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I wish I could be more help with this one. I am not sure myself. I have wondered the same thing and I only have one. I thought my tummy was bad before Paige but now, how knows.

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2/3/10 11:18 A

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How in the world do you get your belly to get back to a little normal after three children and being over 35? My stomach even though I've lost weight, hangs a little from being stretched out so three times around. Is it going to hang forever? Or does anyone have experience with it going back to shape?

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Any ideas on a discussion today? I know we have a lot of members old and new. Let's have a discussion each day.



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1/18/10 3:27 P

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This was a good article!

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Great goals Janet and Olga!

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treadmill 5x/week for 30 minutes each time
use stability ball and strength resistance items 3x/week for at least 10 minutes

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I want to exercise 3 times per week.

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1/2/10 2:46 P

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emoticon What are your fitness goals for 2010?



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I do enjoy the show, know that it is a game and that there is no way the average person will get those kinds of results at home.

But, I thought the marathon was a bit over the top. I'm not a runner, but know an incredible amount of training has to be put into it.

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I watched the marathon (two seasons in a row now) and I believe a lot of their readiness was begun at the ranch during their workouts that we never see on TV. So to have another two months to train it is possible. Obviously since they are doing it! Those that need to walk do. Take the season before this last one. Ron pretty much walked the entire thing.

Having said all that.... I think it is worse on that very first step off the bus that they are asked to give so much out of those unhealthy bodies.

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12/30/09 10:54 A

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That was a very interesting article. I never watch the show, but I am sure if I did, I would have been amazed and inspired by what the contestants did. But, my amazement and inspiration would have been without the knowledge of what it takes to actually train for a marathon. This makes me wonder how many people will try the same thing and actually hurt themselves trying.

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Here is a good one!

Biggest Loser Contestants Run a Marathon: Inspirational or Irresponsible? What do you think?

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Today's topic: Spark Community Guidelines

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I bumped into a profile picture that I felt was quite suggestive and made me uncomfortable. Generally, I have not had any issues with our spark family.

I just posted the guidelines as a new year is beginning bringing lots of new spark members.

What is your best Spark story about being on the site?

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What a great story Donna!

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I breastfed 2 of my 4. My first one, I tried, and managed to last 6 weeks, but having no idea what I was doing, we had a really bad latch problem (now that I know the difference). I was so badly cracked & bleeding that I had to stop so that I could heal.

With my 2nd child, I was determined to try again, and we went almost 2 full years with nursing - in the mall, car, yes even bathroom stalls.

My 3rd is adopted, and I did consider bringing my milk in, but since it's a family adoption, I thought it would be too awkward for the family & me to have me nursing him. Of course, when he was 5 months old, I got pregnant with my youngest, who I did nurse, for almost 2 years also.



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Lynn: I breastfed Nason for 15 months (and I mean BF everywhere, even when I visited school, in the nurses office or the back of my Explorer!) and he had terrible ear infections, so bad in fact that I had to quit my teaching job that I loved! I had a 5th grade class! So...that theory did not work..the breastfeeding and healthy ears! I did lose weight, but then again, I didn't eat much once I did return to work and started to develop severe stomach issues due to the stress...so I was thin, but sick.

I gained all this weight once I quit and stayed home. Can't win I guess!

I will continue reading the other posts! Great comments!

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Nason was almost 9 lbs too...and that is why I ended up "underneath problems" as I call them...due to the fact that his huge head (he was normal) just didn't fit and they "made" it fit. Ouch!

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12/28/09 1:26 P

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Sue, I never even tried with my second child. Maybe I should have. But, my breasts never even got bigger. Glad to hear you were able to get milk after all.

You know with so many woman going back to work and with many people having to go to work sick, companies should provide sick rooms. My friend who breastfed all her 3 kids while working had a sick room at her company. It had a cot and a chair in there for someone to lie down if they don't feel well. She was able to pump in that room every day. It worked out great. No need to use he restroom. I wish all companies had a room like that. I am sure men would use it also, if they need to.

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With my first I had almost no milk. Like Olga, I would pump and pump and not get anything. With my youngest, I had a good milk supply, but he frequently needed supplementing as well. Unfortunately, with him I had no where I could pump at work, so I quit when I went back after nine weeks. I probably could have continued longer, but had NO support from my DH.

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Well, ladies, my story is that I never got breast milk.

I tried for over a month to pump some milk out of me. I had a portable pump at home, but a lactation specialist recommended a really huge, loud, pump that we had to rent from the hospital and we did. We rented the pump and I pumped every 2 hours, even at night. They told me to pump for 20 minutes, after a few weeks, I pumped for 30 minutes to get my milk started. I pumped and pumped and pumped until my breasts were black and blue. DH came home one day and saw the black and blue and took the pump back to the hospital.

I have to tell you that I really wanted to breastfeed my babies. I know that breastfeeding is the best and if anyone asks I tell them to breastfeed. It is the best thing they can feed their babies. To this day, I cry every time I think about how I was not able to do this.

It also turns out (I found out later) that my mother also never got any milk. So, not only did I get my mother's migraines, I also got her milk glands.

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I breastfed all three kids, Abby was born in March, and I had to return to work when she was 6 weeks, so I pumped, in a dingy little bathroom at school, if I was in there other teachers could not use it, so it was not condusive to say the least. Luckily that only lasted for six weeks then it was summer. We did well with it and both enjoyed it (as well as DH who didn't have to get up with her) We went away for an over night with out her for our second anniversary at the end of July. On that one night away my grandma died. We had 3 days of funearal parlors and church, so I just stopped cold turkey ... she was fine on formula suppliment while I was gone,and timing did not allow me to build my stock of breastmilk, I was returning back to work soon anyway, and had no intention of revisiting that bathroom with pump again.

With Claire, born in May, I transitioned from leave into summer. I set up a way to lock my classroom an attempted to pump in there, but pumping at work just wasn't for me. I supplimented with her and breast fed exclusively for 3 months and with suppliments for 6months.

Tommy (the tank at 9#3oz at birth) was exclusively breastfed from his Jan. 31st birthday until I weaned him in the month of Aug. before returning to work. I told you about the pumping at work. I was able to take 3 addtional months off, and his babysitter was a mom from my school so I went to see the kids and fed him at lunch, and flew over there to feed him after his nap after work.

I loved breastfeeding, and it came easily to my kids and I. By the time I had Tommy I was much more confident and discrete about feeding him in public. I DID NOT LOSE WEIGHT, I GAINED IT. I WAS HUNGRY ALL THE TIME WHILE BREAST FEEDING! For me that was the most disappointing part. All my kids had ear problems and the girls were on the point of getting tubes, Tommy did have tubes placed by the time he was 18 months. So, so much for that myth, too. At least in my case.

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For those who need some motivation!

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What motivates you?

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Great answer Michelle!

I breastfed Nason for 15 months, but only 4 months before we gave him cereal. He was a big baby, almost 9 pounds at birth and we even had to supplement him a little in the hospital and at home but it was always breastmilk first. He never develop nipple confusion as he always wanted the real thing!

I was not working at the time which made it easier, as all I did was nurse all day long. I know several new Mom's who wanted to nurse but because they had to work, could not. That is a shame. I would not have been able to nurse Nason is I returned to the classroom sooner.

I miss nursing as there was something so very special about it. I lost all my baby weight and it was great. I miss it.

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Good topic Christie!

I breastfed my son for nearly two years, the first 6 months he consumed breastmilk only. I was planning on two years solid, but had complications with my wisdom teeth that required them to be pulled, and the related meds were not good for baby, so I stopped a little early. He was drinking relatively little breastmilk at that stage anyway, so it was easy enough to stop physically, though a little tougher emotionally.

I am glad that I breastfed, and I think there were good effects--my son never got attached to a pacifier or to his thumb, and is generally quite healthy, and I lost a lot of weight while breastfeeding. However, it was hard work--finding time to pump breastmilk during the day after I returned to work, and relatively frequently being the go-to person in the middle of the night.

I sympathize with those moms who have a hard time getting baby to figure out breastfeeding, but even for those that find the connection almost instant it's a lot of work and a lot of wear and tear on the body. Breastfeeding is a great thing (it feels good too!), but moms who are doing it should get lots of support from friends and family. I had a lot of people who seemed to want to sabotage my efforts along the way (though generally not consciously), starting with the hospital nurses who wanted to feed my son something else until my milk came in. So I'm not surprised to hear that low percentages of moms successfully breastfeed their babies, despite all that we are told about how it is a good thing.

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