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My weightloss journey began in Sept 2001. My first child was 2. I had attempted to lose the pregnancy weight through some form of diet and exercise. I had 42 lbs to lose.I knew nothing about nutrition and my exercise efforts were mediocare at best. I would snack on mm's to keep my energy level up while I took care of my newborn and my home. In the six months that I was home I managed to lose about 25 lbs by running on the treadmill and doing an occasional exercise video.

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My weightloss journey began in Sept 2001. My first child was 2. I had attempted to lose the pregnancy weight through some form of diet and exercise. I had 42 lbs to lose.I knew nothing about nutrition and my exercise efforts were mediocare at best. I would snack on mm's to keep my energy level up while I took care of my newborn and my home. In the six months that I was home I managed to lose about 25 lbs by running on the treadmill and doing an occasional exercise video.

Then my maternity leave was over and I went back to work and gained 22 lbs in two years that followed. At that time I lived in New York City. On September 11th 2001 I had to walk home from Manhattan to Queens. I was in sheer agony by the time I arrived to our apartment. I had always been thin as a kid and although I wasn't athletic, I was active and never worried about diet or exercise. That feeling and the experience was so humilating. I resolved to do something about it. I was very unhappy being overweight.

Two weeks later I dusted off my gym card and reactived my membership at my old gym and began exercising during my lunch hour. I exercised on the elliptical 4 days a week for 30 min and on Friday's I did Yoga or Pilates. I did that for 13 weeks. Every week I increased the resistance one level on the elliptical machine. Every week I lost one 1lb. It was wonderful and exhilarating.

The elliptical I used overlooked one of the Kick-boxing classes given at the gym on a daily basis. My goal was to keep up with the women in the class. Finally, after three months I had enough stamina to join them and take that great Kickboxing class that I had been admiring. I had also lost 13 lbs in the process. At first I could barely keep up, and I would return to my office out of breath and with my face red as a tomato. But, I was so happy. Eventually, I managed to keep up with the instructor and do the whole 30 minutes of the class. It was only 30 minutes long, but fast paced and intense.

Then slowly I incorporated running on my treadmill at home in the evenings, and swimming on fridays at a local HS. I also tried to incorporate strength training. It took me a year to lose 30 lbs. By Sept 2002 I was at a healthy weight and my life would soon change once again.

Within a few months I moved to from NY, got pregnant with my second child and became a stay at home mom. After the birth of my second child I was determined not to go back to my old ways. And to live at a healthy weight. I almost immediately lost the 2nd pregnancy weight through breast feeding and then some exercise. I also tried the Atkins diet for about a month, which also accelerated the weightloss.However, I plateaued due to Anti-depressants prescribed to deal with Post Partum depression, and after a year and a half of battling a roller coaster emotional state I eventually gain some of the weight back.

That is when I came across Sparkpeople.
I got on-line looking for a calorie counting website and stumbled across Spark people. Shorty after joining and learning so much about nutrition I resumed losing weight and gaining a ton of self-esteem and was able to get off the anti-depressants for good.

Later on in December 2006 I was so close to my goal of 110 when I injured my right shoulder. I had a pinched nerve and some torn muscles that I struggled with for close to a year. I was able to maintain with the help of Sparkpeople, but I did yo-yo a bit. As long as I maintained my calorie count I would not gain. But, due to my injuries my level of activity suffered quite a bit. As a result my muscle tone and the strength I had gained had also suffered considerably.

That is all behind me now. The baby that I used to ride my bike with, while he was snuggled in a trailer is on his way to kindergarden and riding his own bike around the community with me. This week I was able to resume strength training. I started with 2.5 lb weights, but hey, that is quite an accomplishment when a year and half ago I could barely lift my own arm!

Edit June 22, 2008

Happy Summer to Me!

I can now say that after two and a half months of exercise I have graduated from those 2.5 lb dumbells to 8-10 lbs and even 12 lbs for certain exercises. My right arm is stronger and it has more flexibility.

Edit January 2009:

I never quite reached my original goal of 110 lbs. I'm ok with that. I exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. I am usually within 5 to 8 lbs of the goal. I like the way my clothes fit and my energy level is usually pretty high. I have a positive outlook on life and I credit exercise with helping to boost my endorphins, keep me off anti-depressants and help relax!!

My shoulder injury is a thing of the past. I strength train twice a week with various challenging full body workouts.

Summer 2010:

I am a work in progress. In May of 2009 I started the C25K interval running program. I got hooked on running and enjoying it 3-4 times a week. At this point I have tried it all. Step classes (which I never liked)Cardio machines, Cardio kic- boxing classes, spinning, and now running. I can say running has been by far the most challenging and also what has given me the most results! I am looking forward to getting fitter, healthier and happier.

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Member Since: 12/15/2005

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I'd like to be at a healthy weight for my height. I would also like to see muscle definition.

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I spin twice a week and crosstrain twice a week. I strength train 2-3 times a week, using heavier weights everytime.

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NYCHIC
5/24/2011 9:50:09 AM

Thank you both! I'm in W4/D3. About to go get started!



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