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Oh My, How Things Have Changed!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

I disappeared last year when I found out my husband and I were expecting our 4th child. I chose to disappear because I just didn't have time to keep up on here, work, school, my family, my doctors, etc. etc. I know that sounds like a really lame excuse but I was stretched so thin (ha!) that I was not only physically, but mentally exhausted. Well, my beautiful baby girl is now here, I have decided not to return to work indefinitely, and although I am still in school, I have decided it's time to again get back on the path to better health and wellness!

Signing in this morning for the first time in forever, provided some surprises. The site has changed a lot since my last time here, but the changes look favorable. I saw the last weight I posted and laughed out loud. Literally! I forgot what it was like to be 188! I had gotten lower than that at one point in my journey before, but having gained 60 pounds in the past year with my pregnancy, seeing that 188 was an eye opener.

Two days before giving birth at the end of December, I weighed 233. I left the hospital weighing 219 and am currently at 207. So, I am basically starting all over like before. But, it'll be okay. I managed to do this once and I know I can do it again! It's just going to take time to get back into the swing of things!

My new goal is set, my first food tracked in ages is complete, and I am ready to get back into the good habits I had developed before with the help of so many people on SP. I am still plenty exhausted with a newborn in the house, but I know I can handle this!
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MALIBUGIRL0310 3/21/2014 8:57PM

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Welcome back! Progress.... not perfection :)

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/11/2014 7:03PM

    Congratulations on your new addition to your family! You started back here and you tracked food! OUTSTANDING! You'll be fine and you'll do fine and we're all here to offer support.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND THE DETERMINED EFFORT!
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RANAFERREIRA 2/11/2014 4:17AM

    You too the hardest step already, now just keep going! emoticon

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NESHAMA123 2/9/2014 9:59AM

    Congratulations on your baby and welcome back. The site is much improved and easier to use!

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DAISYPETAL 2/9/2014 12:21AM

    Looks like you had a miracle weight loss! In the form of a beautiful healthy baby girl. How wonderful. The fact that you came back to SP says more then a million words could. It will be an uphill battle but they say that if it isn't work, it isn't worth it. We will all do this together and one day we will all be celebrating how wonderful the thin and healthy life style is. One day at a time and in the end it will all be worth it. Go for it. Hugs and good luck. Jude

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PIGGYWAY 2/8/2014 11:00PM

  WELCOME BACK

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TRAYANDJAY 2/8/2014 9:08PM

    Congrats on your sweet baby girl! I have 4 kiddos too and it's a lot of fun. I've started all over again in January and you are right, things look so different. Just keep going and you'll get back to where you were!

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AMASCHING 2/8/2014 8:45PM

  Glad you are back. You have to start somewhere!

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LADYKOPPER3309 2/8/2014 8:44PM

    I too have been away for awhile and almost fell over when I saw what I was done to! At least you have a beautiful baby girl to show for it......I have nothing! Welcome back! emoticon emoticon

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RUFFIT 2/8/2014 5:56PM

    emoticon emoticon glad everything is OK. Moni

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CFPUNKIN 2/8/2014 5:13PM

    Congratulations on the baby girl, and on coming back to Spark People. Love your wallpaper sentiment.

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DDARNZEN 2/8/2014 4:46PM

    Congratulations on your new little one and welcome back!

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GOLDIEANN85 2/8/2014 4:37PM

    Congrats on the new addition to your family! And Welcome Back to SparkPeople!

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PURPLEBIRD63 2/8/2014 1:42AM

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Wow - yes you sound like a very busy woman!
And it sounds like you're back on track too - no pun intended ;-)

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HDHAWK 2/7/2014 8:45PM

    Congratulations on the new baby! You've come back to the right place to reach your goals!

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JACKIE542 2/7/2014 8:12PM

    Glad you are back, I like the changes, took my awhile but I am getting use to them. Congrats on you baby. emoticon

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MOMMY445 2/7/2014 7:59PM

    congrats on your new baby girl! welcome back to spark!

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PRESBESS 2/7/2014 2:21PM

    I love your attitude. I can only imagine how busy you must be, but, you sound determined and ready to go for it. Go ahead... make it happen.
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NOTGVGUP83 2/7/2014 11:30AM

    Congrats on the new addition to your family!!!!! And welcome back to spark people! I also did the same and got away from spark when I found out I was pregnant. I went to the extent of deleting my account! I've done that several times since being pregnant and having my son but here I am again. It's a journey that never ends whether we log into SP or delete our accounts. It's in the back of our minds and that means we're still doing our best to find balance. We're here for support and I look forward to following your journey! Best of luck!!

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JUSTKAREY 2/7/2014 10:51AM

    Congratulations on your baby girl! T

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DNRAE1 2/7/2014 10:11AM

    Congratulations! Welcome back! and enjoy your new goals and successes! We are all cheering for you!!!! emoticon

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NAMASTEJUDE 2/7/2014 9:38AM

    Congratulations on your new baby girl!! Welcome back, and try to remember...Taking care of yourself will make it easier to take care of your beautiful little ones!

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IOWAGRAMMA 2/6/2014 8:17PM

    How wonderful for you that you have a healthy baby girl! You didn't have a list of excuses...you had a list of priorities. Things change and priorities change, so here you are and away you go! Congrats to you and your family!!! emoticon emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/6/2014 12:48PM

    Congrats on the new baby girl! (I think that I saw somewhere that it is a girl!) And welcome back to Spark!

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"Normal"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It seems as though the past 8-9 months have been a whirlwind of things that have pulled me in so many different directions and my body is definitely feeling the effects of it...

From my step-father's heart attack to my brother's near death experience due to a drunk driver last year, a brief moment where everything was calmer, and then buying our house, remodeling our house, school, and all the other little things in between I am so ready for things to return to "normal!"

Then again, maybe this is the new "normal" for me... I just don't know sometimes!

With remodeling and moving lately, I have been eating pretty horribly but am still managing to lose weight. I am on the go constantly and know that the extra movement is contributing to my weight loss, but I know stress is probably contributing to the loss as well. For some, stress makes people gain weight. For me, its the opposite.

I am happy to be losing still, but want to do it the healthy way! We are staying at my in-laws right now until the house is finished and that too makes it hard to concentrate on what I eat and working out. I can't wait for us to be able to stay in our own home where I can stay focused on what I eat and manage my workouts like I did for so long before.

If this is my new "normal," I sure hope I get used to it soon. If its not, I will gladly welcome a calmer, more relaxed lifestyle whenever it decides to return!

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GOODGETNBETR 3/14/2013 10:18PM

    Extra activity, especially around so many positive things, can be good so emoticon on being able to lose in the eye of the storm. And hopefully, in time, this storm too will pass.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/12/2013 4:15PM

    That sounds about like my normal. LOL

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DIONNE1972 3/12/2013 12:04PM

    Hope things settle down soon. Be sure to take some time for yourself in the meantime. Have a GREAT day. emoticon

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A little sleep progress...

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I am taking a few days off from work to be able to work on the house and school and actually have managed to get a wee bit more sleep at night. I know it'll be short lived when its time to return to work, but I'm happy to catch up a little right now.

On my previous blog, a few commented about tv and that definitely is one thing I have no time for and the only time its even on is when my children or my husband are watching. 99 percent of the time, the kids will have been in bed for hours and I'll finally notice that its still on the Sprout or Cartoon Network channel. LOL...

I'm hoping once the house is done (next week I hope!) I will be able to get back into a more comfortable swing of things. Wish me luck!
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WALKINGBYFAITH2 3/8/2013 8:56AM

    A good night's sleep is a great goal, and looks like you are taking time to tackle things that are interfering with that. Great job!

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GOODGETNBETR 3/6/2013 2:14AM

    I was half kidding about the tv thing. Heck, I even watched the Oscars this year though with dvr got through in about an hour. My new suggestion: ask family for help. They should be glad to give up tv for a happier, healthier mom. emoticon

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DIANEDOESSMILES 3/6/2013 1:21AM

    Its soo HARD when U have a fam,,, and have to DO SOOO MUCH around the house (hey where's the TY?????) (LOL actually the LACK OF A TY has me on a TEMP STRIKE !! LOL WILL they EVEN NOTICE?? Been 2 days,,,and NOPPERS !! I think they PREFER IT ! HAHAHA PIGLETS !)

I wish you WELL HON !! ESP with the SLEEP !! OH YEAH !! That PRECIOUS THING that which as a woman,, is just (YAWN) NOT THeRE! SO QUICKLY get some in, b4 the kiddo's come home,, H comes home,,,,and TA ,,,,HOME WORK needs help w/ H wants this or that,,, etc.

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Needing to form better sleep habit!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I want to be able to form a habit of getting more sleep at night. On average, I manage to get 5 -6 hours but I know I would benefit more if I could a get minimum of 7. My scheduled is jammed every moment of the day and I have tried to rearrange things, but it has not proven to be very successful for me. I work full time, am full time wife and mommy, am taking 4 very tough courses this semester, and am in the middle of remodeling the home we just purchased. Our lease is up and we are running behind on the house part, so I have been putting every spare moment I have into that. Luckily my brother-in-law is doing the majority of the work, but I have helped with scraping, painting, staining, tearing out bathrooms, etc... Does anyone have any tips or tricks for juggling a million things a day and still managing to get more sleep at night?
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MARIANNMC 3/4/2013 6:15PM

    God bless you and all your busy-ness! You have a good rich life. I encourage you to try to de-stress as much as you can during the day inbetween all your activities. You may not be able to get in any more hours of shut-eye, but if you can REST a bit during the day...breathe...smile...enjoy...the
n I think when you get in between the sheets you'll get better sleep. Good luck!

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GOODGETNBETR 3/4/2013 4:27PM

    Blow up your tv. Still having trouble pawn your computer and buy that drug with the butterfly ;) emoticon with the full plate.

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NARNIAROSE2003 3/4/2013 8:28AM

    I'm the same way... I don't want to miss out on having fun by sleeping! But I know I can enjoy life more and have more energy to enjoy life if I get a good night's sleep. Good for you!

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MNABOY 3/3/2013 9:13PM

    I am the world's worst at getting sleep hours in .I have made an effort the last couple of years and I still haven't achieved a solution short of going to work late. Self employed will allow some late arrivals but cutting out tv might give me more time. You don't have anything you can stop. Maybe if you get more rest you will be more affective and efficient and accomplish more in less time. I know it is hard to learn when my mind and body are tired.

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NICELYSIMPLE 3/3/2013 7:40PM

    My only tip is this: The more you sleep, the more you will be able to accomplish in your waking hours. It is amazing.

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GRANNYSUE9 3/3/2013 7:18PM

    Wow! You really are a busy lady! It is not always easy, but getting more rest is what our bodies need. Now that I am retired, I can get my 8 or 9 hours of sleep a night. I hope that you will be able to get that much needed rest too.

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GOULDSGRANITE 3/3/2013 6:31PM

    You are busy! The one tip that comes to mind is, "What you focus on, improves.". My guess is someone will have just the ideas you need. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WHEREIS170 3/3/2013 6:25PM

    I am not a doctor but take your vitamins in B like b12 and b6. Try to wind down 1 hour before bed, no tv, no radio, just maybe read a book and practise some breathing techniques. I really think you have a challange on your hands. But persistence and learning to say no more often maay help lighten your load, gee you sure do have your hands full. Goodluck kiddo!

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Restarting January Jumpstart

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I had signed up last Tuesday for the January Jumpstart Challenge and have not been able to be consistent with the videos like I should. I have been tracking everything, eating well, and working out, so today I have made the decision to restart! I left the team and rejoined it so that my start day has reset. Although I won't be eligible for the prize portion of the challenge, my prize will be to successfully follow and complete the requirements for the challenge. I look forward to getting back into the swing of regular, DAILY exercise, and seeing what results I can achieve by the end of this challenge.

Since my weigh day is Friday, I will post then what my beginning weight and measurements are at that time. That way by the end of the 4 week challenge I will be able to show what kind of results I was able to achieve.

Good luck to anyone else completing this challenge and if you have any sort of tips to help me along they would be greatly appreciated!

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RDGISME 1/9/2013 9:30PM

    Re-starting is far better than giving up completely, so congrats on making a great decision!! Looking forward to not only Sparkin' with ya but to seeing how you do!

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VABCHLOSER 1/8/2013 10:24PM

    Good luck :) Sometimes we need a do over. Heck, I've been restarting week 9 of P90x about 3 weeks now. I know myself, eventually it will stick. It's this cold, I think. I hate the cold! I'm a snake on my hot rock (um...laying under my electric blanket!).

Thank you for the goodie today and it looks like you are making great moves here too. I guess the secret is to restart and not quit :)

Have a great week!!

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