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Um... Surprise!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I am pleasantly shocked and surprised to say that I found out that my husband and I are expecting baby #2!!! We wanted another child but couldn't decide when with me being in school, our current living situation, etc. so I guess God stepped in and decided for us! According to the calculators my due date is September 18th, 2014 and I'm about 6 weeks along. We're really surprised, delighted and a little nervous too! Needless to say, I will not be using SP again for losing weight for quite a while, but am still going to use it to make sure I don't gain too much during pregnancy like last time.

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JAWATKINS 4/5/2014 6:59AM

    Congrats on the second baby!! Children are a gift from God!

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JTREMBATH 1/25/2014 11:28PM

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USMAWIFE 1/23/2014 9:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your new little blessing

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HARROWJET 1/23/2014 8:51PM

    Congratulations! It is an exciting time for your family.

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JESSG711 1/23/2014 3:37PM

    Congrats!!! So happy for you! Spark has a separate page for pregnant women you should check out...I can't remember what it is called but I know it exists :)

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LINOVER 1/23/2014 2:30PM

    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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JES_VARNER 1/23/2014 1:19PM

    Congratulations! I hope you continue to stay active on Spark and let us know how you and the little one are doing! :-)

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IAMSODONE 1/23/2014 1:15PM

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    Congratulations!! I know you and hubby are surprised and thrilled. You don't need to leave S, there is so much good information here about healthy eating and staying fit for you and baby here on SP. Check articles and teams you might find a perfect fit for you right now. Hugs Pat.

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Mornin', ya'll!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Happy Sunday! It is my last day of Christmas break from school and I am looking forward to going back tomorrow. Mostly because I am ready to keep progressing toward getting my degree but also because I have been ultra lazy the last few weeks. According to FitBit, some days I didn't even walk a mile... In a whole day... The good thing is that I have a jogging class that I am taking this quarter so not only does my body depend on moving and working out but so does my grade. I had a 3.5 gpa last quarter and want to do even better this quarter, so any number of A credits that I can get, I will take!

We got an Xbox 360 and I started playing the Sims again on the computer, so I know I was vegging out more than working out. However, there were a few times, like yesterday, where I just had to get out and move. My family and I went for a pretty good walk along the river and it was such a nice day. I think we might do it again today if it's not too cold out. It's kind of hard on the little one when it's so windy and cold.

On another note, my husband and I swore off fast food and deli food for a whole year! I am so excited to do this! I think we will both benefit immensely. I know he doesn't eat very well either, and I think once we both realize how good it feels to not be weighed down by junk, we will probably never go back.

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JES_VARNER 1/6/2014 9:15AM

    Yay for you and your husband dropping the fast food! That sounds like an excellent resolution! Your jogging class sounds like a great plan too! It's great that you can get your exercise and get credits at the same time! Good luck with the new semester!

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DOGLADY13 1/5/2014 5:21PM

    Welcome back! Fast food and deli food has so much sodium. You'll drop a few pounds in water weight right away, which is a great motivator.

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CROSSEDFLAGS 1/5/2014 1:24PM

    Happy Sunday to you too! I haven't visited a fast food place since October. I used to stop at Mcdonalds every morning for a Sausage McMuffin with egg and cheese or two then go to Wendy's for lunch. Can't say I miss them either! You will feel so much better and save some cash too!

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3-Week Daily Blog Challenge! Day 14-21

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I am so sorry! I kind of failed at this challenge since I didn't log on every day, but I still want to answer all the questions. Please forgive me? :)

14. True or false: I like the way I look. Elaborate.
False, to be completely honest. I have a baby belly that I still need to lose. I don't feel good about myself. But even when I was 145 and in excellent shape I still thought I was fat. So, to fix this it's going to have to come from within. I can see that now. I like myself better now than I used to, but I don't love the way I look. Yet.

15. True or false: I feel good about myself. Elaborate.
Like I said in the last question, I like myself more these days than I did as a teenager, but I have a long way to go before I feel good about myself.

16. If I could change one thing about myself, it would be _______. How and why would you make that change?
I would change the way I see myself. I would love to be able to look at myself the way my husband does. He sees something else than I do. I wish for just once that I could see myself through his eyes.

17. One word that best describes me. Elaborate.
Kind. I care a lot about people and the hardships and struggles that others face. I think I will make an excellent nurse.

18. One word that least describes me. Elaborate.
Extroverted. I am not loud. I like quiet. I like alone time. I am in my head a lot and don't say much unless it's something worth saying. I'm not one of those people that talks and talks but never actually says anything.

19. Think of the person who loves you the most. How would they describe you?
He'd describe me as smart, intelligent, funny and beautiful. He tells me that every day.

20. What simple step can you take to make yourself happier today?
To just love those who love me and forget about not being perfect.

21. This is a long one. You just spent three weeks reflecting on yourself and your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Write yourself a heartfelt, loving intention to help you reach your goal.

You are not perfect and you never will be. It's time to let go of that unachievable goal and reach for something real instead. Get healthy so you can grow old with your husband and watch your children mature into kind, compassionate adults. Get healthy so you can enjoy your life and the things you love to do. Start living and stop hiding.

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DOGLADY13 12/25/2013 5:31PM

    I've been AWOL and I am just catching up on my sparkfriends' blogs.

I love how you said that you wish you could see yourself through your husband's eyes. We can be so critical of ourselves. I have been working for two years on the interior dialogue that tells me that I'm stupid, fat, thoughtless, etc etc. Of course none of it is true, but I tell myself that. Fortunately, I do it less often than before. Keep at it. When you find yourself saying or thinking negative things about yourself, try to say what your husband would say to you instead.

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3-Week Daily Blog Challenge Days 12 & 13

Sunday, December 08, 2013

12. True or false: I like to be pushed. Elaborate.
True, mostly. I feel like I do better when I have someone or something pushing me. I get kind of competitive.

13. True of false: I need to be pushed. Elaborate.
False, mostly. I can usually get myself motivated enough to do what needs done, but sometimes a swift kick in the backside can work wonders.

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DOGLADY13 12/8/2013 7:26AM

    Unless it's my husband doing the pushing, I respond well to it.

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IDICEM 12/8/2013 12:33AM

  I like your honesty. Personally, I don't like to be pushed but I sometimes need it.

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MLEHTO 12/8/2013 12:30AM

    I like to be pushed and sometimes I need to be pushed.

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3-Week Daily Blog Challenge: Days 7-11

Thursday, December 05, 2013

So sorry for my absence! It's the week before finals and the week after Thanksgiving break, so it's been super busy around here! And we are still trying to get moved into our new place... Lots going on lately.

7. What is your least favorite physical activity overall? at the gym?
I remember burpees and wall-sits being absolute torture in high school. And I was in good shape back then.

8. Have you ever worked with a physical trainer? One on one? Small group? What skills or talents did the trainer have that helped you? What didn't help?

I never have worked out with a personal trainer and I'm not sure I would like to... I'm sure it would help a lot but I'm kind of a modest and shy person so getting all sweaty and out of breath in front of a complete stranger would be really uncomfortable for me. Actually, doing that in front of a group of friends would be too. I like to workout by myself. I don't even let my family watch me workout...

9. What supports do you need in your life to help you reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge? Do you have those supports? What undermines you in reaching your goals? How do you use those supports to your advantage? How do you work around those things that undermine you?

My husband is both supportive and sometimes counterproductive. We like to eat and he makes me plates that are usually too much food. But it's me that is doing the eating so I can't blame him really. School and having a young daughter also kind of put a kink in working out, but there are always ways to get around that.

10. What are the ways in which you are "slippery" and might cheat yourself in your efforts to reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge?

Not working out enough, definitely. I am taking an exercise class next quarter though so my grade will depend on me working out. :)

11. How often do you participate in physical activity and for how long each time? Are you satisfied with that?

Not enough lately. And no, not satisfied.

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HARROWJET 12/5/2013 5:09PM


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JES_VARNER 12/5/2013 10:51AM

    I agree with you on the not liking others to watch you work out! It makes me very self-conscious about trying new things at the gym. Right now I only do cardio there, strength training is at home with no one to watch me!
What are you going to take for an exercise class? That's definitely a great way to force yourself to work out! Good luck! :-)


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