I started my pregnancy over 4 years ago at 119. I had been 150 before but quitting sugar alone dropped all those pounds. I got to 119 and didn't budge from there, so it seemed like my "perfect" weight (though I wasn't in that great shape - but still looked nice and trim in jeans!).
I gained 34 pounds with pregnancy and lost 14 giving birth. And now it's been nearly 4 years and my weight hasn't budged. Worse, I lost what little muscle tone I had when I was seriously fatigued last year, so I am the same weight but softer and wider.
A few months ago I discovered I was eating only 900 calories a day (and still nursing). I think I've improved that, and eat a really healthy (IMHO) diet of local, organic foods that I prepare from scratch. I also eat enough fat to keep me feeling good, and increased the protein a bit.
I also, and this should have been the biggest part, started exercising, pretty much for the first time in my life. I did 3 days of cardio (20 minutes of elliptical trainer) plus lifted weights 2-3 days a week (I aimed for 3 days but often it worked out to only 2). I noticed definite improvement in my energy and started seeing a little more muscle tone. I was enjoying increased stamina too. All great, great stuff.
But despite seeing a little more muscle tone, it was really entirely in my arms and lower legs. My middle is as pudgy as ever. And yes, I was working out my abs as well - but my point is that I didn't seem to be losing any fat whatsoever. I kept this up for about 6 weeks, then had my routine (and serenity) upset by a visit from my parents. I've started up with the cardio again but I'm feeling really discouraged. 6 weeks is a long time to not see any fat loss, I think. (Also, according to the scale, I gained about 4 pounds - no way was all or even most of that muscle).
I'm not that focused on the scale, frankly I could stay at 140 for the rest of my life and I would be thrilled - if I looked a lot more firm and trim. 140 is not very heavy, but for me it means literally 20 pounds of excess fat around my belly, butt and thighs. And I'm discouraged about losing it.
I'm continuing anyway because I've noticed other benefits (energy, stamina) and I also figure if I get and stay active, I'll reduce the chances that I'll just keep gaining weight for the rest of my life. But still discouraging.
Homeschooling mama to 6 year old DD.