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Before and after. My goal is to get back to my weight in the second picture.

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Three of my recent collage art pieces.

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My boy, at Olympic National Park.


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"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." -- Mae West

"You need three things to succeed in writing: discipline, luck, and talent. All we can do is to work on our discipline and hope we have the other two." -- Michael Chabon

My name is Jenn. I'm a 36-year-old geek turned writer and stay-at-home mom. After a scare with high blood pressure after my pregnancy, I'm trying to live a full, active life that will let me stay healthy for a long time to come.

I grew up in a family where books and learning were more important than sports or physical activity, so I'm always trying to balance my indoorsy, bookworm nature with the need to give my body its fair share of my attention. I recently moved from Colorado to Washington and the relocation has threatened my healthy habits in a major way.

After losing 40 pounds with SparkPeople, I reached the optimal weight for my height (5'9") in August 2006 and managed to maintain it until I moved in December 2007. From there, it was a fast downhill slide until I found myself right back where I started, with worsening health problems and massive amounts of guilt because I should know better.

Now, I'm starting over and looking for habits I can maintain no matter where I live or what's going on in my life. I want my body back.

High Weight: 207 (2002)
Spark Start Weight: 199 (14 March 2006)
Healthy BMI Weight Range: 129-168
Goal Range: 155-160

Member Since: 3/14/2006

Fitness Minutes: 11,702

My Goals:
I want to get off blood pressure medication and regain my healthy lifestyle, working out regularly and eating well without falling off the wagon and binging. I also want to use the SparkPeople strategies to achieve my goal of making a living doing something that I love.

My Program:
I'm setting small goals and rewarding myself when I achieve them. Each month, I review my progress from the previous month and set new goals based on my problem areas.

Personal Information:
I recently moved to the Seattle area after living in northern Colorado for 10 years. I'm married with an eight-year-old son.

Other Information:
My interests are all over the place. I love reading and am trying to do more of it after a long, dry spell. I play D&D. I belly dance. I like gardening, although I prefer the results to the process. I'm a writer. I'm fascinated by pirates, mobsters, dance hall girls, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Tudor England. I always wanted to be a bad girl and could never quite pull it off.

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    SO inspired by you, and I want you to know that you have inspired me to keep going. Congrats on your 1st 5K, I see many more in your future. Thanks for sharing your successes! My family send their congrats too! :o)

    5446 days ago
  • v MSM1127
    congrats on making it through the first day of school!! how was it?! you are sending yours off to kindergarden and i am sending mine off to college........ tomorrow! wah!!!!!!!!!!! any suggestions on how to make it through?! lol!

    i really was just stopping by to tell you how GREAT you are looking, noticed in your pic, keep it up girl!! cuz it is really showing!
    5462 days ago
    YAY! We both made through the first day of kindegarten! That is the cutest picture of you and H.

    You are a great mom and an inspiration...big hugs.

    5464 days ago
  • v 2BEEFIT
    Wow, that potrait of you and your son is very COOL!

    I live in WY. I love Co. (except for the taxes) I haven't been there in a long time. I don't know why, since it isn't that long to Denver. My parents are avid Bronco fans (season tickets) but I never go..(just not into football..LOL) don't tell.

    I am also an indoor, bookworm type, and I also like to write. I love to scrapbook, which is, as close as I'll ever get, to ART.

    good luck with your goals. I think they are great, and I love your line about not quite being able to pull off the "bad girl" image. I look to sweet to ever pull it off,
    kind of like a librarian or preschool teacher.
    5510 days ago
    Hello! Guess what you got picked to be on the cranberry team for the biggest loser summer sizzle!!! Check out our tread on the challenge board and intoduce yourself and give us your firswt weigh in!
    5526 days ago
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