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post #81 of 128

I need help! I'm so glad to have found this thread -- it's motivating, and I need it!

 

I gained 70 lbs with my first pregnancy and it took 4 years to get back down to 153, which was about 10 lbs more than my pre-pregnancy weight.

Then I got pregnant again and gained 70 lbs again. Ugh!

 

Pre-pregnancy: 153, size 10/12 (big hips)

Highest pregnancy weight: 217

Current weight @ 7 weeks post partum: 185, size 16 (those 32 lbs came off pretty much immediately...I wish the rest would be so easy!)

Goal weight: Ultimately 135, but I'd be happy just getting down to 150-ish to start with. I'd love to get into a size 8

 

I'm really frustrated because I crave baked goods and sugar constantly! I want bread and cake and donuts and cookies! For the most part I'm able to do pretty

well in dealing with the cravings, but then I'll let myself have something and I go way overboard. And then I feel horrible about myself. I try to eat lots of fruits

and veggies instead of what I'm craving, but they just seem so unsatisfying.

 

Also, I'm finding it impossible to get any work-outs in. I'm essentially a single mom due to my husband's work/travel schedule, and I have no friends or family to

help me, besides my brother who works full time. I have a 4.5 year old and this 7 week old. I'm sure my brother would help me out but I don't know how I can leave

the baby for more than 10 minutes, it seems like she constantly needs me. I'm really hoping that in the next few weeks we'll have more of a routine down and

I'll be able to pump and leave the baby with my brother while I go to the gym and take the 4.5 year old to the childcare there.
 

I wish I could do some exercise at home but we live with my father-in-law (he is not an option for childcare AT ALL) and I don't feel comfortable doing anything there.

 

Blah. So it all basically comes down to being able to leave the baby for long enough to go to the gym. I hope we get to that point soon! I really do not want it to take 

4 years again to lose the weight. I was so miserable.

 

Glad to know I'm not alone in working on losing the baby weight! Good luck ladies!

post #82 of 128
Thread Starter 

I had a minor "Raw Food Breakdown" this week. When I stood on the scale, and hadn't lost A. SINGLE. POUND. in 10 days, and then I stood on my MILs scale, and it said I weighed 10 lbs more than mine says (I am never stepping on it again!) I decided I couldn't do it any more.  I've been eating 100% raw for 3 1/2 weeks, except yesterday, when I ate whatever the heck I felt like.  I figured if eating well did nothing for me, then I may as well enjoy what I eat.  Today I'm back on raw, but it was nice to have a break, and I really decided not to feel badly about it either.

 

I'm going to consciously try to increase my water as well.  My MIL has a glass out every day with 8 elastics around it.  As she drinks a glass, she takes an elastic off. That way she knows exactly how much she drinks throughout the day, and knows if she has had enough.  I'm going to try it, as I always forget. 

 

DH says he will do the C25K with me, so I am going to start tonight. We are going to alternate every evening, me on T, Th and S, him on M, W, F.  That way DH can stay home with the babe, and I will just run around the neighbourhood with my cell phone on me.  We'll see how it goes.

post #83 of 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by carastar View Post

I need help! I'm so glad to have found this thread -- it's motivating, and I need it!

 

I gained 70 lbs with my first pregnancy and it took 4 years to get back down to 153, which was about 10 lbs more than my pre-pregnancy weight.

Then I got pregnant again and gained 70 lbs again. Ugh!

 

Pre-pregnancy: 153, size 10/12 (big hips)

Highest pregnancy weight: 217

Current weight @ 7 weeks post partum: 185, size 16 (those 32 lbs came off pretty much immediately...I wish the rest would be so easy!)

Goal weight: Ultimately 135, but I'd be happy just getting down to 150-ish to start with. I'd love to get into a size 8

 

I'm really frustrated because I crave baked goods and sugar constantly! I want bread and cake and donuts and cookies! For the most part I'm able to do pretty

well in dealing with the cravings, but then I'll let myself have something and I go way overboard. And then I feel horrible about myself. I try to eat lots of fruits

and veggies instead of what I'm craving, but they just seem so unsatisfying.

 

Also, I'm finding it impossible to get any work-outs in. I'm essentially a single mom due to my husband's work/travel schedule, and I have no friends or family to

help me, besides my brother who works full time. I have a 4.5 year old and this 7 week old. I'm sure my brother would help me out but I don't know how I can leave

the baby for more than 10 minutes, it seems like she constantly needs me. I'm really hoping that in the next few weeks we'll have more of a routine down and

I'll be able to pump and leave the baby with my brother while I go to the gym and take the 4.5 year old to the childcare there.
 

I wish I could do some exercise at home but we live with my father-in-law (he is not an option for childcare AT ALL) and I don't feel comfortable doing anything there.

 

Blah. So it all basically comes down to being able to leave the baby for long enough to go to the gym. I hope we get to that point soon! I really do not want it to take 

4 years again to lose the weight. I was so miserable.

 

Glad to know I'm not alone in working on losing the baby weight! Good luck ladies!

what is with craving baked goods postpartum?  I normally do NOT crave those sorts of things when I am not pregnant or just had a baby and nursing.  Im more of a chocolate girl usually but the cookies, cakes donuts.... yes hard to resist those cravings.  Can you make your own with whole wheat flour and raw sugar or honey to help with the health aspect of it?  or find some "healthy" recipe for one of your favorite baked goods?

 

And for exercise can you go for walks around the neighborhood or go to the park?  It would be better than nothing. :)

post #84 of 128

So, here I am at almost 6 weeks post partum and I have stayed pretty consistently at 153-154. I am getting sad about it too. I KNOW it has only been 6 weeks. My problem is that breast feeding makes me hang on to weight so whatever I don't lose immediately is super hard to get off. I am sitting here 24 pounds over pre-pregnancy realizing that this is probably my reality for the next two years. Last summer I was the happiest I have been in 6 years about my body. I was slim and working out regularly and strong and happy. Now I am wearing a size 13 shorts, my thighs touch again, my belly is a mushy blob,and my hips are wiiiide. I'm just sad and on the verge of tears thinking about it. 

post #85 of 128

rik, i feel the same way about myself right now.  ugh.  i actually was in tears this morning... hopefully we won't struggle too long this time;)

post #86 of 128
Thread Starter 

Best part of my day: when I ran into the Bishop of my church and he asked me when I was "having this baby".  mecry.gif Are you kidding me!!!  I am now scared to stand on the scale tomorrow for my weekly weigh in, because I'm convinced I must have gained 10 lbs.  Grrrrr. 

post #87 of 128

Oh Jenny, that is the worst feeling ever. I'm sorry. 

post #88 of 128
Pre-baby stats: 5'6" 168lb
Last pregnancy weight: 198lb
4wks PP: 160lb

Okaaay, I think this is a good support thread. I know I'm below my pre-pg weight already, but I was 20 lbs over my "comfortable" weight when I got pregnant. To be at my "optimal" weight I'd like to lose another 20lbs. I lost these first 38 lbs pretty unhealthily....I was in the hospital for 3 days after I had Holden, and barely ate anything there (hospital food is soooo unappetizing!) Add to that me being severely anemic for the first 3 weeks of his life and barely having the energy to eat anything, and nursing around the clock. I stood on the scale a week out and was VERY surprised to see the pg weight gone.

Now I have to battle with the last 20, and see where that takes me.
The city just built a BEAUTIFUL rec centre by my house, so I'm going to start taking advantage of that at 6 weeks PP. I'm thinking strollercise with Holden, and the Pilates drop in they offer, and maybe 45 mins on the elliptical a few times a week. Add to that some brusque walks with DH while wearing Holden... Hoping that takes care of it smile.gif Wish me luck! I think it's really beneficial to have this support group as we work to feel great about our bodies!
Edited by daylicious - 5/27/12 at 7:52am
post #89 of 128
Thread Starter 

I did my second day of C25K tonight. I feel really good about it, like I might actually be able to do it. It feels super easy at this point, which is good. I'm hoping it will show on the scale, or on my waist line, sooner than later. 

post #90 of 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by jennyvangy View Post

Best part of my day: when I ran into the Bishop of my church and he asked me when I was "having this baby".  mecry.gif Are you kidding me!!!  I am now scared to stand on the scale tomorrow for my weekly weigh in, because I'm convinced I must have gained 10 lbs.  Grrrrr. 

Oh my gosh! I am so sorry.  That happened to me at 4 weeks postpartum.  A total stranger asked if I was expecting. :(  I am sorry.  I felt so bad the rest of the day.  It takes our bodies a while to go back after babies, some people just don't realize it.

post #91 of 128

Yesterday morning I did my first pilates class ever, and boy was it HARD. I thought I had pretty decent core strength for being 8 weeks postpartum but that class really really worked me. It was all good, and I wish I could do it again. However, I woke up this morning unable to walk, barely able to get out of bed. Every single movement of my hips, like adjusting position even slightly, caused a shock of pain. It took me a good 2 minutes to even scoot out of bed, and once I did I had to hold onto the wall with a death grip to inch forward to get to the bathroom (I also have plantar fascitis so my morning walking is interesting to begin with). Luckily I could tell what was wrong and popped my femur back into my hip joint and was only a bit sore the rest of the day, but STILL. I haven't been unable to walk in 3 years, and it sucks. Maybe I'll try pilates at 6 months postpartum when things are a lot more stable?
 

post #92 of 128
Thread Starter 

Kay, so I've been doing the C25K program the last two weeks, and while I'm enjoying the excuse to run (because I really don't enjoy running) my knees hurt so badly that I'm not sure I can continue until I've figured out what I can do about it.  Seriously, I am so sore. Worse than my hips while I was pregnant. I've never had this problem before, so I'm trying to figure out the cause:

 

1. Crappy shoes

2. Shoes at all - I go barefoot most of the time, and even have barefoot shoes that I wear when walking

3. My hips are still pretty wide, and I think maybe I'm compensating the different gate I must have because of it.

4. I'm just carrying more weight than I'm used to, and it's hard on my knees

5. I have absolutely no idea the proper technique to running, and think I may have it all wrong.

 

If anyone has any suggestions, I'm taking them. Tomorrow night (I'm on Week 2, Day 3) I am going to try it in my barefoot shoes and see if that helps.  I'm also going to try with my feet wider apart, to compensate for my wide hips, and try not to bob, but rather glide, as my BIL says helps.  Last night I honestly jogged slower than I walked because I was in so much pain. 

 

On another note, I am now at 161 lbs.  I am still eating raw. I stopped for about a week, and Atti's skin got so bad he was bleeding, so I've gone back on raw.  I wish it was having more of an effect on the scale, but since Atti's skin was the reason I started in the first place, I can deal with that. So, at 161 I still have 26 lbs to go before I'm at my ideal weight. 

post #93 of 128

I have completely flat feet and the one time I tried doing C25K it killed my knees after a week. Therefore, I don't run. I also think hips might be an issue, my right knee is ALL out of whack right now, and I'm not doing anything more strenuous than 15 minutes on the elliptical.
 

post #94 of 128

no running advise from this girl... sorry 

 

i have been eating less than my normal, but not so little that i feel like i'm deprived.  i'm down 5lbs or so, and i've been exercising for an hour a few times a week.  that said, my milk supply is dropping, and i'm frustrated. ugh. 

 

sigh...

post #95 of 128
So I finally started exercising a tiny bit this week at 5weeks pp. and I mean tiny. The first morning I left DS with husband sleeping for a quick 15 min slowest jog in the world. I'm n my way home and a block out I hear a baby crying. It sounds like DS but "no way". I start running as fast as I can comfortably (I've never needed a really supportive bra as I am small but oh man do I need more support now. I was jogging while holding my chest). When I get to the house my husband is out in the front yard with our screaming son. I guess he woke up right after I left and mommy MUST be there when he wakes up. The next day was squats and lunges with DS in a sling and some situps. I figure 15 minutes may be all I can get in until I am sure DH will be ok on his own and I can leave a bottle.

28 down, 12 to go to prepreg, 17 to ideal. Slow and sure
post #96 of 128

Hey Jenny, I just started the C25K this week and am liking it. Today was day 2 so it is early, but I am optimistic that I will be able to finish. I am so NOT a runner though, so it will definitely be a challenge. Did you figure out the right shoes? I really need a better pair, mine are not running shoes, but I will use what I have for now. 

 

Is anyone else doing the C25K? Maybe we should start a specific thread for it....

post #97 of 128
I have the C25k app on my phone...I should really attempt it again. I get the WORST shin splints whenever I try it, and give up. I really need to be diligent with stretching first, and give it another go.
post #98 of 128

my sugar baked goods cravings have been out of control the past few weeks. :(  I think I gained back all the weight I lost.  I guess my body needs me to stay at this weight for now.    Even if it is 190 pounds.  Sigh...  I was wearing a short skirt on my walk yesterday and my thighs rubbed together enough to start hurting!  I have read about that but its never happened to me before. Its so hard not to be depressed about this new body that I have.  But if I get depressed I just want to eat sugar and chocolate.  

 

I did give up meat and most of dairy for my own health reasons and I think its why I have been hungrier than usual lately.  Its hard to believe I was a vegetarian for 10 years because now I feel hungry all the time with no meat.  Its so annoying.  I feel much better having cut down on dairy and I think Sahira likes it better too.  

 

I read on Kellymom not to start trying to lose weight til 2 months postpartum.  Sahira is officially 2 months today so I am going to think of this as the beginning of my weight loss attempt.  my main focus right now is just exercise and toning up the postpartum body.  

post #99 of 128

running advise-

DO IT BAREFOOT!

I read "Born to Run" by christopher macdougall. 

I never wanted to run before but after i read the book i wasn't afraid and now really enjoy it. once you get used to running barefoot your body adapts completely and you dont get hurt.

still i wish my running would make me thinner faster. i hate to feel my body jiggle with fat, boohooirked.gif

the weight takes FOREVER, doesn't it? ugghh so annoying

anyway i hope barefoot running helps

post #100 of 128

renee-- I went through the same thing.  I had lost some, then gained it all back.  Collin is 11 weeks now, so I'm comfortable with trying to lose weight again, and I guess we'll see how it goes from here... good luck!!

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