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Hello, my name is Jennifer and I live in North Central Texas. I was a Yoga instructor, and avid Yoga student, up until 2 years ago when I had to undergo shoulder replacement surgery in both shoulders due to an illness that caused severe damage to my bones. I had to stop my practice about 3 months before my surgeries, and was not allowed to return for 6 months because of recovery. Within that 9 months, I gained 40 pounds and then was too embarrassed to return to the Yoga studio and too frustrated to continue my physical practice, then mental practice, at home. Now I am just frustrated that I gave up so easily and am ready to return to the life I used to live before surgery.

Member Since: 6/15/2010

My Goals:
To return to my daily Yoga practice, both mental and physical. To return to teaching Yoga. To regain confidence in myself and my abilities to teach and heal others.

My Program:
First, I am going to watch/track what I eat and get both the recommended cardio and strength training for the week through rowing, walking and my daily Yoga poses. By doing this, I hope to lose at least 30 lbs. to regain the confidence I need to return to my Yoga studio family. Then I will only have 20-30 lbs. to go to reach my goal weight range.

Personal Information:
I am married and have 2 teenage step-sons, and mom to 4 dogs. I was diagnosed with Lupus (SLE) about 15 years ago and have been through one heck of a roller coaster ride with the ups and downs associated with having Lupus and what it has done to my health. I live in the DFW metroplex and enjoy hobbies like cooking, reading and gardening, and am currently renovating a rental house I own. I work for a girl-oriented non-profit as an accountant, but I am by no means your average, boring, stuffy, accountant. I am spontaneous, love the outdoors, and enjoy making people laugh.

Other Information:
Kind of ironic due to my current weight and esteem issues, but I love learning about nutrition, fitness, religions of the world, and helping people feel better about themselves and their abilities.

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