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I'm living in New York with my fiance, daughter, and 5 pets (3 huskies and 2 cats). I have struggled with weight issues since I was a pre-teen. Since then, I have really noticed my weight fluctuating up and down, but never down to a healthy weight for myself. Some of those times of being at the lower end of overweight, I tried a variety of "diets". When I decided to join SparkPeople, I thought I was trying another one of those diets. But, boy was I wrong! I've been learning so much about myself and what it really takes to live a healthier lifestyle...and loving every minute of it!

It's almost been a year since I've joined SparkPeople. So far, I've lost 31 pounds and I'm now in my smallest size ever. At my heaviest, I wore a size 14 or XL. When I started SparkPeople, I still wore an XL in shirts and a size 10 or L in pants. As of right now, I'm in a size 2 or XS. Sometimes, I still get shocked that I've achieved so much.

I'm still putting forth the effort to maintain the habits I have learned along my journey, as well as working on some new ones. I would tell anyone who thinks that it's impossible: "Look at me! I've never seen this version of me...EVER...until just recently. It's not impossible. It does require effort and determination, but it is NOT impossible."

Member Since: 3/10/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,525

My Goals:
I want to continue to be healthy and improve my fitness level.

I want to learn about healthy eating and fitness and apply it to my own lifestyle.

My Program:
I continue to track what I eat.
Also, I'm experimenting with new ways to prepare healthy meals.

I'm working on a goal of building consistency in exercising at least 20-30 minutes per day.

Personal Information:
My name is Jen. I'm originally from Virginia Beach, but have been living in the Rochester, NY area for the past 15 years. I am an animal lover with 3 Siberian Huskies, 2 cats, and a boyfriend. I'm a sign language interpreter by day, and a dog trainer/sledder by night/weekend.

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    Hi! Saw you on the Sign Language team that I joined this evening! My daughter is deaf, so instead of a C.O.D.A. I call myself a P.O.D.A.!

    I've been signing for a number of years. My daughter grew up oral and got a degree in Deaf Ed, and didn't learn sign language until she was in college (we now realize that was a big mistake, but one cannot go back and undo what was done wrong). She earned her Masters' degree in Lousiana and now teaches the Deaf in a public school in Georgia.

    Learning to sign has brought some wonderful Deaf into my life, and this second language has enriched me in many ways, including the treasure of being able to freely and effectively communicate with my daughter:)
    3092 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/4/2011 1:00:45 AM
    Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog! emoticon

    Now, I'm a student at a university in northern California, but I learned ASL at Ohlone College (in Fremont, California). In December of 2010, I graduated from Ohlone with an AA in ASL and Deaf Studies. Altogether, I've studied ASL for about 5 years. What about you? Are you already an interpreter?
    3144 days ago
    hope you don't mind..I added you as a friend emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 3/9/2011 4:49:13 PM
    Thanks for posting to my blog. Yes, it does feel better to slip into something, anything smaller than what you used to wear. I kept an old pair of jeans I used to wear, so I could try them on when I'm finally to goal. I'm hoping it shows a huge gap!

    I've noticed my abs are starting to tighten up. Must be all the exercises! Who woulda ever thought?

    Have a grand one!
    3185 days ago
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