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A before pic with my family, October 2006, approx 210 pounds

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Hi, I'm Joy. I’ve been an active Sparker since November 2006, and I've lost approximately 85 pounds and 8 dress sizes and had a baby along the way. My biggest milestone was on July 23, 2008 when I reached a HEALTHY WEIGHT!!!!

I did Babyfit during my first pregnancy, and it was excellent. Then, after I had my daughter, I thought I didn't need to enter my food in any more. I went from 184 when I had her up to 210, one pound less than my highest weight during pregnancy. By the time I got pregnant in August 2007, I’d gotten down to 144 lbs, only 9 pounds away from my goal (met and changed) and a healthy BMI. My weight loss is the reason I was able to get pregnant at all. My older daughter was IVF, but the weight loss got my PCOS under control and I was able to conceive naturally.

Through a combination of genetics and mindful eating, I was able to keep my weight gain in check during pregnancy, gaining only 19.2 pounds, which I was able to loose in less than three months after giving birth. I’ve slowly lost weight since having my daughter one year ago, but I haven't quite been able to get to final goal weight yet. My current fitness routine is Zumba once or twice a week and working out on my elliptical machine three days a week. I'm looking forward to swimming two days a week once the lake warms up. I aspite to get to three days a week of strength training, but I've been letting it slide.

I've come to conclusion that SP is a way of life for me. I plan to enter everything I eat and all my exercise in forever, because it's the only way I can keep control. I eat an average of HALF the calories when I enter my foods as I go (or in advance).

My new, and final, goal weight is 120. Spark People has given me the confidence to know I can get there. It has also given me the knowledge and drive to help others reach their goals. I'm pursuing a certification as a Nutrition, Wellness, and Weight Management Coach and am looking forward to helping other people change their relationship with food and exercise.

Member Since: 1/24/2006

Fitness Minutes: 24,293

My Goals:
*Loose the last 15 pounds I have to loose, and maintain it forever
*Get to a size 4-6 petite
*Feel sexy and gorgeous

My Program:
*Eat 1400-1800 calories
*Loose weight while maintaining my milk supply (burns about 400 calories a day)
*Mostly focus on portion control
*Eat the foods I love, but in moderation, so I never feel deprived

*Use the elliptical machine 3x/week, burning over 250 calories and going over 2.5 miles
*Swim 2x/week, for 40-70 minutes
*Mix it up by rebounding on my trampoline, jumping rope, jogging, riding my bike and playing Wii Fit
* Hike with my daughters and my dogs, but don't need to count it towards my exercise goal
*Lug around a 37 pound, 3 year old and my six month old:)

Personal Information:
*Metrowest Boston
*Have one daughter almost 3 years old
*Have a 6 month old daughter

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