Friday, November 5, 2010

No Secrets or Magic Formula

Just hard work....

... and determination

I truly appreciate everyones very nice comments in regards to my weight loss, and my wonderful husband. I am lucky that I really did marry my best friend in the whole wide world.

So many of you asked what my secret was... well.  There really isn't one.  I lost about 10 pounds when my mom got sick and passed away due to the extreme stress that was my life then.

I decided that I was NOT going to gain those 10 pounds back and spoke to someone about how to just maintain that.

Then spring 2010 hit and I started riding both mares three to four times a week.  By June I was down into the 140's.   I was happy there... I thought.  I mean heck that was 20 something pounds gone.

My wonderful employer took a vote among employees as to who was interested in joining Weight Watchers if they came into our office once a week.  Well heck YAH !

So June 2010 I started Weight Watchers at 147 pounds, size 14 / 16.  I have to admit I was very skeptical that their system would work.. let alone help me keep it off.    But ... colour me shocked.

I was able to live with the system.  I was able to eat what I wanted.. when I wanted so long as I stayed in my "Point" range.  I can't say the last 15 or  so pounds fell right off me.  Quite the opposite.  It took work to get that "old fat" off.  I never really set a "goal weight".  I just wanted to be healthy, feel good emotionally and physically.   My official "Weight Watchers" weight (with clothes) is 127 pounds.  My scale (no clothes, first thing in the morning, after pee, before shower, before coffee) is 124.7.

I've lost all the pounds I want to... I still have muscle firming to do.  I may never completely loose my "baby belly" I've had three of those gremlins after all...

I can tell you it's wonderful to shop in normal stores.  It's AWESOME to have no more knee, hip or leg pain.

But more importantly... the DEPRESSION I've dealt with 90% of my entire life is G O N E !

Now the harder work comes into play.. staying here.  Staying healthy... not getting lazy about myself...


  1. You deserve a lot of congratulations - I like your goals of being healthy and not just focussing on weight!

  2. GAH!! Blogger ate my comment.

    I forget what I typed, something about weight watchers working and you weighing less than I do not that 130 is overweight for me at all. Muscle weighs more than fat right? As far as my body frame goes I should be considered a "ripped bean pole" LOL!

  3. Jeni you are awesome!

    I lost tons of weight, doing weight watchers years ago.I have always thought that for a diet, it actually teaches one to think about exactly what they eat, and how it works on their body. It is smart and non you said, you east what you want!

    Really happy for your new found confidence and control...that is what I gained as well, when I lost weight too! Rooting for ya

  4. Sounds wonderful, a great simple healthy plan . Now come coach me!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing your experience. I wish I could lose 10 lbs.,...
    I think horses have a huge bearing on mental (and physical) well being. They keep me sane and happy.

  6. I had to laugh when you wrote: "My scale (no clothes, first thing in the morning, after pee, before shower, before coffee) is 124.7" lol! I could tell just from those words how focused and driven you've been to lose that weight. Good for you! You should be very proud :)

    You're an inspiration. Maybe you'll be on a WW commerical one day :)


  7. Jeni, I totally could not find your e-mail. Call me blind if it's on here but I can't seem to find it. E-mail me I have pictures etc. I already have a couple other inquiries I am taking best offer at this point for the pad plus a weaver breast collar, neoprene cinch, sheepskin halter fuzzy set and a black crocheted ear bonnet. Whole package for the price of one.

  8. Congratulations on your weight loss. Sounds like you have a good plan and all that riding can only help. I find the more horses I work, the better my weight gets.

  9. Weight Watchers is probably the only plan that is safe and really works. As a matter of fact I'm doing it right now before the holidays hit. I find that the older I get the harder it is to shed a few/alot of pounds. Congratulations on your weight loss and keeping it off, it's such hard work. I wish I had time to ride more, that really helps too. Great idea to have them come to the work place and get everyone in on it.


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