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Monday, June 21, 2010

I am not new to spark people but have not been on since before the birth of my daughter, who turned one last month. I was fortunate that through nursing her, I was able to lose not only the 22 pounds I gained while pregnant but also an extra ten. Since she has been weaned down to two feedings a day, I have gained two pounds. Now that she's not sucking off all my extra calories, I know I need to change my habits, so I don't regain the rest of the weight I lost. (I admit, I enjoy all the compliments I've been getting).

My main focus is to add some activity to my life. I am basically sedentary. I enjoy the computer - playing games, writing, networking (Facebook), and "window" shopping. My other hobbies include TV, movies, reading, scrapbooking etc. Aside from taking my daughter for a walk on occasion, I don't do much that is active.

My husband and his family are all very active. He enjoys sports, working out, and running. My mother-in-law is at the gym almost daily taking crossfit classes. I am self-conscious about my lack of athleticism in comparison to them. I never thought I would have a mother-in-law who, at twenty-two years my senior, is in far better shape than I have ever been, and I find that it bothers me more than it probably should.

While I am happy with my appearance and overall self, I need to get in better shape. I honestly don't care if I lose any weight. I'm pleased with the weight I've lost and frankly can't afford a new wardrobe if I went down a few sizes anyway emoticon Sure it would be nice to lose 20 pounds to get down to the weight I was once upon a time, but my main goal is to avoid gaining any more weight and to force myself off the couch. I would like to tighten and tone (especially my post-baby belly) and make it so I can walk briskly, and maybe go for a jog with my husband, without feeling like I can't breath. If I lose some weight in the process, than great, but I'm not preoccupied with that goal.
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  • STRINGI719
    Walk, walk, walk! It is something that God designed our bodies to do, and something you do NOT have to be especially athletic or coordinated to be good at!

    I started slowly at the beginning of the year, just taking my daughter to school and back, going to the store, etc. Now I am training for the Komen 3-Day in November, and I'm walking 10+ miles per week, and that will be going up steadily over the next few months. I challenge myself to see how fast I can go - I finally hit 4MPH on my walk yesterday!

    If you haven't used it yet, I highly recommend SP's route tracker. It's on your Fitness page, under the cardio section near the bottom. You click the "Map Your Route" button, then you can enter your address as the start, and you click along the route you walk. When done, it will tell you the distance, and you can input the time, and it already has your current weight in there, so it does the math! It will tell you your speed and exactly how many calories you burned! I LOVE IT!

    Best wishes on getting toned and healthy!
    2798 days ago
    2798 days ago
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