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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.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Excited about the weigh in!!!!!  It has to be better than last month.....I lost less than a pound! So anything over a pound is good for me ;-).  Now it's time for me to get really serious about getting into shape....summer is just around the corner. I have lost 3 1/2 inches ( just measured) around my stomach... a lot more than I had thought.  But I have decided, I really do need to kick it up. 20 minutes is not enough a day of working out.  I know I'm not going to win this contest, but for me, this is a wonderful start and it's what I needed. So after today, we have 5 weeks until our next weigh in and I'm determined, this next 5 weeks I'm going to work my heart out and show a big difference!
See you there :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I am a winner in my eyes....may not the biggest loser in weight but ...I'm doing great and I'm happy !  If I only lose a pound or two in a month, that's good! I can live with that:-*!  I feel good about myself and that's what matters!  I have changed my eating longer going to fast foods. I don't even think about it as I look at it as poison filling my body. I no longer eat when I get home from work  (2nd shift)......and yet I am still losing inches...:-) I know I should work out more... that's one area that I struggle in...I hate it and I only do 20 minutes a day....if I am up to it...and if I don't do it....I no longer beat myself up over it.  I look at this as getting healthy for the rest of my life....So I give myself the permission to do the best I can when it comes to working out...and if I miss a day or two that's o.k...My body loves the fact that I am eating all the right foods.......because for the first time in many years, I feel good!  So I am a winner in my eyes...................................................

Monday, April 23, 2012


Feeling pretty good about my weight loss this week. I think I am finally back on track. :-P Hopefully it will continue as I'm feeling very positive about it.
I think a positive attitude is the key to success. I think I was really getting upset with myself the way my weight loss was going. I was so frustrated. The inches are coming off too. I just wish they would come off where I want them to go...within time.....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Felling good :)

I finally am able to wear every pair of jeans that I own and that's a big accomplishment for me. Although, I would like to see more pounds coming off, my body is getting rid of inches....which is just as good! As long as I'm seeing a difference, I'm happy. I know I could step up the work-outs but 20 minutes a day is working for me and it's something I will stick with. For me, if I don't enjoy it, I won't stay with it so I decided as long as I'm eating right, exercise each day ( even if it is only 20 minutes) and only lose a pound or two a month, that works for me. At least it's doable and I my main goal is to be healthy.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I lost 2 lbs...........That has been the hardest two pounds. I have been stuck at my weight for at least 2-3 weeks and now it's starting to come back off again :) I knew this was going to be difficult but when you see nothing coming off, it's such a disappointment. So I now feel better about myself and will continue to not to give up. I have to admit, there were days during these past two and half weeks, that I watched what I was eating but was not really all that interested in doing much else. Also, I believe a positive attitude helps....and lately I haven't been positive about anything.  I also need to keep telling myself, I have lost 18 lbs, since Dec. ( I started the diet right after Christmas) and I haven't been able to do that in over ten years and that's POSITIVE :-*!

Sunday, April 8, 2012


So I had totally forgotten that the weigh in was in the paper today until one of my girlfriends reminded me. Here I thought I had lost ONE pound and I didn't even do that :-(! I can also say, I haven't stuck to my work out the past couple of days. For some reason, I'm just not motivated. I'm eating right but I still struggle with getting the exercising in. Actually, I'm not having a problem at all with eating all the right things. I feel healthier just knowing I'm not eating junk anymore.  I just have to get up off the chair and start moving!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Back on track and feel good about it. I'm not going to let last month bring me down. 
This is a life change so I'm not going to make it a difficult transition where I'm going to give it up after the contest.  I'm eating right and working out 20min-30min a day. If I choose to work out longer, that's great but I know if I make a career out of working out everyday, I won't stick to it. So I'm going to "lighten-up" on myself and do the best I can.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Now that the shock has worn off....I need to stop dwelling on it and decided I'm not competing with anyone but myself.  It's all about me and taking care of myself. I need to make changes and try different things. Obviously, this past month didn't work for me. Today is a new day and a new beginning!