FLGIRL1234   28,510
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"If you're tired of starting over, STOP giving up."

A friend told me that quote after reading a blog I wrote about how I had been feeling like I always seem to be starting over and never really reaching my goals. The quote stuck with me. YES, I really needed to stop giving up on myself and start believe I can acheive this. I know I have the determination, drive and passion so no more excuses. Make it happen. I know I'm worth it! ~~~~~~~~~~~~

A little background..... My name is Jennifer and I live in sunny Florida (home of the ...
A friend told me that quote after reading a blog I wrote about how I had been feeling like I always seem to be starting over and never really reaching my goals. The quote stuck with me. YES, I really needed to stop giving up on myself and start believe I can acheive this. I know I have the determination, drive and passion so no more excuses. Make it happen. I know I'm worth it! ~~~~~~~~~~~~

A little background..... My name is Jennifer and I live in sunny Florida (home of the puffy white clouds). I'm originally from Illinios (suburb of Chicago) but I have lived here for the last 16 years and I LOVE love LOVE it here! I have been with my husband Joe for 19 years and we have three amazing children ages 17, 13 and 6. I co-own a framing construction business with my husband and also work outside the home as an Office Manager for a construction company as well. I couldn't be happier with my life except for this weight issue. There is just too much of my life left to live and I don't plan on spending it like this. My goal is to shed 69.2 lbs. and go from 204.2 lbs. to 135 lbs. I am so glad for the continual support of SparkPeople and all the people who make it an amazing place to reach beyond yourself and find your dreams.

To all my Spark Friends...Join me on this journey, let's motivate & inspire each other. Add me, read my blogs, get to know me and I promise I will support you in return. We are SparkBuddies for life! This is OUR time, our year and most importantly our lives we are changing from this point on. It's ok even if you fall....just get back up ....you may fall 7 times but as long as you get up 8 that's all that matters. May we all kick a little booty during the process! We can rock this! :)

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win." Roger Bannister

NEW Weight Goals beginning Jan.1st 2015:
204.2 ~ Starting weight (01/01/15)
199.2 ~ 5 pounds lost total (01/22/15)
194.2 ~ 10 pounds lost total
191.0 ~ Out of Obese BMI
189.2 ~ 15 pounds lost total
184.2 ~ 20 pounds lost total
180.4 ~ Original start weight w/ Julie
179.2 ~ 25 pounds lost total
174.2 ~ 30 pounds lost total
170.4 ~ First ten pounds goal w/ SP buddy Julie
169.2 ~ 35 pounds lost total
169.0 ~ Finally pass this number for good!
164.2 ~ 40 pounds lost total
160.4 ~ Second ten pounds goal w/ SP buddy Julie
159.2 ~ 45 pounds lost total
159.0 ~ Normal BMI
154.2 ~ 50 pounds lost total
150.4 ~ Third ten pounds goal w/ SP buddy Julie
149.2 ~ 55 pounds lost total
147.0 ~ To win the 30 lbs challenge at work
145.0 ~ What I weighed on my wedding day
144.2 ~ 60 pounds lost total
140.4 ~ Fourth ten pounds goal w/ SP buddy Julie
139.2 ~ 65 pounds lost total
135.0 ~ Ultimate goal weight (69.2 pounds GONE!!!!)
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 current weight: 199.2 

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Member Since: 5/20/2009

SparkPoints: 28,510

Fitness Minutes: 36,692

My Goals:
*Lose 5 Lbs. ~ Did it!
*Hit 199 ~ Did it!
*Lose 10 Lbs.
*Out of Obese
BMI category
*Hit 180's
*Get into a size 14 jean ~
*Get into a size 12 jean ~
*Run a Full Marathon
*Run a 5K straight through again
*Beat Half Marathon time
*Hit 170's ~
*Lose 15 Lbs. ~
*Lose 20 Lbs. ~
*Lose 25 Lbs. ~
*Lose 30 Lbs. ~
*Lose 35 Lbs. ~
*Hit 160's
*Lose 40 Lbs.
*Lose 45 Lbs.
*Out of overweight
BMI category
*Get into a size 10 jean
*Hit 150's
*Lose 50 Lbs. ~
*Lose 55 Lbs. ~
*Lose 60 Lbs. ~
*Lose 65 Lbs. ~
*Get into a size 8 jean
*Hit 140's
*Reach Goal

My Program:
I am currently trying a clean eating diet of less processed foods and more plant based fruits & vegetables.

I aim for 5 days every week minimum. I run 4 times a week and bike ride another day. Working on strength training as I have planned on joining a local bootcamp class. I belong to a local runners group and sign up for many races including completing my first half marathon on 7/24/13. I have now run 4 half marathons and working on improving my PR time.

I also try to find things to do with my kids. We bike ride, play flag football, tag etc.

Personal Information:
I am.... scratch that... WAS a hibitual yo-yo dieter but I see things in myself this time around that I've never seen before. Who knew that I had this in me. Not givin' up this time a round. No way! It's just not an option. Who's with me????

Other Information:
"Remember that every healthy choice counts and so does every unhealthy one" from SP friend Tempest272002's page.

"If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else."
Yogi Berra

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."

"Nothing can take the place of persistence."

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1/16/2015 12:21:57 PM

emoticon Thank you sooo much for the friend add! Have been feeling kinda stagnant on Spark the end of the year....teams aren't very active and need some new motivational friends!

I'm not a runner but love being outdoors and active, bowling is one of my favorite group activities! Can't wait to motivational buddies emoticon

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1/15/2015 6:46:56 PM

emoticon , Jennifer, for your comments on my page. I'd enjoy hearing updates on your son's bowling. Don't forget that the gutters get lonely if no one rolls a ball in them. emoticon How are you? Still losing weight? Mine has stabilized so I need to spend more time on the treadmill or walking with one of the dogs (she needs the exercise, too). emoticon Please stay in touch and have a fantastic day tomorrow! emoticon -- Lou

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1/15/2015 2:58:11 PM

THANK YOU, THANK YOU! For the Salad ina Jar blog info... super awesome info! I can't wait to get a jar or two (or 5! lol) and try this out! I do love packing salads for lunch, but HATE HATE HATE when they get soggy and gross! How do you find the cucumbers fair in the jars? I HATE soggy cucumber peices! I also LOVE red peppers, I wonder how they will work all chopped up in the jar?

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1/14/2015 2:07:26 PM

Yeah, so things are different right now. Its funny that you started running again the other day, because I started running the other day too. It was just two minutes on the treadmill, but it was at an 8 mile an hour pace and just to see if I could still keep a good pace. Now I'm kinda running in short segments from the car to wherever I'm going just to keep the fast cadence going. I want to keep the faster pace process going through this time off. I'm not doing any real distance until it at least when it gets above freezing no matter how tempted I am. I'm back in the gym just about everyday too and thats really changed me a lot in a short amount of time. Still lean but getting REALLY bulky VERY quick. I'm doing some different strenthening with the legs with the cardiio machines and some of the weights. It's building my quads more and hamstrings just to make me stronger overall. I wake up in the middle of the night or in the morning and now I'm sore from the gym stuff than in my hips and feet from the running. The cool things are the new ingrediants I have at the gym. I still workout with the one kid I was telling you about, and he makes me really push things when he starts talking trash and laying down challenges. He also makes me dig into my bag of tricks to show him something new that either I forgot about or just havent done in a while. So it's a challenge for me in that aspect too. Then there's a neighbor down the street that I worked out with last week too. I did his routine and that was different for me and challenged me too. The really big thing is that these two are pushes to get me into the gym more, even on days I don't plan on going. They say they are going, I'M AND NOT SAYING NO TO THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. Yeah so when I get out to run again, I think I'm going to feel ALOT stronger, capable, and more put together. So there's a lot of things going on. ANYWAY! I'M DIGGIN THE EVERYDAY THIS YEAR THING I'M SEEING FROM YOU! As I said before, it was phenominal for me and completely changed me both phisically and mentally. Just made me even more focused and driven. I'm sure you are connecting to a lot of what I have said about that. KEEP IT GOING! It was nice for me to look back at entire year and think of everything I endured (sick, broken, bad weather, almost too late, etc.) just to say I did it everyday and remember what I fought through to get that goal done. I don't know if you plan or are going to do it, but if you can.............IT'S MASSIVE!

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1/11/2015 9:45:54 PM

emoticon U are THE MOTIVATOR Of the DAY !! I can see why ! I just read ur page,, makes PERFECT Sense to STOP Starting over,,,,, and GO FOR IT !!

Since you have the determination at this time,,,, Do ALL you can, and if you start to slow down on it,,, at once hit the motivation board,,, and simply ask for help ! many of us troll on it,,, and would LOVEa to help ! WOOHOOO

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