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Hi and Welcome to my Spark Page.
My name is Jackie and I started my journey on March 25, 2008.
I reached my goal weight of 112 in August 2. 2008* (see note at bottom).

I initially found Spark People through another website and decided to look into it. It was free and I had nothing to lose except for the extra weight I was carrying around.
After getting married in 2002 to my wonderful husband, I moved in with him and his 2 young sons. Suddenly having a family with children was new to me and a little overwhelming at times to say the least, and I found myself turning to food to deal with all the new found stress. Of course, that didn't solve anything. But, it was a pattern I would continue for the next several years.
When I came upon the Spark People website that day, I was so ready for a change.
I absorbed everything I could by reading the articles, participating on my Spark Teams, and using the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers. They were a godsend.
I started out slowly, but I kept at it. I knew I didn't put on the weight overnight and it wasn't going to come off overnight.
When I started seeing results, that spurred me on to add more cardio to my workout. After a couple of months, I also added strength training to my workout routine.

It was and still is a lot of hard work, but it's SO WORTH IT!
I am healthier, I am back into my regular size clothes again, and I am so much more aware of what I am putting into my mouth.

I reached my goal weight on August 2, 2008 and have had some ups and downs but holding steady at my present weight of 116.

I do cardio 5- 6 times a week and strength training 3 times a week.
Life can get very hectic, but it's also full of choices. I choose to be healthy and take care of me. If I am healthy, I can better take care of my family. So, no matter how busy I am, I find time for exercise. It's my gift to me! It's all about choices.
I still have some days where I indulge more than I should but I don't beat myself up about it. I just keep moving.

So, to new members and to members who feel discouraged, don't give up. Use all the great resources Spark has to offer. If I can offer any words of wisdom, it would be to just keep plugging away. You WILL reach your goal. Stay determined and if you stumble along the way, just get back up and keep moving forward. YOU CAN DO IT!
The support from Spark People and my Spark Friends has been paramount in helping me reach my goals. Thank you all!

Blessings!

Jackie






Member Since: 3/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 233,914

My Goals:
Tone up and be healthy and fit for life.

I reached my goal of 112 on 8/2/08!!
Now I plan on continuing with my exercise and healthy eating.

I quit smoking on 10/9/09.


My Program:
I use an elliptical trainer 5 - 6 times per week for cardio and do strength training on a Soloflex Machine 3 times per week.

I make healthier food choices and track my food, thanks to SparkPeople.



Personal Information:
I live in Northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, Ohio.
I have been a vegetarian since 1988.


Other Information:
My Great Dane, Isis (12/2/01-1/10/12) crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. My cat Phoenix (Orange Tabby) crossed the rainbow bridge on 2/23/18. And my sweet buddy, Angus the cat (Gray, Long Hair) crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 10/3/18. Their pictures are in my photo gallery.
I now have a long haired gray and white male cat named Rowdy. And boy is he ever full of personality. He keeps me entertained and amused.





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  • v TUESDAYS
    Jackie....
    I saw your comment on a thread about healthy chips. I just wanted to mention that my family loves the Baked Lays and encourage you to try them. Neither my DH or DD are overweight, but they just prefer the taste. The snack bags are 110 calories, so they are a pretty harmless indulgence now and again.

    But I shouldn't be giving YOU food advice, should I? Look at you and your skinny self! LOL! You look great! Congrats on making this work!
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    4483 days ago
  • v IRTWWW
    Hi Jackie! Thanks for the goodie and the encouragement you gave me! ^_^

    By the way, your pictures are awesome - they really show off all the hard work you've done! ^_^ Hopefully I am on my way to the type of success you've had.
    4487 days ago
  • v BARBARAJEAN2605
    Thank you for the comment. :) I just started today to track my food and fitness. I know it will help me a lot. I really have found so much information in the short time. Thank you again.
    4495 days ago
  • v ANGELGAL01
    Thank you for the comments on my blog.

    Your before and after pics are totally AMAZING!! Wow. And you even sported a 2 piece swimsuit... it'll be a while before I'd go that far. In any case, I hope to follow your example.
    4496 days ago
  • v no profile image CONWAYSK
    Thank you so much for the sunshine. I love it here.

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    4498 days ago