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(written Sept 2010) My name is Jessica, I live in NC and I'm no stranger to exercise or dieting for that matter. I got into running early 2009 and ran a 10K in April of 2009. I loved the thrill of the race, the motivation of having an audience and a goal to work towards. I even ran a 10 mile race in April of 2010! Even through all of that running, I never lost a pound or changed clothes sizes. Since then I took a more serious approach to eating healthier and I have gone from a size 10/12 to an 8 on my own through smaller portions, paying attention to my caloric intake and varied exercises. I joined our gym nearby and started spinning & various other classes, running around my neighborhood and just finding different ways to keep active.

I used to obsess about my weight and the scale, but I feel like I have a more balanced view of my weight and being healthy at this stage of my life. I like the way I look now overall, but being that I'm 5 foot 2 inches and 140 pounds, I know I should be smaller and I want to be smaller and stay that way. I felt that I looked my best at 125-128 pounds and I was lifting weights at that time. I was doing "body for life" which focuses strongly on lifting weights. My real goal is to wear a size 6 instead of focusing so much on the scale.

(May, 2012) Started eating differently. Most of the time I eat like this: No refined carbs (flour, corn), no white potatoes, no sugar, no preservatives. Only whole grains, legumes, vegetables and meat.

Member Since: 9/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,621

My Goals:
May, 2012 updated:

Goal #1 = 80% of the time eat this way: No grains whatsoever, no white potatoes, no sugar except honey, no fake sugars, no preservatives. Eat within range of 1200-1400 cal/day.

Goal #2 Hit a 4 week streak of 5 day/week workouts.

Goal #3 See the number 135 on the scale.

Goal #4 Below 130 lbs

Goal #5 Run another 5k

Goal #6 Lower my cholesterol by next January, 2013

Goal #7 Start using a heart rate monitor

My Program:
Various classes at the gym: Spinning, Zumba, Body Attack. Crossfit once a week when I'm on track. Also biking and running outside.

Personal Information:
I'm 34 yrs old, married, have no children, one dog and one demon cat. I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses and live in beautiful North Carolina.

Other Information:
I enjoy photography, organizing, frugality, personal finance, cooking, traveling, reading, odd jokes, sarcasm and I've been told I am quirky and weird.

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    Thanks for the kind words. 41 years is a long time..but we hope to share a lot more years ahead. emoticon
    3263 days ago
    Hey, does our stomach mess up after cheese? I haven't tried eating that yet. Today I start my 100% paleo, and after 30 days i will try cheese. Did you have a reaction so crazy before you took out grains?
    3285 days ago
    Thanks for the emoticon

    I have family in the Winston Salem area. NC is indeed a beautiful state. I live next door in TN! Greetings from your sister!
    3289 days ago
    Good Morning Sis:

    Thanks for adding me as a friend. I haven't been on here in a while and was happy to see new ones on my friends list. I too am 5'2" and in the 140s so I know what you mean about wanting to be in the 120s and just to feel better. I'm tired of people assuming that small means healthy. People look at me and don't believe that I weigh what I do, I hide it well but until I was in my 40s I weighed about 105 so really 145 does not feel good to me. I honestly don't care what I weigh as long as I am healthy and right now I don't feel healthy. I began an exercise program of 30 minutes a day three weeks ago so we'll see how that goes. I look forward to getting to know you and seeing you reach your goals.

    Marian in NC
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    3531 days ago
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    Nice to meet you and thanks for replying!! So what different classes do you take?
    3543 days ago
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