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Just had my second baby in the last 2.5 years! Having 2 babies back-to-back took a toll on my body, and I will continue to reach my goal of breastfeeding and pumping (while working full-time) for a year. After that year, I will shift my primary focus back to my body to lose the baby weight.

I'm proud that I reached my 1 year goal of breastfeeding my daughter despite lower than average growth challenges and struggles being back at work. I worked hard to only gain 22 pounds during my previous pregnancy, since my range was 15-25 pounds. I only managed to be 11 pounds lighter after 2 weeks of her arrival, but gained some of it back with sleep deprivation, the holidays, and eating more while I'm breastfeeding.

With my second pregnancy, I stopped weighing myself in the month of May, knowing how stressed it would make me feel. I probably gained around 25 pounds during this pregnancy as well. I weighed myself after delivery out of curiosity and saw 193 on the scale. Considering the sleep deprivation again, I knew it wouldn't be healthy (mentally) for me to weigh in weekly again during my postpartum recovery--particularly the first 6 weeks.

End of Month Weight:
Nov 2017: 174 (had my baby early!)
Dec 2017: 180.9 (sleep deprivation, breastfeeding, and feeding my baby!)
Jan 2018: 177.1 (3.8 lbs down from end of Dec, making progress!)
Feb 2018: 176.2
Mar 2018: 177.4
Apr 2018: 179.6
May 2018: 177.9
June 2018: Took a break from weekly weighing
July 2018: Took a break from weekly weighing
Aug 2018: 181.8 (1st week of Sept, took a break from weekly weighing)
Sept 2018: 177.4 (dropped 4.4 pounds this month, back to my March weight! :D)
Oct 2018: 176.5 (1 pound less!)
Nov 2018: 178.9 (higher due to holidays and birthdays)
Dec 2018: 180.7 (didn't make fitness a priority this month)
Jan 2019: 184 (other than the horrible record-breaking cold weather, ice, winds, and snow we've had preventing us from making it into work, I'm not sure how to come up with an excuse)
Feb 2019: 191.2 (same as above, but already on the mend!)
Mar 2019: 196.2 (another 5 pounds, maintaining weight while pregnant is a lot harder than I thought it'd be!)
Apr 2019: 200.5 (4 pounds, not as bad as the previous months)
May 2019: Baby boy due!!
June 2019: Postpartum recovery
July 2019: Postpartum recovery
Aug 2019:
Sept 2019:
Oct 2019: Completed first 5K postpartum!
Nov 2019: Signed up for Turkey Trot 5K!
Nov 2020: Completed 1st virtual 5K and signed up for a virtual Turkey Trot 5K!

Before I even begin, I am not going to stop this time. I will keep going, regardless of the time it takes me. If I take a break, I WILL get back to work. I do not want to be one of those that just give up. I've been one before, and I refuse to be one again. It will be a daily struggle, but I know I possess the qualities to overcome this. It's time to finally reach my destination. No more detours. No more turnarounds. I will get there, and it will be permanent. There's no going back! Slow and Steady. That's how I'll win the race. If I move too fast, I will not maintain. I will gain back. Therefore, I'm taking my time to achieve my final goal!

It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement. (Mabel Newcomer)

My name is Eman. I'm on this mission to have the body I've always wanted! I, like the others on SparkPeople, am not on a diet. I'm readjusting my lifestyle into a healthy one. Therefore, this road is not perfect. I will make mistakes. I will fall down. However, I will get right back up!

All my life, I've consumed food until I couldn't move anymore. I have an eating disorder: overeating. I am on my way to defeating this disorder!

During my last diet (see blog 4/15/08), I thought I could stay at 130. I ran into a major plateau. I also lost a lot of energy and stopped working out. Neither did I maintain the weight or lose more weight. I was not happy with my body yet, so instead of losing more weight, I gained. It seemed much easier.

I had always been a bit on the heavier end. My heaviest was about 188 when I was 15. I exercised and ate "healthy" and got down to about 126. I expected so much from my weight loss...boys, popularity, more friends, special treatment. And the largest expectation of all: being able to eat the same way, indulging in sweets, binging as much as I want. Let me tell you, I gained over half my weight back in the past 3 1/2 years!

This time, I realize I want to remain healthy, and that includes healthy portions and constant exercise. I love to run, but I also love to walk. Constant walk or moving will help shed off the pounds or maintain weight.

1. MIND: Determine whether or not you are serious about changing your lifestyle. This is not a diet, this is your new healthy lifestyle.(You cannot cut portions and then go back to your old lifestyle, otherwise you will gain the weight back. It's happened to me.)

2. FORMULA: Losing body fat is a formula. Calories in, calories out. It takes 3,500 calories to gain a pound or lose a pound. Therefore, a calorie deficit must be incorporated. (Ex. normal eating = 2,000 calories per day, cut down to 1,500 calories/day & burn 500 calories each day to lose 2 pounds a week. Take it one week at a time.) Also, keep in mind, there's no way to spot train. Your body chooses where it takes the fat off. The first place gained is the last place lost.

3. AVOID STARVATION MODE: Do NOT consume less than 1,200 calories (for a female). With less than 1,200 calories, your body will switch into starvation mode and turn calories into body fat quicker. (It's how our ancestors survived in famine.) Since you can't consume less than 1,200, there's only one thing left to do. EXERCISE!

4. AVOID MUSCLE LOSS: Do NOT consume less than 60 grams of protein per day (for a female). Consuming less will put your body in risk of losing more muscle when losing weight. For every pound of muscle, your body burns 3x as many calories as a pound of body fat.

5. BALANCE CARBS/FAT/PROTEIN: Balance out your foods. Do not avoid fats because you believe they are related to body fat. Avoiding fats can actually make you hungry. Spark People gives you a healthy range of carbs, proteins, and fats. Healthy fats include, but do not limit to: olive oil, nuts, avocado etc.

6. FIBER: Make sure you get at least 25 grams of fiber per day to stay full.

7. WATER: Along with the fiber, make sure you have at least 8 cups of water a day to hydrate your body, keep you full, and avoid any health concerns. To help you achieve the at least 8 cups/day rule, drink a glass of water before and after each meal. This way, you tell your stomach you are actually hungry by satisfying its thirst and afterwards, you clear the tastes in your mouth as to not crave any more tastes. I have problems with that sometimes. I am able to have ONE more piece of chocolate but then the taste is still in my mouth. I crave another. Just drink water and you'll forget about the taste! Water is your best friend!

8. TRACKERS: Add more trackers to your nutrition tracker to compare your saturated fat intake, cholesterol, iron, and fiber.

9. GAME: If you couldn't tell from the first paragraph on this page, weight loss is a mind game. Play it well. Oh the power of positive thinking and self-talk does wonders.

10. TIME DISTORTION: 5 minutes of your day, you mindlessly eat, consume an additional 300 calories you did not need. What do you do with the other 23 hours 55 minutes of your day? Punish yourself or forget those 5 minutes and consume as you would on a normal day? If you feel motivated enough, go shed those additional unwanted calories!

11. DESSERTS: Be nice. Learn to share. Sharing is caring. As children, we learn to share things someone else wants. That's why we should always share sweet foods. Share the pleasure, share the calories!

12. CARB CALORIES: Balance your carb calories. If you eat a high amount of carbs one day, the next day you should eat less carbs. Your body will appreciate you.

~Just because you're in debt, doesn't mean you should dig yourself deeper in the hole.

~It doesn't matter how long it takes. What matters the most is losing it and keeping it off!

~The scale does NOT tell you how hard you worked during the day, the next day, or the previous day.

~Think strength, not length!

~There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.

~FAILURE is not an option.

~Rest, but don't quit.

~Eat clean, remain healthy, feel strong.

~How badly you want it can be shown by how well you can distract yourself.

If you would like to see my program, I encourage you to view my nutrition and fitness logs. I religiously write down everything I eat, even the things I did not want to eat. I also log my meals the day before to achieve perfection in my eating. I sometimes readjust accordingly during the day. That way, I don't stress out when I go over.

Feel free to leave any comments, to ask any questions, or just to add me as a friend. Have a wonderful day!!!

Member Since: 3/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 75,908

My Goals:
0-3 weeks of baby number two's birth: walk daily for 5 minutes
3-6 weeks of baby number two's birth: walk daily for 10 minutes
6-9 weeks of baby number two's birth: walk daily for 15 minutes, jog for a minute
9-12 weeks of baby number two's birth: run 0.5-1 mile 3 times per week

My Program:
My daily calories goals:

Before Morning Workout: 150 calories
After Morning Workout: 250 calories
Lunch: 350 calories
Dinner: 350 calories
Dessert: 100 calories


Breakfast: 200 calories
Morning snack: 100 calories
Lunch: 300 calories
Afternoon snack: 150
Dinner: 350
Dessert: 100
Snack: 50-100

If I feel hungry or after a hard workout, I usually have another snack, as long as altogether the total daily calorie count is under 1,550.

Personal Information:
Age: 31
Height: 5'3"
Body Type: Pear
Body Frame: Large
Face Shape: Heart

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No matter how long this takes, I will be strong and healthy!

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