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Life is all about choices and change.

Where oh where have I been? I haven't been on the Spark in nearly 2 years and I admit I have missed it. I got caught up in my journey, life's stresses, my attempts to run a home based business etc. I got my weight down as low as 159 and am now back up to 174!! I lost my way, I lost my spark I let life take over and I made bad choices. But I am back now and I am aware that the only way for me to see permanent changes is for me to make permanent choices.
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Where oh where have I been? I haven't been on the Spark in nearly 2 years and I admit I have missed it. I got caught up in my journey, life's stresses, my attempts to run a home based business etc. I got my weight down as low as 159 and am now back up to 174!! I lost my way, I lost my spark I let life take over and I made bad choices. But I am back now and I am aware that the only way for me to see permanent changes is for me to make permanent choices.
I remember the Spark community giving me so much support and the joy I got giving that support right back, so here I am. My ultimate goal is to hit 135 lbs, be healthy, happy and fierce.
I still cannot believe It has been 557 days since the last time I was on Spark. Crazy!!! It just goes to show that 'I'll do it tomorrow' can quickly morph into 'it never happened or damn where did the time go?!'.
A lil about me, I am a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt and daughter. I am a woman who has been 220 lbs and as small as 135. I am 5'1.5" for those who may be wondering. I have been morbidly obese, dealt with high cholesterol, high blood pressure , a brain aneurysm , fibroids, the loss of loved ones etc and still I go on. I have never given up on my journey but I have often sat stagnant and wanted to quit. I have many goals the foremost is to simply get to a healthy BMI and weight and stay there. I love supporting others and am smart enough to know I also need support. I have a lot of updates to do on my page so, for now ignore my blank goal and program box, that's coming soon.
I look forward to sharing blogs, pictures, failures and success with you all. Take care, remember that failures are merely your mile markers on your road to success; put them behind you and keep trekking on towards your goals.

"One of the most important things to remember when starting out is to know before hand that there will be hard days. Mentally prepare yourself that the scale will not always move each week, in fact some weeks it may go up some. This is normal. This does not mean that you are not on the right path. Stay focused and know that if you are consistent you will see results. Nothing is more important in this journey than persistence!! You will be tested, you will be tempted to eat the wrong things, you will want to quit, but if you hold on, you will reach goals, and what a day that will be"! This passage is from Tom Venuto's book Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle and I find it motivating - taken from JENSFITJOURNEY
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 current weight: 174.0 


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Member Since: 5/26/2009

SparkPoints: 28,090

Fitness Minutes: 26,134

My Goals:
Hit 170 lbs by September 15, 2015

Hit 160 by October 15, 2015

Hit 150 by November 15,2015

Hit 140 by January 15, 2016

Hit 130 by April 1, 2016.
Maintenance from April 2nd and beyond.

My Program:
workouts combing running and weights 5 days a week. Any workout I do on Saturday or Sunday are bonus days.
I aim for 1 gallon a weight a day.
Fruits, veggies and protein are the base of my nutrition. No more fad diets for me, they simply don't work.

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I am a wife, mother, and now a grandmother wow!
I love to support others, offer encouragement and see them thrive.
I sing off tune, dance off rhythm and laugh the whole time. I avoid negativity and surround myself with positive people. Life is short, live love and laugh is my motto.

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Quotes from my fitness journal:

"The thought manifests as the word. Word manifests as the deed. Deed develops into habit. And habit hardens into character." ~Buddha

Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. Maintaining weight loss is hard. Choose your hard.

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10/9/2012 12:01:01 PM

Saw you on anewamanda's page :) So glad to see you back!

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10/9/2012 3:27:31 AM

Hey lovely, great to see you! You can connect with me on FB at

I am glad that you are doing well! It's so good to hear from you!!!

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10/8/2012 3:48:22 PM

Hey girl, it's ok if you are busy. That is life!! Glad to hear you are doing ok and you thought about me. I do have a FB account and I will add you. I assume you are not crazy b/c I don't add everyone here lol Don't make me block you lol

Take care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I added the page!! Now I will "see" you around more often!

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10/7/2012 11:12:00 PM

Hey Renee,

How you doin'? Wow. It's so nice to hear from you. I bet life is pretty exciting. Personally, I finished grad school, got a promotion and started a new blog called The Jiggly Bits

I hope you are rocking it. Take time catching up.... Have a great week.


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9/17/2012 3:45:09 PM

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The Virgo girl is born to a mother who isn't happy with the money the father makes, so the child grows up in a family with a critical parent, so she learns to be critical especially of herself. The father is a good man but rather passive so the shy little Virgo child goes inward for quiet as she doesn't like over-stimulation. She learns to be frugal as money has always been a worry in the home. She doesn't want to be criticized so she works hard to always be ready so she isn't found unprepared. This leads to a lot of stress for the Highly Sensitive Person. Virgo needs alone time and rest. Virgo works well behind the scene helping others look good
Virgo gets along with Pisces, Cancer, Capricorn, taurus and Scorpio, but when a relationship goes bad she will walk out and not look back as she is very capable of living on her own. She often finds a man who is the "bad boy" so she can try to improve or change him, but that doesn't work since he finds her a "nag". She is better off staying with intellectual men who want to be a success and finding one she can help get to the top.
Weight can be an issue for her as she can turn to sweets for comfort, but her sign rules the Sixth House of Health, so she makes a good nurse caring for others. She LOVES to show others the right way to live, so she can be a health coach.
The symbol for Virgo is the Virgin, denoting the puritanical demeanor usually common to those of this sign.
In Virgo the Sun is orderly and thoughtful. With the Sun in Virgo you are predisposed to be hardworking, conscientious, and well-organized. Modest, discriminating and thorough, everything you do, you do well. Practical and down to earth, you are a diligent worker with a competent, discriminating intellect. You are highly analytical and exacting, especially adapted to handling projects with painstaking perfection. Thus, you are fond of good workmanship and the utmost in quality. You are dependable because your approach is always one based on common sense and a realistic and analytical assessment of the problem.
You give much attention to detail, but you can carry this to extremes, becoming fussy and critical, sometimes interfering. Large-scale projects can overwhelm you because of your insistence on perfection. Unless you can deliver such quality, you may become frustrated and discouraged. There is always the tendency and danger with Virgo that the big picture idea will be missed in search of minute details. You expect yourself and everyone around you to be perfect, often setting yourself up for disappointment. Your outlook is too negative and picky sometimes.

Modest and unassuming, you are usually content to live in the background. Your attitude, at times, can become puritanical and prudish. You consider yourself an ordinary person, and you are never given to any airs of pretentiousness or showing off. There may be a tendency for you to see your role as one of service and "behind the scenes" support activity.

You have a serious attitude toward refining your mind and acquiring knowledge. With your highly varied interests, you can gain a remarkable amount of data about different subjects. You instinctively know that you must grasp all parts before you can fully understand the whole. Systematizing and detail organization are your strengths. You are idealistic, but always practical and reasonable. You're not likely to make general statements based on too few facts.
You may be somewhat health conscious, for you have an instinctive sense of balance in diet. You're very sensible in taking care of your health, and for that matter, the health of others. Often, the Virgo becomes exceptionally neat and orderly, even a bit neurotic about cleanliness. You're likely to be susceptible to stress related problems because you do tend to worry too much.

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