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I am back after a very long break from spark (to have a baby!). I am now 7 weeks post c-section (as of 12/2/13) and just started to work out and track my food again. Having this last (and final!) baby has really wreaked havoc on my body, my blood pressure went up at week 28 of my pregnancy and I was put on bed rest, the baby had to deliver early and she was put in the NICU, after the birth instead of the Gestation Hypertension resolving (as promised), it only became worse which landed me in the hospital several times due to the risk of having a stroke. I am now on several medications to control the BP (I was on no prescription meds prior to the pregnancy and I HATE that I need them now) and am hopeful that time, weight loss and exercise can get my body back on track.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 20,253

My Goals:
I really want to feel great, have more energy- go shopping anywhere (and everywhere!!). I want to be a more active mom for my 2 girls and I want to get my health back in control so I can truly be there for my children.

My Program:
Because it is December and I am not willing to forgo all holiday fun, I am choosing to stick to the higher end of my calorie allowance as well as giving myself one day a week to go up to 2500 calories. I am also doing 30 minutes on the elliptical 4 days a week until my c-section is no longer in pain.

On January 1, 2014 I will take a month break from sugar to stop the cravings and go down to 1500 calories a day.

Personal Information:
I am a stay at home mom of two wonderful little girls (a newborn and a 4 year old). I am an avid foodie and love to cook.

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    Marla, I didn't know if you heard about the head-on collision accident that I was in. I posted an updated blog about my current injuries. I'm so proud of you for making daily healthy choices and permanent lifestyle changes, resulting in fulfilling positive results! I'm giving you a STANDING OVATION for the goals you have achieved and the progress you continue to make! You are:

    emoticon * S * P * A * R * K * T * A * C * U * L * A * R * emoticon

    S = Set goals! Develop plans! Take action! Make progress! See results!
    P = Promote regular medical checkups to achieve optimum health!
    A = Approach each goal with optimism, dedication and completion!
    R = Reduce stress! Eat healthy! Drink water! Exercise regularly! Sleep better! Have fun!
    K = Keep track of nutrition intakes, fitness minutes, weigh-ins and body measurements!
    T = Trust your choices, decisions and actions in all that you do!
    A = Add variety to nutrition plan, fitness activities and personal well-being goals!
    C = Create a non-food reward system for working hard to achieve healthy results!
    U = Utilize behavior modification to break bad habits and challenge yourself to change!
    L = Live life embracing healthy choices, positive changes and individual growth!
    A = Assemble a support system to help one another stay on track!
    R = Record emotions, setbacks, adjustments, progress and achievements in a journal!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2477 days ago
    emoticon Marla! Think of healthy living as a career. Make goal setting a regular part of your life. Become a permanent participant in sustaining better lifestyle choices. Focus on one goal at a time to become a healthier you. Develop an action plan for each goal and finish what you start. Each positive change will lead you to better results. You CAN and WILL turn your GOALS into the results that you are striving for!

    emoticon G = Give each goal 100% of commitment from beginning to completion!
    emoticon O = Open your mind to new ways of doing new things!
    emoticon A = Add variety to nutrition plan, fitness activities and inner well-being goals!
    emoticon L = Live life embracing healthy choices, positive changes and personal growth!
    emoticon S = Strive to exceed daily with a combined mind-body-soul balance!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2653 days ago
    Welcome back to sparking! Congrats on the new little one :) We can do this!
    2688 days ago
    Marla, it is the last month of the year! With temptations of holiday foods let’s remain focused on our December goals that will lead us into the New Year with sparktacular results!

    emoticon D = Daily Reflection: Visualize your hopes and dreams until each are met!
    emoticon E = Embrace your journey with optimism, commitment and follow-through!
    emoticon C = Choose effective goals for each day that fits best for your lifestyle!
    emoticon E = Eat healthy nutrition, diversify fitness activities and mindful well-being!
    emoticon M = Measure progress without scale by the results that you see and feel!
    emoticon B = Be patient and always persevere by turning obstacles into achievements!
    emoticon E = Encourage, support and inspire others by sharing your success!
    emoticon R = Remember, You are Worthy! You CAN Do It! You are a Winner!

    May you always be fulfilled with the Blessings of Hope, the Spirit of Serenity and the Gift of Happiness. Have a beautiful and blessed holiday season. Love and hugs always.

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2690 days ago
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    Hope you have a great weekend. Keep pushing! You can do this!
    2692 days ago
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