MARISAJOY

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Me and my baby girl, October 2011.



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Pinning on my dad's corsage, May 30th, 2009.


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My weight loss journey has been up and down. I lost 25 pounds, only to gain it all back and then some while pregnant. My daughter is now over a year old and I'm still carrying some baby weight and need to do something about it!

The motto of one of my favourite graphic novels, Yotsuba&!, is "enjoy everything!" and I am trying to embrace that saying as a way of life. Enjoy the beauty of the small moments in life, and look for the bit of cheerfulness on a gloomy day.

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My weightloss story:

While doing my undergraduate degree, I put on about 20 to 25 pounds because I wasn't eating as healthy as I should have been. Long days of classes, commuting and homework (lots of reading and essays) meant eating whatever was quick and convenient and often unhealthy. I also started to work part-time at a chocolate & ice cream store, and that didn't help anything.

My weight raised until it was high enough to put me into the overweight BMI category, and because I carry my weight in my breasts and stomach, I started having people ask me if I was pregnant and when I was due! For me, this was a wake-up call that I needed to get myself on track.

When I graduated from university, I moved out of my mom's house to live with my fiance (now husband), and started my weightloss journey. Living in a house of my own meant buying my own groceries, which was exactly the step I needed to eat better! I started tracking calories to get an idea of what portions I should be eating, and I also tried to include more fibre and fruit and vegetables in my diet. In terms of exercise, I try to do some cardio every day, even if it's just walking, and strength training 2 or 3 times a week.

It's now been about a year and a half of eating better and exercising. In February 2009 I reached my goal, and maintained until my pregnancy in 2011.

After my daughter was born, I weighed in at 145lbs. I've worked my way back down to about 136lbs, but still have 10-15 to lose to get back to my ideal weight!

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My Stats:

Starting BMI: 26.3 (overweight)
Current BMI: 22.5 (healthy!)

Starting waist size: 32.5"
Current waist size: 29"

Starting hip size: 38"
Current hip size: 35"

Starting Pant Size: 10
Current Pant Size: 6


Member Since: 12/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 19,621

My Goals:
-work towards a healthier life. (goal always in progress)
-lose 24 pounds (goal reached!)
-plan a beautiful and unique wedding! (goal reached!)
- lose another 15 pounds


My Program:
-eat healthier foods; include lots of fruits and vegetables in my diet.
-get more fibre in my diet.
-drink lots of water.
-exercise more, both cardio & strength.



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