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At about 140 - not where I want to be, but on the track

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I am tired of struggling with weight loss. It has come due to unhappiness and depression, having no willpower to hold back when I know I really don't want it. Today starts something new. I've already gotten down the eating healthier habits and exercising regularly, and I do feel better physically, more energy, etc. I've come to realize, however, this journey is not just about eating healthy or exercising regularly (although it is not bad that I have incorporated these things into my life). The journey includes that which is in the mind. Today starts a new focus on making myself happier, not worrying or dwelling so much on things I cannot change, and focusing more on myself. Let's see where this new road takes me.

"This isn't about winning a game, it's about fixing what's broken". - Biggest Loser

Fitness to me isn't about a crunch or a push up, it's about taking your power back.
- Jillian Michaels

"The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed."- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer, most call me Jenn. I have been lucky enough to be thin most of my life, until about 4 years ago, when I underwent two back surgeries (one surgery to remove a tumor, the other surgery to fix a screw up from the first surgery - two surgeries in two weeks on my back). It took a while to recover, so I think that's when my laziness and excuses started. In 2007, I got out of the Navy (military police), and found a job in accounting (desk), so I went from being really active, to rarely moving. I also have a wonderful husband that cooks delicious foods (he, of course, is only 145 lbs). So that's my tragic "how I got fat" story...lazy and full of excuses.

In January (before SP), my sister-in-law took a picture of me loading jet skis in the water. When I saw it, I was horrified -- I couldn't believe it was me!! I started checking other recent photos--holy crap!! It was me! Then I weighed myself, and being 5'4", I weighed in at 179 (calculated BMI - OBESE!!). I had never ever ever in my life ever worried about this, or ever thought I would be here...but I was.

This is what motivated me to start my journey! I have come down from there, but I still have a long way to go! Luckily for me, I am learning so much about health and fitness, and I know I will succeed!!

Thank you for visiting my Sparkpage, thank you for supporting me on my journey, and I hope your journey will be as successful as I know mine will!

Life's journey is not to
arrive at the grave safely
in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways,
totally worn out, shouting what a ride!!

“ Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” Dr. Martin Luther King

"We're always getting ready to live, but never living."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer

Member Since: 2/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 67,578

My Goals:
My goals:
To lose weight (duh)
Be healthier for LIFE

Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip.
Arnold H. Glasgow

My Program:
Continuing my journey to a healthier me, I have now been blessed with a baby growing inside me. I am still eating as healthy as i can, exercising when my body allows.

Personal Information:
I am from Georgia, lived all over the country, and settled in Florida.

Other Information:
Can't never tried.

It's never too late to be what you might have been. - George Elliot

Fitness to me isn't about a crunch or a push up, it's about taking your power back.
- Jillian Michaels

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    Thanks for sharing your perspective on my blog! I think the reason I kept trying Cross Fit and Cardio Kickboxing is because I felt like the benefits I'd receive from doing them would out weigh the pain and nausea I experienced; however with cross fit we NEVER EVER did the same routine twice... and I was sore to the point of hurting when I moved constantly... ( I have five young grandchildren and NEED to be able to play with them) with the kickboxing I would become extremely nauseous about 1/3 of the way through the workout that lasted well into the evening! Ultimately I made the decision to quit both. :)
    2833 days ago
    Oh wow! Really wish we could have met. I was also working the Women's Running Half Booth at the Expo all day Saturday, and part of Sunday after I finished the race. We'll definitely have to plan to meet up the next race we both do. Congrats on your 5k time, that's awesome!!!

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    3031 days ago
    Thanks for your encouragement-noticing my consistency trophy! -:)!!
    3043 days ago
    Yes, this was the one in Westchase. It was a new one though called the Tampa Bay Women's Triathlon and they promoted it as an Inaugural. Thanks so much! - Tia

    3332 days ago
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    Thank you so much for your email. It was very inspiring. I am new to SP and can really see where this community of people with the same goals can help someone stay motivated and meet their goals. I have a feeling this is going to be a life changing year for me!
    3503 days ago
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