Thursday, October 11, 2012

Before and After Pics So Far!

Here are some before pics of me.  These were taken this summer in June, I started Weight Watchers July 17th.  

Here is the most recent pic after losing 13 pounds
I don't have a full length yet, but I'll try to be better about updating.  I feel like I can tell a lot in my face - just not as puffy as before, a little more elongated, not so round, and I see my jaw line again:)

Here are some foods that are helping me make it as a teacher and being pressed for time to make breakfast, lunches, and dinners:

B:  Weight Watchers Microwaveable Oatmeal
B:  Weight Watchers Microwaveable Eggs with Green/Red Bell Peppers
B:  a low fat Whole Grain English muffin with 1 TBSP of peanut butter
S:  Fruit - I usually take bananas, grapes, apples, pear/peaches cups with no added sugar, natural applesauce cups, pineapple cups, etc.
L:  I've been taking turkey wraps with whole wheat tortillas, or a microwaveable bean/cheese burrito,  Weight Watchers Smart Ones Microwaveable Meals, pretzels (love those flat ones by Snack Factory), La Croix sparkling water, more fruit, etc.
Sometimes I take a snack size candy bar - those are 2 points - just to have a little dessert:)
D:  pasta with marinara sauce, red beans and brown rice, salsa chicken in the crock pot, frozen microwaveable vegetables, fruit
JELL-O is a great dessert - 0 points, and JELL - O pudding - look for the low calorie weight watcher approved ones (there's a little green triangle on the box with a number of points value)

Other things I do:  I take two water bottles with me daily and it is my goal to finish both before I get out of school, along with my La Croix water.  Get your water as cold as you can, it makes your body work harder to get it back to a normal temp.  I also drink at least one cup of green tea a day - I like the mint green tea:)  I hear it speeds up your metabolism???

As far as working out goes: I keep a set of 10lb dumbells by my bathroom mirror - while my shower warms up I do a couple of reps of curls, and a couple of reps of bicep extensions.  I also love zumba, boot camp circuit training, and walking/running on the treadmill while I watch my weekly shows on TV - great way to get cardio in without thinking too much about it! Sometimes I finish up the treadmill with crunches and planks while still watching my shows:)

Please let me know if you have any questions, I'd love to share with you what works for me.  If you have any other tips leave those as well!  My goal in all of this is just to share my journey!!!  I just want to be a healthier me, and Weight Watchers is basically teaching me how to watch portions and eat in a healthier way than I was before!


Sarah said...

Looking good! Though I must say I thought your before pictures were after pictures. You always look good!

Jara said...

Sarah, you are too kind! Thank you, just wanting to get healthier, this plan is really teaching me how to eat for the first time in my life! I bet you I was overeating at least 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day without even realizing it:( I'm excited and enjoying digging in and researching all I can about this.

Jenny said...

Jara, you are beautiful no matter your weight. I know it's cliche, but true. I'm glad you are enjoying Weight Watchers and feeling truly look great "before" and "after." Keep up the hard work mama!