Well, I'm back to pre-pg weight already, but my pre-pg weight was already 30 lbs. overweight, so I still have quite a bit to lose in my efforts to regain fitness and health. And when I hit 35 three years ago, my metabolism slowed waaaay down, so I find I have to work much harder than before to lose anything.
Like Siobhain, I have a really hard time losing weight while nursing -- Mother Nature seems determined to keep extra fat stores on me in case of starvation, lol! And honestly, knowing that the holidays were approaching, I haven't even tried diet and exercise yet, b/c I knew all the yummy food at this time of year would sabotage my efforts, anyway.
However, it's a New Year now, so I want to try and get going. I'm setting modest goals for myself, or I'll give up quickly. So instead of trying to lose a certain number of pounds a month, I'm going to commit to a certain amount of exercise each week (my plan is to walk on our treadmill for 30 mins. 4-5x/week), combined with deliberately eating smaller portion sizes of our regular meals and attempting to cook more Weight Watcher-friendly menus. If that doesn't do anything, then I'll have to step it up further, but I'm all about making small changes that I can sustain, rather than embarking on a dramatic transformation that I'll give up at the earliest opportunity.
While the weight loss will be great in terms of looking better, I really want to do it for health reasons -- I have chronic hypertension, and b/c of my pre-eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome with Duncan, I'm still on a really high dose of BP meds and would like to be able to lower it. I also have high cholesterol, a fatty liver (even though I rarely drink and eat mostly vegetarian), and suspect I may have some insulin resistance going on, too, since my dad does and I seem to have inherited every single one of his medical issues.
My ultimate goal is to get in MUCH better shape by the time I'm 40 (2 yrs. away), so that I have the energy and health to keep up with my kiddos for a long, long time!