, to one lucky MetamorFit reader! Here’s how to enter: 1. Visit these 3 recipe sites: Yoplait Green Giant Progresso 2. Leave a comment on this post stating which healthy recipe from the 3 sites listed above you are going to make!. The winner will be selected by January 23rd and will be notified by me through email. General Mills will be sending you the gift basket directly.  I went to Publix TODAY (with the Tampa Trio in tow...wow, I should have done that tomorrow once they go back to school) and Publix was having some AWESOME deals!! In-Store Savings In addition to digital coupons, save in-store! Offers available at your local Publix store from 1/1 to 1/7. Dates might very in certain markets. • Green Giant 4-packs: BOGO • Green Giant Frozen Vegetables: BOGO • Progresso Soups: BOGO Check out the site below and print up your coupons! Printable Coupons: Click here to clip and print your coupons. Available while supplies last. • Save $.40 when you buy SIX CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt • Save $1.00 when you buy FIVE CUPS any variety Yoplait® Greek or Yoplait® Greek 100 yogurt • Save $0.80 when you buy 4 any variety Green Giant® Frozen Boxed Vegetables Direct to Card Coupons: Click here to sign-in and find these coupons. Available while supplies last. • Save $1 when you buy 4 Progresso™ products (excludes Progresso™ Pasta Bowl) • Save $.40 when you buy SIX CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt • Save $1.00 when you buy FIVE CUPS any variety Yoplait® Greek or Yoplait® Greek 100 yogurt • Save $0.80 when you buy 4 any variety Green Giant® Frozen Boxed Vegetables Disclosure: The information, products and Publix gift cards were provided by General Mills through Linqia.  

14. August 2014 15:12
by jennifer
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Build a Better Sandwich with Arnold Bread Contest and Giveaway

14. August 2014 15:12 by jennifer | 32 Comments

Disclosure: The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Arnold® Bread so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Arnold.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Arnold® Bread.” I don't eat bread often, but when I do it's ALWAYS an Arnold Sandwich Thin. ALWAYS. I originally discovered these little gems back in 2009 in a Weight Watchers meeting. I haven't had bread since early July, so I had really been craving a good sandwich. I was surprised to see a NEW variety at the store! 100% Whole Wheat with FLAX & FIBER!! This sandwich thin still had only 100 calories, but it added 5g of fiber per serving! SCORE!! I made my turkey breast sandwich (low sodium of course) and added a thin slice of provolone cheese, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and spicy brown mustard. It was SO GOOD!! And Arnold wants to give one of MY readers a chance to win their own set of Arnold Product Coupons PLUS a $25 Visa Gift Card!! Simply leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite sandwich is!! Arnold is also hosting "America's Better Sandwich" Contest. Here is some more information on how YOU can win some cold, hard cash!!! Are you ready for “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest ? The sandwich architect whose filling matches the goodness of Arnold® Bread will win a grand prize of $25,000. Before entering a better sandwich in the Contest, the entrant should make sure it includes any of the Arnold® Whole Grain Sliced Breads or Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties. There are four (4) sandwich categories in the Arnold® “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest including: “Creative Classic” (a healthful twist on a sandwich that has been around for more than two generations, such as a Reuben, BLT or club sandwich), “Stealthily Simple” (maximum of five (5) ingredients), “Fueling Good” (ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron), and “Meatless Marvel” (no animal products including land and sea animals may be included in the recipe). The recipe in each sandwich category with the highest score will receive a $5,000 category prize. Entries will be accepted July 23rd - August 22nd, online consumer voting will take place September 22nd - October 17th, and the winners will be announced on National Sandwich Day- November 3rd. To submit a recipe, receive tips on creating a better sandwich or learn more about the Official Rules visit: www.americasbettersandwich.com. Information about Arnold products: All of Arnold® Whole Grain Sliced Breads and Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls contain/are: 3 to 4 grams of fiber per slice or thin (except the ones I had, which had 5g) Zero grams of Trans Fat No High Fructose Corn Syrup Cholesterol free Health authorities recommend munching on 25-38 grams of fiberand 48 grams of whole grains per day, much of which may come from whole grain products like Arnold® Whole Grain Sliced Breads or Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties. If you’re not sure of how many grams of whole grains you are getting, look for the Whole Grain Stamp found on all of Arnold® Whole Grain Sliced Breads and Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls. You can find out more information about Arnold on their website and Facebook page. ·         Arnold® Bread website: http://bit.ly/1xF3skw ·         Arnold® Bread Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1hMBez    So what's your favorite sandwich??