JMAHNKEN
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Me crossing the finish line at my first 5 K, Sept 2013




This is me on my birthday in 2004, I would love to get back into this shape and dress!


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08/11/17: Hi, I am Janette. I will be 58 years old next year in April. I live with my boyfriend and his son that will turn 13 next Jan, and whom is getting ready to go into 7th grade in a few weeks. We live in Escondido, CA. We have two dogs that my boyfriend bought for his son. I started Spark People and My Fitness Pal on Mother's Day Weekend, 2013 at 170 pounds. I joined several other weight loss and exercise sites and groups since then. I got down to 140 pounds soon after joining the sites while I was training to run my first and only 5 K in Sept of 2013. Something that I would have never thought of ever trying before I started this journey. Since I am asthmatic and have never been really athletic because of it and other health issues. I had old and new health issues bothering me before and after that race. So I stopped all high impact exercise sometime after that race at the guidance of my doctors.

On April 1, 2014 I started the Dash Diet at 144.8 pounds. I bounced back up as soon as I went on that diet and started adding more dairy, fruits and grains and such back into my diet like my doctors wanted me to do. So I started playing with it and was doing better. But then I had health problem after health problem and started to put weight back on. And with going back to work I was having a hard time with it too. So I have been working more on just maintaining and not so much concentrating on losing since I went back to work in 2016.

I had a goal to get at least a part time job, and I accomplished that the end of Jan 2015. I am back in the Financial Services industry. That Feb I did 52 hours of continuing education at Kaplan College. And that April 2nd I took my Life, Accident, and Health Insurance test and passed to get my license for it. And I started a 2nd part time job in November of 2015 helping to advertise some local businesses.
I started another part time job on Jan 4th of 2016 working for a local CPA, as an office manager, doing receptionist duties, data entry, bookkeeping and payroll among other duties. I have since replaced the other two part time jobs with this one job. I take care of our two dogs. I use to take care my boyfriend’s son as needed, acting as the chauffeur to get him to and from school, and his mom's house which is in a nearby city, watching him when he wasn’t in school, and his parents were busy with their jobs. But about a year ago my bf started to work from home and took back most of the care for the child from me. My bf was just recently laid off, so he is in the process of looking for another job. So the care of the son could be up in the air again in the future, but he is older now and doesn’t need as much care as when I first started taking care of him. I take care of the house and such too.

Goals I started in 2013 and I have already completed or are still working on:

1: Got down to 140 pounds in 2013. But started to go back up when I stopped running for health issues and my life just got really busy. Now I have to start all over. I can still get into my little red dress as it is stretchy, but I would like it to fit nicer on me than it does now.

2: I cut my blood pressure medicine in half twice already in 2013. And was only on a really low dose for a couple of years. I went off it in 2016 when I stopped going to the doctor’s office until this week. I just went back on the low dose I was on before to see if it will help with some health issues I was having.

3: I lowered my bad and raised my good cholesterol level to help with my gallbladder, liver and gallstone issue in 2013. And each year it was getting better and better. I didn’t go to the doctor’s from 2016 until this week. So I am still waiting to hear how it is doing now.

4: I started to eat more whole foods and less processed foods daily in 2013, and want to continue it.

5: I started to walk daily either in our home, or in our neighborhood. Started to walk my errands and appointments as much as possible in 2013. And I want to continue it.

6: I started drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day in 2013. And want to continue it.

7: I started trying to get at least 8 hours sleep nightly in 2013. This one is hard for me as I just don’t sleep well. I am a really light sleeper that wakes up really easy from the slightest noise or movement. And our dogs wake me up a lot too during the night and early morning. Or I get hot and cold spells or other issues that wake me up during the night and morning.

8. I started exercising for at least 10 minutes daily in 2013, and quickly upped it to at least 30 minutes. I kept 30 mins up for years. I still usually get at least 30 minutes daily.

9. I started stretching every day in 2013. And I am doing even more of now to help with my Scoliosis and oblique muscle issues. As they caused me to give up my high impact exercises. And if I don’t do the stretching it will just get worse and worse. I found some new stretches in 2016 that I want to continue with.

10. I started trying to walk one more step every day in 2013. And I wish to try to keep it up too.

11. I started weighing myself and logging it in daily in 2013. And I still do it usually daily or at least once a week.

12. I started measuring myself and logging it in monthly in 2013. I still do it on and off during the year.

13. I started checking into the site for at least 5 minutes daily in 2013. I usually am on the site several times a day for way more than 5 minutes each time. I plan on checking in at least once a week for at least 5 minutes.

14. And the Last one is to have a Very Happy, Healthy & Wealthy New Year! This is the one that I have to work at the most! Along with trying to sleep through the night. LOL.


Member Since: 5/13/2013

Fitness Minutes: 136,613

My Goals:
To feel better health wise.

To look healthier again.

To get back into some of my favorite clothes.


My Program:
In May 2013, I started to count calories for the first time in my life and I am trying to exercise for at least 30 mins everyday. In April of 2014 I started the DASH Diet per my doctors.



Personal Information:
I am from San Diego, Ca. But I am now living in Escondido, Ca.


Other Information:
I like walking and playing with our dogs.




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  • v JMAHNKEN
    Thanks so much ladies!
    2 hours ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon What a Hug Can Do or Say emoticon

    It’s wondrous what a hug can do.
    A hug can cheer you when you’re blue
    A hug can say, “I love you so,”
    Or, “I hate to see you go.”
    A hug is “Welcome back again.”
    And “Great to see you! Where ‘er you been'
    A hug can soothe a small child’s pain
    And bring a rainbow after rain.
    The hug, there’s just no doubt about it —
    We scarcely could survive without it!
    A hug delights and warms and charms;
    It must be why God gave us arms
    Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,
    Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers;
    And chances are your favorite aunts
    love them more than potted plants.
    Kittens crave them, puppies love them,
    Heads of states are not above them.
    A hug can break the language barrier
    And make your travel so much merrier.
    No need to fret about your store of ‘em;
    The more you give, the more there’s more of ‘em.
    So stretch those arms without delay
    And give someone a hug today!
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    3 hours ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon ~~The Day After Thanksgiving Shopping~~ emoticon emoticon
    emoticon Only on this day people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have, and if someone has been trampled,
    do you gently reach over them to get a computer? emoticon
    emoticon Didn't you say you were thankful for everything you have yesterday? emoticon
    emoticon So... you can get up early to stand in line for all the sales, but you can't get up early to go to the gym? emoticon
    emoticon Do you tell yourself "I don't need it, but it's on sale"? And if you buy a $1000 TV for $600 you really haven't saved $400, you've spent $600.. emoticon emoticon

    emoticon What do you think...will you go shopping on this day, or save 100% by staying home?? emoticon
    22 hours ago
  • v IMLOCOLINDA

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    Wouldn't it be wonderful
    If every day we're living
    We stopped to count our blessings
    Like we do on Thanksgiving?
    If every day we took the time
    For gratefully expressing
    Our thankfulness for every joy
    And every little blessing...
    Wouldn't it be wonderful
    If we would just remember
    Gratitude's a year-round thing
    Not only for November!
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    Wishing you many blessings to count and many joys to remember
    this Thanksgiving Day and all the days that follow! Your support and
    encouragement have been a real blessing in my journey!
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    1 day ago
  • v JMAHNKEN
    Thanks so much
    1 day ago
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