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April 2016...still fighting the good fight!

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After my first 5K

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Updated November 2019:

My name is Jamie and I am now 39 years old as of this recent update. In February 2009 I had my second and last child. While pregnant I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes which was a real wake up call. I started learning how to eat healthier and only gained 7 pounds my entire pregnancy.

After having Delilah it became my ultimate goal to lose weight and get healthier in time to celebrate my 30th birthday, which was on September 29, 2010. The way I reached my goal originally was by doing a TON of walking. In addition, I started doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, as well as various other exercise DVDs (love the 10 Minute Solutions series!).

In addition to reaching my goal weight of 124 by my 30th birthday, I celebrated my 31st birthday by training for and running my first 5K! I completed the distance successfully on my 31st birthday and ran my first official "race" on October 9, 2011.

Unfortunately in January 2012 I injured my back which pretty much set me back on running for the rest of the decade. Despite this setback, I maintained my original weight loss for NINE years. I'd like to pat myself on the back but a year ago this month my dad fell, declined rapidly an ultimately passed away in July 2019. I also endured a major job reshuffling and the death of a pet. As a result, nine years of hard work was more or less erased in less than 12 months. I am now back up 30 pounds and what is worse is that my cholesterol is 251. I would like to lose the weight and avoid going on cholesterol meds. I do well in a community, so here I go again.

Member Since: 6/15/2009

Fitness Minutes: 185,257

My Goals:
Short term goals:

~ Keep eating healthier

~ Don't take the easy way out! When feasible, opt for stairs instead of elevator, walking instead of public transportation, homemade before pre-packaged!

~ Get down a ROUTINE!

~ Realize that strength training is NOT evil and start incorporating it into my life...again...for good!

Long-term goals:

~ Get weight redistributed.

~ Get down to 120 lbs (at least for a day! lol)

~ When back is healed, would love to start running again and train for a 10K this time!

~ Spread the Spark!!!!!

My Program:
~ TRACKING my food! Even if I go over my allotted calories (and I often do) it helps me to see what I am putting in my mouth, what my trigger foods are, etc.

~ I walk EVERYWHERE I can! And I am going crzy to lower my cholesterol.

Personal Information:
I am a 39 year old woman living in Staten Island, NY. I am happily married to my college sweetheart and we have 2 beautiful, spunky and active daughters: Rebecca (10/12/06) and Delilah (2/9/09).

I love hiking, seasonal activities, visiting museums and zoos, cooking, watching TV/movies, reading, going on the Internet, playing video games, listening to music and spending time with my family.

Other Information:
I am a teacher.

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    emoticon Jamie!
    Stopping by to Wish You an Enjoyable Holiday Weekend! Have Fun, be Safe emoticon
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    emoticon for the goodie, was a nice surprise!
    237 days ago
    Thank you so much for the Goodie and well wishing! I hope you have an amazing month and thank you for the inspiration!
    237 days ago
    Someone told me long ago
    There's a calm before the storm
    I know it's been comin' for some time
    When it's over so they say
    It'll rain a sunny day
    I know shinin' down like water
    I want to know
    Have you ever seen the rain?
    I want to know
    Have you ever seen the rain
    Comin' down on a sunny day?
    Yesterday and days before
    Sun is cold and rain is hard
    I know been that way for all my time
    'Til forever, on it goes
    Through the circle, fast and slow,
    I know it can't stop, I wonder
    I want to know
    Have you ever seen the rain?
    I want to know
    Have you ever seen the rain
    Comin' down on a sunny day?
    I want to know
    Have you ever seen the rain?
    I want to know
    Have you ever seen the rain
    Comin' down on a sunny day?
    312 days ago
    The power of determination will make you unstoppable!! Go Tigers!!!
    315 days ago
    Please post your weight for week 1.
    350 days ago
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