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My name is Jenny, Im 28 years old and have 3 beautiful children ages 6, 5, and 4 :)

It all began about 6 years ago when I had my 1st daughter. What was supposed to be the happiest time of my life ended up with me in the emergency room being told I wouldnt make it through the night. I was diagnosed with a rare pregnancy related complication called peripartum cardiomyopathy. Basically my heart had gone into failure and my ejection fraction (the amount of blood your heart pumps out) was only 10%. I was showing symptoms for almost a month and kept being told it was phnemonia...they were so wrong and it almost cost me my life. It had got so bad before that er trip that my husband was having to carry me accross the hall to use the bathroom. I was so short of breath and i couldnt sleep because it felt like i was drowning.

Fast forward 3 months...I had an echo and it showed my heart was at a normal funtion 55% 2 weeks later I learned of some exciting, unexpected, and terrifying news...I was pregnant. I was already told that I should never get pregnant because there was a strong possibility that it would happen again but worse. They were expecting me to die. I couldnt do what they wanted me to...it was my baby! So I went on with the pregnancy I was blessed with. 8 months later I had a beautiful perfectly healthy baby girl! And I had no relapse :)

October 2009 I learned that once again I was pregnant. I knew right away that I was going to continue the pregnancy because everything happens for a reason. Some people may call me stupid for my choices but when you suffer through the pain of 2 miscarriages that you desprately wanted, you have a different understanding for life and know that every life is special and has a purpose. May of 2010 I gave birth to my son :) He was very healthy and super adorable! I however had a mild relapse of heart failure a week after the birth. Luckily since I am so parinoid about my heart , I sent myself to the er with very small signs of CHF just to be sure. Because of my quick response my ef didnt suffer and Im still at a 60% Ill be on meds for a little while to help my heart stay strong for the next few months (since im at risk for 6 months post partum) but doctors are confident I will remain at a healthy range. Since then Ive been given the approval for a normal lifestyle and exercise :) I plan to take that approval to take charge of my life...to get healthy because I want to be here for a VERY long time! And for those that were wondering yes...I had a tubal ligation to make sure that I dont risk my life again : )

I have gained close to 60 pounds over the last 5 years and Im ready to lose it! Im ready to be more active, make exercise a priority, and to make healthier food choices. I am starting my first round of P90X on 1/7/11...BRING IT!

Updated (2/9/12)...
Started working out:6/3/2011
Starting age: 26
Height: 5'1
Weight: 179 (163)
Current Goal weight: 140
Ultimate Goal Weight 111-120
BMI: 34.01 (30.6)
BMI Goal: 22
Body Fat %:
Body Fat % Goal: 22%
Ultimate BF% Goal: 19%
Hip to Waist: 41/41

Push Up test:
16 -6/17/2010
28 -7/20/2010
34 -1/04/2011

Crunch test:
20 -6/17/2010
21 -8/05/2010

P90X starting measurements: prior/30days/60days/90days
Upper Arm-13.5/

P90X Fit Test:
Resting heart rate-TBD
Pull ups-TBD
Vertical leap-8 inches
Push ups-34
Toe touch-+5
Wall squat-40sec
Bicep curls-50@5lbs (need to get some 8lb dumbells)
In&Outs-25 (lying down...these are really hard! lol)
2 minutes of jumping jacks...
HR immediately after-154
1 minute after-106
2 minutes after-100
3 minutes after-98
4 minutes after-98

~Motivational Quotes~

“If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

“Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent.”

“It is better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand days as a lamb.”

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
-Oprah Winfrey

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
-John Bingham

"Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right."
-Henry Ford

"I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we're all cowards."
-Alberto Salazar, three-time winner of the NYC marathon

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars."
-Les Brown

"Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It's the easiest sport."
--Bill Rodgers

"If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it."
-Priscilla Welch

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
- Muhammad Ali

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win but you think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.

...If you think you'll lose, you're lost,
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will -
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are;
You've got to think high to rise;
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battle doesn't always go
To stronger or faster men;
But sooner or later the man who wins,
Is the one who thinks he can.

-- Walter D. Wintle

Member Since: 5/22/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,327

My Goals:
Short Term:
*lose 10% of body weight (about 17lbs)
*Drink 8 glasses of water daily
*Eat a salad as one of my meals once a day
*Walk/run 6 miles a week
*Complete 30 day shred
*Complete C25K
*Run my 1st 5K Race
*Be more active with the kids outdoors
*Work out during commercials and/or nap time

Long Term:
*Run a 10K
*Run a Half Marathon
*Run a Marathon (did I really just say that?)
*Run the Disney World Marathon
*Complete a Mudathlon
*Goal Weight 125
*Make better food choices
*Become a Spark People Motivator

Weight Goals (actual)

01/01/11-180 (starting)
05-24-14 172 (starting)
06-24-14 162 ( )
07-24-14 155 ( )
08-24-14 150 ( )
09-24-14 146 ( )
10-24-14 142 ( )
11-24-14 138 ( )
12-24-14 133 ( )
01-24-14 127 ( )
02-24-14 124 ( )
03-24-14 121 ( )
04-24-15 119 ( )
05-24-15 117 ( )
06-24-15 115 ( )

My Program:
In warmer months:
C25K 3 times per week
ST 3 days a week

30 day shred or taebo 1 or more times a week

Just Dance on the Wii with the kids 3x a week

workout for at least 20 minutes everyday

make healthier food choices

Eat 4 fruits/veggies or more every day

No more soda

Staying inbetween 1200-1550 calories a day

Track all food...the good...the bad...and the ugly.

Personal Information:
Height 5'1''
Weight 172
BMI 34.01

Overweight BMI Range =133- 158lbs

Normal BMI Range = 98-132 lbs

Other Information:

160- Banish fat boost metabolism dvd

150- 10lb weights

145- New workout outfit

140- resistance bands

135- PPCM Ribbon Tat

130- eliptical or treadmill

125- new clothes!!!

120- New bike

Maintain weight for 2 months = Butterfly tattoo to represent my metamorphosis :)

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  • v DWORB415
    Hi! I just saw your post on my page. We are at the same weight, so it looks like we do have the same amount to lose! I noticed you are doing the C25K and 30 Day Shred and Tae Bo. I am also following the Couch to 5K program. I am on Week 5. It's been flooding over here though, so I had to skip last week. I also like doing the 30 Day Shred and Tae Bo. My muscles feel like jello after the workout but it feels great when I am finished!

    How are you doing?? Hope to stay in touch and get to know you. emoticon
    2624 days ago
    Nice to meet you! I started out very slowly and just tracked my daily calorie intake. My goal was just to lose a pound a week, and I did through calorie tracking for about a month and then adding fat, carbs, and protein tracking the next month. For a little while at the beginning, I only tracked 4 days a week. I hit a bit of a plateau after two months, though, so I started doing 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. 2 days of strength training, 3 days of cardio. There were a lot more steps after that, but I don't want to overwhelm you. It was a year's worth of just changing things little by little. But, please, feel free to ask me anything! I love talking about it. Good luck on your journey!
    2627 days ago
    Glad to hear from you! Just got back on after many months of not.

    Have to start from scratch. At least I'm back. Going to be a long and beneficial journey.

    Talk to you soon.
    3659 days ago
    Miss you!!!!!
    3774 days ago
    "Beautiful Woman Award!" emoticon

    Oops! I forgot chain comments & emails are discouraged on SP - so instead, please enjoy the sentiment and know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!
    3845 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/25/2011 1:27:21 PM
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