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Monday, July 16, 2012

Does anyone have any experience with Weight Watchers, Curves, etc.? I am trying to figure out a healthy way to continue eating well and working out, but I am struggling. I wish I could find a way to work out with a toddler. Sigh.

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HEARTS116 7/21/2012 11:06PM

    I was very successful with WW. The points really helped me control my food intake. I stopped when I got pregnant and haven't gotten back on the wagon yet. Curves also worked for me but I'd honestly rather a gym because I like classes. However, it's a good workout for in and out...yet their hours stink!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago I went to the doctor and found out that I am pre-diabetic. I was completely overwhelmed. I know that if I can lose a great deal of weight I will likely get out of the pre-diabetes range, but I can't seem to figure out how to do it. I have a one-year-old who has been going through a really clingy phase, but I want to try and see if I can start going to the gym while they watch him. I am not sure if it will work though. I also have no idea what to eat every day. I have so little time to cook, so I want a REALLY simple food plan that works. Any suggestions or ideas would be amazing.


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EDUCGRAD 7/7/2012 3:20PM

    I agree with taking your child in a stroller.We went to the park a lot when my son was young and as he got older,we rode bikes and took walks at the this age,just letting them play at the park is great.Maybe you could do some food preparation when your child is napping.Hang in there,next thing you know ,they will be heading off to kindergarten.time goes so fast

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DAZZEEDOO 5/13/2012 1:20PM

    If you can't swing the gym, you might opt for a stroller, and teaching your little one to enjoy a brisk walk. The more you go the longer your walks can get- if you end up at a park somewhere in the middle of the walk , and let him out to play, you can wear him out and make the walk home even longer. My kids both went through the clingy stage, it'll pass.

I agree with BELINDADUVESSA, pre planning takes out the stress, and keeps me on track. Some favorite low cal blogs are


Here is a free printable planner

this same site also has 3yrs worth of preplanned family menus-some are pretty good.



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BELINDADUVESSA 5/13/2012 12:51AM

    Crock pots and stir frys are my go-to quick meals. Or anything with 5 or less ingredients or lower than a 30 minute start to finish cook time. You can do searches online to find stuff. Alot of it, though, is just planning. The weeks I plan my Menu out, everything is so simple and I don't have to worry about what to cook. Some weeks I don't plan, and I become lazy and every night becomes a sandwich night. So planning, and researching of good recipes, and my advices.

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How Do People Have Babies and Do Anything Else???!!!???

Monday, June 27, 2011

My son, our first child, is now around eight weeks old, and I am starting to really stress out. When he is awake, he wants to be eating, entertained, or simply held, so I rarely have a chance to even go to the bathroom without him crying the whole time. And when he finally goes to sleep (which isn't often), I am so busy eating, going to the bathroom, and just recovering that nothing seems to ever get done.

I can't seem to find time to take care of myself or the house. So, I guess I am just wondering, is this normal? I don't have any close friends with kids, but the people I do know seem to be doing just fine. Am I doing something wrong? Does it get easier?

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SNUGGLY4U 7/18/2011 11:46AM

    That's pretty normal for the first bit. You can always "cheat" and use a baby bouncy chair, swing, or a baby sling (that is age appropriate).

I would have baths with the baby in the bouncy seat beside the tub, eat while nursing, vacuum with the baby in the sling, nap when the baby napped, and I currently budgeting for some professional cleaning assistance after the baby (I didn't do it for the first 2, but I am wiser now).

And if you have help available ask for it! There is nothing wrong with needing a small time out to recharge your batteries, get some sleep, have a whole meal, etc. It can make everything after feel less all encompassing.

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THERESAMARIEM 6/28/2011 3:11PM

    My LO will be 6 months soon and I remember those days. The first 12 weeks, in my opinion, should be spent taking care of yourself and the baby. Let your SO take care of house work. That's not why you are out of work, to clean the house. You need to be asleep during those times when baby sleeps. For me, the earlier months were when I could count on LO to take long naps, now she just cat naps and even though I'm working, come the weekend I cannot get a nap when she does because it's for about 30 minutes. This is totally normal. It will get easier. My LO is my first as well and it was difficult. Don't stress out about it and you'll be okay. Just make sure baby is fed and changed and shown lots of love and you'll do just fine.

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JACRBUNCH 6/28/2011 10:29AM

    It will get better. Eventually you will figure out a routine that works for you and your baby, but it takes time. Remember that it is not the end of the world if he has to cry for a few minutes in order for you to use the bathroom or take a shower or eat. I remember feeling like the world's worst mom when my son would cry if I was taking care of personal needs. I don't think I ate anything warm the first 3 months. LOL My Dr. and my mom reminded me constantly if I didn't take care of my needs I wouldn't be able take care of him. I know it is hard and everyone is full of advice. Use what you can and discard the rest. Hang in there. They are definitely worth the work.

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TERI331 6/27/2011 9:53PM

    The best advice I ever got was from a doctor...He told me that babies don't die from crying and if need be put them in a safe place so that I could get a shower and such. Don't feel bad if you need to take 10 or 15 minutes to yourself. He actually told me to start letting him cry (my oldest is a boy) for a minute and slowly up the time as much as I felt comfortable with once I knew he wasn't hungry or dirty to about 15 minutes. Funny story, I once put him down and had to walk out of the house for a breather
.....and locked myself outside! Talk about panicked!!! I called the cops to help me break in to my own house! LOL

If you can try getting a sling though....sometimes it helps immensely to pop them in a sling so you can get some light housework done. If you feel like the baby is crying to an excessive degree then talk to the doctor. It may be just colic or gas or you can just get some tips from the doctor.

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SERENDIPITY22 6/27/2011 9:38PM

    Please know you are not alone. I did not enjoy a lot of the time with my newborn. I felt stressed out and exactly the way you feel. My son is now six months old and to me, it's so much easier and enjoyable. Hang in there, momma!

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CHARLIESGIRL69 6/27/2011 7:55PM

    It is absolutely normal. Since this is your first child you will need to take some time to adjust and eventually it will all work itself out. Good luck to you!

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  It will get better! It is a huge adjustment and it's okay to let yourself take whatever time you need in order to adjust. It's good that you reached out to this community for support and if you can also reach out to friends around you physically, that is good. Remember that when we're looking into someone's lives we don't see everything they're struggling with (and it could be something else that is totally unrelated but it's still causing them stress). Moms need to support each other and let each other know that things aren't always as they appear. Hang in there and be patient with yourself during this journey.

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ASORIA33 6/27/2011 7:40PM

    You are not doing anything wrong. Keep in mind...this too shall pass! It is an extremely emotional adjustment and it will take time for you and your son to make the adjustments. I remember thinking after my first...will I ever be able to leave the house again, and when a friend told me she was going to the gym, I cried all night thinking that my life would never be the same again. I struggled with a mild case of baby wasn't a full blown depression but it was hard. Please feel free to message me if you need to talk. People that had an easy adjustment sometimes don't understand. I would love to help in anyway that I can.

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Our Son is Seven Weeks Old... And I'm BACK!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hi Girls,

I am back after nearly a year break from SparkPeople, and my life has completely changed. Last year at this time, I had only been married a few months and was working waaaay too many hours as a teacher. Now, I have a seven week old son, and I am taking at least a year off from teaching to stay at home with the baby. Life has been crazy and busy these last few years, but I am ready to slow down and enjoy life with my amazing husband and baby. I am also ready to finally lose the weight that has been holding me down for so long, and this time I know I can do it!

This is because I ended up with gestational diabetes (only lasts during pregnancy) while pregnant, and I had to completely alter my eating habits. As a result, I actually lost weight during the first two trimesters of my pregnancy, which the doctor said was normal, and only gained a reasonable amount during my pregnancy. Now, it has only been seven weeks since I had the baby, and I am already less than I was before the pregnancy.

I have, however, indulged a bit since having the baby, so I need to get back on track now. And also find lots of healthy foods I can make quickly and eat with one hand while nursing. :)


I am pregnant!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hi Everyone,

I am about four months pregnant now, which explains why I haven't been on in awhile. We are having a beautiful baby boy, which we are terribly excited about! But that means I probably won't be on for awhile! Wish me luck! And since this is our first child, I would love any advice or knowledge anyone has to pass on. :)

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S3BARRY 1/2/2011 6:25PM

    congrats!!! emoticon

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ARMONIA 12/21/2010 5:54PM

    AWESOME! I'm so happy for you!!!

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    Congrats!! How exciting!!! emoticon

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VKKESU 11/24/2010 2:55PM

    Congrats....I did notice while cruzing the Sparkspeople site the other day that Sparkpeople has a new mommy site. It would be a great place to find other new mommies and then switch back to Sparks w/ them as buddies. Keep eating healthy especially now.

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JAMESGIRLLL 11/24/2010 2:45PM

    congratulations! my only advice is something that will come quite easy to you..just love him..... everything else will take care of itself.....


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RUNNINGCHICA86 11/24/2010 12:15PM

    Congratulations! That is so exciting :)

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ROCKIN_V 11/24/2010 11:46AM

    Congrats! I had my first baby in May of this year. has been a very good website to find people who share the same birth month. You can go through the trials and tribulations with them and share similar stories. Good luck with everything! emoticon

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GRNEYEDMOMMY 11/24/2010 11:35AM

    Congratulations! There are several spark teams and message boards related to pregnancy and parenting- check those out :)

also getting involved with local groups like MOPS and Parents as Teachers are great resources :)

If you ever have any specific questions feel free to message me- I am a pregnancy services program supervisor...I spend my days with pregnant women :)


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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 11/24/2010 11:34AM

    Congratulations.....for advice, just enjoy this time. It feels like forever, so excited to see the little guy....but it'll be a blink of an eye. emoticon emoticon

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AMDESIGN77 11/24/2010 11:32AM

  Congrats!! emoticon

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