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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Today in church the message really hit home, and as I thought about it, I realized it was applicable to weight loss and healthy living also. The pastor brought up 5 key points, to remember in life to help you get over trials/achieve your dreams:

Don't be anxious or fret over your toubles. Hard times will inevitably come, but we don't have to sink down into the muck and mud, we can attempt to remain positive, and looking forward. Dwelling on the bad that is going on around us leaves no room for the positive future to take hold.

Pray for anything and everything (to whatever it is you hold as holy). Do not cease with prayer, ask for anything you need/desire.........patience, persistence, stregth, hope, etc.

In your prayer, have a heart of thanksgiving. Rejoice in what you have, and let God (or whoever you see as your creator) know in abundance how thankful you are for all that is given to you each and every day.

Think right thoughts. Do not pay too much attention to the dark or down thoughts. Do mantras of peace, light and love. The power of thought is overwhelming.

When we do these things in faith, there is a peace that is promised. We must remember this, and hold steady and fast until this peace is acheived.

I see these 5 elements as key to my life, and also as keys to anything we really want to achieve, with lasting effects, in life. I know you may not all believe in God, but most of us believe in something higher than ourselves, something that created this wild, wonderful world and all of it's inhabitants. Draw on that strength, it is there waiting to be called upon, to assist you in achieving your peace.

Hope you all had a great weekend!!

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KAYECAN 2/12/2012 9:51PM

    Stephanie..... thank you for sharing this blog. I believe in God and He has helped me in many ways. I don't always understand His plan for me....and I've even questioned it many, many times because it just doesn't make sense the hardship He brings to many of us......but then some door opens and it just restores your faith all over again. Practicing your 5 key points is basically how we are suppose to live our life. Sometimes don't you feel like you were in the right place at the right time. I'm glad you made it to church today. I hope you went on your walk today. And I'm glad you are such a positive influence on us.
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Embrace it

Friday, February 10, 2012

Haven't been sleeping much, partly the excitement, partly cramps. I have had cramps all night, every night for about 2 weeks now. Sometimes they are very strong, other times not so bad. I can't wait to see a doctor! I've been googling everything, so it looks as though that is not that uncommon, and is nothing to really worry about. Of course I am super scared about taking any pain meds, but a few of the nights I HAD to take a tylenol, which I read is safe for pregnancy.

I'm really doing well on my nutrition intake. Had a wonderful stir-fry last night with yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, onions and chicken, all with a little black pepper sauce..............super great. In fact, I'm thinking that will be breakfast too!!! Yes, I already have pregnancy food daydreams!!! I can only imagine what it will be like in a few months!! Atleast I've been craving healthy food, lot's and lot's of fruit and veggies, whole grains, lean meats and lowfat dairy. I feel very good about my diet. I am tracking every bite on, esp. since my mom drilled it into my head that I need to get 100 grams of protein everyday. Babyfit doesn't have as high of recommendations on protein as that, but close.

It is already feeling like spring here. It has been the absolute mildest winter I have ever seen here!! It only got below freezing one night this whole winter, and it hasn't rained much. Kind of nice, since where I am from it has mild winters most years. I keep thinking about how nice it is going to be to be able to swim during the last part of the pregnancy. I LOVE to swim, and swam nearly everyday last summer. I am sure that will feel really great, I wish I could go right now!!!

Already hearing about the election in the barbershop, I hate politics!! Working in a public place, esp. one where people talk a lot, about their opinions, is fun sometimes, but not on election years. There are always the far lefts and the far rights, and when they come in at the same time and start flapping their mouths............whewwwww, watch out!!! It's not pretty! I try to stay as nuetral as possible. Although a man was in my chair last night, talking about anti abortion and how marriage is just for a man and a woman, and I couldn't hold back. Mind you, I'm not super liberal, and def. not conservative, I try to stay semi-balanced and vote both parties if I feel strongly for a candidate/measure. BUT I just wasn't having it last night!! I told him that I was a human first and I stood up for ALL human's rights. I just can't stand the negative slashing talk against people who just want to live their lives the best way they can. I have a feeling being pregnant and being a mom is going to bring a lot more of this side of me out!!! I am 32 now, not a baby anymore, I think I've earned the right to stand up for myself!! I just don't want to go too overboard, that might be bad for business!!! Haaa!!!

Hope these cramps go away, I could really use a few more hours of sleep. I should be using this time to start my baby a blanket! I love to knit and crochet, and I'd just about ran out of people to give my creations to. Now I have someone I can give them to for the rest of their life...............hehehhehehehehe!

Yeah, gonna say it, if I have a girl I already have the name picked out, HAVE had it picked out for about 8 years!!!! Sophia Lynn..................yay! So pretty. I had a really influential teacher in college, when I was studying to be a Waldorf teacher, her name was Sophia and I have loved that name ever since. And my mother's middle name is Lynn, and the two are so pretty together, so that was quite easy for me! Now if it's a boy, that is another story!!!! My husband has a few names in mind, but we are not leaning towards anything yet.

Wish me luck, I have my medi-cal interview today at 2:30. I am really anxious, and am hoping everything goes well so that I can see a doctor ASAP! I am usually not overly excited about doctors, but I feel that for this occasion, I'm pretty interested in what they will have to say.

I hope you all are being sparked in new and exciting ways each and every day. This SPARKED journey is quite remarkable.............I never dreamed it would lead me to motherhood! Really incredible. So drink that water, log those fit mins, eat those nutrient rich meals, because you are worth it, and there is a life waiting for you that you never dreamed was possible. Open your arms and embrace it!!!

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EMRANA 2/10/2012 8:16PM

  I'm really loving being able to feel your joy through the words on your page. So happy for you!


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BLUE42DOWN 2/10/2012 2:35PM

    That stir-fry sounds absolutely delicious! I love me some bell peppers, for sure.

I so feel for you on the politics thing. If people wanted to actually discuss and learn how OTHERS felt about things, it might not be so bad. But almost every political "discussion" I've been around was more about individual statements of their opinions which are, of course, correct. Ugh.

Beautiful name for a daughter. Love the little almost-maniacal laugh of triumph at having a lifelong recipient for your needle-work.

May your appointment go well!

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RIDMYCOCOON 2/10/2012 2:34PM

    Ahhh. So nice to read this blog. Sounds like scrumptious meals there. I know your meeting will go swimmingly. And speaking of swimming, I am stoked that you get to be in the water anytime but especially during this time and over the next mesters!! That was a huge tool in getting through mine. There simply is nothing like it. Something ancient.

Don't forget about W.I.C. (okay I won't nag you anymore. that was the last time I will mention it :)

You are taking folic acid in your multivitamin yes?

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KAYECAN 2/10/2012 8:34AM

    Good morning sunshine.....(or maybe we should call ourselves moonshine since we were both up so early.....ooops, no moonshine for're pregnant!!!). Loved your blog. Your mind is just swarming with thoughts all over the board. No wonder you can't sleep. you always eat such spicy foods like bell peppers, onions and black pepper sauce? maybe they won't be agreeing with you now that you are pregnant....maybe the cause of the cramps???? just a thought. Once you see your doctor you will get lots of good answers to your questions.
And I love the name you have picked out. She's a beautiful baby already and so lucky to have you for her mom.
Thank you for the goodie you gave me this morning and all the special words you attached to it. You have an awesome day friend.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

This pregnancy thing is no joke!! Haaa, there is so much to learn. I joined, but it is nowhere near as active as here. I asked a quesion on the message boards, no response. I posted a blog, not comments. It's a little sad over there! But it is where I need to be for now, It is the right place to track my nutrition. Gonna get busy now, trying for atleast 30 treadmill mins/day. I know the stronger I am the better this whole process will be. I've been having pain in my lower abdomen that feel like cramps, they said that was normal..........still not comfortable. I am doing more stretching though, and that is supposed to really help with those pains.

I hope you lovely people are having a great week.

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ME_HERE_NOW 2/11/2012 7:25PM

    hopefully if there are any other expectant ladies on your friends list they will come and join u over there in solidarity :)

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KAYECAN 2/8/2012 7:45PM

    I agree with some of the below advice, check out a team here on Sparks for blessed moms-to-be like yourself. That way you will get the interaction you are looking for with other pregnant women and then just use the site for reading articles or whatever. I've never been to that site so not sure what is there. Do what makes Stephanie happy!!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/8/2012 3:57PM

    I would just hang here on Spark and join some of the pregnant teams! I've heard BabyFit is not as good!

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COODLEBUG 2/8/2012 2:04PM

    Congrats on the pregnancy....You know there are spark teams here that are for ladies who are pregnant and working the spark lifestyle....Might want to check them out so you won't be so lonely!! Have a great day!!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/8/2012 12:44PM

    Hehe, I suppose it would be rather quiet over there as the percentage of active SparkPeople who are pregnant is a good bit smaller - and most would only be there 9 months at a time. ^_~

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BUFFYSMOM2 2/8/2012 10:59AM

    You have a great week too and be careful not to overdo it. I like the 30 minutes on the treadmill. That'll burn it off! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Is this me happy????!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I am pretty much in shock still. Starting my third day of knowing that I am pregnant. I really had ruled this option out for me years ago. I must admit the timing is rather odd, since we don't have any health insurance and my hubby is still out of work!!! Don't quite know what God is trying to tell me.............but I'm excited. I told my husband a few months ago that if we EVER got pregnant, that we would have to take it as a sign from God that that was the perfect plan. I mean 8 years is quite a long time to not use protection and not get pregnant. So, yeah, I'm walking on cloud 9. Keeping my exercise going, got a good 35 min walk in last night, if felt great. Doing lots of crunches on the ball, I want my stomach muscles to be as strong as possible before the birth. Also doing reverse crunches for my back, don't know how long I will be able to do those before the belly gets too big, but I also want my back to be strong and healthy. I joined, the SP related site for pregnancy. I'm pretty excited to get learning as much as possible.

Spent yesterday getting plugged into the Medi-Cal circuit. I'm kind of embarrassed that I have to use that, but I just don't have a choice. I wish I did, but we are barely surviving as it is, I just can't afford healthcare on my own right now. Of course my husband is racking his brain trying to apply for any and every job our town even Dominos Pizza wants you to be bilingual!!! Anyhow, I know that everything will work out the way it is supposed to. I plan on staying positive and thinking happy thoughts as much as possible because I want my baby to have a happy, healthy home inside this belly. If I stress out, well, I just don't want to do that. So, smilles, and rainbows for now..............atleast that's my plan!!!

I am really excited to be sharing this adventure with you guys. I truly believe that SP is the reason I am pregnant right now. This is a dream I never, ever imagined would come true for me! I love you guys, and I love SP!!!!

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CALAMITYJANE44 2/8/2012 7:48AM

    Can't tell you how wonderful it is to see the faith you have in God and His provision right now. With God ALL things TRULY ARE possible! It may be a "corny" saying, but that doesn't negate the fact that it is TRUE!

Father, thank you for the blessings you've bestowed upon this family. I know that you will provide for their every need. In Jesus name, amen.

Thanks so much for sharing this journey with us. We are very excited for you!

God bless,


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ME_HERE_NOW 2/8/2012 1:25AM

    congrats girl, great that you are already laying the groundwork for a successful pregnancy on all fronts! love ya!

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    You are truly blessed! I spent 10 years trying to have children and I am blessed with one son. I spent tons of money on fertility treatments we really couldn't afford. I even had garage sales to cover some of it! LOL I wanted to have more children but, I thought I never would get pregnant so I am thankful for one, healthy child.

The important thing now is to relax and enjoy your pregnancy. God does have a plan for you and everything will work out one way or another. Be sure to get check-ups with an OBGYN. Somehow the money will work itself out.

I am sooo happy for you! Being a mother is a difficult job but, the love you feel in your heart for your child is the most incredible feeling you will ever experience.

You should take this time to focus on some of your interests and/or education goals because after the baby arrives you won't have time to focus on yourself.

Being a mother is the hardest job in the world but, it is the most rewarding too! Hugs.

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RIDMYCOCOON 2/7/2012 7:34PM

    Do not be embarrassed about Medi-Cal. It is a terrific support. It is there for these times. WIC is also a really GREAT resource. Look it up and get it started as soon as you can:) XOXOXOXOXOXOX So soooo happy for you:)

Enjoy being a happy you!!!!XOXXOXOXOXO

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KAYECAN 2/7/2012 4:39PM

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BLUE42DOWN 2/7/2012 1:44PM


How very very exciting for you and your husband. Enjoy every precious moment!

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SEATTLESIMS 2/7/2012 12:15PM

    Yes, apply for those benefits and start using them so you can have a healthy happy pregnancy.. that is what those benefits are there for!
Have fun with your activity, I believe it goes a long way in helping with a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Good luck on the job hunt for the hubs.. my hubby is in the same boat.. just got to keep at it!
have a wonderful day!

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GLITTERGIRL69 2/7/2012 11:12AM

    I am not sure if you have ever posted on our team, Can't do this on my own. (your user name is familiar to me) However, I was on our team page and noticed your blog and felt compelled to read it. You see I am a very active team leader, and I don't have enough time to read very many blogs at all, so I rarely do. This mainly is just because I do many other things for my team members. But as I read your blog I soon realized God led me to your blog so I would share something with you.

I just got off the phone with a very spirit filled person. As we were talking he began to talk about 1 Samual and 2nd Samual in the bible. These chapters relate to Hanna becoming pregnant after being barren for so any years. Please I feel an urgency, read 1 Samuel, & 2nd Samuel chapters. You will surely increasely be blessed by doing so! Samuel 16:7 "man looks on the outward apperance, but the Lord looks on the heart."

I am telling you this although I barely know you because I feel it is filled with the Holy Spirit, God's spirit is upon you. God will lead the way. God's protection is upon you. HIs spirit is worked through the resources available to you. On this day your spiritual journey has begun! Take heart, trusting God receiving His blessing, receive this through prayer. Trust God with all of your concerns. Seek God and trust Him without fail. This time is to be treasured. God will led the way through any darkness. Take root to your convictions. Take God's hand and hold it firmly never loosen your grasp upon Him.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with trust in Him, so that you overflow with hope by the power of Holy Spirit .

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ROTTENAP 2/7/2012 11:04AM

    Don't feel guity about the benifits!! Your taxes have paid for them!! You deserve them!! I'm so excited for you! Things will all work out. My son in law has been in the same position as your husband. He did finally find work. It will happen. Remember when you feel like your drowing in the waters of life, that the creator of life walks on water! Love ya!

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PEPPERCHILD 2/7/2012 10:50AM

    Congratulations! Apply for and use those benefits - that's exactly what they are there for. emoticon

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Best birthday present ever

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Yeah, I'm pregnant! Don't know how. Never have been, EVER. Been with my husband 8 years, not even a slight hint at pregnancy.........until now!! So, yeah, think it might be the exercising and eating better????? I'm really in shock still, but so very excited, jubilant, nervous, and overall just feeling blessed!!! Just wanted to share my bit of excitement with you all. Oh and any andvice you might have for me I'd LOVE it!!! I'm going to pic my mom and SIL's brains, but the more advice, the better, especially nutrition related.

I'm so excited to be sharing this part of my life with you guys!!! I think SP plays a role in why this is happening for me now. I truly think the positive outlook on life and the healthier actions are the reason I am sitting here, beaming, inside and out!!

Love you guys!!

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SLNA111 2/9/2012 10:55AM

    Congratulations!!! That is so awesome!

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WENDYLEE15 2/7/2012 9:31PM

    So happy for you!! Congratulations to you an your hubby. Best wishes for a Healthy Happy pregnancy !!
Take care,

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ME_HERE_NOW 2/7/2012 1:04AM

    there is a spark companion site,, check it out, i guarantee they have ALL sorts of info for you! congrats!!

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UNICORN212 2/6/2012 10:37PM

    LOL - The only advice I have is to eat nutrition for two, but calories for 1 1/2! And stay active to the end! Congrats!

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NEWLYWED2011 2/6/2012 10:36PM

    CONGRATS! That's super exciting!!!

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THESHELBSTER 2/6/2012 10:33PM

    I am just absolutely thrilled! Being a mom has been my biggest blessing in life and I am sure you will feel the same. Wahoo!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/6/2012 10:30PM

    What fabulous news!! I'm so very happy for you, dear one.
I've never had kids, so I won't give you any advice, but to keep on working out as long as your doctor okays it. The fitter you are the quicker you'll bounce back after baby has arrived.
You're going to be a mommy!!
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A_WISE_WOMAN 2/6/2012 6:22PM

  And another thing with the baby food...when you're just starting them out with fruits and veggies, freeze the food in ice cube trays--perfect serving size!

As for the pregnancy itself...follow the doctor's orders, and we'll be here for support and to cheer you on along the way!

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RIDMYCOCOON 2/6/2012 3:22PM

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MAYAPAPAYA150 2/6/2012 1:02PM

  That is such exciting news! Its great that you nutrition and fitness will play such a supportive and important role in having a healthy pregnancy. Congratulations! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/6/2012 12:51PM

    Congrats!!! emoticon

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EMRANA 2/6/2012 7:18AM

  Wishing you and your family all the best!

I have never been pregnant, so I can't offer any advice there ~ just wanted to say congratulations again ~ and happy birthday!

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KAYECAN 2/5/2012 8:55PM

    That must be what led me to give you and your hubby that teddybear. Now you have a special memory to attach to it....the day you discovered your newest blessing!!! Many many hugs to the two of you. Congrats.
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OUTDOORGIRL69 2/5/2012 8:54PM

    emoticon emoticon and Happy Birthday. I agree with wonderbug381. Make your own baby foof. i did that with mine 43 years ago even when baby food was 10 for $1.00

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WONDERBUG381 2/5/2012 8:40PM


Such a wonderful blessing and on your birthday to boot emoticon

*advice* don't bother with store bought baby food, make your own. That's what i did and my kiddos loved it. I would just smash or puree whatever we were having for dinner.

I wish you well & look forward to hearing all the details of your pregnancy.

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ANNEV2012 2/5/2012 8:29PM

    emoticon I wish you a healthy, happy pregnancy and a healthy bundle of joy. emoticon

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HEADIE2012 2/5/2012 8:15PM

  yeah!! Congrats on the wonderful news!!

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ROTTENAP 2/5/2012 8:13PM

    I'm so happy for you!!!

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