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

4.5 months old



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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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  • v FITGIRL15
    OMG... MATCH MAN! HAHAHAHA! OK... then that's actually not too far from when Joe came into the picture! :) We met at work. No... we met at the GYM! He used to attend my spin classes (hot for teacher? LOL) no, in all seriousness... I was in my relationship with Collin at the time, he was in a relationship too. Bad timing.

    Fast forward about a year, we get a new guy at work... and it's HIM! Joe, from the gym! I think "He's so cute!" but again, he still had that girlfriend, so was OFF LIMITS. Booo... carry on with Match.com losers!

    Till one day at work, a coworker tells me, "No, Joe is SINGLE! He broke-up with his GF a couple months ago!
    I POUNCE on the chance to get to know him!
    And the rest is... how do they say? HISTORY!!!? LMAO

    Actually... the more I get to know him, the more I can't believe he was right under my nose and I didn't even know it! We are like two peas in a pod... often finishing each others sentences or laughing at the same jokes at the same time!

    It's almost been 1 year! We started seeing each other in June last year... Not officially dating till July, though. And I have to admit, it's been one of the BEST years of my life!!!

    And guess what? It just keeps getting better.
    We are planning a trip to Italy in September! emoticon
    I can't wait! It's going to be a pretty amazing trip!!!

    How has Motherhood been treating you? Obviously you were itching for another one :) Annie is adorable, and appears to be a happy baby!!! Donnie is growing up fast!!! He's a mini-me of his Daddy :)

    Sooo glad to see you back here!!! You are right, I say MUCH MORE here on Spark, then I'll ever admit on Facebook.... facebook is just SO PUBLIC! LOL
    Spark friends are so much easier to talk to!
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    1801 days ago
    Hi! Welcome back and congratulations on baby number 2!
    I've been doing ok, I haven't had much time for spark in the last month, work is insane and summer vacation with the kids started, my oldest is 10, middle child is 8 and youngest will be 3 in August.
    I've been losing and gaining the same 5 pounds for about a year now, I would really like to stop doing that, I get going great on exercise and then I get injured, I can't seem to get food under control, or I do, but not for long because I get frustrated that I havent' lost or things get crazy and we have to eat take out two days in a row, life gets in the way!! I would love some motivation! Keep dropping in on me, I'm sure you can get that baby weight off in no time!
    1802 days ago
    Let's do this ISSSSSHHHHHHHH! RAWK!~! Word.Up.
    1805 days ago
    Sup, gorgeous!!!


    I've been back and forth.....back and forth....etc...etc...myself. But I'm finally making a wholehearted commitment to be here. NOW.


    Let's kick it!!!

    1805 days ago
  • v FITGIRL15
    Welcome Back Lovely! So much has changed, I see! You now have not just one, but 2 amazing little kids! That's great!!!

    A lot of the original Sparkers are gone now... but there's always new friends coming through too!!!

    I'm pretty sure, I'm a lifer!!! LMAO emoticon
    1806 days ago
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