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Cut the Crap!! No more bloating and down 7 lbs {fitness week 5 and 6}

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Let me first start by saying, I am so surprised at myself. I really cannot believe I (ME!) have stuck with a nutritional program for 6+ weeks and more importantly, walk/jog 2-3 miles 5x a week. (See week 1 , week 2, week 3 , week 4 ) Now for some of you who are health finatics and exercise born humans that live breath and die by a workout, this will sound a little pathetic to you. I am happy to say that my baby step approach to a more healthy eating life style and exercise has landed me with no more bloating and down 7 lbs. No joke. *I have included affiliate links for Nordstrom and Wayfair in case something sparks your interest. 

I snapped this picture this morning before I headed out for a walk with my mom, yep my mom joined in!! No more bloating and down 7 lbs {fitness week 5 and 6}

(week 6 complete / start to week 7)

Shop this look ( Sports Bra *my fav* and shorts)

I don’t know about you but the last 11 years since gaining 65 lbs during pregnancy and then hitting 40 years old, my metabolism changed and life as a string bean, junk food junkie never gain a pound girl who laughed at exercise ….. left town and never came back. That girl was gone. The new me internally struggled with extra weight, bad eating habits and it kind of ran me over. I mean don’t get me wrong, I looked fine on the outside but never felt good on the inside. 

No more bloating and down 7 lbs {fitness week 5 and 6}

Shorts | Top | Shoes (similar) my shoes are old but these items are similar

I think a lot of it was my brain. I had no energy and no motivation to do anything. This went on for the last 11 years off and on. I have always had 10 things going on at once and I always have appeared to have a ton of energy but you know what, I pushed through and lots of times, I was aggravated inside.

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No more bloating and down 7 lbs

No more bloating and down 7 lbs {fitness week 5 and 6}

shorts| Top (mine is last years)| boat shoes 

Aggravated that I would sit up at night and eat a bag of chips and 5 cookie snack packs that were the kids. Oh and don’t forget the glass of wine. -ha. For me, I love to get on my laptop around 9:30pm after the house is quiet, have a glass of wine and just eat crappy food. I was always able to do it before so why couldn’t I do it now? 

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No more bloating and down 7 lbs {fitness week 5 and 6}

Shorts | Top (my color sold out) | Similar Rug | Filing Cabinets  (similar) mine sold out 

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My stomach would be so bloated every morning and every morning I would tell myself I need to exercise but never did. I hated exercise. No more bloating alone is a gift that I am so happy to have. I am so thankful for the shakes that I crave and the nutritional program that literally has cut my cravings in half. It’s amazing what happens to your body when you fuel it with good stuff! Who experiences binge eating at night and has the bloat issue? PS. the BIG Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts soon so be sure to do your shopping from here and check My Favorites page for new items. I mean, who the heck wants to pay full price? Not me! 


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  1. Wow, you look great! Good for you for sticking with it! It’s definitely easier to start exercising and changing your eating habits gradually, rather than trying to do it all at once. You’re more likely to stick with it if it’s not so hard to do.

  2. Bernadette says:

    Would you share program you are using? Congratulations on your progress and insight.

    1. Just messaged you a bunch of info!! Let me know if you didn’t get it πŸ™‚

  3. You go girl! That is amazing. You’re inspiring this lazy person to give it a whirl with exercise and better eating habits.

  4. Suzie dyer says:

    what is the program you are using?

    1. Hi Suzie, I can email you some info as my comments don’t allow for links . Sending now πŸ™‚

  5. Mary Lou Tyler says:

    You are truly an inspiration Jessica !!!! I need to do this ASAP !! I’m so tired of the bloating and feeling crappy, maybe your program can help me too !! Could you share with me as well ??? You look fabulous !!!

    1. I sure can and thanks for your sweet comment πŸ˜‰ I can send you some links on email as google will mark them as spam here.

  6. Susan Swanson says:

    I love posts like this and I’m very happy for you. Congratulations. But to be honest, this feels kinda spammy. You won’t give details on the diet program you using and then most of the stuff you linked to isn’t actually what your wearing.

    1. So sorry you feel that way πŸ˜‰ Many of my readers like similar items when mine have sold out or are old (hence the get the look and similar notations). I get a ton of trolls on my site who leave comments based on keywords they find as google crawls my site so unfortunately I don’t mention brands or diet or any other info as it just attracts lots of comments I need to moderate. Sorry to have made you feel like I was spamming you πŸ™‚

  7. You are doing great! Got to say I’m a little generous. I am stuck.
    Curious about your protein shake, what is your recipe? Also would love to hear some of your meal suggestions. Always curious what others eat in the real world when changing their eating habits. Also how to plan meals aroun family meals? Thanks!

  8. You look great! I would love some information on what you are doing if you would mind sharing.

  9. Juanita in OH says:

    Wow! You look great! Wishing you all the best and continued success. Have a “Happy Fourth to everyone”.

  10. Jessica, I am so happy I stumbled
    On your Instagram story tonight! You are 100% describing me! I turned 40 last year…and 41 last week???? and have for the first time in my life struggled with my weight! Can you please share with me your plan…esp the nutrition as I am a fellow junk food, sweetaholic, kid food eating mom! Thanks and you look wonderful!!

    1. Hi Norah! Isn’t it crazy how when we hit our 40’s, our metabolism seems to run away! -ha. I am SHOCKED at how many people have reached out saying my story is their story. I have a ton of stuff I will email you and links to share as my comment section doesn’t allow for links and only a specific amount of characters so watch for my email in a bit πŸ™‚ Glad you found my IG story!

  11. I would like to know what you are doing as well. You look great!!

  12. Cheryl Jphnson says:

    Good for you, great work. I totally am at that point, I will start tomorrow!! Don’t know where to begin to get out of the funk? Any suggestions? Thank you and you look great!

    1. Hi Cheryl! You are not alone with “I’ll start tomorrow ????” I’ll email you some info!

  13. Hi Jessica,
    You really do look great! I’d also like to receive info about your program. Thanks.

    1. Hi! Thank you πŸ™‚ It feels good to have my energy back and feel good in my own skin πŸ™‚ I will email you to see what your questions are.

  14. I would love your shake recipe!!! I need this too???????????????????? please

  15. Would love some info on the plan you are following. You are looking great.

  16. I would also like to know all the details about the program you are doing, exercise, nutrition, shakes. I didn’t have any problems until I hit my 50’s and this is driving me crazy! Anxiously awaiting all that you have to share!

  17. The before you sounds just like me! I’ve tried so many times and so many programs. Can you please share your program with me? Good luck and you look GREAT!

  18. Natalie Aloyets Artel says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Can you send me more info on your food plan. I like you am in my 40’s seeking weight loss, increased energy, and solid nutrition. I am worried that this plan is filling and you are not hungry during the day. That’s my downfall.

    Thank you,


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