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Hi, I'm Jeni. I am a SAHM with two darling children and a fabulous husband. I am getting healthy not just for them, but for me, too.

There is no secret. Exercise and lay off the fries. The end. ~Jason Gay

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In January 2007 I made that same ol' New Year's Resolution to lose weight. I joined an online weight loss program (NOT Spark) that ...
Dead last finish is greater than did not finish, which greatly trumps did not start.

Hi, I'm Jeni. I am a SAHM with two darling children and a fabulous husband. I am getting healthy not just for them, but for me, too.

There is no secret. Exercise and lay off the fries. The end. ~Jason Gay

A little more about me:
In January 2007 I made that same ol' New Year's Resolution to lose weight. I joined an online weight loss program (NOT Spark) that focused mainly on losing weight through diet. It worked, for a while, I went from 214 pounds to 190. How long it would've continued working I'll never know because in March 2007 we found out I was pregnant with our second child. At first, I really stuck to my plan, and didn't splurge at all. However, around June, I was tired of depriving myself of the treats I loved and I allowed myself to slip back into those old bad habits. I hadn't exercised before I got pregnant and I certainly wasn't exercising while I was pregnant so the pounds began to pile on. Around week 31 of my pregnancy, I was put on bed rest and then I REALLY gained. When I came home from the hospital, I weighed 240 pounds! Ugh! I began losing the "baby" weight and got down to 215 pounds, but then it started creeping back up. I got up to 225 pounds again and saw a picture of myself at my son's baptism. I couldn't believe how bad I looked. I decided right then and there that I needed to take action. I lost 5 pounds on my own and then was all set to sign back up for this other online site, when I received an email about Sparkpeople.com. Since it was free, I figured, why not?

I joined SP in December 2007 and really learned how important exercise is to a healthy lifestyle. I was blessed to find the Biggest Loser Challenge round 5 in January 2008 and that's when I changed my life.

Through healthy eating and exercise, I have lost 65 pounds (as of October 1). I have begun enjoying my exercise time and finding new ways to make my old favorite recipes healthy.

~Update 5/11/09
Well, after hitting my goal weight and maintaining for a couple of months, I began to slack. I didn't go to the gym as often. I stopped tracking my food as closely. I didn't even participate as much on Spark as usual. What do you think happened then? Yep, you guessed it. I've gained back about 15 pounds of the 90(!) I had originally lost. Whew. It feels good to come clean with that. Seeing 160 on my scale was the wake up call I needed. I have given myself the much needed kick in the pants. I have been back at the gym for the last 2 weeks. Last week, I began tracking my food again. My scale is starting to move the right direction. Thank goodness I woke up before I was back where I started.

I'm choosing to look at this as a learning experience. Maintaining was/is harder than I thought it was going to be. I'm still new at this and am still finding my way. I can promise one thing though: I WILL be a strong and healthy example for my children!

5/10 Update. I am officially a half marathoner and have been bitten by the running bug. I'm excited to meet a fellow Sparker this coming October when we run the Columbus Half Marathon together.

I am not quite to goal weight. I am only 3 pounds from my original goal, but have decided I want to wear a bikini (YIKES!) on the cruise we're taking next April to I changed my goal to lose a little more so that I feel comfortable in it.

5/13 Update: Not only am I a half marathoner, I am a TRIATHLETE! I just completed my second tri and have my third scheduled for September. I have seen my weight creep up over the last year because I haven't been making healthy eating choices. I've got the exercise part down pat, but I am still struggling with afternoon snacking. I am joining BLC22 (!!!) for their summer session. I may not reach my ultimate goal by the end of that 12 weeks, but I hope to be pretty darn close!

How about instead of VOWING, we just do it? ~Patrick Star
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Member Since: 12/13/2007

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My Goals:
NO afternoon snacking!

See 154 on the scale and STAY there!

My Program:
M-Th 30-45 minutes of cardio and strength training.

Fri: Active recovery (walk at a comfortable pace)

Sat & Sun: whatever I can fit in. :) Sometimes that's a really good workout, sometimes it's walking lunges at the ball fields!

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I currently reside in North Carolina but am originally from the Buckeye State. I will always be a buckeye no matter where I am! Go Bucks!

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KATFOSTER11
4/22/2014 11:48:45 AM

Hey Lady! Dropping by to say "Hi". I have been meaning to text you for the last week, but things have been crazy.

Miss seeing your face every week. Let's make some plans with the kids this weekend or something.
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MGJARVI
4/14/2014 2:12:32 PM

Yay Yay Yay Jeni!! Hey George, 'how'you'doin?' emoticon Please pay no attention to the fact that you're seeing my dumb grinning face. I should update it with the HORRIFIC picture that was taken this weekend at the lake. The way I was popping out of the life vest was NOT cool.... (((sigh)))



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NONIE_C
4/13/2014 1:52:58 AM

emoticon I'm so sorry you had to say good bye to a furbaby...I know how much that hurts. Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and your family.
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4/5/2014 9:33:37 AM

Yay! You've turned Green with us! emoticon How exciting!



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JUSTTRIING
3/19/2014 6:57:39 PM

You will have to keep me posted about your hubby's tri. My hubby did a couple duathlons a couple years ago. Has started learning to swim in attempts to do a tri. He keeps saying "dang this swimming thing is hard." emoticon

Sorry to hear about your knee. Is it just runner's knee? I am sure getting rid of some extra weight will help some if there is not something else going on. I know I can tell a difference when I lose even #10. This go around, the weight is just not wanting to come off (or maybe, I am just not as disciplined yet)



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