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post #21 of 38
AHHHH! Okay not really. I keep looking at myself and trying really hard to not be upset with how I look. Being post partum is really messing with my body image, but you're supposed to be a little more to love after a baby right? Right?
Anyhow I gained 34 and I have 17 left to lose to get to my pre baby weight, but I would like to lose a lot more after that before my next baby.
I'm super anxious to start working out, but I'm still recovering from my c-section, and I still ache, I keep pulling something.
I hoped that breastfeeding would work for me to help lose some, but that still isnt working.

I can't wait to start some mommy and me classes!
post #22 of 38
Has everyone seen www.theshapeofamother.com ?
I'm below pre-pregnancy weight, some bottoms fit, some don't, because my hips spread out so much during pregnancy. I can work with this The rest of the weight will come off.

Oh, and Heather, you're doing too much. Eat more cake.
post #23 of 38
I'm still working on losing weight. I have lost only about 10 so far, but my shape is better. I have to lose 40 more to get to my pre twins weight, and another 10 - 20 on top of that to get to where i *should* be. I am getting serious on Sun. I had my 6 weeks of not worrying too much about eating & exercise while I recovered and adjusted, now back to the real world.
post #24 of 38
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Originally Posted by Dea View Post
I keep looking at myself and trying really hard to not be upset with how I look. Being post partum is really messing with my body image,
same here. after my first babe i zipped back into my pre-pregnancy clothes in about three weeks so i figured it would be the same.

nope. i'm about 6 pounds out from my pre-pregnancy weight of 150 (10 lbs above a normal active weight) but my jeans have literally about 4 inches to go before they close! i keep trying on my regular clothes and i keep being surprised that everything is tight and i'm almost six weeks out.

i weighed 185 right before both of my babies were born but this time my belly is so much more stretched out

of course, it's cold and i keep making cookies but i just have little motivation to go do anything.

so, i'd like to join and get some motivation to get more active. i know watching people lose weight on tv isn't helping me AT ALL.
post #25 of 38
I love Shape of a Mother! It really is hard to accept our motherly bodies as beautiful. I actually have a much easier time seeing it in other women- even if they are heavier than I am. I thought I would have an easier time with the way I look after this pregnancy since I didn't gain very much, but I still feel frumpy and unattractive.

I did start bellydancing again. It has been hard since my pelvis dislocated and is still very unstable, so I'm still in quite a bit of pain. I also take Twyla with me to class, and last night she was wide awake the whole time, so I danced with her in the sling. Whew! That was quite a bit more of a workout than I was really ready for! My teacher thought it would be good for me to go back to technique class until I get back into shape, instead of doing the choreography class. But I'm bored with technique, and just really want to dance! Maybe I start feeling sexier then.
post #26 of 38
Yea, I love Shape of a Mother and was looking forward to posting some pics, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea or not after all.

With dd1 I was this way and wound up looking pretty skeletal, but with Jeanita I couldn't fit into non-maternity clothes until she was crawling and never did get back into my pre-Jeanita clothes because I just got rid of them all.

My bellydance teacher has a class for new mommies! Hooray! Terran slept through the whole thing because he's way too young for it, but it's just my speed after taking almost the whole third trimester off. I HATE HATE HATE the fact that I have to drive the car there, because it would be a delightful bike ride, but I haven't even tried to get Terran safely in the trailer and may even wind up being a law abiding citizen and waiting until he's a year old after all.

I hate to think what that's going to do to my body. Skinny doesn't cut it. I'm an OLD new Mom (or a new old Mom) now and need to take care of myself so I can chase after next year's toddler and go club hopping with another college student when I'm in my 60s.
post #27 of 38
I got into my first pair of "normal" jeans yesterday - yippee! They are still tighter than they were pre-preg, and the a** area is more filled out than expected. Not a big surprise - between the pulled muscle and bad cold, I got almost no exercise my last 2 months. However, I've started getting regular, daily exercise; not a ton, maybe a 2-mile walk here, a yoga session there, a ski when the snow is right, but it's something! Better than nothing! And that, combined with the bfing, seems to be helping...I'm going to, 100%, break out the Nordic Track next week after our next round of visitors leaves. I miss getting an intense, sweat-producing workout daily! I'm guessing about 7-8 lbs. above pre-preg weight, and want to be down 5 from that if possible.
post #28 of 38
I saw my OB at 5 weeks PP because of mastitis, and I had lost all of my PG weight plus an additional 14 pounds - I was down to 172. YAY for me!

I was back in ONE pair of my pre-pg jeans (stupid womens' clothing non-standard sizing) 2 weeks PP and bought a pair that fit at Goodwill the next week, so I had TWO pairs of non-elastic pants that fit. Then the dog chewed holes in one pair. BIG holes. I might be able to salvage them for shorts, but now I've got to go wash those jeans since we are seeing DH's family tonight.

My problem now is my boobs ... I was about a C-cup and am now up to a DD, so almost none of my nice-looking button-down shirts fit, and most of my knit tops are very summery - tank tops or short sleeves, and it's only 40 degrees right now.

My ten year highschool reunion is this year, so I'm going to use that as motivation to lose an additional 20 or so pounds. I would be totally happy to weigh 150 at my height (5'7"). We'll see how it goes.
post #29 of 38
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Originally Posted by noordinaryspider View Post
I'm an OLD new Mom now and need to take care of myself so I can chase after next year's toddler and go club hopping with another college student when I'm in my 60s.
hahaha WERD to that, sista...

i have noticed that for me, having my kids so far apart, I surely didn't lose it while bfing, and my body held onto the weight for a full 3-4 years after each child... then miraculously fell off. It's like natures way of keeping me "healthy" (read: fat) so I can in turn, nurse the babies/have more babies...
I hope I can break the trend... I miss being thin enough to feel "good" in very little clothing.
post #30 of 38
Ladies,
Some very wise mama told me the last time - 9 mos to put it on, and 9 mos to take it off. It really does take your body that long to go back. I think it took me 6 mos to lose it all last time, and then (thanks to breastfeeding), I lost 8 lbs on top of that in the following 3 mos. Most of it was gone in the
1st month or two, it was the last pesky 5 lbs that seemed to take forever.

This time, I lost 20 lbs in the first 5 days pp (I thought it was going to be smooth sailing from there). I still, however, have 10 lbs left. I haven't lost anything since that first week. It is frustrating, and I am not even close to fitting in my prepregnancy pants, but I am trying hard to remind myself that it takes time.

I have had body image issues in the past and I was so scared of my body never being the same after pregnancy. I was thrilled, however, when everything pretty much went back to how it was the first time. I think breastfeeding is amazing in this regard. I also think that carrying/wearing your baby helps things. Having experienced it once, I think that pregnancy actually strengthened my trust in my body and my body image.
post #31 of 38
Babywearuing definitely helps me. I was car free with the big kids and had bodybuilder arms for the only time in my life--even lifting weights doesn't help me much. Also, keep in mind that once they start walking, we won't be able to sit down for a few years.

I definitely feel that the fat reserves are there for a reason and wish I had some myself.



What helps you guys lose weight might also help me build up strength, so I hope you don't mind a skinny lurker.
post #32 of 38
Apparently, I lost all my pg weight, but I was way too high to begin with, as I never lost the extra 20 lbs from DS... so I'm back to where I was at my initial 9week midwife appt when I was pg, but still look like I'm 'due soon!' What's up with that? I can't get my belly to go back into my abdomen! ugh! If anyone else asks me 'when are you due?" again, I'm going to scream.
post #33 of 38
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Originally Posted by noordinaryspider View Post
Babywearuing definitely helps me. I was car free with the big kids and had bodybuilder arms for the only time in my life--even lifting weights doesn't help me much. Also, keep in mind that once they start walking, we won't be able to sit down for a few years.

I definitely feel that the fat reserves are there for a reason and wish I had some myself.



What helps you guys lose weight might also help me build up strength, so I hope you don't mind a skinny lurker.
Heh, I'll share my more than ample fat reserves with ya!!

Heh, I think I'm down to nearly pre-preg weight.. But I had at least 100lbs to lose before that, so... ya know. I'm working on weight loss (moderately) right now, but I'm not interested in going into measuring out everything. That tends to make me too obsessive, and worrying about every bite. I'm actually fairly ok with my body size (most of the time). But I'm getting to a point where I'd like to be able to buy less expensive clothes/bras what have you (and be more comfy flying on planes), so I'm looking to lose a person's worth of weight. we shall see how it progresses, today I'm not so worried about it. Tomorrow, who knows.
post #34 of 38
Yea, I've got tons of body image issues and dd and I have both been around the block a few times when it comes to EDs.

I won't even let her keep her bathroom scale in the bathroom and wish she didn't have one at all, not that I don't constantly sneak into her room when she's out and find it.

It sounds like you've got the right attitude, Teeny, and things did get better for me in the body image department after I had kids. I gained a ton of weight with dd that wouldn't come off for ages and I still think that what did the trick was just accepting myself and dealing with life as a fluffy woman: going to the thrift store and getting clothes that were comfortable and attractive and not apologizing for "taking up too much room" on the bus and the like.

I hope nobody thinks I'm being mean and unsupportive by saying that you're all beautiful, no matter what your weight, and that even if you never get back to your prepreg weights you still deserve to enjoy the bodies you do have and nurture them with healthy food and the exercise they need to thrive.
post #35 of 38
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We just got through with a nasty stomach bug this week. I still feel crappy, but I lost 8 lbs already
post #36 of 38
I just cant be bothered to be motivated to even think about loosing weight just yet.
technically though. i need to loose 40 lbs.

ive been joking with my dh though. this pregnancy i got the heaviest ive ever been pg & now Im the heaviest ive ever been non-preg. Dh has been super frisky with me the past few months & ive dubbed him a chubby chaser

but.i am not worried about it..ive never had trouble loosing weight when i decide its time to do it..
ill never be the size I was before my 1st or even 2nd pregnancy..but i dont want to..I was really underweight
post #37 of 38
I was able to shed a pound over the last week or so...I hope as the weather gets nicer and I am out walking more the weight will come off easier! I am trying to begin an ab workout, but find I have some pain in my lower abdominal muscles...maybe it is because they are weakened from pregnancy and delivery, although my midwife said I have good abdominal muscle tone...who knows! I do keep reminding myself 9 months on and 9 months off!
post #38 of 38
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Originally Posted by Nikki Christina View Post
Dh has been super frisky with me the past few months & ive dubbed him a chubby chaser
oh my gosh!! i thought my dh and i were the only ones with this joke. that is freakin' awesome!!!

i went for a walk today and i've stopped trying on old clothes every day. i figure once a week will be better for my mental state.
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