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#1 of 7 Old 03-05-2003, 03:42 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi! I'm wondering how those of you who have lost weight and EBF were able to do it. I'm sure, for some of you lucky gals, it came off "naturally." Unfortunately, I don't fall into that lucky category!! I had to work my b**t off to get the weight off. Of course, it didn't help that I gained 60 lbs. I shed about 25 lbs due to bf, I think. The rest has come of the old fashioned way.....exercise. It's hard, as I'm sure you all know, to find the time to exercise with a baby around. Plus, I WOH. I'm now down to the last 10 lbs and they have been sticking to me for the last 4 months. Granted, I kind of fell off the band wagon around the holidays and the last couple of months. I am just now getting back into a exercise and healthy eating routine.

I'm wondering, do any of you do a specific diet or exercise plan to shed the weight?

Are any of you hanging onto the last 5-10 lbs? I have read and heard that your body naturally will hang onto that much weight until you stop bf. I don't want to stop (and dd definitely doesn't want to!LOL!). I just would like to lose at least 5 lbs more to fit into my clothes a little better (I refuse to buy more clothes!!) Any suggestions? I'd love to hear how you shed the weight. THANKS!!

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LOL, I'm hanging on to the last 30 or 40 lbs! I actually GAIN wait when BFing....in the beginning I feel like I'm starving. I'm doing weight watchers now and losing slowly and actually eating much better.
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Except for the time my DD was in my arms, I wore her (in a sling and a back pack). My arms and hands were free to do the work I needed to do, she was there sleeping or observing, and my body got a good workout. The heavier she got, the more I worked, and I'm sure that really helped get rid of the extra weight. Good luck!
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In my mind, I usually think that I lost it naturally, but in actuality, I exercised a lot to lose it. I gained 54 pounds onto my 112 pound body when I was pregnant. I am a very active person, though, so it was "natural" for me to resume exercise when my ds was 5 days old. By the time he was 3 weeks old, I was putting him in the stroller and walking 4 miles a day. This, combined with nursing (I guess) took the weight off in about 8 weeks. But I have to say, I was also in really good physical condition, due to lots of exercise, before my pregnancy, so I think my metabolism had something to do with helping me. For me, lots of exercise is key- and then I eat everything I want to eat.
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I joined Weight Watchers when ds was 2 months old. Those nursing points were GREAT! In the beginning, I felt like I could eat the whole house, and drink a Great Lake.

I've lost 61 pounds, and I have 6 more to go. I would say that things have slowed way down now that I'm within 10 pounds. I don't know if it's nature, or my lack of journaling.

I REALLY want to get these last 6 off! I'm not trying for another until I do!

I'm finding that I need to exercise more now that ds is nursing less. In those early days, I didn't exercise at all and the weight came right off.
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Some friends of mine swore that their bodies hung onto that last 10 pounds until they stopped nursing.

I have just decided that I can't blame my extra 20 on nursing or being preg anymore. So I started running and have given up starches. I still eat whole grains, but no white flour, white potatoes, white rice - I call it the "no white things diet". anyway, it is going pretty well, I've been able to maintain a 1.5 lb. loss per week for several weeks now.
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I am a huge sugar fiend.. SO when i wanted to lose weight i cut all the refined sugar out of my diet.. If it said sugar or high fructose corn syrup or what have you on the lable i didn't eat it.. If i had been good all day, and avoid the sugar i would have usually had i would have a scoop of ice creann (just 1 no cheating) that night.. It helped.. I still got something sweet, but i wasn't pigging out on it all day.. That's what worked for me.. I lost a lot of the weight that was sticking around..

I have heard however that the last 10lbs stays around because of maternal storages while bf'ing.. So it may be particularly hard to get rid of...

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