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My brother Aaron's wedding - June 19th, 2010. My 2 baby brothers on either side of me :)

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My son and I snowboarding in early April with a gorgeous view of Vancouver in the background

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Last day in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ~ Oct 12th, 2009

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I'm Jen and I live in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. To me, weight loss is about more than losing weight, it's about a total lifestyle change - diet, exercise, stress reduction, a new personal outlook.

I never battled with my weight as a child or teenager and I bounced back to my pre-pregnancy weight quickly after each of my 3 kids. Then on January 1st, 2008, I quit smoking and not only did I put on almost 15 pounds in 7 months, but my metabolism slowed and I became a bigger eater (not a great combo as we all know...). So I joined spark hoping to lose the post-smoking weight, and get healthier at the same time.

About 5 or 6 years ago I took up running and have loved it ever since. There is no greater satisfaction for me than running because it incorporates so many different muscles, gives me a great workout, plus provides an avenue for me to clear my head and just think, not to mention the sense of personal satisfaction achieved in running.

As a child I was sprinter - hated long distances, but could run really fast if I kept in at under a 1/4 mile. Now, my pace has slowed, but my endurance has increased, and I find myself not getting really "warmed up" until about 30 minutes into a run, and feeling at my "peak" around the 1 hour mark. Hence I run 10k's and half marathons now, but am itching to try the "full monty," as it's called by some, before the end of 2012. I had previously told myself that i would run a marathon around the age of 35...well I'm 35, so the time is now!!


My specific goals for 2011:

~ Participate in my first trail race

~ Run a variety of road races throughout the year

~ Ride with the Cyclebetes National team, for the 1045 km relay across British Columbia, raising money and awareness for Type-1 Diabetes (August 13th to 16th)

~ Complete my first marathon in spring 2012

~ Continue to improve my tennis game

~ Enhance my yoga practice & make it a part of my daily life

~ Spend more time exercising outdoors with my kids: snowboarding, hiking, geocaching, biking, having picnics

~ Do all of the above by continuing to do at least 45 minutes of cardio 6-7 days per week, and strength training 3 days per week. At least 3-4 of the cardio days will be spent running, but the others will be cross training - hiking, tennis, cycling, swimming, whatever I feel like on that day!

~ Eat clean, by paying attention to what I eat, but not defining myself by it.

~ Document my progress, running and otherwise, via my Spark blog.

~ Continue to reap the benefits of this fabulous Spark resource we all share by connecting with people, sharing inspirational stories, comparing goals, providing support and generally motivating each other!

Member Since: 7/12/2008

Fitness Minutes: 76,082

My Goals:
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My Program:
Eat clean, do at least 45 minutes of cardio every day (3 days running, 3 days biking, 1 day hiking), and 3 days strength training per week.

Personal Information:
I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, host city of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I am married, have 3 great children, and am an elementary school teacher.

Other Information:
My personal mantras:

~ One slip and I'll be right back where I started. Where I started is desparately wishing I could be where I am today."

~ Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever - Lance Armstrong.

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