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I have approximately 9 weeks of pregnancy left, it feels like it has gone so fast! I am hoping that after delivering Baby J, I will be able to start slowly into working out. Something along the lines of a light post-pregnancy workout. I have posted a starting weight of 230 pounds. I am only at about 217-220, but I figure I could gain weight in these last 2 months of pregnancy. I would like to get down to 125-130 pounds.

I have been on spark people for 2 years now, I think. It is time for me to stop making excuses and distracting myself from being healthy. My husband and I could both use a healthier lifestyle, especially since now we will have a little one to be "role models" to.

This is my story:

I was "thin" until about second grade. For me, this is when puberty started. I started wearing bras and gaining weight. At that age though, people chalk it up to "she's growing, it'll go away". Well, through 6th grade the weight just kept coming. By the end of my 6th grade year, I was 180 pounds. The heaviest I ever was until about age 20. When I got into junior high, I took up basketball, volleyball and softball, in addition to being in marching band. I lost a lot of weight. I would say about 40-50 pounds! I maintained the weight through Junior High and then got into high school. I held a steady 145-150 lbs for my freshman and sophomore years. Then the weight started coming back. By my senior year I was at 160 lbs. I was fit though, so I really thought nothing of it. After high school, sports and physical exercise went with it.

I got into college and got the always talked about freshman fifteen. Then I went up to 180, I held my weight better than I did when I was 12, but it still felt uncomfortable. I tried dieting, but always ended up not following through after a day or two.

I went through an emotionally and physically abusive relationship, where I ballooned up to 210 lbs. It was time for a change! I dieted, lost 20 lbs and then gained it all back when the abuse started. I've since gotten married and have lost 12 of those pounds again. My husband is supportive and inspiring.

My husband is in the Army, so he is in decent shape. Me being 200 pounds almost makes me feel like a blimp next to his 150. He told me that he'd get back into shape (he wants to drop to 130 and then put on 15 lbs of muscle, ok fine) with me. He's challenged me. We do at least 20 minutes of cardio daily. He runs while I walk for the duration and sometimes he walks with me. at which point we'll walk for a longer period of time. He still snacks on whatever he feels like eating, but when it comes to meal time, he eats healthy with me. He doesn't complain about the health food I've decided to start eating. To give me some extra encouragement, he's given me permission, when I get to my goal weight of 130 lbs, to go on a $1,000 shopping spree.

Changes I'm making:

Soda - as of now I'm decreasing my intake. I can buy a 20 oz. bottle ant it lasts me 3 days.

Getting off my butt - I do more laundry and when I'm folding, I sit on the floor so if I want something I have to actually use more muscles to get up and down. I'm out doing cardio, every day. I will slowly integrate running as I am in very poor condition.

Eating - I am watching how big my portions are and I am eating more times during the day. I am also getting up early enough to eat a healthy breakfast. No more fast food.

Support - I have told all of my close friends about my weight loss goals. My husband is in support of me and is even partaking in my journey. One of my best friends comes home from Iraq in October, she said she would start working out and running with me! My mom is going to be embarking on the journey with me as she also would like to drop a large amount of weight.

All in all, I'm DONE being fat. My BMI is 36.8 - I am 5'2" and weigh in at 198 pounds. It's time to make a lifestyle change so I can live a long, happy life with my husband!

ULTIMATE GOAL: BMI of 21.6 - Weigh in at 118 pounds. I will take 130, but I would absolutely love, and be healthy at 118.

I'm also blogging at http://mrsjanellekerr.blogspot.com
Come experience my journey with me!


Member Since: 5/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,594

My Goals:
I would like to first of all lose the excess weight I have put on in the last 5 years.

I want to feel happier and more energetic.

I want to be able to do activities with my future husband (as he is in good shape and I am not)

Most importantly, I want to be comfortable in my own skin


My Program:
Since I am just starting out, I'm starting with simple goals.

-- Cutting out soda and drinking the recommended amount of water

-- Decreasing the amount of "fast food" I am eating

-- Finding time to exercise

-- Parking farther away from classes and work



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