A new journey has begun

When last I posted, I was training for the Maui Marathon.  True I’ve not posted in over a year so a closure post is probably not needed, however, I wanted to post today to finally close this journey. Have I  met all my health and fitness goals that I’ve set and posted on this blog?  No.  I am still working to complete several goals and I have some new ones in the works for next year as well.(does one ever really stop working on their health and well being? I hope not). I may or may not blog about some of the processes and journey’s to these new goals in the future but it is time to bring closure to the transformation documented here in this blog. So this will be the last official post on MissJ’s blog.

 Most of you know the journey I’ve been on the last five years and if you do not, you can go back and read about it in past posts.  This journey took me from almost 380 to under 200.   From not really living to completing a full marathon. A journey that required me to change more in my life than I ever thought to bring my life back to a place that I could really live.

Ten months ago, after completing(surviving really) the Maui Marathon in September,  I left the church I had been a part of for 4 1/2 years (and in some ways over 10 years) and set out to find what God would have for me next in both ministry and life.  In living that new life, my prayer was to find someone to share my life and a new place to be planted in ministry. I was looking for the next chapter and knew that I had to take a step out of what was comfortable and begin to step into the unknown.  At one point I thought I had found that church and was working to get involved in ministry and building new relationships.  Then I took different step toward that relationship goal and drove over a bridge to meet an eharmony connection in Gig Harbor.  That day changed my life.

On Feb 8th, 2014 I met Hugh Sutherland and began what has been the most incredible journey of my life. Without a doubt I know that God has brought this wonderful man into my life.  The love that we have is ever growing and ever changing.  Daily we are working to build a strong foundation in our relationship.  I’m amazed at how God is continuing to bring us closer and make us stronger. After visiting his church in Gig Harbor, I felt that this was a place God could open doors for ministry. A place Hugh and I could serve together and touch lives.  I do not yet know all the ways that those doors will open but I have so enjoyed getting involved with the worship and getting to know the wonderful people at Gig Harbor United Methodist.

The last six months have been full of new, challenging and exciting changes. Tonight Hugh and I are able to enjoy a wonderful dinner to celebrate these past six months, all that God had done to bring us together, the relationship that He is building and the love that is growing in our lives.  Tomorrow begins the next phase in our journey as I move to Gig Harbor.  The move will put me in the community where God has already moved my heart.  The move will give Hugh and me even more ability to grow and strengthen our relationship for the future.  To better enable us to support each other in life and in ministry. A solid foundation is our goal for the future we are building and planning.  So as I end this journey, I’ve already began a new one.  Thank you to all who have read and supported this blog over the last several years. I hope and pray that in some small way this journey has been a help to you in your own journey to become who God has created you to be.

Psalms 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.

God Bless – Janelle






I’m just not in the mood…

This is about a trainer at another gym (one I do not go to but I read this story and wanted to share).

His name is Jeremy. He’s 19 years old.  A few months ago he won 1st place in his weight class at a national bodybuilding competition. Less than 2 weeks after that win, he collapsed, unable to breathe, and was rushed to the emergency room. He was diagnosed with a collapsed lung, and no one could figure out why a 19 year old in prime physical condition would have such a thing.

After extensive testing, it was determined that he had Melanoma (the most deadly type of skin cancer) and it had metastasized to his lungs and formed tumors there. The tumors are inoperable, the cancer is Stage 4, and the doctors have given him almost no chance of long-term survival. They are going to try a certain type of chemotherapy, but it has little hope of working.

He had no body fat to spare, he lost 30lbs in a month that was pretty much all muscle. He is at home now, but he needs oxygen at times, and he has to go to the hospital regularly for chemo treatments and other tests.

A fellow gym member was surpried when working out one morning, he was there as well, working out. He isn’t the physical specimen that he was just a few short months ago, and his strength has diminished dramatically, but he was THERE… trying, working, refusing to give up.  They had never seen any sight, in the gym or out of it, that inspired them as much as his simple presence at the gym.

He was wearing a custom-made T-shirt. When asked about it, and he said his best friend had it made for him. It had a picture of him at his bodybuilding competition, and above that were these words—

 You can’t stop me. You WON’T stop me.

So, no excuses. No, I’m not in the mood, or I’m too tired or too sore. Not today. Today, the only thing I can feel is this…..

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.(NLT)

Oh and an update on me…well the scale wasn’t pretty at all  but I’m making headway.  There won’t be the detailed list of results like in the older blogs.  I really want to focus less on the number on the scale and more on my size.  The numbers though are the only tangible tracking method though so I did update my ticker numbers and change my final goal from 150 to 160.  Not that I’m not still hoping to hit 150 in the future but since this part of the journey is about reaching size 10 and I know that size 10 will be in the 175-165 or so range, I made the adjustment.  This morning I was at 193.  So 12 up from my low but I was around 15 up last week before a weekend full of activities that included eating out and a potluck. Feel good, focused and determined.

Journey to be a Perfect 10

No, I’m not talking about the Worlds standards for a Bo Derek “10”….Here is what I’m talking about…..

Starting Sept. 1st, my goal is to focus on getting into size 10 before the end of the year more than a goal weight.  I know that a size is roughly 20-25 lbs for my body.  Right now I’m “just” into size 12’s and I want to not just “get into” 10’s but for them to be really really comfortable.  I want to walk into any store, grab a 10 and expect it to fit. Now I know that the fashion/apparel world never took any lessons in math and that a size 10 at one store could be a size 12 at another and a size 8 at yet another.  I’m fine with a size 12 once in a while and I’d be thrilled with the occaisional size 8.  That isn’t the point, the point is that 10 will be my medium, my guide, my go to first grab, my “perfect 10”.

So where have I been?  I know the blog has been silent.  Well, I took a scale break for a few months as I was getting obsessive, as well as self sabotaging myself both mentally and physically all over the place, trying to reach the 200lbs overall loss since my high of 378.  A break was something I had to do.  I’ve not slacked on the exercise at all (I’ve successfully completed mutliple 5k’s, a couple 10k’s, a 12k and 2 Half Marathons during my scale break).  While diet has been a bit more tricky, having tried to switch up the types of food, blend of macros etc to get the loss moving again (with no real success based on the gym weigh-ins but I don’t count those, only the ones on my personal scale).  I’ve had weekends and days that I’ve splurged during this time and that is going to change as well. Overall, I’ve stayed healthy just not nit-picky or as focused as during the time I was losing the majority of the weight.  I’m still eating in a good calorie range and eating good foods yet I know that Ithe weigh-loss stalled and there has been a slight 5-10 lb. gain in the last 6 months (this is somewhat based on gym scale as well as how my clothes fit.)

The mental break has been good but now I’m ready and determined to begin the “Journey to be a Perfect 10”.  Scale visits beginagain Saturday, Sept. 1.  Four months of at least bi-weekly weigh-ins will be back in the routine and I’ve got 17 weeks until the end of the year.  Some will say it is crazy to make these months goal months to finish this part of my journey.  That it isn’t smart, with all the holidays, parties and events, but I respectfully disagree.  What better time to really focus on being healthy, fit and fabulous than the holiday’s?  I say this is the perfect time to go for my Perfect 10 goal!

So, my previous low was 181 but I know I went up a bit so I’m hoping for 190 or less on Sat. (I’m being really good and focused this week, I just haven’t seen a scale number yet…kinda a warm up for the start). If I set my goal as simply 1lb a week, that would be 17 pounds till the end of the year.  Not quite enough I don’t believe for a goal so I’m going for 25lbs in 17 weeks.  I will post starting numbers this weekend and try to provide updates/stories/events during these 4 months. Now let the scale be kind on Sat. and put me below 190…Please!!!

Perfect 10 here I come!!!!!!