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    GRATEFUL-DAD   16,863
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6 weeks until life changes, again.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Some of you may know this, some may not, but my wife is 34 weeks pregnant, which means our baby is due to be born in 6 weeks. Our first came a week early, so who knows when our new little guy will come. Soon. We are really excited and really terrified. Having an infant, especially a newborn, is ridiculous. You get next to no sleep for months and months and everything is just a fog. Needless to say, I am concerned about what this will do to my weight. You really have to get into survival mode for a while, and things like eating healthy, well-balanced meals go out the window pretty quickly.

I am still 9 or 10 pounds from my ultimate goal, but I am going to change my SP goal to maintenance and get used to what that range is like for the next six weeks. If I can get through the next several months without gaining, it will be a success. I just know when our baby is born I won't have much energy for tracking what I'm eating, so I want to have a good routine in place to fall back on.

After the holidays, around the first of the year, my wife is going to join SP and get to work taking off the baby weight. She's so excited to lose the weight and get in shape with me. She's watched me get smaller and smaller this year while she gets bigger and bigger. It's been hard on her to sit on the sidelines and watch. But this is the last baby we're going to have, so she's ready to lose the baby weight and get into super mom shape! It will be fun to have her on SP with me.

Hopefully we'll have found our feet by the beginning of 2013 and I can get back to work too. I want to continue to cut my body fat percentage, it's about 22% right now I think. I'm planning to continue running all year, I just love it so much. And I have a feeling it'll be a welcome stress reliever when we have a screaming infant at home.
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HILLARYLANE 11/24/2012 10:05PM

    I'm READY! I can't wait to get into shape with you! I heart you forever! xoxox

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TWILAQ1 9/22/2012 11:39PM

    That IS exciting news!!! You've done such a fabulous job with your weight loss. Such an accomplishment, and you're a brilliant inspiration for your wife.

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BARCLE 9/6/2012 4:05PM

    Congratulations and best wishes for you all - such exciting news.

One suggestion I would make (don't know how practical it is in your circumstances etc) is walking - walk the baby in the buggy - it's a great way to lose excess weight and it's gentle but effective, as well as free/low cost. I hope my suggestion is helpful - feel welcome to check my spark page out etc and see how it's worked/is working for me

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SPARKONSKATES 9/5/2012 5:32PM

    So exciting for the both of you. Can't wait to hear about his arrival into his new marvulous life with your family.
Your first step was to realize all of this ahead of time, putting it out in a plan. Knowing from your first child what to expect and now with your new healthy fit life style , you will be able to put it all in action the way you like. Your in control now. Just plan ahead with meals too helping out your wife cooking that will help. And doing what you mentioned having the running as your YOU time. Stress reliever. Then take turns letting your wife have her time. It will all work out. It's the sleeping part thats rough and making time for your daughter as well. Keeping her happy. But your such great parents it's going to be wonderful. Your both so blessed with this miracle of life. As your son grows up your healthier fit daddy that you are now will be able to keep up with him , play sports. This is so exciting and your wife will be able to join sparkpeople too. WE'll all be here for you both. If she wants to add me as a friend I'll be really glad to help motivate her reach her goals.
Remember enjoy the moments, don't stress out ahead. You got this !!!!
Keep up the awesome running my friend.

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CAROLJ35 9/4/2012 9:41PM

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So happy for you and your wife. Don't get too stressed and give up the ship. But it sounds as though you have made some good plans. Hope all goes well.

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NH_MOM 9/4/2012 8:51PM

    My baby girl will be 6 months old in 4 days. It's gone by so fast. I still feel sleep deprived even though I average about 6 hours a night(I have 2 boys as well). My advice is to make time for you, but be there for your wife b/c she'll need breaks too. Having a baby is a lot of work, but such a blessing too. I like that you've set up a plan. I hope it works out for you. Congratulations! emoticon

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GRATEFUL-DAD 9/4/2012 1:24PM

    LOL, after posting this blog all of my SP ads are for mattresses.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 9/4/2012 1:12PM

    WOW! That was fast! I still remember when you posted that it was a boy and now he is almost here! I wish you complete luck with the new little one. I hope everything goes well and you don't get too tired, even though it probably won't happen! Cannot wait to hear he has arrived.!

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FIRECOM 9/4/2012 12:53PM

    GOOD STUFF. We raised 5 sons and now that we are emptynesters, I just wish they would call us every day. Of course they are living their life and I remember that I did not call my folks often enough either.

Cherish them. Your new baby will grow up so fast, Now you can hold them in the palm of your hand, a few months later, they are asking tor the keys to the car.

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