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winning the great pumpkin challenge

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You may remember that Marne, my Jenny Craig counselor, and I took the great pumpkin challenge together on Halloween and set out to lose six and a half pounds each by Thanksgiving.

Well, by the skin of our teeth, we did it! Yay us!

So, a big thank you to Marne, Jenny Craig and Jazzercise because I couldn’t have done it (not to mention the other 16 pounds or so) without all three of you.

I’m also thankful that Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which gives me a whole week to lose whatever I may gain then!

What’s the one holiday food you can’t resist? I don’t really care about most Thanksgiving food but, because it’s also Chanukah, it’s my mother’s potato latkes with sour cream that will be sending me to Jazzercise on Thanksgiving morning.

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*I received a free month on the Jenny Craig program in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Note: Clients following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.


  1. A combined score??? You carried the bulk of the win Lois according to the pumpkins. You go girl.

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      We took the combined weight of the two pumpkins and decided to each lose half! In the last picture, Marne’s holding the big pumpkin and I’m holding the smaller one. We both lost the same six and a half pounds!

  2. Ruth Curran says:

    Funny, I am most excited about making and eating latkes too! For the record, there is no way on Earth to make them more “waist-line friendly” my friend — believe me, I have tried. (Greek yogurt is so blech and you just can’t cut the amount of oil or egg without ruining the experience…..) This year I am, by special request, making apple-mango sauce to go with the mounds of sour cream on the top! I will think of you as I eat my modified portion size!

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      Apple-mango sauce sounds delicious! I am not holding back on the latkes — they only come around once a year and this is my big treat, so I’m not even worrying about it! Enjoy! xo

  3. Look at you go! Good for you, the Peanuts gang is cheering too! About the food…I have never had a latke so I don’t know what I am missing… Favorite Thanksgiving food? The sandwiches that come after: turkey, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, with lettuce and mayo served between two slices of rosemary bread toasted. Yum!

  4. Congratulations on the weight loss; you’re looking great!

  5. Looking absotively fabulous Darling!! You go girlio! Keep up the good work and enjoy your latkes! Mwah!

  6. Susan Jensen says:

    Congrats!!! Keep up the great work but enjoy Thanksgiving first!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving!

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