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Update: January 25, 2015
I am approaching 5 years of cancer free. February 6 will be 5 year anniversary of my double partial masectomy. Have had a stressful ordeal with my husand in fall 2014 when he had a quintuple heart bypass surgery followed by a severe stroke. We had months of hospital and reha followed by gradual recovery at home. He isn't fully recovered yet, but he is doing much better and I am thankful to have been able to be there with him throughout his recovery.
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Update: January 25, 2015
I am approaching 5 years of cancer free. February 6 will be 5 year anniversary of my double partial masectomy. Have had a stressful ordeal with my husand in fall 2014 when he had a quintuple heart bypass surgery followed by a severe stroke. We had months of hospital and reha followed by gradual recovery at home. He isn't fully recovered yet, but he is doing much better and I am thankful to have been able to be there with him throughout his recovery.
I am looking forward to a busy 2015. Hoping to lose at least 20 pounds. One of my daughters is living with us this winter and spring as she does her student teaching. She graduates in April. My oldest son recently moved to Columbus Ohio about 5 hours from us. Hope to get to visit him in the spring. My older daughter is living a few hours away in Detroit area. Get to see her occasionally since she isn't too far away. My youngest son is away at college. Looking forward to some family weddings this year and also a trip with my hubby to celebrate his recovery! Looking forward to a good year and celebrating life! End of January 2015 update.

This has been a year that has awakened me to improving my fitness and health. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Christmas Eve 2009. I had double breast cancer surgery in February 2010 followed by 3 months of radiation therapy. Fortunately the test results say I have low chance of recurrence, but I am determined to make my health a priority. The rest of my life is pretty normal. I have four kids, two boys and two girls ranging in age from 16 to 25. We have all the normal joys and headaches. We live in western Michigan. It is beautiful here, but oh so cold in the winter, and makes exercise a challenge from November to April. I have a wonderful husband who works very hard and shares everything in my life. I love being part of the Sparkpeople community.
Update: It's been 3 1/2 years since my surgery. I have partially met my goals having lost almost 30 pounds. I still need to lose at least another 30 pounds, but the progress I have made has already made me feel better and gives me hope for eventually attaining my goal! My kids are now age 18 to 28. The youngest is in college and one daughter is married. They are all still important parts of my life but my husband and I are also adding new activities as we no longer have kids at home on a daily basis. Looking forward to the new possibilities plus continuing to strive for my weight loss and fitness goals!
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Member Since: 2/23/2008

SparkPoints: 44,266

Fitness Minutes: 42,290

My Goals:
Lose 50 pounds by December 31, 2013 Revised Stage 2 Below
Step1:
5 pounds by Sept 30 2012
Step 2:
10 pounds by November 30, 2012 Done
Step 3:
5 pounds by January 31, 2013 Done
Step 4:
5 pounds by March 31, 2013 Done
Step 5:
5 pounds by June 30, 2013 Done

Stage 2
Lose 30 additional pounds by December 31, 2014
Step 1
Lose 5 pounds by November 15, 2013

Step 2
Lose 5 pounds by December 31, 2014

Step 3
Lose 5 pounds by March 15, 2014

Step 4
Lose 5 pounds by June 15, 2014

Step 5
Lose 5 pounds by August 31, 2014

Step 6
Lose last 5 pouds by December 31, 2014


My Program:
30 minutes cardio per day.
Strength training 3 times per week.
ABS Diet PowerFoods
Increase protein.
5% Challenge and BLC to help keep me on track.
Track my food.
Drink 8 cups water per day.
Post team challenge daily.
Log in daily.

Personal Information:
I live in Western Michigan near Grand Rapids. Near the Grand River and about a half hour from beautiful Lake Michigan. Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Michigan. Lived in Chicago area for 13 years before making our way back to Michigan.

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Hobbies: Love to read expecially mysteries and historical fiction. Like to travel and see new places, and have been to most states in the U.S. including Alaska and to more than half of Canadian provinces. and most major Canadian cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Halifax and especially love Ottawa and Quebec. Outside of North America I have been to London and spent 2 weeks in Ireland when my husband was doing a major systems install in Limerick at Tellabs in the 90's. Someday, i would like to travel to see more of Great Britain including Scotland and other parts of England. We shall see where life takes us!

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MUVFASTA
2/23/2015 12:10:04 AM

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NEVER discourage ANYONE
who CONTINUALLY makes PROGRESS
no matter HOW slow.

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Always remember that a step in the RIGHT direction, no matter HOW small, is STILL a step in the RIGHT direction! Don't be discouraged by SLOW progress for progress is progress no matter it's speed! As long as you focus each day on getting better & on moving forward, you will continually be moving in the direction of CHANGE, in the direction of HOPE & in the direction of SUCCESS! Each day brings reason to CELEBRATE!!! Choose to LIVE in the MOMENT!!! Choose to APPRECIATE each & every step that brings you closer to the BIG goal! YOU are STRONG, you are CAPABLE & you are DOING this & THAT is ALL that matters!!!

Stay Positive,

Jes

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1/27/2015 9:00:27 PM

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"As with ANY journey,
WHO you travel with
can be MORE important
than your DESTINATION."
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Thanks for being a part of my journey!!!
I appreciate your friendship & value your support so VERY much!!
YOU are FABULOUS!!!!! :) :) :)
Hugs,

Jes

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SNUZSUZ
1/26/2015 10:32:11 PM

Thank you, Patty! I really appreciate all the support here on SP!



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