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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!



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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    World Vegetarian Day !Please do something to celebrate - 1st October 2008!
    4499 days ago
  • v JILLWILSON2102
    Jackie- Look at you! You look fantastic and I can tell you feel fantastic. In your photos you absolutely glow! Thank you for commenting on my blog. I haven't reached my goal yet, but I feel wonderful and very blessed to have found this place and have the opportunity to meet such great people like yourself.

    Have a wonderful day!! Jill
    4501 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/26/2008 11:52:23 PM
    WOW! Goal weight achieved, awesome!

    I know it has been over a month when you hit it, but congrats anyway (hehe). Can't wait to get there with ya!

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    And I agree with prior look amazing! Awesome job!

    4505 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/23/2008 6:58:57 AM
    Thank you for the comment on my blog about the transplants. Way to go on reaching your goal weight. That is truly awesome.

    4506 days ago
    How great to come across your page! We are almost the same height and I want to be 112, but seeing you aI think I need to go to 110!!! I gained a bunch of weight recently from a back injury too and I need to get it off because my Dh is coming home from a deployment in Dec. I can do it!! Thank for the inspiration! Kat!
    4506 days ago