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Losing weight takes time. But no matter how long it takes, I've figured out that I'm totally worth the journey!

My name is Jeanette, and I am finally taking control of my weight, and my health. I am a result today of the choices I made yesterday - so in order to change my tomorrow, I must make the right decisions day by day. So easy to say....so hard to do!

I'm 46 years old, and have two beautiful daughters that I want to set a good example for. By setting them on the right path EARLY in their lives....they can avoid the health problems that seem to run in my family.

It's a process that takes time, but we have to be convinced of the truth - we're worth it. We are valuable - not just in and of ourselves, but to the people who depend on us every day. So we must take care of ourselves in order to be strong for our families.

I was out walking in our neighborhood, and kept hearing little footsteps behind me. I turned around, and there was my 6-year-old, following me. She was walking with this funny gait - swinging her arms back and forth and had a determined look on her face. I stopped and said "What are you doing, lil' bit? (her nickname, because she's no bigger than a minute!) She looked up at me and said "Mom, I'm going to be just like you when I grow up."


I was proud...but it was a reality check. Even when I think they're not paying attention, my girls are watching. They see what I do...and also what I DON'T do. If I make excuses on eating healthy, or exercise - guess what? So will they. I really don't want to screw this up. It's one thing to "want" to be a role model. But when you get proof that you ARE...it makes you really watch what you do. So for their precious sakes, Dear Sweet Baby Jesus (as a SparkFriend loves to say!), PLEASE let me guide them in the right way...

I want to model a lifestyle that embraces health and wellness. I want it to be such a part of my life that it seems effortless. Natural. I long for the day when I don't have to obsess about every calorie, because I know that I've developed a habit of eating well.


1. Re-start and FINISH C25K.
I started and got up to a 20 minute run...then got stuck. No matter what I tried, my mind/body wouldn't let me run any longer than 20 minutes. I know I have a runner inside me...she's just somewhere taking Advil. LOL!

I don't want to obsess over every calorie. But hold on...I'm not looking for a license to overeat. Let me explain...
For most people, being overweight traps them into one way of life. The extra pounds hinder them from fully participating in the life they want. But it also works the other way...if you're so busy obsessing over every calorie, fat gram or scale fluctuation - you're still trapped, and not living the life you want.

There is a popular saying on SparkPeople..."Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!" I can see the meaning, but I had to personalize it. For me,

"Nothing tastes as good as PEACE feels."

I need to make peace with this lifestyle change; not to see it as a drudgery or a chore, but as welcome changes that only serve to enrich and extend my life, and the living thereof. Not make my life surround what goes into my mouth. In either way (heavy or skinny).

...feel whatever it is I need to feel, deal with it and move on. The only problem food solves is physical hunger. Find a creative outlet and express myself daily.

4. Drink a minimum of 64 oz. of water each day.

5. Weigh and measure at the beginning of the month, and not again until the end of the month. No stressing over 1-2 lb. loss/gain each day.

I need to show up, and get it done for at least 30 to 45 minutes - every day.

Member Since: 5/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 17,395

My Goals:
1. To lose 50 pounds
2. To make eating healthy and exercising as much a part of my life as deodorant...don't think about it - just do it!
3. To influence my daughters to take care of themselves.

My Program:
-Cutting out junk foods/fried foods, sodas
-eating more veggies and fruit daily
-wearing my pedometer, getting 10,000 steps a day
-cardio 5 days a week
-strength training 3 days a week
-Sunday is "free" day so I don't feel deprived

Personal Information:
Age: 46
Location: Georgia

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