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Hi, I'm Joy. I’ve been an active Sparker since November 2006, and I've lost approximately 85 pounds and 8 dress sizes and had a baby along the way. My biggest milestone was on July 23, 2008 when I reached a HEALTHY WEIGHT!!!!

I did Babyfit during my first pregnancy, and it was excellent. Then, after I had my daughter, I thought I didn't need to enter my food in any more. I went from 184 when I had her up to 210, one pound less than my highest weight during pregnancy. By the time I got pregnant in August 2007, I’d gotten down to 144 lbs, only 9 pounds away from my goal (met and changed) and a healthy BMI. My weight loss is the reason I was able to get pregnant at all. My older daughter was IVF, but the weight loss got my PCOS under control and I was able to conceive naturally.

Through a combination of genetics and mindful eating, I was able to keep my weight gain in check during pregnancy, gaining only 19.2 pounds, which I was able to loose in less than three months after giving birth. I’ve slowly lost weight since having my daughter one year ago, but I haven't quite been able to get to final goal weight yet. My current fitness routine is Zumba once or twice a week and working out on my elliptical machine three days a week. I'm looking forward to swimming two days a week once the lake warms up. I aspite to get to three days a week of strength training, but I've been letting it slide.

I've come to conclusion that SP is a way of life for me. I plan to enter everything I eat and all my exercise in forever, because it's the only way I can keep control. I eat an average of HALF the calories when I enter my foods as I go (or in advance).

My new, and final, goal weight is 120. Spark People has given me the confidence to know I can get there. It has also given me the knowledge and drive to help others reach their goals. I'm pursuing a certification as a Nutrition, Wellness, and Weight Management Coach and am looking forward to helping other people change their relationship with food and exercise.

Member Since: 1/24/2006

Fitness Minutes: 24,293

My Goals:
*Loose the last 15 pounds I have to loose, and maintain it forever
*Get to a size 4-6 petite
*Feel sexy and gorgeous

My Program:
*Eat 1400-1800 calories
*Loose weight while maintaining my milk supply (burns about 400 calories a day)
*Mostly focus on portion control
*Eat the foods I love, but in moderation, so I never feel deprived

*Use the elliptical machine 3x/week, burning over 250 calories and going over 2.5 miles
*Swim 2x/week, for 40-70 minutes
*Mix it up by rebounding on my trampoline, jumping rope, jogging, riding my bike and playing Wii Fit
* Hike with my daughters and my dogs, but don't need to count it towards my exercise goal
*Lug around a 37 pound, 3 year old and my six month old:)

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*Metrowest Boston
*Have one daughter almost 3 years old
*Have a 6 month old daughter

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    Hi Joy, I hope you're doing well, I was reading your page and your comment that you've decided that entering your food into SP will be a lifestyle and you'll aways do it, I wanted to share something I heard on the Today show recently. They said that studies have shown that people who used to weigh more and have lost weight, have to work harder to keep it off. For example a person who is 5'8" 150# could eat more than someone who is 5'8" 150# but used to weigh more. They interviewed a woman who lost half her weight and kept it off for over 5 years, she said that writing down what she eats is critical to keeping her weight down as well as maintaining exercise. So in short, I have come to the same conclusion that recording what I eat is critical for me every day, I also eat so much less when I'm recording it, it keeps it in the front of my mind.
    Good luck you to you!
    2322 days ago
    I'm just trying to decide if 129 is realistic goal for me.
    2324 days ago
    Curious ... How tall are you?
    2324 days ago
    Welcome back!!! And thanks for the great comment on my blog. :)
    2327 days ago
    It was soooo nice to see activity on your page! emoticon
    2328 days ago
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