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Saturday, October 11, 2014

So I broke the promise I made when I restarted this journey on 9/30. I promised to stay off the scale until 10/30 but I snuck on the scale this morning emoticon

I am glad that I did because I have that what I have been doing for the last 2 weeks is working. My goal was to lose 5 pounds this month and I lost 4 pounds already! emoticon

So this has got me hype for the next two weeks!. Today I thought about new goals for Week 3. Here they are:
1. Drink more water- I still drinking about 4-5 cups of water and want to get to 8 glasses by next week emoticon
2. Big batch cooking- time to break out the crockpot and get my inner Iron Chef on. I found a new website- Healthy Hungry Girl and I plan on trying some her recipes next week.
3. Keep brown bagging breakfast & lunch! It saves money but also stops me from eating pizza and burgers everyday!

Tomorrow I plan on cooking- not sure yet but I am super excited about the week ahead emoticon

  
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SASHAY40 10/13/2014 10:50AM

    WOW!! Keep at it!! AWESOME!! You're doing Great!!! WOO HOO!!

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    emoticon Great plan for the weeks ahead!

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Thank you SP Family

Sunday, October 05, 2014

emoticon Everybody! My last blog was voted "Most Popular Blog"of the day emoticon emoticon
I want to thank all 70+ people who gave me support and encouragement on my restart on this journey. Thank you for your compliments to my baby boy as well. It really motivated me this week to push forward.

So to recap this week- I cooked all meals except on Thursday when we ordered pizza but that was still within my calorie range. I replaced 99% of my drinks with water. I walked during my lunch break for at least 30 min. emoticon

So my goals for this week ahead are.
1. Cook meals and continue to brown bag my breakfast & lunch
2. Practice portion control- time to break out the measurement cups again!
3. Increase water intake to get to 8 glasses a day
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I am staying off the scale until the end of the month but I can say I feel better. I have more energy and I am proud of my progress so far. Again thank you and good luck on your week ahead emoticon


  
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FORZACHANDMATT 10/5/2014 9:12PM

    You are doing fantastic! And congrats on having the featured blog - you deserved it!

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JOYFUL62 10/5/2014 9:06PM

    Great goals! Keep at it! emoticon

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2BEHEALTHY2014 10/5/2014 6:43PM

    You have good goals set for this week. I'm pm pressed that you were able to stay in range and ordered pizza! I love pizza and struggle with not eating too much of it. Great job!

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PRIN1978 10/5/2014 5:26PM

    You're welcome! Keep up the momentum! emoticon

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ROZOZ68 10/5/2014 5:25PM

    Great Goal!! You are an inspiration!! And that cute little baby boy - adorable!! emoticon emoticon

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I forgive me- my plan to get back

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time to get honest and stop making excuses! I am ready to restart my journey to a healthier me. So let's make it happen. My current weight is between 220-215. My son will be 1 in January and this weight will no longer be "baby weight" but just plain old weight. So here are some things I have done to get ready

1. Finally took a long look in the mirror emoticon This was hard because for so long I felt disappointed by my regaining my weight, but now I am over it. Time to do something about it. Plus I must say I look pretty good for a 39 year old mother of an 11 year and 8 month old.

2. Buying "good" foods! emoticon I will not lie and say there are no processed foods, cookies or such in my house, but they are limited. I am cooking more and trying to stay away from the fast food. It's hard but I am trying and when I do I order from the value menu since the portion sizes are smaller

3. Being forgiving of myself emoticon . Before my pregnancy I went from 232 to 180!! I was there and then I gained 40 plus pounds. I had this promise that I would eat healthy and keep exercising but that did not happen. But I have forgiven myself for that and am ready to move on

So today is my first day really dedicated to eating healthy. This is step 1 on my journey. I am tracking my food and making better food choices. This week I plan to just track no matter what the calorie range is so I can get an idea of where I can do better.

  
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HEATHERLAMB 10/9/2014 7:31AM

    You and I are very much in the same situation. My son is 15 months, and I think I've gained a few pounds since he was born. emoticon Even our current weights are nearly identical! I've added you as a SparkFriend. I look forward to following your journey. Forgiving yourself is the hardest, yet most important thing to do to be successful...and I'm still working on that part too. I was 170 before I got pregnant, and I can't seem to find the strength to push forward with my healthy lifestyle. We need to do this for our precious sons! emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 10/8/2014 1:30AM

    Good for you! We can't change the past so all we can do is start over & go forward. Your baby is beautiful! A very handsome little fellow. emoticon

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NETTIESAVERANCE 10/6/2014 6:34PM

    I am about at the same point. I dropped 50 pounds a couple years ago and am still working on forgiving myself for gaining it back. I am ready to hit this hard core and lose it again this time for good! You will do awesome!

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TJBRIDGMAN 10/6/2014 12:16PM

    emoticon Way to go! You can do it.

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NASFKAB 10/6/2014 8:54AM

  beautifully put keep pushing all the best great you are in spark mail

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CICELY360 10/5/2014 6:47PM

  Good for you.

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    Glad for you I needed to read your story it gave me strength. emoticon

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CUSTARDCAT 10/5/2014 7:29AM

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NEKOCHARM 10/4/2014 6:49PM

    Good for you! I'm a believer in small steps. SP encourages making small changes that will be sustainable for the long-term. Tracking is a great place to start! emoticon

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RESTORETOSANITY 10/4/2014 10:42AM

  Congrats on your hard decisions! Remember it's a marathon, not a sprint, and to behave as if you love yourself, even when you don't.

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/3/2014 6:54PM

  WooHoo! You have a goal and a plan to get there. Now to just put it into action and find that success!

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    Sounds like a great plan! I will join you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 10/3/2014 2:36AM

    Keep looking forward and you will make it

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JIBBIE49 10/3/2014 12:39AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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MARYJEANSL 10/3/2014 12:00AM

  It is so hard to lose baby weight. I do know a few people who can do it easily, but I gained weight with each of my three children that I am still working on losing (and my youngest is 13!). You have a great attitude, and you will get there!

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RENATA144 10/2/2014 11:58PM

  Your baby is so beautiful. !!!

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MEEMA57 10/2/2014 10:49PM

  You can do this and this is the best example for your child. Just think before your baby can learn any of your bad habits you will have changed them. What a gift mommy what a gift. emoticon

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MAYBER 10/2/2014 6:48PM

    emoticon emoticon Together with Support
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PROPMAN1 10/2/2014 4:10PM

  He's a real cutie! Seems you have a plan so...i wish you the best on the path. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOODYKEYS 10/2/2014 4:03PM

    so proud of you. it is very hard to make changes but it can be done. don't try to do too many changes too fast. you can eat the things you like but we all need to learn to eat a lot less of it when we do. keep track and see what you can have without jeopardizing your calories or do more exercise to help with the extra calories. good luck and hope your dreams to be healthier come true.

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VAINVT 10/2/2014 8:31AM

  Forgiving yourself is such an important first step. Best to you on your journey.

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IDLETYME 10/2/2014 7:58AM

    I know you can do it this time! emoticon

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PYNETREE 10/2/2014 7:49AM

    Hey YOU Can Do this! It is not easy, but you are stronger than that! You gave Birth! Twice! You can certainly think smarter eating goals!

Fast foods are not nourishing foods. They are fat , and sodium filled, and pretend to be food. But the nourishment of that 800 calorie meal is only about 100 calories worth of nourisment! You can make healthier food than that, less fat, less salt, AND way less money!

Wishing you Strength!



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JEB03253 10/2/2014 7:13AM

    Getting back on track can be hard emoticon

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SANDRA_E 10/2/2014 7:11AM

    Welcome back! It's hard to get on track when you have a little one. You can do it!!!

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    good for you, you can do this. emoticon

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OSDOWNS 10/2/2014 6:36AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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JSEATTLE 10/1/2014 8:21PM

  Moving on is the best thing you can do for yourself. Go for it now!!

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    Your baby is a cutie pie! emoticon emoticon

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CATNURSE1 10/1/2014 6:22PM

    First off, that baby is SO cute!

After my youngest was born, I could come up with hundreds of excuses as to why losing weight wasn't on my list. Once she stopped nursing, I lost those excuses, but found some more. then she went to school, but hey, here's even more reasons to drive thru Wendy's on a regular basis. Now she's ten years old, and I'm out of excuses. Darn.

This is my second go 'round with Spark, but I'm gonna make it stick. Good luck to you, and hope to read more.

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TANGYTANGERINE 10/1/2014 5:10PM

    You got this girl!! Great plan. Good Luck. emoticon

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NONNAOF2 10/1/2014 3:25PM

  Congratulations for getting back on track, it can be hard, especially with responsibilities in being a mother. Remember..........you are your children's role model and want them to make good choices too, something they need to learn while young! You go girl!! :-)

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Good News and Feeling Great!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This week has been pretty good for me emoticon I went back to green smoothies this week for breakfast. This week I added oatmeal to help keep my full and it worked emoticon
This week I also tracked ALL my food, walked 2 miles a day with baby, and started a super deep cleaning of my house (you know cleaning all the hidden spaces and getting rid of all the junk we have accumulated). The cleaning is no where near completed but I am breaking a sweat getting it done emoticon

The biggest accomplishment is that my baby boy is sleeping 10+ hours at night emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have been using him as my workout partner so that might be why he is sleeping through the night. He really loves squats and arm curls emoticon

The scale showed me some much needed motivation this morning as well so I am happy about that. I still have a ways to go but I am glad it is happening for me. Here is my motivation

  
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APRILAUTUMN1 9/8/2014 5:06PM

    Awesome! This inspires me! Baby is two months old and i am ready to get moving myself:)

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CHARVONNE40 7/24/2014 7:27AM

    Glad to check in on you and see you making progress...I knew you could do it. You know consistency is key and you have the most adorable workout partner!!!

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MRSBLAK43 7/21/2014 9:45AM

    the cutest motivation i've seen lol! he's adorable

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Calling for HELP!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

I am calling out to all my Spark People Friends- I need HELP!!! emoticon
I have had a really hard time getting back into the swing of things. I KNOW I am an emotionally eater and I have truly been LOTS of emotional eating emoticon
Why I emotional:
1. I am not working and I am really concerned about not finding another job BEFORE my unemployment runs out in September
2. I have little to no summer clothes since all my summer clothes were from last year. This is when I finally got into a size 12 and my post baby body is more like a 16/18 emoticon
3. Did I mention that my post pregnancy is a 16/18!

The last time I started my weight lost journey I was not working but I also used this time to work out and be active. This time is harder since I have a little one to contend with so working out is a lot harder. I just can't seem to motivate myself to even do 20 minutes while he resting or playing! He is a few weeks shy of 6 months and so I know its time for me to get back into the healthy living/ weight loss journey before its too late emoticon

So I am going to try to start out small.
Goals for July
1. TRACK,TRACK & TRACK again- no matter what I eat I need to track my food intake. This helped me lose the 60 pounds before so I know this works emoticon
2. Set some time aside to be active- time to dust off my workout DVD and weights. I have cut out some workouts I can do with baby as a weight and I will be doing that during our play time. Maybe it will tire him out too emoticon
3. When I feel like doing my emotional eating do SP instead. Get back to the site that has helped me so much.

Today is a new day so I am going to make it count. Any help or words of encouragement is appreciated

  
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-SILVERSON- 7/14/2014 10:36PM

    I saw your post on the Fab by 40 team page and want you to know that you have support there! I have a 2 year old and also struggled to lose while being stuck at home. I would recommend drinking lots of water and going for lot of walks...fresh air tires out babies. :). It helped me to try lots of different exercise DVDs from the library, and then I purchased a couple of my favorites. Keep trying different things (schedules, exercises, foods) you will find something that works for you! Good luck!

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FOXFIRENDTS 7/14/2014 7:52PM

    Hey Girl,

I feel your pain and I am her to support you, I lost my job and was lucky enough to find one just 3 weeks later but make less then 1/2 of what I was making. I have not been able to start loosing again and have been on this plauteau for quite sometime and frankly I am sick of it. I finally asked my husband for help and you know that took a lot, so yes I am with you, lets track every bite, taste and lick. emoticon Lets visit and motivate each other to goal.

I got your back.

Natasha

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GR8TAWK 7/14/2014 6:12PM

    Hey girl
I'm with you, I am all over the place with bad food choices and no exercise. I'm getting back on track as I read your blog. Hang in there, we are going to get in gear and get on track to get this done. emoticon emoticon

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WIFE48 7/14/2014 1:46PM

    Your goals are very good and doable. I would recommend logging in each day, tracking every morsel, and try to get a steak going of 10 min of fitness daily. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 7/14/2014 1:36PM

    emoticon It takes one day at a time and sometimes one moment at a time! One good decision will lead to another and another and another. Instead of eating when upset, find another activity to do. I drink a glass of water and if I'm able, to go for a quick 10 minute walk. This way you eat well and get your exercise in.

Logging is vital, at least for me. Log your nutrition, log your exercise, "log in" for support from your sparkfriends, keep blogging, and keep at it! It's not easy, but so worth it!

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GRACEGETSFIT 7/14/2014 1:34PM

    Small goals are the only goals that matter, so you are on the right track. Being healthy and making changes is just a series of choices, one at a time, that add up to success. I have struggled with emotional eating as well, and one thing that has helped me in the past is asking myself what I'm hungry for--usually it's not food. Sometimes it is comfort or security or a friend or some other need that isn't being met. Just keep asking yourself what you're really hungry for, and keep making good choices, one at a time. :)

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ASHLEIGHGAL 7/14/2014 1:14PM

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Your plan is spot on! Keep at it! Emotional eating is hard (I'm really struggling with it today too), but we can overcome this!!
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