JSUMMAR   3,453
2,500-3,999 SparkPoints
Weight loss to date in this photo: 14 lbs. Nov. 2010

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Got 10 more lbs. to lose!
Got 10 more lbs. to lose!



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Member Since: 12/21/2010

SparkPoints: 3,453

Fitness Minutes: 610

My Goals:
I started out in June, 2010 wanting to lose about 40 pounds in 6 months, in preparation for an upcoming cruise. I've learned a lot along the way, and realized I was not doing enough for the first 3 months. Since that realization, my weight loss has begun and is steadily moving in the right direction.

My Program:
I hired a personal trainer who I work with two days a week (alternating upper and lower body). I do 30 minutes of cardio in addition to my strength training sessions, and I do 60 minutes of cardio 3-4 of the other days of the week. I don't just sit around on any "off" day. I always try to fit in some movement or exercise that's fun and not so strict (like taking my dog to the park).
I also consume a clean diet of 1,000 - 1,200 calories per day. Sounds like not much, but I'm just under 4'11" tall, so this is safe, according to my physician.

Personal Information:
Jennifer Summar
Birmingham, AL
Age: 41

Other Information:
I enjoy competitive swing dancing. I compete all across the country. Since dance competitions are based on how you look on the floor in addition to technique, it's important to me to step up that aspect of my "game". I plan to knock 'em dead when I get on the floor in 2011!

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Member Comments:
7/6/2011 11:40:35 AM

Really? Wow! I just read The Spark, and I started tracking my food everyday on SP. I used to wear the BodyMedia Fit Armband and tracked through their tool, but I stopped wearing it to try to lose the last 10 lbs. on my own...no crutches, so to speak. So I thought I'd give SP Nutrition Tracker a try. I like it! I am having some motivation issues lately, though. Not really wanting to work out. I'm trying to keep my fires going by reading lots of stuff on SP and interacting when I can.
Thanks for the encouragement!

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7/6/2011 9:17:47 AM

July may have only just started, but you're on track to be this month's SparkPoints leader of the Birmingham Sparkers. Keep up the good work!

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12/28/2010 1:52:25 AM

emoticon Greetings and emoticon

I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


If you haven't discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


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12/27/2010 4:02:23 PM

Thanks so much, 60Sixty! You've given me lots of good links to check out. I really appreciate the guidance.

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12/27/2010 3:56:57 PM

emoticon Jennifer ! ! !
I would suggest setting goals one month at a time.
Some of my teams have fitness goals. A team may help keep you encouraged.

I have always chosen pretty healthy foods. The nutrition tracker helped me realize how much I was actually eating. By cutting my calories about 250 / day from what I was eating, I have been able to lose weight. I have found that increasing my exercise has been the most important factor for me. The exercise has been key in getting my cholesterol under control. Even if I eat 500-600 fewer calories from what I used to, I don't seem to lose weight. The smaller decrease combined with exercise has been a winner for me.

I like this quote from Sir Francis Bacon:
"A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul;
a sick body is a prison."

I have some favorite links I like to share with new Spark members:
Frequently Asked Questions
Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan
6 "Biggest Loser" Lessons to Forget
SparkPeople Tutorial Videos
How to Find a Goal Buddy on SparkPeople
Kick Your Metabolism Into High Gear!

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