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Postpartum weight loss and exercise thread

post #1 of 39
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Ok, I know there are lots of you that are just a few weeks (or days) out, but I think there are enough of us a month or more out to start this.

What are your weight loss and exercise plans?

I have less than 5 lbs left to lose, but have been here for about 3 weeks.... Yesterday I was able to fit in my skinny jeans, but barely....

I am doing the 100 push up and 200 sit up challenge. Also started jogging again yesterday (slow 1 mile). I really need to watch what I eat better. I have been all about sweets.

Please help me!
post #2 of 39
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Postpartum appt is Wednesday. Will find out then how much I still have to lose, and will be cleared to exercise normally.
post #3 of 39
Well, I'm not even 48 hours postpartum yet, but I'm eager to start. That's the perk of baby going home with someone else - I feel pretty rested and only have to focus on my own recovery. I only gained 12 pounds during the pregnancy and lost 10 already. (That's what the baby weighed - I don't know why I didn't lose any weight for amniotic fluid or placenta) but I have at least 30 pounds of pre-pregnancy weight I'd like to lose. Right now I'm enjoying not having a baby in my ribcage and eating more that 3 bites at a time and no heartburn! Eating is obviously the first thing I can work on, as I can't exercise yet. But looking forward to some leisurely strolls at least in a few days.
post #4 of 39
I can't start this for another 4 weeks. Though I have lost 24lbs so far, I have around 20 to lose to get to my PP weight and would really like to lose 30.
post #5 of 39
I have 27 pounds to lose before I get down to my pp weight... but it was a solid 150, muscle from working out in the oilfield... I am no longer doing physical labor, nor will I be (I am going to raise my son ) so now I need to figure out how much I should weigh and try to achieve a healthy schedule. I have NO idea how I will go about this, since I have never tried to manage my weight before.
post #6 of 39
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Im eager to start too... and still less than a week since birth lol

was 255 the day I went into labor

245 the next day

240 today

Loving watching the birth weight drop off... gets me really eager to get out there and get the REST of the weight off!
post #7 of 39
I'm 1 month post c-section today, so more restricted in my exercise. I have taken a walk almost every day, though, and hope to step up the intensity in a couple weeks.

I started this pregnancy about 50 pounds overweight, gained 16, and am now 11 pounds lighter than pre-pregnancy, so that feels good. I do need to focus on food, though. Sweets are also my downfall, and I'm so hungry from nursing all the time. I need to make better food choices.
post #8 of 39
I want to join!

11 days post-c/s, so still holding off on the physical stuff. I am also starving all the time due to bf both boys.

I'm finding it hard to hold off on the physical stuff, since I feel pretty good. I so want to get back to dancing tho...

Once cleared I want to do the couch 2 5k plan, some weight lifting and overall strengthening stuff. Before finding out I was pregnant with Elias, I was planning on running a 5k, then a half marathon, and taking the local police physical fitness test (it's super intense). Mind you, this was my 1yr plan. I do enjoy the trade though--Elias is totally worth pushing off that stuff to next year.

Ami
post #9 of 39
Really starting to feel normal again at 2.5 weeks PP, so I want to join in, too. Have already dropped 28 pounds from peak pregnancy weight of 205. About 5-10 more to go to be down to pre-pregnancy weight, but would like to lose more since I was definitely carrying around a few extra pre-pregnancy. The weird thing is, my arms, legs, and rib cage are already looking a lot slimmer. It seems like I am carrying most of my weight in my circus-size nursing boobs (whoa nelly!) and my tons of loose skin.

I've been walking at least 1.5 miles every day, sometimes twice a day for about a week and a half. I am surprisingly not as hungry as I thought for nursing, but when I do eat, I have big portions.

Ami, I did the couch to 5k plan and it totally worked. I also had longer term goals, but I ran my first 5K the *day* I got pregnant with Andrew...so, yeah, that didn't work out. But my training buddies have run a 10K and half marathon since then, while I was languishing on the couch with nausea and then PUPPP. But hey, I have a baby now and they don't (not that they were trying). Na na na boo boo anyway though!

Okay y'all, let's get healthy and super svelte!
post #10 of 39
Oy. I need to join!

I think I'm down about 20ish? pounds from my peak preggo weight (but I can't exactly remember--I have it written down somewhere...) and need to lose about 25 more to be around my pre-preggo weight. I'd also like to get rid of the extra 30 lbs I had begun trying to lose when I got pregnant, so I'm looking at about 55-60 lbs total.

I try to walk with Ellie most days (except it's been raining a lot here recently...), probably anywhere from 2-3 miles. Eating hasn't been going too well, though, since I've been craving sweets AND its been hard to make too many healthy meals with a baby who refuses to nap on her own...

Anyway, here's to battling the baby bulge!
post #11 of 39
Posted this in the chat thread too... but it fits more here, haha:

I had my post-partum check up today, he said things are recovering nicely but give it one more week before going full on back to sex and exercise. *sigh*

And... Kelly's Grand Weight Adventure!

Pre-kids, what I feel is my healthy weight (for 5'3"): 125
Highest point in pregnancy with Emma: 183
9 months later when I got pregnant again: 147
Highest point in pregnancy this time: 192


And today at 5 weeks pp....... 154!

I'm nearly back to pre-Ozzy weight!

I still want to lose 30 more total and get back to pre-baby weight (that's the dream anyway), but I'm happy to have dropped so much so quickly. I mean in comparison-- it took 9 months to drop 36 lbs after Emma, and only 5 weeks to drop 38 lbs this time.
post #12 of 39
I started up Wii fit last night. Not doing anything strenuous of course...

weight was down to 236!
post #13 of 39
I was 138 before this pregnancy. I got up to 184. Baby is 18 days old and now I weigh 167, so 14 lbs lost. 29 to go! I bet it will take 9 months.
post #14 of 39
setting up my weight loss plan with DH right now

I have 60 pounds to lose. I am giving myself until January 2012 to lose it... which is about a pound per week.

I have set up treats for myself every 15 pounds

15 (220) - Trip to Raleigh to imax and childrens museum (Partly because I really want to go and partly to get DH who wants to go and the kids to be cheering me on so they get the prize too lol)
30 (205) - New camera
45 (190) - Chopping all of my hair off... I hate long hair and its to my shoulders now.
60 (175) - New computer!

The last three things i need and would get anyway... but refuse to let myself have until those goals.
post #15 of 39
I like your rewards system Maeryn! I need to figure out what mine will be. I have noticed that even though I *can* fit into some of my old pre-preg clothes again, I don't know if I want to. That seems another life ago and some stuff just needs updating. Maybe I will treat myself to some new clothes when I reach specific goals. I don't know if I have the wherewithal to wait on a haircut. I kept having to cancel my appointments before Andrew was born because I'd randomly, you know, go into labor...have a rash...all kinds of things kept popping up and I am desperate for a cut now.

Is anyone else doing a rewards system? (I guess candy rewards defeats the purpose? LOL! Halloween will be tough!)
post #16 of 39
DH suggested clothes.

I told him that clothes will be an ongoing thing as I lose sizes. Cant really equate sizes to pounds with my body.

Right now I assume I am a size 18... if my body goes back to how it was last time I weighed 175lbs then I will be a size 10/11 so there's a few sizes in there I would absolutely have to get new clothes at lol... but that's like a small reward thrown in with the pound loss.
post #17 of 39
I've lost all my baby weight in just 3 weeks,plus a few pounds! I'm in shock that I have since I didn't do a thing to make it happen. I guess breastfeeding does really help you lose weight.


My pre-pregnancy weight was 138 pounds,but I lost a little during that first trimester. I got up to 160 at the end and now weigh 127 pounds. My goal weight was to get down to 125-130 pounds,but I hadn't set a date to reach that goal since I'm not sure when I'll start trying to lose weight and get into shape. I'm not allowed to do much since I had a c-section.
post #18 of 39
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Originally Posted by MaerynPearl View Post
I have set up treats for myself every 15 pounds
That is such a great idea!

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Originally Posted by CraftyMcGluestick View Post
I have noticed that even though I *can* fit into some of my old pre-preg clothes again, I don't know if I want to. That seems another life ago and some stuff just needs updating.
I so know what you mean... for me it's like, since I've been pregnant/caring for baby for two years now, I'm looking at that pre-preg stuff saying yeah... this was good when I was 21 and going to the bar every night, but now I'm nearly 27 and married with two babies... I need a more practical and easy style.

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I've lost all my baby weight in just 3 weeks,plus a few pounds! I'm in shock that I have since I didn't do a thing to make it happen. I guess breastfeeding does really help you lose weight.


My pre-pregnancy weight was 138 pounds,but I lost a little during that first trimester. I got up to 160 at the end and now weigh 127 pounds. My goal weight was to get down to 125-130 pounds,but I hadn't set a date to reach that goal since I'm not sure when I'll start trying to lose weight and get into shape. I'm not allowed to do much since I had a c-section.
Congrats! That's fantastic!
post #19 of 39
Trying to decide if I want to buy a scale. Will it motivate me or distract me?
post #20 of 39
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Ami, I did the couch to 5k plan and it totally worked. I also had longer term goals, but I ran my first 5K the *day* I got pregnant with Andrew...so, yeah, that didn't work out. But my training buddies have run a 10K and half marathon since then, while I was languishing on the couch with nausea and then PUPPP. But hey, I have a baby now and they don't (not that they were trying). Na na na boo boo anyway though!

Okay y'all, let's get healthy and super svelte!
I've done that plan 2 times before. Once to lose a bunch of weight pre-marriage (then got knocked up with Joseph), and once last November to train for a 5k in April of this year (then got knocked up with Elias), and now soon I will start it again. I can't wait to be able to run again--I need that physical high.

The only slip up I fear is that each time I actually get into the groove of exercise/losing weight, I get knocked up. Happened 3 times so far. Hopefully next go around I will be able to actually be at a healthy weight before getting knocked up--faaaaarrrrr into the future. Oh, I'd also like a few months after hitting goal to actually, you know ENJOY my body.

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Originally Posted by Kelly1101 View Post
Posted this in the chat thread too... but it fits more here, haha:

I had my post-partum check up today, he said things are recovering nicely but give it one more week before going full on back to sex and exercise. *sigh*
I'm nearly back to pre-Ozzy weight!
Congrats!! It's so exciting to be so close to pre-baby weight, isn't it?

As for me, my impatience is showing. I'm only 15 days out, but I want to get back to 'normal'. I want to go exercising, I am actually missing being intimate with dh (way too soon, I know!!!), I want to go out and find some playgroups and mama playgroups. I've already decided I want to do some belly dancing soon. Just need to find a group. And dh already told me of a place that does free salsa dance lessons, so I want to go to those with him. I already know how to salsa, dh just needs to learn, and then I want to go dancing!!! My SPD made physical movement darn near impossible, so now that it's no longer here, I feel like I'm bursting at the seams with 9 months worth of suppressed physical movement!

Come to think of it, do you think I could bellydance while having Elias in the moby? Can you imagine the site of that--a baby wearing, breastfeeding, bellydancing mama?

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Is anyone else doing a rewards system? (I guess candy rewards defeats the purpose? LOL! Halloween will be tough!)
I'm thinking of it. Mmmm, candy. Actually, I think Elias might be sensitive to caffeine, which rules out chocolate. Each time I've eaten it, he's screamed for hours. And if it's not chocolate, it doesn't deserve to be called candy.

I think my rewards might be more meeting my 'challenges'. I've never run a 5k, so being able to do one will be awesome. The police physical test is intense too. Dh went through it, and it's basically a 1.5 mile run, followed by clearing 2 6ft fences with no running start (one chain, one solid wood) and running a yard after clearing them, dragging a 165lb dummy 500 ft, an obstacle course, and then a 500 yard dash. Back to back. I think, if I can not only complete that, but complete it with passing grade (see my perfectionistic side?), will be awesome in itself. And then I want to be able to do one marathon.

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I've lost all my baby weight in just 3 weeks,plus a few pounds! I'm in shock that I have since I didn't do a thing to make it happen. I guess breastfeeding does really help you lose weight.
Congrats!!! That's awesome!!! Now you just need to focus on getting your ab strength back, something I need to do post this c/s too. It can be done! I remember working with a trainer last year (around 18mos post c/s) and he was amazed at my ab strength--all thanks to babywearing!

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I so know what you mean... for me it's like, since I've been pregnant/caring for baby for two years now, I'm looking at that pre-preg stuff saying yeah... this was good when I was 21 and going to the bar every night, but now I'm nearly 27 and married with two babies... I need a more practical and easy style.
I totally feel this way too. I have a small amount of pre-baby clothes set aside, for the magical day when I will fit back into them. And while they are cute clothes, totally not practical for babies. For example, bf in a halter top is kinda hard.

I'm finding that my questions on clothes is more geared towards--how easy are stains to get out, can it last multiple washes without fading, can I run at full speed/climb something in it, and can I bf in that? Only if it meets certain criteria will it come home with me.

Of course, the other sad downfall has been shoes. Oh, I loved high heels pre-babies. All my shoes had heels, and not low ones either. Have you tried running after a toddler in heels? I don't know if I just have a super fast toddler, but I need sneakers just to keep pace. Oh, and babywearing while wearing heels feels so unsafe it's not even funny! It's been nearly 4 years since I wore most of my shoes. Still keep them though

As far as the weight loss is concerned, I'm dropping it nicely. The key seems to be hydration. As long as I keep my water intake up, it comes off effortlessly. If I skimp on water, nothing moves.

Top pregnancy weight--235
Today-- 209.5
Pre-Elias weight--200
Pre-Stephen weight--190
and the kicker--pre-Joseph weight--165

Goal weight--anywhere from 130-140, and I'm 5'3.

Not getting into sizes, since it seems to take a while for the swelling in my belly to go down. Seems like it takes a while for things to settle in and go back where they belong.

Amazingly enough, I have lost more weight than I did after Stephen was born. I gained around the same amount with Stephen (38lbs) but only lost 21lbs with him, at 1yr pp.

Ami
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