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51-year-old Jill Zimmer of Eastlake said weight loss will make her job as a nurse much easier. As she fights a weight gain that was sparked by multiple factors, Zimmer plans to make dietary and fitness changes.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Just got done working out. Such a struggle for me. I know it's doing my body good but it also shows me how out of shape I am and I feel I need to work harder at this.
Doing o.k. with the eating part. That's not that difficult for me...well, most of the time :)~  I do have my moments! I just keep telling myself, I want to look good this summer. No more ugly summer clothes!
So I will keep plugging along...and do my best.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Feeling good about today

I lost 8.8lbs on the first weigh in and am very happy with that. It was also nice to hear the other contestants comments about their past month. All of us have our own struggles but yet we all have a common goal. Looking forward to the next month :)

Today is the day!

From reading other's blogs, its seems as though a lot of us are struggling a little bit. I think we are being too hard on ourselves. This is new to us. It's a whole new way of living and it's going to take time. So we all need to feel good about ourselves for having the guts to even enter this contest.
For me, it's not about winning or loosing the contest. It's about changing my life for the positive and it's going to take time. I already feel good about getting rid of the fast food in my life and that's a positive. I really don't miss it. I also tell myself its not an option. So no matter what you loose or if you didn't gain!
I have convinced myself not to be disappointed today. I did the best I could this month and I will keep going.

Good luck to all and's not the number that's knowing you have started a new life for yourself!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Weigh in tomorrow.........

I really want to get on the scale today but I have stayed away from it all week. I guess I'm hoping for a big surprise tomorrow!  I know it won't be enough no matter how much I lose.  I keep telling myself, I didn't put all this wt. on over night and that I need to be patient but I'm one of those type of people that need instant satisfaction.
So I need to stay positive and keep doing what I'm doing. I haven't had fast food in a month and I really don't miss it. I'm back to working out and that's a good thing.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

2 days before weigh in!

Kind of excited yet nervous about weighing in.  Going to be positive, no matter what the number is. I feel as long as I lose something, all is good and if it's not as much as I think it should be, then I know it's time to step it up.
I have made a lot of changes to my diet and I feel I am on the right track. Sure I have had my moments and it didn't help that I had pneumonia for 3 weeks during this past 5 weeks but it's a start.

Good luck to all :D

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


The diet is going great.....the working out is becoming harder and harder to do. Just don't have the motivation to work out. I know I have to start moving but I just dread it so much. Every day I get up and tell myself, today I will make a real effort to exercise but it never happens and then I feel guilty.
So today is a new day and I will get off my lazy but and start moving!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

One week before weigh in!

Going for the gold!  This week's plan is to really stick to my diet. No cheating and excising everyday. NO MORE EXCUSES! I need to kick it up a notch. It's not so much the eating but the excising that I just hate. I find every excuse under the sun not to work out. I feel like I'm letting myself down plus my friends that are following me through this.  I do the elliptical but I need to start doing muscle toning. Sit- ups are the killer for me but that's where I need it the I'm going to do my best and start to add more activity to my regiment. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Blew my diet today.......ATE PIZZA and more than my share!!!!!!  So mad at myself. I know it's a new day but now I feel I really need to work even harder at my diet and exercise because of my stupidity! The worst part...the pizza didn't agree with me and gave me a nasty stomach ache! Lesson learned......I can no longer eat greasy foods.
Lately, I have had a lot of people coming up to me, ( mild acquaints ) saying the saw me in the paper and are very proud of me....NOW that's a lot of pressure as I don't want to let people down, let alone myself. So I have my work cut out for me and I will keep chugging alone. Maybe slow but I lose 1-2 lbs a week, I'm very happy :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Made it through Valentines day with eating only one piece of candy!
Started back working out and a little sore. Will admit, I hate working out but I know that's the only way I'm going to loose wt. I can tell it's working because I have lost my double chin...LOL

Monday, February 13, 2012


Why is it on Monday, I feel it's a whole new start to work harder on my diet and exercise? Maybe because I was such a slug yesterday. Today, I feel much better. I only have a cough left from the pneumonia so it's time to start moving again.
I was looking at pics of me yesterday, and it just doesn't seem possible that I have gotten so huge over the past 10 years. I am even more determined now that I no longer want to look like that.
Time for me to work out!

Friday, February 10, 2012


Went to the Dr.s today and have pneumonia! Not happy !!! Hopefully in a couple of days I will be able to start exercising. I just don't have the energy right now to do much. To top the day off, then I went to mall and had a steak sandwich with cheese and fries!  Emotional eater again...and I have felt guilty since.
So tonight I decided to clean out my closets and get rid of the things that are too small, too big or just don't wear, to make way for new clothes as I go down each size....POSITIVE THINKING! Goodwill will be far 6 big garbage bags of clothes in every size.
I have kept my "skinny" clothes hostage long enough and I'm not keeping my pants that are already too big ...Out with the old and in with the "new' me.
So I have had my Faturday (as Dr. Oz) puts it and tomorrow is a new day.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy :)

I decided to finally get on the scale and see if I'm making progress.  I have lost 9lbs in the past 3 weeks!!! I did start my diet a week before the article came out in the paper. So it's a 6 lb loss since the official weigh in and I'm happy about that.  As long as I'm losing something a week, I feel good.
I still struggle with wanting to eat when I get home from work but I don't give in...and that's hard. My food is an award for a long day at work. I have changed my habits and stay away from the kitchen.
I will admit, I am still hungry  I just can't get all the water in that I should. I'm not a water drinker.
Also, I still don't feel good enough to exercise. I can't get rid of my coughing/cold and am soooo very tired. Hopefully tomorrow, the Dr. will help me out and I will get back on track.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I have been sick for 4 days now with a bad cold, which makes it very difficult to exercise let alone do anything else.  The exercise has been put on hold as I'm coughing my head off but I continue to eat right. (positive!)
I know this too shall pass but am very frustrated. I know for myself, when I stop exercising, it's very hard to start back up......

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Picture/article in the News Herald

If a picture is worth a thousand words.......I could write a book about my pic in the paper, AND I'm glad it's there :)  Now I feel even more motivated to work very hard at this.
I look at that picture and think...that's not who I am. I wore that shirt purposely as it means a lot to me.  That shirt represents good times and feeling good about myself in the past.
I have my work cut out for me in so many ways. There are other area's in my life that I need to change to improve my health and that will come in time........
So now is a six month journey and I'm excited for the first time to really work hard at getting back to myself.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Out to Lunch

Today was the first time I went out to lunch since I started my diet. Normally, when I go out for a meal, I use it as a reward. I usually  indulge myself to something fattening. Today, I had to make a conscious decision as what I could eat without going over my calorie intake for one meal. I decided on the Grilled Chicken Cesar salad. Although it wasn't a big fat juicy burger, I felt better about myself afterwards. It also was delicious :)


Thursday, February 2, 2012

First week

Very excited about how I am doing. Eating right and a 20 minute work-out each day and feeling good about myself. I have noticed that working out gives me more energy for the day. The hardest part is trying to get all the water in everyday. I'm not a big fan of drinking that much water! All in all, having a great week.