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I had a baby in December 2009 and then one in March 2015. Last time I lost the "baby fat", it took me two years and a PT and many, many hours at the gym, like at least two hours a day. This time, however, my time is more limited, and I want to focus on health instead of driving myself crazy trying to get to some fantasy body. Heck, I will settle for my pre-pregnancy weight at the rate I'm going.

I want to focus on healthy eating and keeping an organized, clean home for my children. I also plan on taking my children on regular outings. I won't be a gym rat, this go round, because I would rather spend time with my kids. But, I do plan to take up yoga again and maybe hit the gym two to three times a week or do something comparable, like take a morning walk.

My ultimate goals are to get back into healthy movement and continue to achieve healthy eating and exercise goals. Also, I need to get my knees back in shape, as post baby #2, I am struggling to climb stairs.

So, here's to a fresh start and a better, saner focus.

Member Since: 7/6/2010

Fitness Minutes: 53,207

My Goals:
My goal is to develop a more compassionate, attainable health plan that won't have me camping out at the gym because I don't have time to do so. I also want to eat healthier without going on a diet. Also, I want to reduce work and teaching stress.

My Program:
Weekly Goals:

(1) Drink 4 glasses of water, min.
(2) Log calories as accurately as possible.
(3) Eat more whole foods.

Overall Moderate Plan:

(1) Go to all of your doctor appointments.
(2) Get rid of negative habits and attitudes.
(3) Drink water at least four times a day.
(4) Eat moderately and try to make the best food choices, with reduced carbs.
(5) Eat far less processed sugar.
(6) Plan meals.
(7) Log in once a day. Don't beat yourself up when you don't.
(8) De-clutter 30 minutes a day.
(9) Write 30 minutes every day, ideally your novel.

(I am working on an exercise plan.)

Personal Information:
I am happily married and have a lovely eight year old for a son and a three year old daughter. My husband is incredibly supportive and is encouraging my restart mode. Every restart mode.

I recently finished a collection of stories and am working on a novel.

Other Information:
I am working on a novel called The Harvest.

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    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Summer? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early June. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Spring we had Gardening Time, Help Fill Peter Rabbit’s Basket and Bingo. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Summer challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.

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    Hello! Sorry for the slow reply ... I have not been very active here lately. Logging weight on a maintenance challenge and checking in, but haven't blogged regularly. But I miss it and need to get back. Great to hear from you!
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    According to Fitness magazine, the majority of us are getting enough protein. Most nutritionists agree that active women need about half a gram per pound a day or approximately sixty five grams for a one hundred thirty pound woman. The USDA reports that most of us -even vegetarians - are eating sixty -nine grams of protein daily so we are good. If you are as active as recommended, and exercise for more than an hour five or more days a week you should increase your protein intake to 0.75 grams per pound. Eating protein within thirty to forty-five minutes AFTER your workout rebuilds and repairs the microtears in muscle tissue that occurs when you exercise. Taking in protein right after you workout will make you less sore the next day and increases your lean muscle mass.
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    emoticon for sharing a "SPARK" of encouragement with the goodie and message you posted on my page! Much appreciated!


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