I'm no nutritionist but to lose weight, I don't really eat less, as much as I eat better. So I'll completely cut out sodas, drinks, and candy, and cut back on the simple sugars. Eat lots of fiber and whole grains, fruit, veggies, throw in some dairy.
Also, there's that saying "9 months up, 9 months down" so don't be too hard on yourself that you haven't lost all the baby weight yet.
My family: me , dh , ds (11), dd1 (9), and dd2 (3).
Tout va s'arranger à la fin. Si elle ne fonctionne pas; ce n'est pas la fin.
I do feel lucky though, I haven't even thought much about my eating. . .I mean I just try to eat healthy, but I haven't dieted at all. I am BFing after all, so I need the calories. In fact, lately I have been really hungry. I wonder if its b/c I am getting back to my normal weight, so now my body wants to stop loosing and needs me to eat more? I am curious if the slow-but-steady weight loss I have experienced will stop on its own when I get to my pre-pg weight.
Whatever the weight though, I do feel out of shape and need to get back to some exercising--especially core strength!
Me= crunchy mama to one rambunctious toddler, born on October 1, 2009. And one sweet little baby born January 19, 2012.
i'm just shocked that with nursing and not really eating all that much (at least at first when i was lucky to have 5 minutes to grab a granola bar) and water-weight loss, and carrying a 8-11 pound weight around all day, that more didn't come off.
so i'm blaming the weight on the super-sized boobs.
Like Siobhain, I have a really hard time losing weight while nursing -- Mother Nature seems determined to keep extra fat stores on me in case of starvation, lol! And honestly, knowing that the holidays were approaching, I haven't even tried diet and exercise yet, b/c I knew all the yummy food at this time of year would sabotage my efforts, anyway.
However, it's a New Year now, so I want to try and get going. I'm setting modest goals for myself, or I'll give up quickly. So instead of trying to lose a certain number of pounds a month, I'm going to commit to a certain amount of exercise each week (my plan is to walk on our treadmill for 30 mins. 4-5x/week), combined with deliberately eating smaller portion sizes of our regular meals and attempting to cook more Weight Watcher-friendly menus. If that doesn't do anything, then I'll have to step it up further, but I'm all about making small changes that I can sustain, rather than embarking on a dramatic transformation that I'll give up at the earliest opportunity.
While the weight loss will be great in terms of looking better, I really want to do it for health reasons -- I have chronic hypertension, and b/c of my pre-eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome with Duncan, I'm still on a really high dose of BP meds and would like to be able to lower it. I also have high cholesterol, a fatty liver (even though I rarely drink and eat mostly vegetarian), and suspect I may have some insulin resistance going on, too, since my dad does and I seem to have inherited every single one of his medical issues.
My ultimate goal is to get in MUCH better shape by the time I'm 40 (2 yrs. away), so that I have the energy and health to keep up with my kiddos for a long, long time!
Charlotte (6);Sophie (5) Down Syndrome & so beautiful! (9/08), & Duncan 8/26/09
I have one pair of pre-prego jeans that fit, but I have some serious muffin-top issues... And I never realized how clingly most of my clothes are! It seems like everything I wear really shows off my little tummy bulge.
Now that I'm back to work, it's going to be rough to find time to work out. In warmer weather I'll take Ethan jogging with me, but that just doesn't work when it's 15F and snowing.
Strong single mama to Ethan (9/09) and Rowyn (7/12)
I started working out with DVDs a few weeks ago, but I didn't really see a difference. I just joined a gym about a week ago and started running on the treadmill and I saw and felt an immediate difference -- mainly in my posture. My core muscles are wrecked after having four babies!!! Dropped a pound last week, that felt great.
Honestly, tho, I'm working out mainly to battle the baby blues. I'm having a really up-down PP experience, and I don't want it to turn into depression like with #2. I feel a huge difference after working out, but I start feeling depressed and overwhelmed within 1 or 2 days, so I have to work out every other day. I think I'll see about 1lb a week for the next couple of months, as long as I keep running regularly, before I am back in my pre-pre-pregnancy shape