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I'm baaaaaaaack!

Monday, March 25, 2013

OK Sparkpeople - I'm back!

Life has completely changed since my last update. COMPLETELY. I am now a mother to a sweet, happy, funny, and adorable baby boy. I am still working so to say that life is busy would be a ridiculous understatement. Here is a quick rundown of my life recently:

*Baby was born in late October! I'd gained about 35 pounds, I think. I wasn't stressing about the weight.
*The birth was a great experience, no trauma, so I was up and walking that day and started walking up and down the street at 3 days postpartum. I desperately wanted to move again!
*I lost all the baby weight in about 2 weeks without trying. (Don't hate me!) I give credit to nursing. I think it really helped take the pounds off, and it required me to eat good food and stay hydrated.
*I started working out a bit in November and December and ran two 5K's on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. They were my worst times ever, but I was just in it to have fun!
*Since then, I haven't worked out until this weekend. I go for walks with the baby, but he won't tolerate more than 15-20 minutes, and I can't really go fast. It's something, but it's not quite what I want.
*In the past two months, I've put on a few more pounds and even though my pre-pregnancy clothes fit, they don't fit WELL. I need to do some work.

With all this in mind, here are some goals for the near future.

1) Work out twice a week. Walks with the baby don't count - real workouts. Right now what sounds good is zumba, treadmill if it's cold, or walking/jogging outside if the weather is nice and the sun is up.
2) Stop. Eating. Junk. The pounds just melting off at the beginning really spoiled me, and I've given in to my sweet tooth. I need to work on removing the junky food and incorporating more fruits and veggies.

These things are pretty basic, of course, but that's where I need to start. This weekend I worked out twice which was a really great feeling. I think that most weeks I can find time on the weekend to workout once, and find one evening during the week to go to the gym after Baby goes to bed.

My longer term goal is to get back into running full time and do two Half Marathons at the end of the year. I am so looking forward to accomplishing that goal!!!

  
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ADAPTINGANNIE 7/25/2013 8:41AM

    Congrats! Love your positive goals. Good luck.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 4/19/2013 10:32AM

    emoticon emoticon And, welcome back!

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222NICHOLE 4/3/2013 9:51PM

    Wow you are inspiring! Good for you for staying as healthy and fit as you did after your pregnancy. Keep up the good work!

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SJKENT1 3/30/2013 6:48PM

    Welcome Back!!

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WRITINGDIVA1 3/30/2013 6:26PM

    Good for you!

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PCASEY7 3/29/2013 6:52PM

    Congrats all around, for your new baby boy, the weight loss and the setting of your short term goals. You can do it!

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JIBBIE49 3/29/2013 5:09PM

    emoticon Love seeing your blog in the Spark Mail.

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CLARAELIZABETH1 3/29/2013 1:58PM

  Congrats on the having the little guy! What a blessing! I can tell by your plan that you will succeed -- you sound positive and motivated! You don't have far to go! :-)

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PENOWOK 3/29/2013 9:45AM

    WooHoo for the new little man!!! They are so much fun and they change every day, so don't blink!! Your plan sounds solid! You can do this...just work your plan and it's ok to treat yourself a little. If you are still nursing, make sure to keep up the good stuff and remember that chocolate passes to him as well

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NEWTINK 3/29/2013 7:35AM

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PRAIRIECROCUS 3/29/2013 1:06AM

    emoticon on the birth of your baby boy !
All the best, to you and your family !

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MARYJEANSL 3/29/2013 12:35AM

  Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful son! They only get more beautiful as they grow...though not in the same way, of course. And congratulations also on your plan and goals to get you where you want to be. You can and will succeed!

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ROBB1N 3/29/2013 12:11AM

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JAMER123 3/28/2013 11:28PM

    emoticon on the baby!
emoticon You can do it!! Thanks for sharing!!

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JEANNINEMM68 3/28/2013 8:47PM

    Congrats on the baby!


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SUSIEMT 3/28/2013 7:15PM

    Welcome back!! Congrats on the baby!! You can do this! We are here to help!

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RUTHEY01 3/28/2013 4:54PM

    emoticon on a healthy baby boy and losing the "baby fat" so quickly. And no, I don't hate you for it. I did the same thing when my daughter was born. I credit it to eating healthy and exercise during the pregnancy. I didn't nurse. My daughter was born with a congenital heart defect and spent her first 2 weeks in the hospital.

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GLENMORRISGIRL 3/28/2013 3:58PM

  Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy! Your blog really highlights the importance of sticking with "the program" through thick and thin. I think we all tend to give in more when we've had good results, I sure no I do. You'd think it woud validate the effectiveness of staying on track! Good luck in your effrots!

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LIVELYGIRL2 3/28/2013 3:39PM

  I think your goals are good, and it is a challenge with a new baby. it turns your life upside down ( but in more good ways than bad ). Hopefully you have a friend who will help you out. emoticon emoticon

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CORNERKICK 3/28/2013 2:07PM

  Congrats on your baby boy! Sounds like your plan is definitely do-able

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REGILIEH 3/28/2013 1:46PM

    emoticon on your new baby boy!

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FRABBIT 3/28/2013 1:38PM

  Congrats on your wonderful baby and good luck training for the half marathons.

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DMSGLASS 3/28/2013 11:46AM

    Great goals! Know you can do it! congratulations on your sweet baby, too. How they change your life is all for the good!

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KLONG8 3/28/2013 11:21AM

    Some great changes in your life. I'm so happy for YOUR happiness. For such a hectic time in your life I think you sound very grounded. Congratulations and go for those goals!

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GRIZ1GIRL 3/28/2013 10:42AM

    Good for you! Breast-feeding is amazing for weight loss! I lost 47 lbs of "twin babies" weight in the first 3 weeks, just by pumping breast milk!

Exercise is the key to being a happy, healthy, ready-to-go mom--good for you! And congrats on your baby! :)

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JACKIE542 3/28/2013 10:29AM

    Glad you are back, congrats on having your beautiful baby. emoticon

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TLGRNT 3/28/2013 10:19AM

  Welcome home.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/28/2013 9:57AM

    Welcome Back emoticon

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KARLEIGH66 3/28/2013 9:27AM

    Congrats on the new baby. You sound like you have a full plate, but you definitely seem to have the enthusiasm to accomplish any goals you set. Your positive attitude is refreshing and motivating.

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JERICHO1991 3/28/2013 9:12AM

    Welcome back. Thanks for the update.

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JMERLAU 3/28/2013 8:26AM

    Awesome news!!

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CATE195 3/28/2013 8:05AM

    Congrats on your new baby, enjoy him, I know you can handle the rest. One day at a time. emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 3/28/2013 7:45AM

    Good luck! The blog feisty red hair (not mine) has good tips for exercising with small children

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WATERDIAMONDS 3/28/2013 7:23AM

    Wonderful news on your new baby! I know you must be so happy.

Best of success to you with your new goals. You CAN do this, of course, one step and one bite at a time...

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GARDENCHRIS 3/28/2013 7:06AM

    congratulations!

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    emoticon Congrats on the new baby and your dedication!!!

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SHERYLP461 3/28/2013 6:52AM

    Congratulations & welcome back!

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NCSUE0514 3/28/2013 6:18AM

    Welcome back, and congratulations!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/27/2013 8:47PM

    Congratulations on your new baby boy and Welcome back!

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CHERIJ16 3/26/2013 9:05PM

    What a wonderful gift! Congratulations on your baby boy! It sounds like you have a great plan and a great attitude! emoticon

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16 weeks Pregnant Update

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Hi friends. I just wanted to take some time to update on how I'm feeling lately with this pregnancy thing.

Of course the strongest feeling I have is the feeling of being blessed. I am so thankful for this new life, and I just want to say that any complaints I may have take a backseat the positive feelings I have for this baby :)

Now, on to the rough stuff! Ha!

Changing my mindset about workouts is proving to be a giant challenge for me. Exercising on a regular basis (and with great exertion) is truly my lifestyle now. Five years ago I could not have said that, but thanks to SparkPeople, my love of running and yoga, and my desire to stay fit, I LOVE being active. That said, I have had to adjust some of my expectations now that I'm solely responsible for the health and safety of this little one. Saturday was an extreme example - I went to White Rock Lake in the morning to do a 5 Mile Race with the Dallas Running Club. I woke up and felt really off, but I got dressed and asked my husband for some encouragement to get out the door. I made it to the race site. I got my bib and tshirt, said hi to a few friends, had my bathroom break, and walked to the starting area. All of a sudden the off feelings I'd had all day got worse. I felt lightheaded, my heart was racing (125 while mostly standing still), my muscles felt weak, and I knew there was no way I'd make it more than 15 minutes in this race. Here's where the mindset change has to happen. In the past, I'd call it a mental block and PUSH THROUGH. These days I can't do that. I can't risk actually passing out, or getting stuck 30 minutes from my car with no strength. So I did something I've never done - I watched everyone else go past the starting line and I walked back to my car. Despite the fact that I knew I was doing the right thing in that moment, I felt so defeated. This just isn't something I'm used to, and it's hard to adjust.

The good news is that for every bad day I have like Saturday, I have many more good days. I take advantage of almost every good day and go for a walk or go to the gym. Today I got 2 new prenatal DVDs so I can do some prenatal yoga, and this summer I plan to spend some afternoons at the gym doing some gentle swimming.

I know this mental adjustment will continue until the end of this pregnancy, and then I'll have to adjust in new ways after I am a Mom (Oh my, that's scary to type!) I'm just happy that I've wholeheartedly adopted an active lifestyle over the past few years - this will always keep me going forward!

  
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WILSON425 5/8/2012 11:33PM

    When pregnant with my two boys, the Dr said anything I was used to doing was okay for at least 7 months. I rode horses daily up til 8 months. Maybe you will feel better after a while. And then you can continue with your activities. Best of luck!

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OURBESTYEAR 5/8/2012 11:11PM

    Your health (and thus Baby's health) is the top priority; you made the right call! I'm glad you listened to your body. You will have SO many opportunities for races in the future (trust me, I will babysit every single race day!), no need to feel defeated for missing out on this one. :)

I'm sure it is a very difficult adjustment to go from being so active to taking it a little easier, but then you get the awesomest present ever in return!!! Don't be too hard on yourself, little Mama!

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ARCHANGEL1111 5/8/2012 9:29PM

  I will keep you in my prayers for a healthy child. blessings to you!


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First Pregnant Race

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Technically I think my first pregnant race was the Hot Chocolate race in February, but I didn't really feel pregnant back then, and I had yet to experience the fatigue and nausea! So today counts as my first really pregnant race!

The Hot Chocolate run was the last time I ran more than 5 minutes in a row, so it had REALLY been a while. I tried to keep up with my walking and short spurts of jogging during the first months of pregnancy, but it was just so hard for me for a while. Luckily things have changed and running finally seems like a fun activity again!

So I ran a 5K with my running club this morning. I was prepared to do a combo walk/jog race, hoping for a time around 40 minutes or so. I am happy to report that I ran the entire thing and didn't feel the need to walk at all! There's really something to be said for the adrenaline of a large race environment by a beautiful lake on a cool morning. I felt the best I've felt in WEEKS! I was so happy to finish in a little over 35 minutes. I really hope this provides me with the kick start I need to get back on the running bandwagon!

  
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MNCYCLIST 4/7/2012 9:10PM

    Wow, I'm impressed! Great job, and take care of yourself!

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ROCKYCPA 4/7/2012 8:13PM

    Good for you - keep on exercising, it really helps.

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AMANDA_C 4/7/2012 6:56PM

    Yay for you!

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Big big big big big announcement!

Monday, April 02, 2012

How's that for an attention-grabbing headline? ;) I promise this will live up to the hype!

I'm pregnant! And so excited about it!

I found out in early February, and I'm due in mid-October. Overall, I can't complain too much about pregnancy symptoms. I've felt a bit of nausea, a TON of fatigue, and a loss of appetite, but no vomiting so none of that other stuff seems bad! I am close to being done with my first trimester, and the bad symptoms are beginning to fade. I'm hoping to feel normal soon (everyone promises me the 2nd trimester is better, so they better not be lying!!)

I feel like what I'm about to write is full of excuses, but it's all the truth about how I felt. I haven't run much in about 6 weeks. I've hardly walked for exercise. I have had SUCH a hard time just staying awake in the evenings, and exercise seemed out of the question. (I'd come home around 3, go to sleep or an hour or two, then go to bed around 7:30 for the night. This is fatigue like I've never known, even when I was untreated hypothyroid a while ago). On top of the fatigue, I just had a general yucky nauseous feeling 24/7, and it's really hard to get up off the couch and jog around when I feel like that :( However, as I mentioned earlier, all my symptoms are starting to fade so I'm starting to try again. I am going for evening walks, even if it's just for 10 minutes. Today I'm going to try a mix of walking and jogging. I know that I won't be able to make much progress in running as the pregnancy moves further along, but if I can train myself to run 2 or 3 miles again, I think I'll be very proud of myself.

Finally, a plea - if we're facebook friends, please don't say anything over there until I announce it later in the week. There are still a few more people I need to tell in person before I spill the beans to the whole wide world! :)

Yay baby!!!

  
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SPARKLE1908 4/8/2012 10:59AM

    Congratulations Amy!!!!

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OURBESTYEAR 4/4/2012 11:50AM

    WAHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHALLENGER15 4/3/2012 9:59PM

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SASHADIEKEN 4/2/2012 7:42PM

    An excellent announcement! Best wishes to you and your family.

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LUCKY117 4/2/2012 5:31PM

    YAY!!!!! We are getting to that stage too (soon, I hope) so I will be very interested to hear how the whole thing progresses for you. Congratulations :)

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JULESJ1OK 4/2/2012 4:40PM

    Wow Congratulations! Best wishes to you and your new little miracle!

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GONEWLIFE 4/2/2012 4:32PM

    Congratulations !

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Hello Again - Fall Recap

Monday, December 26, 2011

Hello again!

Wow, I haven't posted in five months. I had something come up in September that seriously messed up my mindset with fitness, nutrition, etc. I don't want to go into it much, but it made it hard to log into sparkpeople and be honest with my blogging and nutrition tracking. That threw me off, and I just stopped logging in.

The bad news is that I felt cut off from this awesome community, and I MISSED IT! I seriously missed you guys. The good news? I mostly stuck with things. I had to take a few weeks off from my running program, but I did get back into it and followed through.

I ran a half marathon in November and another one in December. I SMASHED my previous times of 3 hours and finished these in around 2:25.

In October I made a big change to my diet and completely changed up my breakfast routine. I now have a gigantic smoothie every morning for breakfast. I think I'll write another blog about this sometime. I am all about convenience, and I've made a system for myself that helps me stick with this healthy routine. Another blog, another day.

As we close up this year, I am re-dedicating myself to SparkPeople. I am hoping that 2012 will be an exciting year with many big developments, but only time will tell. :)

  
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CUTENHEALTHY 1/3/2012 7:02PM

    Glad to be back on here with you! I love your page background. Awesome two half marathons during the holiday season! Yes, tell me more about your gigantic smoothie breakfasts. Do you make them yourself?

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