December 21, 2012. Ten pounds down!

This guy is changing my life one day at a time.

My baby is getting so big! 21 months!


Richard Simmons...

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I've been an on again/off again SparkPeople user for about six years now. Here's my story:

I used to be in great shape. I was naturally a size 2, but still curvy. Frickin' gorgeous. After college I went into the Army and got in even BETTER shape. Seriously... I was hot stuff, and I knew it.

And then the love story happend. I fell in love with another soldier, we got married and had our son, Boston, on March 5, 2011. I worked out until the day before I gave birth. Everyone said the weight would come right off, but it didn't.

And then I had two leg surgeries to correct my idiopathic toe-walking, one in 2011 and one at the begining of 2012. I couldn't walk for months, nevermind workout. Oh, and the surgeries failed. I'm still an idiopathic toe-walker, and now I have arthritis in both of my feet and ankles to match.

I left my job in the Army when my contract expired in September 2012 because I didn't want to be one of those soldiers that got kicked out for being too slow of a runner or too fat. I was lucky enough to leave my job with pride.

I'm currently enjoying my time being a stay-at-home mom, and I think I'm lucky because I have a lot more time to workout again.

It started in November 2012 when I was looking for something to do with my son. It started with walks around the neighborhood and gradually progressed to daily 5 mile walks around the city with my son on my back in his toddler carrier (he's a great workout buddy).

And then I decided I needed a mentor. I started writing Richard Simmons, and to my surprise he always wrote back. I'm convinced he's the nicest man in the world. I spend between an hour and a half to two hours seven days a week working out to his DVDs. I have big plans to take the drive to Beverly Hills to workout with him at his studio next year.

And I follow a 1200 calorie diet.

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    Running is definitely interesting for's something that I have always wanted to do, and never though that I could do it...I hurt my knee in middle school and had a quick surgery on it two years ago. It definitely hurts after some of my runs, but it is so amazing to me that I can do it that I keep pushing myself a little farther each time...

    I can't offer any advice, I make my own up as I go along :) my sister used to run and I was always jealous that she could do it, so I started it for myself. I'm not very good at it, but I'm making some improvements and that makes me happy. I also signed my lazy butt up for a half marathon in may. I guess that leaves me few choices but to run and get better!

    I can imagine how much you would love backpacking with your son, he is absolutely adorable! I babysit my nephew sometimes and absolutely love to cuddle him up and walk him all around...

    Enjoy your walks and have fun getting healthy!

    1973 days ago
    Thanks for the spark goodie! I feel very motivated since I started losing weight and can't wait to get the rest off.

    I used to lose the Richard Simmons videos..they always seemed more real to me, and that is hard to find in a workout video....

    Good luck on your journey to get healthy..
    1974 days ago
    I don't use this site much anymore either. Thank you for the update. I'm sorry the surgeries didn't work for you. It's good to hear from you though. We took our daughter to Seattle Children's Hospital for a couple visits with a physical therapist that specializes in toe walking. Of course, we haven't gone back again for a bit as it is terribly expensive and our insurance doesn't cover it. She's stretching but still toe walks. I've been amazed with how common it seems to be. We know two other people that toe walk. One a young teen and another as an adult. Like you, it doesn't seem to bother him. Maybe we won't worry so much? Doctor's are telling us though that she is a severe case and it will be detrimental to her in the future. I don't know. We'll just stretch at home. I hope the arthritis eases for you . Have a Merry Christmas!
    1982 days ago
    I wanted to say thanks again for sharing your story. I let my daughter read it and it really made an impact on her. She's been much more aware of her toe walking and seems much more on board about fixing the issue than I've ever seen her be. Good luck to you and I don't think I said it before but congratulations on being a new mommy! There's nothing better in all the world!
    2597 days ago
    Thanks for such a great response! It's so informative to me as a mom. It's easy to do like your mom did and just overlook it. I'm so used to seeing it that I don't always notice it. We had her in physical therapy when she was diagnosed - at 7 yrs! lol! Insurance cut us off though when she turned 8 because at that point "It's only fixed by surgery". Our PT and doc disagreed but she'd made so much progress in her flexibility that they determined if we worked on it at home she'd be okay. But life gets busy and we stretched less and now she's right back up on her toes again. Sigh. It's good to hear from you that if we don't work on it now it won't just magically disappear. In fact, I think I'll have my daughter read this because she hates stretching and at 10 doesn't realize the impact it will have on her as she gets older. We do know one other little girl who walks on her toes - she's 12 or 13 now. I think I'll mention this to her mom as well! As for your sleeping issues ... look up the Strassburg sock on line. You can google it. It's made to heal plantar fascitis (that's what I use it for). It is a sock that has a strap that is attached to the toe on one end and the shin, just below the knee on the other. It pulls your foot up to keep it in a flexed position. It's similar to the boots they will prescribe for this issue but much more comfortable. In fact, now that my daughter's feet are bigger I think I'll order her a couple of them. I didn't before because they don't come in child sizes. Good luck to you and I'd love to share information and hear how your progress is going. It's nice to know toe walkers are not alone! :)
    2600 days ago
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