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Sparkmail Motivator of the Day! WOO HOO!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


What a nice morning surprise! Had NO IDEA I was the featured Sparkmail MOD until I started receiving "Congrats" messages on my spark page!

I am truly honored!

Perfect timing, too!!! Just an extra kick of inspiration for me, as I am embarking on my final phase of "GET THE LAST OF THAT FREAKIN' BABY WEIGHT OFF!!!" LOL!!!!!

Today I commit to tracking my food!! I am committing to getting in a minimum of 3 cardio days per week! I am committed to 2 ST days per week!

I WILL DO THIS!!! WOOT!! I HAVE TO!! I gave birth 10 months ago!! I am determined to get this baby weight off & feel my best!!

I am traveling home for the week of Christmas, to celebrate my baby's first Christmas with my extended family!! I will have burned off a minimum of 10 pounds by my trip home! Hopefully more!!


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RUNTRILAUGH 11/10/2011 2:17PM

    I am SOOO with you!!!!!

This weight needs to come back on! Its so good at creeping back up! LOL


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MINIUM 11/9/2011 3:33AM

    You look so happy - it's good to see!
I'm with you - I want to lose a bit more baby weight by Christmas.

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MAGIC764 11/8/2011 8:53AM

    Way to go!! I love your tri tat, by the way.

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LITTLEBJANET 11/8/2011 8:07AM

    Congratulations on your success and on your SparkMail feature.

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CIRANDELLA 11/8/2011 7:20AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on ditching the last of the "freakin' baby weight!" (LOLOL!!). Man, (or woman!), you are some real knock-one's-socks-off inspiration on this chilly November morn... and as for the baby, what a cutie! Congratulations on becoming Moderator du Jour...but I see more, and more than another gorgeous SparkWoman, too... you're an ICU RN. Now, if THAT didn't knock my socks off, NOTHING WILL... 'cause I have been helped time and again at the most crucial times by wonderful nurses. It's your day today - I command it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon - Susan

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SWIMLOVER 11/8/2011 7:13AM

  Your baby is adorable!

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SWIMLOVER 11/8/2011 7:12AM

  emoticon You are doing just emoticon Keep Up The Good Work!

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INITANURSE11 11/8/2011 6:12AM

    emoticon what a cute baby emoticon

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JOEYSGIRL71 11/8/2011 6:08AM

    Excellent Job!!
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MORE BABY PICS! Photo Contest!!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

LOL!! I'm having WAY TOO MUCH FUN being a "pageant mom"! he he

Decided to enter Gabe in the magazine photo cover contest ONE MORE TIME! He started out at well over #4000 rank & is, now, #109!!! WOO HOO!!!!!

PLEASE PLEASE click this link & vote for him!! He is SUCH A CUTE BABY, & we would LOVE an all expense paid trip to New York City for a photo shoot for the cover!!!

If you love his cute little face as much as I do.....feel free to vote daily!! They allow one vote per computer per day. Voting ends this Sunday!!

Thanks so much!!

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CLDLG02 6/12/2011 8:35AM

    Hope he wins!! #36 today. How exciting! He's a sweetie. :-)

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JOYCERN12 6/9/2011 9:53PM

    Adorable!! Joyce

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JOJOSZENT 6/9/2011 10:36AM

    He really is so cute

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/9/2011 10:30AM

    Done done done and shared!

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NIKKICOLE83 6/9/2011 9:58AM

    I love these pics and especially the two of you on your wallpaper. There is nothing wrong with being a proud mom, especially when he is such an adorable little guy. Guess I better put in my vote!

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BATTISTOLI 6/9/2011 9:56AM

    voted! he is adorable! emoticon

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Friday, May 27, 2011 I know I am biased!!! But I think I have the most ADORABLE baby in the whole wide world! Just wanted to share a few pictures with my spark family!

If you agree, that he is SUPER CUTE! Click on the link below, & vote for him in the baby cover-shoot contest! He may win an all expenses paid gtrip to New York City for a photo shoot for the cover!!

Please VOTE! (you can vote daily.....hint....hint!) he he!


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SEEHOLZ 5/30/2011 12:40PM

    Very cute!

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LILANGEL181 5/28/2011 9:33PM

    I voted for him!! Good luck winning the contest. emoticon

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BARCLE 5/28/2011 9:18PM

    cute, cute, cute emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 5/28/2011 6:11PM

    When you see an adorable baby its hard to say whose is the MOST ADORABLE? Right now he is truly the most adorable baby!

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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NISSANGIRL 5/28/2011 8:53AM

    He is adorable! looks just like you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHOAPIE 5/27/2011 9:48PM


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GETFIT2LIVE 5/27/2011 12:27PM

    Pretty cute, almost as cute as my grandson!


I voted!

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CASILAYNE 5/27/2011 11:54AM

    So cute! i voted :) :) He's moved up 14 places already!

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CHAOTICMOM4 5/27/2011 9:44AM

    Adorable, he's got my vote!

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MRE1956 5/27/2011 9:28AM

    I'm w/WXGIRLIZ - the "Lil' Dude" pic is


Almost looks like he has his "signature expression" on.....

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IMARUNR 5/27/2011 8:50AM

    He is cute and growing up so fast! Thanks for sharing...I'll be voting! :)

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PRINCESSRUNNER7 5/27/2011 8:21AM

    Absolutely adorable!!!

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WXGIRLIZ 5/27/2011 8:09AM

    You've got my vote! I think you should have submitted the lil' dude pic...that one is super cute!

Comment edited on: 5/27/2011 8:11:24 AM

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JOJOSZENT 5/27/2011 8:08AM

    He is pretty darn cute

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My Sister Is Coming to Meet the Baby!! :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I'm SO EXCITED! I have lived in New England for 6 years, now, & my older sister, who lives in Los Angeles, has never been to visit. I lived in Los Angeles for 7 years & we were very close! I have missed her, lots, since I moved to Vermont.
She is so excited to meet her new nephew! I am the first, in my family, to have a baby, so this is definitely a new experience for us all!
Just got her text. She is in NY, about to fly to Hartford, where we will be picking her up. She's staying a week. I can't wait to see her & for her to get to know my son! YAY!!!! He will be 7 weeks old, tomorrow!!! He's GROWING so fast!!
I've lost 32 pounds since having him!! WOO HOO! I've been working on the treadmill & swimming once a week! Feels so good to be getting my old body back!

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SEEHOLZ 3/1/2011 5:35PM

    You are doing fantastic! I hope you had a blast with your sis!

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PRINCESSRUNNER7 2/26/2011 9:24PM

    Wow! 32 lbs... Way to go!! Enjoy your time with your sister!

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SINGER73 2/23/2011 9:10AM

    emoticon How exciting. Take lots of pictures.

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JRSTERP 2/23/2011 9:00AM

    That's such an awesome feeling to have someone close come visit. And, she'll be visiting her new nephew. He's so cute.

Congratulations on the progress you've made since giving birth to your new little guy. That's great!


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CCSDESTINY 2/22/2011 9:40PM

    You're so cute! I'm excited for you!

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TINYC887 2/22/2011 8:57PM

    that is so awesome and the baby is precious

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WITHSPIRIT 2/22/2011 8:49PM

    I am so excited for you to see your sis!!! You can post a new picture with you, her and your baby boy!!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

So much has happened!!

I had my son Jan. 5, 2011! He is 2 weeks old, today!! He is the ABSOLUTE GREATEST thing that has EVER happened to me!!! I had NO IDEA what this love would feel like! You hear about it over & over, through life, from other parents, but you can't really know until it happens to you!! & I'm SO GLAD my hubby & I decided to have a child!

August 2009, I turned 39. After years & years of feeling like children "just weren't for me", I had what I like to call "a mid-life baby crisis"! LOL! DH & I decided to go off birth control & see what happened.

Here we are!! I won't bore you with all of the pregnancy details, but being of "Advanced Maternal Age", borderline hypertensive, a gestational diabetic, and having what seemed like an incompetent cervix....leading to a cerclage (sewing up my cervix), I say "seemed like incompetent", because when it came time for them to induce me, my cervix would NOT open the least little bit, even 2 weeks after stitches came out!! Leading to a C-section. Go figure?

Regardless of the journey, I am amazed & bewildered at what a fantastic 2 weeks it has been, with my new little baby!!

Unfortunately, while pregnant, I completely FELL OF SPARK!!! After my cerclage was placed at 21 weeks along, I was placed on bedrest & told no more exercise!! I completely lost my "spark"! I apologize for disappearing & missed you all very much!

I was actually surprised to find myself missing exercise! LOL! REALLY missing it! I felt like I had no control over my body, whatsoever, & couldn't wait to get my body back! I would see a jogger running along the road, & wish it was me, pushing my jogging stroller!! he he

Well, here we are!! After the C-section, I was told 4 weeks rest. It has been 2 weeks, today, & I am feeling really well!! I just weighed, & have lost over 24 pounds since having my baby!! Yay!! I am breastfeeding, & hear that will help alot! I am only 8 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight! Amazing! But, I still have a battle ahead, after that weight is gone! I would like to lose a total of 75 pounds, so that leaves, 50 left to go! I can do it!!! I am hoping to get on the treadmill next week. My incision is almost completely healed, & the abdominal soreness is almost all gone! Figure I will plop Baby G in his Baby Bjorn & treadmill away, until the snow goes away (in April!!!).

Well, I guess I have rambled on enough, for now. I am so sorry that I neglected all of my wonderful sparkfriends for so long! I am on maternity leave, now, until mid-March (whoopee!!!), so I am planning to get all caught up with my spark-life & friends, & get re-focused for my new fit life, & plans of becoming one SEXY MOMMA!!!

I posted some Baby G pics in my gallery. emoticon

Thank you, Everyone, for sticking by me, even when I was "away", & for all of your love & support! I really appreciate it! emoticon

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KELLCHOOCH 3/13/2011 11:32AM

    Hey girl! I haven't been very faithful to Spark either, but the first thing I thought of when I logged back on was, "Hey...I ron Girl's baby! I must see him!!! LOL Congratulations , you sound very happy to be a Mommy and I have no doubt you will reach your goal and kick ass very soon! ((hugs))

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CINDYT63 3/9/2011 9:28PM

    Congrats on the new baby! You are a gorgeous and radiant mama!

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LAURAKINS 2/22/2011 9:12PM

    emoticon on your new baby boy!

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IRONMAN4LIFE 2/5/2011 2:11AM

    Hey ! Congrats guys!

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IMJUSTDUCKIE 1/24/2011 10:33PM

Words cannot express how HAPPY I am for you!!!


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BLUEEYESXOXO 1/23/2011 7:37AM

    He is so cute! Congrats! :)

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/23/2011 2:18AM

    Congrats! I'm so happy for you!!! What a beautiful baby boy!

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MARATHONER340 1/20/2011 1:00PM

    congratulations! I will enjoy following your journey getting back into shape as I am just a few months behind you - (due march 29th) I imagine things will be hectic at first with the new baby, but sounds like you are adapting (and healing) well!

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RAWKNRUN 1/20/2011 12:45PM

  AHA!!! I knew he had to be a c-section with that perfect round head! (dd was too, that's how I recognized the difference). Can't wait to meet him!

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WITHSPIRIT 1/20/2011 12:00PM

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Am so glad to see your blog update. He is gorgeous =). You did so awesome considering you had so long a period of total bed rest - you should be proud of yourself for such moderate weight gain. I too have been away from Spark but have returned with a vengeance - YES! Let's succeed together, M!!!! Again, congrats to you for finding one of the greatest joys in life....

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RKBABCOCK 1/20/2011 11:18AM

    Again, he is absolutely beautiful!! I walked with Ethan on the treadmill in his front pack all the time! He would sleep and I would walk -it was great! I wasn't allowed to start running again until 6 weeks after my c-section, so I did a LOT of walking! LOL!

We'll all be right here with you on your weightloss journey!

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ELFITZPA 1/20/2011 10:55AM

    A HUGE congratulations and welcome to your little one!! Glad you're back, I hope Sparks helps you get back on track while enjoying your newly expanded family.

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HEALTHYCHIC 1/20/2011 10:50AM

    I'm here for you every step of the way! You'll be back at it soon, one step at a time. It's a process of getting back into the swing of things. 8 months after having DS i ran a marathon! slow, but i ran it. You will be great too! Walk o'hartford?

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PRINCESSRUNNER7 1/19/2011 8:51PM

    Your son is adorable! Congrats!!!!!


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LITTLEWING21 1/19/2011 7:55PM

    CONGRATS!!!!! I am SO glad you and the baby are well & sooo happy to see you back! Enjoy the little one :)

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RASMUSSEN5 1/19/2011 5:09PM

    Congrats! He is so cute! I too just had a baby on december 18th by c-section. I started exercising 2 days ago cuz like you I found that I really missed exercising! I have 30lbs to go...I know that we can both do this! Congrats again and good luck! emoticon

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CHAOTICMOM4 1/19/2011 4:12PM

    Congrats again, I'm sorry I mistakenly called him a she. Anyways, he is so handsome. Enjoy and don't rush things, as long as your both healthy the rest will come.

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ANNONYMOUSME 1/19/2011 3:22PM


I suggest you google Baby Bjorn and carriers in general. I read on a baby message board community that any carrier where the baby's legs dangle shouldn't be used. They explained it way better than I could, but essentially, the legs of the baby need to be curled up with the body and these types of carriers are like "sitting on the arm of a couch with dangling legs, with only your crotch to hold you up. They also cause the legs to be further apart than they should be and doesn't allow the hip joints to lay properly." Not my words, and I am going from memory, but I hope you get the idea.

Good luck in your weight loss goals and congratulations again. A baby is a wonderful thing!

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NURSIE8 1/19/2011 2:51PM

    Congratulations to the new mommy (and daddy too)! Welcome to the new baby!!

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JENNA-P 1/19/2011 2:33PM

    Congratulations!! Welcome Back!

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SINGER73 1/19/2011 2:18PM

    Congrats. I'm glad to hear that everything worked out great.

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MRS.NG.06 1/19/2011 12:40PM

    Spring is going to be perfect stroller weather! I cant wait to use mine that I got for Xmas with the little man xooxxo I am so happy for you!

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RUNTRILAUGH 1/19/2011 12:16PM

    Love ya girl! And glad to see you back on here! And I emoticon the daily g pics!

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SEEHOLZ 1/19/2011 11:32AM

    Huge congratulations Margaret! What a true blessing, after your ordeal... that's exactly how I would have felt if I was on bedrest... how awesome that you can be the one with that jogging stroller come nicer weather- wohoo!!! I'm soo happy for you and excited that you are back!!!

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SUPERCLAM 1/19/2011 11:30AM

Congratulations! Take it slow & easy, one day at a time!

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CCSDESTINY 1/19/2011 11:25AM

    Congratulations Again and Again! I am so happy for you and your family! Baby G will be at the perfect age for a stroller ride by the time April rolls around :) I love your motivation!!! Hopefully the hard time is past and you will have an easy time with your newborn, you certainly deserve it after all you went through!

SOOOOOO glad you're back!

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WALKFIT 1/19/2011 11:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Such a wonderful picture! Congratulations on the new baby! emoticon

So happy you're feeling well and energized. Just take it slow and easy for the next few weeks and enjoy baby. emoticon

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