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Update 1/4/09. The last few months have been killer for me. I stopped going to the gym, stopped tracking my foods, and basically gave myself 3 "free" months to do what I wanted. Not good for the progress I made! I was inching so close to my goal, but now I know I have gained back at least 6-9lbs, I just haven't dared to step on the scale yet. However, it is on my agenda to do this week (as scared as I am!) and will accurately update my weight on my tracker :(..... Good news is that I am focused and ready to get back on the exercise track and entering all of my food. Kind of starting from square one, but at least I already know I can do it....if I don't sabatoge myself in the process again.... Wish me luck!

I've always enjoyed exercise, but motivation is my killer. I used to use the treadmill faithfully at home until our lower level flooded last year in the Iowa floods. Then....I just stopped. I joined a gym in 4/09 and love going as much as I can. I enjoy eating food, going out with friends, and enjoying the food & drink in life, so exercise helps balance things.

I've never kept track of a calorie until I joined SP. My weight has fluctuated 20lbs up and down all of my life, but I could usually tweak little things and keep it relatively stable for periods at a time. I gained 65 pounds with my pregnancy 5 years ago - took most of it off after 2 years, and then gained about 15 pounds in the past year. I finally had a realization that I am getting older and need to start being CONSCIOUS about my health instead of just ignoring it. I spent the first few weeks on SP just tracking my food without changing my diet and I realized that my typical food intake was a good 3000 calories a day - and that's probably what it's been for a long time. I've made some great changes since then (although some days I still hit 2400 calories, especially if I go out for the weekend with friends) but I am able to get on track. I feel more empowered now - knowing the value of what I put in my mouth. I still enjoy my junk food, but more sensibly!

Member Since: 4/14/2009

Fitness Minutes: 7,260

My Goals:
Lose 22 pounds by the end of the year.

Drink more water.

Get more sleep.

Exercise 3-4 x/week

My Program:
Yoga: 1-2 x/ week

Cardio - 2-3 x/week

xtra strength training (besides yoga) - 1-2 x/ week

Personal Information:
My name is Jill -Married with one child (age 5). I'm a social worker in central Iowa. I'm currently hating Iowa weather, just in case anyone wondered!

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I can't freaking believe how many calories I consume in one day. I have always been able to eat a lot of crap and maintain an average weight, but now that I have started tracking what I eat, well.... it's about double than what I should be. I can't imagine the shape I could be in if I just ate better and exercised. We'll see..... :)

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    How funny! I visited your page because of your comments about diet coke because I feel the exact same way! Then i find out were in the same age group and both live in Des Moines and are on many of the same teams...lol! Just had to point it out! Great job on your weight loss!
    3766 days ago
  • v MLKDUD
    Ok, that is too weird-I'm currently the developmental disability specialist for the region for child protective services. I work with the kids we are involved with who have intellectual disabilities! I've been here for 9 years and have done a couple of other positions here, but this is my favorite. I have worked for the psych hospital here for a short time, done case management at a place for juveniles placed out of their home, and also worked in the group homes here, where I met my husband when he worked there also, back in 1997!
    3771 days ago
  • v MLKDUD
    How cool to "meet" a fellow Iowan, fellow parent of a special child, and a fellow social worker!!! What do you do for a living?
    3772 days ago
  • v MLKDUD
    Your little girl is so cute! and I grew up in Monticello, Iowa, so it's fun to see a fellow Iowan on here (although I am displaced in Texas now!)
    3778 days ago
    Welcome to the Special Parents with Special Children team. Way to go!!! Look forward to seeing you around SparkPeople and getting to know you. Congratulations on your commitment to a better you!!
    3814 days ago
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