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post #21 of 67

thanks for backing me up spuglyroo

 

welcome mylilmonkeys. I weigh 197 too. I am also hoping to hit 170. It's funny, I hear people talking about 130's and to me that sounds really thin. I guess it depends on your build and your body type? I think if I remember correctly I am a size 8-10 at 170 lbs. Should I be aiming for a smaller weight? The thinnest I have been in my adult life is 160 lbs. Maybe when I hit 170 lbs I will consider changing my goals. IDK a size 8-10 sounds good to me. right now I wear a size 14.

post #22 of 67

We must be similar body types.  I was 155-160 in college, wore size 8 and looked and felt pretty good.  My sister is tiny, even after four kids, but I don't think I would look healthy that thin.  Dh isn't into skinny chicks, either. :)  So, for me, I feel comfortable aiming for 170, and maybe a final target of 150.

post #23 of 67

Wow! I just LOVE seeing all of these new mamas on my humble little thread! :) It seems like just yesterday I was a March mama (my son was born 3/2/2010) and it is so nice to see the next generation, so to speak!
 

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Originally Posted by trekkingirl View Post

 I weigh 197 too. I am also hoping to hit 170. It's funny, I hear people talking about 130's and to me that sounds really thin. I guess it depends on your build and your body type? I think if I remember correctly I am a size 8-10 at 170 lbs. Should I be aiming for a smaller weight? The thinnest I have been in my adult life is 160 lbs. Maybe when I hit 170 lbs I will consider changing my goals. IDK a size 8-10 sounds good to me. right now I wear a size 14.

 

I am 136, and 5'4"ish. I wear a size 6. Its different for everyone. Whatever size you feel comfortable at in your own body is the best thing! I was right where you were a year ago!

 

SPEAKING OF WHICH.

 

Here is my post from one year ago- April 7th 2010. This is the very first post, from the very first postpartum weight loss thread found here.
 

 



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Originally Posted by Amandamanda

I wasn't sure if this existed or not already, so I figured I'd start one. Point me in the right direction if it does?
DS was born on 3/2 and I am ashamed to admit this.. but I gained 40lbs during my pregnancy just because of lack of eating good foods and no exercise. This is on top of the 20lbs that I never lost after my previous pregnancy with my now 2 year old DD. I just weighed myself now, and 5 weeks after his birth I weigh.. 192lbs. yuck. this is more than I have ever weighed in my life while not pregnant. I have lost about 20lbs since the birth, but not nearly as much as I had hoped, considering how much I put on. I am nursing him exclusively, but nursing for me actually makes me hold onto weight instead of losing it quicker, so I have that as an added struggle. This week I am going to focus on eating healthier and making overall good choices. I don't want to RESTRICT my calories too much, but I am thinking a 1,400 calorie per day diet, might not be too bad. Next week I will start adding exercise to the mix as I will have officially hit the 6 week postpartum mark, and will no longer have any excuse to put it off.

SO there. now that i admitted all that, and got it out into internet-land, it is official. I HAVE to lose 50lbs. Granted, it took 9 months to put it on, so maybe it will take that long to take off. But mark my words MDC, by his first birthday I will not weigh more than 150lbs!

anyone else out there need to lose the leftover baby weight while nursing? what are you doing? what has worked in the past?



Its been such an adventure! I still can't believe that I've lost over 80lbs in a year. I have learned so much. Basically everything that I ever thought I knew about dieting and losing weight turned out to be completely different from what I know now. And I know it sounds cliche- but if I can do it, you all can too! Now if I could only get rid of these pesky 6lbs..

post #24 of 67

Checking in for April;

 

Starting weight 208

 

April 6th:208

April 13th:205

April 20th:

April 27th:

 

Started the C25K plan this week with a friend. Then I got the flu. So planning on starting up again on Monday ;-)


Edited by upnorthmama - 4/13/11 at 6:09pm
post #25 of 67

Amanda did you end up doing 1400 calories a day to lose your weight? I've been tracking my calories using the babyfit website and it has my goal calorie intake for the day at 2300-2500. I haven't really been losing though, just holding steady this week. Maybe I need less calories? Did 1400 calories effect your milk supply? What did your meals generally consist of on a 1400 calorie diet?

post #26 of 67
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Amanda did you end up doing 1400 calories a day to lose your weight? I've been tracking my calories using the babyfit website and it has my goal calorie intake for the day at 2300-2500. I haven't really been losing though, just holding steady this week. Maybe I need less calories? Did 1400 calories effect your milk supply? What did your meals generally consist of on a 1400 calorie diet?



I didn't. I ended up doing around 1700-1800 since at 1400 I was pretty hungry all the time. As I lost weight, I decreased the number. I eat around 1400 right now- at 136ish. If I was eating 2300, even at 195lbs, I probably would have gained weight! But that is me personally, my body tends to fight weight loss while nursing. I didn't have a decrease in milk supply, BUT I naturally have an oversupply (even now, at over 1 year postpartum, I still have forceful letdowns, leaking, etc.). I didn't really have any set meals, I just stayed within my calorie range, and exercised for at least an hour a day. I will say- DRINK YOUR WATER. I drank probably around 3 liters a day (still do!) and I think it made the biggest difference. Maybe try using dailyplate.com instead of babyfit. Thats what I used, and I highly recommend it!

post #27 of 67

Well, I weighed myself w/o clothes today and weighed about 142.5.  I want to get a digital scale so I know exactly what it is.  Last time I weighed myself was at midwifes office and was 154 with clothes on, so maybe like 152 w/o, so I've lost about 10lbs so far.  I'm turning 30 at the end of June and would really like to be happy with my body and weight by then.  I have about 20lbs to go before I'm back at my goal weight. Don't know if that's too soon to lose 20lbs. but I'm going to try. I have 11 weeks, do you ladies think it is possible?

post #28 of 67

not at the rate I'm going. 10:30 at night and DH just whipped me up some pancakes! I should have resisted but he makes the best pancakes. I don't think I'm going to like what the scale has to say to me tomorrow.....

post #29 of 67
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Originally Posted by mauraa629 View Post

Well, I weighed myself w/o clothes today and weighed about 142.5.  I want to get a digital scale so I know exactly what it is.  Last time I weighed myself was at midwifes office and was 154 with clothes on, so maybe like 152 w/o, so I've lost about 10lbs so far.  I'm turning 30 at the end of June and would really like to be happy with my body and weight by then.  I have about 20lbs to go before I'm back at my goal weight. Don't know if that's too soon to lose 20lbs. but I'm going to try. I have 11 weeks, do you ladies think it is possible?

 

I think it depends on how close your goal number is to your body's ideal weight.  The closer we get to what we "should" weigh, the harder it seems to lose the weight.  Not that it isn't possible, it is just tougher to do. 

 

We cut out processed foods (white flours, white sugars, science lab created ingredients, etc.) and in the first week I lost four of the lbs I had regained.  This is doing it kind of non-strictly as we still had some slightly processed foods in the pantry that we've been working through.  I feel like I have a TON more energy too, especially considering the fact that DD has been keeping me up with her teething pains.
 

 

post #30 of 67
Thread Starter 

I don't record an official weight until Sunday but the scale this morning said 173.5! I can't believe it! Maybe I don't eat much when in pain? I have been soaking in our hot tub a lot, could that aid weight loss? Who knew hurting my back would be good for the weight loss journey...

post #31 of 67

pacificbliss that's awesome! I had a major back injury a year before concieving and I experienced about a ten pound weight loss when I was put on pain medication. My doctor always reminds me that the less weight I carry around, the better it is for my back.

 

I am staying at 197 steadily so I am pretty sure I need to kick it up a notch. I don't really want to though =(

I go back to work on Monday and I am hoping that being out of the house for five hours a day will help. At least I'll be out of the kitchen and moving my body. I have a labor intensive job.

 

Aubrey has been sleeping a lot the last few days and as a result hasn't been nursing as often. I've been trying to wake her to eat but she's been too sleepy. So I am probably not using as much calories from nursing as I had been. Maybe I should pump once a day. I have some frozen milk for when I go back to work but it would be nice to have more.

 

So how is everybody else doing? This thread has been pretty slow the last few days.

post #32 of 67
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Originally Posted by pacificbliss View Post

I don't record an official weight until Sunday but the scale this morning said 173.5! I can't believe it! Maybe I don't eat much when in pain? I have been soaking in our hot tub a lot, could that aid weight loss? Who knew hurting my back would be good for the weight loss journey...


Its actually the power of the threadkeeper..

 

:)

 

post #33 of 67
Thread Starter 

Ooh, Amanda, I hope that you're right!

 

trekkingirl, that is interesting about the pain meds. I was on pain meds and muscle relaxers for a week. Do you think they cause weight loss?

 

Maura,  bet you can get pretty close in 11 weeks.

 

 

post #34 of 67

pacificbliss, I think they do affect weight loss, at least for me.  When I've taken them I don't really have an appetite.

post #35 of 67

well I dropped a lb down to 196 yesterday but this morning I was too scared to see it go back up, so I didn't weigh myself. I go back to work tomorrow morning. Wish me luck, I'm a little anxious.

post #36 of 67

Weighed in this morning at a new low- 130!  Can I seriously be only 5 lbs away from my goal weight?  DD won't be 1 until July which means I'm doing SO much better than I did with DS (I got pregnant again just as I had reached my goal after him and started gaining weight the following week, sigh).  I really have to make sure that with my next pregnancy I don't gain another 50+ pounds.  Bigger is NOT always better. 

 

I felt like I had gotten stuck in the mid 130s for so long, it is really exciting to see them coming to a close.  I might actually have to buy some new summer clothes that fit me which, ugh, I hate shopping, but it will be nice to be looking at smaller sizes.  Maybe I won't dread it so much this time (yeah right, I still hate it). 

 

I mentioned before that DH and I decided for health reasons to move away from the overly refined grains and sugars and chemicals and I know that it made a huge difference (5 lbs in 2-3 weeks!) but if I were just avoiding them to lose weight there is no way I'd be able to last.  People say things like "___ doesn't taste as good as skinny feels" and things like that, but...maybe they aren't as good a cook/baker as I am, lol.  Oh well, I just need to view this new challenge and march forward.  I made a 100% whole wheat chocolate cake sweetened with raw honey and it was awesome!  If I can keep making things like that I won't have any troubles.

 

pacificbliss- how are the back troubles coming along?  It's nice if the pain killers are assisting in your weight loss, but I'm sure that you'd rather feel better.

 

trekkingirl-  I hate stepping on the scale in the days after I see a loss too, I'm always afraid it was a fluke!  How is returning to work going?

 

Keep up the good work ladies!

post #37 of 67

work is good but I am so sore. I didn't realize how out of shape I am. I think being back at work is really going to help me lose.

post #38 of 67
Thread Starter 

SpuglyRoo My back is much better. I haven't had a pain killer in over a week but am still too chicken to go for a walk and the pool is too cold. Need to be brave and get back out there. Thanks for asking!  Also, congratulations on the 130!!!

post #39 of 67

I'm just not taking this weightloss thing seriously enough. I need to get a better reign on what I'm eating. It's just so hard though. Today I had two pieces of cake! I don't know what it's going to take for me to muster up some motivation.

post #40 of 67

What about finding healthier ways to satisfy cravings?  I just experimented with this cake in both chocolate and vanilla and seriously may never make a "normal" white flour/sugar cake again.  I'm planning on serving it to my unsuspecting family soon to see if they can tell that it isn't a regular cake (By that I mean my extended family, DH and DS LOVED it!).  At least if you are eating this cake you are getting a ton of protein and no processed junk.  I sweetened mine with the honey and added an extra tablespoon since I didn't have any stevia.  I also used almond flour instead of coconut flour since that it what I had on had.  It was better than any store-bought or box mix cake I've ever had.  I even prefer it to some homemade versions I have baked myself!

 

What are you currently doing to lose weight?

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