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LINDSAYB2013 Posts: 1,123
1/18/13 9:54 A

thanks Jen! I will check it out :)

JENKOP11 Posts: 170
1/18/13 9:11 A

LKOPEL2 - I don't know if you are a yogurt fan,but I had this kind yesterday for the first time and I was shocked at how good it was!!
I had the peach variety, and it was super sweet and tasty.

LINDSAYB2013 Posts: 1,123
1/17/13 8:30 P

working on the january jumpstart...need to find something that will satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner!

NFLATTE Posts: 9,502
1/17/13 8:26 P


JENKOP11 Posts: 170
1/17/13 8:25 P

Thank you for the tip on finding a team -- found one, and now I am doing that weird little dance to get noticed without being too irritating.

KASEYCOFF Posts: 9,638
1/17/13 4:43 A


LKEITHO SparkPoints: (527,680)
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Posts: 22,730
1/16/13 8:56 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

JAMBABY0 Posts: 15,384
1/16/13 1:24 P

Hello and welcome to spark Jen! You have come to the right place to do your journey. As for a buddy I would search for a sparkteam on swimming and maybe the area you live in. That way you have a chance of finding a buddy and others doing the same thing you are. My teams keep me motivated, challenged and hold me accountable! Good luck on your journey!

JENKOP11 Posts: 170
1/16/13 1:10 P

My name is Jen. I could start this a bunch of ways, but I don't want this to feel like an online dating profile.

I am a 40 year old woman from Virginia who has about 120 pounds to lose. Which, when I write it like that makes me realize that I need to lose one petite female. Exasperating, frustrating, but hey - I am here. I actually have danced around the SparkPeople page for over a year before I finally committed to do something about what was making me unhappy (which, ironically, is mostly me and my decisions!!). So, 2013 is the year.

I am just getting back into exercising, and have decided that swimming will be my thing. I swam competitively as a kid, and right now I am really digging on the benefits of my morning swims. I am also training to participate in a tri-relay (yes, I will be doing the swimming part) right around my birthday, so very motivated about that. I am a step-mom, dog and cat owner (I swing both ways and love them both), photographer, and my day job has me leading a team of courageous technical writers through the slings and arrows of other people's discontent -- with their documents.

Right now I am in love with how I am feeling. I have lost about 10 pounds since December, and my swimming is giving me loads of positive energy. I am a little scared of when my exercise high gives out. It's easy right now, but I know it won't be rainbows and unicorns every day of this journey, so I hope I can find some help and sustaining ideas to marshal through.

Oh, and if someone wants to be my work-out buddy, all the better. Especially if you are a swimmer (let's face it - comparing road mileage to swimming mileage makes it seem insignificant, unless you get the satisfaction of watching said runner/biker try to swim!!) I am swimming a 1/2 mile a day right now, shooting to up my numbers between now and May. Training feedback/partners welcome!!

Good luck to all, and I am proud of what you have done today.


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