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Updated 10/30/2011 -
WECLOME TO MY PAGE!!I am here to create a tight and toned mamacita that I am! I've been on spark for a few years (check out spark motivator baby!), but I've moved, then had a baby, so spark has taken the back seat. Sparkpeople helped me lose 25 el bee's so Im back to what I know works - tracking calories in and calories out. I had my little dude end of January 2011, so Im back to tighten up! Im on a mission and that mission is called: "The Body and the Baby 2012". Meaning, Summer of 2012, I plan to be back COMPLETELY to where I was right before I got pregnant and then some. I want to have the body and baby. I want them both, I WILL have them both. Check out my goals to the right of the page :)

Updated 6/2010- So Nick and I are expecting our 1st baby January 14, 2011!!! Time to keep this pregnancy a healthy one because 1) I want to give our baby and healthy place to stay for 9 months, 2) I want to keep MY body healthy so I can lose that baby weight quick and 3), Im addicted to working out, so its a must to keep at it :) I've switched over to (sparkpeople's sister site). I'll most def be checking in on my sparkpeople friends and Im sure will be back in 9 months :)

UPDATED 3/2010 - It has been 2 years since being on Spark, and all I can say is it rocks and it works! I am currently back in California where my heart belongs and life is great! I have fallen head over Nike’s for running and have a few 5K's under my belt as well as training for my 1st 10K on April 11, 2010. I believe ANYONE and EVERYONE can acheive the body he or she wants and deserves, and every drop of sweat is worth it! Summer is almost here and I am planning on pushing the weights and pushing myself on the pavement and the rubber tread! Welcome to my page :)

Spark has changed my life in so many ways. It has changed the way I look at food, it has changed the way I look at exercise, and the way I live my life. I actually THINK before ordering a Famous Star at Carls Jr. LOL. Sparkpeople has given me the tools and confiendence to live my life the healthy way. When I was in HS I really gained some weight my junior year. I'd say a good steady 15lbs over summer! Cuh-razy! Thank you spark! I am so enthusiastic now when I talk to people about nutrition and fitness. My husband rolls his eyes whenever I get started, cause once I start, there is no stoping. I want to help people realize that they CAN change, that they don't have to follow in their families footsteps, they have control over THEIR lives and its never to late to take the bull by the horns and control your health.

I am well on my way to a healthier me so my NY resolution for 2009 & 2010 will be......SAVE MONEY TO GO BACK TO LONDON, ENGLAND BABY!!! I went in 2004 and wow, is all I can say. The history, the places to see, the accents! Stay healthy for sure is a must New Years Resolution, but the trip is what mama is really grinning about. My plan is to save a MINIMUM of $20 a paycheck(Get paid every 2 weeks) till 2011 and that would bring me a little under $1,000!! Plus whatever I save from training on the side.

♥♥♥♥UPDATE 2/9/09!! I ran my first 5K yesterday. It really wasn't as tough as I thought it would be to keep a light jog going. I came in at 34:37!

A little background on moi: For as long as I can remember I was always the one who hit puberity the fastest which means, I got all my cuves early in life. All my girlfriends growing up still had their tiny frames when my hips came along. I can remember this time at a Horse Camp that I went to when I was 12 and we were tubing down a canal with one of the counselors. One of my friends and I were going to share a tube and I can remember the counselor saying, "Karli, you should be in the back of the tube, since your bigger and weigh more than Sabrina". It may not seem like much, but to a 12 year old, self consience girl, it's brutal. I HATED wearing bathing suits by the time my 14 birthday came along, since all the other girls were all tight and toned in their 2 pieces, while I was in a tankini and felt so out of place. I have always had that athletic figure, since I played soccer for as long as I can remember. I cant wait to start this journey! I joined Sparkpeople cause for awhile now, I've been visiting peoples pages when I need a little motivation, so I figured its about time I sign up and maybe even motivate people myself!! I know I can do it! I WILL do it!

* Pink Polar F11 HRM
* Cute workout clothes that look just right
* My pink Ihone loaded with a mix of get your A$$ in gear music
* Comfy Nike running shoes
* The latest issue of Oxygen magazine-ALWAYS keeps me motivated and up to date with the latest workouts to shock my body
* My husbands support
*Tanning bed :)
*SPARK! Tracking my nutrition and fitness is my "magic pill".
* Looking at people's sparkpages to keep me motivated- THANKS SPARKIES!!

******GREAT MOTOVATION*************
Here is a GREAT article for anyone wanting to get motivated. Straight to the point honesty!

This week I’ve heard more excuses as to why people are not losing fat than I have ever heard in my life. I have literally heard people tell their trainers, “I’m following the nutrition program exactly, but instead of an egg white omelet for breakfast, I have a muffin and a latte.” Hmmm…not “exactly” the same thing, is it?
So I thought this would be a good time to share some of my ‘wisdom” with those of you still looking for the magic pill.

Having worked with hundreds of individuals over the years and as a trainer, magazine writer, and lecturer to other fitness professionals, I’m amazed at how often I am asked, “What are the secrets to fat loss?”

I can vividly remember doing a photo shoot at our gym with a male client who had lost 85 lbs of fat and now had a nice six-pack to show off for his efforts. My own gym members came up and asked me what his “secret” was. The answer—THERE'S NO SECRET.
They seemed to think that I'd given him the “real” information and had withheld it from them! He's been given the same advice that I give to everyone else. He just chose to follow it a little more closely. Fat loss isn’t under the control of the magic fat loss fairies. It's based on simple changes in behavior.

I thought I would take this opportunity to launch into an Alwyn Cosgrove rant. Those of you who are politically correct and easily offended, stop reading now. And if the rest of you are offended, I'm sure there is a new diet book that will tell you exactly what to do to achieve fat loss nirvana. (Here’s a hint—“You have to eat less, fat boy” tends not to fill up a 300-page diet book). So put down your copy of “Eat Right for Your IQ” and listen up.

To lose fat, eat less calories than you burn. Yes, there are some factors that can make this a little more difficult such as metabolic type, medical disorders, food sensitivities, medications, sleep patterns, etc. However, these are the minutiae—the small details. Even if you adjust or control for every single other variable in your body and your environment, if you consume more calories than you burn, you are going to gain fat.

Here are a few basic truths that no one really wants to hear:

• Think about the foods that you are about to consume. Are they going to bring you closer to your goal? Or will they make you feel like cr@p and take you farther away from what you want? Yeah, I know that when you were younger before you had kids you could eat blah, blah, blah and not gain weight. Too bad. Times have changed.

And I know your friend can eat whatever he or she wants and is in great shape. Yay for them. That stinks for you. But no amount of whining will change the fact that you need to work to get your booty in shape.

• Stop rushing your meals. Eat slowly. This will give your body a chance to actually realize that you've eaten and register that you’re full. It takes 20 minutes for the satiety mechanisms to kick in. Give your body a chance to tell you that it's full before you cram another 500 calories in your pie hole.

• Eat smaller portions. Unfortunately you can’t eat unlimited amounts of the food you would like and still get lean. Sorry. Second helpings? I seriously doubt it. Appetizers, main course, and dessert? You're kidding me.

• Make correct meal choices that contain appropriate servings of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. I love the new “low carb diet” options at most restaurant chains now. A steak with melted cheese on the top. That's not a diet food people. I also saw a low carb buffalo wings option. The difference? No carrots to dip in the blue cheese. Like that's your problem…too many carrots in your diet. A big @$$ bowl of pasta? That's what marathon runners eat the night before the race. If you have a marathon planned tomorrow, go ahead. If not, you don't need the calories.

• “You are what you eat” is a true statement. And it wouldn't surprise me to find out that some of you have eaten a fat b@st@rd or two in your time. Are you a lean serving of protein or a saggy nasty sausage?

• If certain foods are a “trigger” for you and you can’t eat them sensibly, then you have to give them up. I have known very few people who can eat their “trigger” food and not end up blowing their diet. Once you “pop” you can't stop, right? Usually one cookie means the whole bag. You can't be trusted so don't have them in the house.

• You do not need something sweet to finish your meal. This is a conditioned response from your childhood days when cleaning your plate meant ice cream. “Need” something sweet? Do you realize how much you just ate? You don’t need anything. Dessert is not a physiological need for survival. It is just a bad habit. Habits can be broken. You do not need the cheesecake.

• Do not buy junk food. If it is there, you will eat it. If you have a craving for candy and there's none in the house, it's highly unlikely that you'll get up and go to the store. You'll just sit you’re @$$ back down and finish watching American Idol. Oh and buying the junk food “for the kids” is an absolute Bull$h#% excuse. The kids do not need the cheezy poofs either. In my opinion, the childhood obesity epidemic has been caused by parents buying Sh#% for their children. It's essentially child abuse, plain and simple. Depriving your kids of cr@p is a good parenting decision.

• If you screw up a meal, do not, I repeat DO NOT try to adjust the next meal to “make up for it.” All you’ll do is screw up two meals. If you overeat at meal number one, just get back on track. Immediately. Because thinking, “Well, I’ve blown it now so I might as well REALLY blow it” is akin to getting a flat tire as you drive down the freeway, getting out, and totaling your car.

• Cookies, doughnuts, and muffins are cr@p food choices. You can't ever justify eating them on a regular basis. And low carb, fat-free cookies, doughnuts, and muffins are still cr@p. Don't kid yourself.

• Yes, you can eat fast food. It's called grilled chicken sandwiches or a turkey sub, Jarod. Fries? No. And you do not need to “super size” for an extra 50 cents.

Yes, it's hard. Do you want to look great? Nothing tastes as good as lean and buff feels. It's true. This week I've heard, “It's too hard. I want an easier diet.” What that means is, “I'd rather eat cr@ppy foods than look or feel any better. I have made a conscious decision to get fatter because my love for junk food is a more powerful love than my desire to get lean.” It's unfortunate, but you will have to work for the body you want.

Little changes add up. Switching from a glass of orange juice every morning to a cup of green tea will save you 100 calories per day. That adds up to over ten pounds of fat loss per year. Little discrepancies add up too. A Big Mac meal is about 1500 calories. You'll have to walk 15 miles to balance that out.

If you aren't a fat loss expert, hire one. Or follow a plan written by one. I wrote a 16-week all inclusive fat loss program called Afterburn that includes nutrition, cardio, and weight training. Using this approach means you can’t fail. You just need to follow the program. I'm amazed at how many people STILL ask me how they can get single-digit lean. The information is out there people.
This is by no means a complete list, but I think you're probably getting the point. There is no secret to fat loss. At any one time, your body is either getting leaner or it's getting fatter. You just need to adjust the balance. In today's world, it just takes a little effort on your part.

However, if you want to eat whatever you want, you have two choices.
1) Move a lot. A LOT.
2) Gain weight, get fat, accept it, and stop complaining.

And if you want to look great, the keys to fat loss are (from my politically incorrect colleague, Lyle McDonald):
• Change your eating habits so that you're eating less.
• Change your activity patterns so that you're expending more calories.
• Repeat the above two. Keep doing this over a long period of time.
• Forever.

You don't EVER get to go back to your old eating habits unless you want to get fat again. In order to maintain weight loss, you have to maintain at least part of the changes that you made in your eating habits and activity patterns.

It really is that simple. If you are not losing fat, it's YOUR fault. It's not mine, it's not your trainer, it's not your husband, wife, kids, or your boss. It's YOU. There are 168 hours in each week no matter who you are. Maybe you train for three of them. That leaves 165 for you to completely blow it.

If you are not good at self discipline, hire someone who will make you accountable. Until then, realize that the choices are yours.

Getting really lean is not difficult in terms of knowing what to do. It's doing it that makes the difference.

5 more crunches. 4,3,2,1. Now do 5 more.
And then 5 more after that. And just when you
think you can't do 1 more, do 5 more.
You have to push yourself if you want results. ...
...push your workout to the next level.
So, what are you waiting for?
Let's see 5 more."
-Dymatize Ad.

Goals till New Years Eve-

**UPDATE 8/24/08*******************************
WOW! Summer is almost over. It seems like I was just panicing over bikini season. I have been on spark for a few months now and I NEVER thought I could get to where I am. I mean, I always dreamed about it, but not its actually a reality. I have about 11 more pounds I want to get off. I'm looking more toned and fit which makes me SOOO happy. I had the best day yesterday too. I ventured to Target to get some black UGGS(fake, but still cute) and I just happened to find myself in the junior clothes department. I see these really cute jeans and thought to myself "hmm..I know I've lost weight this past month, I wonder what size I am. Just curious". So I grab the size that I was 1.5 months ago and then the smaller size down, got in the dressing room and started to get undressed. I decided to try the smaller pants on first, so I unbutton them, put one leg in and guess what?! IT FIT! O. MY. GOSH!! I pulled them all the way up and they look awesome! Not to toot my own horn, but, umm..BEEP BEEP!!! I was jumping up and down and dancing in that dressing room with my new size 8 jeans! They look SO good too. I didn't intend to buy anything but the Uggs, but I HAD to get them. I have never in my adult life been a size 8. It blew my mind and my expectations of what my body is truly capable of. So with that said, I'm very happy with myself. So here are my new goals:

September 27th(my bday) GW: 153
Reward: New PINK sweats for working out from VS

October 31st (Halloween!!!) GW 148
Reward: Fall/winter wardrobe

November 30th: GW 148-MAINTAIN....
Reward: Pedicure/manicure

December 25th(CHRISTMAS!) GW: 148-Maintain....
Reward: New Years Eve dress

Just typing out 148 is my boggling for me because I can't remember being that low. WOW. How amazing will that be?! I think I've set realistc goals till then end of this year. This year has been amazing for me. I have disovered a whole new me. Not in a million years would I have thought I would be into fitness/nutrition let alone I'd want to make it my profession! I was the girl in HS that would give every excuse I could think of not to run the mile 1x a week! 1x and I was freaking out. No wonder I was where I was. Sparkpeople has most def helped in so many ways.

"Fitness to me isn't about a crunch or a push up, it's about taking your power back"-Jillian Michaels

"So unless you faint, puke or die, keep walking!" -Jillian Michaels! YES!! LOVE THIS WOMAN!

"Fitness - If it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body." ~ Cher

Member Since: 3/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 17,846

My Goals:
* Register and run the Shamrock Half Marathon 2012

* Stick to a running plan to train properly

* Tone back up to Pre preg shape. Lost all the baby weight, now it's time to tone the heck back up!

* Drink 120 ounces of good ol' H20

* Keep up my 1.2 mile run/incline training Tuesday - Saturday with my little man in my spiffy jogging stroller

My Program:

November 1 - Thanksgiving 2011 Goals

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Run at least 3 miles
Tuesday: Run at least 3 miles & Shred
Wednesday: Run at least 2 miles & Shred
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Run at least 2 & Yoga
Saturday: Shred & Yoga

After Thanksgiving, I plan on joining the gym so the plizzan will be changing

Personal Information:
I just had my 1st baby January 24th, 2011 and was an avid runner and total gym rat prior. I was able to keep up my gym routine to a certain extent and only gained 30 lbs. I have lost all the baby weight plus 2 or 3 extra pounds. Wanting to tone and tighten back up & train for a half marathon in Spring 2012. By Summer 2012, I plan on having the body and having the baby, BOO YA!

Other Information:
Am a a Certified Personal Trainer, but do not currently use my certification. I am content and happy being a Stay at home mommy and raising my little man

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