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Had a beautiful baby girl via emergency c-section on 11-25-12. I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but it is distributed MUCH differently. I lost muscle and gained fat. My belly is super jiggly and sticks out like I'm still pregnant. Now that I'm recovered from the surgery, I want to get back into shape. I'm going to take it slow, though. The baby doesn't give me much time to exercise, especially since I'm breastfeeding, so I'll be working in what I can here and there.

I'd like to regain some of the muscle I lost and lose the big belly. I've started back at my dance classes and have been walking (though it goes slower with a stroller to push -- my back can't handle carrying her for long b/c she's already heavy!). Hopefully, she'll be willing/able to entertain herself for longer periods of time soon, once she is able to grab and hold toys and sit up more. Then, I'll be able to work in more dance practice and maybe even an exercise video now and again.

Member Since: 4/26/2006

Fitness Minutes: 36,781

My Goals:
To gain back the muscle I lost during pregnancy & after baby was born, especially to firm up the jiggly post-C-section belly.

To get back to the weight I was 4 years ago before I started my desk job -- 116 lbs.

My Program:
Mon: Belly dance class w/Tamra-henna

Wed: walk with Joni

Walk 10-20 minutes at least 1X/week during work breaks.

Any dance practice I can fit in.

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I'm an Economist at my "real job." Have my own business making and selling polymer clay jewelry and crafts and also gourd art and instruments. I'm doing more with the gourds lately.

I am active in a few local craft guilds. I also belly dance.

Seems like I've always got something going on! Sometimes I forget to include exercise in there.

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  • v no profile image MEGAN6277
    Thanks for your comment on my blog...my day did get better it just seemed a huge hurdle to look at the other morning. Hope your day got better! ^.^ charitie
    2711 days ago
    wanted to check in and see how you and Aja are getting along and that all is healing well and right, from the belly dancing it sounds like you are making great strides ...
    I hope you are adjusting well and getting enough sleep in your very busy life.
    3005 days ago
  • v STILLHERE1111
    Congratulations! Your baby is beautiful, what a blessing, so sorry it was difficult to bring her into the world, but wow, how great you both are ok.

    You will be back on track in no time, enjoy the baby bliss--I just loved the way my babies smelled--everytime I picked them up I smelled their heads--weird but so true.
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    3016 days ago
    Hello I'm Esther and pleased to meet you and your family. Welcome to +Bellydancers+ Congrats on the baby.
    3021 days ago
    Was reading comments on a recipe, and came across your review...saw your picture...yay, another belly dancer! :-D
    3160 days ago
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