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post #21 of 60

kittywitty- try not to get too upset. You are only 2 months pp. It could be water. I agree with spuglyroo about the possibility of too few calories or muscle. With both kids at 2 months my body was still figuring out the new status quo.

 

Welcome.gif hollymommy

 

I am back on track after the holiday excess. The trick is to make it last through next week when I have to travel. Also, it's my 5K (eek).

 

post #22 of 60

still hovering between 138.5 and 140 depending on the morning.  I guess this is my first plateau and I'm going to need to kick it up a notch to get moving in the correct direction again.  Which means I should be sitting here on the computer winky.gif but should instead be working out.  Maybe if I spent less time on the computer I'd burn more calories and lose more weight. It's a thought. Keep up the good work ladies!

post #23 of 60

Lost .5 this week despite my lack of motivation to track what I ate.. and a few indulgences... say.. an entire box of swiss cheese crackers ... waaay too many huge bowls of special k... and a lot of life savers candies... yikes, not much nutritional value in any of that! Trying to find motivation to continue on losing... I was 134.5 at my WW meeting. Next week I will hopefully reach my goal of 134 and declare a new goal... (I'm thinking.. 125?)

 

Does anybody else have a difficult time drinking enough water?? I honestly think thats why I ate so much cereal this week.. was to get the fluids from the milk... How do you make sure you get enough h20 for a nursing mama? Anyone have any reality-striking info on why water is just so important?? (I really need a wake up call regarding this...)

 

 

With exercise? Been doing pretty well.. went to the gym twice this week, but also got the Michael Jackson Dance game for Wii (haha its pretty fun!) .. and DH got me the Zumba game for wii since I've been going to zumba class at the YMCA and really enjoying it. Both games are a good workout and fun too! I'm also looking into getting DH and I snowshoes so we can take DD out for some winter activity and get our hearts pumping! DH has quit smoking... 5 days in.. and I imagine hes going to need to do extra exercise to make up for all the junk food hes been eating!! (But SOOO SOO proud of him!)

 

I guess thats it for now.. but I do want to say... WAKE UP mamas!! This thread was really pumping for quite a few months but seems to have lost some umph!! POST and tell us how you're doing!! If there are any lurkers about.. we could really use your support!

post #24 of 60

Hi Everyone! I just started a new "diet", but it's not really a diet, just clean eating. I'm down to 133.8!!!

 

post #25 of 60

 

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Hi Everyone! I just started a new "diet", but it's not really a diet, just clean eating. I'm down to 133.8!!!  

 Nice work, Nola79!!! 

 

I just got off the scale and am down to 175!!!  I am really trying to increase my water intake and not drink any calories.  Exercise isn't going well for me right now, DD and I just snuggle and read most days. I plan on making some granola bars this weekend, so hopefully that will help get my days started on the right foot.  I am decided to weigh-in on Fridays rather than Mondays to give myself extra motivation for the weekend instead of getting down on myself every Monday.

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Does anybody else have a difficult time drinking enough water?? I honestly think thats why I ate so much cereal this week.. was to get the fluids from the milk... How do you make sure you get enough h20 for a nursing mama? Anyone have any reality-striking info on why water is just so important?? (I really need a wake up call regarding this...)

 


 

Me!!  I have probably lived in a state of near constant partial dehydration my whole life.  During my last pregnancy my midwife asked if I had been drinking enough and what I drank the day before.  It turns out I had only consumed about 18 oz of water/liquids the entire day, which she told me was unacceptable (even for a non-pregnant woman) and I needed to do a lot better.  Since then I have made a conscious effort to drink more water.  I fill a two quart pitcher with water and set it out on the counter with a glass so that I see it every time I walk through the kitchen and I can be visually reminded of how much/little I've had so far that day.  Back in July when I had first had my baby I filled the pitcher twice each day (I was nursing and it was really hot so I needed the extra) but now I do around 2.5 quarts a day.

 

Changes I've noticed:

less/non-existent skin blemishes

weird bald patches on my tongue disappeared

skin is noticeably less dry and dandruff nearly gone

more regular bowel movements (fiber is good but without water all that fiber just turns to cement in your colon)

weight loss (a lot of people read their body's signals wrong and eat instead of drinking so they are consuming calories instead of water.  I pretty much only drink water so I'm not wasting any calories on a glass of juice when I am thirsty.  Also I have heard a lot that by the time you feel thirsty you are already partially dehydrated but I'm not sure how true that is I've never looked it up).

 

I can't think of the rest off the top of my head, and right now Little Man is at my elbow telling me that I want to play trains with him (not asking, lol) He is sick at the moment (the germs are starting to make their rounds to the rest of us, lovely) but he is more needy when he's not well so I am going to indulge him before we go make lunch.  Hope this helps!

post #27 of 60

thank you! I really like the idea about setting the water out in a jug... Since we buy our water.. this might also help me to drink it.. since I wont want it to go.. `stale` 

 

I think I;ll try this.. gotta find a jug first though!!

post #28 of 60

I am down 1lb this week--163.  STILL not back to pre-holiday numbers but I would say after last week, I am lucky that I lost a pount. 

post #29 of 60
Thread Starter 

hi. i'm lurking again. can you tell?

 

i guess, its just there isn't much to update on.

 

i've still seen the same numbers for almost a month now.

 

at least all the holiday weight is gone, but the scale just isn't budging AT. ALL.

 

I think.. and I really HATE to say it.. but I think, that maybe this is just the weight that my body wants to be at. I mean.. I have a healthy BMI, so its not completely unheard of, I guess.

I'd love love love to lose these last 7lbs and get to 130, but maybe I wont. Who knows. I'm doing the best I can. Nothing has changed, and the weight just isn't coming off. I'm hoping that maybe this is just a plateau, and that it will come off eventually. The one positive? This has been such an amazing journey, and I've seen such wonderful results that this is truly a lifestyle change. I'm not going to go back to the way things were, because this is the new me. So maybe I wont lose another pound. But I wont let myself gain another one either!

 

But you can be sure I'm going to try! (to lose, that is.)

 

I read this- http://medweb.mit.edu/pdf/set_point_theory.pdf

 

and I'd like to discuss it. Anyone have any thoughts? What do you think. Its an interesting concept.

post #30 of 60

The article has an interesting theory.  It seems to make sense, especially when you look at how people raised in a household where they share the same diet and lifestyle but have greatly varying sizes/weights.  I'm not sure if it is true though.  I think that there are a lot of factors that play a part in weight loss, not just the obvious dietary and physical activity aspects, but also things such as mood, stress level, hormones (natural, medicated, or dietary) etc.  I also have read that the foods we eat while we are pregnant and their quantities as well as whether or not we are exercising will impact the baby's body in relation to future weight, heath, and their desire for pursuing physical activity as adults. 

 

We have all succumbed to the flu over here.  I haven't been exercising for the past several days because I feel so lousy and the kids are driving me up the wall.  The only difference at the moment is I have doubled my daily water to try and flush the germs out of my system.  If I weigh less when I finally get around to measuring it will probably because of the lung I will have lost this week.  Ugh.  Can't wait for spring.

post #31 of 60
It could be some water retention-my rings and shoes still don't fit right. But I went up in inches and pounds and those things fit better than last month, so I know it's not all water. This is getting really depressing! I was looking through old pictures for ones of one of my dd for her endocrinologist and noticed by this far pp with my last two kids, I was back into size 8 and small tops. I'm usually a 4-6. I can't even fit in size 12 right now. All I've lost so far this time is boobage. greensad.gif

1/19/10
Weight (Naked Before Shower) 152
Top of Breasts - 34 & 37
Under Breasts - 32
Belly at Belly Button - 36
Hips - 40
Upper Thighs - 24
Upper Arm - 11
Neck - 12
Waist -33
post #32 of 60

Kittywitty- I am also a size 4/6 and could barley fit into a 12 about the same time postpartum. It's very frustrating. Don't give up.

post #33 of 60
Thread Starter 

Me too! I am a size 6 right now, and at 2 and a half months postpartum I was definitely in like a 12/14.

post #34 of 60

Amanda, I was reminded of your talk of having reached a plateau and when I came across this today:

 

"From A User’s Guide to the Brain: While a new task is being learned by specific circuits in the frontal cortex, many neighboring neurons drop whatever they are doing to assist in the process. Once the task has been mastered and executed a number of times, the firing patterns become established and the behavior automatic. It no longer requires conscious attention.

 

Perhaps this explains the plateau people experience in exercise.   When you are first learning to coordinate your body, your brain has to work much harder.  Once the brain has established a good connection to the muscles and the pattern used for the task, you no longer have the extra work of organizing neurological current, preparing the muscle for water and glycogen storage, and growing capillaries.  All of these tasks use kcals as energy – so when the jobs decrease, so does the caloric expenditure."  -Katy Bowman

 

 

Maybe you (by you I mean any one of us who feels that they have reached a plateau) need to try a different exercise rather than simply trying to work harder? 

post #35 of 60

I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time since I got sick and was VERY pleasantly surprised!  Last time I checked I was 139.1, this morning? 136.5!!  So thrilled! I would rather not have had to experience the flu for the past week, but at least there was a positive after all my suffering.  I don't think my appetite was affected much so I was still eating around the same, and I wasn't exercising because my body ached too badly, the only thing I can attribute to helping is the fact that I was chugging water like it was my job since I was so thirsty.  I think I was averaging 5 quarts a day.  I think I am going to have to stick with an increase in fluids and see how it works along with exercise.  I am curious to see if my body was still in stress/famine/dehydration mode and hoarding unnecessary calories. 

 

I can't wait for spring!  These 0°F days are killing me right now.  I keep telling myself that we are gaining sunlight every day, but I don't think it is helping.

post #36 of 60



 

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Maybe you (by you I mean any one of us who feels that they have reached a plateau) need to try a different exercise rather than simply trying to work harder? 


You are so right. It's all about muscle confusion.
 

post #37 of 60
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You are so right. It's all about muscle confusion.
 


lol.gif for some reason this really amused me.  Quick!  Lets change it up and confuse the fat so we can triumph!  Next on the list the kids!  If we can confuse them, we will win!! (Of course this sounds suspiciously like my school days, hmmm)  Sorry, I'm in a bit of a silly mood, I got my first night of good sleep in about a week last night.

post #38 of 60



 

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Originally Posted by nola79 View Post

 

You are so right. It's all about muscle confusion.
 


lol.gif for some reason this really amused me.  Quick!  Lets change it up and confuse the fat so we can triumph!  Next on the list the kids!  If we can confuse them, we will win!! (Of course this sounds suspiciously like my school days, hmmm)  Sorry, I'm in a bit of a silly mood, I got my first night of good sleep in about a week last night.


lol. Funny, I too got my first night good sleep in a looong time.
 

post #39 of 60

Thanks for the welcome, Kittywitty!

post #40 of 60

Hi Everyone! Is anyone else having a hard time with eating? Or, I should say, eating healthy? I am sooo sick of chicken breast, brown rice, broccoli, salads, etc. I really need some new ideas. It seems like the more I try to stay on track, the more I want what I can't have. Doesn't help that it's Mardi Gras season here and everytime I walk into a grocery store I'm bombarded with kingcake. If anyone has any ideas for healthy recipes that actually taste good, please please post them. What I'm trying to do is eat a high protein diet, with meals about every 3 hours and I am seriously running out of ideas. Help!

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