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Well, here I am again. I think this is the 3rd time I've tried to do this. But don't they say the 3rd time is a charm? I sure hope so. I am sick and tired of being overweight.

A lot has happened in the past 2 years since I was on here last. First of all, I graduated with my bachelors degree in December of 2009 and immediately had a job of 7th grade Language Arts teacher at the school I interned at.

In May of 2010, my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first child. We were elated. The first trimester was a doozy as I was sick most days all day. I actually lost 10 pounds in the first trimester. But, when "morning sickness" finally faded away and my appetite came back, it was game on with food. I was so happy I could actually hold food down that I ate pretty much anything I wanted. I gained about 30 pounds throughout my whole pregnancy. Most of it was put on in the last month which was super stressful because we were in the process of buying a house and trying to be moved in before our son was born.

We closed on our house on our 3rd anniversary and were moved in that weekend. We had a huge painting party that weekend where a ton of people came to get the inside painted. Then, on January 20th, just 16 days after closing, our son was born. He was beautiful and I managed to lose all of my baby weight in the first 3 weeks but then due to the stress of being a new mom, a home owner, and still holding a full time job, I put on about 20 pounds. I am at my heaviest weight (except when I was pregnant) and I am completely disgusted with myself.

On vacation this summer, after seeing myself in a bathing suit, I decided it was time. I feel it in my soul that I am going to do it this time. I actually have no craving for pizza or sweets like I usually do. They literally turn my stomach. I created an eating plan and exercise plan and I HAVE to do this...for me, for my son, for my husband. I have to lose this weight and be healthy.

Member Since: 3/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 845

My Goals:
I would like to lose about 30 pounds and go down 3 sizes.

Besides that, I want to be as healthy as possible. I don't want to just diet...I want to make this a lifestyle change. I think that's the only way I will be truly successful.

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PORTION CONTROL! And lots of water. More veggies, more fruit. No more empty calories! Do something active each day (at least 10 minutes). Don't put myself down or compare myself to others. Don't get discouraged. This is a PROCESS. It will not happen overnight. But I can and I WILL be successful.

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    Hey Kayla! I'm doing OK...have had a tough couple of weeks. When I get busy and stressed, I make bad food and exercise choices. Glad to see you're making good progress!
    3641 days ago
    Welcome to the Married Life Team! I wish you continued success with your goals and hope the Team can help you reach them.

    cj (Cheryl - Married Life Team, coleader)
    3644 days ago
    Hello and welcome to our Married Life team. We are excited to have you and always here for you with support and encouragment. Please be sure and introduce yourself to the team and check into our buddy team. Good luck in reaching all your goals and take care.

    Co-team leader of Married Life
    3645 days ago
  • v *AMBER512
    Thank you so much! You've got a great start going. Trust me, if I can make this thing work, anyone can!
    3653 days ago
  • v MS.JENNY
    Welcome to SP, girl! I am sorry I didn't get back to you right away after your note, I have kinda been away on family stuff the last 2 weeks. As far as finding time goes to work out- it's never easy, is it?! I found that between dinners and dishes it was really hard to get a work out in for myself. I know a lot of people work out in the AM because it's easier to find time then, but because I have low blood pressure- I get really faint with morning workouts. Ergo, I had to figure a way to do it at night.

    I started using the crock pot more for dinners and then the prep time (when I got home from work and commuting) was short. So, while my family ate some concoction from the crock pot- I went downstairs to do a workout video. I also added weights to my workouts using the FIRM videos so I could get the most out of my workout time and I chose videos that did both weights and cardio intermittently. Now, I still had to have the hubby help with dishes now and then, but let's face it...he had to be TOLD to do it. He certainly wasn't volunteering!

    My advice is- When you first get married (at least I did) you try to do everything so they are done "Just Right"- but to maintain sanity: YOU need to delegate the work to your spouse. After all- you are his partner, not his mom. Make sure you aren't trying to do everything, because you will burn out faster than you think and then you start to feel a little resentful towards...well, everything! Your body, your diet, your spouse, your work and all the dumb little things in between. I don't know if you are there, but it took me about 2 years to figure that stuff out, and I am glad I did! Now, I won't tell you things were perfect right away, and my life is now flawless- but I did get to reclaim my stable mentality. Now flash to today: my hubby still only does about 20% of the work around the house(without being asked), but when he hears me start to unravel- he KNOWS he has to step it up or suffer the consequences :)

    Remember that if you can only squeeze a 10 minute walk in- IT STILL COUNTS!! I used to think if I couldn't do the 40-60 min video, then I may as well not bother- but that "black and white" mentality only hurt me. Try not to get caught up in the cycle of beating yourself up for less than perfect behavior and you will be just fine!

    Keep up the good tracking and daily check-ins and stay in touch! - Jenny

    3658 days ago
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