BodySpace Member Of The Month - July 2009: Love2Groove!

The BodySpace Member of the Month for July 2009 is Rany (Love2Groove). She was chosen because she is using nearly every applicable feature of BodySpace, and making it look very impressive!

The BodySpace Member of the Month for July 2009 is Love2Groove. She was chosen because she is using nearly every applicable feature of BodySpace, and making it look very impressive!

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[ Q ] How old are you and where do you live?
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    I'm 26 years old and I live in beautiful Southern California.

I Live In Beautiful Southern California. I Live In Beautiful Southern California.
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I Live In Beautiful Southern California.

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[ Q ] When did you start working out, and what mistakes did you make at first?
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    I started working out soon after I graduated high school in 2000 but didn't get serious until 2008 after the birth of my son.

    Form and going into the gym without a game plan were probably my biggest mistakes.

    I hurt my knee and lower back often which could have been easily avoided if I practiced good form.

I Started Working Out Soon After I Graduated High School In 2000.
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I Started Working Out Soon After
I Graduated High School In 2000.

    I was known as a gym rat to my friends but I never achieved the physique I wanted till I devised a workout routine for myself and started seeing results.

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[ Q ] Did you exercise at all while you were pregnant?
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    I did, but very little of it. I probably exercised 2 days - doing light cardio - out of the week because I was just tired most of the time. If I exercised more I wouldn't have gained so much unnecessary weight during my pregnancy.

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[ Q ] How long did you wait after you had your baby to start getting back in shape?
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    I probably waited 2 months; basically after I got the OK from my doctor after my checkup.

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[ Q ] What are those women saying to you now that you got into amazing shape, after they said you probably won't be very fit again after having a baby?
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    I've gotten a lot of compliments everywhere I go, even from strangers. The most popular ones I hear from my friends are "You look better than you did before you were pregnant", or "You are probably in the best shape in your life" and "You don't even look like you ever had a baby."

    Oh, it's funny. Now they are asking me for advice with what I'm eating, supplements, routines and how to target certain body parts.

I've Gotten A Lot Of Compliments Everywhere I Go.
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I've Gotten A Lot Of
Compliments Everywhere I Go.

    I'm always happy to share my experience, advice and what I have learned through the years to help others.

    It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, just a lot of self-discipline and commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

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[ Q ] What is a typical day like for you in managing baby care, workouts, eating, etc?
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    Having a husband who constantly travels for international business 4 days out of a week can be difficult at times when raising a newborn.

    We also have a home office for our e-business which is pretty convenient, it allows me to stay at home and still work at the same time.

    My day normally starts off at 7:00 AM taking care of the little one, checking emails, replying, returning calls, and following up with clients.

    I'm normally running errands all day long depending on the circumstances or at home studying for an upcoming exam for a certain license for the business, so I try to prepare my meals the night before.

I'm Normally Running Errands All Day Long Depending On The Circumstances.
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I'm Normally Running Errands All Day
Long Depending On The Circumstances.

    I make big portions so I can split them throughout my day and I programmed my phone to remind me it's time to eat every 2 hours which helps tremendously on hectic days.

    When I'm the road I just stop at a subway and order a 6-inch or buy a protein bar if I can't prepare it myself.

    Despite all this the only time my son is with a baby sitter would be at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM and where you will find me at the gym hitting it hard.

    I normally focus on weight training since I'm running around all day long burning calories as I go.

I Normally Focus On Weight Training Since I'm Running Around All Day Long Burning Calories.
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I Normally Focus On Weight Training Since I'm
Running Around All Day Long Burning Calories.

    Once I'm done with the gym it doesn't stop there... I have to get the house ready and the baby to bed which often can be a workout on its own.

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[ Q ] What is the best advice about fitness you could give somebody who is pregnant?
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    Before you begin exercising, remember that it is important to talk to your doctor. Wear shoes that have good support and are not slippery, so you won't fall.

    Breathe deeply, drink a lot of water and focus on why your working out: "To stay healthy for the baby and not lose weight."

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[ Q ] Do you have any future plans in fitness?
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    I do. In fact, I'm in the process of preparing for my first show in October (the bikini division). If all goes well I plan to attend the Olympia in Las Vegas to network and meet others who are also passionately involved in fitness.

    So all you SoCal locals come show your support. I'm excited to see how far my passion for fitness will take me.

I'm In The Process Of Preparing For My First Show In October.
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I'm In The Process Of Preparing
For My First Show In October.

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[ Q ] What are 5 favorite songs you have on your iPod?
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[ Q ] What is the best piece of advice you ever received in life?
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    "People with less do more."

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[ Q ] How have you been managing to eat right in a world full of tempting treats everywhere?
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    I set aside a cheat meal once a week. I like to indulge at Yogurtland, an all you can eat yogurt parlor with unlimited different flavored yogurts and unlimited toppings... it's heaven! I didn't know you could consider that a meal.

I Set Aside A Cheat Meal Once A Week.
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I Set Aside A Cheat
Meal Once A Week.

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[ Q ] Are any other moms, friends, or family that you know of who are trying to get in better shape now that they have seen your success?
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    Oh yes, definitely. I try to stress the importance of clean eating, so whenever we're out dining, I set an example by ordering something healthy on the menu and normally they would follow.

    I'm also really active on my Facebook, always having something fitness related on my status, and just recently I'm seeing a lot of my friends posting "they're going to the gym, taking up some type of sport etc." I'm not going to take full credit but I like to tell myself I play a part.

I Try To Stress The Importance Of Clean Eating.
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I Try To Stress The
Importance Of Clean Eating.

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[ Q ] If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
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    Oh my... I would go to Bora Bora Island; it looks like paradise on the postcards.

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