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6/26/15 3:59 P

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Hello to all! My name is Amanda and I am a mother of two. My daughter will turn 4 on July 7th and my son just turned 2 on June 5th. I (ironically) work as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator / Diabetes Program Coordinator at a small rural hospital. Though I have the knowledge of what to do, I enjoy coming here to keep me, or get me back on, track! It is so nice to be able to log my foods and see exactly where I am at! Even dietitians struggle with not eating too many sweets or getting enough exercise! ;)

A little explanation: though I have a healthy BMI and have never been "overweight," my maternal side of the family are VERY small framed. My grandmother and mother are super short and my mother did not weigh more than 100# until she was well into her pregnancy with me. You can see how small I should be! :) I used to keep my weight around 125# on my 5'3" frame, but since getting married and having kids (and mostly for the fact of having a more sedentary job now) I am up to 134#-ish and cannot seem to budge it much. I can say that I felt my healthiest during the time I was weighing more around 117#-120#. Though I do not think I could maintain that weight right now, I do know that I need to get some of this weight off of me. Ideally, I would like to get back to a comfortable 125#.

On the other side of my family, we struggle with obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, hypertension, etc. I have all of those risk factors so having even the slightest extra weight on my smaller frame really puts me at risk.

So here I am. I come and I go from SP, but I keep coming back. I recently came back after a couple month break from the site. I have been feeling pretty horrible lately and just need some motivation!! Honestly, I had signed up for my first marathon, which I would be running tomorrow, but I ended up with a stress fracture (minor, but nothing I should have continued to run on...and did not) so I am feeling a bit depressed about not being able to run tomorrow. :( My stress fracture is completely healed from what I can tell and running shorter distances such as 3-5 miles does not bother me at all. The real issue is the frustration and somewhat anger that I feel towards not being able to run tomorrow and complete a goal. It has left me pretty much not wanting to run at all. BUT I have committed to run with a friend tonight, which will probably just be 3 miles, and I am hoping this will help bring me out of this slump.

Okay....so that was a lot of rambling, but you get the picture. :) Feel free to message me if you would like a buddy or just to chat! Being a working mama is difficult! Fitting in exercise time and time for healthy eating is even harder! :)

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6/6/15 7:56 A

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Hello there, Working Moms!
I'm Jenn and I am an attorney for the Federal Government. I am married with 4 kids from age 12 to age 4. I've been on SP for a while (I think since Fall 2013). This is the team that I identify with the most. I can relate to so many of the experiences posted on this team's site. As for my weight gain and loss journey, I was a pretty thin kid when I was younger. In the year prior to getting married (wow, 15 years ago this year!) I went on the pill and gained weight like crazy for the next 9 months. I had gained 40 pounds. When I complained to my doctor, he brushed it off, ignored my concerns, and said that there was no link. I eventually switched to a different doctor (a woman) and immediately changed meds. She affirmed my concerns and now there are all sorts of studies linking different varieties of the pill to weight gain. With the medication change I stopped gaining weight but was left with 40 pounds to lose - my albatross. After my second child I started reading the Beck Diet Solution and the book helped me address and change the daily behaviors that were keeping me heavy (like eating when bored, or grazing around the kitchen when I walk in from work). I lost almost all of the 40 pounds, and then had my third child. I went through a "weight rebellion" while pregnant. I threw all caution to the wind, thought I had mastered weight loss so well that I could eat with abandon and I gained about 50 pounds. Boy was I wrong about "mastering" weight loss!! Oy vey! Between my third and fourth child I lost some weight (still seemed to have that 40 pounds hanging around). With my 4th pregnancy, I was older and wiser and only gained about 25 pounds, which I lost without too much ado. So here I am, with 40 pounds to go. The Beck Diet Solution is a great book, but I've set up many of the behavioral and environmental changes in my home, already, so what is left to do is to really dig in to the sabotaging thoughts and do the work to change my thinking. In this, I have been completely lazy. I do exercise; I try to get in a few miles per day on the treadmill and the Gazelle (yes, I have one of those - it's a lot of fun!). I try to squeeze this in in the morning before work and before the household gets up. I don't eat a lot of sugar (no candy, cakes, desserts) and many things just taste too sweet for me, anyway (my kids think that is so strange!). What I need to do is reduce my portions and forego the after-dinner salty snacks. Work is wonderful in that I love, love, love the work I do, but boy, it is so stressful right now. Then, to come home and still have to run a household with my husband, my goodness! Part of my sabotaging mindset is that I am under so much stress that I want the comfort of a full meal without having to always think about weight loss. And there in lies the problem! Always a work in progress!! Good luck to you all! May your struggles be left in the past; you are who you are because of your past, but now it is okay to take the life lessons you've learned, honor your struggles, and use them to make you stronger. I acknowledge, respect, and am in awe of you every day! - Jenn

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6/2/15 7:01 P

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Hey all! I'm not new to spark, been here a while. Was doing awesome was down to maintenance weight, active happy eating right all was well. Then I got pregnant, at 31 my body said "I'm to old to do this with so little fat!" And I packed on 10lbs right off the bat, then I leveled out and only gained 30 total. We had lots of complications at delivery and I had to quit my job and be a stay at home for the winter. The 10 lbs I put on right off the bat stayed, and has been a struggle to get rid of! Breastfeeding just left me hungry, so no weight loss there. Anyway I went back to work 3 weeks ago, my job is VERY active I work in a factory. It's mind numbingly boring work but keeps me moving at a quick rate all day. The scale is starting to move.
I have 2 girls 13 and 9 months, a husband, 3 dogs and a cat. I love biking, street is my zen but my 13 year old like mountain biking so I do that too. Makes me feel like a boss lol. Hiking is my second favorite.

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6/2/15 1:23 P

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Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post! It means a lot to me! The description of your memories sounds EXACTLY like a trip to the store with my grandmother! She often sighed and said "let's go look at the husky girl clothes"! Are you sure you weren't in the car with me!?

I, too, have been so concerned with my children and afraid they'll go through the same thing we did! My older two are very slim (I get so envious of that, but thankful at the same time! haha!), but all jokes aside...I do worry that they prefer to drink sugary drinks and desserts too much and have to put a limit on that! My daughter prefers all veggies and my son prefers all meat! I feel like I'm constantly barking "EAT THIS, EAT THAT" I then feel like I sound like my grandmother.

Thank you again for your kind message! It helps to know I'm not alone on this journey! Looking forward to chatting with you again soon!



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6/2/15 12:31 P

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Hi Arrow283 (Mary),

Pleased to meet you and join with you on your journey. I had to reach out to you because I identified with your story so much ... about your grandmother hurting your feelings when she took you to the diet coach. Wow! What a rush of memories for me. I vividly remember the shame I felt when my grandmother took me shopping for school clothes by myself one Saturday when I was about 8, 9, 10(?). None of the blue jeans I wanted to wear fit me. Exasperated, she said to me, "I guess we are going to have to go to a 'husky' shop." I had never even heard that word before, but I immediately knew what it meant. My grandmother was never one for holding back to spare feelings, ha ha, but I sometimes wish my adult self could go back and defend my little girl self. You know?

Because the fact is that I was not all that "husky." But just as it is today, certain clothes and fashions for girls and women are sized and cut for a body standard that is not realistic for many of us. Yes, there were (and are) straight, stick-thin girls that would have fit into those jeans just fine. But I will never, ever be one of those girls because that simply is not my body type. And THAT IS OKAY!

I weep for my daughter who is a perfect mini-me. She's almost 8 now, and so far the only body-image issues in my home are mine. ha ha. No, seriously, I wish that were true. We can't protect them from all the sources that garbage comes from, but I do my best to provide the truth to my kids. My son actually may have more body image issues than my daughter. Sigh. I'm sure I'm making plenty of other mistakes with them, but I hope I am not repeating some of the ones adults hurt me with, you know?

Not trying to hijack your post. Just wanted you to know that I really "get it." The up and down of the scale. The pg and breastfeeding. Busy work and home life. Losing the spark after a brief period of success. Ditto to all. I hope knowing you are not alone is helpful. It is certainly helpful to me!

Peace.

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6/2/15 11:00 A

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Hi my fellow busy, working mommies!

My name is Mary! I'm 32 years old and am happily married to the love of my life and also a mother of three wonderful children who keep me on my toes, Ages 7, 5, and 1! I am a sign language interpreter and also a caregiver for my mother who suffered a stroke in 2011 and is also Deaf. She does not live with us, but requires our assistance daily.

I joined SP after having our first child in 2008 and have come back a few times all ready to lose some weight only to let the excitement die down and let myself go again. I'm the worst about getting myself motivated and losing that spark! No pun intended.

Growing up, I was always "the bigger girl". I didn't even realize my weight was an issue until around 8 years old when my grandmother took me to a diet coach. It hurt my feelings so bad and my self esteem was immediately out the window. When I now look back at pictures, I can understand why my grandmother was so concerned. The hurt I experienced at that time has subsided, however, my self esteem has never built up.

After having our second baby I reached my highest weight at 245lb. By baby number three, I had resigned myself that I'd get even bigger. With my previous two, I was unable to breast feed and was lucky enough to do so with baby number three! Thanks to the breast feeding I was able to lose 38lb! I wasn't able to do so long and was amazed at the weight loss. I wish I could say I ate right and worked out to lose it all, but I didn't. Now that it's a year later, the weight is creeping back....I'm now 214 and nervous as it goes higher.

Being a busy, working Mom makes it seem impossible to find the time to exercise and eat healthy. I'm joining this group for support/encouragement, to support/encourage others, and finally get a hold of my life and be healthier! I need help in learning to love myself and be comfortable in my skin.



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5/28/15 12:07 P

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Hi Mommies,

I'm new here to this Team; returning to SP after a long time away. Trying to find my footing again. I'm a wee bit older than your typical mom to elementary-school age kids. 48 last April with a son turning 11 in August (going into 5th grade) and a daughter turning 8 (going into 2nd).

I posted on the other thread about my job and education, so I won't repeat it here. But I did want to say that the crazy busy-ness of working full-time and raising two kids does not lend itself to healthy eating very well. But my weight is out of control to the point it is hindering my abilities to enjoy my children and do all the things I want to do with them. I have got to make that change. They are only young for a short while.

Looking forward to sharing the journey with you.

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5/22/15 12:35 P

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EMILYCLAIREBLUE: It has taken a lot of small adjustments to get it to all flow well. The biggest help I have received has been SparkPeople. It always keeps me going!! I us the mobile app a lot, and always try to Plan my week out on Sunday. I get my son involved in my workouts so that its also quality time together. Multitasking - A Mom Superpower!!!

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5/22/15 11:14 A

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Hi! I'm Emily. I am an editor in a University marketing office. I have two kids- my daughter is 8 and my son is 6. I'm just trying to get back to being healthy. We've been having some major financial trouble, so I have been working a second, at-home job late at night, and I have been too exhausted and stressed to think about taking care of myself. Now, I am going to make it a priority. Amanda, I don't know how you do so much! I am impressed.

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5/22/15 9:58 A

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Hiya!! My name is Amanda - I am a 29 year old mother of 2 (technically). My oldest (8) passed away when she was 6 months old. My youngest (5) is handful, and is ALL boy. He just completed Kindergarten and so excited to start first grade.

I am the care giver for my disabled father, as well as my disabled father-in-law. My younger brother lives with us, with his girlfriend, and their 4 children (ages 4, 3, 2, and 6 weeks).

I work full time at the corporate office in the IT Department, of a Non-Profit Child Welfare organization. I am looking to go back to school for my Masters.

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5/22/15 9:36 A

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The team has been quite for a while, so lets take some time and re-introduce ourselves!!

Is a great way to see where everyone is at in life, and how we can encourage and connect to one another!!

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