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Sometimes I really just need a cup of tea to unwind. This one is from a little cafe on a work trip.

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After-class spin selfie, Sept. 30, 2019.

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I'm bad at not taking "before" photos. This was from July 2019 just after I started spin classes.

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Welcome to my little corner of Spark People.

My name is Yilerra, and I'm here like many of you: to make change.

My reasons? Hubby and I are struggling to get pregnant, and I have recently been diagnosed with PCOS. Not only do I want to improve my health in order to help have a successful pregnancy, but to also have a better grasp on healthy living before we become parents.
(UPDATE MARCH 2020: We're successfully on our way to being parents after getting pregnant in November!)

I've been attending spin classes since June 2019, and I love the spin community in my town.

For meals, Hubby and I are working on refining our dining process. We (currently) cook at home about 2-3 times a week, with leftovers a couple of nights, and grab take-out 1-2 times a week. Our goal is to trim down on the take-out, and improve on our meal planning. (Including breakfast and lunches!)

For me, I plan on starting with packing more lunches, instead of eating at the local cafe. While they make great food, the temptation of cake and cookies is very strong when I go in there.

I also love tea.

Member Since: 8/1/2019

Fitness Minutes: 1,667

My Goals:
I've had to adjust my goals with pregnancy, as things have been a bit difficult with a growing belly. I'm hoping to plan for a post-birth plan, assuming Baby is up for accompanying me on my journeys.

Short-term (post-birth, 0-4 months)
Daily 15- to 30-minute walks with Baby. Outdoors preferred, but the weather will likely turn cold around Month 2.
Consistently attend spin class twice a week (either the child-care classes, or leaving Baby with Dad.)
Safely lose any leftover pregnancy weight to get back to pre-pregnancy weight (then go from there).

Mid-term (post-birth, 5-8 months)
Daily 30-minute walks with Baby. Will likely be indoors at local rec facility if it is open.
Continue to attend spin class twice a week.
Go from size 22 to size 18. (2-3XL to XL-2XL)

Long-term (post-birth, 9+ months)
Return to work, if possible. This may throw a wrench into fitness plans.
Continue to attend spin class twice a week, after work, or on weekends.
Go from size 22 to size

My Program:
Post-birth: Daily walking for 15-30 minutes until body recovers enough to attend spin classes again.

Fitness: Spin class 2 times per week. Walking: 5-7 times per week.

Food: Eating the right amount of whole grain carbs, sticking to lean proteins and lots of vegetables and fruit. Eat less junk.

Personal Information:
I'm Yilerra! I live in a small town in northern Alberta, Canada, where winter is long, but the beautiful summer makes up for it. I'm an artist, a creative soul, a communications manager, a wife, and a cat-mom of one furry jerk. I've been diagnosed with PCOS, which is a big push for my reason to change. I have a sweet tooth for cakes and cookies though, so that's a big obstacle for me to overcome.

Other Information:
Candy Sober since Jan. 1, 2019 -- that means no candy! I still allow myself the odd chocolate bar, and currently salty snacks such as chips or popcorn.
Pop Sober since Jan. 1, 2020 -- Hubby wanted to pursue this one, and so far we have done really well to stick with it!

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