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"You have to dream, you have to have a vision and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little at times because sometimes that seems far beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way. Tough times don’t last, tough people do, remember?" ~~Gregory Peck

"This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my ...
"You have to dream, you have to have a vision and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little at times because sometimes that seems far beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way. Tough times don’t last, tough people do, remember?" ~~Gregory Peck

"This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude is that “single string” that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me." ~~Charles R. Swindoll

I've had weight issues for over 15 years--I was still in high school when I started gaining weight that I didn't want. There were several years when I didn't care, because I didn't see it as a problem AND because I didn't want to consider myself vain enough to be concerned about my appearance.

A few years ago I started to want to look better for my husband and feel better for myself, so I got off my high horse and started watching what I ate. I don't remember exactly how I came across Sparkpeople, but it was a website that definitely helped. One thing led to another and I got too busy with other things in my life and left the website.

A couple years later, after having my first daughter and having moved from active jobs to an office job, I started wanting to get fit again. Eight months after having my daughter, I found out that some problems I'd been having since while pregnant with her were due to gallstones--the ultrasound tech who looked at my gallbladder mentioned that there were too many stones to count. I was given the paperwork the surgeon had filled out, and she had written that I was obese.

Even though I knew the body fat percentage that determines that term, and even though I knew I was well above the weight I'd have liked to be at, something about seeing a medical professional's description of me as obese really bothered me.

I set up a new Sparkpeople account, because I couldn't even remember my old username. Made good progress... and then got pregnant again...

Okay, I have to admit, I kind of expected that. It was the third time I'd started a weight loss plan and gotten pregnant.

I switched over to BabyFit for a while, but everything and everyone on the site were so quiet, it was a little depressing. When I found out I couldn't keep track of my foods without entering all the nutritional information again, I completely lost interest. One of the moderators mentioned that BabyFit just doesn't get the updates as quickly as Sparkpeople does--SP being a bigger site used by more people--and I understand that, but having a toddler and being pregnant and looking for a job and then dealing with unexpected gestational diabetes... it was easier to not have to worry about getting online to do more than add my fitness minutes. Honestly, I wouldn't have had any fitness minutes, though, if it hadn't been for gestational diabetes and the hope that it might be more easily controlled with regular exercise.

And by July 16, 2013, my second daughter was more than a year old, and I had even managed to incorporate running into my routine. While I was pregnant with her, it was a big deal to get my two-year-old and my dog ready for my daily walks. Thirty minutes of getting ready for a thirty-minute walk didn't seem worthwhile, and although I no longer have the dog, I had two girls to get into the stroller. The prep time tended to make me want to go a little longer, so it's not a bad thing.

I went on several official, honest-to-goodness 5Ks last year, including the Riverfest FunRun and the Calder Twilight. I signed up for the Triangle Therapeutics Turkey Trot 10K last year. I've gotten my family a group membership to the local running group, the Sea Rim Striders, and I spent most Monday evenings last summer out walking and jogging with them. I've gotten some great inspiration there, and I look forward to getting to know more people.

And now, (April 16, 2014) I'm 19 weeks pregnant with our third child. I've quit running for a while and as sad as it is to say it, I haven't done much walking because of time and cold weather, which around here tends to be rainy, too. I'm looking forward to getting more walking in, and hopefully I can manage to avoid gestational diabetes this time around. I did get my weight down below the BMI class of "obese" before I got pregnant, but I've already gained about 20 pounds back--and my doctor suggested I not gain more than about 30. {fingers crossed!} I've joined a Bible study group that works on weight loss and healthy living, and hopefully being accountable to them as well as myself and here on SP, I can get back to losing weight safely and permanently after September...
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Member Since: 1/25/2011

SparkPoints: 49,803

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My Goals:
Goal 1: Healthy pregnancy... due date 9/4/14

Anticipated actual arrival date: 8/29/14 (C-section required due to previous C-sections)

My Program:
Cutting back on caffeine.

Cutting back on sugar/high-carb foods to avoid repeated gestational diabetes.

Exercise-wise, I am working on a streak to get at least 1 mile walked per day, or at least 15 minutes of cardio exercise. All the lifting I do is of my 22-pounder and my 32-pounder...



Personal Information:
Very excited soon-to-be-mother of the most anticipated little boy of the year!

Very happy and proud mother of one of the most beautiful 4-year-olds (Big Sister) and one of the most beautiful 2-year-olds (Little Sister) in the world.

Very happy and in-love wife of the kindest, gentlest and most attentive and loving man in the world!

Signed up 5/3/13 to be a member of the Sea Rim Striders!! ( searimstriders.org )

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I'm a fan of science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction. I'm a full-time mother and have a job outside the home where I am learning the ins and outs of Human Resources. I am also a full-time online student with hopes of becoming a teacher. After I graduate from UoPx I plan to attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi online classes to get my Master's degree in secondary education and a teaching certificate. Sometimes I experiment with cooking--I'm not particularly creative at it, but I can follow a recipe pretty well--and when I have time and inspiration, I write for writing's sake. I try my hand at lots of things (knitting, photography, cake decorating, etc.) but become expert at very few of them.

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JERSEYFLOWER
8/14/2014 1:59:15 AM

Hey there! Just checking in to see how you're doing during these last few weeks. I'm wishing you all the best!




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FIT_MOMMY_OF2
7/24/2014 10:41:31 PM

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MPETERSON23111
7/21/2014 3:12:08 PM

I hope things are well. I still think of you and pray for you often. Good luck with the upcoming events!



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VEGIBIKER
7/11/2014 7:57:35 AM

Hey there Mommacassey! thank you for the note - like really - a huge huge thank you! I'm okay - this summer has been awesome - in terms of being outside, gardening etc - and really challenging (I had my dad here for quite a while - he's really hard to take care of as he flips from super sweet old man to mean old cuss as soon as company goes) - anyway - I've barely been on-line - as the weather's been so great and local friends have been so supportive/awesome. It sure cheered me up to get your note though. How are you and yours doing this summer? Thank you so much for checking in on me - please let me know how you are! :D
Wishing you an awesome weekend!
Amy Jo



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JERSEYFLOWER
7/10/2014 11:35:43 PM

Thank you for the "Miss You" goodie. I'm a bit lost and struggling to find my way back. Your goodie helped to push me to log in.



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