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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 ...
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!
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Member Since: 4/23/2009

SparkPoints: 25,305

Fitness Minutes: 28,409

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

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

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"There is no try, only do" Yoda

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Member Comments:
NIKI8911
3/24/2011 10:12:09 PM

Hey great job on your loss! Don't fret too much spring is coming soon, we have to keep our spirits up. I totally feel you. I'm tired of winter also and it makes me really depressed and unmotivated.

Keep up the great work sparkbuddy!! I'm so glad you are active in Stand Up again I missed you!!

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NIKI8911
3/16/2011 11:27:26 AM

DON'T YOU DARE! think about those smokies!! They are bad bad bad bad & evil!!! lol

I faith you can do it!!



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CTMOM2KIDS
4/28/2010 9:50:04 AM

What a great story! Congratulations on a fantastic achievement!
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NIKI8911
4/26/2010 12:01:19 PM

Way to go on signing up on for the half marathon you are going to be awesome!!



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CELESTIALAXIS
4/20/2010 10:33:07 PM

I'm not really having trouble sleeping, just being immature and not wanting to go to sleep lol. I literally lie in bed and play games on my iPhone. I just need to get more strict with myself. =)



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