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2012: Returning to Spark People as a mom to a 10-month-old baby. I work from home part time, try to work out, and spend time with my family. I still love to cook and entertain. I wish I had other hobbies, but motherhood takes up a lot of time! Hoping to use Spark People to stay motivated and get back into pre-baby shape or better!

2009: Hi, everyone! I'm a thirty-one year old newlywed in the LA area looking forward to using this community to make some friends and stay motivated to lose weight. I work out a lot -- a necessity because I love to cook and I love to eat!

Member Since: 9/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 59,596

My Goals:
I'd like to lose at least the 5 lbs I just noticed I put on (I was about 170 at my wedding in May). After that, I'd like to be 165, my weight when I graduated from high school (and I'd like to fit into my prom dress again). Then after that I'd like to get down to 155, my lowest weight in recent memory (from my Albuquerque Weight Watchers days). Ideally, I'd reach my goal weight of 145 -- but I think it's important to have intermediate goals too.

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I exercise a lot: I meet with a personal trainer 2x/week, do a lot of cardio on the elliptical trainer, and go to yoga classes once or twice a week. On the weekend, my husband and I go hiking and biking.

On the food end of things, I'm trying to stay conscious and track my food. I already eat pretty healthy, so my main failings are portion size, letting myself get too hungry, and sweets/dessert. It turns out I'm also eating too many carbs and not enough fat and protein. So tracking my food is a good way to modify all that in the right direction.

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Hoping that this will keep me motivated to actually lose some weight this time! I've been on various diets and etc. since I was 13 (my parents took me to weight watchers). Since then, I've been on Weight Watchers twice, Spark people once before, seen three nutritionists, and went through periodic bouts of self-flagellation. I gained weight in college -- my highest weight was the year of my master's degree, probably -- I topped out at 192. I lost weight when I spent a year (2001-2002) in China (because of the diet and because I walked everywhere) and when I was in Albuquerque (2005ish), exercising a lot while being on Weight Watchers and starting thyroid medication. My lowest weight was 155. I was about 165 at the time of my wedding in May 2009. Now I hopped on the scale and 'm back up to 175 and my size 12 jeans are too tight. It's time for some getting down to business. And even though I think I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle, clearly something isn't working right for

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    On the ice cream front, have you discovered Ben and Jerry's Frozen Greek Yogurts. Higher in protein, lower in fat, and . . . they are Ben and Jerry's so they are delicious! Just wanting to spread the dessert love!

    How are things going for you? I know your husband's away, so you have a lot on your plate.

    I've been working the Gillian Michaels cardio blast with added weight training. I'm seeing changes in my body and in my energy level. I feel good about it. For some reason, I am not interested in running right now. Not sure what's going on . . .

    Hope you have a good rest of the week!
    1477 days ago
    Hi Hilary,

    Congratulations on finishing week 5 of the couch to 5K program! You are doing terrific!

    I have been doing a lot of interval training. No more than 3-4 minutes of running, but running uphill and sprints, then lifting weights. Its slow going, but I'm making progress.

    I wish we lived closer. It would be great to meet up and jog together!

    Have a good night and good day tomorrow!
    1484 days ago
    I understand what you're saying about looking funny with the band on. I don't wear a helmet when I cycle or ride horses for that reason (that's really dumb!) But, I wear it every day and it has actually inspired people to ask me what it is, and I guess it has opened doors for conversation. I feel that the band has more benefits than the occasional weird look. I love that it tells me how many calories I've burned totally for the day, and specifically for my exercising. It tells me how many steps I've taken, how much sleep I've gotten and the quality of that sleep. I am so glad I got it! It inspires me to work towards my goal more! Hope you can get one! (And you can cover it up with long sleeves. emoticon
    1490 days ago
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    emoticon for your supportive comments on my blog. It has just been one of those days! I'm burning off my frustration by walking a couple thousand steps more than I usually walk. It's not getting me down; it's making me more determined! emoticon

    Good luck to you too. I hope the scale begins to reflect your efforts as well!

    Thanks again,
    1490 days ago
    Thank you for the sweet goodie! I appreciate it!
    1491 days ago
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