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About Me

A little about me:
I am the wife of a farmer and a stay-at-home-mom of two wonderful kids--a 3-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl.  We raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and cattle.  My hobbies are scrapbooking, reading, and working out.  When do I have time to do those?!
After my son was born in December of 2000, I gained 30 pounds.  I joined Weight Watchers Online in September 2001 and made my goal in February 2002.  This last pregnancy was much easier than my first and I kept my weight gain down.  Of course, building a new house and chasing after a toddler definitely helped as well as my continuing commitment to exercise.  I gave birth to a 9 lb. 4 oz. baby girl on October 17, 2003.  That was a lot of baby! 
I am currently nursing my daughter, which is where my problem comes in.  Generally, a nursing mom needs 500 extra calories, but my body seems to think I need more!  My weight is very slowly creeping up and I'm going to try my best to keep it down.  Cravings for sweets are overwhelming now and everything tastes so good after nothing tasting good while I was pregnant.  For now, my goal is to lose about 12 pounds and get to 135 as well as fit into those pre-pregnancy pants.  I am going to do a loose version of Weight Watchers and see how it goes.    My points range is 28-33 because I am breastfeeding.
I really enjoy working out, especially taking walks down our gravel road with my kids in the jogger stroller, so making time to work out is not a problem.  For me, losing weight is not only about looking good, but also about being healthy for my family--to see my kids grow up to be wonderful people and parents themselves.

Fitness is a JOURNEY,
not a destination!
So take a new grip with your tired hands
& stand firm on your shaky legs.
--Hebrews 12:12