Rhonda Jones

Racing Red Team

My name is Rhonda Jones. I am a mother of 3 beautiful daughters & a Nurse Manager for Parkview Health. I am also an adjunct nursing faculty with the University of Saint Francis. I enjoy spending time with my children, volunteering, quiet moments at home, shopping, & volunteering with the Big Brother Big Sisters program. I am excited to be in a more healthy place in my life & even more excited to be apart of this program! Let's go Racing Red!!  

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This week I've been so proud of myself. I've been pushing through despite at times feeling really sad that my knees are not 100. It's tough being injured but I've been set up with a good plan so that brings me new joy! I was extremely excited about my weigh in on Monday. Mostly because i had family in town plus Mother's Day was thrown in there. The nice thing is my sister made food that was good for me & they've learned to stop trying to pressure me into unhealthy food. I even provided a couple of them with some of the info that I learned during a couple nutrition sessions. That felt really good. A heard a few people say during nutrition class that they were frustrated because they are not able to go to lunch or our with friends because of the temptations. I would have to ageee that that is very hard. I love hanging out with friends but 90% of the time we end up in a restaurant. I'm glad that my health has started to mean more to me than hanging out & eating junk!


Wow..today my tears couldn't stop flowing after listening to Lori's words today & the prayer request. Tears because I have so much to be thankful for. After Monday's weigh in I was kind of disappointed in myself because I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted. When in reality I some be thankful for the slow but steady pace I'm moving at. I can't say enough how good I feel & the amount of energy I have. I have not felt this good in over a year. I'm excited to keep on this journey & see what better health really feels like. I also want to say how thankful I am on Wednesday's for the constant motivation. One of them walks/run wilth me each week & I look forward to it each Wednesday. I also want to thank Tina, because every time I want to give up of feel like or feel like I can't finish, she somehow appears & somehow knows that I need that extra ounce of push to keep it moving. I am forever grateful for the gift of new friends, new health, new look, but most of all new family. #FwSw #RacingRed


Im feeling really excited that I saw Andreas today & he stretched & did other rhings to my knee & it feels so much better! On the other hand I feel so behind because I'm not completely able to keep up with everyone during the run/walk. Although I can hear Tina in the back of my head telling me to do it at my own pace! I'm so thankful for the alumni that helps me through the walk/run each week! Again, I can't say enough how grateful I am to be a part of this program!

This is the end of the week & after a small weight loss on Monday I've been really re-evaluating my habits. I wanted to focus on eating less salt & not having days that I didn't plan out my meals. I have succeeded at this thus far. Seeing all the people who lost no weight or even gained made me feel like really kicking it into gear. 


Saturday walk/Run was tough but I did it! My knee would not allow me to run but walked at a pretty good pace! I'm a little disappointed in myself for some of my food choices this week. I did not plan well for the week of many unhealthy dishes being cooked by my family. I regretted it every time. After speaking to Paula during our walk today she gave me a tip of texting the nutritionist to what you're having. Paula says that this allows you to stop & think about choices before making them. She also told me to not let one bad choice turn into a full week of bad choices. I will definitely have to remember that because that was definitely my thought processes. Thanks Paula for the tips! I think I'm going to email Sonya for some extra pep as it's been a difficult week for me. I will start planning today for Easter dinner tomorrow because I plan on staying the course. Let's see how this goes! 


Today started off difficult for me because I lost my step-mother this morning. She is no longer in pain & gone off to a better place. It ended much better due to me being able to complete the 2 minute runs, I had struggliged on Monday & Tuesday evening trying to do them on my own. The alumni Stephanie stayed with me the entire time & im so grateful for her because I could not have done it without her. I thank God everyday that I was provided with this opportunity. I thank Him even more for these awesome people that have came into my life! 


Weigh in done for week 2 & 6.4lbs is what I was down. I'm so proud of myself for sticking to my plan. I was a little sore this week but overall I feel great. I sleep better & im not dragging as much as the previous 2 weeks. I also made it the farthest on the Saturday walk this past week. Thanks to Stephanie & Jessica from season 6 for the encouragement the whole way! This FWSW family is awesome! #RacingRed


1st weigh in done & im happy to say I'm down 6.4 pounds. While I'm definitely excited about this I'm looking forward to what achievements this week will bring. I was a bit nervous about today & how I did. It was hard to swallow Rick saying we couldn't cheer on a weight loss of less than 2 pounds but I completely understand it!  My goal for myself was to lose at least 5lbs a week so let's see what this week will bring! Let's go Racing Red!




Pool Day

Today was one of those days I was really nervous about. Thanks to my awesome teammate Joy I survived the pool. Even though the score is Rhonda 0 Pool 1....one day this will change💪🏾....I have been so emotional this week. I have felt as if I'm totally struggling to make it through these first few days although I can hear Tina saying "just wait until week 15, you gonna be amazed". I will continue to play that over & over in my head, along with remembering why I need to do this! I can't sat enough how appreciative I am for this opportunity and also how encouraging this "family" is.


Whew! I lost a bit of sleep about not having a shirt on today. However, it wasn't that bad after you feel the overwhelming amount of support that is circling the room! Excited for the first workout! Let's go Racing Red!!!!!

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  • Nice to hear you sharing what you have learned, the ripple effect we always hope for making others healthy too. Yes your health is everything... with out great health hanging with friends means nothing. Keep learning, keep pushing to make new habits and enjoy your new FWSW lifestyle. Thanks Rick and Tina

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  • Nice to hear you sharing what you have learned, the ripple effect we always hope for making others healthy too. Yes your health is everything... with out great health hanging with friends means nothing. Keep learning, keep pushing to make new habits and enjoy your new FWSW lifestyle. Thanks Rick and Tina

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  • Guest (Angela)

    Rhonda you are doing great and you're an inspiration! If my new knee I'm getting this month allows me to do what you're doing I'm going to apply for the next season! Keep up the great job! Come see me in the Deli at Randallia and I will do my best to help with good food choices with Boars Head!! {{{HUGS}}}

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  • Guest (Ashley)

    Way to work hard this week, Rhonda! One day during workouts this week you were walking towards me and I thought to myself "WOW, I can really see progress in her!" I am so proud of you! No stopping now...keep up this momentum. Here's to another great week!

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  • Just keep soaking it all up, learning and applying yourself with all you have. Your losses will keep coming and probably grow. Your so much wiser and fitter then six short weeks ago. You will get your goal, a fit healthy weight to enjoy your life. Great job, Rick and Tina

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  • Rhonda - you are looking great! Awesome job! Let's make week 7 the best yet!

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  • Way to go Rhonda--you are doing so well!

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  • Rhonda-
    We are so happy Andreas has been working with you! We know with the stretching and PT will continue to push you to the next level. YES, please do your OWN pace at the run. This is YOUR journey and know you are working to your full potential and that is all that matters. You will continue to get to the next level each and every week. The entire FWSW will be by your side to make sure you do.
    Love you are working to plan your meals and limit your salt intake. Continue to talk with Abigail as I know she can keep changing things up to help with your success.
    Week 6 here we come!!
    Let's do this!
    Tina and Rick

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  • Guest (AUBS)

    I just want to keep encouraging you each and every week that your going to persevere through all your obstacles. I know it's been a challenging week but you make NO excuses. You really take ownership of the things that you may or may not have done to achieve whatever goals you set for the week. That's amazing to take self inventory of yourself and grow from those mistakes. I'm looking forward to your up and coming success this werk....YOU GOT THIS!!!

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  • Rhonda-
    We know you said last week was not good but know each and every week is a new week. Please make sure to reach out to Abigail with any food questions. She is a great resource.
    MEAL PREP for the week is key to keep you on track. Failure to plan makes for a long week):
    Please know we are all here to help every step of the way.
    We will see what Andreas says this week and will be able to do what he thinks is best. We have so many different things we can do to keep you on track. Trust the process and know we are all here to help every step of the way.
    Week 5 here we come.
    Let's do this.
    Tina and Rick

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