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It's almost been a year since I joined Spark People, and I took most of that year to be pregnant, and then transition into being a mommy of two. It was a wonderful year, a little stressful at times, but wonderful all the same. My son was born November 3, 2009 at 8lbs 9.6ozs, and 21" long. My daughter loves him very much and has handled the adjustments she has had to make better than could be expected.

I gained 48lbs during this pregnancy, and have already lost 30, but I've got a way to go before I hit my goal.

I'm really excited to have SP to keep me in check as I slim down and get stronger over the next few months and then the rest of my life.
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I got this little tidbit in an email from Michael Angier of SuccessNet and I think it's a great little story!

"The discipline to focus on the task at hand rather than on what's already happened or what might happen in the future is a critical skill for success in any endeavor.

I witnessed something recently on the tennis court that made quite an impression on me. And it's a technique that can be used in instances other than tennis.

On an adjacent court to the one on which I was playing, one of the local tennis pros was instructing a girl about 12 years old. He was feeding her balls from across the net and she was attempting to return them to his side of the court.

What he coached her to do was say out loud, "Good job!" every time she hit the ball well and it landed where it was supposed to land. Sounds like good self talk, right?

But when she DIDN't stroke the ball well, he told her to say, again out loud, "Focus."

I found this very interesting. What it did was get her mind off from the missed shot and onto the next ball coming over the net. And it was working for her, too.

Whether you've played tennis or not, I'm sure you can understand how easy it is to get down on yourself when you miss a shot. But
when you do, your focus is on your mistake rather than on hitting the next shot well.

Thinking about what happened--especially if you are upset about it--takes you out of the game. You're no longer in present time, and you're thinking about what you don't want instead of what you DO want.

When you make a mistake or something doesn't happen the way you would like, instead of saying something negative to yourself, say, "Focus" and then focus on what you want. It's great training for improving your self talk and we can all stand to improve on that.

I believe that most people would be unable to keep any friends if they talked to their friends the way they talk to themselves.

So start saying "Good job!" and "Focus" where appropriate and see for yourself how much better you will do--whether hitting tennis balls, working on a project or writing an article."
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HW: 267lbs - last weigh in before I gave birth to my daughter
SPSW: 205lbs - 2.15.2009
CW: 196lbs - 3.1.09

Member Since: 2/17/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,535

My Goals:
-to lose 40 lbs, and get back to my pre-baby weight
-to be fit and toned
-to eat only foods that are healthy
-to have an "almost six-pack"

My Program:
-Tony Horton's 10 Minute Trainer - 2 workouts a day
-Eat more so I can get my body out of starvation mode
-Drink at least 80 oz. of water per day
-no eating after 8pm
-Spark Your Body Bootcamp for the next 4 weeks

Personal Information:
My name is Vanessa and I'm from Milwaukee, WI. I'm 24, a mother of two, and a PLUS student at the Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago, for Fashion Design.

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  • v ANHELO729
    OH MY GOSH! CONGRATS ON YOUR BABY! See you next year and thank you for your kind words and motivation when you were here. Can't wait for baby pictures and to have you back! emoticon
    3923 days ago
  • v TIGER21974
    Hi. Hope you have a good week. Your hair caught my eye. Love it. Used to have curls like that too. Cut them two years ago and toying with the idea of growing it back.

    So, your expecting? Best wishes.
    3945 days ago
  • v JCREW2333
    Good luck on your test tomorrow and we will get back on the horse either tomorrow afternoon or Saturday. Kota and I are going to try and put a walk in our workout tomorrow morning since we have been pretty lazy the past day or two. We love you!
    3977 days ago
    Hi, best wishes on your journey. Beautiful picture!
    3985 days ago
    Just stopping in to cheer you on!
    3986 days ago
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