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less than a day old - Donnie, born March 29, weighing in at 7 pounds, 20" long!

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June 2013 – I gave birth to Annie on January 31, 2013 via c-section (second baby, second c-section). I lost the first 30 of the 50 pounds I gained pretty quickly. However, since April, I’ve been hovering around the 160 mark and am ready to get serious with my nutrition. So, I’m back on Spark to track my food, interact with other sparkies, and to ultimately lose the fat I gained.

Here is a little of my history with SparkPeople:
I began using SP in 2006 at around 145 pounds, with my ultimate goal of getting to 127. Prior to SP, I was somewhere in the low 160s, and lost the weight counting calories and exercising (nothing too consistent, however). Fast forward 3 years to mid-2009, and I found myself wonderfully pregnant. I did get down to an all-time low of 133 approx 1.5 months before getting pregnant.

My beautiful baby, Donnie, was born on March 29, 2010. 20 hours before his birth, I weighed in on my scale at home (with clothes on) at around 203. Huge for a 5'1" girl – results of eating whatever I wanted.

In January 2011, I began working for the US gov’t, and lost regular access to the internet, which is why I stopped Sparking. After work, with a baby, getting on the computer to log everything was just too much for me. In July 2011, I started CrossFit in preparation to be the maid of honor at my best friend’s wedding. In September 2011, I read “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf, and my entire mindset on nutrition was spun and flipped upside down. In practice, however, I’ve been less diligent than I want.

In May 2012, I was at my all-time adult low of 128 pounds, looking pretty fit and feeling fantastic due to CrossFit and an 8-week paleo challenge. Then, I immediately got pregnant. Though I crossfitted throughout the entire pregnancy, I was not paleo-compliant with my nutrition, and ate way too many carbs and sweets. I gained 50 pounds. I maintained a lot of strength, but still got too fat.

In January 2013, right before I had Annie, I left the Government and went back to my old job, which I love (and missed while I was gone). Luckily, I had left my old job on extremely good terms (gave my boss 7 months’ notice), and was asked to come back. The US Gov’t job wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, so I was happy to go.

So, I’m back, and my goal is to maintain a low carb paleo diet, crossfit often, and just keep moving. And, I have internet access all of the time now, which means I should make some time to log my food – it’s worth it!

BTW – I’m not too worried about calories. I’m more worried about WHAT I put in my mouth. My mind was blown once I read “Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubes. Hopefully, you’ll read it too, and it will help you on your journey as well. If only I could employ what I’ve learned in my daily actions! Hence, I’m back at spark. I need all the help I can get!

Member Since: 6/20/2006

Fitness Minutes: 56,497

My Goals:
New Goals 2013

1) Hit 150 - DONE - late Oct 2013

2) Hit 145

3) Hit 140

4) Hit 135

5) Hit 130

6) maintain a healthy diet and see where it takes me.

My Program:
I am a firm believer in the 80-10-10 rule. Nutrition is 80% of the equation, exercising without proper nutrition is basically a waste. Putting the effort required into eating healthy and nutritiously ensures that my workouts actually mean something!

Ultra-Low-Carb 6.5 days a week, with a 'carb nite' on Saturdays! Trying to keep it mostly paleo/primal!

Personal Information:
Height- 5'1
Highest Weight (preggo):
203 (2010)
190 (2013)

Lowest Weight (pre-preggo):
128 (2012)

Goal Weight: 127 OR wherever I see my most fit/lean/happy self. (must be happy!)

Other Information:
I don't exercise to lose weight. Nutrition will do that. I exercise to have fun, be competitive, and to get stronger, faster, and fitter.

CrossFit 3-5xs/week
Walk/Run - randomly

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    Good morning! Are you ready to take down this Thursday?? You can make it happen, go for it!!!
    1684 days ago
    Hey Girl! I am so glad you're joining me, we got this one!! Weekends are always hard for me, but this past month I've really found my groove, I see the food that is tempting me and I think about where I want to be and how far I've come, I look at that food and I say to it "are you worth me delaying my goal?" and the answer is always NO!
    At the cookout get what you want, but a small portion, eat slowly and pay attention to your body, when you're full, STOP! And drink tons of water.
    You can DO IT!!! Those 6.3 pounds aren't gonna know what hit them!
    1685 days ago
  • v FITGIRL15
    OOOHHHH.... good call!!! But actually, I will make sure I have 2 packs of BC pills, that way I can go 30+ days without worrying about the dreaded TOM!
    emoticon I love being able to schedule my "visitor" 's arrival!

    Yes, 30 days in Italy... 3 weeks with Joe... 1 week BY MYSELF!
    OMG... It's going to be crazy!
    1699 days ago
  • v FITGIRL15
    AWEEEE... that video was sooo cute! Your son is priceless... I will call him "Do it again, Donnie!" LOL (the teacher sure did give him a lot of encouragement!!!)

    How awesome to see kids 'playing' in such a disciplined way! I can tell they have very fit parrents :)
    1769 days ago
  • v FITGIRL15
    Thanks for the lovely message, Andrea!!!
    I agree, finding a mate with similar interests is WILDLY IMPORTANT, especially as we age! While I was single (after Colin) I remember asking myself "Which of your past BF's made you happiest and why?" And it was the BF that would take ME out biking in the WINTER, teach me to run football routes, raquet ball was our first date! He and I ALSO met at the gym... Joe is only my 2nd BF that I've met at the gym! (And I've been going to the gym since 1997 regularly... not good odds! lol) But in the end, it only takes one!

    I'm so happy for you and your budding family! What an exciting (but stressful) time! Has it been difficult to keep up with your fitness goals? Or is it just harder to find the time to make proper meals? Heck.. I'm SINGLE with NO KIDS and those two things still plague me and my routine!!! (Not to mention other health issues that pop up unexpectedly! emoticon )

    Sounds like both you and your hubby are still active with ball and other fitness adventures! You should buy some baby carriers and take the kiddos out on nature hikes! (I remember my parents doing that with me and my siblings... those are some of the best memories of my childhood, for sure!)

    I'm sooo happy you are back here!!!
    emoticon Missed you, girl!
    1770 days ago
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