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. . . But in a good way, now that I have taken control of it.

(8/8/08) It's been over a year since I updated this info, and let me tell ya SO much has changed!

I started with SparkPeople in July '07 weighing in at 250 lbs! I just decided one day that enough was enough. I got online and started researching what it is that I needed to do in order to really loose the weight. I came across endless sites that offered just that information, but for a price. I keep looking, determined that the information I needed was out there somewhere. Then I came across this AWESOME website.

My husband (ylexus) and I started following this plan together. The first week I lost 7 lbs! I knew that it was probably mostly water weight but that was just the motivation I needed at just the right time to keep me going, and I did just that. I was very careful with my nutrition, and I seriously couldn’t do it without the tools that I had available to me from SP. I did lots of cardio, and eventually started with the strength training.

From July to January (08) I did great with only minor bumps in my way. Then I hit my first plateau. I knew it was coming eventually so I continued to work hard and not give up, I finally broke through that and got down to 183 lbs. 67 lbs gone gone gone for good!

We recently moved from FL to TX, and wow it has been such a major change for me. I miss my friends and family, even my old job. I miss my workout routine, and that eating on a schedule was like second nature. I have been away from SP for 2 months now, and I GAINED 5 LBS.

I want to start over. I want to log everything I eat, and get out there and burn those calories. I want to meet people on here who will look at my food or exercise log and tell me to “step it up” or ask why I “didn’t do any cardio today?” I want to meet people who are going through a similar struggle and needs me to keep them accountable for reaching their goals. I want to lose that last 28 lbs. I want to be successful.

Member Since: 7/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 11,106

My Goals:
~ Lose 28 lbs
~ Finnish my first 1/2 marathon (nov)
~ Become a mother
~ Finnish school/ get my degree

My Program:
Ok since starting with Sp I have made minor changes but in a major way.
1. Eat a high fiber breakfast every day, and continue to eat every 3 hrs
2. Only drink water
3. No eating after 7:30pm
4. Do cardio 6 days a week
5. Strength train 4 days a week
6. Log onto SP multiple times a day, read the articles, track my food , fitness & other goals. I post on the message boards and use the site for everything it has to offer.

I started out not having a clue what I was doing but everyday I learned something new. I have been losing weight and I feel great.

Personal Information:
I am from New Brunswick, NJ and lived there for almost all my life. We then moved to Tampa, FL for 4 yrs. Just when it was starting to feel like home, we moved again. Now my husbands career brought us to TX.

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    You are doing such a good job, you are so pretty, I love your pic. Thanks for replying to my post.

    4635 days ago
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    You can do this. 10 pounds is nothing to sneeze at! It's awesome that your husband is doing it with you. I have asked my boyfriend at least 5 times to do it with me and he WON'T.

    You will carry each other. You are blessed.

    You go girl!
    4637 days ago
    Jen, welcome to the SparkFitness and Goal Buddies team, we are team that does daily challenges, and they are picked by the members, look forward to seeing you in the team room and giving us some challenges as we challenge you.
    4648 days ago
    Glad you joined the Floridian Team! I'm north of Tampa in Citrus County. We've been here since 2004 and just love it! I have a daughter who is going for her Master's starting this Fall . I have another daughter with PCOS & hormone issues, so can relate in many ways!! I wish you all the best in your goals, school-wise, weight-wise, & baby-wise!
    4649 days ago
    Hi Jen, I am here to welcome you to the Florida Team.
    Hope to see you around the team room, maybe getting involved with some of the challenges.
    I see you belong to the Afraid to Post team, I hope you will soon be posting with us, as we would love to get to know you better, but take your time, no hurry, we are still here for you.
    Stay motivated and you will be a mom soon.
    4649 days ago
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