Weekly – The Shrinking Jeans of Nancy


January 3, 2012 By Nancy

It has been a long time since I have been on my personal blog here at Shrinking Jeans and I’m sorry. It is my plan to post here no less than every Tuesday for True Confessions in the new year.

I saw the picture below on a friends Facebook page and thought it was perfect for how I’m feeling about the new year. 2012 is my chance for a do over, so to speak and I am grabbing it with both hands. My brass ring, if you will.

My biggest confession today is that I have just been going through the motions of weight loss and fitness. I have been eating right (when it suits me) and I’ve been exercising (when I make the time). I’ve been making excuses for both of those things. Not good excuses, but excuses none the less. I am a contributing writer here at Shrinking Jeans. I am one of the oldest people here. Should I not be doing my best to set a good example and not going through the motions and calling it good?

I am confessing here and now that I am ashamed and embarrassed by my attitude and lack of motivation this past year. I was talking the talk, but I sure wasn’t walking the walk. That all stopped yesterday.

Finally, here comes the good part of this confession. I have found my motivation again, my mojo is back. I have begun the very long process of losing the weight and doing my best to be the very best me I can be, inside and out. I am back on My Fitnes Pal and tracking my eating. I am back to classes three days a week. The classes are zumba, piyo and kettle bells. The last two are intense workouts and I’m loving them. I am doing January with Jillian over at the Hood. I am also doing 52 changes with Christy also at the Hood. I am doing a few other things that I will save for another time, but you get the picture.

I confess that I have very intention of making 2012 my bitch. That is my new mantra for the new year. When we go on vacation next summer at the lake again, they are going to see me in a bathing suit. I am going to be strutting my stuff (as much as you can with family) and feeling really good about myself.

Look out 2012! I am gunning for you and you are in big trouble. This is my year and not yours!

June 28, 2011 By Nancy

Happy Tuesday! Time to confess our faults and slip ups for the last week. I had a few, but nothing that I’m totally embarrassed over.

1. Like Thea, I missed doing the bursts twice this week in the boot camp. Doing two boot camps is hard and sometimes I guess that I need to pull back a little. It is easier to do that in my own backyard than in front of a bunch of other people.

2. Twice now, I have eaten a 3 ounce bag of Quakes in one sitting. In the grand scheme of things, it’s really not that tragic. They are only 330 calories and with the two boot camps, I can afford the extra calories. Still, two bags!

3. I missed my other boot camp once last week and I missed zumba both days. It was a crazy week. I did my stuff at home though.

4. I went to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and I bought cupcakes and I ate cupcakes. If you saw them, you couldn’t pass them up either. I won’t be buying any this weekend.

5. I didn’t drink as much water as I should have, but at least I drank some.

That’s all I can remember. I think that is enough. I’ll try to do better for next week, but we do have a holiday weekend coming up. So…how’d you do?

June 21, 2011 By Nancy

Happy Tuesday! I’m in a good mood today. I have some really good confessions for ths week. Ready, set, confess….

1. I have done really well with my eating. I’ve logged my food every day of the challenge so far on My Fitness Pal and I have been under my calorie goal every day.

2. I worked out every day but one. I overdid it yesterday. I did the SJ boot camp and my usual boot camp and I walked three miles. Let’s just say that by the last circuit of boot camp last night, I really wasn’t giving it my all. I’m going to do SJ boot camp on T/Th/F. That way I won’t be doing boot camp twice a day.

3. My water intake was great. No less than 64 ounces of water a day. Most days I had more than that.

4. I haven’t missed a day with my vitamins.

It feels great to have an all good confession. I haven’t had one of those in a long time. I’m actually excited for tomorrow morning. I’m looking forward to a good weigh in for Team 4. We rock!

February 9, 2011 By Nancy

There are absolutely no sad songs here today. Let’s just do the best news of the week right now….

I LOST 6 POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!

We had two snow days last week from school. As promised, I spent those days seriously thinking about Weight Watchers. I pulled the trigger and joined on Thursday morning and seven days later, I am six pounds lighter. To say that I am happy is a total understatement. I am elated, joyous and very surprised. Lots of people told that your first few weeks in Weight Watchers are big losses, but I had no idea. This was awesome and a real boost to want to do the same thing next week.

I know that all my exercise has contributed to this loss. I am still going to boot camp twice a week, zumba twice a week and yoga once a week. I have been doing April’s challenge as well. I’ve also had days of throwing some wii discs like the EA Sports Active 2 and zumba into the mix. I love both of those. I love that I wake up most mornings a little sore and some mornings I’m more than a little sore. I’m just plain old sore. I love it though. I truly believe that I have turned a major corner in this journey.

Friday night I am involved in a Zumbathon with all the proceeds going to the American Heart Association. It’s two hours long and it is going to be so much fun. A few months ago, I would have been dreading two hours of exercise, but not now. I’m really looking forward to it.

So that’s my story this week. I am excited to write the next chapter next week. I have a feeling it is going to be good. This book could end up a best seller!

February 2, 2011 By Nancy

Weigh in day. How’d you do? I lost 1.2 pounds. The problem is, I lost what I gained last week. That just takes me back to where I was two weeks ago. I’ve only lost 3.1 pounds so far this challenge and that kind of sucks.

I was expecting bigger things for this challenge. I thought I had it all figured out, but I guess I don’t. I definitley have the exercise part of this whole thing down. I’m doing really well with that. I’m exercising no less than five days a week and doing April’s challenge every day. I am putting real effort into the classes I’m taking. I’m digging deep. I’m sore and I hurt and that is a good thing.

So my friends, I’m thinking the problem has to lie in my eating. I do really well until about 8:00 at night for some reason. When I am on the computer at night talking on Twitter and Facebook, I find myself snacking for no good reason and that has got to stop.

I’m thinking that I really have to give Weight Watchers another try. I have a snow day today, so this might just be the day to jump in and do it. I’d have plenty of time to figure out the new plan. I could plan my menu for the rest of the week. I could find some good snacks. What do you think? How many of you are doing WW? Do you like it? Do you recommend it?

I’m going to give this post a few hours and see if I get any feedback. If I don’t, I’ll just have decide on my own, but I am leaning toward Weight Watchers. Maybe then I’d have a good weigh in next week and for many weeks after that. Sounds good to me!!

January 27, 2011 By Nancy

Angry does not even begin to tell you how I am feeling right now.  I could string a whole slew of expletives together and they wouldn’t even touch how mad I feel.  What is this leading up to you ask? 


Would someone like to explain to me how that happened please?  I have been so good this week.  I have gone to boot camp and zumba classes.  I have been doing April’s challenge on the treadmill.  I’ve even done a couple things on the wii.  I have watched what I ate and how much I ate.  And this is the thanks I get!  Go figure.

It is an hour till boot camp.  My daughter and I are mulling over the idea of not going tonight.  We are both very sore and very tired from all the other classes and maybe a night off is just what I need.  A night to regroup and rethink it all out. 

I have 40 minutes or so to decide if I want to get changed and head out.  I can’t even tell you which way I’m leaning right now.  I just don’t know.

To be continued……………

January 19, 2011 By Nancy

If it’s Wednesday, it must be a weigh in.  My first official weigh in as a writer here at the Sisterhood.  It still sounds funny to me when I see or hear that.  It really makes me happy and proud though.

I am excited to say that I did have a loss this week.  I lost 1.2 pounds and I’m happy with that.  Things have finally started to click and are moving in the right direction.

I know that I am supposed to be the “mature” voice of the Sisterhood, but I was anything but that last night.  I was supposed to try zumba last night for the first time.  I was a mix of excited and scared to death.  Bari had a bad experience with it this week and she is in fantastic shape.  Me…not so much.  I’ve been going to boot camp since last week with my 23 year old daughter who just graduated from college.  She lives here with us.  I had a huge argument with her and the last place I wanted to be was anyplace she was, so I stayed home.  Like I said…MATURE

Who got the bad end of that decision?  That would be me.  I saw on her Facebook post that she had an awesome time.  She could have cared less that I was mad and went ahead and had a good time and I suppose a great workout.    I got on the treadmill, so the night wasn’t a total loss.  I also did the tworkout early because I thought I would be gone to do it with April and the rest of the girls. 

I told Christy I would post about my zumba experience.  I still will because I will go next time.  I don’t care if I’m mad at the world.  I’ll be there.  I’ll probably be tripping all over myself, but I’ll be there.

I guess I am going to have to work on being the mature voice around here because last night, I acted like a middle schooler.  Sorry Christy!

January 18, 2011 By Nancy

This is my first confession as a writer for Shrinking Jeans.  I’ve had a pretty good week, so most of my confessing will be good things.   Of course they can’t all be good now, can they?

1.  I got to meet a fellow sister, Bari and her daughter on Saturday.  She was everything I thought she’d be and more.  She had a fancy phone that had all kinds of apps on it.  One of them told me that my Subway soup was only 90 calories for a cup.  Subway said it was a 100 calories.  The serving was probably a cup and a half.  Either way, this yummy, creamy rosemary chicken and dumpling soup was only about 150 or so calories.    I’ll be having that again.

2.  I started a Functional Fitness class last week.  It isn’t until you actually get there that they start throwing around the words “boot camp”!  Those words scared me.  It has been pretty good though.  I’ve kept up with the younger girls and there are a couple ladies my age or so.  Tonight (and possibly Thursday) I am going to try a zumba class.  Christy told me I should.  She’s mean like that.  That should be something to see.  I’m not much of a dancer and I have little to no rhythm.  I’ll post about that later in the week. 

3.  I bought a couple new cookbooks and have made a few really good recipes.  One of the books is a Taste of Home book about diet comfort food.  So far, so yummy!

4.  The bad….I drank far too much Bacardi and diet for the Bears win on Sunday.  I didn’t eat that much, but not a good job on the drinking.

5.  I had a little trouble this week with the water intake and I’m not even sure why.  Lord knows I always have a bottle near by.  I have to work on that this week.

I confess that the very best moment of my week was when I got an email from Christy saying that I was chosen to be one of the new contributing writers for Shrinking Jeans.    I couldn’t have been more surprised or happy.  I think I’m still a little in shock.  Thank you again to Christy and Melissa for choosing me.  I promise to do my best to make you both proud and not regret your decision.

So now it’s your turn.  Tell us your confessions.  It’s good for the soul and it’s a clean slate to start over again and sometimes, we just need the clean slate.