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Me at 250 pounds, size 26 with hubby and son returning from Iraq in 2007.





Me and my daughter at Walt Disney World 2012 -- 177 pounds and size ten.



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Hi! I'm Jan. My friends call me Jan or Jani, short for my nickname, Janilou. I've been on Spark People for over four years now and I'm currently sixty pounds less than I was when I joined. It's been a battle, a struggle and a breeze, depending on which year, which life circumstances I've been facing, but a learning experience always.

"Forget the past. No one becomes successful in the past." Josh Billings.

"If hunger isn't the problem, eating isn't the solution!" ...
Hi! I'm Jan. My friends call me Jan or Jani, short for my nickname, Janilou. I've been on Spark People for over four years now and I'm currently sixty pounds less than I was when I joined. It's been a battle, a struggle and a breeze, depending on which year, which life circumstances I've been facing, but a learning experience always.

"Forget the past. No one becomes successful in the past." Josh Billings.

"If hunger isn't the problem, eating isn't the solution!" (Borrowed from AmyIsSucceeding's page)

"Success doesn't mean the absence of failure; it means the attainment of ultimate objectives. It means winning the war, not every battle." - Edwin C Bliss

Diet Girl's Tip #19 " Accept that sometimes it’s going to suck. Despite your best intentions, there will be days when you fall into a bag of crisps. But long-term success is about persistence, not perfection. It’s picking yourself up when you fall, over and over again. "

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising every time we fall." (Thanks go to fellow Sparker PoeticBlond for this quote!)

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” C.S. Lewis (C.S. Lewis is my favorite author and I love this quote!)

"Just because the boat is rocking, doesn't mean it's sinking!"

"I'm reaching my goals, choice by choice!"

“Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

"Never, never, never give up. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill

“Love yourself more than food.” (Fellow Sparker Speedy143)

Spark Journey Part Eight:

5/17/13
I'm still loving the Biggest Loser contest! I've dropped fourteen pounds since we started. The best part is I am loving being in control of my life, my eating and my exercise again. Getting fit again is the best feeling out there! I rewarded myself this week with some new perfume and a therapeutic massage. It's so important to be your own biggest fan when it comes to weight-loss, and being healthy. I wrote a blog recently for Spark Coach, called The Visitor. When I want extra motivation, I go back and read it again. I am hoping to be back in my size twelve jeans by the end of this month. Woo Hoo!

4/20/13
I've dropped back down to a size 14 jeans and I'm now collecting my size 16 jeans and giving them to my local thrift store. I'm down eight pounds since the beginning of April and I've joined our Biggest Loser contest at work. It's a team effort and I'm on Team Edgewood. It's great to have the added motivation of knowing your team is counting on you! It feels so great to be back into my size 14's even knowing my goal is to get back into my size 10's by the end of the year. In March, I couldn't even fit into my size 16 jeans so this is a great feeling. I am loving Spark Coach, and recommend it to anyone needing that extra spark to get the weight loss going!



4/11/13
I'm down six pounds since the beginning of April. I'm really determined now to get back to where I was a year and a half ago, and this time to reach my goal. I'm not sorry I regained some weight, because to be honest, it's been such a learning experience. I have so much more knowledge now about what it's going to take to keep the weight off for good.
Since I started Spark People back in December 2008, our small town has been blessed with a wonderful "Anytime Fitness" gym, which solved one of my biggest issues -- how to get to the gym when it seems I'm always at work when it's open. Anytime Fitness is open 24/7 so no more excuses!
I've joined Spark Coach and I am LOVING IT!

12/8/12
I refuse to go back to where I was four years ago. I am heading in the right direction again now. Exercise is making a huge difference!


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Member Since: 12/15/2008

SparkPoints: 45,607

Fitness Minutes: 69,734

My Goals:
New Goals Set on 11/26/12

To learn healthy eating habits that nourish my mind and my body.

To reach my goal weight of 150lbs by December 31st, 2013.

To be able to get on and off my horse when we go riding in the Black Hills in June without a mounting block.

To continue to encourage and support other people as they strive to reach their goals.




My Program:
I weigh every day. I know this doesn't work for everyone but it works for me.

I use Spark People's Fitness and Nutrition Trackers every day without exception!

I always eat breakfast, and I drink water as my beverage of preference.






Personal Information:
I'm 52, married with five children, age 26 to 12 years and seven grandchildren.

I live on a small farm, and work off the farm with intellectually challenged people. I LOVE my job. It is so rewarding.

We raise Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses and rare breed chickens.

I am a writer, with several short stories and articles published in newspapers, magazines and online magazines.

I do a lot of writing on the site called FanStory.com under the name of Janilou. I write a lot of inspirational fiction as well as other genres.





Other Information:
My favorite writing site is FanStory.com

Movies - The Narnia series, The Host, Safe Haven, Twilight, Harry Potter -- so many movies I love!

Books - I love to read. I have so many favorites, it's impossible to list them all!

 
 



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Member Comments:
BECKIWO
2/24/2014 5:48:58 PM

You posted on my page quite a while back and I was avoiding Spark! I lost weight and then after my son's wedding slowly reverted back. I am back and here to stay! I also live on a farm in Iowa. My husband does corn and soybeans and we raise beef cattle and meat goats.



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WILDHORSEANNIE
12/17/2013 1:10:58 PM

I'm baaaaaaaaaccccccccckkkkkkkkk! More later!



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AMYISSUCCEEDING
11/26/2013 1:05:11 AM

Wishing you and your family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday.
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MLLEMINOU
9/7/2013 7:52:44 PM

Thanks for commenting on my first blog; I really appreciate it emoticon



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SLIMQUEST
6/22/2013 7:33:35 AM

Hi, I'm finally back to doing Sparkpeople. You sure have lost a lot of weight. Great job! You inspire me!! Keep up the wonderful work you're doing! emoticon



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