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I've always struggled with my weight, when I was a teen I thought I was fat but now that I'm older I see that I wasn't. I just had low self-esteem and a bad body image. When I was about 18, I did get fat. By the time I was 23 I was at an all time high of 250 pounds and I was wearing a size 24 jeans, along with a size 2XL shirt. I pretended like I was happy, always smiling .. hoping I could fake my way through life. Like if I seemed happy enough, or if I smiled enough my weight wouldn't be noticed by others. In 2003 I decided that I wanted to do something about my weight. I didn't know what I weighed, I just knew my pants were getting tight and the thought of buying new pants, bigger pants, was devastating. So I bought this DVD collections called Walk Away The Pounds with Denise Austin (WATP) I would walk 1-3 miles and then reward myself by going out to a breakfast buffet with my husband. I did that for a long time. I did lose some weight though, I didn't always go out afterwards, but any movement I was getting at that point was better than what I had been doing. I dropped down to 220 pounds pretty easily. I thought I was getting smaller, but then I saw a picture of me at my sisters wedding in 2004 that ripped my heart out. I couldn't believe that was me. I started taking my goals more seriously. I ate healthier during the day and I started walking. At night I still struggled with my habits though. It was a slow process of cutting out bad habits. On New Years Eve 2005 I saw a concert on TV while were hosting a party, Hilary Duff was singing in this wonderfully sexy gold dress. I stopped and I thought to myself ... I can do this. It's a new year, I can change some stuff. I can get serious. I can be that! At this point I only had 2 kids. My daughter was about 9 and my son was about 3 years old. Having 2 kids at home is so much easier than 4! I bought this DVD set. Tae Bo Bootcamp. I popped in Basic Training and after 10 minutes my body felt like Jell-O, after 15 minutes I threw up. I knew then how bad of shape I was actually in. I committed my life to getting healthy, and to be the best mom, and wife I could be. The best person and woman I could be. That year I did a lot of learning, a lot of growing .. I worked on being able to exercise and I learned everything I could about nutrition, exercise and I even worked on my soul. In 2006 I started my year at 197 pounds. I hadn't lost a lot in 2005, but what I did lose were some bad habits, and I gained knowledge. I worked hard in 2006, giving myself 100% to losing weight. I felt great, I was losing weight consistently, I was feeling better about myself and I loved to go shopping. I became more active, but mostly I was still working out to DVD's in my home. I lost a total of 50 pounds that year, and in November 2006 I found out I was pregnant with our 3rd baby. I gained 85 pounds (I know! Eek) with our son, but within a year after having him I had lost it all. I started a new job that kept me on my feet and active, and I lost even more weight. I discovered the world of Veganism (which I no longer am) and I became very trim and lean. I also started running. By 2009 I was a trim 140 pounds, wearing a size 10/12 in pants and a size S in shirts. I felt amazing! Then in 2010 I found out we were pregnant with baby #4. This pregnancy was a huge surprise for us, I struggled with it from the beginning. By the time I was 6 months along I was put on bedrest. I went from working a full time active job, from being a runner, from being vegan to sitting all day, and all night. I became addicted to food, and I became lazy. I gained 85 pounds with my pregnancy, and still have 50 to lose. That's why I'm here. To get back the power I had over my body, and to lose the weight I gained while pregnant.

Member Since: 8/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 36,057

My Goals:
Lose my "baby weight" and get back to my pre-baby body!

"Fix" my arms, because I have a larger upper half, regardless of my weight my arms are big. The only time they have slimmed down was when I was doing P90X.

See 125 Pounds or below on the scale.

Strengthen and tone my body ... I want long lean muscles.

I want to tone up my upper inner thighs. When I see women dancing on TV (usually music videos) they have amazing legs and I want them.

My Program:
Cardio: 45 Minutes 5x A Week.

Strength: 15 Minutes 5x A Week.

Follow a Paleo Lifestyle.

Personal Information:
I cannot live without music. Music makes me feel like I am alive. I love the outdoors, if I am feeling down about life I can go outside for a walk or hike or play tennis and I feel like life is worth living and it will all be okay. I am a Christian but feel like I will never be able to do God justice so I wake up everyday and I pray for strength to resist all temptation that comes my way. I have been with my husband, Kevin since 1999 and we have 4 children.

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I love hiking!!! I like to walk every morning, I feel like it sets my day. My favorite part of working out is with weights and core exercises.

I love being outside and by the water, I feel happy when I am outside and when I listen to music. I want to live everyday feeling proud and when I have a not so proud moment I want to move on from that moment to a proud moment not even letting that bump slow me down.

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    Well Rachel has been teething since about 4 months. Sometimes she teethes hard. It's like a zombie after brains, lol. She'll go at your fingers to chew on them and it hurts even though she has no teeth yet. I've read that some babies start teething WAAY before they get teeth.
    Rachel had a bad weekend too. She was just irritable and most of the times she's smiling and happy. I guess they have their bad days too but it ends putting everyone in a bad mood, lol.
    Yep yesterday was MUCH better. Hopefully today will be too. I have a doc appt and then going to my moms so hopefully she'll be good. She's usually better when we go out. She likes people most of the time. :-)

    Hope you have a good day today too! :-)
    1900 days ago
  • v BME_22
    Hey girl!

    I'm not eating vegan right now. I eat vegetarian during the day (breakfast and lunch). With work and the baby, though, we need one dinner that will work for the whole family, and my husband isn't on board with a vegan diet. I'm slowly introducing him to more veggies, and we do at least one vegetarian dinner a week. We're moving in the right direction :)

    How's it going for you?
    1900 days ago
  • v SMCDONALD624
    Thanks for commenting on my blog . I added you as a friend .. when I went to your spark page.. all I could think was Wow! now there is a good example of willpower! Way to go and good for you!

    1901 days ago
    I did go vegan in January. The plan was to try it for the month (dad and kiddos included). I'm still going, and DH is going to keep doing it for the most part. I was even able to resist my favorite pizza yesterday. Not sure that I'll do it forever, but the longer I go, the more I can see it simply becoming the new norm. emoticon
    1901 days ago
  • v MOMIN09
    Welcome to Parents of Infants (up to age 2)!
    1902 days ago
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