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Eve headshotWell here I am, Feb 1st and I am still fighting those 5 holdiay pounds. I have been exercising religiously but can't seem to stay on the food track. I keep slipping and falling but manage to pull myself back up. I guess that is what is important.  I have hard a time getting the sweets back out of my diet since the holidays. I am actually craving them, dwellling on them, obsessing over them.  I just need to stay busy. The after dinner hours just kill me. My winding down period has turned into my food obsession time. The only thing keeping my head above water right now is the fact that I exercise daily (and trust me that has turned into a love/hate relationship too). Ever since the holidays I seem to have lost the desire to get back on track. I truly want to, I just can't seem to find the inspiration to do it. I won't give up, nor will I give in!

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said  "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."

and I will RISE again!!

Stick to it and you will get through IT!----

Eve M



 Eve headshot    I have NEVER been one for dieting, strange I know, since I feel like I have been dieting my WHOLE ENTIRE life. I knew Joy's 4 step plan would work for me because it wasn't a diet, it was a change in your eating style.  I have managed to jump ship since New year's eve, kind of like an AA member on a wild drinking binge except with my favorite restaurant foods. I just can't seem to get back on board. I start off every day with a healthy breakfast and mid morning snack, but it seems like by lunch or dinner I have either one or both meals of foods that I feel that I need to "check off mylist.  It's like I have a" bucket list of foods" that NEED to be eaten by me before I can start back to healthy eating. I am not sure where this thought process started but it is killing me. I feel like crap everytime I eat fast food, kinda like I have been poisoned. I ate french fries last Tuesday for the first time since I started this program and I had a stomach ache the rest of the day.

    I have gained around 5 pounds since the final weigh in, and I can tell you that it isn't from my "bucket list of foods". It is TOTALLY from the holidays. I actually haven't gained any weight since the holidays, I just can't lose any. That is because I am basically doing Joy's step 4, but a little on the outrageous side. In Joy's plan , once you reach your goal weight you go to maintenance plan which is Step 4. You actually have cheat days. Yes, cheat days, (of course she doesn't call them that) it's where you eat food you are craving once or twice a week and stick to her plan the other days. If you do this you get your food cravings out of the way plus you don't gain any weight. That is where I am at, except for the fact I shouldn't be in Step 4. I need to get these EXTRA 5 holiday pounds off and then loss what I refer to as my FLEX pounds--you know, those 5 pounds that you consistently fluctuate.     

    So now that you all  know my plan--I am obligated to show you that this Healthy plan of Joy's (when put into motion) works. Check back with me next week to see if I managed to stay on week 1 for the entire week!!

Eve Matheny

I had lost 28 pounds but I am currently sitting on 23

wish me STRENGTH




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WOW--The February issue came out on Friday, how exciting is that? Woman's Day UPS'ed me 2 copieson Wednesday before they hit the newstands and I think I called everyone I am close to for the last 10 years to let them know I was on page 97 (see how I just slipped that in). Let me tell you that when I saw that as a collective group of 11 women we had lost 230 pounds I was very proud of each and everyone of us. In all reality this diet started on August 16th and those weight posting were from the Friday after Thanksgiving. (or maybe the first week of December) I lost, and so did almost everyone else involved, even more weight since then.  Although I still have not met my weight loss goal I am continuing on this journey and have no plans of stopping. My goal is 30 pounds which would put me at 136.5  I would also like to lose an additional 5 pounds so that I can teeter on the scales with freaking out everytime I exceeed my 136 limit.  

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 Today was the final Friday weigh-in. Yesterday I spent the entire day scrambling around trying to get the last pounds off that I needed to make my goal. I FAILED!!. I was just 1.5 pound shy of my goal weight. I felt horrible all day yesterday. Then it hit me. Today is just a day and tomorrow is another one. I may not have hit that 30 pound mark but Ihave been   SUCCESSFUL. I lost 28.5 pounds, I am healthier, thinner, and have more self esteem than I have had in years. I wear a size 8, I can't even believe that.  Although I may have dropped the ball last week and let the holiday weekend get the best of me, I will continue my journey and finish this program. I will continue to blog through February and let you all know how I am doing.  I have had the journey and opportunity with this program that most people will  n ever have, and for that I am appreciative.  I am PROUD of what I have accomplished for myself. I also want to let all of my followers know how thankful I am for all of your support throughout my journey.  And a special THANKS to my 3 amigo workout buddies; Doreen M, the other Doreen M  (aka Evil Doreen) and Patricia U (aka cakes)  Love and devotion for all your support.



Eve M

I have lost 28.5 pounds





  Eve headshot   Today is weigh in day. I had consoled myself to the fact that I probably would not be able to stay under 140 pounds during the holidays and that I wouldn't be able to meet my 30 goal. I was extremely happy last week to just maintain my weight. The cookies have invaded my space and I was ok with that. I came up with a plan to conquer the cookies. I only bake these cookies once a year and I just absolutely couldn't restrain myself. So after last week of eating all those cookies, and being fortunate to maintain, I came up with a plan. For every cookie I eat I have to RUN THE STAIRS. Yep, 3 flights 5 times--280 steps per cookie. I am sure that it doesn't totally counteract the calories but it helps.

    I KNOW it helps. I weighed in this morning at 137.5. YEP 1.5 more pounds gone. I really have been eating what I want (trying to keep it healthy) but I make sure I exercise a minimum of 20 minutes every day. That is the key to staying healthy--keep up your metabolism. Food, believe it or not, is the key. You really do need to eat 5 times a day to keep you metabolism revved. Water is the other KEY component, our bodies are composed of 60% of water, and you need to maintain that with your intake, approx 8 glasses a day. If you multiply your weight x .55 this is how many ounces of water you should be drinking every day.      




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 Last week I baked cookies ALL week long. I think I made about 13 kinds of cookies and 10 different types of candy. I did good all week. The scales did tip 1.5 pounds in the wrong direction of Friday morning, but by Saturday it was all good. But unfortunately, I wasn't GOOD on Saturday. I ate SO many cookies!! I did good with my own cookies because I know what they taste like. But when I got my paws on everyone else's cookie from the cookie swap, I tried them ALL. There we 14 ladies here and it was off the chart fun!!! Oh yeah I promised you some pictures. Here you go -



Oh I Ate, Drank and was Merry---I don't even want to know what the damage is from this. For the first time in 4 months, I took off for the weekend, and you know what, I feel like crap. I am sluggish and I just don't feel "good", it might be a combination of too much bad food coupled with guilt. All I know is that it has left a sour feeling in my stomach.  Don't get me wrong, it was a FANTASTIC party, a good time was had by all, but today I got back on my horse and I WIll not step on those scales until Friday. (that may be too soon )

Thanks to my workout buddy Doreen Miz. for coming over this morning and doing a workout video with me this morning. I kicked out booty, I mean literally it was a butt and abs workout and she kicked our booties. Love you girls for always supporting me

Eve M.

I have lost 27 pounds (hopefully)



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Tonight I am having a cookie swap, (code word for girls night Christmas party). There will be about 17 ladies here eating, drinking and playing some reindeer games. I have alot of food to make and cookie platters to put together. It is only 10 am and I having had way tooo many licks, bites and taste. My cookies are topped with a fudge sauce and before I could even think about it I had stuck the last spoonful in my mouth. I guess today will not be a good day for me. I am hoping that as soon as this party is over I can pack these cookies up ( I made 17 types and 10 kinds of candy last week) and not see them again until Christmas Eve when I have 2 parties to go to. I am definitely taking veggies platters to those as well.

         I haven't done so well this week. I was a little lax on my exercise program and I really need to step it up. I haven't had any of my girlfriends available to workout with me since everyone is so busy. My daughter offered to workout with me yesterday since I wasn't motivated. She came home from school and I was still wearing my workout clothes from that morning, and she forced me to go to the basement with her. I was glad after I had done it but some days it is tough to stay on track. I am getting ready to go down right now before the day slips away from me again.     

Well I am off to work out, I will post pics of the party-

Eve M

I have lot 27 pounds.



   Eve headshot     Let me start by apologizing to my "dedicated followers", you three know who you are--LOl. I did not post on Friday. Not really sure why, the days are just so chalk-a-block full. I have some very exciting news. I weighed in on Friday morning at 139. I haven't weighed under 140 since Dec of 1993. Amazing isn't it. THANKS JOY for this awesome eating lifestyle. Ireally have struggled this last month to drop some weight and nothing. Then last week I was really afraid that I would have a gain since I had hurtmy  back. I wasn't able to run on the treadmill or do any jumping or intense movements. On some days I couldn't even do more than one set of abs. I had confined myself that this would be the week I would gain (I hadn't done that since the cruise back on week 2). Thursday night I felt light, (have you ever felt that way), so I decided to weigh. Another taboo of weight lose, NEVER WEIGH AT NIGHT. Well I did. I weighed 142. I thought how could that be possible , I barely exercised this week.  Sure enough Friday morning I stepped on the scale and it said 139, I couldn't believe my eyes. I stepped off and back on, off and back on, "WHAT" this cannot be right". Off and back on, but it wouldn't change. I was exstatic to say the least!!!. The first thing I did was text my girlfriend NAN. I knew she would be happy for me and she was, even though it cost her a small fortune,( an old lingering 3 year bet)  she had nothing but encouraging words of praise for me.

    I think that it  is the main success of this eating plan. To stay positive aned focused and surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed and not wanting to see you to see you fail. Keep believing in yourself and just follow Joy's instructions. They are very basic. Get 30 minutes of cardio at least 3 times a week, exercise the other 3-4 days. Drink your 8 glasses of water daily. Follow her food plan and you WILL see results. I have to be honest wilth you, for the last month I have modified the plan to suit me, and that is exactly what Joy's goal is. Not to make you be a prisoner to her book, but to change the way you choose your foods. She teaches you to grocery shop differently and to cook differently. I cannot remember the last time I poured oil into a skillet.  It is all about food choices. You don't have to go through the rest of your life without ice cream, you just have to choose better ice cream, or modify the other meals to compensate for that choice. I cannot be more happy with the results of this program.

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 I LOVE CHRISTMAS!  Sometimes I feel like I am a dying breed. I love to shop, wrap, send out Christmas cards and bake cookies. This last week has just about killed me though.  I cleaned all the carpets in my house from Thursday - Sunday. On Friday I think I over did it lugging that steam cleaner up and down the stairs. My back is on fire! Over the weekend I managed to finish decorating the house and my husband got all of the outside lights up, BURR, it was cold too.

    Over the last several of years I have certain traditions that I have developed with some of my  friends and I look forward to doing them. I went shopping on Wednesday with Patricia(one of my walking buddies)  to the Leesburg Outlet Mall and we must have walked at least 5 miles--got my exercise in on that day. I also made a big pot of Joy's turkey chili so dinner was ready when I got home, it was delicious, even my husband liked it, and that is a tough feat!  Today Patricia and I had our annual gift wrap day where we turn on the Christmas music and wrap present for hours on end. That didn't help my back ache though. I meet one of my best friend's Heidi, at a gymnastics competition where my "adoptative daughter" Paige was competing. We had to sit on the bleachers and that also was no good for my back. I think it will be another day on the bike tomorrow with no cardio. I can't imagine that I will be able to lose any weight without being able to run on the treadmill, but I still do my conditioning, just with lighter weights.  I think I will have to definitely be very careful of what kind of foods I consume this week so I don't put on any extra pounds. I will definitely be eating alot more raw and steamed veggies with my meals and watching what kind of carbs I consume.

    Next week is cookie baking and candy making. I am working on a strategy to keep the tasting to a minimum. What strategies do you use during your holiday baking?

Eve M.

I have lost 23 pounds.



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 Headed off to Connecticut on Friday morning for my step daughters Samantha's bridal shower. I always look forward to seeing the girls and the grand kids. I had to pack very sparingly since we had the kids and grand kids Christmas present going along with us. There was barely room for us in the car so I only took what I deemed to be an absolute necessity in my suitcase. No, I didn't pack my INNER SKINNY book and it was a HUGe mistake. I know how and what to eat, but it sure seems like when I hit the road I think I am on vacation from my good eating habits as well. I did fantastic in the car and had a apple walnut salad from McDonald's and coffee. We got to Connecticut and went straight to our daughters Sara's house to unload all the Christmas presents so we could actually get to our luggage when we checked in. I was greeted with hugs and kisses from Emma and Bobby (my grand kids) and then greeted by a tableful of pies and cakes. Remember it is now 10:30 in the  but don't think that didn't stop me from having a piece of Boston Creme Pie. MY FAVORITE

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