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I know that every woman that has ever had a child has been amazed by the process, but even knowing that, I was not prepared for the profound changes that pregnancy and motherhood brought about in my body and my mind.
My body became a literal bed of creation. I was full of the magic and wonder of being allowed to bring a whole new being into life. I am have never loved this body so much! Never! I glowed with the knowledge that every thing I did I shared with my baby. Pregnancy was not perfect - oh no - but it was magical nevertheless.
Now that he is here, my body has really taken a back seat other than as it relates to feeding him, carrying him, and loving him. But as far as me taking care of ME, well, that has not happened.

And now it is time.

Member Since: 8/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 7,314

My Goals:
*Eat nourishing, healthy and tasty food.
*Eat reasonable portions; and actually stop when I'm full.
*Exercise at least 3 days per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes.
*Yoga 2 times a week or more.
*Value each day.
Goal stage one: fit back into my pre-pregnancy size 14s.
Goal stage two: fit into my smaller-self size 12s.
Goal stage three: maintain an active, healthy, balanced lifestyle for the duration.

My Program:
This is a whole new approach:
1. Mindfulness meditation 6 days per week.
2. Yoga 2x per week.
3. Walk, dance or bike 3x per week.
4. Journal or blog 1x per week.
5. Eat more plant based foods and drink more water.

Personal Information:
I am a new mom, and I have the luck to be able to stay at home for a year with my little guy. I am truly loving it.

Other Information:
I am a happily married Missouri resident. I live in a great old house in a medium sized college town.
I love to cook, create, talk, sing, dance, read, and play. I am an avid environmentalist and am particularly passionate about healthy and sustainable food.
I have been trying to lose weight off and on for about the past, oh, forever, and am ready to be done with that!

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    Congratulations on your new addition! We must have been due around the same time. Sorry to hear you had complications, yikes! Glad all is well now. I am PLANNING on starting those lunch time workouts soon but haven't gotten it together enough just yet. I'm cutting myself some slack though because it's hard work trying to adjust to being a mom on top of a full time job. The three months I stayed home were hard work also so make sure you cut yourself some slack too! :-) It will be easier to get some outside walks in with your baby when the better weather comes around. Take care!
    2635 days ago
    Hope you are having a fabulous day!
    3017 days ago
  • v LIZZABETH1986
    ahhh, you are so right about calling it a "free" meal instead of a "cheat" meal! i'm trying to get used to that kind of thinking... i know this healthy lifestyle is 50% mental and 50% putting it into motion. thanks for the tip... i'm gonna keep that in mind when i psych myself out over these kind of guilt free meals!
    3018 days ago
    Aw, thanks so much! I'm so happy that I can help in some way! I love that about the Spark community. We all keep each other going , sometimes at times we wouldn't keep going on our own.

    I wish you all the best in 2010! Maybe it's the year we reach our goal lines! :-)
    3022 days ago
    Sounds to me like getting back here is just what you need. ;-) I and the other sparkers are here and ready to support you through this!
    3097 days ago
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