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Hi! I'm Jen...a single mommy of an awesome 18 year old son, Tyler, and a sweet little Chihuahua, named Otis. I'm on a jouney to improve my health and heart, taking one day at a time. I've always given my time and attention to everyone and everything else in my life, and didn't value myself enough to make time for my own health and future. I have wasted too much of my life using my weight as a protection shield...I've missed out on so much! I'm finally making the right changes in my life. I only have one life and one body, so it's time to make the most of it and be healthy!

2012 Update: Okay, 2011 was supposed to be my year to get healthy, but was a tough year, with the death of my Daddy topping the list of struggles that occurred (now I'm parent-less and it truly sucks!). :( Being an emotional eater, it was difficult NOT to turn to food with all of the stress around me. I learned to ask myself WHY I'm I hungry or bored or sad? That's helped me consciously think about what I'm putting in my mouth...before I eat it. No, I didn't lose all of the weight I wanted to, but this is a life journey of health and's not going to be easy OR fast!! It took years to put the weight on, so I know it will take a lot of work to get it off.

I'm stronger and wiser from all the challenges I've been faced with, and I'm proud to say I've made it through the rain! I know my Angel Parents are looking down on me with love and helping to guide me through life...I can keep that in my heart, ALWAYS!! (I love u so much Mommy & Daddy)...AND, at least I can say, no matter how many pounds I gained or lost in 2011, I know I'm on the right track...and gained a fun attitude towards fitness! Definitely positive results! :)

I've also finally realized how valuable this lifestyle really is! It's one thing to hear people say it, and see their results...but once you get it into YOUR head and see YOUR OWN results, only then do you truly realize the's just a different experience! I'm happy to work out and SWEAT now! I'm proud of myself after a workout! I'm happy when I'm cooking healthy food for my son and I...or when making a huge salad of delicious healthy veggies! Love that!! These are definitely changes for the better!!

So, here we go! It's 2012 and I'm super excited to see the progress made throughout the year...and especially how God will bless me...I'm ready!!! :)))

2013 Update: Wow another year goes by? Where does the time go?? I'm happy I lost 20 lbs last year, but really? I KNOW I could've done better than that! I had a lot of distractions, including my son starting college, me leaving my job and son for a move back to Dallas, and relationship stuff (of course) lol. Distractions will never stop in this world, so I have to start learning how to deal and keep pushing forward! Time is a'wastin!! So yeah, it's time (again) to get serious and focused. This weight didn't come on fast and it won't come off's going to take hard work and effort! But I know I can do it!! I believe in myself and will turn these "barriers" into challenges that make me stronger!!

Best of luck to all Sparkers in 2013!!! :)))

So I made it into the 220's and even reached 218 at one point on the scale in 2012...but I start this entry at 225 lbs. Onward and downward! ;)

1/6/13 - 225 lbs
9/4/13 - 218.2 lbs (guess i need to buy that charm bracelet!)

220 lbs.....New charm bracelet
215 lbs.....New workout pants
210 lbs.....New necklace and 10 pound charm
205 lbs.....New ring
200 lbs.....New outfit for work and 10 pound charm
195 lbs.....New jeans
190 lbs.....New workout shoes and 10 pound charm
185 lbs.....New dress pants
180 lbs.....New heels and 10 pound charm
175 lbs.....Hmmm?
125 lbs.....A NEW CAR!!! :))))))))) AND AN AMAZING BODY!!!!

Member Since: 1/6/2011

Fitness Minutes: 8,367

My Goals:
1. Keep dropping this weight!!! :)))
3/21/2011 - 245.2
DONE w/240's: 3/28/11 - 238.4
DONE w/230's: 11/1/11 - 229.8
DONE w/220's: 8/22/13 - 219.8
DONE w/210's:
Into ONEderland:
DONE w/190's:
DONE w/180's:
DONE w/170's:
DONE w/160's:
DONE w/150's:
DONE w/140's:
DONE w/130's:
Goal Weight: 125!!!
YAYYYYY!!!! :)))))

2. Work out and eat healthy for ME!!!

3. Take time for myself every day to enjoy things I like to do!!

4. Run/Walk 5K by end of 2013!!

My Program:
**Eat healthy and cook my own food!
**No more fast food (unless it's Subway or a salad from Wendy's)!
**Log all calories/fat/carbs/etc eaten in every meal and snack in SparkPeople - BE HONEST!!!
**Stay within 1200-1500 calories a day
**Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
**Log at least 30 minutes of fitness minutes a day
**Run/Walk at least 2 miles a week

Personal Information:
**My awesome son and sweet doggie are my life! I adore both of them! :)

**I have an older brother in NYC...he's amazing!! He's also super talented (he's the Musical Director on Broadway! I love him so much!!

**My Mommy and Daddy are both guardian angels in Heaven. I miss them both terribly, but know they are always in my heart and love me so much!!
R.I.P. Mommy (1948-2004)
R.I.P. Daddy (1939-2011)

**I'm an IT Project Manager at an awesome Health Care company in Dallas TX. I love my job!! :)))

**I'm a trained vocalist and love singing all kinds of music! Can't live without it!! I also enjoy spending time on computers and watching reality shows (especially HGTV and any training/weight loss shows)! :)))

Other Information:
Some of my favorite quotes and motivational phrases...

Take a stand and make your mark! :)
~My Grandpa always said this

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
~Philippians 4:13

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
~William Jennings Bryan

Never complain, never explain. No excuses. Just do it.
~Saw this on someone's SP page, but can't remember who...sorry!

"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."

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    Hey there Jen! Thanks for dropping by my page. It was a FABULOUS surprise. What have you been doing for fitness these days? Gym? Walking? Maybe a little Tracy???? I've decided to really push myself this month. I'll be doing lots of Tracy including her dance cardio which I've never really done. Wish me luck.
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    Thank you for all of the amazing birthday wishes!! I had a wonderful day and WORKED OUT HARD on my big day...the best gift I can give myself!
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