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HI.<br>
I have always been average size. You know 5" 7' size 8, 10. Well in the time since being pregnant, miscarry, pregnant again, delivered son and basically saw my life completely change.....i had my ds at age 43 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> so that is a life changing experience... anyway, I turned to food for comfort. No kidding.<br><br>
So, here I am, about 45 pounds too heavy.<br><br>
I was horrified by a photo of me that got developed. It was taken a month ago.<br><br>
I need to hear from some of you who have lost 40 plus pounds. I feel like I've been in a strange cave and have now come out of it in this very different world... please help me.<br><br>
I'm on WW and have lost 7 pounds.. I did lose 10 but then went off WW and back to 7 pounds....<br><br>
hugs<br>
tracy
 

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I lost about 35 doing Atkins and 3x a week weight training. I think the combination of weight training and the diet really helped move the fat off fast and I really toned up. Now I'm working on maintaining it by doing Curves 3-4 times a week. Once I realy made the commitment to lose the weight (all pregnancy related) I was pleasantly surprised at how fast it came off.<br><br>
Good luck! It can be done!
 

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I lost over 50 on WW. I stopped doing it and can feel the weight slooooowly creeping back. I will probably start counting points again. It really is a good way to control portion size.
 

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plady, thanks for your input.... I wish I could do weight training but I don't think I can swing it right now... dh works till 8:30 and I don't get a lot of free time with ds for going to the gym. If I had a bit more dough and I hope to soon I can join a gym with childcare.. but right now I'm without....<br><br>
do you think I can lose on points and maybe walking?<br><br>
same with you weetzie, think so?<br><br>
thanks<br>
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I lost almost completely on points. I was not able to exercise due to other issues, so that really didnt play a factor in my weight loss.<br><br>
It took me about 9-10 months to lose 50lbs--I am guessing that exercise would have taken it off faster, but it wasnt necessary. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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have you tried the ww message boards? there are lots of people there with similar goals.<br><br>
i saw an oprah once with people who lost +100 lbs and several said they started off by "moving"--didn't change their diet, because they didn't want to get overwhelmed, but they got to a gym and stuck with it. i remember they said exercise was the key in the beginning, and then to add diet when you have your fitness routine down.<br><br>
i've heard that people have amazing success with the firm videos. i've always hated working out, but this week out of the blue i started doing push ups and sit ups. then i bought the winsor pilates dvds, some of which are only 20 min long and i love them! it's great for toning your muscles. now i'm trying to incorporate more cardio to my work-out by dancing (i feel ridiculous but it works--esp good if you have small kids!), jump roping, walking, etc. i feel so good, and i'm already noticing changes in my abs and arms. and it hasn't even been a week! i keep a log in a word file of my weekly goals (i've only had one week so far, lol) and what i've done every day.<br><br>
good luck to you, you can do it!
 

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I had lost 50lbs then my medicines were increased and I gained 18back, ugh that sucks just typing that. Anyhow I did it by walking, Yoga for Weight Loss, portion control and writing down everything I eat. I also did it with the help of my TOPS group.<br><br>
Alot of people have success with the Walking Away the Pounds tapes, the only thing I have found that helps me lose weight is the walking and Yoga. Walking does some but the yoga really kicks it into gear.
 

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Back in 1994, after I'd birthed two babies in twelve months, my weight got up to 170 and I got myself down to 130 by running three days a week and doing the Slim Fast plan--I don't recommend Slim Fast b/c I don't think it's healthy, but back then I was 26 and more reckless. The running was certainly good, although when I first started I was really out of shape and very slowly built up my endurance.<br><br>
I stayed slim for a while, but had two more babies and in 2001, weighed about 160. Since then I've lost close to 40 pounds and now weigh about 122. In a way, I "cheated" because I lost the first twenty pounds due to an illness, but I lost the rest of the weight by getting back into running, once my health was restored and by taking a long, hard look at my eating habits. I'd been eating healthy meals, but then rewarding myself with desserts or snacks. I stopped baking cookies for my kids and almost effortlessly lost five pounds. Then, after reading several diet books--(<i>Fighting the Female Fat Cell After Pregnancy; The Zone; Sugar Busters; Atkins</i>) I came up with my own diet plan: Eat a non-carb source of protein with every meal, cut out refined flours and sugar (except for the occaisional treat) and eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats from almonds, avocado, olive oil, etc.<br><br>
It took a long time to get down to the weight I am now, but slow weight loss is probably better for you.
 

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I, too have lost over 60 pounds about 7 years ago...now having had 3 children...I am back to that weight again... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br>
I dislike who I see in the mirror....so I started 2.5 weeks ago with the WW and 5x a week at the gym...down 13 pounds again..."only" 50 more to go... :LOL<br><br>
Here we go again....<br><br>
Glad to see the support here....
 

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I lost a bunch of weight twice. The first time, I was younger and was very active dancing in night clubs, etc. lol. The second time, I started walking a LOT and watching my fat intake.<br><br>
Now, after a bad marriage and having a baby, I have to lose at LEAST 60 lbs! I've already lost some weight but it's going slowly.<br><br>
I can't afford to join a gym but I do walk whenever I can. I haven't been eating much but I think that is more due to the fact that I just can't afford food for myself after I've bought food for my ds! Eek!<br><br>
I tried to get a discount at YMCA but even with that, it'll cost me over $200 for the membership. Being a single mom without a job means that I certainly don't have that kind of money hanging around. lol.<br>
So, i do the best I can.<br><br>
One thing that really helped with me is switching from regular ice cream to Hagaan Dazs lowfat frozen yogurt. It taste amazing and only has 3 or 4g fat per serving!<br><br>
Now, if only i can do something about all these mega saggy body parts. rofl.<br>
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thanks so much you guys.<br><br>
It was so good to hear you guys say that you can lose on WW and exercise which I think I can fold into my life easier....walking, maybe some exercise tapes.(thanks for the idea,mommies)...I currently go to a mommy/toddler yoga class but I need one more MOMMY only yoga class (which means dh needs to watch son)...<br><br>
I am envious of jackie213 able to go to the gym 5x a week. Like I said, when I get a bit more dough together I am going to join the gym.<br><br>
You know I commented on another thread that this weekend had the lowest tide in 19 years...and somehow this june seems to be the lowest financial tide for us... our health insurance which was covered by our union runs out so we have to buy insurance. Ds's preschool needs to be paid so that he can go this fall..plus oodles of other misc bills (why oh why do they all hit at once?)))) and this is when I saw the hideous photo of myself.... so bad. Too close, low angle, my head is leaning, no make up...and 45 pounds too heavy.... it is a wonder I didn't throw myself off a bridge....<br><br>
anyway, I will check out the WW message boards. What a good idea.<br><br>
daylily, I want to check out that book about motherhood fat... your diet sounds very atkins-like...but all in all great work on your part!<br><br>
lizc: I feel like y ou even if I'm married, tight money, fulltime mommyhood is so counter to dieting...<br><br>
okay...now to think about breakfast....yuch...
 

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Not me personally, but my friend's mom has lost over 72 pounds since November. She is using Weight Watchers, and a recumbent bike.
 

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I've lost a little over 70 pounds since ds was born in August 02. Some of that was pregnancy weight but I was overweight to begin with - I'm now down 40 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight.<br><br>
And I haven't gone to the gym at all, much as I would like to! I checked out our local Y but the daycare was scary and I think ds would hate it.<br><br>
What I've done: tried to cut down or eliminate the whites, including white sugar, white pasta, white flour, potatoes. Increased fruits and veggies a lot (although I have better days and worse days on getting lots and lots of veggies). Eat whole grains and legumes as sources of complex carbs, fiber, and protein. Eat non-fat dairy products for protein, calcium, and probiotics (yogurt, kefir). Indulge myself in treats occasionally but not all the time. I don't count calories because dieting makes me crazy but try to make healthy choices I can live with for the long haul. No soda, no candy, no hydrogenated oils!<br><br>
Exercise a LOT. Walk with ds in the backpack - and walk fast! I'm not a runner, but walking is great and low-impact. You have to get your heart rate up though - a leisurely stroll won't do a whole lot. Hills are excellent - look for them! Strength training at home - it's not expensive to get some free weights; many towns have used sporting goods stores where you can find free weights (dumbbells). Check out books and videos from the library - look for Joyce Vedral on strength training, also look for Fredrick Hahn's Slow Burn Fitness Revolution (he has an in-home program). Pushups and crunches don't require any gear, and are very effective if you do them correctly. (Also check out half.com, overstock.com, and videofitness.com).<br><br>
Support is invaluable. For me, it's been the weekly weight loss thread here at MDC - I've lost 54 pounds since starting to post there. Having someone to cheer you on and support you during the tough times is great. And having accountability is good, too - it motivates me to lose so I can post a lower number.<br><br>
It has been slooooow going - but it took me a while to gain the weight, it takes a while to lose it, too. I plateau a lot but slowly start losing again. I'd love to lose 10 to 20 more pounds (I'm currently 144 at 5'4") but since we're TTC that may not happen.
 

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You are certainly not alone!<br><br>
I too need to loose 40 pounds. I am 5'7" and weight 182.... I have been doing Weight Watchers for 3 weeks and have lost 8 pounds so far and really it has been pretty easy for me. I also walk 3 miles a day (5 days a week), but have recently hurt my knee (I was jogging) so I have had to cut back on working out. I also have the Firm dvd set and omg it is hard but *works*, I also do Pilates for Dummies (excellent for beginners!) 2 times a week.<br><br>
An excellent WW site is <a href="http://www.dwlz.com" target="_blank">www.dwlz.com</a> It has everything you need and great support.<br><br>
I tend to get overwhelmed with how much I need to loose so I just focus on one week at a time and try to only weight myself every few weeks (instead of every day like I want to) and judge more by the way my clothes fit than the scale. Good luck!<br><br>
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Tracy, I lost almost 70 lbs. on WW the year before last. You can do it!! I am getting back on the wagon tomorrow. Its my own kinda getting into shape thing now. I have a WW at home kit, and I plan to use that, and exercise to get back down to my goal weight. I can't wait!!
 

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I lost 55+ pounds over two summers in Europe and maintained the loss until I went on Depo-Provera. I didn't diet, but ate my main meal at lunchtime, usually with soup before the meal, walked a lot, and did Pilates mat exercises. I also wrote in my journal daily about my feelings, etc. I didn't deprive myself. If I wanted an ice cream sundae for supper, I ate it, I just made sure it was really good. I found that if I ate something "high quality" I didn't need to eat as much of it. Sigh, I should start doing some of this again. I still have to lose all the Depo-Provera weight and the baby weight.<br><br>
Good luck to all of us <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> !
 

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In '98, I lost 60 pounds in 6 months on Prism. It is a weight loss support group where you write down everything you eat (really key no matter what diet you use!), eat no more than 1200 calories a day, no snack/junk foods, no white flour, no sugar, no gravy, no breading, no sauces, nothing fried. It works but as soon as I quit, the weight began to come back (of course).<br><br>
This time I am doing my own little version of all the best parts of different weight loss things I've tried. Lost 30 pounds so far (started in January). Can I suggest Dr. Phil's book - I loaned it out to a friend; think it is called "Weight Loss Solution". Really good. I have not done much if any exercise yet (unless you count chasing kids around the house!) but with good eating choices, I've lost quite a bit. Another 15-20 pounds to go. I am very happy with myself from the waist up but not so excited about my stomach and thighs so will keep at it.<br><br>
Good luck to all of us here!<br>
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Quirky, you sound just like me!!! Can I just say ditto? lol<br>
Seriously, sensible diet, whole foods, low fat, count calories, walk walk walk!!! (lol, all the things people don't want to hear, eh?)<br><br>
I use <a href="http://www.fitday.com" target="_blank">www.fitday.com</a> to track what I eat, it is very very helpful. I lost 70 lbs last year, before I ever added weight training. I do feel better now that I have added weights, but it isn't a necessity to losing weight alone. I am now my mom's *personal trainer* I tell her what to eat and get to boss her around, lol, hee hee!!!! She has lost 5 lbs in two weeks!!! Woo Hoo!!!!<br><br>
It can be done mama!!!! Find what works for you but get that heart rate up and never ever ever undereat!!!
 

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I've lost 40 pounds in the last year or so, most of it just by following Piglet's plan (thanks Piglet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> ) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I just cut my portion in half, wait 20-30 minutes after eating and, if still hungry, ate a little more... but most of the time I was satisfied. I also increased my activity level... anything is better than nothing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Oh, I still allow myself some desserts and sweets... but I don't go overboard with them as I used too!<br><br>
Moderation is my motto! (well, when I'm a good girl... I'm not so good at it recently... I'm not a disciplined girl by nature so stress can push me out of the routine wagon easily <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> but I intend to get back to my healthy eating plan... )
 

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for a "little girl" (i'm 5'1 3/4) I've lost quite a bit.<br><br>
I started my first pg at a loose sz 8 and gained EIGHTY SIX pounds. I'd lost 60 of that 7mos later when I became pg again<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Because of the extra weight I had no trouble maintaining both my milk supply and growing my 8.5lb dd, I also gained another 60lbs durring that pg.<br><br>
I've been active since highschool. I liked running and weight training. I lost all of that weight and was abuout 140 (size 8-10 for me) hwne I became pg in '99. that pregnancy lasted only 13 weeks, but I gained 30lbs.<br><br>
I got pg the next cycle and gained 63more, and had a lovely 9lb boy that time. I lost that weight the only way that I enjoy. by EATING good foods (including chocolate, ice cream, pastas and meat and milk) and working out (mainly weightlifitng and walking, I started running the last 5 mos). I lost 90lbs by the time I got pg again (this past summer). I worked out this last pg and "only" gained 50lbs.(baby is 8weeks old)<br><br>
I refuse to diet. I've wasted too much life, there<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (eating disordered past)<br><br>
I'm following the workouts in Body For Life and LOVE it. In only 2 weeks I have a very different shape. I no longer weigh myself, but I can tell you that in 2 weeks I have lost 1 pant size. (following BFL and nursing my third son, and eating like a PIG)<br><br>
Soon, I will stop eating junk all day and loose the rest of the weight.<br><br>
so thats 5pgs and 208lbs gained and lost so far (in 6 years). I'm planning on being a size8/10 by christmas (20-30 more lbs)<br><br><br>
age has little to do with it, my MIL (50) just lost 30lbs and is fitter than ever. I've seen her "do" Atkins and WW and come out looking weak, but slim. this time she has Madonna's arms and I am actually jealous<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I've known her 11 years and have never seen her look so good. she actually has a waist!<br><br>
It's not a diet, or a "get fit" plan, but a way to change your body..for life, permaatley. I do not recommend dieting, ever. Most especially while nursing.<br><br>
Carrie
 
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