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JENSTRESS is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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I've been on Spark for years. And then off. And then on. And then off.

I came back for a while and thought that I had conquered all of the demons that seemed to keep me going back to fat. Then I lost it again.

In January of 2016, not at my heaviest weight, but not far from it, I decided to make a change. I decided I had to learn what my demons were to conquer them.

I started a program, and I gave myself rules. I gave up sugar for a time (mostly just because I struggled with it) and I worked out. I tracked my food. Then, I realized something. One demon was my binges. I needed to stop them, or help control them. I also needed to control how I responded to them. In the past, I would binge for a day or two, or longer. I'd let it turn into more instead of pushing myself out of it. I would avoid spark to avoid the shame and friends that would encourage me to get back at it.

My rules now are no more than 1 day off spark. No more than 1 day of a true binge. No giving in. No days off from my workouts (barring injury or illness). What I do is not workout to punish myself, but to treat myself well. I eat to treat myself well. I work on moderation in all things.

I'm not perfect, but I'm making progress, and I love it.

I will make my goals and maintain. I'm almost there.

Member Since: 8/13/2010

Fitness Minutes: 27,530

My Goals:
lose weight
be healthy
be a good example of fitness to my kids

*Wear a single digit pant size

*Be excited to go clothes shopping

*Run a 5k with my sisters

*Be able to buy a pair of cute boots and wear them on the outside of my jeans.

*Put on my goal jeans and have them fit

My Program:
I workout usually 6 days a week, but also try to remain active EVERY day getting my 10k of steps in every day. I love weight routines and cardio.

11/8/14 - finished 1 round of Insanity

Personal Information:
I live in Indiana near family and friends.

I'm happy.

I'm a mommy.

Other Information:
Love to read, love movies (my huge downfall since that is sitting and snacking epitomized) and trying to get on the bandwagon of loving to work out!

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    And I see you've been voted a SparkPeople Motivator! Good for you. I see I got my first nomination which is cool, especially when you're not even doing it for that. Just sharing my journey and knowing this is a good place to do so with everyone on the same path to better health and happier lives. Good for us!
    4 days ago
    Awwww. Thanks for the sweet comment you left me on latest video blog. I appreciate that so much. Next one is coming!

    4 days ago
    SMALLSARA_8588, I can't add you back. I can't even click your page. I wish I could. I will add you as soon as I can!
    4 days ago
  • v SMALLSARA_8588
    Your page is really inspiring and your story of on again, off again Sparking sounds very much like mine. I've been very successful in the past but am back on Spark because I let bad habits creep into my life. Your page is very positive though - thanks for the inspiration! emoticon
    4 days ago
    Thanks, girl, for that friendly comment you sent to me regarding my last video blog The Problem With Blacks. (I thought that title would get some attention...but it's SO real!!!)
    5 days ago
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