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Since starting my journey with Spark in 2008, my life has changed. The best part of all is that my family has started to be more health conscious. I am in better shape than I've ever been in my life - and definitely smaller than I've ever been too!

I hit my goal weight on 9/11/08. A total of 34 pounds lost!

My kids have realized that exercise can be fun and are interested now. Occasionally my boys will work out, but my daughter loves to come to Zumba class or to do Turbo Jam with me. She has her own yoga mat and wants to get her own workout clothes too.

My sisters and my mom have been able to begin their weight loss journey due in part to my success. I have been so excited about the things I've learned on spark - I tell people everywhere!

It had never been hard for me to maintain, but I'd never been able to lose ANYTHING! The summer before I found Spark, I ran 2 miles a day and it didn't help at all. I think I didn't get the other part of the equation - what goes in! After working out for just a couple weeks I couldn't believe the difference. I felt great! I've never paid much attention to what I eat and I'm really paying close attention now - it really helps me do it right! I've made it harder to find junk by making sure I have healthier snacks around. I try to pay closer attention to eating - scheduling snacks instead of waiting until I'm starving.

I've been in maintenance mode for a couple months now. I know that continuing to track my food and exercise helped me make it through the holidays without a weight gain!!

#3 overall for BLC#6 - Teal Team
4/08---157.0--31.0% BF
4/15---154.0--30.0% BF
4/22---153.5--30.0% BF
4/29---153.5--29.0% BF
5/06---149.0--28.0% BF
5/13---145.0--27.5% BF
5/20---146.0--26.0% BF
5/27---141.5--25.5% BF
6/03---143.0--25.5% BF
6/10---141.5--24.5% BF
6/17---139.0--24.0% BF
6/24---137.0--23.5% BF
7/01---136.5--23.5% BF

BLC6 measurements - starting at 39.5 B; 34.25 W; 39.5 H; ending at 35 B; 32 W; 36.75 H; size 10 to size 4 jeans!

Goal Hit 9/11/2008 - 33.5 B; 30 W; 35 H; size 1/3 jeans!

BLC#7 - Teal Team
7/08 - 136.5--23.5% BF
7/15 - 133.5--23.0% BF
7/22 - 131.5--23.0% BF
7/29 - 131.5--22.5% BF
8/05 - 128.0--22.0% BF
8/12 - 126.5--23.0% BF
8/19 - 127.0--22.0% BF
8/26 - 126.5--21.0% BF
9/02 - 127.0--19.5% BF
9/09 - 126.5--19.5% BF
9/16 - 126.0--19.0% BF
9/23 - 127.0--19.0% BF
9/30 - 123.5--19.5% BF

January 1, 2009 Measurements
Neck - 12.25"
Chest - 34.5" WAS 39.5"
Upper Arm (L) - 11.25" WAS 12.0"
Upper Arm (R) - 11.5" WAS 12.5"
Rib Cage - 30.5"
Waist - 30" WAS 36.0"
Abdomen - 33.5" WAS 39.5"
Buttocks - 36"
Thigh (L) - 20"
Thigh (R) - 20"
Upper Knee (L) - 15.25"
Upper Knee (R) - 15"
Calf (L) - 14"
Calf (R) - 14"

Member Since: 3/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 29,079

My Goals:
I am learning a healthier way of living.

I am going to tone my body more - get rid of all the flabby skin from losing the weight.

My Program:
Tracking my food is the most important thing I do.

Turbo Kick/Turbo Jam/Zumba

Personal Information:
I live in small town America - it's not as small a town as it used to be, but still my "illusion" of living far away from it all.

I work as the Business Manager for a state charter school, C.S. Lewis Academy. After years in the "corporate world" I'm loving the school environment.

Other Information:
Some of my favorites:

Reading: mostly sci-fi and fantasy, but to be truthful, about anything I can get my hands on - I'm not picky. The Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks is my all time favorite.

Outdoors: Camping, fishing, hiking

Photography: I love taking pictures. I think the digital camera is the greatest invention ever - maybe second only to indoor plumbing!

Scuba Diving: I certified with my husband years ago and although there isn't much opportunity here, I love it when I can! I recently completed a rescue diver certification, so now I know some skills if things go wrong - hopefully I never need to use them! My husband and I are planning on picking up spearfishing this year.

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    Hey Lena..hope your week is going well and the challenges are some you are having fun with. I'm enjoying your posts in the Dragon thread and look forward as time goes on to getting to know you even better. Thanks so much for your participation..it's a great team and you are a wonderful asset in the "lair." Here's to a great LCW today and a super Weigh In tomorrow!
    3592 days ago
    G'Day Lena and I am so glad that we're both Dragons! I noticed that you live in Utah. How far are your from Salt Lake City? I am asking because we are taking a tour called American Parks Trail in September and the start is in SLC. I don't know anyone there and it would be fun to meet up with my Spark Friend. I am doing it in New York City, Chicago, possibly Seattle and definitely at our last stop-Las Vegas with a girl from Mesa, AZ!

    I've already done 111 min for the weekend challenge, it's a very hot day today so I don't think I'll go out again.

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    3611 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/7/2011 12:34:56 AM
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    Hi there Lena! I wanted to stop by your page and add you as a friend and to give you an Official Welcome to the Jade Dragon Team!

    Did I mention how much I love your dragon?? Love those wings...

    Hope to get to know you much better in the next 12 weeks.

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    3613 days ago
    Hi there! Good to see you here :) what team are you on? for the BLC? :) Happy losing!
    3613 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by! Glad to see you got in on the challenge. It's fun to see what teams everyone has landed on.

    3614 days ago
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