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Mother's Day 2013 - almost 27 weeks with my first little one!

October 2010

Wedding day... our first kiss! We waited 4 years!!


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Page Update: 5-16-13

Detour from plan made below. Forgot to update my page that we are expecting our first baby in August of 2013. For now the plan is stay active with mild/moderate exercise, lift light weights, eat healthfully, drink lots of water, listen to my body, and enjoy pregnancy! So far I have been meeting these goals consistently & I hope to do so throughout the next few months!

Page Update: 9-16-2012

I love to exercise, eat healthy, and feel great... ok, so I don't really love to sweat and sometimes I would rather have ice cream than broccoli, but I DO love to feel great and so it is all worth it!

About Me:
I am a 24 year old girl, married to the most amazing man who is the love of my life since June 2009. I LOVE my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ with all of my heart! I am a pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit nurse (aka, I take care of kids with serious heart problems). I am the oldest of five children, the perfectionist, "Type A," sometimes way too OCD type personality. My clothes closet is organized by color, spice cabinet is alphabetized, etc. However, I leave the house in semi-wrinkled clothes at times because I don't particularly enjoy ironing. I have a wonderful family, amazing friends & am so blessed to live my life!

I have never been considered "overweight," but I have always had a ridiculous sweet tooth. If it has sugar in it, I want to eat it!!
I was raised eating pretty healthy. Lots of fruits & veggies every day, wheat bread, sweets were a treat, always trying new healthy foods, etc. I've always enjoyed eating healthy foods as long as nothing got in the way of my sweets addiction! Until I was 15 years old I was a bean pole, teeny-tiny-skinny-mini & could eat whatever I wanted to without it affecting my weight.
Well, Easter of 2003 rolled around and in the post-Easter sale my mom bought a LOT of chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies. Over a few weeks time I ate almost ALL of those marshmallow bunnies and not long after that I started noticing that my clothes were getting tighter. I didn't really care, nor was I paying attention to my weight or my health, but looking back at pictures I can see that I did gain (and besides that I was in the awkward "square shaped body" stage).

I continued to gain a little here and a little there without caring (not sure the exact amount, but I went from about 110 to about 125-130ish I would say), but when the summer before my senior year of high school rolled around in 2005, I started caring... A LOT. I decided to do something about it, but not in a healthy manner. I didn't cut out the junk or up the fruits & veggies, instead I pretty much brought my nutrition to a halt & stopped eating all together. I would eat little bits here and there, but when I did eat, I ate sweets. In January of 2006 I started caring even MORE about my weight, wanting so badly to look amazing in my senior prom dress. My best friend & I got up 3-5 times a week and walked around the community track for a few hours, but I was still not eating enough. By prom time, I weighed 118 lbs and looked great, but I wasn't treating my body right. I continued to struggle throughout the next couple of years, until I just got burnt out on always being hungry and weighing myself, so once again I stopped caring.

My sophomore spring-junior fall of college I ate what I wanted & didn't care. I was in nursing school & "didn't have time" to pay attention. My hubby proposed October 10, 2008 & we set the wedding date for June 20, 2009. The week after Christmas of 2008 I looked in the mirror and realized that at 135 lbs I weighed the most I had ever weighed, my belly flopped over my jeans, and I just felt rotten all around. It was time to do something and this time I needed to do it right! As a nursing student, I now had the knowledge of what it meant to lose weight the RIGHT way! I googled healthy weight loss, found SPARK PEOPLE, and started my journey to REAL health & REAL lifestyle change. No more crash diet just to lose a few lbs and then eat it all back in days!

I joined a local gym, started exercising 2-4 times a week for 1-2 hours each time, watched what I ate & ate healthy, weighed myself a few times a week for accountability & and by my wedding I had lost almost 12 lbs and weighed a healthy 123 lbs!

After I got married, I kept trying to eat right, weigh for accountability, etc. but my exercise regimen went out the window because between balancing my senior year of nursing school & my new marriage, it was all I could do to stay afloat! I graduated nursing school in May of 2010 & my hubby and I went on a beach vacation in August, 2010. It was a few weeks before vacation that I realized I had gained 8 lbs in that last year & I wanted them back off! So, once again I came back to SP!

Eating right & exercising makes me feel SO much better and my life feels much more balanced. I really want this way of living to be MY way of living, not just for a few months or a year, but for my LIFE! The journey never ends, the scenery and seasons just changes as we walk through the paths of life.

Current Goal: Project LiveFit vs. 2.0!
Cardio 3-6 days/week, ST 4-6 days/week, stretch, stay hydrated, eat whole/real foods 90% of the time, organic as much as possible, minimize all around chemical exposure in home & body, 7-8+ hours sleep every night.
Starting date: 11-26-12
Goal Date: ???
Goal: Healthy life!

Previous Goals:

Project LiveFit!
12 weeks of strength training, clean eating & some cardio
Starting date: 8-29-11
Goal Date: 11-21-11
Goal: Leaner, more muscular!

Project wedding... Starting weight: 135 lbs (Jan, 2009), Final weight: 123 lbs (June, 2009)

Project bridesmaid... Starting weight & measurements: 8/14/10: 131.0 lbs, 36", 25", 37"
Half way: ~ 10/26/10: 124.4 lbs, 35", 23.5", 36"
Final: 12/18/10: 122.2 lbs

Project Mexico & bridesmaid #2...
1/10/11: 122.2 lbs, 35", 23.5", 35"
1/26/11: 120.6 lbs
4/04/11: 123.4 lbs
4/12/11: 122 lbs

Project Vegas...
SW 7-5-11: 127.5
Final 8-23-11: 125

Member Since: 12/30/2008

Fitness Minutes: 4,293

My Goals:
- "Toned" & 120 lbs or less by 09/25/2011
- Drink more water
- Use mostly natural products (if not all natural)
- Healthier me in 2011!

My Program:

- watch what I eat (8/14/10)
- drink at least 64 oz of fluid/day, at least half must be water (01/03/11)
- eat a salad at least 5 days/week (01/04/11)
- ZUMBA Wii 3-5 times a week for min of 20 min (01/11/11)
- ST 3-5 times a week min

- run twice a week (outdoors or treadmill)

- change to using most (if not all) natural products (hair, face, body, household, cooking, etc.)

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Goal: 8/14/10 - lose 10 lbs in 4 months by Christmas 2010
Outcome: 12/18/10 - lost 9 lbs in 4 months!

Goal: 12/28/08 - lose 10 lbs by wedding on 6/20/09
Outcome: 6/20/09 - lost 11 lbs

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  • v SPONSKY120
    Hey girl!! I think you're right on the eating, I think I'm gonna up it more with protein too! How are you liking the challenge? I think it's really awesome we are so similiar age wise and beliefs. Stay strong and in touch!!
    2453 days ago
    How Awesome! You are my inspiration to stick with the Nursing program I am studying. I want to get into Labor and Delivery ( missionary midwifery) someday.
    2453 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my "Boohoo Wednesday" blog and for your encouragement - I appreciate it more than you can imagine emoticon
    2459 days ago
    Hi - glad to see you're starting the Jamie Eason program Monday as well! It looks like we have a similar pattern of cycling from 110 ish to 135 or so, except I'm 42 instead of 22 :) Hope to be able to chat about how the program goes. Do you find your relationship with Christ helps with your fitness goals? My devotion from a few days ago talked about our bodies being the temple of the Holy Spirit and how He expects us to take care of ourselves accordingly. That really helped me as sometimes I feel guilty when I try to really focus on diet and exercise, like I shouldn't be spending so much time on me. Now I'm trying to think of exercise as "temple maintenance" lol
    2465 days ago
  • v SPONSKY120
    hey girl! I saw you're starting the Jamie Eason clean eating the 29th? i'm starting that week too!! My wisdom teeth got out on thursday and I still feel hooooooooorrrible!! ughhh so maybe we can encourage eachother along! Have a fun weekend!!
    2469 days ago
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