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This is my wonderful family last August (2011).. Most recent of all of us -- about 20 lbs. lighter!





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"If it were easy, everyone would do it!"

I'm Laura and I'm an almost 23 year old mother to my wonderful 3 year old son, Colin. Currently, I am in school for Early Childhood Education and plan to graduate in December 2012. I also work with children on a daily basis. In June of next year (such is the plan, anyway), I will be getting married to my best friend!
I have been down the SparkPeople path once before, with success. When I lose touch, I start to fail. It is important to keep up with this wonderful community! Thus begins my ...
I'm Laura and I'm an almost 23 year old mother to my wonderful 3 year old son, Colin. Currently, I am in school for Early Childhood Education and plan to graduate in December 2012. I also work with children on a daily basis. In June of next year (such is the plan, anyway), I will be getting married to my best friend!
I have been down the SparkPeople path once before, with success. When I lose touch, I start to fail. It is important to keep up with this wonderful community! Thus begins my next journey!




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Member Since: 4/21/2012

SparkPoints: 536

Fitness Minutes: 312

My Goals:
Some Goals:
-Run in a 5k!
-Eat Clean Consistently
-Exercise 5 days per wk
-Lose 28 lbs. (200) by 7/31/2012
-Lose 50 lbs. (178) by Halloween 2012
-Lose 72 lbs. (156) by 1/1/2013

My Program:
I try to eat clean as much as possible. I have seen most success when I follow it 100%, but I do the best with what I have!

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GUNNSGIRL91303
5/12/2012 5:17:54 PM

I started counting calories by having a calorie guide by my side. Measuring your food helps but I've never really done that. There are great articles here on SP about counting calories. Basically the food tracker will count your calories for you if you know precisely how much you are eating, for example how many ounces of which meat and so on. A meat portion that can fit in the palm of your hand is usually 3-4 oz, which is the appropriate serving of meat for a meal. Start by making meat the side dish and veggies the main dish. I think you should just invest in a good book, such as Nutrition Counts, or other good food guide that lists the calories, fat, carbs and protein of each food. Start logging in your tracker and save everything you eat to your favorites, so you always have easy access to them again. It's trial and error! Once you get to know your portions and the caloric count you will be able to eyeball it and the food tracker will do the rest! I hope that makes sense. The food tracker here on SP is outstanding and you can list your exact portion size for the most accurate calorie counts. Good luck and let me know how it goes! I'm sure you will get the hang of it in no time! Another thing that helps me in my overall daily calorie count is that I eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a commoner and dinner like a pauper. Meaning you have your biggest meal in the morning, an average lunch and mostly veggies and complex (healthy) carbs for dinner with a small 3-4 oz. serving of meat. After a couple weeks of tracking your food it will start to come easy so just hang in there! emoticon emoticon



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GUNNSGIRL91303
5/10/2012 12:56:37 PM

One more thing I would recommend is for you to start tracking your food and exercise. It is a great way to stay motivated and food tracking helps you see the changes you can make. I like to track everything I eat for a couple weeks and then evaluate the results. Am I eating too much junk, too many carbs, not enough protein? It helps me. Logging your fitness minutes is HUGE because there is nothing like those fitness trophy's to keep you going! It also helps keep you motivated to keep exercising and you will be amazed how fast those fitness minutes add up!
Good luck, I KNOW you can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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EBIELOU
5/7/2012 4:18:35 PM

THanks so much:) I try to be. Never thought I would be:-) Goodluck on your journey!



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TRACY31502
5/5/2012 4:06:07 PM

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MELLIKA
4/24/2012 8:09:18 PM

Thanks for the add, and I added you as well!!
Let me know how student teaching goes, and I'll let you know how my teaching goes too!! I'm super curious to know how well other student teaching experiences have went, so keep me updated!! =D




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