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One day I woke up weighing 140 pounds. Having always been small, petite, svelte, I couldn't believe how I had let myself go. After 30+ years of being able to eat whatever I chose, two kids, a full-time job, a travelling husband and making "easy" versus "smart" food choices had finally caught up with me.

I had noticed some clothes getting tighter, and a newfound appreciation for loose and flowy clothing, but I had kidded myself into accepting it as status quo for a new mom. How did celebrity moms get back into shape so quickly? Well, with an army of nannies, personal chefs, trainers and shoppers at their disposal, of course. Regular people like me don't usually have such luxuries. I had time.

Of course, my younger child will be 4 this year, and I weigh more now than I did after his birth. So much for status quo.

Frustrated at the incremental weight gain, watching my 35th birthday pass, I realized I *don't* have time. I have to make it. For myself and my family, I have to get back on the pre-baby track with exercise and healthy eating habits. I have about 35 pounds to lose. I can do this. I will do this.

And I'll be all the better for it.

Member Since: 8/22/2006

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My Goals:
Though I entered a goal weight, I am more focused on losing inches than pounds. My waist should be a good 8 inches smaller than it is, and intend to make that happen. If pounds come off with the inches, that's a bonus.

My Program:
I know what's healthy and what isn't; I'm just making myself listen to and act upon that knowledge. More, regular exercise and better eating habits are the main focus. I need to choose smart, not easy.

Though I don't mind choosing smart *and* easy.

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  • v STEFMAG001
    Thank you so much for the information! I figured that was the way it worked, but it's nice to have it confirmed.

    We seem to be somewhat similar (except that I am a SAHM)...

    I am also petite (5ft tall) and after I had my baby (at 36), found myself heavier than I wanted to be. I've been here since Aug 06 & reached my GW last winter. But gained back 1/2 of it AFTER the holidays (dropped off the exercise & portion control)!! I only have one child - but my husband travels often for work also - and I acutally use that time to really buckle down with my food intake. I tend to eat more when he is home.

    Anyway, I decided to re-commit myself recently (unfortunately because of a back injury). Seems to be helping!! I tend to injure my back easily if I don't do exercise of SOME kind. Guess it keeps me in check (haha!)

    Looks like you are doing great with your goals. Contrats!

    And thank-you again for your help on my question & I wish you much success with your goals! :D
    3836 days ago
  • v TAMLYN70
    Thanks for the support...and the caps lock insight...the whole package worries me... i love food and hope the sparkpeople can teach me the right ways to eat! good luck w/ your goals.
    4068 days ago
    Wow, you are really doing well. I had the same thing happen, one day I woke up and was 50 lbs heavier! Good Luck!
    4069 days ago