This is my family one year ago. It saddens me to look at this picture, because I had just had my son and I have gained weight since this picture instead of loosing the 'baby weight'

I cannot find any pictures of me alone and I usually put someone in front of me to block me. This is me with my beautiful neice this month.

This is a picture of my husband and his parents and I the year before I got pregnant with my second child. I was 15lbs heavier than before I had my first child and I can't believe I actually thought I was overweight here! I would kill to look this way again!


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I am the chubby mother of 2 beautiful children ages 5 and now 15 months. Before children I was the annoying size 2 friend that could eat anything and still have abs. I am now that typical working mother who is stretched so thin that I have removed myself from the list of "To Do's" After attending an office holiday party and a wedding this past month, I have finally come to the realization that I am tired of being the chubby one in the room that people say " Remember how cute she used to be?" I am ready to stop using my children as an excuse for my inability to get serious about my health and weight. I want to feel good about how I look and feel.

Member Since: 12/29/2007

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I am choosing to make short term monthly goals, because I feel overwhelmed by the long term goal. I am hoping by making monthly goals, I will be motivated to keep moving one month at a time.
My focus is going to be on basic nutrition and fitness goals.

My Program:
I am aiming for 5 days a week of 25 minute cardio sessions on my treadmill and 2 days a week of free weight strength training.
I am focusing on smaller portions and staying below the suggested daily calories, while increasing water intake and removing late night martini's and wine.

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I live in upstate NY. I have 2 children ( one with special needs) and I work as a Program Director 3 days a week. I work split shifts with my husband as a way to keep our children out of daycare, so free time is nearly non-existent.

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I am a very involved parent. My daughter has several medical conditions, I am a homeroom mom, on the PTO at school, I teach an infant music class out of my home, I am the Queen of 'themed style" playdates for children, and I am starting volunteer work as a medical advocate for the foundation my daughter is a part of.

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  • v JIBBIE49
    I was checking back in on you and hope you haven't quit. STAY WITH THIS!
    3666 days ago
    Hey Natalie,

    Just wanted to see how you're doing. I can't thank you enough for mentioning this website to me. It's really taught me a lot about how to choose the right foods, monitor my diet and it helps motivate me to work out on a daily basis. I don't have a scale, but I feel like I'm losing inches and toning up quite a bit. I've never worked out every day in my life and it's amazing how much better I feel, even emotionally. Keep up the motivation & hopefully by the summer time we'll both be sitting back wearing a two peice on the beach somewhere...lol. Love you!
    3715 days ago
    Okay, so I just got home from bowling (which was a blast by the way), but I felt so guilty about having not only 1 1/2 glasses of beer, but that wonderfully delicious chocolate martini, that I just worked out for 15 minutes on the elliptical to work off an additional 170 calories. I know...I was surprised myself, but I feel better. Now I can sleep. This is motivating! Hope you had fun and keep up the morale & hard work...

    3730 days ago
    Hi linda here i joined in july i havent really done to well but aim to change that in the New Year its harder when you are older lol will say that anyway we will all do it together its 8pm here in Scotland and Casualty has just started so logging of for now take care
    Linda x
    3733 days ago
  • v MJENKINS0344
    Hey Natalie! I wanted to check in and see how you did yesterday. I actually stayed within my calorie range. I have a party today at Greg's aunt's house. That should be challenging. Did you end up going to the movie? I saw the previews for it this morning. It looks awesome. Totally a movie I would go see. I'll check in again tonight and let you know how I did at the party. Wish me luck...they always have lots of good food that will be hard to resist.
    3733 days ago
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