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Monday, May 11, 2009

I have been um...on hiatus (!?) for a year now. My baby girl turns 5 months old today and I have been back to healthy diet and exercise for 3 days now. I am doing very well, but I have to retrain myself again. I got very used to eating whatever I wanted during my pregnancy. After I had my daughter, I actually weighed less than I did when I got pregnant, even after losing 20+ lbs on the Spark diet before I conceived. BUT, I had a hard time readjusting to only eating for one. While pregnant & nursing, I could literally eat anything and my body would burn it off. I was hungry almost all the time due to the need for extra calories, so my portion sizes had gone up quite a bit. My stomach got used to the larger portions and it argues with me all the time about how it needs more. I miss being able to eat extra carbs and they are the toughest for me to give up. I LOVE carbs. I won't give in though. I need to get healthy again. I want to start trying for another (our last) baby in December 09.

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JACKIE27141 5/11/2009 8:10PM

    OMG..I have also been on hiatus for a year and my son just turned 5 months also. I woke up today and asked myself "what am I doing?" I need to get back to eating healthy and exercising. I had lost 30 lbs before my son was born and like you have seen larger portions due to a constant hunger from nursing. I have heard that women who murse lose weight quicker but not me. I had such great success with Spark before and know I will again. I just wish I would have kept on the program during the pregnancy, but I'm not looking back...I'm looking forward. Good luck and we can do this!!!!!

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Spark vs. BabyFit?

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Yesterday, I got really frustrated about STILL being in a plateau. I mean, my weight has not moved in over 3 weeks. I have been bumping up my resistance level on the elliptical, cardio-ing for 30 minutes instead of my usual 20, changed up my strength training to be tougher, and still - nothing. Saturday morning (yesterday), my weight actually went up. Grrrrrrr. So for the hell of it, I took a pregnancy test. And I got the little pink line. That explained a lot.

I went over to the site, and I'm sorry to say this, but I HATE the meal tracking. I don't like much about the site at all, except it has lots of pregnancy info, has a ticker for my due date, and has other pregnant, preconception, and new moms on it. The user-friendliness is not so good, imo.

So now I'm trying to decide if I can swing everything on 2 sites every day. According to the BabyFit site, I shouldn't gain more than 15 lbs through my whole pregnancy, but the amount of calories they recommend I take in is HUGE. So yeah. Frustrating.

But I'm super excited about my little pink line. I hope it sticks. I'm kinda old to be doing this again, and being overweight doesn't help. I haven't told my kids or any family. We're waiting til it's safe to let other people get excited. If I lost it, I wouldn't want to have to make more than a couple of phone calls.

Cross your fingers for us, please!

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HEALTHQUESTER 4/6/2008 10:33PM

    Congrats! My prayers will be with you and I think it's great!

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Why I Need Support Today

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I just huddled with my teams & posted "I need support!" on all of them. I've only been doing this 35 days and I have been so freaking dedicated to this. I DO NOT want to lose that dedication. But apparently I have hit one of the dreaded plateaus. My scale has been hovering around the same number for a solid week. Since I am on Spring Break, I decided to try to beat the plateau by putting more time and effort into my cardio. I had done 15-20 mins daily for the first several weeks. Since I have the free time this week, I have been putting in a solid 30 minutes. But my scale says I have actually GAINED. I haven't been eating more. If anything, I have to force myself to eat to get to my minimum calories. So this must be a plateau and my body is sorting itself out. It is SO hard not to get impatient.

Plus I have doubts about my scale. The other day, I put it down, but it was a little off from where I normally set it down (I use the tiles on my floor as a guide.) It showed my weight at 194. I was like, "WHOOHOO!" until I noticed I was one tile off. I moved it over. 202. Damnit. So I could use some scale recommendations if anyone has any. I'm looking into a beam scale - like a medical one. Something that won't be 8 lbs. off from one place on the floor to the next. I mean, how do I know which one is my real weight? Grrrrrrr.

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DRIGBET 3/27/2008 11:27AM

    First off remember you weight will naturally fluctuate +or- 5 pounds naturally.

Second remember that muscle weighs more than fat so if you are putting weight on that may be why. Make sure you are taking your measurements and not going totally just by your scale.

It does sound like maybe you need a new scale. A good idea may be to get one that also measures your body fat. I got a cheap one and even though it may not be as accurate as some other ones it is consistent. I have lost weight before with fad diets but my body fat never changed. In my 5 weeks here I have lost 10 pounds and 4% body fat. (That was as of this morning and it's not official weigh in till Sunday.)

Another thing are you changing up your routine? Doing strength training not just cardio? Changing your type of cardio? Changing your menu plans and trying to hit different calorie amounts in your range? Are you drinking all of your water? Theses are all things that if you aren't doing could be slowing your weight lose. Your body will get accustom to doing one set program. You need to change it up to keep your body changing.

We are all here to help and support one another so reach out to any of us anytime you need it!

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STARRTWINKLES 3/27/2008 11:17AM

    Hi there Sounds like your ready for a new scale. Keep up the cardio and you will burn the calaries you need to burn to move that scale down. Keep trying and stay motivated. Stop by my page and keep me posted Good luck and God Bless Starr

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I hate work birthdays.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I had a really bad diet day today. In our very small office, when someone has a birthday, someone brings in a cake and we order in lunch. Since where we order lunch is always the birthday person's choice, I have no say so in where we buy from, I am only forced to pick the best of what they have. I know what you're thinking. Just refrain from ordering anything, right? No can do. We only have 7 people in our office and we don't celebrate birthdays very often, plus 6 of us are women, and the others take these birthday parties very seriously. I'm already different from the rest in that I am much younger, from a different background, and have had a hard time keeping my big smart-ass mouth shut about my opinions. Like politics & religion. I know it's a bad idea, but I just can't keep from voicing my opinion when someone else chimes in with something ridiculous.

So today, they decide to order from a local diner. I tried to find the most healthy option - a turkey wrap with tortilla soup. I only ate half of the wrap, but I know what I ended up putting into my nutrition tracker was lower than the actual numbers. I'm sure there was more fat/butter used in the cooking process. *sigh* Plus a co-worker generously brought in Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day. Luckily, the birthday cake was served last week.

So now, I'm going to have to eat chicken broth and lettuce for dinner to stay within my calorie range. I just wish I had a little more will power. I've been doing so well, but it all went to hell in a handbasket today.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day. I just have to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start over. And all those other cliché's. :)

Thank goodness we only do this a few times a year.

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MAXFOCUS 3/18/2008 8:02PM

    Sorry to hear you had a bummer of a day. Don't be too hard on yourself. Rather than starving yourself for dinner maybe just work out a little longer to make up for more calories. Tomorrow is anohter day and you can eat normal then. Hope the rest of your week goes well.

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Day 21 and my first blog...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I found this site three weeks ago. I thought it COULD be the answer to my fat prayers (which means a lot since I'm agnostic.) I told my husband about it. He was thrilled because he has dieted (Weight Watchers) in the past with much short-lived success. I feel like it was my fault that he gained it all back because I was not dieting with him and it was torture for him to eat all his fat free, low carb food while I ate whatever I wanted. With us doing this together, I think we have a real chance of actually making a lifestyle out of it.

My kids are taking it all rather well, since I stopped buying junk and make them eat healthy snacks and meals. My daughter has always been a fairly healthy eater, but my son doesn't like to eat anything that isn't white or yellow (corn dogs, mac & cheese, grilled cheese, cheese sandwiches, and burgers.) It has been starting to catch up with him and he is FAR too young to be fat.

I have lost 13 pounds and started what could be a lifetime exercise habit. I'm addicted to my elliptical! If it were to break, I think I might have withdrawal symptoms and it might send me into a downward spiral, forcing me to eat an entire bag of Oreos. Just kidding! I don't know what I would do, though.

I've gotten pretty creative with recipes, remarkable since I hate to cook, and we ate out almost all the time, We still go out about once a week, but it is for a veggie sub at Jimmy John's or Pasta Fresca at Noodles & Co., instead of prime rib with a loaded baked potato and a salad covered in blue cheese dressing. AND we make sure it fits into our allotted calories for the day.

Now that the weather is warming up - it hit 55 today! - we can go for our nightly walks again, which is great couple time and allows us to vent at each other or just hold hands for 45 minutes. The kids are outside now as I type, running around my front yard and screaming at each other. It's nice to see them getting some exercise after a long winter of tv and video games.

I guess I would like to thank everyone at SparkPeople for setting up this site. I thank the other Sparkers for giving me ideas and motivation. I'm going to do everything I can to keep on track and I think I can do it, with the help of this website.

Happy Thursday!

Helena aka CHGOMOMMA