I have having the hardest time losing weight. My son is 8.5 months and still mainly breastfed (he eats a small amount of solids once a day, working up to twice.)
I had my son in August. I gained 55 pounds total during the pregnancy.
: Actually the last 20 pounds or so were mainly water weight, my ankles, feet, hands, even thighs ballooned with water. (Ironically, even though Iwas so worried about stretch marks, I didn't get any on my stomach, but ended up getting them on the tops of my thighs from the swelling at the end!)
I was hospitalized for compplications after the birth, so by the time I got home from the hospital I had lost the first 30 pounds. By the time my baby was around 4 months, I lost another 10 pounds. Since, then the weight loss has slowed down and I only lost another 5 pounds.
I still have 10 pounds to go. It doesn't sound like much, but I am very short (5'1") and 10 pounds on me, means that none of my pre-pregnancy clothes fit. I am basically still living in drawstring pants and 2nd trimester pants. I refuse to go out and buy more clothes that fit, especially when all my pre-pregnancy jeans are packed away in my closet.
What really is strange is that I do not eat much. I have not had the huge appetite that I hear other women attribute to breastfeeding. I eat the same amount I did pre-pregnancy. My body just really wants to hold on to this extra 10 pounds of fat.
Now that it is warmer outside, I am taking the baby out for walks, so I am hoping the exercise helps. Over the winter, I was doing nothing except for baby & me yoga once a week.
Two years ago I had lost 15 pounds on the Eat to Live diet and felt the healthiest I have ever felt. In fact, I maintained most of the weight loss until I got pregnant and I wonder if that is perhaps why we had such an easy time conceiving, despite my irregular cycles. I am thinking of going back on the diet starting May 1st, although I wonder if I should tweak it all since I am breastfeeding. I am not sure if I need more fat or calories than what the diet recommends.