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Hello!! Thanks for coming by my page! I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, and am working to loose the baby weight, get back my strength, and to set healthy habits that will encourage and motivate my family to live... healthfully! I gained prolly around 35lbs during my pregnancy, and two months post-partum I have about 20lbs to go to be back to my prebaby weight. I did work to keep in shape while pregnant, running up till my 35th week and taking water aerobics (and doing cartwheels ...
Hello!! Thanks for coming by my page! I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, and am working to loose the baby weight, get back my strength, and to set healthy habits that will encourage and motivate my family to live... healthfully! I gained prolly around 35lbs during my pregnancy, and two months post-partum I have about 20lbs to go to be back to my prebaby weight. I did work to keep in shape while pregnant, running up till my 35th week and taking water aerobics (and doing cartwheels ino my 7th month...), but its par for the course in healthy pregnancy to pack on a few pounds :) I know 20lbs may not seem like a ton of weight, but it feels like a long road- it will certainly be a challenge, but Im up to it!

You see, I love fitness- before my pregnancy I taught Zumba and Pilates regularly, and was working on personal training certifications. I also did dance- and boy did my hips and ankles take a beating this pregnancy! So now its vital that I rehab my body since personal training and group instruction will hopefully serve as extra income for me and my family (a couple of starving artists...) now that I have left my full time work (trust me- it wasn't too hard to leave.- counseling meets social work= EXHAUSTING.. although I NEVER in my life would have expected to be home with a baby! shows you never know what turns life might take.... anyway...). I lost a lot of strength and flexibility and gained quite a number of pounds over the 9 months- so I have to work hard to be instructor-and-dance-ready again.

I am therefore busting up all my excuses. Every squat is worth it because it gets me closer to my goal of being strong and lean again, and every bite of something nutritious builds into my body vitality and strength. I am not letting all the 'buts' that have cropped up now that I am a new mom stop me from transforming my own butt and getting into awesome shape. I feel like I have more hurdles than ever to being in shape- but isnt that what builds strength? Overload and repetition? So the very days that I feel overwhelmed by my excuses are the very days that can build me that awesome healthy lifestyle. Choice by choice!


Some of my current interests:
-Incorporating dance into my fitness through dance-inspired strength training (pilates, barre, etc.) and through cardio-dance

-Baby and parenting! Right now Baby takes up a lot of mental and emotional energy- so talking about and learning about all things baby is exciting to me... how do their brains work? what is the best way to- (fill in ubiquitous parenting question)? when will my baby begin to- (fill in developmental milestone )?

-Fitness industry- I am excited to grow my skills and credentials as a fitness instructor. By the end of 2013 I want to have my personal training certification and to grow my group fitness credentials (CEs maybe?).


Ill be posting here in the main body my month to month schedule and progress, and my general program and goals on the sidebar- stop by to see updates!


Nutrition Goals:
-Get at least two servings of fruit/veg per day
-Eat between 1800-2200 cals/day (feels like A WHOLE LOT but I am currently EBF which can take 250-500 cals per day- need to keep up that milk supply!)
-Drink at least 10 glasses of water per day (again, a lot since Im EBF)
-Focusing on and PRACTICING in creative ways mindful, intelligent eating
-Baby has a milk (and maybe soy!) allergy, so now, I have to get enough calcium and protein w/out dairy

Motivation:
-Participate in SparkCoach program daily
-Each day, post on a sticky note on the fridge (hubby will whine about the paper usage, hee hee) or as my Sparkpage status what my nutrition/fitness/motivation goal is for that day to give me focus
-make a few more Saprkfriends to get me some more motivation (so I can be inspired by other people's successes and trials!) :)


Progress STATS:

Weight
Starting 12/2012: 138lbs
Goal: 118-123lbs by October 2013- prebaby was between 116-122 (sometimes less, but dont need to be!)
Current: 124.2 9/3/2013


Waist
Starting 12/2012: 26.25 inches
Goal: 24 inches by October 2013- prebaby was btween 23-24.5 inches
Current:
-9/3/2013: 23.5

Hips
Starting 12/2012: 39 inches
Goal: 35 inches by October 2013- prebaby was between 34-35 inches
Current:
-9/3/2013: 34.5

Rewards and Goals!
"You can only take credit for what you finish, not what you start"- unknown


Fit Thoughts that motivate Me:
1. Act like an athlete
2. You cant out exercise a crap diet
3. If your dreams dont scare you, theyre not big enough
4. Waking up with determination= going to bed with satisfaction
5. I want to feel sore, not sorry
6. Any workout is better than none
7. Because tomorrow Ill wish I had started today
8. Get fit in the gym, loose weight in the kitchen
9. A one hour workout is only 4% of the day- no excuses
10. One more minute of exercise will always get you closer
11. You dont have to be perfect right now
12. Dont punish failure; reward success!

Woohoo!! Thanks for stopping by my page!!
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Member Since: 4/25/2009

SparkPoints: 38,901

Fitness Minutes: 60,798

My Goals:
-Return to my pre-pregnancy weight, or within 5 lbs of it, by October 2013
Reward: NYC trip!



My Program:

Fitness:
-Cardio 4-6xs/week, for 40-60 minutes for a total of at least 160 minutes

-ST 2xs/week for 30-60 minutes

Nutrition:
-Eat at least 2 servings of fruits/veg/day
-Enjoy 1800-2200 cals/day (need plenty for breastfeeding!)


-Just a note on progress: I only weigh and measure myself about every 10 days. The rest of the time I measure progress by how well I meet my mini goals, stay on track, and how I am feeling :) Keeps me more energized!

Personal Information:
I'm a twenty something married to the love of my life and the proud momma of a bouncing baby boy (literally- he LOVES bouncing on our exercise ball while I hold him!).

I love to dance, run and do pilates- and to walk the streets of strange new places. I also love reading, anything and everything. Im a popcorn JUNKIE and prefer my water sparkling and eating my grapes and peas frozen.

I was born in Costa Rica and have done 4 transatlantic moves already in my life- and Im working towards a 5th.

I hope to one day get my MDiv- and who knows?! A Dmin? PhD? The world is full of possibility.

Other Information:
'I promise to make healthy and positive choices so that I can live a healthy lifestyle and reach my goals.' -the SparkPledge



 
 



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AWESOMECHELZ
9/8/2013 10:13:33 AM

You are welcome! Have a great day with your family.

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AWESOMECHELZ
8/18/2013 11:42:45 AM

emoticon for being Number One in the team Inner Healing with your fitness minutes! emoticon I appreciate your support of our team. Have a wonderful week!
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7/21/2013 10:55:29 PM

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IYA_EKUNDAYO
4/30/2013 10:04:41 AM

Hey Tiny Dancer!

Been a long time....
Hope all is well.
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ASOBFALLS
4/21/2013 1:25:35 PM

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Just wanted to put some more spring on your page.
My Hint: Change your TICKER to read fitness minutes. Moves much faster than pounds lost.
Come visit my page and leave a word of encouragement.
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