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After 5 years and a bunch of pounds later, here I am

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I think it was 5 years ago that I joined Sparkpeople, although I can't be sure. Time is flying! I lost a total of 97 pounds, became an athlete, ran a 10k, joined roller derby, and felt great. Then I had a baby. And another. And here I am, about five years after my original start date, needing to lose about 45 pounds of baby weight and another 30 or so of extra weight that I put on before the babies.

I know I should feel proud to be back here, but I admit it, I feel sheepish. I miss my muscles, my confidence, and my energy. I'm a Sparkpeople motivator and I don't feel motivating. I have bunches of sparkepeople friends on here whom I haven't contacted in years. In fact, I created another account, thinking I should just sneak in anonymously, but what the heck, all of my data is already here. Besides, I bet I'm not the first to fall off and then get back on the wagon.

As discouraged as I'm feeling, I don't regret my weight gain. I have two beautiful, healthy babies to show for it, and I knowingly indulged both before and after my pregnancies. My husband bought me a road bike, which I've been riding every day that doesn't include rain. I'm aiming for an additional 30+ minute stroller walk with my babies every day, but I'm learning that I can only plan so much before life slaps me with a healthy reminder to be flexible. I'm practicing moderation and portion control (well, for about three days now). I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to tracking my calories because I simply don't have the time. Unless my son is asleep, I can't get on the computer without him climbing all over me. Plus, I'd rather spend my "extra" time (does anyone have extra time?) on fitness and family.

So I'm here. Sheepish, but here.

Oh, and P.S.
My last username was Roller-Girl. Before that I was ShrinkingSimone. I felt like I needed a new one since I'm kind of starting out again.
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    It's GREAT that you came back, as you say you are neither the first nor the last. Congrats on your new mommy-hood and on taking steps to heal your body again.

    I found your blog through the Santa Barbara County team. If you are still in the area, please feel free to drop me a note or friend me as I would be delighted to have a local spark buddy!

    2293 days ago
    I knew it was you right away! 2 babies!!! Omg omg! I just restarted too and feel exactly the same way. Glad we both found our way back. Congrats on your new family. How lovely.
    2295 days ago
    Well, how sheepish am *I*?!? I missed your return and TWO babies! Wow, congratulations, Simone! I'm so, so happy for you. emoticon
    2295 days ago
    Welcome back and congrats on baby #2! Becoming a mom changes so much about life and how you approach everything. Flexibility is definitely the key. Just focus on enjoying your life and being the best role model you can be for your children.
    2314 days ago
    Congratulations on the healthy changes in your family!!

    It's great to see you here. We all have our reasons and our paths, so don't worry if you've made some adjustments along the way.
    2314 days ago
    Glad you're here...you can do anything you set your mind to!
    2315 days ago
  • JAROL7
    YEP ... I'm the King of the Yo Yo system. But make this time different. Join the 5% club. I'm on Day #287. It's worth it.
    2315 days ago
    Welcome back and congratulations on the birth of your children. Enjoy every minute with them because it flies by. I am in the same boat except I have no excuse but myself. Blech. I am ready to make this time the one that sticks. I know we can do it.
    2315 days ago
    No way! I'm super proud of you! You've come so far. I remember reading about your surgery with your heart and how scary it was. I remember when you talked about getting married and you didn't think you were having kids and now you have two! Sounds like you're doing great to me! You got this! emoticon
    2315 days ago
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    It sounds like you're on the road back to success. Well, heck, you're already successful because you're a happy mommy with happy babies! Good luck to you!

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    2315 days ago

    Welcome back!! I am also in a similar boat to you. I was here about two years ago, nearly met my goal weight.. and now I've got 60 pounds to take off. I didn't have a baby.. but I got hit by a car. (The other 60 is still gone!). There are so many people on my sparkpage with inactive pages.. Figured I would also start over.

    Here is to awesome, amazing beginnings. Congrats on your two wonderful babies!
    2315 days ago
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