Visual aid for my motivation. Where I want to lose.
Because I need a visual goal... I can't imagine looking like this; it's been a long time since 150!
School took Christmas photos, and for some reason my girls seemed to think they were mug shots. 2012
I have 18 pics in my gallery
My Own Little World
"This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude is that “single string” that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there’s no barrier too high, ...
"This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude is that “single string” that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me." ~~Charles R. Swindoll
I've had weight issues for over 15 years--I was still in high school when I started gaining weight that I didn't want. There were several years when I didn't care, because I didn't see it as a problem AND because I didn't want to consider myself vain enough to be concerned about my appearance.
A few years ago I started to want to look better for my husband, so I got off my high horse and started watching what I ate. I don't remember exactly how I came across Sparkpeople, but it was a website that definitely helped. One thing led to another and I got too busy with other things in my life and left the website.
A couple years later, after having my first daughter and having moved from active jobs to an office job, I started wanting to get fit again. Eight months after having my daughter, I found out that some problems I'd been having since while pregnant with her were due to gallstones--the ultrasound tech who looked at my gallbladder mentioned that there were too many stones to count. I was given the paperwork the surgeon had filled out, and she had written that I was obese.
Even though I knew the body fat percentage that determines that term, and even though I knew I was well above the weight I'd have liked to be at, something about seeing a medical professional's description of me as obese really bothered me.
I set up a new Sparkpeople account, because I couldn't even remember my old username. Made good progress... and then got pregnant again...
Okay, I have to admit, I kind of expected that. It was the third time I'd started a weight loss plan and gotten pregnant.
I switched over to BabyFit for a while, but everything and everyone on the site were so quiet, it was a little depressing. When I found out I couldn't keep track of my foods without entering all the nutritional information again, I completely lost interest. One of the moderators mentioned that BabyFit just doesn't get the updates as quickly as Sparkpeople does--SP being a bigger site used by more people--and I understand that, but having a toddler and being pregnant and looking for a job and then dealing with unexpected gestational diabetes... it was easier to not have to worry about getting online to do more than add my fitness minutes. Honestly, I wouldn't have had any fitness minutes, though, if it hadn't been for gestational diabetes and the hope that it might be more easily controlled with regular exercise.
And now, (April 1, 2012) my second daughter is almost a month old. My doctor hasn't cleared me yet for full-strength workouts after my second c-section, but I'm determined to start walking again when I can. While I was pregnant, it was a big deal to get my two-year-old and my dog ready for my daily walks. Thirty minutes of getting ready for a thirty-minute walk didn't seem worthwhile, and I expect getting two children ready to take even longer. The prep time tends to make me want to go a little longer, so it's not a bad thing. But my second daughter doesn't like being put down yet--almost all her sleeping is still done in my lap; she doesn't like her swing yet, or her vibrating chair, or her carseat, whether it's in the car or at the store. I am excited to start using my double stroller, and I do need to start training for the 5K I want to walk, in September, but it's a big challenge.
I want to go for it. My husband took a picture of me the other day, sleeping in a puppy pile on the couch with my daughters, and I looked huge, even though I know I've been heavier. It's time to get off my butt again.
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Fitness Minutes: 8,300
Goal 1: UNDER 200 by January 19, 2013--when I am under 200, I can go jumping on the trampolines with the bungee cords, and take my Baby Girl Cassey with me! ~~ Goal met 1/26/13!
Goal 1B: 196 is the goal weight for me to be "overweight" rather than "obese" on SP's BMI calculator! ~~Goal met 2/9/13 weighing 195!
Goal 2: 180 by June 16, 2013--when I hit 180, I am going to need new clothes! (I have a wedding to attend June 15, and if I have hit that goal by then, I get to wear a NEW dress!)
Goal 3: 170 by August 18, 2013--Any suggestions on rewards, here?
Goal 3B: 163 is where I go from "overweight" to "healthy" on the BMI calculator!
Goal 4: 160 by October 24, 2013. Okay, honestly, by this point, I expect to be thinking about getting pregnant again... and a healthy pregnancy would be the next goal!
Goal 4B: 143 pounds on the scale would equate to the middle of the "healthy" range on SP's BMI calculator. I'd be thrilled to be anywher
I am still nursing Baby Cassey, but as this is more for her comfort and happiness than to meet her nutritional needs, I have cut back on my caloric intake. Food-wise, I am trying to make sure I get nutrition and plenty of water, I am trying to cut down on caffeine and sugar, and I am trying to make better choices when it's possible. (Cutting out the caffeine is the hard part!) I am tracking almost every meal, almost every day.
Exercise-wise, I am working on jogging entirely a 5k, very slowly working up to it, and I am currently able to jog about 1/4-1/2 mile intervals. My most recent 5K went by in a short 42.39 minutes--I was 30 seconds too fast to be #42 in my age group, but since my time was 42 seconds, I am happy! On occasion, I skip my walk/jogs and follow a SP video or one of my DVDs, which include everything from Biggest Loser workouts to--of course!--Coach Nicole! I have 3 sets of dumbbells I use and am focusing my strength training mainly on building core and upp
Very happy and proud mother of one of the most beautiful 3-year-olds (Baby Girl Cassey) and one of the most beautiful 1-year-olds (Baby Cassey) in the world.
Very happy and in-love wife of the kindest, gentlest and most loving man in the world!
Signed up 5/3/13 to be a member of the Sea Rim Striders!!
I'm a fan of science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction. I'm a full-time mother and have a job outside the home where I am learning the ins and outs of Human Resources. I hope to get back into school, probably in May, with aspirations of teaching; sometimes I experiment with cooking--I'm not particularly creative at it, but I can follow a recipe pretty well--and at times I write for writing's sake. I try my hand at lots of things (knitting, photography, cake decorating, writing, etc.) but become expert at very few of them.