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Me crossing the finish line at my first 5 K, Sept 2013

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This is me on my birthday in 2004, I would love to get back into this shape and dress!

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04/21/18: Hi, I am Janette. I just recently turned 58 years old. I live with my boyfriend and his 13 year old son, whom is in 7th grade. We live in Escondido, CA. We have two dogs that my boyfriend bought for his son.

I started Spark People and My Fitness Pal on Mother's Day Weekend, 2013 at 170 pounds. I joined several other weight loss and exercise sites and groups since then. I got down to 140 pounds soon after joining the sites while I was training to run my first and only 5 K in Sept of 2013. Something that I would have never thought of ever trying before I started this journey. Since I am asthmatic and have never been really athletic because of it and other health issues. I had old and new health issues bothering me before and after that race. So I stopped all high impact exercise sometime after that race at the guidance of my doctors.

On April 1, 2014 I started the Dash Diet at 144.8 pounds. I bounced back up as soon as I went on that diet and started adding more dairy, fruits and grains and such back into my diet like my doctors wanted me to do. So I started playing with it and was doing better. But then I had health problem after health problem and started to put weight back on. And with going back to work I was having a hard time with it too. So I have been working more on just maintaining and not so much concentrating on losing since I went back to work in 2016.

I had a goal to get at least a part time job, and I accomplished that the end of Jan 2015. I am back in the Financial Services industry. That Feb I did 52 hours of continuing education at Kaplan College. And that April 2nd I took my Life, Accident, and Health Insurance test and passed to get my license for it. And I started a 2nd part time job in November of 2015 helping to advertise some local businesses.

I started another part time job on Jan 4th of 2016 working for a local CPA, as an office manager, doing receptionist duties, data entry, bookkeeping and payroll among other duties. I have since replaced the other two part time jobs with this one job.

I help to take care of our two dogs. I use to take care my boyfriend’s son as needed, acting as the chauffeur to get him to and from school, and his mom's house which is in a nearby city, watching him when he wasn’t in school, and his parents were busy with their jobs. But about a year ago my bf started to work from home and took back most of the care for the child from me. My bf was laid off his long time job last year, due to the company moving away from where we live. So the bf started taking even more responsibility for his son during that time. The son is older now and doesn’t need as much care as when I first started taking care of him. It is mostly just driving him around right now. The bf just recently started a new job, but at a big pay cut.

A roofing company that is a payroll and bookkeeping client of my boss just moved into the office with us. So I will be training next week to start doing office work for them too, so I will have two part time jobs now. Which is good as my other job is really seasonal, and after the April tax deadline was over my hours were cut way back since Friday. I will be working as an office manager for the roofing company too, which is also a seasonal job.

Goals I started in 2013 and I have already completed or are still working on:

1: I got down to 140 pounds in 2013. But started to go back up when I stopped running for health issues and my life just got really busy. I had to start all over. I am bouncing around 155 to 165 for a couple of years now. I can still get into my little red dress as it is stretchy, but I would like it to fit nicer on me than it does now.

2: I cut my blood pressure medicine in half twice already in 2013. And was only on a really low dose for a couple of years. I went off it in 2016 when I stopped going to the doctor’s office until summer of last year. Then I went back on the low dose I was on before to see if it will help with some health issues I was having at that time last year and I have stayed on the low dose.

3: I lowered my bad and raised my good cholesterol level to help with my gallbladder, liver and gallstone issue in 2013. And each year it was getting better and better. I didn’t go to the doctor’s from 2016 until the summer of last year. I found out then that my bad cholesterol was creeping back up again, so I am back at working on lowering it again.

4: I started to eat more whole foods and less processed foods daily in 2013, and want to continue it.

5: I started to walk daily either in our home, or in our neighborhood. Started to walk my errands and appointments as much as possible in 2013. And I want to continue it. I get a lot of walking in during the week with my job and running errands for my job and for personal too.

6: started drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day in 2013. And want to continue it. In the middle of this March I started having issues with my right kidney. I am going through testing now to try to find out exactly what happened. They said I might not ever know exactly what happened, but something blocked my right kidney from draining properly and so my right kidney was enlarged. We think it is healing itself now. We think I might have passed some kidney stones, but we are not sure just yet, and might not ever know for sure what happened. We are trying to get permission from my insurance for me to have a CAT scan so we can see if the kidney is okay now, and to see if there is still anything blocking it. But I am feeling a lot better than I was the middle of March. I also went through skin cancer surgery on my face at the same time, and I might have had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia, or it could have also been an allergic reaction to having Hepatitis A & B Vaccinations about the same time too. Since having the issue with my kidney, I started drinking at least 10 glasses of water a day and will probably continue with that.

7: I started trying to get at least 8 hours sleep nightly in 2013. This one is hard for me as I just don’t sleep well. I am a really light sleeper that wakes up really easy from the slightest noise or movement. And our dogs wake me up a lot too during the night and early morning. Or I get hot and cold spells or other issues that wake me up during the night and morning. Especially the dogs wake me up a lot jumping on and off the bed, and sometimes even jumping on and off me to do so. Or they bark a lot at different noises they hear, like other dogs barking.

8. I started exercising for at least 10 minutes daily in 2013, and quickly upped it to at least 30 minutes. I kept 30 mins up for years. I always do at least 15 minutes of exercise daily now. Days that I go to work I get a lot of exercise minutes in with walking. Weekends I might take it easy and just do the 15 minutes other than doing house work. But a lot of times on the weekends I choose not to really track anything, and just take those two days more as “rest days”.

9. I started stretching every day in 2013. And I am doing even more of now to help with my Scoliosis and oblique muscle issues. As they caused me to give up my high impact exercises. And if I don’t do the stretching it will just get worse and worse. I found some new stretches in 2016 that I want to continue with. Plus I still do the exercises I was taught when I went to PT for it the year before that. I recently upped my stretching and PT yoga like stretches up to at least 30 minutes a day to help with my scoliosis, as my back and right side oblique muscles started bugging me more with going back to work.

10. I started trying to walk one more step every day in 2013. And I wish to try to keep it up too.

11. I started weighing myself on the Wii and logging it in daily in 2013. And then later I bought a scale and I also started weighing on it daily. I still weigh on my scale daily, but I don’t always log it anymore in here, but I keep track of it on paper. I usually weigh on the Wii daily too, but I also don’t always log that except on paper. And sometimes if I am really busy trying to get everyone out of the house on time in the mornings, I might not use the Wii until later in the evening, or at all.

12. I started measuring myself and logging it in monthly in 2013. I still do it on and off during the year, but not very often anymore. I pay more attention to how my clothes are fitting me then the measuring tape or scale.

13. I started checking into the site for at least 5 minutes daily in 2013. I usually am on the site several times a day for way more than 5 minutes each time. I plan on checking in at least once a week for at least 5 minutes.

14. And the Last one is to have a Very Happy, Healthy & Wealthy New Year! This is the one that I have to work at the most! Along with trying to sleep through the night. LOL.

Member Since: 5/13/2013

Fitness Minutes: 166,119

My Goals:
To feel better health wise.

To look healthier again.

To get back into some of my favorite clothes.

My Program:
In May 2013, I started to count calories for the first time in my life and I am trying to exercise for at least 30 mins everyday. In April of 2014 I started the DASH Diet per my doctors. March 20th of this year I had to go on a low oxalate diet to avoid kidney stones.

Personal Information:
I am from San Diego, Ca. But I am now living in Escondido, Ca.

Other Information:
I like walking and playing with our dogs.

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