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Running and losing weight saved my life. I felt lumps I wouldn't have been able to at 190 lb.

April 2012

Summer 2010



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I get a second chance at this...It has taken me 3.5 years to get back here. I loved looking back at my old posts, etc. because it reminded me of all that I worked for and all of the things that I learned about living a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

In 2011 I set out on a weight loss journey and had several victories. I lost 50 pounds in a little over a year but at the beginning of 2013 when all of my work should have made me more energized and feeling great, I just wasn't and it got more difficult to work a full day let alone exercise.

In May of 2013 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It turns out that my weight loss may have just saved my life. I was able to feel many enlarged lymph nodes but didn't put 2-and-2 together til well after diagnosis.

My 2.5 year treatment plan ended in October of 2015. It has taken me a while to figure out just what my new normal is. Unfortunately, some of it was back to my old normal of not exercising and eating whatever I wanted. Why not? I deserved it, right? Well...

So here I am ...ready for my 2nd chance at this!

Member Since: 3/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 11,219

My Goals:
Updated January 2017:

Move everyday!
Eat within my calorie limit!
Drink water, not soda!

Lose 60 pounds! - I am halfway there - 6/11/2011
Only 8 pounds to go! - 7/18/12

Run my 1st Half-Marathon September 2nd, 2012 - IN TRAINING!!!

Run in the Illinois Marathon's 5k on April 29. 2011 - Done!!! Time - 40:56
5K April 27, 2012 - 36:50
10K April 28, 2012 - 1:18:49

Run in the Pirate 5k Havre de Grace, MD July 9th, 2011 - Break 38:00 - DNS due to bronchitis. This was really disappointing.

Eat!!-Healthy that is!

Track my food.

Move -for at least 20 minutes a day.

....and you know what? I really want to be able cross my legs comfortably when I am sitting! - I can do this now!!!

New goal! - Run a Marathon before I am 40. I've got 4 years to get this done. (7/19/2012 - Thinking about doing one Jan. 2014)

My Program:
Updated January 2017:

No set program at the moment but trying to build up daily tally marks on my movement board.

I started my journey using Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds DVDs but I am now able to jog for up to 30 minutes. I also really like Denise Austin's Burn Fat Fast and Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout is another one of my favorites since it incorporates strength training. We also bought an elliptical in February and I love it! I am on it about 4 to 5 times a week.

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My name is Jennifer. I am a 41 year-old mother of two and am from Champaign, IL! Go ILLINI! I am also a middle school math teacher and I am constantly on the go with my girls. Between teaching full-time, volleyball practice, dance and violin, life is pretty awesome!

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    Hey! Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment.. hehe... it's nice to meet Mrs. Brightside! LOL
    2449 days ago
  • v CAROLYN1213
    Welcome to the Couch to 5k running group!!!! Stop by the message board and introduce yourself to the team. On the team page you will find a thread for each training week. Click on week one and post were you are at in your training. This is a great way to meet others who are in the same phase of training as you. Some of my best friends were in my training week one and we worked through the program together sharing victories, questions, comments, and ideas. I look forward to learning more about you. I will be popping in on the Weeks 1 - 3 training to help answer any questions that might pop up and to cheer you on to your goals! Be blessed! Be a runner!
    2475 days ago

    Great going on -10lbs!!!!

    Just stopping by to say Hi!! Hope you are having a great week!!
    2480 days ago
    hi there! I saw your post on a message board...We have similar weight loss goals. I have two children 3.5 yr old girl and 15 mo boy. I stay at home with my kids and work on weekends as a medical social worker. I am ready to work hard and be fit for myself.

    Are you following the spark calorie tracker?

    I noticed the goals to run! Have you heard of the couch to 5k? I did that last April and ran a 5 K in June, July and a triple race in 24 hours in Aug and then my second 1/2 marathon Nov 2010. Right now, I'm enjoying more cross training.

    Just wanted to say Hi! Hope you are having a great week!!
    2495 days ago
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