I'll probably be lurking here a lot but I don't get much computer time so I don't know how much posting I'll actually be doing. I just read most of this thread and I'm so glad you're all here!
My name is Diana and I have 3 children -- my baby is 9 weeks old tomorrow. I am having a ridiculously tough time losing my pregnancy pounds this time and I am perplexed. With the first two, I was within 10 lbs. of pre-preg. weight by my 6-week check-up...now, I'm about 20 lbs. over which puts me almost 30 lbs. overweight! I have to weigh in for my job (I'm in the military) in June -- first week.
So, I'm around 5-foot 1 inch, muscular build but right now I'm just big all around. My breasts are enormous but that's normal for me...it's not being able to wear anything but yoga pants that's starting to get to me. At least I'm using the breasts for a good purpose!
Top weight -- 161 (8 weeks postpartum)
Short-term goal -- 139
Goal for June -- 131
Dream weight -- 124 (I have a photo of me at this weight, 9 years ago, that really inspires me)
My body fat percentage is over 38 right now according to my scale, which I know isn't necessarily precise but it gives a ballpark figure and will help me see any progress I'm making.
I am on my treadmill 4x/week for around 40 minutes. I also do push-ups and sit-ups. I'm up to 9 push-ups (the real kind!) and 18 sit-ups so far. On that weigh-in day in June, I also have to do push-ups, sit-ups, and run 2 miles for the Army. Otherwise, I'd probably go out and buy some bigger clothes and not worry so much about my weight while I've got such a tiny sweet baby! I have to keep reminding myself that I did this twice already, I can do it again.
My mom is a breast cancer survivor (5 years!) and my dad is a type-II diabetic. My 2nd baby was over 9 lbs. so I feel like I have extra motivation to stay healthy and fit. I'd like to be around for a long time and I know preventing diabetes is a lot more fun than living with it.
I've read The Schwarzbein Principle and I'm loosely following that program...focusing on "real" carbohydrates (unprocessed) in small amounts but making the majority of my calories from protein. I'm finding it difficult to enjoy vegetables in the winter but I'm trying! I know I shouldn't have a ton of fruit but I'm really addicted to sugar and I figure a grapefruit is a better binge than a few muffins or some chocolate. I know after a few weeks of staying away from refined sugar and carbohydrates, it gets so much easier for me (just like someone mentioned above with broccoli tasting so delicious!) but I'm in that hard place now where I do feel kind of deprived.
The key for my success in the past has been staying consistent with the exercise (when I weighed 124, I was running 25-30 miles/week and in the gym 4 days...not sure I'll have the time for that until next year, but I'm in no big rush) and pre-planning my day's worth of food the night before (on a full stomach).
I find that if I know when my next meal is going to be and I know it's something I like, I'm less likely to stray and grab something on impulse, especially if I've spent time preparing and packing food.
Some of my favorite meals are steel-cut oatmeal with chicken breakfast sausage; dried apricots with a goat-cheese/cream cheese blend spread on them; lentil soup with lots of veggies and some shredded turkey or chicken breast; grapefruit and a rolled-up piece of turkey breast; an apple with some almond butter, or celery with almond butter and a few prunes; pot roast with a butternut squash, goat cheese, and leek gratin...
I love food, but I can't eat eggs, I can only have a tiny bit of dairy (both bother my little girl and me), and I have a nut-allergic child so I try to avoid nuts, as well. I do feel somewhat deprived which is why I need to plan my food ahead of time to prevent my grabbing something that won't help my progress.
I read "Muscle and Fitness Hers" magazine and find it to be very motivational because the women in there are real -- not stick-thin, but very muscular and in fabulous shape. I don't see myself ever aspiring to figure competitions or anything like that (the diet is way too restrictive for me not to mention I don't want to spend 2-3 hours of any one day in the gym!) but it's nice to see the end product of when someone eats cleanly and works hard.
OK, I think I've rambled enough! Good luck to all of you and I hope to post whenever I can (my baby is asleep in the sling right now, which gave me this amount of time!).