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We welcomed Ava Marie on October 23, 2010, at 12:01 a.m. by c-section due to breech position. She was 19" and 5lb3oz. I am looking forward to losing the baby weight through healthy eating, exercise (after 6-8 weeks of recovery, unfortunately), and breastfeeding. :)

Pre-baby: 142
Day before delivery: 182
6 weeks after: 163

I'm a Kindergarten teacher in Milwaukee, WI. I got married July 2009 and have been trying to maintain my pre-wedding weight loss of about 40 lbs. I recently found out I am pregnant - due November 2010 - and am going to try to maintain healthy eating and exercise levels throughout this pregnancy.

I completed my first half marathon on May 1st, 2010, at 12 weeks pregnant. I ran the first 4 miles with friends, then began taking walk breaks as needed to keep my heart rate down. Two bathroom breaks, lots of water, a hammer gel, and 2 hours 31 minutes later I crossed the finish line and earned myself a finishers' medal! Woohoo!!

I completed a sprint triathlon June 13 in 1:47. I also lost a friend that day at the triathlon.


I am always looking for new friends to keep me motivated, discuss running, babies or teaching, or just talk about life, so feel free to add me as a friend or send me a message. :)


If there is no struggle, there is no progress. -Frederick Douglass

An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. (This applies to me, too!) -Newton's First Law

Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin

Member Since: 8/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 21,424

My Goals:
Workout regularly - 15 minutes each day, as well as strength training and/or cardio at least 45 minutes 3 times/week.

Stop relying on soda to get my perk in the afternoon. (9/1/09 - I'm still sticking to this, since last October. Now, I am able to have a sip occasionally and not want to down the whole can. I avoid it at all times, though!)

My Program:
I am making healthier food choices, doing Body Pump (weight lifting class) twice a week, and cycling twice a week, and running!

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Milwaukee, WI

AIM: MandiMay14

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  • v no profile image HLEWIS1
    I definitely feel you about the junk food part! It just tastes so good! hehe. Yeah, eating healthy always hard for me too. I'm taking it one step at a time. I know we can do it! I actually lost weight earlier this year through Spark but gained it all back. So, now I'm trying to lose it for good! lol.
    4603 days ago
  • v MEERCA
    Thanks for the note on my blog! Sounds like you have found great motivation! So exciting that your pictures are coming up! I hope some leaves hang in there for you two! Have a great day and keep up the good work!!!
    4604 days ago
    Thanks for such a nice comment on Blog.
    I would not keep with it if it was not for the friends and support I have gotten here on Sparks.
    4604 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I love Pump class and I do find I really increase my strength quickly with it too. What do you list yours under for exercise? I couldn't really find other exercise that was similar so I put it down as a circuit class.....I don't know....
    Did a body balance class today that was great - it was like a mix of yoga & pilates which I had never done before. I gotta keep it interesting otherwise I'll get bored and my motivation will go out the window!

    You hang in there with your goals - just think the changes you have made already have made a huge difference!

    4609 days ago
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