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What happens the day after we meet a goal?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

not much if you don't plan for that also emoticon !

I think I was so unsure of getting to the goal - I never thought about the "after"!

I've been thinking about what happens after we reach our goals? What happens after the race is over? The wedding dress we squeezed ourselves into is moved to the back of the closet? Or we have a baby (and get to our pre-pregnancy weight)?

I've done all these things- I trained and was focused to complete a marathon, I was diligent about fitting into my wedding dress (although the irony is that the closer you get to the wedding the more obsess you become at NOT losing weight because bringing a dress in and buying new undergarments is just as bad as outgrowing the dress) and a month after giving birth I was 5 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight (okay I didn't technically reach pre-pregnancy weight but believe me close enough!).

The problem...after every goal the focus waned and what I thought were "lifestyle" changes started to shift and fall away like a house of cards. They turned out to be what I term "under the gun strategies" all used to get to the goal but not a true change. Which is hard to accept as some of those changes lasted months and months!

What do we do once the pressure and thrill of meeting a goal is removed? I believe I'm moving towards figuring that out for myself and with this in mind while setting my current goals - I want to try and remember this and plan accordingly.

Short term goal:

1. Be pre-pregnancy weight by July 1st (Andrew's first birthday).
I'm 274.7lbs today and will be striving for 246lbs (so 29lbs in 3 months)-yup you read that right - a month after he was born I was close to this weight (lost over 40+lbs that I had gained during the pregnancy -he was 10lbs when born and a cutie!
but atlast my love affair with quick food, no sleep and general what to do after "achieving my goal" set in and 8 months later I'm up 29lbs...

2. Run again (any race) recovering from plantar fasciitis has been extremely hard and a long process (it was caused by pregancy and wearing flip flops...ugh wear supportive shoes is all I can suggest)- but I think my right foot is getting better and I have the green light to slowly start jogging again- here I am on my first run in a loooong time...I ran a mile in 16 minutes last weekend while Dad took Andrew to the park...

(I paid for the mile due to some simple mistakes- I did not stretch enough or tape my foot before the run- I will from now on :)

I have a slow build up to a 10K in mid-June

3. Come up with one thing that is a true lifestyle change- work in progress

4. Do some things I normally have been shying away from as I've started to regress to being a homebody due to being frustrated at gaining weight and feeling uncomfortable with myself...

If anyone has any advice on shifting from getting to goal and maintaining once there- feel free to chime in emoticon

Have a great night!

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MCJULIEO 4/5/2014 11:19AM

    "Under the gun" strategies may work for a time, but you know how fleeting those successes can be....we've all done it, too...and we all want to have sustainability ingrained in our eating/exercising plans (I don't want to feel like I'm obsessing over food all the time, but to NATURALLY gravitate toward healthy eating, and healthy moving)

You are wise to be planning for the Real World. You CAN do this!

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ALMISSE 4/4/2014 9:44PM

    We stick to our healthy changes, it's a lifestyle. :)

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CAROLCRC 4/4/2014 8:23AM

    For me - depression follows completing a big goal unless I have a concrete plan. You are smart to start setting some goals that go out a few months. It's a big change in midset to see the big crunch-time goals as just milestones on the journey of a healthy life.

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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I'm pretty close to my first goal, and have stalled out at this point. I think I'm suffering from the problem right there in your first line: no plan for the after-goal. Which might be also called the after-glow. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun.)

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FITMARY 4/3/2014 9:52AM

    Losing weight and exercising while taking care of a new baby is super hard. I would say "Impossible," but I don't want to be too negative.... So, at least for me, losing almost 30 pounds in 3 months while being mother-of-the-year would be difficult in the extreme!
Maybe it would be smarter to focus on smaller, more attainable goals---eat two vegetables and fruits a day, exercise 10 minutes a day without fail and so on---and let the larger goals of losing weight, running a marathon, etc. wait until your ADORABLE baby gets a tiny bit bigger?
No matter what you decide, wishing you all the best!!

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STEPHM-ARATHON 4/3/2014 9:17AM

    I just wanted to say the first year with a new baby can be one of the hardest things in terms of weight. I also reached my prepregnancy weight almost immediately, then gained in the first year. It's tough when you have a lot to focus on! Definitely don't beat yourself up there. That's normal. Good luck!

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CODEMAULER 4/3/2014 12:09AM

    First of all, we're all in this together (and I'm glad that you're in the corner with us!).

Maintenance is a beast that I haven't mastered. I got to goal and... well, you can guess. Granted, now I've got a lot of muscle and cardio fitness, but that scale and tape measure just mock me.

And I'm happy. I'm not fixated on a number, on the scale or on the clothing tag. I'm strong and managing my injuries / conditions. I'll be happy as I make progress, no matter the bumps along the way.

You are such a wonderful motivator. Just listen to yourself and stick to your plan!

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Getting out from behind the camera

Friday, March 28, 2014

So it's been a long time since I have blogged (almost a year) and a few things have changed :)

Meet Andrew:
(here he is picking out his first library book!)

I'm here to say that you can actually lose weight (gain a normal amount while pregnant) and come out 4 weeks after delivering being the same post-baby weight.

I was surprised that my hard work was not for nothing and I had a cute new friend to boot!

Then transitioning back to work, discovering the challenges of breastfeeding, an unexpected case of plantar fasciitis and lack of sleep can nudge that scale back up a little :(

So now that I have taken a deep breath and started to get my bearing with my "new" life- it's time to continue my healthy journey!

Not sure how consistent I will be on the blogging front but I figure I need to start somewhere (right?...right!).

So here I am today stepping back into the frame of photos ( I like any new mom take tons of photos of Andrew) and being an active part of my life. It will be hard to remember to change out of my comforty yoga pants, take a shower, eat regular meals and carve out the time to focus on my health and exercise.

Looking forward to checking in with everyone and getting back to my marathon running weight! More discussions on goals and how to get to them later.

Hope everyone has a great night!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 3/31/2014 11:57PM

    OHMIGOSH! So precious! You two look wonderful! So excited to see you back!

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/31/2014 8:57PM

    He's adorable! I thought about you several times over the last few months wondering how things were! Glad to see he arrived safely!

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STEPHM-ARATHON 3/31/2014 9:24AM

    Congrats! You're both beautiful! Enjoy new motherhood :)

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POSITIVE41 3/31/2014 6:15AM

    emoticon what a beautiful baby! You are so blessed. I am a working mom of 3 - this time goes by fast - make sure you enjoy him and do take the time out for yourself. Keeping fit is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your son. Remember - put the oxygen mask on yourself first - that way you can have more to give to him. :)

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CHRIMSONFYRE 3/29/2014 10:42PM

    Hi Andrew...he is adorable!

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CODEMAULER 3/29/2014 12:36PM

    Hi Andrew!!


It's good to see you out here. I hope that you are looking forward to more streaks, as your workouts and blogs are very motivating!

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LIZZABETH1986 3/29/2014 12:00PM

    Oh my gosh.... Andrew is adorable and you look GREAT! CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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MISTY_MOUSE 3/29/2014 11:54AM

    he is adorable!!

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    I joined Sparkpeople in July. Looking forward to getting to know you and Andrew (has anybody commented how adorable he is?) And to sharing with you.

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FITMARY 3/29/2014 8:35AM

    Hello, Andrew! Welcome to the world!

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REMEMBER2BME 3/29/2014 6:22AM

    Oh my goodness. He is absolutely precious. Thanks so much for sharing. You look wonderful too. Everyone is beaming. Love that you are focused on a healthy lifestyle. You will be a great role model.
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EILEENV3 3/29/2014 5:07AM

    Congratulations! He is adorable! emoticon

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MJ7DM33 3/29/2014 12:24AM

  Thanks for sharing ! Andrew is adorable! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 3/28/2014 11:24PM

    Hello Andrew you handsome devil! (I can tell you take after yr mom ;-)
Ha, I wouldn't want to revisit new mom-hood: the sleep deprivation, raging hormones, crying jags (my own)...
My idea of a facial was dipping a washcloth in Z's bathwater to sponge off - had a whole repertoire of "cute new mom tricks" but my memory has faded - still the most important is that ol' standby: "Nap when the baby does"!!!

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MSGO72 3/28/2014 10:50PM

  He's beautiful!

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24 weeks update-more than half-way there!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

So up until a couple of weeks ago I felt like no one could tell I was pregnant. I just felt uncomfortable and thought I looked overweight.

I won't lie- I was sad. And had major baby bump envy as I walked around and noticed other pregnant women.

Then I stopped by the store to try and find some pants-the ones I have I thought I would just keep using with the belly band. I tried the belly band and it just kept riding up and I felt really uncomfortable (plus I had the feeling that I looked like a stuffed sausage!).

So I decided to just buy some bigger sized pants (I resisted this long as I just didn't want to even try and guess what size they would be-but I felt just like if I was gaining weight and not baby and continued to wear clothes that didn't fit it would depress me-and in fact it has been making feel bad to stress every morning when I went to get ready for work and knew nothing would really "fit").

Well, in the dressing room I happened to glance in the mirror while wearing clothes that actually fit me and there it baby bump that in no way could be confused with "just gaining weight and being overweight"!!!!!

I'm so excited that it was there! And I'm glad that I found some clothes that fit and was so happy that they fit and I felt comfortable that I couldn't care less what size they were!

For anyone who believes in wives tales- I am in fact "carrying high" and having a boy- so maybe that one is right.

So far I have gained 13lbs. I was on medication for nausea/vomiting up until 2 weeks ago and once that went away and I could actually eat - well I picked up the weight that had not been there before (I think I've gained 6lbs in these last 2 weeks).

Now that I have gotten back into normal eating and have settled into my new job ( I switched jobs 3 weeks ago to one that makes a little more money then my last job but the real reason I took the position is that it offered a hybrid work schedule-so I can work a couple days a week in the office and the rest at home-so I can be home with Andrew some days (with help as my job requires about 80% of my time to be on the phone with clients- but still I liked that I would be home with him as I will have a short maternity leave and wanted the option-something that my other job that had me traveling 50% of time could not allow).

My current goals are to:

-actually track my food
-be more diligent about making healthy choices
-try to get some exercise in at least 3 times a week

Hope everyone is doing well!!!

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LULUTHELEO 3/19/2013 12:36PM

    Congratulations! You look fabulous and baby bumps are so fun! I am still struggling with baby weight (my daughter is 9 months old). You are on the right track! Keep it up!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 3/13/2013 11:47PM

    *Hugs* It's hard some times, the loosing weight and then gaining baby. I felt alot of this when I was first pregnant.

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SUGIRL06 3/13/2013 7:19PM

    You look so cute! Im glad you found clothes that make you feel good!

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BALANCEDLIFE4ME 3/13/2013 5:11PM

    Yay! Congrats! I am 13 weeks and feel like it is going to be forever before I see a bump. I kind of feel like I want to see that before everyone at work knows.

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CARADAWN 3/13/2013 11:26AM

    Great bump! I am glad you are feeling better about your "bump" and that you are out of that awkard stage where you think you look just fat - so annoying. Keep the bump pictures coming emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/12/2013 11:33PM

    Your baby bump is visible and so adorable! So glad to hear all is going well. I have missed hearing from you. When I was pregnant with my last baby, I only gained 3 lbs. I ate extremely well and all very healthy items and virtually no junk. She weighed 10-6 and the day she was born I weighed 21 lbs less than I did when I got pregnant. It was great after gaining 25 or so with each of the others. The nausea meds they have today (mostly Zofran) are so nice. There was no meds when I was pregnant and I was sooo sick with my first one! One of my co-workers was hospitalized with each of her pregnancies for almost the whole pregnancies and on TPN (nutrition given through a PICC line) and had a Zofran pump. She was sooooo sick. We have a few patients like that, but for most the Zofran really helps, sometimes with Reglan added. I'm glad you're feeling better now. You look AWESOME! And a boy :-) So happy for you!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/12/2013 11:20PM

    CONGRATS!! You look FABULOUS and so adorable with the bump! yay! :D

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BIGMAMAT 3/12/2013 10:57PM

    Awwww!!! Congratulations honey! BEAUTIFUL baby bump!!! emoticon

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    Your bump is so obviously a "bump." Even though your phone is covering your face, it's obvious how happy you are. Thanks for checking in with us. I can relate to the morning sickness. I lost 30 lbs in the first trimester of my second pregnancy--then gained it and 40 more back. Your healthy habits are a great way to take cre of yourself and your sweet baby boy.

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BEECHNUT13 3/12/2013 9:18PM

    Good luck! Eating well while pregnant is challenging, but worth it. Nine months on, four years off for me... well, hopefully. I don't have it all off yet...

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Updates: Pregnancy, Weight, Exercise and Life in general.....

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Whew! I am glad to report that I am healthy and still plugging away at things but it has been hard! A lot more then I would have thought when started on this journey of pregnancy!

Pregnancy Updates:

Here's my little peanut at 11 weeks (I'm 16 weeks today!) We are having a little boy that we have named Andrew!

My first 3 months were rough! I have been (and still am on) medication for nausea and vomiting. I actually take more medicine/pills then when I wasn't pregnant! I have the nausea medicine (thank god for it!), heartburn pills, stool softener, some Tylenol for back pain and I was trying Unisom (but atlas I just do not sleep as well as I used to - regardless of medications or how tired I actually am).

Everything about my body and what I considered "normal" is a distance memory- its all so different now. I look and feel different. What I didn't expect was the constant worry about the most random things! And it's nonstop worry and concern- I'm sure it's normal.

In fact any symptom I have short of death seems to be "normal for pregnancy"!

We have had all the tests you could have by 16 weeks and everything has come back normal and I am so thankful and happy for that! It's odd but sometimes I actually forget that I am pregnant- I can't wait until I'm 7 or 8 months along and it's apparent there's a baby in here and I can readily hear a heartbeat with the little monitor a friend bought me!

Weight Update:

Here's a picture of me today. It's crazy but I am actually the same weight I was 16 weeks ago when I became pregnant. While scale shows the same number my stomach area is definitely different and I notice a little side bump (plus I feel like Dolly Pardon of late!). I actually lost 6 lbs in my first couple of months and have slowly been gaining it back. I was so sick and had horrible food aversions in the beginning.

It has all evened out though and I am looking forward to keeping up the healthy habits I have been sticking to- It helps that Andrew hates sweets (especially chocolate -if I eat even a little I'm in the bathroom) and he also loves fruits (sadly all I want are summer fruits at the moment-apples and kiwi fruits have become my good friends lately but I can not wait for some fresh, cold watermelon and ripe cherries!).

Exercise Update:

Basically spotty of late. I was so exhausted in the beginning and had issues needing a bathroom close at hand that I kind of just gave up on my exercise streak. Then I became lazy and had no motivation to even go outside for a walk (which was the bulk of what I was doing towards the end anyways).

Well that's just not acceptable and I am going back on a streak of at least 30 minutes a day. Today was Day 1 (I'm hoping to go longer than my last streak of 155 days total).

Day 1 of ?: 30 minutes on the elliptical (it was hard and I felt way out of shape!). I'm sure near the end of my pregnancy I will just be walking but for now I think the elliptical and swimming will be my main choices.

Life in general Update:

Is going great! I'm excited about what is to come and have been feeling much better lately. I hope to blogging more and keeping up on everyone's great start to the new year!

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CHANCE0719 2/8/2013 5:43PM

    This gave me all kinds of warm fuzzies :) so glad to hear how you & Andrew are healthy and to see you looking so happy!

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SUGIRL06 1/15/2013 12:44PM

    OMG!!! I have been out of touch here on SP so I totally missed that YOU ARE PREGNANT!!! Congrats! Best of health during this special time!!!

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CARADAWN 1/14/2013 2:45PM

    Congrats! Sorry your first trimester was rought but you are out of that now and can move on to the wonderful 2nd. Great job on getting back into working out - it will really help with labor & delivery emoticon

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AIMEESINGS 1/14/2013 12:42PM

    Congrats! I had this whole thing planned out for when I got pregnant to keep exercising everyday. Whoah buddy did my body have a different idea. Even walking was incredibly painful for me in the beginning. Just figure out what works for you and focus on just eating healthy. I wish I had a pool around me so I could swim! My birthing class instructor suggests prenatal yoga too. Says its awesome for getting ready for labor. I love yoga so I'm trying to get in a better habit of doing it everyday. Mostly I just want to sleep though. Take care! Can't wait to see your bump in a couple of months!!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 1/13/2013 3:34PM

    Congrats on life and pregnancy and everything!

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CODEMAULER 1/13/2013 10:54AM

    That sounds awesome - go, YOU!! It's an exciting time, in spite of the symptoms and whatnot, so find ways to enjoy this.


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BALANCEDLIFE4ME 1/13/2013 9:39AM

    Congratulations! It's so great to see that you're doing so well emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 1/13/2013 6:39AM

    Happy to get the update! You are definitely rocking this! WooHoo! keep up the great work!

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GRACEMCC45 1/12/2013 11:29PM

    Yay!! I was hoping to see an update from you! Glad things are going well - you will start feeling much better overall for your second trimester - I promise! I'll be 35 weeks tomorrow and still have more energy and less symptoms than I did in the first trimester!

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PAPER_WINGS18 1/12/2013 10:09PM

    So cute! :) Happy for you!! You are glowing!

Can't wait to read more updates from you about Andrew! :)

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NIELSENSLADY 1/12/2013 9:46PM

    Yay! Mommy glow!

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    Your joy radiates from your face! In the next month and a half, that little peanut is going to start kicking. When that happens, it will all become so real. People carry differently. I never had a pronounced baby tummy with either of my girls. I just looked fatter than usual. Every time they turn or squirm you're going to feel a little flutter in your heart. Congratulations!

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LINWINAGAIN 1/12/2013 7:05PM

    Congratulations! Glad all things are looking great for you and Andrew! Keep up the good work!

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Slow and steady...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I have been doing well this week (as in no weight gain). My goal is to stay within my doctor's recommended weight gain of 0-3 lbs for the first trimester. Since I'm at 246 at 5'6" with a BMI of 39 my suggested weight gain is 11-20lbs for the whole pregnancy.

The first 3 months, I am focused on eating better (by better I have been eating well for awhile but I think eating Luna bars for breakfast might not be the best choice so I have packed up all my easy foods that are more on the processed side and have tried to eat better by cooking eggs or having a bagel). And to continue to exercise consistently- I'm on day 152 in a row today!!!

It is odd to be in a type of "maintenance phase" for the next couple of months. I have been so focused on losing weight that it is hard to shift gears and think beyond it. I have added some calories (about 300 daily) but other then that not much has changed and in a way I am glad as it seems like a lot of things are changing lately.

Hoping to get more runs in this week (tried last week but went to the gym instead on a couple of "training days" as I was just feeling lazy)- although with a storm traveling up the east coast I might get washed indoors this week!

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ABETTERBECKY 11/25/2012 2:19PM

    Congrats on the bambino and the weight loss success! So happy for you!

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CARADAWN 10/30/2012 9:01AM

    Congrats! I am impressed that you are still running because I gave it up after a few weeks of being pregnant - you rock!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 10/29/2012 9:08AM

    Congratulations! Healthy you = Healthy baby. I think it's a great choice to reduce the processed convenience foods. You might also consider a small smoothie in the morning as a nutrient boost. I'm so impressed by your streak!

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CODEMAULER 10/29/2012 8:35AM

    Your plans and progress sound terrific!

Stay safe in that storm.


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REMEMBER2BME 10/29/2012 8:35AM

    Sounds likey ou havea smart plan and are sticking to it. Way to go!!!

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TATTER3 10/29/2012 6:21AM

    Enjoy the pregnancy!! Then enjoy baby! Good for you!

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MS_HEATHER121 10/28/2012 9:00PM

    Take it easy. Enjoy being pregnant! I loved it...

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BEECHNUT13 10/28/2012 8:52PM

    Aw, congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope it is a happy and healthy one. I do regret not staying on track while I was pregnant - I gained a lot of weight, and never got it all off.

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