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    Talking Quest to lose that Baby FAT

    Hey everyone! Some of you may remember me from other places but I was recruited by Sharon to come on over and start posting so here I am! I had my son 14 weeks ago and I am getting back into lifting now. Its been a slow start and I am a hell of a lot weaker than I was but it will all come back to me I am sure.

    Right now my training looks like this.

    Monday-Full body power
    Tues-cardio
    Wednesday-pump day
    thurs-cardio
    friday-high volume
    saturday-cardio
    sunday-off

    I am starting back eating HEALTHIER options and easing into it. I am not going to go back to eating strick as hell like before because I think that triggered binges and I don't want to do that. So I will eat 90% clean.

    From what my new gym says (by measurements) the figured I am about 32%BF. I am not sure its that high but whatever.
    I started out at 166lbs and today I weighed 162 so 4 lbs this week.

    So thats where I am at so far!

    Heres my starting point:



    This was my workout for Thursday:
    Okay so I got to the gym and worked my weak butt out! I can't belive how much strength I have lost...Its crazy! So my first official day back and I am off and running and already FEEL AWESOME...I can't wait to get back in there tomorrow. I have the FEVER again! YEAH!

    I did 4 sets of 6 each exercise

    squats-90lbs
    Trad DL-90 lbs
    Seated Calves-35lbs
    db bench press-20lbs
    Bent over rows (individual)-25lbs per arm
    DB Presses-15
    Incline curls-15
    close grip decline Bench Press-65lbs
    Hanging Leg Raises-4x12

    I also did 10 minutes on the bike for 4 miles. I cramed in as much cardio as I could before I had to go get Hayden so I feel accomplished.
    I didn't eat really well but lunch and dinner weren't bad. I was really rushed this am so I had cereal. I am throwing out all the bad food though as soon as I go grocery shopping for the coming up week!
    Last edited by amandagano; 02-28-2009 at 07:57 AM. Reason: forgot recent pic

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    I totally WISH that my AVI was a recent pic but that however is before...what I am hoping to get back to...that was just a month or so before I got preggers. I figured if I saw that everytime I post that it would be great motivation.

    I feel good about what I am doing, I have dropped 4lbs this week (good old kick start week).

    I am so sore from Thursday's workout but I got to the gym yesterday. I have like ZERO stamina but I did as much cardio as I could before going to get Hayden.

    I got in 10 minutes on the bike (which I hate, I figured I would do the one that I seem to find the hardest so I build up my endurance and push muscles that I don't often push) and 15 on the stepper. I had my heartrate up to 174 on the stepper...It felt so good! I feel better than I did when I was totally fit before because STUPID me was smoking. So I have been quit over a year now and that is a great feeling. Hayden helped me with many of my problems without even realizing it. He is my little miracle!

    I know this has NOTHING to do with training but I got WAY more sleep last night.
    My sweet boy is DEPENDENT on a paci to sleep...well I started breaking him of it. After 30 minutes or more of screaming not wanting to fall asleep without it I layed him down in his swing and he slept there till 2:30 (He normally co-sleeps) and I didn't have to get him till 2:30-6:30 and he didn't toss and turn like he normally does keeping me up all night.

    I think that this is going to be a big step to me being able to get him to sleep in his own crib. WISH ME LUCK!!!

    I am going to do some outdoor's activities today instead of going to the gym. I am going to POWER walk the gym with Hayden strapped to me...and he is nearly 15 lbs so thats a workout in itself!

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    Hello!! I'm Kristen!
    Congratulations on the sweet baby boy!! You need to post some pics of that little man.
    Sounds like your first workout back was a good one & it sounds like your getting back into the swing of things are far as diet & working out.
    So good luck & I hope you don't mind me stopping by!

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    I Amanda, welcome to our site, congratulations on your baby, and also in your comeback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by **blondie** View Post
    Hello!! I'm Kristen!
    Congratulations on the sweet baby boy!! You need to post some pics of that little man.
    Sounds like your first workout back was a good one & it sounds like your getting back into the swing of things are far as diet & working out.
    So good luck & I hope you don't mind me stopping by!

    You are more than welcome! Thank you for stopping by!! Here is a new pic of my little man Hayden!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenda Bozett View Post
    I Amanda, welcome to our site, congratulations on your baby, and also in your comeback.
    Thanks Glenda...GLAD TO BE BACK AT IT! It was a long 12 months! ;o)

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    Hey Amanda, its Jill(Ramapo 28) from MD Congrats on your little boy!!!!! I shall be stopping through from time to time!

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    Hey! Congratulations, lady! I can't believe how fast time has flown. Wow.
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    HEY LADIES! Time has flown for me too! My sweet boy is getting so big and its already time to get fit all over again! I am looking forward to the journey! thanks for coming by!

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    Awww, he's precious...



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    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YOU MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~gymdiva~ View Post
    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YOU MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did you have any doubts? lol

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    What an adorable baby and I bet you're an awesome new mom! Is he your first? You will kick ass at getting back into shape I'm sure. I think it's awesome you're not sitting around like so many new mom's do just kind of letting yourself go. I think it's great you're up and at it again so soon after the baby has been born as well. Good luck and can't wait to see what's in store for you! There are LOTS of great lady's here who can offer advice as well as I'm sure you know...
    Congrats!

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    Wow, I wished I'd looked like you do back when my kids were that little, lol. It always took me quite a bit longer to get back in the game than that. Not a bad place to start from at all. This will be a breeze.

    <---mommy of 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by trivial View Post
    Wow, I wished I'd looked like you do back when my kids were that little, lol. It always took me quite a bit longer to get back in the game than that. Not a bad place to start from at all. This will be a breeze.

    <---mommy of 4

    I feel very blessed! I don't know if it is because I was in such good shape BEFORE I got pregnant or genetics...but if you saw my parents you would know its probably NOT GENETICS...;o)

    I don't want it to get outta control like I have before and I think that its more important than ever to live a healthy life. I want Hayden to grow up healthy so it isn't hard for him like it is on me later in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corrie79 View Post
    What an adorable baby and I bet you're an awesome new mom! Is he your first? You will kick ass at getting back into shape I'm sure. I think it's awesome you're not sitting around like so many new mom's do just kind of letting yourself go. I think it's great you're up and at it again so soon after the baby has been born as well. Good luck and can't wait to see what's in store for you! There are LOTS of great lady's here who can offer advice as well as I'm sure you know...
    Congrats!
    Thanks...I am sure going to try! Hayden is our first we tried for him for 3 years and when I started concentrating on training for a competition...low and behold little mister comes along ;o)

    I am sure I will needs lots of guidance...its true if you don't use it you loose it. I feel like I am starting over brand new. So much has changed!!!!

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    Wow, you look damn good for having a baby recently.
    Best of luck to you with your diet and training!

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    Default Protein question

    So I am sure with all of us together somebody had tried nearly every protein out there. I am looking for a really good tasting protein for cooking and one just for shakes...any ideas ladies??

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    hey manda...so glad to see you here and starting a journal! ur baby is getting so big already! time sure does fly by. i look forward to following along.

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    Hi Amanda! (connstellation at MD)

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    Well well well... look who is here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandagano View Post
    So I am sure with all of us together somebody had tried nearly every protein out there. I am looking for a really good tasting protein for cooking and one just for shakes...any ideas ladies??

    I know Optimum Nutrition makes a plain one that may be good for cooking...haven't tried it so I'm not sure...but I loved Gaspari's Myofusion...I got to try some in chocolate and it reminded me of a yoo hoo!...I wanna try strawberry next...

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    Default Hey everyone!!!

    I am glad to see you both! ;o) Thanks for coming to see me! I am working on getting this thread rocking...got some more recipes to find to make my food interesting this go around...I have found some knarley stuff...can you believe I actually saw a recipe for TUNA SHAKE...YUCK!!!!


    Thanks for the info DIVA, I love YOHOO's so that should be yummy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ondrea View Post
    hey manda...so glad to see you here and starting a journal! ur baby is getting so big already! time sure does fly by. i look forward to following along.

    Hey girl I see you are still rocking out that hard as a rock bod! You prepping for anything soon? I love to follow along with your threads!?

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    So today I have done really well with my eating and even though I am THOUROUGHLY sore I am going to do my workout today. I hope that I get a little more used to working out again cause my LEGS ARE STILL on fire!

    I don't remember them being this sore the first time I started working out again. I love the burn but I can barely bend my legs to walk like a normal person and I did that workout THURSDAY! I think I will have to warm them up on the treadmill or something first cause I am doing full body workouts so LEGS every other day...whew...thats gonna burn!

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    Talking 03/02/2009 workout and diet

    Whats up ladies and Gents!?

    I had a pretty good workout yesterday but I was STILL really sore from thursdays workout...WTF?

    I saved legs stuff for last as they were incredibly sore.

    incline db flys-5x10@20lbs 20-30 sec rest on ALL exercises
    side lateral raises 5x10 @ 8lbs
    lat pulldowns-5x10@65lbs
    db curls-5x10@15lbs
    sissy squats-5x10@bw
    single leg dl-3x5@16lbs

    15 minutes on stationary bike in FAT burning mode

    diet-
    oats and 1 scoop whey
    cottage cheese 1/2 scoop whey
    6oz chick breast/flatout wrap/1/2c brown rice
    workout
    6 oz chicken 2 slices of fat free american cheese 3 peices of turkey bacon
    1 scoop whey protein drink
    Last edited by amandagano; 03-03-2009 at 08:42 AM. Reason: forgot some workout

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    Default Workout 3/3

    Well I did 15 minutes on FAT BURN Stationary Bike and 15 minutes in the step machine

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    HI!! Dont you love his jumper thing??? My daughter is a beast in hers- she launches so high and LAUGHS....ahhhh, babies. Good to see ya, I remember you from MD, Im on the same 'baby weight' goal as you, so we should keep checking on each other! Good luck, enjoy the cutie pie!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by palomino View Post
    HI!! Dont you love his jumper thing??? My daughter is a beast in hers- she launches so high and LAUGHS....ahhhh, babies. Good to see ya, I remember you from MD, Im on the same 'baby weight' goal as you, so we should keep checking on each other! Good luck, enjoy the cutie pie!!!

    The one that we have is still a little to high for hayden so I have to put a pillow under his feet which slides around...I will be happy when he can touch the ground cause he will LOVE IT! He loves to bounce!

    Lets keep eachother going! How old is your daughter?

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    She just turned 8 months on the first- I really have no excuse why Im still looking like crap LOL. But at least Im starting somewhere!!
    This will be fun!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by palomino View Post
    She just turned 8 months on the first- I really have no excuse why Im still looking like crap LOL. But at least Im starting somewhere!!
    This will be fun!!!

    Hey you are starting and thats all that matters! I can understand waiting...I would have kept right on waiting but honestly my sweet husband gained "baby weight" too and he has been having headaches and I think that it has something to do with his weight gain so I want to do it together and make it liveable for us all. So we can teach hayden good eating habits at a young age.

    Hayden is 3months will be 4 on the 18th! I can't wait till he PLAYS more...with toys and stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandagano View Post
    Well I did 15 minutes on FAT BURN Stationary Bike and 15 minutes in the step machine

    For some reason, the StepMill is okay, but that step machine is just torture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaoshang Xiongshou View Post
    For some reason, the StepMill is okay, but that step machine is just torture.

    It is pretty darn bad! I wish that we had a step mill...that must be for those fancy smancy gyms ;o)!

    I have tried a step mill twice but that was back in my scrawny eating disorder days and that thing KILLED ME!!!!!

    But I bet it would get my badunk-adunk in shape!

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    That stepmill will kill anyone, not just a scrawny eating disordered person! So glad you don't do that anymore! When I use the stepmill, I alternate between thinking I'm OK and thinking I'm going to die!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Baker View Post
    That stepmill will kill anyone, not just a scrawny eating disordered person! So glad you don't do that anymore! When I use the stepmill, I alternate between thinking I'm OK and thinking I'm going to die!

    Thats good to know Kelly...now I don't know if I EVER wanna try it again lol

    I would start out and feel really weak make it a while and then I would be like oh this isn't so bad when you get used to it then you nearly fall of the back because you can't keep up...yup...remember those days as if it were yesterday!

    I am happy I am not like that anymore either. I liked my body back then but not happy the way I did it. ;o)

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    Just think. Your son will get to be embarassed by his friends when he's older when they say "Dude! Your Mom is HOT".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Baker View Post
    Just think. Your son will get to be embarassed by his friends when he's older when they say "Dude! Your Mom is HOT".
    Ha ha...wow thats weird...thinking of him older...
    I'M SOMEBODY'S MOM! WOW! Sorry sometimes that wierd stuff just hits you...lol

    I can only hope that I will still look good to his daddy much less his friends by then! lol

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    So my workout today looked like this.

    all sets are done with 4x6 range

    squats-warm up 65x6 85x6 95x6 95x6 95x6 95x6
    Deadlifts-95x6 95x6 95x6 95x6
    db bench press-4x6@25lbs
    bent over rows- 45x6 45x6 25x6 25x6 25x6
    db shoulder press-25x6 25x6 25x6 20x6
    incline curl-15x6 15x6 15x6 15x6
    tricep press down-55x6 55x6 65x6 65x6
    hyper extensions 3x10 BW
    Decline Crunches 4x10 BW

    good eats for dinner I had my HEALTHY version on a chicken quesadilla on a low carb wrap...yummy yummy for my tummy!
    Decline Crunches 4x10 BW
    Last edited by amandagano; 03-04-2009 at 08:40 PM.

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    deadlifts-3 warmups- @ 65,85, and 95 with worksets at 6@115lbs
    rack pull ups-3 warm ups and 6xbw

    SUPERSETS

    seated incline db presses-4x10@20 with
    bent over rows-4x10@20

    tricep pushups-(I couldn't do these...sad to say but TRUE) so I did tricep extensions-4x10@25lbs ss with
    standing cable curls-4x10@25lbs

    side wall planks-3x30sec per side ( i dont remember these being so darn hard)
    swiss ball rollouts 3x10 (these are crazy hard)

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    Nice work! Looks like you're starting to hit your stride again!

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    Hey Amanda. I remember you.

    Where are you girl?
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