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Hello! I'm a 28 year old mom of 3. My youngest is now a year old and nearly weaned, so it's time to get serious about weight loss. I've never been under 160lbs and I was very happy with my body at that weight, but was only able to achieve it under the strict standards of the U.S. Army. Now I am attempting to get there again using SparkPeople to help me build healthy eating habits in addition to excercise. It's quite scary and seems out of reach right now if I'm honest, but I'm taking a ...
Hello! I'm a 28 year old mom of 3. My youngest is now a year old and nearly weaned, so it's time to get serious about weight loss. I've never been under 160lbs and I was very happy with my body at that weight, but was only able to achieve it under the strict standards of the U.S. Army. Now I am attempting to get there again using SparkPeople to help me build healthy eating habits in addition to excercise. It's quite scary and seems out of reach right now if I'm honest, but I'm taking a leap anyway.




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Member Since: 2/23/2006

SparkPoints: 2,626

Fitness Minutes: 2,098

My Goals:
My goal is to reach 170lbs.

My Program:
YMCA fitness center and group excercise programs as well as some water classes offered there. I try to go every day. It gives me time to focus on my body and clear my mind while the kids play happily in the daycare area.

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I'm a SAHM of 3 great kids. Love staying home and focusing on them, but I'm also excited to be doing something healthy and great for myself as well.

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1/15/2009 11:45:39 PM

Hey! How are the on-demand workouts going for you? That's so awesome, because it offers a variety of different workouts. Rotating workouts really helped me out. My big problem this week is my lack of good, consistent exercise. I am walking all over creation (and in the snow!), but I've been too busy to get in some hard cardio time! Tell me how you're doing!

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QUISTAK
1/10/2009 2:19:53 PM

Hi there! Thanks for your nice message. I'd really like to keep up with your progress, so I friended you-- hope you don't mind.

It's really flattering to be asked for advice, and I fumbled through the dark for the first 6 months of my weight loss (no calorie-counting, no Sparkpeople), so I am chock-full of it. When it comes to fitness, I have never joined a gym, because there isn't one nearby, and I'm a poor graduate student. My only fitness equipment I consistently use is handweights, and I've graduated from 3 to 5 to 8 pounds, though I still use all 3 sizes, depending on what I am doing.

The way I started was with low-impact aerobics DVDs and videos, especially ones that had a weight-training section in them. This allowed me to build an aerobic and muscular base for eventual harder training (and I REALLY NEEDED that base. I was so out of shape!). When I started weight training, I used.... no weights! Then I graduated to soup cans, and eventually 3-pounders. Once I was able to do low-impact aerobics, I mixed in a few sections of jumping, and then I mixed in some different kinds of aerobic workouts, like kickboxing and dancing, and if the weather is nice, I go out and play a bit of football or volleyball with my guy friends.

All in all, it didn't take long at all for me to feel better (maybe a couple of weeks), but it will take a while to see noticeable results. I've heard that you need to lose 10% of your body weight for it to be noticeable, and for me, that held true. It really did take around 20 pounds. And that's why you've got to stick with it. It will come! And you will feel stronger, and every stupid crunch will be worth it.

Well, I feel like I've rambled a ton here! If you want, we can be sparkbuddies and hold each other accountable. What do you say?

Quis



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