me, pre-baby - and i thought i was 'fluffy' then!

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Hi ~

I'm a 37-year-old mom of an almost-4 year old girl, and step-mom to an 11 and 9 year old. My husband & I run a busy catering business & have just opened a small restaurant. Busy doesn't even begin to cover half of it...
Somehow, during my pregnancy, I managed to pack on an incredible 70 pounds (good god - the lemon cake just tasted sooooo good). My "baby" is now about to start school, running around and trying her hardest to be heard over her brother and sister. However, my baby weight is trying its hardest to remain quiet and inactive: under the radar, so to speak, so I won't get rid of it. My pre-baby clothes are STILL in totes in the basement, and I'm getting awfully sick of the fat clothes that I have...

Until recently, I didn't realize just what I looked like - I avoid cameras and videotape at all costs; usually I'm the one behind the lens. Somehow, while on vacation recently, my mom snapped some pictures of me. EGADS! That pooch! Those thunder thighs! The time has come, spare tire and everything else, to go!

I am tired of hiding from the camera! I want to love how I look and feel. I'm determined to tone up and change my eating habits - not just for myself, but to show my kids that its way more fun to be healthy and active.

Member Since: 12/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 14,967

My Goals:
OK, so I saw this idea on a friend's page, and loved it so much, I've adapted it to my own life.

Here are my weight goals:

~ 203 lbs (starting weight, Dec 25/09)

~ 196 (my 35th birthday) - Jan 22/10 - DONE!

~ 185 (not 'obese' anymore & G's 2nd bday) - Aug 31/10 - DONE!

~ 180 (10% of my starting weight) - Sep 23 /10

~ 173 (30 lbs down) - Oct 22/10

~ 170 (pre-baby weight) - Nov 7/10

~ 163 (40 lbs lost) - Dec 8/10

~ 160 (weight I was when I met Blair in '07) - Dec 25/10

~ 153 (50 lbs gone & my 36th bday) - Jan 22/11

~ 149 (love is in the air!) - Feb 14/11

~ 143 (60 lbs - Whoo-hoo!) - Mar 11/11

~ 139 (my bro's bday) - Apr 5/11

~ 133 (70 lbs - WHAT?!) - Apr 28/11

~ 130 (GOAL!!) - May 16/11

My Program:
I have recently started working out at a local MMA gym. No, you definitely will not see me in a cage match against GSP anytime soon! The class I attend is the Fighter Fit class - all of the conditioning, but none of the sparring. My arms and shoulders are like jell-o as I type this, after tonight's workout!

Being in the food business, I'm still trying to get a handle on eating for weightloss. It's really hard! I have to 'quality test' stuff I make... :)

I think I'll just try to stay within my calorie range & make healthier choices (ie: not an entire piece of brownie... just a nibble!). I have a few food sensitivities that I'm working on, too...

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Hi ~

I'm Rachel and I live in Northern Ontario. I gained a whole lotta weight while I was pregnant (ya, my baby's not a newborn anymore), and it's time for it (the poundage, not the baby!) to go.

I'm a super busy mom who operates a busy catering company & who has just opened up a restaurant.

I'm making a resolution right now to make my weight loss journey all about me! I will prioritize!

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Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

~ Dr. Seuss

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    Boy, you are busy!!!! Good luck with your restaurant!! Maybe if I ever make it up your way....I'll stop in for a treat of a meal!!!

    I joined a little backwoods gym here in our little podunk town, lol. I go with a girlfriend 3 times a week so it's really fun and we're both losing weight again!!

    Glad you're back on Spark and I wish you all the luck to get closer to your goal!!!!

    1907 days ago
    thank you so much for posting on my blog. i think I need to re-read this blog every few days. I am having a better day, but it is still hard , but thinking positive!
    also I love the YOU-turn suggestion. I really do need to make time for me
    1917 days ago
    Hey Girl!!

    I'm finally "totally" back on track!! Joined a local gym with a friend last week and been sticking to my diet everyday!! Already lost the pounds that crept back on me over the holidays. :)

    How are you doing??

    1941 days ago
    Hi Rachel,

    Reading thru some of my old comments on my spark page and thought I'd stop and say hi. How is the weather up there in Thunder Bay?

    My son is attenting Lakehead right now. He loves your city.

    Hope all is well on your healthy lifestyle journey!
    1960 days ago
    Hi Rachel!! How've you been??? I haven't been on Spark too much lately. I'm at such a standstill right now with the weight that I'm just too frustrated to check in everyday!!!! I keep bouncing between 178-172. I just can't seem to get past it!!!! I've changed up my food, my exercise routine..........EVERYTHING!!! I just can't seem to find the right combination, lol. Whew....didn't realize I needed to vent!! So how are things with you??? Hopefully better than me!! LOL

    Miss Ya!!

    2017 days ago
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