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January 2010 in Aruba




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This is the picture that opened my eyes to what I really looked like. I quit smoking a month before and gain 15 pounds!


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Hi everyone!

My name is Jacalyn and I joined Sparkpeople back in April 2009. After my husband and I quit smoking and gained another 10 pounds, I knew I was very unhealthy and not happy.

My starting weight was 207 - the biggest I have ever been. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) 10 years ago and it's been a fight to lose weight. I changed doctors and got my medication adjusted. I no longer had the energy of a pet rock! had more energy and I felt I can make I knew what I had to do - get my butt back to the gym and watch everything I eat. I finally signed up at the gym by my house and started bring my lunch to work.

I started going to the gym 6 days a week doing 60 minutes of cardio each day. I logged everything I ate into spark people. After a month, I decided to add strength training to my schedule with the help of a trainer.

6 months later and I am down 40 pounds! I haven't been this weight in 6 years. I still have a ways to go, but I haven't ever felt this positive before. I know I can make it happen.

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UPDATE: Almost one year later....

I am officially a runner now that I have completed my first 8K! I am still very active on SparkPeople and have 24 more pounds to take off. I am more concentrated on my running than my weight, but I still track all calories and participate in the Spark Teams!

Over the course of the year, I finally feel I have control over my own life - that my decisions matter and that my husband and I are on the same page on health and other matters. We still have obstacles and ups and downs, but I don't feel out of control any more. My attitude has changed from "whatever" to taking charge of my life and scheduling time for things we want to do!

I think because of my attitude change and the weight loss, I do have friends seriously asking questions about how I do it. I am spreading the Spark, one person at a time!


Member Since: 4/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 28,584

My Goals:
RUN a 5k (finished the C2K program, just cannot make it to any 5Ks in Dec/Jan)

RUN the 8K Shamrock Shuffle in March 2010 - DONE on 3/21/10 in 55:56 minutes!

RUN the CARA 10 miler on April 24th DONE in 1:50 minutes!

RUN the Chicago Spring Half Marathon on May 16th DONE in 2:29:56!!

Wear a bikini, if I wanted to

Live a long life with my husband


My Program:
Monday Circuit training day with Louie

Tuesday Running based on half marathon schedule

Wednesday Running based on half marathon schedule

Thursday Running based on half marathon schedule

Friday - Circuit training day with Louie

Saturday Running based on half marathon schedule

Sunday - Long Run( I am now up to 10 miles!)

Play softball with my friends

Stay active

Monitor my calorie/sodium intake



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Born and raised in Chicago, married to a wonderful man and our dog runs the house!


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  • v NIKI8911
    This is the half marathon I signed up for in June. I love Ann Arbor, have you ever been to visit?

    http://theannarbormarathon.com/
    1573 days ago
  • v INSPIRED4CHANGE
    thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting! emoticon I appreciate the support.
    Good luck with your endeavors!!
    1581 days ago
  • v NIKI8911
    Thanks for the explanation. I thought that was what you meant but wanted to make sure. Maybe we could swap some circuits, I have three right now that I'm working from.... just a thought!

    PS Hope you're surviving all the snow BRR!! I know we are sitting and waiting for it here over in Michigan!
    1587 days ago
  • v NIKI8911
    I know I was going to post that run on your page since you live there. I thought about doing the one in Chicago since it's only about 2 - 3 hrs from me, but I decided it would be cooler to take a mini-vacation to see some family in Georgia.

    -Question, what did you mean exactly by
    "try breaking out the work outs as a low, medium and high intensity day"

    I think I know what you mean, but wasn't exactly sure. I know that last week, I did a less intense one, and this week I did a more intense one... Like that?
    1587 days ago
  • v NIKI8911
    Glad to see you back in the Stand-Up again. You were missed! Sounds like there are a lot of us that are coming back to do damage control lol. I support you Spark Friend!

    YOU CAN DO IT!!

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    1597 days ago
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