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I had a baby in December 2009 and then one in March 2015. I'm struggling now with older age and increased stress. Besides, I made some life choices that make me really happy, but are making me fat too. So, I need to find balance.

I want to focus on healthy eating and keeping an organized, clean home for my children. I also plan on taking my children on regular outings. I won't be a gym rat, this go round, because I would rather spend time with my kids and writing books.

Recently, I was diagnosed with a medical condition that is forcing me to eat less carbs and sugars. It sucks, but I want to live to see my kids grow up and have a happy life with my husband.

Member Since: 7/6/2010

Fitness Minutes: 53,857

My Goals:
My goal is to develop a more compassionate, attainable health plan that won't have me camping out at the gym because I don't have time to do so. I also want to eat healthier without going on a diet. Also, I want to reduce work and teaching stress.

My Program:
Weekly Goals:

(1) Drink 8 glasses of water a day, min.
(2) Eat more fruits and vegetables.
(3) Exercise three days. Light jogging and walk.
(4) Eat more whole foods.
(5) Detestable, utterly detestable, but log every meal and snack and cheat.
(6) Nixen on the alcoholen, unless it is tequila.

Breads, muffins, rolls, and bagels
Pasta, rice, corn, and other grains
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, and taro
Legumes like peas, beans, and lentils (except green beans, snow peas, and peanuts)
Milk and sweetened yogurt
Most fruit, except for berries
Cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream, and other sweets
Snack foods like pretzels, chips, and popcorn
Juice, soda, sweetened iced tea, and other sugar-sweetened drinks

Personal Information:
I am happily married and have a lovely nine-year-old for a son and a four-year-old daughter. My husband is incredibly supportive and is encouraging my restart mode. Every restart mode. Like, this is the fifth one, people.

I recently finished a collection of stories and am working on a novel. I spend a lot of the time when I'm not working, writing. Which is part of the problem.

Other Information:
My novel is called The Harvest. You can read the first chapter at.
est-draft.html I also have seven books I've published to date on Amazon, one this summer. You can find me under my author name: Dr. Maria J. Estrada

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    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Summer? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early June. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Spring we had Gardening Time, Help Fill Peter Rabbit’s Basket and Bingo. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Summer challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.

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    Hello! Sorry for the slow reply ... I have not been very active here lately. Logging weight on a maintenance challenge and checking in, but haven't blogged regularly. But I miss it and need to get back. Great to hear from you!
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    According to Fitness magazine, the majority of us are getting enough protein. Most nutritionists agree that active women need about half a gram per pound a day or approximately sixty five grams for a one hundred thirty pound woman. The USDA reports that most of us -even vegetarians - are eating sixty -nine grams of protein daily so we are good. If you are as active as recommended, and exercise for more than an hour five or more days a week you should increase your protein intake to 0.75 grams per pound. Eating protein within thirty to forty-five minutes AFTER your workout rebuilds and repairs the microtears in muscle tissue that occurs when you exercise. Taking in protein right after you workout will make you less sore the next day and increases your lean muscle mass.
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    emoticon for sharing a "SPARK" of encouragement with the goodie and message you posted on my page! Much appreciated!


    May we inhale the things we needed most and may we exhale the things we didn't need at all.” - Nicki Koziarz
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