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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: 232,178

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 FLOODLIE
    Thank you for the Welcome Banner Jackie! Do you have any suggestions on SparkTeams?
    18 days ago
  • v CATIATM
    emoticon Thank you! emoticon

    I've lived in some really poor countries where people face some of life's hardest challenges every single day, and death is omnipresent, so I try to keep that in mind when I start to get whingey about 2020.

    ,,,

    but it really has been a dreadful year. emoticon I agree! We need optimism now more than ever!
    21 days ago
  • v CATIATM
    Thanks very much for stopping by my blog! emoticon
    22 days ago
  • v no profile image GETAGRIPNAN
    Thanks for your comment
    26 days ago
  • v BELLEDVILLA
    Thank you Jackie for reading my blog!

    That's wonderful that you're less stressed and going out more now. May you regain the fun and enjoyment you've had before the pandemic.

    I'm so thankful that our government took the pandemic seriously early on.

    My worst month in dealing with the pandemic was May. I'm so thankful to God that I am enjoying each day a whole lot more now. It did require a lot of effort that included silence, stillness and meditation as well as exercise, sleep and watching what I eat.

    Take care and let's enjoy life!


    34 days ago
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