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Another Baby, Another Restart

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I joined SparkPeople in 2008 and found out I was pregnant a week later.
I retured to SparkPeople in late 2010 and found out I was pregnant two months later.
I am restarting SparkPeople today, and I better not get pregnant again for a good two years!!

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HLOCHRIDGE 11/17/2011 10:06AM

Congrats on returning to SparkPeople again and good luck to you!!!

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If I Gave Trophies to Myself...

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Today is a trophy day. Today, my husband and I went to the gym. An actual gym!

We found out that for my husband's online course, he was required to have a gym membership. This class was required for him to have a full load of classes. The community college has a relationship with the YMCA, and we were able to get a Family membership without paying the $100 start up fee. We went to sign up and for the tour on Monday. My favorite part? There is "family swim," or "open swim" at about 7pm most weeknights.

Tonight, we went, checked my little boy into the nursery, and did some cardio. I started slowly. I spent 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by 4 minutes on the stair step machine. I know four minutes is pathetic, but it about killed me - it was considerable harder than the elliptical and I was completely out of breath after that four minutes. My goal is to do the machine enough that I can climb the three flights of stairs at work without being embarrassingly out of breath.
My husband did about half an hour split between elliptical machines of two different types.
We picked up our son and got into our swim gear and spent another 20 minutes playing with our son in the pool. It was a great way to end our workout and we walked out feeling like we had so much more fun than just sitting in front of the TV or computer.
Our goal? At least 3 days a week (or more depending on my husband's class requirements)

Wish me luck!

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KARAISOKE 1/5/2011 9:52PM

    Four minutes is four minutes! I'm starting out slow too, and it's amazing the simple changes in such a short amount of time.

Congrats on the gym membership.

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JUSTJUSTY 1/5/2011 9:26PM

    Good Luck!! It sounds like you have a good mix of work and fun. What better way to stay motivated? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Kidding Myself

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I need to stop kidding myself - I am not the person who can keep my calories and fitness in check without actually recording everything. I constantly underestimate the amount of calories I take in and overestimate the calories I burn off.

Recorded all my calories and all my exercise is just going to have to be a way of life. I need to accept that if this is going to work in the long run.


I Miss...

Monday, October 11, 2010

... the blog prompts from Spark People.
... the pre-Momma days when I didn't crave chocolate.
... WIC (made healthy foods cheaper).
... having a husband with more time to make delicious dinners (he works part time and is a full time student).
... the feeling of fitting into those clothes I fit in a year ago.
... my motivation!

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DBELLE39 10/12/2010 8:05AM

    I miss some of those things as well! Keep the spark alive as you work towards fitting into those clothes you long to wear aga --that is my new goal. Tired of the tight fit -on to the victory fight!

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SparkPeople Blog Prompt: What motivates you most when trying to lose weight?

Friday, September 25, 2009

After my son was born and I began breastfeeding exclusively, my weight began to drop quickly, without any help from me at all.

That's not true. I had, somewhere along the way, picked up better eating habits. I was ingesting more fruits and vegetables, and less processed dinners, like Hamburger Helper. But it is true that all of this came by very naturally to me. I didn't have to struggle or strive to begin.

And that's when I realized my clothes were too big for me. I dug deep into my closet, and pulled out the clothes that were 2 sizes smaller than the ones I was currently wearing (I never did have any clothes in the between size). They fit. Barely, but they fit.

And that's when I came back onto Spark People. I had joined when trying to lose weight just before I found out I was pregnant. I didn't know how to adjust for the morning sickness and extra preggie calories so I stopped. But now, I had lost weight. At that time it was about 20 pounds. And I was addicted. Addicted to the feeling of fitting in my old clothes. Addicted to the way I looked in the mirror. And now I'm down 40 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight (and yet still only fitting into those clothes 2 sizes smaller).

I still have a ways to go. I have an Old Navy gift card that I haven't spent yet because none of their clothes would fit me. I am going to use it to buy myself something nice when I cross the 200-lb barrier. Only 3 more pounds to go!

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LIVINGFOR2DAY 9/25/2009 7:38PM

  You go girl! You'll get there and it does feel great, I agree!!! I love old navy! I'm going there tomorrow to get some new jeans and a shirt... they have the coolest jeans!!

Keep going... you're doing great!

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