INTREPIDMAMA's SparkPeople Blog INTREPIDMAMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goodbye, baby weight! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am again! Returning to spark people after having given birth to baby number two. :-) <BR> <BR> I am so excited to get back at it! I found this website and the community within it so helpful in losing weight after my last baby. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are now the proud parents of two young boys! Thoreau and Zen are both filled with beautiful energy, they are the lights of our lives. <BR> <BR> Mama is n... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 14:14:01 EST Olympic Inspiration So, the olympics are in London this time around. My favorite city. And that's saying something as I generally detest cities of any kind. <BR> <BR> While I wish that I could be there, packed onto the Tube, stopping off in Chinatown for dumplings at Jen Café, cheering mildly with the other Londonites, I do get a kick out of watching the BBC coverage online. <BR> <BR> I feel oddly inspired. Not that I plan on taking up shotput or long jump anytime soon, just that viewing fitness at such a high... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:58:39 EST Loss and... Loss This past week has been very challenging for me on my new fitness journey. I've done well, but I don't really feel well. <BR> <BR> The whole last week was SO hot, even here is Nova Scotia, that working out became a challenge not just because I have a hard time getting off my butt or because the workouts were physically challenging, but because moving took so much more out of me. I generally HATE the heat, prefer autumn to summer and never hang out in the sun. Each dumbbell curl felt like 3 a... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 17:25:04 EST Little Victories So the other day I had a disagreement with someone that I love very much. This always comes as a surprise to me, finding myself hurt by or hurting someone that I only have good feelings towards. Someone that is a close ally and a sacred blessing in my life. <BR> <BR> Oddly enough it was over food, which just goes to show that when you dedicate to making a change the universe will push the very buttons that challenge that change the most. Is it a way of testing your will? I'm not sure. But mi... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:29:14 EST Worth Sticking To So, the baby and I went downtown today to get more tortilla chips for our veggie chili. It was a grey and rainy day, always a bit of a downer, but we had already accomplished a 5.5 mile walk in the morning. <BR> <BR> For some reason I was feeling hungry, even though I'd already had homemade oatmeal at breakfast and a hearty bowl of chili for lunch. Grocery stores grab me and pull at my core sweets-n-treats monster. <BR> <BR> The "hippie" grocery store that we were at sells salads and all ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 18:36:29 EST Re-imagining Myself My journey before SparkPeople... <BR> <BR> 1976-1996: I was so thin in my youth that my family used to pick on me for being "skin & bones" <BR> <BR> 1987-1996: At the same time I always though I was FAT because I wore a size 3 and my best friend wore a 1 <BR> <BR> 1995-1997: Gained 20 pounds in the first 2 years of college, reaching 145 <BR> <BR> 1998: Spent 6 months in Mexico and then Scotland, losing 15 of the said 20 pounds; down to 130 <BR> <BR> 1999: Went back to the... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:56:41 EST