JMAHNKEN
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Me crossing the finish line at my first 5 K, Sept 2013




This is me on my birthday in 2004, I would love to get back into this shape and dress!


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Hi, I am Janette, I will be 57 in April. I live with my boyfriend and his son that is turning 12 this month. We live in Escondido, CA. We have two dogs that my boyfriend bought for his son. I started Spark People and My Fitness Pal on Mother's Day Weekend, 2013 at 170 pounds. I joined several other weight loss and exercise sites and groups since then. I got down to 140 pounds soon after joining the sites while I was training to run my first and only 5 K in Sept of 2013. Something that I would have never thought of ever trying before I started this journey. Since I am asthmatic and have never been really athletic because of it and other health issues. I had old and new health issues bothering me before and after that race. So I stopped all high impact exercise sometime after that race at the guidance of my doctors.

On April 1, 2014 I started the Dash Diet at 144.8 pounds. I bounced back up as soon as I went on that diet and started adding more dairy, fruits and grains and such back into my diet like my doctors wanted me to do. So I started playing with it and was doing better. But then I had health problem after health problem and started to put weight back on. And with going back to work I was having a hard time with it too. So I have been working more on just maintaining and not so much concentrating on losing since I went back to work.

I had a goal to get at least a part time job, and I accomplished that the end of Jan 2015. I am back in the Financial Services industry. That Feb I did 52 hours of continuing education at Kaplan College. And that April 2nd I took my Life, Accident, and Health Insurance test and passed to get my license for it. And I started a 2nd part time job in November of 2015 helping to advertise some local businesses.
And I started another part time job on Jan 4th of 2016 working for a local CPA, as an office manager, doing receptionist duties, data entry, bookkeeping and payroll among other duties. I have since replaced the other two part time jobs with this one job. Plus I take care of our two dogs, and my boyfriend’s son, acting as the chauffeur to get him to and from school, and his mom's house which is in a nearby city. Watching him when he is not in school, and his parents are busy with their jobs, and taking care of the house and such too.

Goals I started in 2013 and I have already completed or are still working on:

1: Got down to 140 pounds in 2013. But started to go back up when I stopped running for health issues and my life just got really busy. Now I have to start all over. I am hoping to get down to 130 pounds or so. I would like to get back into my little red dress and have it fit nicer on me than it does now.

2: I cut my Blood pressure medicine in half twice already in 2013. And now I am off of it and hoping to stay off of it.

3: I lowered my bad and raised my good cholesterol level to help with my gallbladder, liver and gallstone issue in 2013. And each year it was getting better and better. I hope to continue this.

4: I started to eat more whole foods and less processed foods daily in 2013, and want to continue it.

5: I started to walk daily either in our home, or in our neighborhood. Started to walk my errands and appointments as much as possible in 2013. And I want to continue it.

6: I started drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day in 2013. And want to continue it.

7: I started trying to get at least 8 hours sleep nightly in 2013. This one is hard for me as I just don’t sleep well. I am a really light sleeper that wakes up really easy from the slightest noise or movement. And our dogs wake me up a lot too during the night and early morning. Or I get hot and cold spells or other issues that wake me up during the night and morning.

8. I started exercising for at least 10 minutes daily in 2013, and quickly upped it to at least 30 minutes and have continued it. I want to keep it up to at least 30 minutes daily.

9. I started stretching every day in 2013. And I am doing even more of now to help with my Scoliosis and oblique muscle issues. As they caused me to give up my high impact exercises. And if I don’t do the stretching it will just get worse and worse. I found some new stretches in 2016 that I want to continue with.

10. I started trying to walk one more step every day in 2013. And I wish to try to keep it up too.

11. I started weighing myself and logging it in daily in 2013. And I still do it usually daily or at least once a week.

12. I started measuring myself and logging it in monthly in 2013. I still do it on and off during the year.

13. I started checking into the site for at least 5 minutes daily in 2013. I usually am on the site several times a day for way more than 5 minutes each time. I plan on checking in at least once a week for at least 5 minutes.

14. And the Last one is to have a Very Happy, Healthy & Wealthy New Year! This is the one that I have to work at the most! Along with trying to sleep through the night. LOL.


Member Since: 5/13/2013

Fitness Minutes: 115,143

My Goals:
To feel better health wise.

To look healthier again.

To get back into some of my favorite clothes.


My Program:
In May 2013, I started to count calories for the first time in my life and I am trying to exercise for at least 30 mins everyday. In April of 2014 I started the DASH Diet per my doctors.



Personal Information:
I am from San Diego, Ca. But I am now living in Escondido, Ca.


Other Information:
I like walking and playing with our dogs.




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  • v BARBIEE52
    I came across this yesterday and just felt I had to share it with all of you

    ********************TRAIN OF LIFE***********************

    ---Some folks ride the train of life, Looking out the rear.
    Watching miles of life roll by, And marking every year.
    They sit in sad remembrance, Of wasted days gone by.
    ---And curse their life for what it was, And hang their head and cry.

    ---But I don't concern myself with that, I took a different vent.
    I look forward to what life holds, And not what has been spent.
    So strap me to the engine, As securely as can be.
    ---I want to be out in front, To see what I can see.

    ---I want to feel the winds of change, Blowing in my face.
    I want to see what life unfolds, As I move from place to place.
    I want to see whats coming up. No looking at the past.
    ---Life's too short for yesterday, It moves along too fast.

    ---So if the ride gets bumpy, While you are looking back.
    Go up front, and you may find, Your life has jumped the track.
    Its all right to remember, That's part of history.
    ---But up front's where its happening. There's so much mystery.

    ---The enjoyment of living, Is not where we have been,
    It's looking ever forward, To another year and ten.
    It's searching all the byways, Never should you refrain.
    ---For if you want to live your life, You gotta drive the train.
    --------------------AUTHOR UNKNOWN----------------

    ---As I read this, I realized, I cannot live in the past,
    --------and I cannot foresee the future, --------
    ---------But I can live for every second---------
    ------------and every minute of today.-----------
    """"Enjoy today, and everyday of your life.""""
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Barb emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4 days ago
  • v JMAHNKEN
    Thanks ladies!
    4 days ago
  • v IMLOCOLINDA
    emoticon "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
    ~Maya Angelou

    Have a wonderful weekend...Friday the 13th and ALL! Keep working toward those goals!
    5 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Ideas for your Weekend emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Friday---Call a friend you haven't talked to in awhile, see a movie, make some hot chocolate (don't forget marshmallows & a dab of whip cream!)play a board game, go ice skating, order a pizza

    Saturday--Sleep in, go shopping at the mall, shop till you drop, have lunch with a friend, bake some cookies, sing in the shower, go sledding, make a snow angel, dress up & go to a party

    Sunday--Make a Snow man, go roller skating, feed the birds, dance to your favorite music,, rest & relax, put a puzzle together, make some popcorn, make a special meal of some of your favorite foods, read a book

    Hope you have a Fantastic Friday, a Super Saturday, and a Sensational Sunday!!!
    emoticon emoticon Enjoy Your Weekend, no matter what you do!! emoticon emoticon


    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Barb emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    5 days ago
  • v SIMPLY_JUDY
    Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. Jane Howard
    5 days ago
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