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Running and losing weight saved my life. I felt lumps I wouldn't have been able to at 190 lb.

April 2012

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I get a second chance at this...It has taken me 3.5 years to get back here. I loved looking back at my old posts, etc. because it reminded me of all that I worked for and all of the things that I learned about living a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

In 2011 I set out on a weight loss journey and had several victories. I lost 50 pounds in a little over a year but at the beginning of 2013 when all of my work should have made me more energized and feeling great, I just wasn't and it got more difficult to work a full day let alone exercise.

In May of 2013 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It turns out that my weight loss may have just saved my life. I was able to feel many enlarged lymph nodes but didn't put 2-and-2 together til well after diagnosis.

My 2.5 year treatment plan ended in October of 2015. It has taken me a while to figure out just what my new normal is. Unfortunately, some of it was back to my old normal of not exercising and eating whatever I wanted. Why not? I deserved it, right? Well...

So here I am ...ready for my 2nd chance at this!

Member Since: 3/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 11,219

My Goals:
Updated January 2017:

Move everyday!
Eat within my calorie limit!
Drink water, not soda!

Lose 60 pounds! - I am halfway there - 6/11/2011
Only 8 pounds to go! - 7/18/12

Run my 1st Half-Marathon September 2nd, 2012 - IN TRAINING!!!

Run in the Illinois Marathon's 5k on April 29. 2011 - Done!!! Time - 40:56
5K April 27, 2012 - 36:50
10K April 28, 2012 - 1:18:49

Run in the Pirate 5k Havre de Grace, MD July 9th, 2011 - Break 38:00 - DNS due to bronchitis. This was really disappointing.

Eat!!-Healthy that is!

Track my food.

Move -for at least 20 minutes a day.

....and you know what? I really want to be able cross my legs comfortably when I am sitting! - I can do this now!!!

New goal! - Run a Marathon before I am 40. I've got 4 years to get this done. (7/19/2012 - Thinking about doing one Jan. 2014)

My Program:
Updated January 2017:

No set program at the moment but trying to build up daily tally marks on my movement board.

I started my journey using Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds DVDs but I am now able to jog for up to 30 minutes. I also really like Denise Austin's Burn Fat Fast and Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout is another one of my favorites since it incorporates strength training. We also bought an elliptical in February and I love it! I am on it about 4 to 5 times a week.

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My name is Jennifer. I am a 41 year-old mother of two and am from Champaign, IL! Go ILLINI! I am also a middle school math teacher and I am constantly on the go with my girls. Between teaching full-time, volleyball practice, dance and violin, life is pretty awesome!

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    You know what I don't get? Why don't we see the emoticons above very often? I mean, I can't even tell you how often I have need of a mullet guy, a sandwich with a glass of wine, an ab roller looking machine, a dump truck and drama masks........ not to mention ALL of the international flags. It is pity we don't have any useless emoticons on here.........

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    2469 days ago
  • v REBKA97
    Thanks for visiting my blog! Great job on setting out your goals!
    2557 days ago
  • v OLSEN9310
    Hi Jennifer,

    thanks for the spark mail RE: the Illinois 1/2 marathon. I live in Germantown Hills, IL, near Peoria IL....also an ILLINOIS fan!

    I am a teacher aide for middle school too - help with all the subjects. I love my job and can't wait to wear my race t-shirt and medal to school tomorrow!

    I look forward to following your journey and blogs

    2606 days ago
    How are things over there? I wanted to check in on each and every one of my friends today and see how everyone is doing! Are you making progress? Remember that progress can mean a lot of different things-- from weight lost to muscle gained to simply FEELING better.

    So, drop my by page and let me know how things are going for you!
    2646 days ago
    Thank you! The first chance I get to run, you better believe that I will be on here blogging about it. :) I hope it comes soon, because the weather has just started to turn around here.
    2648 days ago
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