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Hello! I am Mary, a Chicago wife and mama of 2 beautiful girls, 32 years old. I am a Painter and Actor. And I LOVE all things health related!

January 2013: So I am up 12 lbs from this point last year...harsh reality!! My clothes are snug and I am feeling unfit, sluggish and well, not my best self. Enough is enough and today, Jan 2, 2013 I am back on Spark with a renewed sense of getting it together. Gonna lose 18 lbs...let's go!

January 2012:
Wowwww....put on 9 pounds since August! All of the holiday eating/drinking and traveling I did added on some weight! I am trying to kick start everything with doing the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred in 30 days straight. I hope this will help me kick off this weight and tone up!
August 2011:
I hit my initial (pre-preggo) goal weight of 135 lbs and then pressed on to 132. I am now looking to shed another 5-10 lbs. I am done breastfeeding (as of 4 days ago) and am hoping this well help in my efforts. I am also trying to up the frequency of my workouts. Adjusting to a life being a mother of 2 so I am figuring out how to squeeze workouts in wherever!

Member Since: 9/15/2009

Fitness Minutes: 22,664

My Goals:
1.)Resetting back to square one w/ 1200 to 1500 cals.

2.) No alcohol during the week...I expect this to make a big difference as I tend to drink my cals in vino!

3.) Minimum 4 workouts a week

4.) Juicing...1 glass 5 mornings a week.

5.) Tracking, logging, being held accountable on Spark...seriously KEY to my previous success.

1.) Workout 5 days a week.
2.) Drop 15 lbs.

Eating between 1600 and 1900 calories.

Workouts are a combo of running 5ks, Dance Fusion Class, Pilates, and Biggest Loser Dvd/30 Day Shred Dvd

Pregnancy Goals:

Tracking my weight gain with a reverse ticker;) Gain no more than 30 pounds.

Drink LOTS of water

Eat within caloric range 1800-2100 cal.

Workout 4 times a week!

PPW:135 lbs. 5'5"
12 wks: 136.4 (+1.4 lbs)
16 wks:141.6 (+6.6 lbs)
20 wks: 142.6 (+7.6 lbs)
24 wks: 147 (+12 lbs)
26 wks: 149 (+14 lbs)

My Program:
Jan 2013:
Per Week:
2 Cardio (most likely 5k at gym either on track or treadmill)
2 HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Classes
1 Yoga/ stretching/meditation session

For Jan. 2012:
Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred in 30 days straight!
Logging at least one meal a day.
1600-1900 calories (am exclusively breastfeeding)
Working out 4 times a week.

Eating between 1800-2100 calories and working out 4 times a week. I upped my cals when I wasn't gaining weight but still losing. Now at 14 weeks I am starting to gain. Workouts consist of Biggest Loser Workout Dvds, Running on the treadmill (3.1 miles) and spinning. Pretty much the same as before pregnancy, just a tad less intense;)
Eating between 1650 and 2000 calories daily.

Cook and eat at home as often as possible. No sugar except 2 tsp a day in my coffee, whole wheat grains, lean dairy and meat (barely any red meat), veggies, fru

Personal Information:
I am a 32 year old wife and mother to 2 beautiful little girls, 4 1/2 years and 2 1/2 yrs old. I am from and currently living in the suburbs of Chicago, after having lived in L.A. for 5 years.

Other Information:
I am a painter and actor. I love to sing, dance, read, travel, watch movies, garden, run, throw parties and cook! I love interior design and hope to incorporate it into my work someday soon. I have an etsy shop where I sell my paintings, Check it out!

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    Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my Sp page! You look amazing :) - All the best to you and that beautiful family of yours!!!
    2473 days ago
    Hi gorgeous! Thanks! I am so proud of our Haley. She's just a sweet person and tries her best. So far, so good....She just turned 14 this month. Hold on she comes! haha...
    Of course, we only hope good things happen, but also know that "life" happens, too. Hopefully, the good will outweigh everything else.
    How's the kids? I'm sure they are growing up quickly. You will blink and they'll be teenagers, too. Haley's youth just went by so darn fast. (warp speed, in fact). It's probably because my days are speeding by.
    Take care and give them a great big hug! So happy to see you're doing so well. Haven't been to Chi town in a few months. Bri is coming here for a few days.
    XO Have a good night and a glorious tomorrow,
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    2557 days ago
    Congrats for meeting your GOAL!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon I can't wait to get there. That's so wonderful!
    2564 days ago
    hello spark friend!! thanks for checking in :) and reading my blog! whew its been a ride. things are a little better lately... and no i havent been sparking! :( im still living healthy, luckily staying the same weight! i hope you are having a WONDERFUL easter with your family and beautiful girls! oh and i was wondering do you have a facebook? i am on there alot :) my name is diana regimbal on facebook incase you are!! :)
    2588 days ago
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    yes yes yes i am!! crossed 1,000 spark points today!!
    2656 days ago
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