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Saturday, August 17, 2013

You might know the type.
She's on every commercial and in every sitcom. She might be middle age and struggling with her own life, but at any second she's ready to share her clothing, host an impromtu dance party, or coach her kid's soccer team. She's fit, well dressed, and make up is perfect.

She's also entirely fictional.

But I want to be the kind of mom that leads by example.
Hey, kids, lets grab your bikes/skates/pets and go hiking.
Veggies are on the table.
I can show you how to do a cart wheel, no problem.

And then reality hits: I'm a 31 year old with a BMI greater than my age that can't carry the kid up the stairs without getting winded...wait, now said kid wants me to SING to her?

We go on walks daily. Or semi daily. My three year old peddles as fast as her little legs can go on her trike (think Dennis the Menace) and I walk with her pushing my 15 month old in the stroller.
We walk slower than I can log on spark. Three year old speed.
And occasionally, when I get sick of three year old speed, we ditch the trike and stroller and wander the neighborhood at one year old speed. Which isn't even activity at all, as last time we laid down to look at the clouds, then hid from the neighbors in the bushes.
The kid's idea, not mine.
Ok, a little of mine.

I'm 12 weeks pregnant with number three and the only thing I can think of: I don't want to be this kind of MOM!!!

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CHANGE4FIT 8/21/2013 9:21AM

    Now wait just a minute! I just read about a mommy that spends time with her kids doing the things that make them happy right now in their early years-riding trikes with mom safely nearby, toddling along as the youngest learns to walk and run, watching clouds (maybe seeing cloud pictures) together. Please don't dismiss the value of these things and the example you are setting for them-oh, they will be such loving parents because of your example. You are pregnant, remember to eat well and drink plenty. Not the time to be worrying about your desired weight! You are setting a good example-keep up the good work.

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KIMBERLY_Y 8/18/2013 12:08PM

    You are a great mom and you are having fun with your kids, teaching them how to enjoy life and have fun. You can do it for you and not because of a false impression from a commercial. emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/17/2013 7:04AM

    Overweight or not, you are an AWESOME mom. You are the type who slows down enough to walk at 3y/o or even 1y/o speed. You hide behind bushes, and you lie down to watch the clouds. Your kids are blessed to have you.
Yes, get healthy, do it for you! Your kids think your are amazing already!

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CINDBUG 8/17/2013 1:48AM

    Keep it up! You are doing great! best thing I did as a mom (of one, then 2, then 3, then 4, then 5 boys) was to walk twice a week to the library for story time. the library was a mile away. It took the whole morning to walk there, listen to stories, eat lunch in the park, walk home. but I became a very fit mom, my kids became good readers, and the walk got easier each week. I justified it by reminding myself that at least the house wasn't getting messier with us gone! And now that I am a grandma I can list at least 10 intrinsic lessons learned that couldn't be taught any better way!

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she's an uptown girl

Thursday, April 25, 2013

from the immortal Billy Joel

Let me start by saying today is much better than yesterday. I got lots of sleep and feel better about life in general.
I worked out for 6 minutes yesterday and did 8 flights of stairs up, 8 down. 6 MINUTES and you wouldn't believe how sore I am. ridiculous!
I'm tempted to try again tonight but I'm so sore I don't know that I can.

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KEELIE21 5/3/2013 8:43AM

    I'm glad your feel better, a new favorite quote of mine is "there are no SMALL victories, just victories." One small change at a time gets the job done!

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JUMPINJULIE 4/29/2013 1:56AM

    You can do it.

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HISANGEL721 4/25/2013 9:37PM

    You've got this! If you need to rest, take it! However, if it is just one part of your body that is sore - maybe you could work another part? I'm not lifting weights now, but when I was, I would always shake up my routine so that I didn't overwork one part of my body or another. Some days, I would simply take a nice walk around my neighborhood. Whatever works! :)

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should I even be on here?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The only thing I've done successfully is switch to diet pop, and I still want regular pop. I don't exercise. I don't cook. I'm frustrated and sad.

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JUMPINJULIE 4/29/2013 1:55AM

    Please don't leave you can do this it just takes time.

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/25/2013 12:39PM

    Don't go away! That nutrition tracker is a very useful tool. It has really changed sparking for me. Love

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BMCKEOW1 4/25/2013 12:36PM

    You can do this. It's the little steps. Changing sodas is a big step. Next try cutting out one of those sodas in exchange for water. When your with your kids get them involved if you can. Maybe it means going for a walk with them in a stoller, or extra running around the yard. You can do this, there are tons of people on here who started off the same way, so you aren't alone. Everyone here has great advice and ideas.

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JEN2009 4/25/2013 3:28AM

    Don't expect yourself to change everything at once; changing to diet soda is a big and important step. Try congratulating yourself on the small things like having a glass of water before you reach for a soda, walking for a few minutes more than the day before, or having one more serving of fresh fruit/veg. than the day before. Little changes will add up and if you recognise and celebrate each one you will feel better about them.

Good luck!

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CLEOLEFT1 4/25/2013 12:34AM

    Girl, you are definitely at the right place! Everyone here is sooo supportive and helpful. I know you can do it. I have been on here since 2009 and lost a decent amount when I became involved with it but I didn't really lose noticeable weight until I went on Medifast where I eat every two and a half hours all day long. A lot of people say it's too expensive but my goodness! Feeling twenty five years younger and twenty five years prettier is worth it to me. Not saying you would have to go that route, just saying it really sunk in for me when my sister said "I just came to the conclusion there was no way to do it by myself." I didn't try it, but you could try eating regular grocery store stuff at about the same calorie range as Medifast every two and a half hours thru the day? Part of what makes it work is keeping your metabolism going. Good luck! I know you can do it!

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SUPER_ACE115 4/25/2013 12:04AM

    Of course you should be here!! It's about making small changes you can stick with. I recently read an article about this woman who couldn't make the food and exercise changes all at once. So, she focused on just one of them for a year before adding the other one. Perhaps you need to focus on your eating habits for now and worry about the exercise later...just a thought.

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SCARLETCURLZ 4/24/2013 11:17PM

    Well the way I look at it is this: what's the alternative? You can continue with what you were doing before and see where that gets you. Or, you can be here. You can make small changes. Small changes add up. You can do this!

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HAPPYMAMA102 4/24/2013 10:58PM

    Well, I have 2 kids under three. My husband works 60 hours a week. I work 36 hours a week at night so I can be with my kids.

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KAT321123 4/24/2013 10:51PM

    I know for a lot of people, maybe you, stopping drinking regular soda is really tough! Good for you for making a change.

What is getting in your way of making some of the other changes you want to make? You can do this!

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Like a rocket on the fourth of july

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hello! Good day! Im eating lots of protien, carbs, and fats...lol...:( I am NOT drinking sweet pop although I really really wanted one today.
Fast food on the way to work is so tempting, and a war I lose everytime.
I was hoping that my on call shift would not necessitate my coming in, but it did. I get to take care of a wonderful person who (I speculate) envies that I have the ability to walk, run, play outside, and chose what foods I'm eating.
I shall endevor to appreciate the blessings I'm given, use my strong limbs for living and play, my good health to enjoy this life I'm given.
I may not be able to resist chocolate though.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 4/18/2013 3:50PM

    Ooh love chocolate -- I've managed to limit myself to having mini chocolate chips in the freezer -- and adding them to greek yogurt that I partially freeze when I need a chocolate fix. Otherwise, chocolate is off limits in my kitchen!

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JUMPINJULIE 4/18/2013 3:37PM

    I hear you about the chocolate their are some things you just can't say no to.

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/17/2013 8:23AM

    Hehe! Chocolate always gets us in the end.

But seriously, you are right. We are soooo spoiled with everything that we are able to do. Ungrateful. And never happy with our bodies because it is not that of a Victoria Secret Model.

You have opened my eyes to my sucky attitude.

Thank you Friend

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy mon! Today it was 60 degrees out so we went on a nice long walk. My 2 year old picked up a few rocks and pine cones and carried them the whole way, and for once she didn't throw a fit about not stopping at the playground or when it was time to come in.
We had a quick dinner then it was time for me to come to work again. day 3 of 4...but I'm hoping I won't have to work tomorrow. I'm on call and I would much rather curl up with my babies and enjoy the evening.
Did you know that I have absolutely the best kids in the world?
Oh yeah, you probably want to know about my fitness/eating...since this is a weight loss site. ;)
Drinking lots of water, eating protein, and went a walking today! I did not take my vitamins- I just have this mental block over swallowing pills.
And a co-worker brought in fudge which i was strong enough to resist.
baby steps.

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EHLIFESSHORT 4/18/2013 2:54AM

    Peaceful greetings to you
Have you tried cutting a gummy bear like a hotdog bun, than insert the pill, just try to swallow it, once it's in your throat quickly drink your water.

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/16/2013 6:19AM

    That co worker is to scared of being left alone at home with fudge. I would be too. emoticon
Well done to you for resisting that temptation.
Enjoy your evening curled up with your babies.
Bless you

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JUMPINJULIE 4/15/2013 10:22PM

    Awesome way to go on saying no to fudge I love fudge. You can do it.

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