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Big Buckin' Longhorn

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  1. I *heart* Jessica Smith. She has a bazillion free workouts on YouTube. If you go straight to her website JessicaSmithTV, she has them sorted by length, style, body region, etc . . . She also has some great programs you can purchase. I use the digital downloads and my Roku, but you can get the DVDs on Amazon. I lost over 100 pounds doing her 6 week transformation program. It’s a 30 minute workout 6 days a week. I did several rounds, obviously. She has a fantastic personality. What I really like is that she explains what you should feel during each move to emphasize correct form and lessen injuries. Also she usually has her Mom and another lady with her to show modified versions of the moves. Here’s a couple of good free ones.
  2. I think it depends on how you’re shaped. I am VERY pear- shaped (huge thighs and rear), so there is a little extra room around the waistband for me. I have to size up to fit my backside. It has a very wide waistband, about two inches wide. I find it to be very flexible and there is no hardware except the little grommets in the pretend front pockets. I drive a lot for work and it doesn’t press into my tummy when I’m sitting down, which is super important. Bonus points: the back pockets are fully functional.
  3. I’m resurrecting this thread to say that I now have three pairs of these. They are AMAZING! People at work are so over me right now. I need 100 more pairs. They are comfy and look fantastic, especially from the back 😉. They’ve washed well and I’ve been super satisfied at how well they maintain their color and shape. Thanks for the recommendation!
  4. Oh, man. It was cold and RAINING this morning when I had to go to work. I sat in my car literally crying while the engine warmed up. Then I felt guilty and entitled because I work in supportive housing and know how great I have it. BUT I have whisper-thin Texas blood. I am not built for this. At. All.
  5. May I have an invite? My kids are adults, I’m not sure how “young” we’re talking. 26 and 29. The oldest will be 30 (OMG!) next month.
  6. If I want my daughter to get in her car, come over, and bring my grand babies with her, all I have to do is text “Hot Cheetos.” It’s code for “Party at Grammy’s House!”
  7. I am in my late 40s and get “period flu” every month. It’s ridiculous. It started around age 44 or 45. I never had it before. People think I’m being dramatic and “extra,” but I get SICK for at least 24 whole hours every month. I don’t know what can be done about it. I just try to be very gentle with myself. It just is for now.
  8. I lost 120 pounds and have kept most of it off for 3 years so far. It’s a bit of a struggle. That last 20 pounds comes and goes, but I hang on to the 100 pounds, because it’s so important to me. I use the My Score Plus app. For $25 a year it duplicates all the WW programs. I also use the KetoDiet app. I think it was $25 for a lifetime subscription. I switch back and forth every few months because my body adapts to one way of eating over time. My advise is just set small goals and take it one day at a time. Big goals are too overwhelming and success makes me want to do more and go harder. I LOVE to WIN! I started out just keeping a family member company through a health crisis. Next thing you know, I’m down 120 pounds. It took 2 years, and lots of peaks and valleys, but it did happen.
  9. I'm finally back on track after a bit of Mommy Meltdown. I've been sticking to my calorie and carb counts, but the scale isn't budging. I've been getting up a few minutes early and working out before work. I didn't realize that I miss working out. It's good for my mental health. If I had been working out earlier, my Mom wouldn't have gotten under my skin so badly. Maybe next time. I'm trying to relax and trust the process, even though the results seem to be coming in very slowly. I want to offer encouragement and congratulations to everyone. I'm terrible at remembering which names I want to tag and even worse and advanced quoting. Love you all!
  10. Oh, my mother and I had a bit of a disagreement last night and I couldn’t sleep. I ended up eating 3 or 4 oz of almonds because I really don’t keep sweets in the house and I needed to stress/sad/angry/emotional eat. So I blew about 1000 calories and 10 senseless carbs. BOO! Today was much better. I stayed below my calorie and carb limit and really worked off some frustration with a longer cardio+ strength workout. I’m on my cycle, so I’m a bit bloated and touchy. I think I’m just trying to survive this week without gaining any weight, LOL. I’ll try to resume losing weight next week!
  11. My average weight this week was 3.3 pounds less than last week. I’m super excited about that! Spouse and I went to the in-laws for a Super Bowl / Birthday Bash. I was able to make healthy choices and even resisted rice crispy treats and cheesecake. Win! Trying to figure out how to get more steps/exercise in. I’m off 3 days a week, but the 4 that I work are looonnngggg and sedentary. It’s tough.
  12. @Laura Corin I’ve had my Aria for about 5 years without any trouble. I feel it’s accurate. It reads very close to other scales I get on. I like that Spouse and I use the same scale and it recognizes us individually. My metrics show up in my dashboard and his metrics show up on his. We can’t see each other’s at all. I haven’t upgraded to the newest model, because the darn things are expensive. I have a love-hate relationship with Fitbit overall. I have had 3 separate trackers break being used exactly as designed. They have excellent customer service, but need to make more excellent products. I’m addicted to the data they provide. So here I am.
  13. Hi, can I join in? My work schedule doesn’t let me check in every day, but I do read along as best I can. I’ll try to post a couple of times a week. I began my weight loss journey in Jan 2015 and lost 120 lbs over 2 years. Then I joined a very intensive internship as part of grad school along with academic employment for the tuition reimbursement and fell into poor eating habits due to stress and lack of time. I’ve gained about 20 lbs back. Not terrible but definitely not ideal. So I’ve finally settled into my post grad school life and have lost about 6 lbs. I lose weight very slowly, sometimes around 1/2 lb a week. I’d like to finish losing that 20 I’ve gained plus a bonus 10. Low carb works for me. I weigh every day because I have a Fitbit Aria scale and I LOVE watching/analyzing/obsessing over the graph on my Fitbit dashboard. Jessica Smith and Peanut are my best friends. She can have all of money. Seriously!
  14. I do all the sorting, washing, drying, hanging, folding (including underpants), and putting away for everyone who lives here. Currently that is only Spouse and myself, but has been a mix of parents, children, and grandchildren over the years. I don’t mind at all. I was raised with two military parents and laundry is my superpower. I like having complete laundry control. It’s my Sunday chore. I do it while catching up on trashy reality TV from the DVR. I kinda love it!
  15. Ditto what has already been posted. I’m not sure where you are located, but in Texas I have seen the benefits of entering the therapist profession via a master’s degree in social work. It’s incredibly flexible and qualifies one for many different jobs. Often people take breaks from being a full-time therapist. It’s heavy work and fairly riddled with clinicians experiencing burnout and a need for change.
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