February 2012, 144 pounds.

1 day after having Leah ( I went in weighing 195 and suffering from Hypertension) I was SO SO swollen!

Right before I had Leah. That was A LOT of belly!! Aka = lots of skin to shrink back ( if it ever really does) ...


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Hi and welcome to my Sparkpage! My name is Bethany and I am 26 years old. I first joined Spark People in the fall of 2009, my goal was to loose 10 pounds before my husband came home from Iraq. With the help of Spark People and my membership at 24 hour fitness, I was able to drop from 145 to 132. I felt great and I felt even better watching my husband's face as we were reunited after a year a part.

In January of 2010, my husband came home and was in the process of getting out of the Army, we were also in the process of trying for our first baby, so I had to say goodbye to two wonderful things: My 24 membership and Spark People. I found out in June of 2010 that we were pregnant.

Of course, with pregnancy, now came the weight gain. I had already put back on 10 pounds when I got pregnant and I went from 145 to 195 by the end of my pregnancy. (Takes a big breath) .. yes a 50 pound weight gain. I knew it would happen, so it wasn't a big deal.

Well, here I am. On February 23, 2011 I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl. Leah! It was an amazing experience and I have enjoyed being a Mommy. Leah will be a month old tomorrow ( March 23 ) and I decided it was time to get back with Spark People. I am 4 weeks out from the day Leah was born ( and the day I weighed 195 pounds ). I currently weigh 167 pounds, an almost 30 pound weight loss in 4 weeks. I am super proud of myself so far, and hope to loose the next 20 pounds with the help of watching my calories and walking as much as I can, in this Texas heat!

My body is not the same, that is one thing for sure, but I have came to terms that - it never will be. My hips are wider, I have stretch marks, and there are some jeans that just won't ever fit -- and its OKAY! I have a beautiful baby girl and she was worth it all.

However, I still want to loose the weight and feel great. So, my goal? I would like to be down to 145 by my birthday in November ( on the 30th).

I loved Spark People before and I am so happy to be back. I am looking forward to loosing the weight and meeting others on here! This website is full of support and encouragement and I hope to be an encouragement to others.

Feel free to add me as a SparkFriend. I love to blog, so make sure to stop by my blog for updates on my adventure to a new body!

Update for February 2012: It's been almost 1 year since I've had Leah. Through the help of SP and running ( I am NOT a runner, by the way) around my block and doing the little things ( more of my weight loss journey is through my blog) - I was able to reach my goal by November 30th 2011 and loose OVER 50 pounds! I am now in a stength training and cardio routine and trying to loose another 5-10 pounds by April 1, 2012. Most of all, trying to tighten up this new-mommy-muffin-top that is hanging from all my weight loss ( don't you hate when that happens?)

Love - B

Member Since: 3/21/2011

My Goals:
June 2010: weight 145

2/23/11: weight 195
(going into labor)

3/21/11: weight 167

8/5/11 : weight 161

8/16/11: weight 159.5

9/27/11: weight 151

10/15/11: weight 149

11/25/11: weight 143.5

02/07/11: 144

145 by November 30, 2011 (my birthday!)

DONE! :) 11/25

NEXT GOAL SET ON 12/12/11:

Loose 10 pounds by April 1, 2012.

My Program:
How I lost the 50 pounds?
In 9 months I lost a little over 50 pounds. I had several medical issues at the beginning, so I didn't fully start my dieting and weight loss until the end of July. I had over 20 pounds to loose at that point.

What did I eat? I calculated my calories on SP. I still ate my Taco Bell on occasion and I didn't fully cut out any food in particular, I just made sure I made room for the special food I wanted to eat and stayed in my calorie range. I eat small lunches (salads, soups) and I always have either oatmeal or a yogurt for breakfast. Dinner is fair game, I just eat 1 portion ( and ONE only) and try to keep it as close to 500 and under in calories as possible.

I did cut out soda tremendously. Is it gone entirely? No. I have one every now and again, but my daily drink of choice is water or tea (water has been a struggle for me!).

Execise: I did not have a gym membership until just a few weeks ago, so all of that 50 was done with do

Personal Information:
I'm 26 and married to my wonderful husband, Adam. We have been together 9 years in April and married fo r4 in June. We have our first baby girl, Leah, who was born in February 2011. We also have 2 fur-babies, Faith and Jake. I work in Admissions for a University and my husband is an Army-Veteran going to school full time and working full time at a distribution center.

(We're busy!!)

Other Information:
I love to read
I love to blog
I love working in higher education.
I love my dogs.
I'm a old soul, for just 26.
I'm married to my bestfriend.
I love being a Mom.
I'm hard on myself.
I enjoy meeting new people.
I love singing.
I'm on praise and worship team at church.
I'm in a lifegroup, for the first time ever.
I love shopping.
I love decorating.
I love creative projects.
I was a dancer.
I graduated from UNT, go mean green.
I love kids and should probably be a teacher, that IS what I went to school for.
I love the cold weather, Texas? Yes, I need to move!
I'm really good at English, but Math, don't ask me!

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    Dropping by Bethany to say hi and wish you a great Thursday ahead, also want you to know you are being though of today, hope all is well, please keep in touch.

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    Good Evening Bethany

    emoticon for your support & friendship, looking forward to another year walking this journey with you, let's keep Sparking On Together 1 day and 1 step at a time... emoticon emoticon
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