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Feb 2013
Hi, My name is Jen--- I am 48, a mom to four kids ages 17,15,9and 6 year old. i have lost 50 pounds with Sparkpeople and i am back... having some trouble with viewing food as fuel.. back for some motivation !!

the day before i had my baby i weighed 225lbs..Being my last pregnancy, I vowed that I would change my ways regarding food and exercise.17 months later, 85 pounds less... I have run in 11 5K races, 5 half marathons, 1 15K ,1 10miler and I expect to continue a monthly race schedule thru 2010.. I love running ; it certainly does not come naturally to me. I work really hard at it. I also have worked hard to develop my muscles through strength training. I have started to bike ride and yoga in order to cross-train. I really really believe that for me the focus has to be on the doing , the active rather than the idea that I cant eat this or that.. I do not deprive myself. I by choice chose not to eat certain foods but nothing is really off the list that I can never eat or drink again. I hope to one day run a marathon and compete in a triathlon.
A word about this site! I am continually amazed by the support I and my friends receive. I never expected on a daily basis to be motivated, inspired, laugh and cry and want so very much to be part of a collective group.
I feel blessed to come in contact with EVERYONE i meet thru this site. Each person can teach me something- I hope I can give back as much as i have been given.
My HEROES on SP are the ones that succeed with their goals as well as those that falter but never give up trying.

Races Ran in 2008:
3/30/08 Shamrock 5K : 38:34
4/26/08 Jailbreak for Home 5K : 35:44
5/26/08 Woodstock 5K : 36:44
6/14/08 Run and Rumble 5K: 38:30
8/3/08 Monster 5K : 38:40
9/1/08 The Mad Dash 5K: 34:43
9/28/08 Roosa Gap Roller Coaster 5K :34:12
10/19/08 Billy Goat 5K Trail Run :37:57
11/9/08 Pine Bush Ambulance 5K:33:52
11/27/08 Turkey Trot 5K:34:05
12/7/08 Jingle Jog 7K: 51:37

RACES in 2009:
1/3/09 Recovery From the Holidays Run up to 50K----COMPLETED A 10k!!
3/8/09-Celebrate Life Half Marathon,Rock Hill, NY 3:01:25
3/22/09-Shamrock Half Marathon Virginia Beach,VA-2:43:12
4/19/09-Hudson Valley 15K Road Race-1:59:15
5/17/09 Dutchess County's Lauren 10 mile run-2:01:57
5/25/09 -Woodstock 15K---ran 8.65miles DNF--read May 25, 2009 blog if you would like more details~~
6/6/09-Race for The Cure 5K-Hartford,CT-34:31
6/14/09-Classic 10K-1:12:18
7/4/09 - Goshen 10K- 1:18:55
8/2/09- Monster 10K 1:18:59
9/7/09- Warwick 5K 33:50
9/12/09- General Montgomery Day 8K 56:56
9/20/09-Dutchess 1/2 marathon -3:04:25
10/11/09- Tri-State 10K 1:03:48
11/1/09 After the Leaves Have Fallen 20K trail run-2:29:18
11/26/09 Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot 5K-27:26
12/6/09- Jingle Jog 7K-40:54
the end of the 2009 running season....

2/7/10-Surf City 1/2 Marathon-CA 2:38:41
3/14/10- Celebrate Life 1/2 Marathon 2:19:53 PR!!!!!!
4/11/10- Hudson Valley 15K- 2:39:30 PR!!!
5/6/10- Huguenot Street Community5K-27:17
5/16/10 - Toga Biathlon 5k run, 25K bike, 5krun-2:04:30
5/29/10-Chester Kiwanis 5K-26:46 8:38min/mile pace
6/13/10- Orange Classic 10K-56:10
6/23/10- Summer Soltice 15K-1:29:05
6/27/10 -Westchester Biathlon(2 mile run, 15 mile bike, 2mile run) 1:29:40
8/1/10- Monster 10K-59:11
8/8/10- Catskill Mountain Road Relay - 2 10K legs- first leg -55:00 PR!!! second leg 1:04
8/11/10- 1st triathlon(HVTC) 400 yr swim 11 mi bike 2 mi run --1:20 finish
8/21/10- Run Downtown 4 miler- 35:40
8/29/10-Diamond Girl Tri- 500meter swim, 15 mi bike and 4 mi run- 2:10:04
9/6/10-Warwick 5K 25:26
9/15/10- HVTC Tri- 400 meter swim, 11 mi bike , 2 mi run - 1:20
9/26/10- Pfalz Point 10 mile Trail Run- 1:53:38
11/6/10- Falling Colors 8k- 42:53 PR!!
11/25/10-Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot- 25:40
12/5/10- Jingle Jog 7k- 37:57 PR !!

end of 2010 tri/running season~~~~~


1/9/11- Winter Series 5K race #1// 25:25 PR!!

How I Have Been Successful:
*i joined a great SP team-- one of many!
*use my nutrition tracker daily
*cardio-mostly running 3-5 days weekly
*Strength training 4 times weekly
*i have entered an organized fitness event
one time a month(in my case 5K races)
*Spreading the spark with my husband who has stopped smoking and started running since i became a SP member; spreading the spark with my children.. my daughters BMI has lowered since last years physical- the kids are eating more fruits and different veggies and lots of water!!
*connecting up with several specific spark buds who hold me to accountability with my program
*becoming knowledgeable about whole grains, proteins and veggies and being willing to try new dishes
*drinking water ALL DAY LONG!
*i eat LOTS of veggies each day- if i dont, my body doesnt feel right.
*i eat fruit everyday.
*keep coming back/getting up even when i am having a hard time


Member Since: 1/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 38,166

My Goals:
become healthier, live free from self-doubt and find BALANCE!!
continue to spend quality time with my children
go on 1 date day each weekend-- i HAVE been doing this with him and its been so good for our relationship
learn to bike, swim..
participate in one tri for 2010
to be in healthy range for BMI-goal achieved!! 9/08..with 24.4-high end...would like to lower this and finally get down to goal weight of 135.
9/09-- now am at a BMI of 21 percent!!

My Program:
2 runs weekly
2 bike weekly
2 swim weekly
2 ST weekly
track food
stay in close contact with SP friends
read my inspirational, informative material


170-new pair of sneakers-GOAL MET!
160-get NEW SNEAKERS!!! -goal met!
155-new sneakers!-goal met!
150-new weights -goal met!
145- subscription to running mag
140-pedicure-goal met!!
135- massage
130- ???? something big!!

Personal Information:
i am working on getting to know myself ; i know that for a very long time i just worked and worked and worked and really my work was me.. i ended up not nurturing the other pieces of ME... i know that i love to run, i love to take pictures, i like to scrapbook and i love traveling... I am excited to get to know who i am after many years of putting on layer upon layer of unhealthy living.

Other Information:
Location: upstate NY
Occupation: mama and psychotherapist(part-time)
Married to a great man that supports my healthy lifestyle
Children: 4 ( i continue to teach them that mom is a person that needs to take care of herself)
*named Sparkpeople Motivator in 2008
*honored to be Sparkpeople Motivator of the Day 10/09
*featured on CNN.Com 02/10 for inspirational piece
*featured on DailySpark with my SPfriends 03/10
No pets--not for awhile...
Have some GREAT friends here at SP... not just contacts but true friends

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    Welcome to the most wonderful place to help you set your goals to a New Skinny U. May God Help you with your Journey along the Way. God has given you the Faith and Strength and Courage and Devotion to get U through this Journey. U will never have to go through the Journey alone. We are always here for you when ever you need us.
    4925 days ago

    You are always welcome to ask me for help or encouragement. I have really grown and discovered a lot of great information along the way over the last six months. If emotional eating is an issue... go and read some of my blogs and you will see what I mean. The blog I did a couple of days ago was kind of like an epiphany. It is titled, "This needed to be said" I think it will help. :) GOOD LUCK to YOU!
    4938 days ago
    Thanks for introducing yourself on MySpace. Hope to help encourage you on your journey! Your have a beautiful family!
    4944 days ago
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