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Back in Motion:

I am so happy to be back in "motion" with my weight loss goals! I am happy to report that I recently had my second son in Nov 2010. I have two adorable little boys now; what more can someone ask for, BUT on the flip side, I did not want ALL this baby weight! Now, my determination is to lose all of the remainding baby weight, and what I set out to lose initially. I was able to lose the weight that I gained with my 3 yr old, so hopefully I can muster up the same strength and motivation this time around. I am giving myself the same amount of time it took to gain this weight, which was 9 month of "BABY LOVE", to lose it ALL! I know I can do it, I have the "will power" and the "know how" since joining Spark People in 2008.

Two quotes that I plan to keep in mind for this year are: "Every second, minute, or hour you do nothing, is time wasted" and "Time waits for no one, so manage your time wisely".
Shifting gears:

I recently found out that I am expecting again. I am currently 9wks pregnant with my third pregnancy. I've had 1 successful pregnancy in 2007, and this past Nov 2009 I had a mis-miscarriage. I was 10wk's pregnant, @ that time, and found out that I would need a D/C to discard the pregnancy. At the beginning of that pregnancy, I was on track with my weight, even though I still needed to lose another 20lbs (I felt I was heading in the right direction). However, during that stressful time, I mananged to gain all the weight back that I work so hard to put off. Now, with my third pregnancy, I am already starting over my pre-pregnancy weight with my first pregnancy. It's depressing!!**sigh** Well, I am making a commitment with myself, from this day forth, to eat healthy, exercise regularly, log my food daily; sleep @ least 6-7 hrs a night (anything beyond that is impossible with a 2yr old) and do my all to be pregnant and fit for myself and my new bundle.

I was told by my nurse practitioner that 21OO calories/day and exercise is beneficial for a healthy pregnancy. I was also told that it's "OK" for me to gain only 15lbs b/c I am already overweight; and seeing my pregnancy history of gestational diabetes, and preclampsia( two weeks b/f delivery); it would be in my best interest to only gain 15lbs. With my first pregnancy with, Mason, I gained a Whooping 50lbs!!! I am not planning on getting that big again. So everyone, wish me well on my new PREGNANCY journey!!!

I am in this challenge hoping to lose BIG, and keep it off for good! Hopefully my journey through weight lose will one day inspire someone just like I was inspired by others on this site. I look forward to being healthy, being able to say "That was me then, but look at me now!
Update: I just recently started back SP with vengance b/c I seriously need to lose 40lbs by the end of 2009!! As of 4/27/09 I've turned over a "new leaf", and became a vegetarian! Thus far, everything is going well with my eating habits. I know that in order for me to reached my Ultimate Goal, I need to make/accomplish small goals. Below are my small goals that I plan to accomplish; and the rewards, I plan to get for myself, for reaching each accomplishment. I AM READY TO LOSE.............

Small Goals:
Down 5lbs (179lbs.) : by May 30, 2009*** Met goal on May 21, 2009
Reward - New Shirt
Down 10lbs (174lbs.) : by June 27, 2009***
Reward- Pedicure
Down 15lbs (169lbs.) : by July 25, 2009***
Reward- Manicure
Down 20lbs (164lbs.) : by Aug. 22, 2009***
Reward- Shoes
Down 25lbs (159lbs.) : by Sept. 26, 2009***
Reward- Purse
Down 30lbs (154lbs.) : by Oct. 24, 2009***
Reward- New Bra!!! Hopefully smaller cup size!!
Down 35lbs (149lbs.) : by Nov 21, 2009***
Reward- New pair of Jeans
Down 40lbs (144lbs.) : by Dec 19, 2009***
Reward- Out to Celebrate w/Friends!!!

Body Measurements (with work uniform on):

MAY 2009
Neck- 14"
Waist- 34"
Hip's- 48"

JUNE 2009
Neck- 14"
Waist- 31 1/2"
Hip's- 43"

Member Since: 7/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,985

My Goals:
Ultimate Goals:
1. Lose 65lbs
2. Maintain better eating habits
3. Maintain a balanced workout routine
4. Maintain a healthy weight (145lbs) and BMI (24.9)

Short Term Goals:
Down 5lbs: by Aug 31, 2011 - GOAL MET AUG 6TH!

Down 10lbs: by Sept 30, 2011 -GOAL MET AUG 21!

Down 15lbs: by Oct 31, 2011

Contiuned/Started Journey over May 18, 2012

Down Total of 20lbs: Goal Met June 23, 2012

Down 25lbs: July 19, 2012

Down 30lbs:

Down 35lbs:

Down 40lbs:

Down 45lbs:

Down 50lbs:

Down 55lbs:

Down 60lbs:

Down 65lbs:

Long Term Maintainance Goals:
Maintain good eating habits for myself and family, and stay hydrated with the best beverage there is, water.

Once I reach my goal weight lost, keep it off!

Encourage others to get healthy!

My Program:
Caloric intake 1300 - 1500 a day

Cardio 5 days a week.

Strength training 3 days a week.
Quick Notes/Things to Remember:

**Adding more Fiber= Staying full longer

**Adding 8-10 cups Water a day= Staying Hydrated, Decrease in water retention, remove toxins & increase Metabolic Rate (Burn more FAT)

**Eat a small meal every 3 hours to rid hunger

**Avoid Fructose corn Syrup as much as possible (Fructose corn syrup blocks the receptors that tell your brain you're full- Ex- chips, candies, soda...)

Personal Information:
I am from Chicago. I am a fulltime working Mom/Wife looking to attain/maintain a healthier lifestyle.

I love to help motivate others who choose to set goals for themselves. I too welcome warm energy and motivation from others, so feel free to add me as your SP friend!

Other Information:
I Love photography!

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