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4/12/13 1:01 A

I couldn't have imagined being pregnant at 17, as I had my first son at 25 after being married six years and that was early enough. But, I'm glad ur working on getting back into shape. I let myself gain 50# while I was pregnant like a fool, but got it all off in 3 months of breastfeeding. I had to go back to work at 4 months so I knew I had to do it. I followed dr. Stillman's diet back then which was low carb.

You can do this. Look at YouTube for Tabata exercises which are HIIT that takes about 16 minutes. That gets you in shape. Also, the Insanity is good as my children do that and P90X.

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4/7/13 1:07 P

I was not aware there was a journal section of sparkpeople !

Here is my story, I would love to hear anyone elses stories and experiences. I am here to share and also love hearing other people's stories/journeys ! I know I have learned from my journey, I hope someone else can learn from it as well and I know there is so much to learn and a lot of the stuff I have learned has been from hearing other's journeys :) We all have so much to offer to both ourselves and others !

First I will introduce myself and tell you a little bit about where I started. My name is Gaibriella(Gabby) and I am a 20 year old mother of a beautiful 2 year old daughter. I have always been skinny(size 2-5) and when I was younger I used to run. I hit about 13 and decided to stop running and start sitting on a couch eating chips all day. I went up to a size 5 and felt horrible. I then decided to join army cadets, I loved it and got in great shape again, but I decided to quit. I went back to being a couch potato and a size 5, it bugged me, but it was something I felt I could live with and I was "blessed" with this great metabolism that kept me at a size 5. When I got pregnant at the young age of 17, everything changed, my whole body changed. I was gaining a lot of weight and I understood I had to because I was gaining for my daughter, but I gained more than I could have. My whole pregnancy I ate a lot of junk and I sat around, I took the bus to places I could have walked to and I gained 45 lbs. Looking back I regret those decisions I made. After I had my daughter, I never felt better about my life, but I never felt worse about my body. I hated looking at myself, I was 180 lbs and it was the heaviest I have ever been. I tried sparkpeople 3 different times, but I was too focused on losing the weight fast that I got discouraged. One day I just decided I was done with the excuses and joined sparkpeople again.

Then came the journey of finding a workout program that worked for me. I started with Amanda Russell workouts that I found online, but I didnt think those worked for me so I moved on to Jillian Michaels for a few days. I found that I liked her workouts, but they werent challenging enough for me(I have a very competitive nature). Then one of my friends told me she was selling her Insanity workout program by Beachbody. I looked it up and was immediately intrigued, so I bought it off of her. I started my first attempt at Insanity, I only made it a few days before deciding to do a 28 day challenge first. I went to cuba, came back and decided on my second attempt at insanity. I made it 19 days before having a 1 day slip up. I felt so low about slipping up on one day, that it turned into 2 days, which turned into more days. My 3rd attempt at insanity lasted about 3 days, and than I went to my dads and just got distracted from it for a few days.

Now I am on day 26 of my 4th attempt at insanity and I have never felt better about my body, my fitness and my accomplishments. I have also started to eat clean, healthy meals and have noticed a huge difference in my moods, my energy levels and my ability to perform exercise better. Now I know why healthy eating is so important. Yes, I have days where I give myself a treat. I also have days where I slip up, but I dont let those days dictate every other day anymore. This is a life long journey, and I am going to mess up, that doesnt mean I am a failure.

These workouts challenge me and I love it, even if I hate them sometimes. I have been keeping track of my progress. There is a fit test in the program that you do 4 times throughout the 63 days to keep track of your progress and I also take pictures, weigh myself and measure myself on these days. My last fit test/measurement day was on day 15. When I took the pictures I just couldnt believe the difference ! It was so amazing ! in just 15 days I had lost 6 lbs, 6 inches off my waist, 6 inches off of my chest, and 3 inches off my hips. I also made amazing improvements in my fit test/endurance and I felt great about that. These were my day 15 fit test results with the numbers in brackets being + or - what I did on day 1. It is how many you can do in a minute :)

Switch Kicks(2 kicks=1 rep): 70(+13)
Power Jacks: 43(+9)
Power Knees: 82(+7)
Power Jumps: 37(+3)
Globe Jumps(4 jumps=1 rep): 11(+1)
Suicide Jumps: 23(+2)
Push up jacks: 30(+11)
Low Plank Obliques: 61(-4)

I will continue to write how my journey goes every day, the good and the struggles I go through. I am on day 26, which is Pure cardio and cardio abs day. These days are the hardest for me, my asthma doesnt really like them but I get better with each time !

Edited by: GABBYWAGNER2024 at: 4/7/2013 (15:10)

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