Jeri Zacarese

Jeri Zacarese

Coach Since August 2020

iTrackBites Username: jerylanz3
Member Since: 2020
Plan: Carb Conscious
Start Weight: 155 lbs
Current Weight: 142 lbs
Goal Weight: 141 lbs
I’m from: New York

A Short Summary of My iTrackBites Journey

Hi, My name is Jerylan, but everyone calls me Jeri. I started iTrackBites in May to help me maintain my weight loss. I worked for Weight Watchers for 15 years as a weight loss consultant. I use the Carb Conscious plan. I am borderline Type 2 diabetic and my sone is Type 1 diabetic, so maintaining a healthy diet is critically important at home. The best way to lose and maintain weight loss is with a healthy plan and track, weigh and measure. This app is amazing with plenty of support
A Fun Fact About Myself
My favorite activity is walking in the water
Favorite Feature or Tip for Using iTrackBites
Secondary metrics
Favorite iTrackBites Community Group
The iTrackBites Facebook page
What’s the One thing I’ve Learnt about iTrackBites?
The flexibility in the different plans

My Blog Posts

Take Back Your Summer with these Desserts

Summer is my favorite time of year. I love the warm weather. Living on the East Coast, summer is most welcome after a cold winter and windy spring. Unfortunately, for many of us some of the joy and excitement of summer can be robbed, by thoughts of size, comparison, and food temptations. So how can we deal with this? Here is how I plan on taking back my excitement for summer!

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Lifestyle vs. Diet

When you’ve maintained and watched your weight for as long as I have, you tend to pick up on a few things. Through lots of trial and error, I think I can honestly say that I know and appreciate the difference between lifestyle changes and dieting spurts. Today I want to speak to my experience in what I recognize to be the game-changer of weight-loss: your mindset. Are you looking for instant gratification, or life long sustainability?

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Dealing with Guilt

A few weeks ago, Coach Stefanie wrote a great blog post called So You Went Off Track. Now What?. I wanted to revisit the topic today, because I just can’t express how common this hurdle is. For people struggling with weight loss, guilt is the mother of all negative emotions. By talking through this feeling in this blog post, I hope to free you up and encourage you (and myself) to choose not to feel guilty- anymore!!

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Weight Loss and Closet Anxiety

Most of us who have struggled with weight loss over the years, have a variety of sizes of clothes in our closets! As someone who has experienced closet anxiety firsthand, and served witness to it many a time, I want to free you from this! Let’s break down closet anxiety: why it happens, and how to break the cycle!

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The Temptation of Overeating at Events

As we begin to gather together more, this year, there will be a heavy temptation to eat more than we should at events. We’re worried about how we can enjoy the traditions and not upset the host, while also avoid the daunting possibility of overeating. Here are some basic tips for standing your ground in the wake of parties and social gatherings.

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The Importance of Reading Nutrition Labels

Coach Jeri here again to talk about the ever important topic of nutrition labels. Checking nutrition labels, portions and servings can make a difference in our weight loss journey.

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Is Weight Loss Sabotage a Thing?

Sometimes we have friends and family that are not completely on board with your progress and commitment to eating nutritiously and losing weight. Maybe they support the idea of it. Maybe they’re even proud of you. But sometimes, they don’t quite support you in the ways that we need. The actual healthy eating part of this journey can typically deter people.

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How and When to Weigh Yourself

As an iTrackBites Coach, we’re often asked about the frequency of weigh-ins. Should we weigh-in weekly? Monthly? Should we avoid the scale at all lengths possible?

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Understanding the Difference between BITES and Calories

This question is one we see all the time on the community page and in Facebook groups. One of the great things about the iTrackBites app is the ability to pick one program and have a second metric so you can gain insight into your eating habits. Knowledge is power!

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The Art of the Snack

Who doesn’t love a good snack? Personally, I need snacks to break up my day. As a borderline type 2 diabetic I have found eating every couple of hours keeps my blood sugar steady. However, I know many people that prefer to have just the 3 meals a day and that is fine if that is what works for you. For you snackers, let’s explore the art of the snack!

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Staying Motivated and Recognizing Pitfalls

It’s a new year and most of us want to get off to a great start. We are so motivated those first few weeks. Recognizing the pitfalls that can lead you down the wrong path is key to persistence and staying on track.

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New Year’s Encouragement from Coach Jeri

I hope you and your loved ones enjoyed a safe and joyful coming and going of the New Year! Originally I wrote this as an encouragement for January 1st, regarding all of us who started a new goal or journey. However, I think sometimes we get caught up in the excitement of holidays.

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Which Plan is the “BEST”?

Be it through the coming of a new year, or just by total coincidence, we have quite a few new Members who have joined us as of late. We thought it would be helpful to walk you all through finding the “BEST” weight loss plan for you!

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My Encounter with Diabetes

As a weight loss coach for many years, dealing with diabetes has been a constant and growing concern for myself, my family, and some of my friends. Several years ago I was shocked to find out I was a borderline Type 2 Diabetic. I had no symptoms. If not for a routine blood check, it would have continued to spiral in the wrong direction. I had been at my goal weight for several years when I was told this shocking news.

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Weekend Reading: Garden Veggie Soups

Nothing is more comforting than homemade soup. As the weather gets cooler more and more we look for foods that warms us up, keep us full and satisfied and are low in bites. Most of the soups that are store bought are loaded with sodium and preservatives.

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Coach Jeri’s Veggie Pies

Coach Jeri here! I don’t know about you all, but I love pies! The fall and holiday seasons are all about pies at my house. For Thanksgiving instead of mashed potatoes we have vegetable pies. One of our favorites is a Spaghetti Squash Pie! A close runner up is the…

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