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Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

Friday, July 15, 2011

Although I enjoyed being pregnant, I'm quite thrilled to be back on SparkPeople and working on bettering my health. I'm excited that it has taken me just one week to lose 24.5 of the 30 pounds gained during pregnancy. I give all of the credit to breastfeeding (after what was initially lost with delivery that is!)! Just 5.5 more pounds to go to reach the weight I was when I found out I was pregnant.

Unfortunately, I was heavier than I wanted to be at that point, so I'm using this new found motivation to towards an even healthier weight and set new goals.

I'm fortunate to be breastfeeding, which burns an extra 500 calories per day, but I also need to focus on healthy nutrition to maintain my ability to feed Jaeleigh adequately. Weight loss may not be the ultimate goal as of now, but looking moreso at overall health.

I have to say that after giving birth and just sitting around for about a week, I feel pretty weak. I feel as though I'm losing my strength and muscle mass as I sit, but still have some healing to do so I'm hesitant to get moving just yet. I do plan to start walking with Jaeleigh as soon as I feel ready and hopefully I'll be able to work back up to running sooner than later!

I'm temped to train for a half-marathon this coming fall, but I'm a little unsure just yet! :) If not this summer I will be doing my first next summer!

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CAH-RD 7/15/2011 10:52PM

    So far Im finding it really easy to lose the baby weight, which is good. I'm in no way trying to diet since as an RD I know how important good nutrition and adequate calories are for breastfeeding (you burn about 500 extra calories per day while breastfeeding!!). I'm just eating healthy and sitting around a lot (still in some pain and bleeding quite a bit so haven't even started walking again yet). :) Either way it's working. Just a few more pounds to go to reach pre-pregnancy! I'm hoping the breastfeeding will help carry me to a better weight even below what I weighed when I got pregnant. I was a "healthy weight" per BMI but I was not comfortable around 130 at all - that's just too much weight on my frame and I felt really uncomfortable.

Glad to hear about the half marathon training! I'm considering one yet this fall, but I'm not quite sure I'd have to start a training program in about 4 weeks and I'm not sure if my body will be ready for that. I may see how it goes though. I will definitely be doing one next spring if I don't this fall. :) I was just hoping to do a half this fall, then maybe a full next summer sometime.

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KTNEWJOURNEY 7/15/2011 2:29PM

    Congrats on your baby girl! Good job getting back on track. I found that with breastfeeding I was ALWAYS hungry (it has only gotten a little better as she has gotten older). I found it hard not to eat (and I needed to eat) so I found that it was really important to not have ANY junk anywhere near me. Take your time with getting back on your feet.

So glad that you are back on Spark!!

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TWINZMOM7 7/15/2011 1:14PM

  Congratulations on the birth of your baby! emoticon
Welcome back to SP and to the half-marathon team! I will be running my first this October. After giving birth to twins, I couldn't even think about running. Now, 18 months later, I'm training for a half. It's amazing what the body will do! You can do it! Best of luck!

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BL Lime - Week 8: Negative Thoughts

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I think this is a great challange because I think this is where we all need help and focus. I feel as though I'm a generally happy, fun-loving person, but I do constantly think negative about myself and bring myself down. A few things that I'd like to work on this week is 100% NOT saying anything negative about myself out loud. Like lately I've been saying that I'm fat a lot just because I feel so large because I haven't been exercising and doing what I should to stay healthy. I just feel really big and lazy right now and I'm disappointed in myself, but if I keep saying those things, it doesn't help me recover and get healthy again. I know that, but it's hard, so this week I'm going to work on that.

I'd also like to continue my pattern of always changing a negative thought to a positive. For example, if Im thinking " I REALLY don't want to exercise today. I'm so tired and I'd rather just sit here and read a magazine and relax" I'm going to tell myself "You know you'd actually feel better if you just got ready and went for a walk. It doesn't have to be an all out run today, but just get out and do something." Ususally in that situation I get out there and I end up running anyway...and going for a long time. It's just getting out there. :) I've tried to do that often, but it's difficult.

I'm also going to accept what I can do and work towards better. I'm a pusher and competitor with myself too often. It's a good thing, but to a point. When I start an exercise routine every day MUST be better than the last so eventually I get to a point where I'm TIRED and don't want to do the all-out exercise so I give up and get out of exercising. I KNOW that I do this and it's something that I really want to work on. I want to be able to tell myself that I can just go for a walk instead of running one day if I'd really like...and that's okay.

So, those are some things I'd like to work on this week.
I'm also going whole-heartedly back into these challanges. I can honestly say that I've probably been the worst one on our team for doing them lately. School has just been killin' me, but I'm back and I'm going to put 100% into the next 4 weeks, I promise team! :)

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FARM-CHICK 4/17/2010 1:50PM

    I love this blog I think we can all relate to being negative more then positive I am going to work on my blog soon I think it was a great challenge I all ready have my page done! we can do this!

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_KRITTER_ 4/17/2010 10:51AM

    Great goal to get rid of the negative self-talk! It's a hard thing to do...but definitely doable! One thing that I did when I was stopping myself from negative self-talk was that every time that I caught myself being negative about myself was to consciously stop that thought (out loud or in my head) and then make sure that I think about something positive about myself. I can honestly say now that I tell myself more positive things than negative now and that I truly like who I am and, for the most part, what I look like. I'm not perfect and I have a lot of work on myself I want to accomplish...but who doesn't? This is my body and it's the only one I'm going to get, so I'm going to enjoy it! :)

I totally hear you about the school making things hard! I feel the same as you! I'm really glad that my 2 classes are just about done, but I feel like a bad Lime because I haven't been around as much.


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GLEN4536 4/17/2010 10:17AM

  thank you for sharing, I feel the same way sometimes about working out, I walk a lot,that I like, hate the treadmill, I am 68 years young, I am also a cancer survivor
So I do very well, but then the negativity, creeps back in, so I work on it every day
I have lost at least 20 lbs since joining the spark, have 15 more to go ,
sometimes it is hard to work everything in ,

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BL Lime - Week 5: Walking Outside

Thursday, April 01, 2010

I took a walk outside 2 nights ago with my husband and dog. We walked a usual route through our little town. It was really the first walk I had taken since last fall, so although the sights were familiar, they were refreshing. It was perfectly quiet as the tourists and resorters aren't here yet and it smelled of sweet spring and warm air (yes, I truely believe "warm air" has a scent). This walk has inspired me to get my butt moving as I've been so sedentary the past few months. I plan to start riding my bike to work and walking some of my evenings. I also plan to start training for my 5 and 10K's after next week (HUGE paper due next Thursday:).

Great LTC!!

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CAH-RD 4/17/2010 7:20AM

    Kim - I live in Northern Michigan. Definitely a lot of tourist/resort towns up here. :)

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 4/2/2010 2:26PM

    Mmm...I'm smelling the "scent" of warm air today...FINALLY! It's about 80 degrees up here in WNY!
I'm excited that you will be riding your bike to work!

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SLIMKIM2B 4/2/2010 9:29AM

    Where do you live that you get alot of tourist/resort traffic?

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Spring BL - Week 1: Motivation & New Food

Friday, February 26, 2010

ITC - Post a blog listing 5 things that motivated you to make healthy choices:

Gosh, only 5???
1. A long, healthy life. I would love to live into my 90's and even past 100 IF that I am in good health. That will only happen if I put forth the effort now.
2. My husband. I want to be the healthiest I can be to be the best wife I can for him. He deserves that.
3. Future children. I can't imagine being overweight and having children. I NEED to be healthy and fit for them. I NEED to be able to teach them good health habits right from the start. I need to be able to keep up with them and play with them, like actually running around the yard with them. I can't imagine it being any other way.
4. Being an RD. What a motivation! I would not want to be an overweight dietitian. No one wants advice on how to eat and exercise to get healthy from someone who does not eat well or exercise herself.
5. To be happy. I strongly believe that one must eat well and be physically fit to be healthy. I don't mean being "skinny" or a size 2 and I'm not even referring to BMI or weight measurement. All I'm saying is that we can not function efficiently, including mentally, without great nutrition and physical fitness.

LTC - Try one "new-to-you" healthy food & give a review:

Well, my new food is something I actually tried last night for the first time - Albacore tuna!! I've always had the Chunk Light, but never Albacore. And...I LOVE it! I will definitely be buying it again. I'm a bit torn though as I know the Albacore offers more heart healthy omega-3's, but it DOES have more mercury...ick. Perhaps I'll just have it on occasion. :) I also plan to be trying couscous. I know...shocked that I've never had this before!! I bought two boxes of plain couscous to make up at some point which will probably be this week! I also bought some different types of multi-grain rices (no, not the boxed crap, but good, real rice). I'm not a huge rice fan, but maybe these kinds will be better!! SO excited about this albacore tuna though and VERY excited that my husband doesn't like tuna at all, so I get it all to myself! :)

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BARBARAROSE54 3/3/2010 7:44PM


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    Make the rice in a nice chicken, turkey, beef, or veggie stock!

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CMUGRL16 2/28/2010 8:44PM

    I LOVE both Albacore and Couscous!! They rock! I jazz up my plain couscous by adding peppers and onions. It give a little extra flavor and flair!!!! :)

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LORIBUCKNER 2/28/2010 8:16PM

    Great Blog! I am so glad you liked the Albacore! I thought you would! I have never had couscous either.. Let me know how that is.

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JETTANALA 2/27/2010 1:08PM

    your comment about being overweight and a mom is one that many of us can relate to... there will be times at the Beach rides at the amusement parks and just plain running in the park... Get there now! From someone who knows!

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YANKEE-CHICK 2/26/2010 7:29PM

    Great List!! Being overweight with children is really difficult and something I carry shame about. I think it is a wonderful motivator to be a healthy fit mother.

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CAH-RD 2/26/2010 3:22PM

    And thanks everyone else for the motivation!!

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CAH-RD 2/26/2010 3:21PM

    Thanks guys! It's fun to see so many people comment already!!

SlimKim - I have eatin' this albacore tuna completely plain right out of the little envelope packages! This is my first time buying tuna in a package rather than a can as well. :) It's good. When I DO make tuna salad I usually use the Kraft Mayo with olive oil and try to add as little as possible. Often I don't add anything else, but I do like the onion, pickle, etc in it as well. What I really usually do MOST often (and this may sound super gross to a lot of you) is take 1 can of tuna (100 cal), 1 can of No Added Sodium Mushrooms (50 cal & only 60 g sodium) and add a little mustard. I know, it's totally weird and honestly the taste was a bit different to get used to, BUT it's very low cal, high protein. I often do this for my Friday lunch at home. It's quick and since my husband is sleeping during the day, I don't have to worry about fixing him a separate food.

MomOf6Boys - I don't like things too fishy tasting either. Actually, I just started eating fish/seafood about 5-6 years ago? And it was a slow start. We never had anything as kids that my Dad didn't like and he didn't like fish/seafood. I guess I started eating it when I was young only when we went out. My sister would order "fish and chips" at Big Boy, which is PURE fat since it's deep fried cod. I would take 1-2 bites of hers and that was about all I could eat. Eventually I was able to order the dish and eat it all and like it (but it's terrible for you). As I started venturing out and learning more about nutrition...and when I started dating the man who is now my husband, I started trying fish occasionally since he liked it. I started to like tilapia, then mahi mahi and even salmon (the kind we usually get from GFS is SUPER mild for salmon). Now those are types that I actually like and sometimes crave! Unfortunately we haven't had fish in a while - not sure why...just haven't bought any. As for seafood...still not my thing. I WILL try new things when I have the opportunity (like when we're in Mexico) because I want that experience of trying it, but about the only seafood I like is coconut shrimp (which is again absolutely terrible for you). :) Side Note: Tuna is something we've always had in the house even as kids though for things like tuna casserole. I've always liked tuna...just never had albacore.

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CASSIE9912 2/26/2010 2:49PM

    I love albacore tuna. I love all tuna! Great motivators. I know that you're going to do amazingly well in the challenge with them. Go Limes! emoticon

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 2/26/2010 2:42PM

    I've never had Albacore either...and never prepared couscous. I'll have to try it!

You have great reasons to stay motivated, and YEAH, we could list LOTS more!

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_KRITTER_ 2/26/2010 2:30PM

    Great motivators!

I've never actually tried couscous before either. You'll have to let me know how it is!

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USEANDLOSE 2/26/2010 1:54PM

    Yum! I love albacore - and I'm going to try grilling tuna steaks for my new food! Just got some from the grocery store!

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SLIMKIM2B 2/26/2010 1:47PM

    I only buy the solid white albacore. it tastes so much better than any other canned tuna. How do you make your tuna salad? I use non or low-fat may, chopped onion, dill pickle, celery seed, and a little mustard. Delicious!!!

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MOMOF6BOYS 2/26/2010 1:41PM

    Great MOTIVATORS!!!!! I have never tried albacore either...I do not like anything too fishy tasting, but I may try some albacore....

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The New Me - My Dream Life

Thursday, January 14, 2010

OK - here is the BL Lime "extra" challenge. :) I LOVE picturing my dream life. This is so easy for me! Unfortunately, police officers do not make what they deserve and I will likely never be a SAHM. I can always dream though, right? :)

What are you like? What is your personality? Are you calm, patient, lively, nuts?

I am inspiring. I am happy. I am cheerful making others smile when they encounter me. I am bubbly (but not annoying). I enjoy what I do, even if it's not the funnest task. I have motivation and drive. I am courageous and brave. I am a fighter (in a good way). I am strong. I make the best of everything I do.

Where do you live? What kind of house do you own? What do you do for work? How do you feel about it?

I want to live in a fun community where the neighbors are friendly and everyone communicates. I do not mind the snow, but I wouldn't mind a little more sunshine. I'm still not sure where I would like to finally end up in life. I love Michigan to be close to family who mean the world to me, but I don't know that I'd pass up a chance to live down south or some place warmer. :) I live in a home that has 5 rooms. One room for my husband and I and one each for my four kids I want to have. I want a nice home, stick built, designed by me. I want hardwood floors and at least 2 fireplaces. I want a beautiful kitchen to cook healthy meals for my family. I want a large yard for 2 dogs to run and play as well as my kids. I would love to be a stay-at-home Mom who cares for her family and keeps the home/family in running order. If I could "stay at home," I would volunteer for a charity or place/business in need. I love my life. I love cooking healthy foods and cleaning for my family. I love being able to teach my children in their early years and getting outside to play/exercise with them. I love it.

What do you have for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?
Who do you have it with?

For all meals, I would cook them. Mmmm - homemade food! I would have sit-down dinners as much as possible with our family. This would be an important family time/tradition and the kids would look forward to it instead of dread it. :)

What do you do after work? What do you think about on the drive home? What do you talk about with your kids and spouse? What do you do on Saturdays? Sundays?

My work would never end as a SAHM. I would talk about life and happiness. I would discuss my husband's day on the job and my kid's day at school. We would discuss their ambitions and any problems in their life. Saturdays and Sundays would be filled with family time and many outings to the park, community pool, other activities and occasionally the day to stay at home and all cuddle in one large kind-sized bed watching movies in our PJ's after I made everyone breakfast in bed! :)

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LEPA!! 2/22/2010 1:25AM

    awe i loved reading that! i hope all of your dreams come true! you're going to see that everything will fall into place!

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LORIBUCKNER 2/21/2010 11:21AM

    Amanda you are such an amazing beautiful person and friend. You will live your dream! I am blessed and inspired to have you as a friend.

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 1/15/2010 10:17AM

    I love your dream! I can see it coming true...ALL of it, Amanda. You are a beautiful person. Isn't this a GREAT challenge?? It helps SO much to "see" what we're fighting for. You ARE an inspiring person!

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USEANDLOSE 1/15/2010 8:17AM

    I want you to be my mom too! LOL That sounds like a wonderful dream life. Each day you can take tiny steps to reach it - don't quit trying!

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SHANSHE 1/15/2010 12:21AM

    AMANDA!!! What a wonderful dream and I believe it CAN come true someday, just keep this for reference, if you dream about this often, you will find yourself working towards making it happen!

What a great life you described!

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TROUBLESMOM 1/14/2010 9:21PM

    Sounds like a wonderful dream! I hope it comes true for you!

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