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"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but i can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." - Louisa May Alcott
June 2 '09 Update!

The pregnancy is going really well! I am 28 weeks pregnant, due with a Little BOY at the end of August!

I have only gained about 18 lbs so far and am hoping that the rest of my pregnancy goes just as well! I don't have much of a belly, but i'll post a pic soon!

Much Love,
January '09 Update!

As you may read in my story below - one of reasons for losing weight was to fight PCOS and get my body back on the right course, and get everything working the way it is supposed to!

Well, apparently my hard work paid off, as i found out a few weeks ago that i am pregnant!!! Without taking any meds, etc - but just by getting my body healthy and staying active, i was able to change things for myself and truly achieve my goal!

I am staying active as energy allows ad continuing to eat healthy, but i am even more thankful now for all the knowledge i have as i go down this path in my life and start a whole new journey!

Much Love,
August '08 Update!

Hello to all my friends who visit my page, check in on me to say hello and encourage me!! Thank you for your continued support!! I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to those who voted me as a SP Motivator! It literally brought tears to my eyes when i got the email! It really made me realize how far i had really come, and how much we all really mean to each other on here!

This summer has been very busy and very fun! I am loving myself and enjoying every last bit of life!

Since summer started i have fallen off from tracking my nutrition and fitness - from this i have learned a couplethings:
1. i can maintain my weight through what i have learned about nutrition and fitness!!! Yeah!
2. i don't lose when i am not tracking - boo :(

I will be setting up my new goals soon, though, to lose the last 15-20 lbs of my original goal! I know i can do it though - i've already come this far! So - i'll post that soon!

I've been asked about what i did to be successful - so i just thought i'd post some tips!
1. Identify a main reason/goal that is crucially important to you to be your motivation. Something that won't waver or lose its importance.
2. Set up mini goals to lose your overall desired goal. (i did the 10% method)
3. Keep visual reminders around you.
4. Utilize the support of family & friends.
5. Track faithfully - don't cheat yourself!
6. Measure, measure, measure! Keep those portions in control!
7. Stay positive!
8. Celebrate your successes!

Lbs Lost as of 7.17.08 - 65.6 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 6.30.08 - 65.6 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 6.23.08 - 65 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 6.16.08 - 65 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 6.9.08 - 65.6 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 6.2.08 - 64.4 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 5.26.08 - 62.3 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 5.19.08 - 63.4 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 5.12.08 - 60.8 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 5.5.08 - 58.8 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 4.28.08 - 56.4 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 4.21.08 - 55.8 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 4.14.08 - 53.6 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 4.7.08 - 52.6 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 3.31.08 - 50.4 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 3.24.08 - 48 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 3.17.08 - 46.2 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 3.10.08 - 42.8 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 3.3.08 - 40.8 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 2.25.08 - 38.4 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 2.20.08 - 33.4 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 2.11.08 - 34.4 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 2.4.08 - 32.8 lbs
Lbs Lost as of 1.28.08 - 30.6 lbs

Hi! My name is Jessi, i am 27 and i live in Mid-Missouri. And this is my story in a nutshell!

I have always been insecure about my weight and size...even since grade school. I can still remember getting made fun of and people talking about me.

In high school i was a cheerleader, did well in school, had a good group of friends,but of course, had self esteem and self confidence issues. I was never severely over weight, but was far from the slim "ideal" image that most of my friends were. However, i stood up straight (like my mom always told me to do), held my head high and tried to exude the confidence i did have and that which i wish i had. It was also in high school that i met the man who would end up being my future husband (yes i married my high school sweetheart!). That helped my self esteem, but of course, you can't rely on someone else to provide that for you...

In college, my weight fluctuated and i would successfully lose weight through watching my nutrition and exercising, but i was still not where i wanted to be. At the end of my Junior year, my friend and i decided to go to Australia for a semester. The summer before i started working on nutrition and fitness again and weighed around 160-165 or so - which i wasn't completely happy with, but felt confident, none the less.

While i was in Australia, i felt like we lived so much healthier....less fried foods, more fruits, veggies, and a TON more walking!! We walked just about everywhere! When i came back from this amazing experience i came back tan, slim, and healthy - there's a pic of me shortly after i got back in my photo gallery. My husband (bf at the time!) and i got engaged a week after i got back.

However, when i returned home to MO, it was winter. My tan faded fast, i started gaining weight from the holidays, my level of activity went down and the stress of finishing up my last semester of college and planning a wedding started catching up with me.

I guess this would be a good time to mention some of the symptoms that i was experiencing through my college and some of my high school days, that indicated things weren't working quite properly in my body. First, the acne - i can't say that my face was covered with deep sub surface acne, but my skin was never blemish free, which also affected my self confidence. I tried everything, but nothing ever seemed to help. Second, my periods were never regular. I knew that my mom's weren't so i just thought that it was hereditary - no big deal. Third, i started noticing towards the end of my hs years and especially in college that i had excessive, and very unwanted!!, hair growth. I plucked, i shaved, i had laser treatments, but it always came back.

So, back to the wedding...everything went well as i finished up school and planned, but i did start experiencing weight gain. After i was married, over the course of about a year i gained nearly 60 lbs. With this huge influx and all my other symptoms, i knew it wasn't just me, and this wasn't "normal."

Long story short - i researched and then confirmed with my gyn. that i have PCOS - polycystic ovarian syndrome. Lucky me! All of my symptoms were text book for having this. My doc told me that the best way to lessen the symptoms was to lose weight.

Over the last couple of years, i would get inspired, then i would fall back into old, easy (bad) habits. My self confidence and self esteem suffered. I dreaded getting ready to go out with my friends. I started dreading going shopping b/c i knew that whatever i bought my body would not reflect how i felt. I started thinking about starting a family and knew that if i ever wanted to do that that i was going to have to start to make some changes in my life. I needed to get healthy!!!

I found a support message board for PCOS and that is where i first heard of SparkPeople. I didn't sign up right away, but i wish i had!! I started tracking at the beginning of November, knowing that it would be a challenge altering my lifestyle during the holidays. It wasn't easy at first turning down my friends and family dinner invitations for a gym workout, but it has gotten easier.

I continue to challenge myself and look forward to the success i will have in battling PCOS. I feel stronger, more confident and healthier. I know that i am treating my body how it should be treated.

I thank God every day for giving us a body that is forgiving. A body that was once not properly taken care of, and seemed to be the enemy, is now the vessel for ability, determination and success - and most importantly - Happiness!

Member Since: 10/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 11,081

My Goals:
My goal is to be healthier, feel better about myself, build my endurance and get my body back on track the way it is supposed to work! And hopefully get into running some 5k's soon!

Started SparkPeople - 11-5-07

1st Goal - 23 lbs by 1-14-08
*REACHED!!!* 27 lbs lost!

2nd Goal - 20.7 lbs (total of 43.7) by 3-24-08
*REACHED EARLY!!!* 46.2 lbs lost by 3-17-08!

3rd Goal - 18.6 lbs (total of 62.3) by 5-26-08
*REACHED EARLY!!!* 63.4 lbs lost by 5-19-08!

4th Goal - 16.7 lbs (total of 79) by 7-21-08

My Program:
I faithfully track my nutrition and fitness.

I aim for 4-6 days of 40-60 min cardio workouts.

I plan on starting to incorporate strength training in March! I think i'm ready!! (Finally!)

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    Hey you... just thinkin' of you and wondering how you are doing! I can't believe how big your little one probably is already! Such a cutie!

    Just wanted you to know you were on my mind!
    Spark On!
    3556 days ago
    I'm so happy you are back! I loved seeing your new pictures. And your baby boy is absoultely precious! I can't beleive he is almost a year old...just a few months. It just doesnt seem like that long has passed since we've be Sparking on here! Well, as for me...I am stalled just about where I was when you left to have baby Luke. I'm hoping to catch the Spark again and get that scale moving DOWN! Let's do this together. I want to see the progress you do. Thanks for always being such a great Spark Friend!!! So happy you are back!!!
    3824 days ago
    Welcome Back to Spark! It's so good to see you back here. I can't wait to hear all the wonderful news and catch up!!! emoticon
    3835 days ago
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    Hey there, I haven't been on in quite a while and was so excited to check out your page and see your wonderful news!!! Congrats to you and your sweetie!!!
    3853 days ago
    Congrats on being the MOD!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    3854 days ago
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