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10 weeks down 30 more to go! (progress and July goals)

Sunday, July 07, 2013

emoticon Everybody! I can't believe its been over a month since I posted a blog.
I am nearing the end of my 10 weeks of pregnancy emoticon . I can't wait for this trimester to end so that I can get some of my energy back.

How did I finally tell the hubby- well I created I collage of baby pics and gave it to him. He just laughed and was amazed it happened so fast. We had only been trying for a little over a month. My son was upset because he was scared that the baby would take over and no one would pay him any attention. But now he ask every day about the baby and has become extremely protective of me. emoticon

My body is changing and I have lost my waist- I worked really hard to find it so it was kind of emotionally hard for me to see a round belly again. I have gained about 6 pounds but I noticed this week that my appetite is starting to regulate itself so that will help with me gaining non-baby weight. I put my scale in the closet and don't plan on getting back on until after the baby is born.

I was doing Billy Blanks 24/7 PT until about 3 weeks ago. I had to stop because it was too strenuous for to keep doing. I started walking during lunch ( 1-2 miles) to keep active. Last week I ordered a new DVD "The Pregnancy Project" and I am going to start it today. There is a different DVD for each month of pregnancy so this should be interesting.

Although I am pregnant I still have goals for July around my health and fitness so here they are.

July Goals
1. Walk as much as possible (weather permitting)
2. Complete 3 sessions of the Pregnancy Project DVD per week
3. Make healthy choices as much as possible
4. Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day

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ACRAIG921 7/7/2013 12:24PM

    Congrats!! You have a great list of goals for this month. You will do awesome!!

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WALLINMW 7/7/2013 10:51AM

  Keep going! You can do this.

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LADYJ6942 7/7/2013 10:49AM

    Congrats and good luck. A fit active pregnancy with healthy foods will definitely help in the long run.

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Progress with a BIG Surprise (shh don't tell)

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Let's start with a recap for the month of May.
May was my first month of true maintanince. emoticon
I increased my calories intake this month to about 1500 calories a day which was about 100 more than I was previously eating. I dropped the strength training and additional workouts and stuck with PT 24/7 workouts 5-6 days a week. emoticon
Here are my weigh in results
Week : 178.6
Week 2: 176
Week 3: 175.2
Week 4: 175.2
Week 5: 177
My goal range is 172-177 so I was able to stay within the range this month
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Now on to the surprise part of the blog- first you must promise NOT to tell. I have to tell someone so I thought I would share the news with my SP family emoticon

This week it was confirmed- I am pregnant!! emoticon
I am about 5 weeks along and have not told anyone (including the hubby). I am waiting until Father's day to tell him but I am so excited I had to share the news.

I am feeling pretty good but I had to increase my calorie intake BIG time this week-since I was not eating within my maintenance range for my exercise level yet I have been hungry and that has lead to nausea. My doctor only wants me to gain 20 pounds so I was concerned about how much I should be eating (by the way there is NOTHING on the internet that could help me) I spoke with my doctor. He told me to eat at my maintenance range to see how I feel- 1900-2100 calories a day, of course to make sure I am eating enough of "good" foods. So I changed my tracker and added calcium,folate and iron to track. I felt so much after adjusting my calories emoticon

My June Goals
Continue with PT 24/7 workouts- Dr. said that if I had done it before my pregnancy that I can keep it up but to take it easy. If I get dizzy to slow down. He also okayed me to take the Rock Climbing class but I need to hurry up and schedule it. There is no way the hubby will let me do it once he knows the big secret!

Food Intake
1. Clean eat as much as possible- staying away from processed foods and drinking at least 9-10 glasses of water a day. Also weaning off of artifical sweetners and switching to natural sweetners (bye- bye crystal light emoticon )
2. Eat 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies per day- this should not be hard since I have been eating fruit as snacks this week but I do need to get better with my veggie intake. Increasing the veggie intake will also help with the iron & folate since green veggies contain the most of these vitamins.
3. Eat 100-200 grams of calcium per day- I started drinking a cup of almond milk in the morning (45 grams) which has helped me reach this.
4. Take my pre-natal vitamins EVERY day- I have been taking them before I got a pregnant but I have a horrible time remembering to take them on the week-ends

I plan to still be on Spark because Babyfit- SUCKS! Plus all my SP friends are here and I still plan to encourage everyone.

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STSCOTT11 9/19/2013 2:02PM

    I turn my back and look at your fast thin tail...preggers. LMBO
CONGRATULATONS! All the best to you and your baby.
Keep sparking along.

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OHMEMEME 6/24/2013 1:54PM

    Go Rocks!
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Enjoy being pregnant and make health your priority!

Good habits can continue. Remember to be kind to yourself and take care of you and baby.

Waiting to hear hubby's reaction!?!?!

Hope you keep in touch with Spark to share your journey....Keep Sparking! emoticon

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ALWAYSLO 6/10/2013 11:08PM

    Congratulations!!! That's great news! Best wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy.

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ALL4BMI 6/9/2013 1:32PM

    Congratulations. I have a one year old son. I needed to gain as little as possible during my pregnancy - I gained 18 pounds - 3 more that I wanted too.

The good news is that I was never hungry and I did indulge in snacks - however, they were usually savoury and not sweet.

You have done a spectacular job with your weight loss - Limiting your weight gain to 20 pounds should be a emoticon (a piece of cake)

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FOXFIRENDTS 6/3/2013 6:30PM

    Congratulatons, I am so happy for you and you hubby!


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APRILAUTUMN1 6/3/2013 5:03PM

    Awww congratulations!!! And way to go on having a plan:) you keep on sparking, I tried babyfit too, its just not the same;)

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NATURALROCKS 6/3/2013 4:41PM

    emoticon all for the well wishes. This is the hardest secret I have had to keep! So glad I could share it with you. Will let you know how I tell the hubby- still planning that one out emoticon

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IMREITE 6/2/2013 3:16PM

    Congrats! Lmakin progress towards healthy habits should help you have a healthy pregnancy.

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PMRUNNER 6/2/2013 6:00AM

    Congratulations! Great news!

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KRISZTA11 6/2/2013 5:40AM

I wish you a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy!
You did everything possible to be as healthy and strong as possible, and starting at your goal weight is great.

I recall that when I joined SP, at registration I was asked if I was pregnant or not, and this information is considered when the system calculates our target ranges.
I'm sure it is possible to change this setting but I can't find where.

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LUVGOODMUZIK 6/1/2013 8:42PM

    Congratulations!!!! That is so wonderful...and kudos to you for not using pregnancy as a reason to eat what you can, when you can! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABETTERBETTY 6/1/2013 8:04PM

    Congratulations! What a great Father's Day surprise for the hubby.

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NVSHADOW 6/1/2013 5:03PM

  emoticon wow so exciting and what an amazing fathers day gift for your hubby.

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JADAKNOWLES 6/1/2013 1:39PM

    Yayyy congratulations!

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TARAFROMTX1 6/1/2013 1:29PM

    Congrats to you!!!!! That is exciting news!!! emoticon emoticon

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NBLONDHEIM 6/1/2013 1:03PM very very exciting!!!! Congratulations and I wish you the best of luck through your pregnancy!!! I'm hoping to be right behind you with some surprising news too!!! emoticon

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    How exciting!! Congratulations emoticon

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What exciting news! Wow will you hubby be surprised when you tell him this exciting news!

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PRETTYPITHY 6/1/2013 10:11AM

    Great news! Congrats! Here's to a happy healthy mom and baby!

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MJREIMERS 6/1/2013 10:01AM

    emoticon I loved being pregnant!!! I hope you have an easy pregnancy. How exciting for you and your husband. Have you thought about how you will tell him?

As long as your body is used to an exercise, normally your doctor will let you continue it. I rode horses right up to the day I had my kids. The first one I rode when I was in early labor, but I didn't know it since it was my first. Remember taking care of you is taking care of that precious miracle you are carrying. emoticon again!

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SUNSET09 6/1/2013 8:44AM

  You are on your way and by the time the new one arrives, you're going to be ale to lose that weight with the quickness! Ihad a friend who kept running up through her 8th month! What better way to get and keep fit! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sweet treat and Sweat

Friday, May 24, 2013

Week 3 of May Maintenance started off with a new sweet treat

Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake! I found this recipe and it a definite keeper.

I am still waking with Billy and crew in the morning and getting my PT 24/7 workouts done. I stopped any workouts after work and instead traded for some much needed spring cleaning this week

Week 3 scale results 175.2! emoticon I am really in the mid point of my maintenance range of 172-177

Tomorrow I am having a cook-out to celebrate my son's 10th birthday ( he turned 10 on 5/22) so I have been running around trying to get everything. Stressful but it will be worth it.

Next week I am scheduled to take a Cross Row Fit class. I have never done this class so it should be interesting since it sounds like circuit training on the row machine emoticon
We have postponed our Family Rock Climbing class until next month but we are excited about going.

Next Friday is measurement day- emoticon emoticon

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    Wow, the cheesecake looks delicious and healthy at the same time.
Great job doing so many kinds of workout.

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PRETTYPITHY 5/24/2013 9:06PM

    You're doing an awesome job maintaining! You're my role model!

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LEANIE64 5/24/2013 7:29PM

    Sounds like your on the right path..keep up the good work.

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15 days of Maintenance Check In

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Quick check in - 15 days into maintenance

So I started off this month at 178.8 which was higher than my ideal weight range of 172-177 emoticon
I had already set out some high expectations for exercise and was doing pretty well until this week
PT 24/7 with Billy Blanks are get done in the morning before work. I had to stop my upper body workouts in the morning because my arms were too fatigued to finish the PT workouts. I had been doing 3 nights of circuit training videos but this week I have not done 1 emoticon Instead I have been cleaning my house this week- I am having a huge gathering of family and friends next week and my house needs a REAL cleaning. So I have started cleaning a little each night after work.

I weighed in last week at 176 emoticon so I am doing pretty good managing workouts. food and life outside of weight loss mode. emoticon

The rest of the month will be pretty busy
5/18 I am doing a 5K Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Philly Challenge emoticon
5/22 My son's 10th birthday emoticon
5/25 Family & Friend Cook-out
Before the end of the month I also plan to take a Bakrum Yoga class and the family is scheduled to take a Rock climbing class!

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    Great Job, keep up the progress, you have inspired me to keep moving on and working towards my goals!
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ABETTERBETTY 5/15/2013 9:19PM

    Good job on maintaining!

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    emoticon Good job!!!!

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PRETTYPITHY 5/15/2013 7:20PM

    Wow, you're at maintenance now! So impressive! Congrats! Did you join the maintenance team? They are supposed to be awesome. I look forward to reading your maintenance blogs, I need to learn this stuff!

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Spice it up- review

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

As part of a challenge with my new friends from the SPARK Maintenance team, I joined a challenge to make a new recipe each week. This came in handy since I had no idea what to make for dinner. These recipes can be found on

Scallion Cilantro Rice with Habaneros and Lime
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Size: 3/4 cup • Calories: 192 •
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 habanero pepper, diced
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups water
2 scallions, diced
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
In a small heavy pot add oil and saute pepper on medium heat. Add rice, water and salt. Boil on high until most of the water evaporates. When the water just skims the top of the rice, reduce flame to low and cover about 15 minutes. Shut off stove and keep covered an additional 5 minute.

In a medium bowl, combine chopped scallions, cilantro, lime juice, rice and toss until completely mixed. Makes approx 3 cups.

I served the rice with
Garlic Shrimp
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 3 • Serving Size: 1/3 rd •
Calories: 210.5 • Fat: 7.2 g • Protein: 31.2 g • Carb: 3.6 g • Fiber: 0.3 g

1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined (weight after you peel them)
6 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 tbsp Spanish olive oil
crushed red pepper flakes
pinch paprika
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley
Lime wedges for serving
In a large skillet, heat oil on medium heat and add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté until golden, about 2 minutes being careful not to burn. Add shrimp and season with salt and paprika. Cook 2-3 minutes until shrimp is cooked through. Do not overcook or it will become tough and chewy. Add chopped fresh herbs and divide equally in 3 plates.

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Let me start by saying that this tasted as good as it looked! I did make some changes just based on what I had in the house.
Scallion Cilantro Rice with Habaneros and LimeLime Rice- I did not have a ny habaneros or scallions. So added some cooked white onion and garlic with 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. Turned out really good and worked out since it was not too hot for my son to eat. I also omitted the oil
Garlic Shrimp- I added some zuchini with the shrimp since there was no veggie in the dish. I ended up with 4 servings instead of 3 because of the added veggies.

It was really quick to make- about 25 min to pull whole together is not bad emoticon

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OHMEMEME 5/14/2013 8:13PM

    Sounds yummy! And good for for the commitment and motivation! This healthy eating, moving lifestyle is sometimes a full time job! Keep Sparking... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am from Louisiana so never run out of spices and the more the better. Happy eating..

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DIVA14K 5/14/2013 1:55PM

    I love shrimp and was looking for recipes. Thanks!

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