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Hi everyone! My name is Jess and I'm a 33 year old single mother of one 12 year old little boy. I began my weight loss journey with a vengeance at the beginning of 2012 after attending my 10 year high school reunion over the summer. I realized how big I had gotten and how terrible I looked when I saw the pictures from that time. It still took me a couple of months of fighting with myself to come to the conclusion that even if I failed miserably, I had to make a change in my life.

Throughout my journey so far, I've learned that I've been hiding behind my weight for a number of reasons. I have also found that as I'm losing weight I've found many things about myself that I love, but I'm finding that there are still things about me that I don't love yet. I say yet because I know I'll reach that point, but I'm not there yet.

During my journey, I hit a plateau pretty hard and gave up on myself and my journey with the belief that if there was no weight loss, there was no success. I forgot that my journey is not only about weight loss, but about overall health and improving my way of life. I regained all that I lost and have had to start over again. It's been a humbling experience. I'm picking myself up and not letting this fall back get the best of me. I CAN be successful!

My biggest struggles right now are motivation and making healthy choices. I'm trying to work through them every day. Some days are much better than others.

Member Since: 7/25/2011

Fitness Minutes: 9,094

My Goals:
Focus on healthier food choices. No fast food for the month of January. Reintegrate exercise into my routine. Teach myself and my son how to live a healthier and more active lifestyle.

My Program:
Keep a food journal.

Walk and use DVD workouts from Bob Harper.

Personal Information:
My name is Jess and I'm a 33 year old single mother of one. My son is the light of my life and one of my main motivators. I am a teacher who is currently working as a school secretary after having no success on the job market this past summer. 2016 was a rough year for me, but I have faith that 2017 will be a better year.

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I'm an avid reader. I go through many books and even have two 5 shelf bookshelves that are double stacked on all shelves (not counting my Kindle collection). I'm also a movie lover, I generally stay away from horror, but otherwise I'm pretty open. I enjoy hiking, bowling, and spending time with friends and family.

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  • v EUEK098
    Hi there, wishing you the best in December, we're still here rooting for you.
    1967 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70

    Been missing you, Jess. Hope everything is ok. How is your little boy doing?
    2024 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70

    I just wanted to touch base with everyone. How are you doing? I want to encourage you, today! If you are struggling talk to me. If you are doing really good tell me about it. I am listening! You are in my prayers. emoticon

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    2073 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70
    I thought I would stop by and see how each of my Spark Friends are doing. I hope things are going well. Keep working hard on your goals and success will come. emoticon emoticon
    2122 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70
    Hey Jess,

    So sorry you are still in a plateau. I just know it will break soon. Hang in there. Yes, you have come to far and you look so wonderful. Something has to give soon and it will. I am doing good. I am going to have to have back surgery and surgery on my feet it seems. Dread it. I broke my body down with my weight. Now I have to pay the piper. Hopefully the surgeries will get me back in shape. I am presevering, though. I will never give up and neither should you. You are a winner. Just look at you! You have been successful and you will continue to succeed. You are just a little stuck at the moment. When this plateau breaks for you, it will be like a river dam breaking. The weight will start coming off in a flood. Just wait and see.
    2134 days ago
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