Hey there mamas! It seems like just yesterday that I started this thread, which turned into a pretty awesome series of threads that helped me shed about 60lbs after my last pregnancy. And here I am again, 3 and a half years later, and I need your support again! I really could not have done it without the amazing few mamas that I met on my journey and I'm really looking forward (wellllll sort of) to the experience again! FORTUNATELY this go around I started my pregnancy at a healthy 135lbs.. but I gained 50! I'm 6 weeks and one day postpartum and weighed in this morning at 167lbs. I would normally say yikes, but looking back at my journey over the last few years makes me really grateful for this starting point and the fact that its ONLY 30lbs! Not really sure on a goal timeframe yet, but ideally I'd like to be 150lbs by Thanksgiving and take it from there. Anyway, here I go again, and I'd love it if you would join me!
Postpartum weight loss- who is with me?
I'll join you. My baby will be 2 months tomorrow. I'm already below my prepregnancy weight, but I have a lot more to lose (hurray for starting pregnancy obese). I have lost about 65 lbs in the 2 months, so I'm setting a low-ish goal of losing 7 pounds by Thanksgiving. I think my body needs to have a break from fast weight loss, a little too taxing.
Thanks for starting a postpartum thread.
186 by 12/9 (end of the weight loss competition at my gym)
180 by 1/5 (family wedding)
165- wedding weight- by 2/22 (my birthday)
149- college weight- by 5/26 (Memorial Day)
Right now I'm really working hard at portion control, eating unprocessed foods, and not eating after 7 PM. I'm working out 3-5 times a week, usually weights with some cardio (cycling, walking or elliptical). I've also recently discovered swimming and I'm really enjoying it.
What is everyone else doing for diet and exercise?
I have a love hate relationship with running. Hate it in the first ten minutes, dislike it in the second ten mins, then like it. Love it after.
My plan is cutting refinefd sugar and refined grains and exercise. What is everyone else doing?
I'm trying to be active, make such a busy schedule for ourselves that I'll forget to eat or at least never eat out of boredom, and wearing my 13# (&growing fast!) Baby in the wrap makes just walking around a huge energy burning activity. I try to wear her most of the time and keep my posture great, when walking about the city. I prefer having her close, and she's a heavy weight! :-) double bonus. I try to eat only whole foods, not processed. Plenty of fruits & vegetables.
I'm so disappointed at how slow the scale is moving. I have my postpartum checkup soon and then will start doing weight training exercise in earnest, 3 times a week.
Ok she's actually 14.5 pounds already and I babywear her hours per day sometimes. I would imagine that would nicely burn tons of calories, in combination with breastfeeding, but the scale just stays put. I'm really down about it. I'm 3 pants sizes up, and went to the thrift store where everything was 5 dollars and bought a few pairs of pants in sizes that looked super generous so I could have something to wear, but disappointingly when I went to try them on, they were all SKIN TIGHT except one pair of stretch black velvet pants (sizing can vary so much brand to brand, they were all the same 3 sizes up from my normal pre pregnancy pants size). I wanted to cry in the dressing room.
I feel at the moment that there's no way for my weight to budge without hunger, but when breastfeeding i just don't want to risk being hungry, for fear it will affect my supply. Maybe I shouldn't worry since I have a pretty huge milk supply that only chokes her with it's overactive let down and massive quantity..... but still, it's a risk. :( But emotionally I'm totally stressed at this weight and don't know what to do other than to totally cut out eating anything but fruit and veggies after 4pm or other such drastic measures....
Serafina, my weight is stuck too (well, more like bouncing up and down depending on if I eat well or eat junk). I have been snacking too much, and not moving enough. I really need to up my fruits and veggies, not just for weight loss, but for overall health. I have cancer and tomorrow is the start of chemotherapy.
Are you getting enough sleep? I've heard that it's hard to lose when you're not getting enough rest.
Serafina, I don't think you need to feel bad. People have different problems, and just because you're currently healthier than I am, it doesn't mean that your worries or troubles are invalid. Thanks for your kind thoughts.
I had my first dose of chemo today and feel pretty well, just tired. My weight is stable, just need to knock out a couple of pounds this week.
I have a 3mo (today actually) who came early at 35wks. Luckily she was perfectly healthy. She's meeting milestones just as any other 3mo would and her weight is over 12 pounds. I just can't believe it sometimes! Babies are amazing!!!
I really do not want to count (therefore obsess over) calorie counting but the last time I lost weight steadily I was on weight watchers. I won't be forking over my money for that again ($50 an month for 2 years!!!) so I would like to ask what you ladies are doing WITHOUT calorie counting.
I don't lose weight while breastfeeding, clearly. I've gained since my daughter was born. I have a thyroid condition so it seems to be *very* hard to lose anything and would consider ditching the scale for inch loss instead.
I have a nasty head cold and feel achey all over so no exercise today!
Any of you guys tried mommy baby exercise classes? I guess after Christmas she's old enough (3mo minimum so they hold their heads up strong).
Eating tips??? I really need to know if there are done tricks to get my body to lose pregnancy weight!!! Tillymonster, is calorie counting the ONLY thing you do?
I guess heavy food for breakfast and getting lighter and more sparse later in the day might help? Heaping, heavy dinner portions aren't getting me anywhere but I'm so starving after a long and busy afternoon babywearing a 15# baby, that I feel famished & really feel great and replenished after a plate of food. I need lowcal options for evening....that fill me up but are light! And easy.
I just wanted to pop in and offer my experience with pp weight loss.
I had four kids, in 8 years. Before I had kids, I was very very fit, toned, ran and biked and walked all the time. I had a very active job as well. When I had my first DD (at age 23), I was still running and walking, but I couldn't lose weight. As I continued having kids, I was making myself crazy with different diets, exercise schemes, etc. I had a hard time just relaxing and being a mother/person, I was so obsessed with being thinner.
Well, fast-forward to when my (then) youngest was almost four. I got divorced, and he stopped nursing soon after. Suddenly the weight dropped off and I was THIN again!
Well. I'm now the mother of an 8 month old "bonus baby." I've never been happier...my new partner and I feel so lucky that we were able to have a baby at our ages (I'm 44 and he's 40). Our little guy is nursing a ton, happy happy happy. I run 4-5 mornings a week, pushing him in the jogging stroller. I work part-time housecleaning with DS on my back. I'm WAY more active then when my first four were little (I was a SAHM) And, I am probably 20lbs heavier than I was pre-baby! My eating habits aren't perfect (I'm snacking on jellybeans right now), but I'm dairy and gluten-free at the moment due to some sensitivities, and generally we eat pretty well. So I'm not going to sweat it. If I pay too much attention to the whole thing, I'm afraid that I'm going to go down the "eating disorder" path, and I've done way too many years of that.
I run/walk for mental health's sake, rather than for "losing weight." It makes a difference for me to think of things that way. I think for a lot of us, our bodies hold onto some weight while we're nursing our little ones. There is a season for everything, and just because the baby is out of our bodies, doesn't mean we have to be perfect! Be gentle with yourselves, mamas! :)
The same thing happened to me. I had two kids at age 23 & 25, from a size 0/2, and during the 5 years of continuous breastfeeding, pregnancy while breastfeeding, tandem nursing, and finally just nursing the younger one, I could not shake off the last ten or fifteen pounds to save my life. Then I divorced and stopped nursing the youngest (at the time) when he was 3, and at 28, almost 29, the weight just fell off and I was thin again! And single and dating, so that was convenient. Now I'm in love and getting married in the summer, and he's great with my sons and we just had a baby together, and I'm much much happier but I am again struggling with the mama weight, a good 20 pounds up from when I got pregnant, and I was about ten pounds up from where I was when I met my DF when I GOT pregnant (holidays, TTC, just cozy domestic life and being happy tends to make me put on several pounds, but that only put me at a size 4 so I didn't mind). So the combined thirty feels like a pretty big deal and I miss my clothes and how they were supposed to fit.
I think I would be happier without mirrors and a scale so I could just focus on how well I feel, how well my body has bounced back after giving birth to my daughter (absolutely no trace of evidence that I have recently had a baby either in my female system or in how I just generally feel, other than this fat I've gained around my middle), and how lucky I am that she's so healthy, calm, and happy and has really made our lives so much better.
But I still wish I could lose the weight and get back into my cute wardrobe. Sigh. I'm vain. And impatient. And I know when I stop breastfeeding it will be twenty times easier to drop but I still wanna try to lose it now. Sigh.
I have been trying to not eat after 5/6pm, mostly successfully. Maybe that helped!
18 pounds left!