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Latest photo - taken in Sept. - the "Oh Gods, do I really look like that!" revelation picture.

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Me being goofy this summer


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Well, I'm a forty-somthin work-a-holic who loves her job and has come to hate the effect my fitness level and weight is having on not only my personal, private life but my professional life as well as my health. A serious car accident 11 years ago derailed a fairly healthy lifestyle and a comfortable weight of 135 that I had maintained pretty much effortlessly for almost 15 years. It was easy, especially at first, to blame the weight gain on medical problems from the accident, then on a series of personal crises that I went through, but those excuses no longer work, and no longer am I satisfied with "Oh well, that's the way I am".... so HERE I am... hoping that maybe by not going this alone (well, at least with some online backup) I will have more luck than I have at all my previous attempts at weight loss and lifestyle changes!

Member Since: 11/3/2007

Fitness Minutes: 210

My Goals:
Overall goal is to lose 125 pounds and reach a fitness level where I can maintain the active lifestyle I wish.

My Program:
Right now, I am just focusing on small steps - breaking bad habits and starting a few good ones.

Personal Information:
My name is Jessica, and I am a photographer, journalist, news editor at the local paper in a small NE Georgia town.

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Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts. ~Minor White

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
~Ansel Adams

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    Hi, Jessica. Welcome to the Shutterbugs! It's a fun group! You'll love participating in our weekly assignments.
    4819 days ago
  • v HALVED
    welcome to 'a healthy pagan life'! Good luck on your journey and may this trial be successful. You are not alone out there, take a look at some of the stories on here and a gander at teh boards and you'll see, we are all here to support each other and to cheer success. Hail and well met.
    4828 days ago
    Yes you are beautiful!!!! Never let anyone tell you different.
    You sound totaly happy in life, very cheerful, The weight will come off and you have come to the right place. Welcome to Spark, Welcome back. See you around the boards.
    4829 days ago
  • v CATHYG7
    You are an absolutely beautiful vibrant YOUNG woman!!! Hi, just Cathy here from Diet Riot Girls welcoming you to our team! We have so much fun losing weight through side splitting laughter. You will find a lot of good information and support and encouragement here. We are so glad you joined and look forward to getting to know you! I LOVE taking pictures as well though I am a novice at it. It is a passion of mine, just like you!
    See ya on the team! Cathy
    4829 days ago
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