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Friday, September 07, 2007

So I've been reading any and all advice on how to conceive. I've been trying on and off since January. I would love to lose more weight before gaining a bunch back through pregnancy, but I really want to have a baby now! I've wanted one for so long that I'm starting to yearn and seeing babies or toddlers out in public is really pulling at my heart strings.

I'm ovulating until the 9th, so I'm really hoping it happens this cycle. If not, I will just read more I guess for next month!

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BEKKASHAY 9/12/2007 4:49PM

    congrats on TTC, I had my first daughter I was over 200lbs, I only gained about 10 pounds overall...I ended up having a c section but when I got out of the hospital I was 35 lbs under my starting weight! so I actually lost alot of weight (that was 2 years ago and of course I gained it back)...ANYWAYS we will be TTC too as soon as I get a little more weight off. GOOD LUCK It took us about a year to get pregnant with our first, but keep trying it will be the best thing you ever do!

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TINKCRZY1972 9/8/2007 10:15PM

    Good luck! If you are cautious, the weight gain needn't be excessive. Keep us updated!

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    Hi Kim,
just to let you know, When you are over weight already you really do not need to gain much at all to have a healthy baby. My daughter is 5 months. I was so upset when i found out I was prego, because i could not imagine anymore weight added on to my already over 200 lb body. I literally only put on 3 lbs. The whole pregnancy. when I had the baby I actually lost weight. So it can be done. my baby weighed 7lbs 8oz

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SWDOTB 9/8/2007 9:31AM

    Aah..., dear Kozeragg, this is so exciting, all my hopes for you, try and relax and believe in the timing of a gift of a child in your life...you are in my thoughts and prayers.


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DNJEN471 9/8/2007 4:02AM

    Best of luck to you! Remember to have fun trying to make it happen ;)

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

I've noticed that by doing this diet I have become more in tune with not only my physical needs, but emotionally as well.

I figured it would not just be a physical road, and in fact I believe weight loss is a bit more mental than physical! I just was not prepared for all of the self reflection I've been doing lately. I've discovered some things about myself, some good, some not so good, but all of it is a part of me.

I have attached names to some of my problems, which is always helpful in finding out how to take care of them. One day I will have health insurance and might actually be able to talk to a doctor about certain things. Maybe talk to a therapist about others!

Each new day gives me new challenges and new things to work on. I hope in the end I'll be able to say it all made me stronger.

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QGDBSMOM 9/3/2007 10:02AM

    As a beginner here, I'm glad for your comments. It's nice to know from someone who's being so successful just how mental this journey is going to be.

You look GREAT! Way to go on reaching those goals! Fun to see the metamorphosis even just in your face in your photos. I look forward to achieving some of this myself.

Thanks for the welcome!

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AURORA.BELLA 8/29/2007 12:11AM

    I agree with you completely it really makes you think about wanting to be healthy not only physically but mentally as well. I know I'm in the same boat as you because it really made me think about how I got this way in the first place and things in my past that lead me this direction.

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DNJEN471 8/26/2007 2:55PM

    You will come out of this journey a much healthier person- not only physically... but mentally too. It takes a very strong person to complete this journey and I know you will be able to do it~!

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SAMANTHAKALLAS 8/26/2007 12:06PM

    I agree with Shirley. It's always possible to change the way you look, but if you don't change the way you think, you'll never be completely happy. That's why it's so important to like your inner self before changing the outer self. Amber, you are a beautiful person from what I can tell. You just have to believe it!!!

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SCRAPPYLOUISA 8/26/2007 11:45AM

    Yes, I believe you are right about it not only being physical but mental as well. I too, find my self reflecting on my life more than ever. I think the clue to losing weight is to change our eating habits and our way of looking at life. Shirley

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Lane Bryant

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I've shopped at Lane Bryant (plus-size woman's clothing store) since about 2001? Something like that. It's a bit spendy for me, but my husband and I went in there yesterday to look at bras. Most of mine are too big now! I don't remember asking to drop a cup size, but whatever!

Has anyone been in recently? Apparently for their "right fit" jeans they have changed the sizes all around. I am now a size 4, yellow. Size 4? Ok, if I am a REAL size 4 that will make me feel good, but a LB size 4? That doesn't exactly have the same ring to it.

I also like how I'm "yellow" now, which is basically a synonym for "you have no hips or butt!" They have red if you're sorta curvy, and blue if you are really curvy.

My real size? 18-20. Maybe one day it will go down, but I'm not going to hold my breath until (if) I get to size 4. Because that could be awhile!

Although, I have to say, I have never had a pair of jeans that fit me as well as my size 4, yellow. Usually around the legs and hips it is way too huge. Like just because I have a large waist must mean I also have big thighs and legs too. So I'm actually really grateful for some cute new jeans for $40! (hey, that's splurging for me!)

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TOBICAE 9/18/2007 6:09PM

    If it makes you feel any better, I'm an 8 yellow according to lane bryant, but a 22 at old navy. I have to agree, though, these jeans were well bought. They're great. And, since their regular length seems to run long (I have to buy long everywhere else) when they get too big I'm going to try and hot-water shrink them. They should have enough length left that I'll get a bit more wear out of them then, too!

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AURORA.BELLA 8/21/2007 9:02PM

    Oh Fashion bug is good too, I don't know if theres one near you the only one I've ever seen is in Hillsboro.

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AURORA.BELLA 8/21/2007 9:01PM

    That is very strange. I rarely go in there because they are so expensive but I have bought bras there that have lasted years and years. They have a website that is called like woman within or something and my mom got a GORGEOUS dress on there so i might have to go in and see. That is a very strange way to categorize people...by color? I don't know if you've ever been there but the store Torrid does sizes like that too like a large is just a 1 and a 1x is a 2. I used to shop there before I lost weight the first time. isn't it weird how in stores the plus size is always called the "womens" section and like regular sizes are just misses or whatever...thats always been weird to me.

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DNJEN471 8/20/2007 6:47PM

    I too shop at the LB and they are pricey. I decided not to shop though until I absolutely have to.... but weird that they changed all their sizes around. Guess it's good to know what to expect if I actually go shopping!

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CATALYA 8/20/2007 9:42AM

    Wow that's weird! I remember posting a blog after I walked into Lane Bryant to shop and then realized that I couldn't wear any of their stuff anymore and I was like "Where am I going to get cute NICER clothes now?" :P I started at a size 18/20 and I am in an 8 or 10 now depending on the brand. Our Maurices in our small town just started carrying CUTE plus sized clothing and I thought "What the heck? NOW you carry this?" And I saw that they were sizing them 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. too so that must be the new thing for plus sized clothing? Weird! But YAY on finding a great pair of fitting jeans! I always LOVED LB jeans and wish I could find a good pair that sits high enough, but not too high on my waist and just overall FITS good like LB!!!

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TINKCRZY1972 8/19/2007 12:42AM

    Check out Avenue if you have one near you...their clothes are TOO cute! Of course, I'm getting to the point that their sizes are too big, but that's a GOOD thing, right? LOL!

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Taking a break

Monday, August 13, 2007

Ok, so I'm not really. I'm still going to be on here, on the message boards, talking to friends and listing my food/fitness. How is that really a break then?

Well, I'm basically going to be taking a break from losing weight. In other words, I'm not going to be TRYING. I'm going to eat things that are good for me and get some exercise in every day!

I'm boycotting the scale. I get too wrapped up in what it says, and half the time I think it's messing with me. Either it gives me way too low of an assessment, or it says I've gained 3 pounds overnight for no reason. So, I might still weigh myself randomly, but we'll see.

So for now, I'm just enjoying myself and will remain happy!

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BETTSI 8/16/2007 1:48AM

    I probably need to do the same thing. I have to keep reminding myself I am working on a lifestyle change, not a diet. Keep sparkin', Girl- you will get there!

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DNJEN471 8/15/2007 9:14AM

    Good for you. I think we start to get to lost in the number which can really be discouraging. The whole idea of this is to change your lifestyle. So really just follow all the tools you have learned here on spark and avoid the scale- I think you will be surprised to see that in a weeks time it will go down.

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TRUE_TEXAN 8/14/2007 2:31PM

    Sounds like you have to do the same thing I do from time to time.. take a mental break from "trying" so hard!
You look great! Best of luck to you!

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BKP4166 8/14/2007 2:39AM

    That's a very wise decision...this is a change in lifestyle and it's way to easy to spend too much energy stressing over an overnight weight gain. When I was pregnant with one of my kids, I gained 10 pounds overnight...it was all water retention and went away as quickly as it came on. Good decision.

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What I've learned

Friday, August 03, 2007

I have learned a lot from this website. I've learned how to eat in healthy proportions. I've learned that I actually do have the ability to exercise without killing myself!

I've learned how to lose some weight, but more importantly how to be healthier and happier.

It's not always perfect. And there always seems to be obstacles (human and otherwise) trying to get in my way, but I can take my time to get around them.

It reminds me of that song. "I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down. I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down."

It isn't actually referring to what I'm talking about, but the words still stick with me!

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UNIDENT 8/12/2007 4:07AM

    I invite you to come and check out Team Piece of Cake. Your blog pretty much sums up the mission statement.

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METALBABE 8/5/2007 1:09PM

Thanks for your activity on our PDX Sparkers page, and for your support in our online community. You are an inspiration, and you really do have a positive impact. That's a great achievement, and we appreciate it.

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    You are brilliant!!!! That should be the theme song for sparkpeople!!!!!!! I would say you've learned a lot.

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