ANGELCITYGAL   27,391
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With my wife on our wedding day, May 2014.





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If It Is To Be, It's Up To Me!

Hi, my name is Jennie.

When I was in my thirties, I lost forty pounds on Weight Watchers. I maintained for a couple years. However, a serious ankle injury and a divorce led me to revert to bad habits. I looked for solace in the bottom of many cartons of Ben & Jerry's. Big surprise -- I didn't find it there. I regained all but three pounds of the weight I'd lost on Weight Watchers.

I joined Sparkpeople in early 2010, and it took me about ten months to lose ten ...
Hi, my name is Jennie.

When I was in my thirties, I lost forty pounds on Weight Watchers. I maintained for a couple years. However, a serious ankle injury and a divorce led me to revert to bad habits. I looked for solace in the bottom of many cartons of Ben & Jerry's. Big surprise -- I didn't find it there. I regained all but three pounds of the weight I'd lost on Weight Watchers.

I joined Sparkpeople in early 2010, and it took me about ten months to lose ten pounds. I wish I could say I maintained that ten pound loss, but by early 2013, I was back to my highest weight ever.

I know it's time to live this as a lifestyle change and not a temporary fix. Diabetes runs in my family, as do heart disease and depression.

In March 2013 I discovered _The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution_ by Marla Heller. This way of eating has clicked for me. I feel I'm building a healthy relationship with food for the first time in my adult life. I am not experiencing the blood sugar lows, shaking-starving episodes, and food cravings that used to be familiar, if not daily, events. I understand how my body should feel, and how to feed it. It's hard for me to explain what a freeing experience learning to eat this way has been.

I got back into a size 8 in late July 2013 (woohoo!), and I reached my goal weight in October 2013. Since then, I injured my arm/shoulder, and I regained weight and lost some muscle when I couldn't work out. I'm now incorporating yoga and focusing on recovering fitness I lost to the injury.

My long-term goals are to integrate maintenance skills, to enjoy fitness activities daily, and to feel lots of vitality.

My focus is on living a healthy, balanced life. I know that if it is to be, it's up to me.

...AND! I married my best friend, the sweetest woman I know, on Memorial Day weekend 2014.


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Member Since: 1/10/2010

SparkPoints: 27,391

Fitness Minutes: 15,651

My Program:
I started the DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution on 3/8/13.

I reached my goal weight on 10/23/13.

For fitness, I practice yoga several days per week and I also use Leslie Sansone's in-home walking workouts and SP's strength training DVDs and online videos. I recently got a membership at my local botanical garden and have been enjoying walks there, too.

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I was born in New England, but now live in Northeast Los Angeles. I'm the mom of a 12-year-old. I married my best friend in May 2014. I work full-time as a Supervisor for an Infant Development Program with infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays.

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7/26/2014 1:21:32 PM

Welcome back to the two of you! HUGS



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7/21/2014 10:18:46 PM

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7/21/2014 2:41:03 PM

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PIXIE-LICIOUS
7/13/2014 10:54:03 PM

"Allow yourself to dream and fantasize about your ideal life;
what it would look like, and what it would feel like.
Then do something every day to make it a reality!"
-Brian Tracy
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Thanks a bunch for commenting on my blog, "My Mistake." Have a Spark-o-licious day!



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NOTFATCAT
7/11/2014 1:24:12 PM

Welcome to the 50+Maintainers Team.
Congrats on your lifestyle change, both weight and marriage!
Please join in our daily chat and let us get to know you.



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