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The Post C-Section Shape Up- Take 3!

3/29/12- Finally updating my Sparkpage. The former title of my page was "I LOST ALL OF MY BABY WEIGHT! YAHOOOOOO!" Since that time, I have had another baby and c-section, and while I am not overweight, I need to get in shape and lose about ten pounds to look my best.

Thanks in part to Sparkpeople and Babyfit, I HAVE done it before, so I know I CAN DO IT AGAIN! Join me on my journey...

What Works for Me...
Some people have asked me how I lost the weight. I know ...
3/29/12- Finally updating my Sparkpage. The former title of my page was "I LOST ALL OF MY BABY WEIGHT! YAHOOOOOO!" Since that time, I have had another baby and c-section, and while I am not overweight, I need to get in shape and lose about ten pounds to look my best.

Thanks in part to Sparkpeople and Babyfit, I HAVE done it before, so I know I CAN DO IT AGAIN! Join me on my journey...

What Works for Me...
Some people have asked me how I lost the weight. I know part of weight loss is mental, so people are somewhat different in what works for them. But I am willing to share my secrets!

I don't believe in anything gimmicky... be wary of marketers trying to make money off your desire to lose weight. I am a firm believer in good old fashioned disciplined eating and exercise. While fad diets may offer temporary results, the only lasting change will be a healthy lifestyle. Find exercise that you enjoy, and remember, it may take time for your body to adjust and get in shape. So, if you initially hate exercise, stick with it and see what happens! Results are VERY motivating, and your energy will increase amazingly!

REWARD YOURSELF! I set up rewards for myself every 5-10 lbs. Sometimes thinking of that reward is what gave me the little extra bit of motivation needed to pull off results! And the feeling of accomplishment of celebrating these mini goals is FUN and motivational, as well!

As far as what to eat, I use spark people's food tracker and try to stay within their recommended calories. I usually have 1-2 days per week where I eat higher than their recommended calories, but since I eat near the bottom of the calorie range a couple days per week, too, my average daily caloric intake is still around 1400-1500 calories. I try to eat healthy, but don't forbid myself any specific foods because for me, that causes binges. Also to avoid binges, I do not bring trigger foods into my home except in single size servings. By that I mean, if I am craving a cookie, I will go buy one cookie from the mall or bakery. I never bring home more than I should eat in one day. If it's not there, I most likely won't eat it! I also don't bring home boxes of single servings such as a box of 12 single servings of chips. If I want chips, I will buy 1 single serving from the store. But I don't do these things often anymore.

As far as exercise... initially, I did not have a gym membership, and lost my first 20 lbs. with just long walks. To put everything back where it belongs, I started cross training around March when I joined Gold's Gym. I am thoroughly enjoying the power of free weights and machines to sculpt my body. I now also enjoy aerobics at home and at Gold's, and the elliptical trainer.

The key is IF YOU MESS UP, DON'T LET DISCOURAGEMENT STOP YOU! "The thing you have to remember is this. The wagon has stopped and will wait for you to get back on" (sunniripples). Set backs are part of life, and how we handle them determines our long term success. Just get back on track ASAP, and let the guilt go!

The achievement that I celebrate: no longer does any food control me! I credit God, Sparkpeople and some wonderful buddies I have met here with this healthy transformation in my life!

IF YOU NEED A BUDDY, ADD ME! I'd be happy to help!


MY STATS:

HEIGHT: 5' 9.5"
CURRENT WEIGHT: 146 LBS.
LOWEST ADULT WEIGHT: 127 FIT AND LEAN LBS. IN COLLEGE (SIZE 4!)
HIGHEST NON-PREGNANT WEIGHT: 194 LBS.
HIGHEST PREGNANT WEIGHT: 209 LBS.

MET: MINI GOAL1:
LEAVE THE 170'S BEHIND *FOREVER* BY FEB 14 REWARD: A New Necklace!

MET: Mini Goal 2: Leave the 160's FOREVER! by March 31 (revised from March 15 OOPS)
Reward: Some cosmetics

Mini Goal 3: Leave the 150's behind forever by June 1
Reward: Highlights

LONG-TERM GOAL: 140 LBS. (I'm tall)
REWARDS: A NEW WARDROBE! Maybe a trip to Animal Kingdom to ride Expedition Everest? :-)

ABOUT ME:

I'm a WAH mom of a one year old girl and a 3 year old boy. I feel blessed to be have "my 2 treasures" (see my photo gallery for pics of my babies), but don't want to LOOK like anybody's mother! I've been motivated by the Sparkpages of so many other mommies who regained their figures! It CAN be done... NO MORE EXCUSES!

I have always loved health and fitness. At over 5'9" tall, I was a size 4 before having kids... and I worked hard for it, as I have always had a tendency to gain weight. My first diet was at the age of 10. But after the eating disorder drama of my teen years, I had pretty much settled into a healthy lifestyle by college and early career. I expected my healthy habits would carry into my pregnancy and beyond, but I let feeling horrible interfere with my goals. I ended up ballooning from a size 4 to a size 14 in less than 9 months! After baby was born, I was as large as a size 16.

The second time around, I joined BabyFit (which is associated with Spark People), and I cannot recommend it highly enough for having a healthy, active pregnancy without gaining an excessive amount of weight. I gained a little over 20 lbs. with that pregnancy (good, because I was still overweight), and lost all of that by 3 weeks postpartum. But I still have to attack the weight that I had gained during pregnancy #1.

I am now 6 lbs away from my goal weight, but in a smaller size than I thought would ever be possilbe again: size 6!

FAVORITE QUOTES:

NEVER GIVE UP.... Never.... NeVeR.... NEVER

NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS BEING THIN FEELS!

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie

"In order to succeed, stop doing what isn't working."
(author unknown)

Philippians 3:14
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
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MARLIE13
2/25/2012 7:37:03 PM

"busty" mom...that made me LAUGH! So glad to have you back!!



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HOPERY
10/20/2011 9:22:53 PM

HOw are you dong April? Still managing those workouts while the kiddoes swim?



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7/26/2010 3:15:44 PM

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I hope you are having a ~ Sexy & Fabulous ~ kind of day! Look for new goals and challenges for August (coming July 31st!)


Happy Sparking!!!

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SKYFYRE
7/8/2010 6:47:00 AM

Hey April! How is stuff going? Staying away from husband-baked cookies? :) Hope all is well!



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7/4/2010 3:46:09 PM

Happy 4th July to you!

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