Saturday, December 22, 2012

You lose some, you gain some!

Well, this week was not too hot for a couple of us :[. Here are our results:
  • I gained 4 lbs (we celebrated Christmas yesterday... oops!)
  • Rebecca gained 5 lbs
  • Crystal lost 0.4 lbs (Way to go, Crystal!)
Clarissa and Jason were unable to make it.

Today was an open discussion and we talked a lot about our psychology concerning food. I honestly have a ridiculously hard time leaving food on my plate and it also bothers me that my husband always leaves food on his plate. Therefore, I finish my plate AND his! My parents never made us clean our plates growing up, so I really don't know where this comes from. I also talked about how I feel left out if others are eating and I am not. Ironically, just last night, my husband and I were talking on this very subject and he is very bothered when he's full, so he never allows himself to get full. I, on the other hand, have a hard time if I DON'T get full... Why is this?! Then, last but not least, all traditions and social events seem to be centered around food... It wouldn't be Christmas without all the food and goodies, right?

How do we break these ties to food? We really do have power over our thoughts... we just have to really work for it. Rebecca was saying how she was able to "gross herself out" about finishing the food on her son's plate and therefore wasn't tempted. Years ago, when I was actively losing weight, I convinced myself that I wasn't a fat person trying to make healthy choices, I was a healthy person who had no desire to eat unhealthy things. It truly did work for a while.

With that being said, we are going to try to set goals for next year that concern positive food psychology. Until we have trained our brains to make healthy choices, the weight-loss road is next to impossible... take it from one who knows! Let's train ourselves to convince ourselves that being healthy is fun and wonderful!

Rebecca will be doing next week's post, as I will be out of town. Stay tuned and let's gear up for the new year!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Positive Results

Hello everyone. This is Rebecca. This week was a good week for everyone especially because it was 2 weeks before Christmas.

The Results

  • Jason -3.2 (cheers for you!!!)
  • Jerusha -0.8
  • Rebecca maintained
  • Crystal +1.2
This week was a quick meeting but we all shared how our week was. I started of my talking about how my goal to not eat fast food only last 5ish hours. I have been thinking a lot about that and reflecting that when I word goal as "don't, wont, stay away from" that is all I focus on-the thing I cant have. As the New Years is approaching I have been pondering this and have decided that all my New Years goals are going to be positive.

Positive. Here are a few examples:
  • I will eat healthy homemade meals
  • Eat a fruits and veggies as snacks.
  • I will record and reflect things in my journal or blog weekly.
Remember to be positive and realistic. Make goal achievable.

Have a great week!!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Party Recipes

If you're looking for some great healthy recipes for your Christmas parties, stay tuned!

Sorry this post is late! I battled kidney stones all night Friday and all day Saturday... it was no fun! However, my faithful friends came over and weighed themselves in anyways while I was in bed... talk about devotion!

Results for this week:

  • Jerusha +0.4
  • Clarissa +0.4
  • Crystal maintained
  • Jason -1.4
We only had one maintenance and one loss, but the gains weren't too bad. Way to go Jason and Crystal! We'll catch you next week ;)

Great recipes this week!

Mine's easy... found it online:

Ranch Dip

Blend a 12oz container of cottage cheese (I used 2%) and add a ranch spice packet. Mix, chill, and serve with vegetables or crackers. 

It was deceptively good. In fact, a guy was standing there eating it talking about how he didn't like cottage cheese (not knowing that it was cottage cheese). I then asked him if he liked the dip, and he said "Yeah... It's great!" Then I told him the news. Haha! So there ya go... even people who don't like cottage cheese like this dip.

Jason and Clarissa shared the following recipes (all delicious!):

Carrot Cake
  • 1 c. no sugar added apple sauce
  • 1/2 c. egg substitute
  • 6 packets stevia or splenda
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. Bobs Red Mills flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 T. cinnamon
  • 3 c. grated carrots
  • 3/4 c. chopped walnuts (opt.)
Combine applesauce, egg, splenda, syrup and vanilla; Blend until smooth. Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon to mixture. Fold in carrots and nuts. Pour into 9x13. Bake at 350 for 30 min.
Add cream cheese frosting to the top: 8oz fat free cream cheese, 6 oz vanilla yogurt, and 4 packets stevia or splenda. (12 servings: 130 cal or 185 cal with nuts)

Hawaiian Cabbage Salad
  • 12 oz bag petite carrots
  • 14 oz bag coleslaw
  • 12 oz bag broccoli slaw
  • 2 c. chopped jicama
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds
  • 1/4 c. sesame seeds
  • 20 oz can pineapple tidbits (in own juice) drained
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 8 oz sesame ginger Litehouse dressing
Combine all ingredients and enjoy :) 

Creamy Cranberry Salad
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 c. splenda
  • 1 large box red sugar-free jello
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 3/4 c. no sugar added orange juice
  • 1 apple with peel grated
  • 1 can mandarin oranges chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped celery (opt.)
  • 1 container light cool whip
  • 8 oz fat-free cream cheese, softened
Process cranberries and combine with splenda.
Boil 3/4 c. water and stir in gelatin and let cool.
Stir cooled gelatin into cranberries and then add everything except the cool whip and cream cheese. Stir and refrigerate over night.
Combine softened cream cheese and cool whip.
Layer 1/2 cranberry mixture on bottom, followed by 1/2 cream cheese mixture, and repeat.

Hope you all had a great week! Give these recipes a try or give us some of your own recipes. Let us know how you're doing... We love hearing from you!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

November Results and Dec Goals

Hey all! Sorry for not posting after Thanksgiving. Things just didn't work out well last week. I do have the results from the past 2 weeks and the month totals :)

Since the last time:

  • Jerusha -0.8 lb
  • Rebecca +2.2 lb
  • Clarissa -1.2 lb
  • Crystal +1 lb
Overall for the month
  • Jerusha -2 lb
  • Rebecca -1.2 lb
  • Clarissa -1.8 lb
  • Crystal +1 lb
Though I was named the winner of the contest this morning, after checking the math CLARISSA is our winner!!! I thought it was too good to be true ;) Congrats to Clarissa!

I also must say that though we were all far away from the goals we'd set, I'm proud of the fact that for the most part we had losses this month! I think this is the first November ever that I've had a loss, so I'm excited!

Since December is such a difficult month, we made calendars with specific goals geared towards the events we knew would get in our way. Here's mine so you can see what I'm talking about (sorry, it won't let me post them side by side):

Hopefully you can see that my overall goal for the month is no fast food. Then at the beginning of each week in black marker I put my goal for the week. Events that could potentially harm me are in red and green... and my daily goals are in black pen. You'll notice I have chores on there... I used to keep an immaculate home, but since getting pregnant and having Jayna, I've only kept it picked up... not very clean. Therefore, I've made that part of my December goals.

Here are our December goals:
  • Jerusha - No fast food (I can only eat out on our 2 date nights this month and it has to be healthy) and I want to maintain weight this month. (I've gained 12-20 lbs every Christmas that I can remember... pretty sad. That's why I'm setting my goal for maintenance.)
  • Rebecca - Lose 4 lbs and no eating out at all
  • Clarissa - Only eat every 3 hours... no extra snacking (I should do this one as well)
  • Crystal - Lose 3 lbs and lose inches (more toning). Only one treat a week.
  • Jason - Don't eat any food from work, unless he takes it. (Brilliant for the month of December!)
Don't recognize Jason's name? Well you shouldn't because he just joined us this week!!! We're so excited to have our first male member! Hopefully we'll get some more guys now that he has set the precedence :) He needs some man pals! Meet Jason:

Jason is already well into his journey of losing weight and is going to give us a run for our money... Bring it on! :)

Hopefully you're on board for this Holiday Season. We all need all the help we can get! Start your recruiting now for January... I'm hoping we double in size after the holidays so we have even more competition AND support!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Motivation Week (Just in Time)

Hey all!

Good news and bad news... bad news first. We had a rough week... all three of us! We were all a bit cranky when we showed up, but all left in a better mood (at least, I did). I think motivation week came at just the right time for our moods and for Thanksgiving. I'll be honest, I get a bit cranky when everyone around me is indulging all the time, and I'm trying hard not to... I'll get over it ;) Our numbers this week were as follows:

  • Rebecca - Maintained (Yay!!!)
  • Jerusha +1.6 (I'll do better this week)
  • Clarissa +1.2
Because of the upcoming Holiday and the fact that Rebecca and I will both be out of town, we've moved our  reward week to Dec 1st. We'll all still weigh-in for the week, but at different times, so the only way to make it fair is to bump it by a week. Therefore, the only update on here will be our weigh-ins on Monday the 26th, so stay tuned for that.

Ironically, even though we all did well with our goals, none of us had losses... That's why it's so important to set goals based on performance and not outcome. Will we have to re-vamp goals to help us out? Yes, but I'm proud of us for doing well on our goals for the month!

This week, for motivation, we cut out strips of paper (I like colorful paper myself) and wrote different motivations for being healthier on each one. You can do however many you like (I did 45 to last through the end of the year), and you can even repeat yourself. If you're having health issues and want to eat healthier to fix them or if you really, really, really want to fit into last year's jeans, you can write those down a few times. Write down everything, no matter how petty you may think it would sound... yes, I said I wanted to feel hotter :) Then stick them in a container or a plastic baggie. Each morning as you roll out of bed, you're going to draw one of your motivations out and keep it with you throughout the day. Anytime you're feeling week, you're going to pull it out or think about it to help keep you on track.

This may sound juvenile or cheesy, but I've done it in the past and have been astonished how much it helps! When we feel left out or we really want that comfort food, it's really hard to remember that we WANT to be healthy... our motivations will be there to remind us WHY we want to be healthy. Hopefully this helps.


Meet Crystal :)

Crystal is more devoted to walking than any person I've ever met :) If you ever need a walking partner, she's your gal... just be prepared to walk fast. I only kept up with her when I was training for my marathon. Haha!
We're totally excited to have Crystal on board!

Be thinking of the goals you want to set for December :) Our next meeting will be a goal setting meeting, so be prepared...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thanksgiving Recipe Exchange

I would say we had a pretty darn successful week! Each of us had the goal to lose 2 lbs a week, which is pretty lofty (especially for Clarissa who doesn't have a whole lot to lose), but here are the results for this week:

  • Rebecca -3.4 lb
  • Jerusha -2.8 lb
  • Clarissa -1.8 lb
Yay for us!!! 2/3 of the way to our group goal for the month of -12 lb. Rebecca and I set goals to receive our 1st 5 lb sticker next week. We want this! (We have little cards that we get to add stickers/decorations to for each 5 lbs we lose. This month's sticker is a turkey... hehe. Wow I get excited easily!)

Clarissa was unable to stay for the meeting, but Rebecca and I talked about how our goals were panning out. Rebecca did really well this week and almost fully hit her goal of eating 5 servings of veggies per day. Last week she told me she wasn't going to eat candy in November, and I made the mistake of writing down "no sugar". That was my bad. She did do really well, except on Friday night she had a "fun size" Snickers bar, but by golly, it wasn't a full bag ;)

I'll be honest. I struggled hard-core this week, but I did come out on top. My poor little baby screamed non-stop from Sunday night to Friday and I pretty much cried about 5 times a day. I couldn't handle it! I was very proud of myself, though, and very grateful that I had set goals for myself. Had I not, I can guarantee that I would have bought Walgreen's out of their Halloween clearance and eaten it all. As far as my no sugar goal, I slipped once and had a Fiber One bar, which I am pretty proud of, given my week. As far as my goal to leave 2 bites on my plate? Haha! I have a serious problem... I'm not even joking. I COULDN'T do it!!! I seriously have such a habit of eating EVERYTHING on my plate, that I would remind myself 3 times during each meal to leave 2 bites, and the next thing I knew my plate was empty... What is wrong with me?! I'm going to continue to work on this goal because it's something I really need to overcome, but I'm going to taper it down to leaving 2 bites on my dinner plate, rather than at all meals.

One thing Rebecca and I talked about was how a change of perspective is so powerful. For instance, last month I was struggling to eat healthy and basically had some form of candy everyday. If I only ate one candy bar a day, I was proud of myself. In fact, I bought the Fiber One bars to give me some form of nutrition if I wanted a bit of chocolate. But the very fact that we made the goal to not eat sugar (or candy) made me feel like I was totally indulgent when I ate my Fiber One bar. (And Rebecca was totally satisfied with her one little Snickers bar). The other reason I'm proud of us is because neither of us freaked out and said, "Well, I've blown it, so I might as well eat anything I want." Sound ridiculous? We've all probably done it. My overall goal in my journey is to quit being an all-or-nothing person. Being a perfectionist, this is very hard, because if I don't feel successful I just quit. Well, no more! I'm proud of myself for not throwing in the towel when I indulged! Same for Rebecca!

Now on to the subject of the day -- Thanksgiving Recipe Exchange!!!

Sadly there were just two of us, so we only have 2 recipes, but please share your healthier versions of Thanksgiving dishes on here... We'd love to have as many as possible!

Rebecca brought some roasted sweet potatoes. I'll be honest, I am NOT a fan of sweet potatoes, but I did try them. I must say I really liked the seasoning on them and if I liked sweet potatoes, I would have really liked this recipe.
  • 3 cubed sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh rosemary
Soak the potatoes for 1/2 hour, then drain - add to bag with all ingredients and shake to coat. Bake at 375 for 30 min or until tender.

I brought some regular ol' mashed potatoes. I love mashed potatoes and I LOVE them with lots of butter! This is the only recipe I've come up with that I feel satisfies my love for buttery mashed potatoes, but is pretty healthy (minus sodium content). I'm sorry, but I rarely measure when I cook, so I'll do my best to give measurements :)
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced (I like red potatoes because they're moister) I always leave the peel on.
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped cauliflower
  • enough water to cover
  • 1 chicken boullion cube
  • fresh garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • green onions (enough) ;-)
  • rosemary (Rebecca and I must think alike...mmm!)
Combine all ingredients in a pot. If you put potatoes in cold water to start and turn them down as soon as they come to a boil, you'll prevent them from boiling over. Cook until potatoes and cauliflower are really tender, drain liquid, then mash. Nothing extra will be needed. I sometimes leave a bit of the water in to maintain moisture, but if you use red potatoes you won't need any extra liquid. If you want some extra creaminess or "zing" add one or two laughing cow cheese wedges (each adds 25 calories) and stir in until melted. This gives 3 good size servings.

Have a great week! Tune in next week for our meeting on motivation :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Meet Our Members and Goals

We are so excited to get going on this journey! Stay tuned for pictures of our 3 members in attendance today and follow along to see our progress throughout time. The three of us added a motivational strategy that we all decided to participate in. This strategy will be applied only to those wishing to participate. Sadly, money plays a huge role in our lives, and therefore in our motivation. Each weigh-in, we'll each be paying $3. At the end of the month, if the member has maintained their weight or lost weight, they'll get their money back. However, if they have a gain at the end of the month, that money goes towards future contest prizes. Our hope is that we can recycle the same $12 every month :)

Today's meeting was about goal setting. Most of the info here came from the site
Goals give us direction in life and when achieved, they peak our motivation. We need to have a life-long goal that we divide into smaller more achievable goals. For instance, if our over all goal is to be healthy, we need to determine in our lives the things we need to change in order to get closer to that goal. For me, I need to give up sweets, exercise more, look on the bright side, and be careful about my portions. There are many more, but these are just some examples. I've even made food journals that have a section for daily goals at the bottom. We can achieve almost anything a day at a time.

Now, since this group is about overall health, I would encourage you to make goals in all areas of life. A well-rounded person is a happy person. Besides, if you're like me and struggle a lot in the weight-loss field, you need to have other goals you are achieving to empower you, so you feel you can accomplish your health goals. Some areas for goal setting include (but are not limited to)

  • Artistic
  • Attitude
  • Career
  • Education - not just school, but educating yourself in all areas
  • Family - Do you want to be an example to your family? Do you want to be a good, active parent?
  • Financial
  • Physical
  • Public Service - this group is one of my public service goals. I would like to help as many people as possible, as well as myself.
Make sure you prioritize these goals so you don't get bogged down. If you're struggling with one of your higher priority goals, go after a lower one, so you can feel successful. Remember, success is the best motivator. Also, make sure these are goals YOU want to achieve, not that OTHERS want you to. You have to learn to do things for yourself, with or without validation from others.

As you make progress towards your goals, make sure to go back and review what lessons you've learned in trying to obtain those goals. I would encourage you, as you write your goals down, to make a section for "lessons learned" so you can see you are progressing, even if your goals aren't always met.

Here are some goal setting tips:
  • State each goal as a positive statement
  • Be precise - not "I want to be healthy", but "I want to be healthier by..."
  • Set priorities
  • Write goals down - I would suggest sharing them with a friend (or on here) to help hold you more accountable
  • Keep operational goals small - If you have 100 lbs to lose, break it down into smaller segments, like 5-10 lbs. That way you don't get swallowed up and overwhelmed.
  • Set performance goals, not outcome goals - I can't stress this enough! Back when I was training for a marathon, all I could think about was losing my last 20 lbs. Well, my body rebelled and I couldn't lose weight to save my life. I got so frustrated that after I did my marathon, I gave into temptation more often, and you guessed it, I slowly started to gain my weight back. I couldn't control the outcome of my efforts, but I could control my efforts. I overlooked the fact that I was happier and healthier than I had ever been. If I was happy that I was eating the way I was supposed to and exercising the way I was supposed to and saw those two things as my goals (rather than trying to reach a certain outcome), I would be much closer to that healthy, happy place than I am now.
  • Set realistic goals - I could never set the goal to be a size 0, because I'm just not made to be. You want your goals to be achievable... You also want them to push you so you feel accomplished when you achieve them :)
An easy way to remember how to set goals is to remember SMART:
  • Specific
  • Measureable - not "I'm going to eat more veggies", but "I'm going to eat 3 servings of veggies a day"
  • Attainable
  • Relevant - they must be important to you
  • Time-bound - give yourself a timetable to keep you on track.
If you've achieved your short-term goals too easily, make them harder the next time. If you're having a hard time achieving them, make them a little easier. Don't forget that your goals can and need to be flexible.

I challenge you to come up with some goals for the month and break it down into weeks (or days). Let us know what they are and let us know at the end of the month how they worked out for you. Here are our weight-loss and health goals for the month. (Remember, everything posted on here is done with permission from each member. If you choose to join, it can be completely anonymous.) 

Meet me at my current weight (no, I'm not happy about posting these, but it will motivate me to get back to the way I looked a few years ago).

My goals this month (for health) are to lose 8 lbs, to not eat sugar (except ONE dessert on Thanksgiving Day), and to leave at least 2 bites on my plate every time I eat (to get rid of my mentality that I need to clean my plate).

Meet Rebecca

Rebecca's goals this month are to eat 5 servings of veggies per day in week one, she's also on the NO sugar NOvember bandwagon, and she too, would like to lose 8 lbs.

Meet Clarissa

Clarissa would like to lose 8 lbs this month and is also not eating sugar this month.

We've set a group goal for the month to lose 12 lbs. The group goal will always be 1 lb per week per member (only the members trying to lose weight).

Please join us on here!!! We want to hear your goals, comments, questions, encouragement, successes, discouragements, etc... Remember, we're all here for each other! Whether or not you can come to the actual meetings doesn't matter. Everyone who wants to participate is welcome!

Next week will be our "Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Exchange" week. We are super excited!

If you would like me to send you goal worksheet ideas, I'd be happy to! You can email me at Just make sure you put Join Our Journey (or JOJ) in the subject heading so it won't get tossed out with the junk mail.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Support is needed!!!

Hello old friends! It has been a really long time! A lot of changes have happened in my life (marriage, back injuries, pregnancy, and surgeries), which I allowed to get in the way of my health related goals... slap me on the hand if you must ;). As a result, I've gained back all but 40 of my 116 lbs lost, causing me to have some pretty ridiculous self-esteem issues. Don't worry, I'm still an overall positive person, but I realized recently how much I tend to base my self-worth on how much I weigh, rather than on things of much more importance. This realization, along with a recent conversation with a my awesome friend Rebecca Peterson, made me really excited about what I want to do with this blog in the near future. Therefore, I'd like to re-evaluate the purposes for this blog. Don't worry, it's still about health, motivation, and challenges, but I'm taking it a step further. I, ALONG WITH REBECCA, AM CREATING A WEIGHT LOSS/HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP!!! This blog will become the home for that support group... There will be meeting recaps, weight-loss results as per member permission (not weights, but differentiation of weight from week to week, ie. -2 lbs or +1...), recipes, etc. We will have contests, goal prizes (not your typical prizes), and a few extras to help keep us all motivated :)

Those of you who've read this in the past, know I'm a member of TOPS... I still plan on attending my TOPS support group because they've become a family to me, but because it's a nation-wide organization, there are a lot of laws and bylaws which must be followed, that don't necessarily motivate me and everything is controlled from a higher level. I love the basic concept of TOPS, but every time I go to the meetings I secretly say to myself, "If I was in charge, I would change this..." Call me a control-freak if you must, but I know that what motivates some people, doesn't motivate me and vice-versa. Because I know myself pretty well and I know what motivates me, I know that I need to surround myself with positive, friendly, and motivated people and I myself need to be a motivator in order to succeed. As a disclaimer, this will not be like TOPS. It is based solely on what Rebecca and I think up, which may or may not include some ideas we've been motivated by in the past. So please join me in my selfish plea and I guarantee you'll have fun, meet incredible people, and become healthier and happier in the process. If you wish to only come one week, one month, or a year, we'd love to have you. If you choose to participate in competitions, however, you will need to be there at least at the beginning and the end of each month you choose to participate.

Here's the deal Boise area peeps:

  • Meetings will be held at my house (text me for an address 284-8649) every Saturday morning at 10:00 (with a few exceptions). Weigh-in will be the first 15 minutes, with a short meeting afterwards. If you are only coming for support and don't want to participate in weigh-in, just show up at 10:15. (If you have children, please try to find someone to watch them. We love kids, but there is only so much room in my house and we'd like to keep chaos to a minimum. If childcare would keep you from coming, we'd rather have you come.)
  • Meeting topics will be (but are subject to change): 1st Saturday - Goal planning, 2nd Saturday - Recipe exchange and meal planning, 3rd Saturday - Motivation and/or exercise, 4th Saturday - Reward day and open discussion. If there's a 5th Saturday, the 4th Saturday will be a discussion and recap of how our goals for the month panned out and Rewards and open discussion will move to the 5th Saturday. We will not promote any specific diets, so please keep recipe ideas and health ideas about health and not about specific diets.
  • Rebecca and I will weigh everyone in and everything will be kept completely discreet, except for your results (again, with permission). We will keep individual results, as well as group results. We're very sensitive when it comes to weight and understand that most people are. We will never judge you and  will never release your information to anyone. I'm getting a new scale for this, but it will not be like a doctor's scale. Therefore, there's a maximum amount of weight it will hold. If you know you may exceed this limit, please try to find a gym or doctor's office where you can weigh in weekly if you wish to participate in this aspect of the group. An extra pair of eyes is highly motivating, so please take someone with you.
  • Because I'm competitive to a degree, we will have a contest every month. Every person choosing to participate will put $2 into the pot. The person with the highest percent of weight-loss for the month gets the pot. This could be awesome! If you participate, you must be there for the first and the last weigh-in for the month. I'm sorry, but even if your weight loss % is higher in week 3 than the winner in week 4, the money goes to week 4 winner. If you're like me, you could easily gain 5 lbs in a week and I don't want anyone skipping week 4 because they've gained and think they could still win with their week 3 numbers. If you exceed my scale's weight limit, you need to have 2 pairs of eyes at your weigh-ins to win the contest.
  • Try to bring some type of folder, some paper, and a writing utensil. In the future we may make a "Join Our Journey" notebook, but for now the aforementioned will do.
  • FIRST MEETING IS NOVEMBER 3RD!!! We want you there! I want my scale to run out of batteries often (don't worry, I'll always have back-up)!
Whether you have no weight to lose or 500 lbs to lose, health is important. Though this support group is mainly for weight loss, we welcome anyone with open arms that wants to be healthier. Just remember weight can be and generally is a very sensitive subject, so we would ask those who don't have much or any weight to lose to be sensitive to that fact and come with love and encouragement. Again, I say this selfishly because I can be over-sensitive in this area. Thanks ;)

What we do NOT want to promote with this group is extreme dieting, extreme exercising, or eating disorders. This is to promote a healthy way of life and support to get us all through our journey.


XOXO - Jerusha (and Rebecca)