The new "Before" pic. March, 2016
I AM A MARATHONER!!!
Seeing double? Saying goodbye to the Buddha Belly - Before Pic - July 2009
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Remember This: An airplane takes off not with the wind, but against it. Your challenges will only make you fly higher.
"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin." ~Ivan Turgenev
My name is Jenn. I've been overweight since I was 4 years old. In 2005 I made some major life changes to start my recovery process from food addiction. By April of 2010, through therapy and nutrition counseling, I was finally ready to start trying to lose weight - in a healthy way this time. I started this journey at 313 pounds and I'm aiming to lose almost 200 of those!
If there's a diet out there, I've tried it. I've yo-yo'ed more times than I have fingers and toes to count. I came across SparkPeople when looking for a way to food journal that was online and a little more interactive than carrying a notebook around in my purse. I was skeptical about starting any kind of "plan," but this one seemed to allow for personal tweaks, was all about starting slowly, and didn't prescribe anything too scary sounding, so I signed up! The rest is history!
50 Pound Update! - Spark is the place to be. Everything about this plan works for me and for my doctors. I'm doing this and I can't believe it! For all of the attempts I've tried and failed in the past, I was hesitant about trying ANYTHING new, but 6 months later and 50 pounds lighter I have the confidence I need to carry me through to the end of this weight loss journey and beyond. Thank you SparkPeople! I'm currently running twice a week, swimming once a week and doing a Zumba class once a week (this coming from a person who LOATHED all forms of exercise at the beginning of this program). Sometimes I switch up my activities, but I'm really happy with my exercise schedule now and how it's working in conjunction with my work and social life. I'm staying within my Spark calorie ranges about 95% of the time and the weight loss seems to be cooperating. Getting ready to run my first 5K, November 6, 2010 - Hot Chocolate 5K with a bunch of my Spark friends in Chicago. It's going to be an awesome weekend!
75 Pound Update! - This just keeps getting better. After a bit of a slow-down over the month of December with a trip to Germany and the Christmas holidays I was able to maintain my loss and keep right on going - a sure sign that I am on the right track to continue this journey for life. I'm so excited about being that much closer to 100 pounds lost! I did run that 5K in November, and now I'm training for the 8K Shamrock Shuffle in April (as well as numerous other runs in 2011), running OUTSIDE all winter long. I feel invincible! The three words that I started with at the top are still true of my time here - Accountability to myself and my peers through the tracking systems here on Spark, Acceptance for my past mistakes and the person that I used to be, and Affirmation of a better today and tomorrow through all of my hard work and perseverance. But I have a new word now too - Sustainability. That is the new goal and the new way of life I have discovered through Spark. The ability to sustain my weight loss, my spirit and the new way of life that I continue to forge for myself every day.
100 Pound (and 1 Year of Spark) Update! - I did it! I lost 100 pounds in 1 Year of being on Spark! I still have 100 left to go, but I know now that it will come off. All of it. I don't have any doubts in my mind. I have never been more confident or sure of myself before (and I'm a pretty level headed person for the most part). The next 100 may not come off as quickly or as easily as the first 100 did, however, what is important is that I have learned to live my life in balance. I have fun and enjoy every day as much as I can. I still LOVE food, but I don't feel guilty about it any more. I indulge when I need to and make up for it in other places. I ran the Shamrock Shuffle 8K and achieved a Personal Best! Now I'm on to training for a 10K & 15K this year and hopefully a Half Marathon and the Chicago Marathon in 2012. My goal of sustainability has become a reality - I couldn't be more thrilled!
125 Pound Update! - Whew! The last few months have NOT been easy going. Since losing 100 pounds, my body decided to slow right down and take another 6 months to go a quarter of the way of what I did last year. But that's ok. I'm still here, I'm still losing and after busting through a 2-3 month plateau with my first 10-mile run, I feel GREAT!!! I'm on schedule to run a half marathon (maybe before the year is out) and am officially training for the Chicago 2012 Marathon. Unbelievable. I have trekked through Africa and Istanbul, am in a wonderful relationship with a really great guy, am looking so forward to strapping on my ski boots for the first time in over 5 years this Christmas to ski the Rocky Mountains, and only have more good things ahead of me. Chug, chugging along - I am doing this, every single day.
April 15, 2013 - 3 Years of Spark - Everything is new again on my anniversary date. I am newly single again, quit my job that has been weighing me down (mentally and physically) for years and am throwing all caution to the wind and going into business for myself. I'm still struggling, having put on almost 30 pounds since running the marathon, but I truly believe that it is more situational than anything else and that once I am am freed from the mental stress that is causing the gain, I will be able to look at myself with clear eyes again and forge forward. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my journey here and my ultimate goal and so I am continuing to trudge forward into the unknown and get what I know in my heart I deserve.
February 15, 2014 - I have returned to Spark after almost a year away in which I've continued to maintain my 100 pound weight loss, but inching back towards unhealthy territory. Since my total life cleanse of quitting my job and my long-term boyfriend, I'm craving systems and schedule again and I'm thinking that this might help. Things are changing fast and furious in my life (new boyfriend, I'm moving, I own a new business) and I don't want life to get so carried away that I forget about myself and how far I've come and how hard I've worked to get here in the process. So time to dial back, pick up the familiar GOOD habits in all this chaos instead of the bad, and build a life on the framework that I know works for me and that I want in the long run.
March 27, 2016 - It's amazing to me how much my life works in patterns sometimes. Another 2 years away (where has the time gone?), single again, and now on top of a successful and thriving business that has taken from me every ounce of my being and every good habit I worked so hard here to achieve. Another 40 pounds has found its way back in the past 2 years of stress. And like every year past right around this time I am on the quest to be rid of it again. Maybe this time, it might actually work. I am grateful at this point that Spark is still here, with all my achievements listed by date. It is a constant reminder of what I am capable of and a frame of mind that I long to return to.
Things I Am DONE With . DONE Being a Fat Girl! - April 21, 2010 . DONE with 10 pounds & being in the 300s! - April 26, 2010 . DONE with Size 26 jeans - May 5, 2010 . DONE with 15 pounds - June 2, 2010 . DONE with 20 pounds - June 16, 2010 . DONE with 25 pounds - June 30, 2010 . DONE with 30 pounds & 10% - July 28, 2010 . DONE Girl of the Day! - August 10, 2010 . DONE with 40 pounds - September 3, 2010 . DONE with gaining weight during tech week - September 15, 2010 . DONE with 50 pounds! - October 6, 2010 . DONE with C25K Training - October 26, 2010 . DONE with 60 pounds! - November 7, 2010 . DONE with the WW1 Challenge! - November 17, 2010 . DONE with 70 pounds! - December 15, 2010 . DONE with 75 pounds! - January 15, 2011 . DONE with 80 pounds! - February 1, 2011 . DONE with 90 pounds! - March 7, 2011 . DONE with 100 pounds! - April 15, 2011 . DONE with the 200s!!! - June 24, 2011 . DONE with 125 pounds! - October 19, 2011 . DONE with 130 pounds! - May 11, 2012 . DONE with regaining weight and letting my career control my life - March 27, 2016
* to lose 60% of my starting weight - so far I've lost 16.29%
*not having to wear a seat-belt extension when I fly - DONE!
*being able to cross my legs
*being able to wrap a hotel-sized bath towel ALL the way around my naked behind
*complete a marathon and a triathlon because I am an ATHLETE! - DONE
*being able to buy boots that fit my calves
*being able to go for a piggy-back ride without thinking I'm going to kill the person carrying me! - DONE! (Tough Mudder 2014)
*finding balance in my life between food, activity, family, and career
- JUST FOCUSING ON THE FOOD!
- started running with the C25K training program August 2, 2010 - finished the program October 26, 2010. On October 7, 2012 I ran the Chicago Marathon! Since then I have completed numerous half marathons, the Chicago Triathlon 2013, Tough Mudder 2014 and so many other fun events.
- swimming up to 1.5K once a week
- Zumba classes when I can
- continuing my personal journey with my therapist
- whole foods, clean foods and having FUN in my kitchen prepping healthy stuff to eat
I'm a true Canadian - born & bred - although currently I live and work in Chicago.
I own my own company, which is both challenging and rewarding, and currently I'm trying to figure out the perfect balance of life and work to live out my dreams to the fullest.
My page title used to be "The Day Will Come, Jenny Wren Will Sing". When I officially lost 100 pounds, I changed my page to represent the second leg of my journey here on Spark - the quest for the Marathon. "The Year of the Marathon - Owning 2012 One Mile at a Time!" became my motto until I met that goal in October 2012. I graduated to a third phase of my journey when I trained for and completed the Chicago Triathlon in 2013.
After so much success in my personal and fitness endeavours, I decided to tackle the business aspect of my life and spent 3 years building my "empire" and losing myself again completely in the process. I'm back again with a different set of successes at my back, a new perspective on life, and looking to get my personal affairs in order again.
Secrets of Success
| Pounds lost: 50.2