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very curious here b/c i am quite pessimistic:<br><br>
i have been losing weight and am now apparently back to the size i was before ever conceiving my first b/c i can wear all my old clothes - things i thought i might never see on me again...and now i'm not sure i want to! nothing looks at all the same. i am squishy and jiggly and if it weren't that i can put all the clothes on, i would swear i must be 25 pounds or better away from that. and of course the clothes do not look as good because i was younger and had "firmer chubbiness." i have never been a thin, lean girl, but i wasn't this flabby EVER. now i just feel despair. is it possible to get a better bod with fitness and right eating, or am i stuck with muscles overlaid with jiggle? muscles are important and i won't NOT take care of me just because i can't be flab-free, but i would like some sort of improvement to take shape here soon! sheesh.<br><br>
do kids suck all the firm chub out of you? babies get chubby on mama's milk - is that why? they take mine and leave me looking like a deflated balloon??? :LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"> where does it go when they become lean toddlers? i didn't get any back then - does it diappear into thin air? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
someone give me some inspiration and tell me you have been here and made your body firm(er) again!!!<br>
AAACCKKKKK!!!!!!!
 

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i just wanted to offer some encouragement that if you start lifting weights and doing cardio faithfully, you will see a difference. it has taken me a while to come to terms with the fact that all i can do is exercise the best i can (and i do, cardio 6 times a week and weights 4 times a week), eat the best i can and that my body i'm gonna have to love the changes i've seen over the years as a result of pregnancy/breastfeeding. i'm never going to look like a tight fitness model but i'm learning to love my body and all that it does for me everyday.<br><br>
good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
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exersize is the key. After ds was born (he's #3) I felt terrible. I gained 20lbs, but it felt more like 50. So flabby and my cloths looked terrible. I recently lost 16lbs and for the last month have been excersizing faithfully for at least 5 days every week. I like classes because I have been getting very good toning and sculpting excersizing in them, even in the cardio classes. I can't believe how much better my body looks after just 1 month.<br><br>
I have not dropped a pant size, but everything just looks so good on me now. Things are getting looser and with any luck I will be down a size by the summer, but my cloths are just hanging nice and look nice without the rolls and flab.<br><br>
I am a big believer is excersize. It's the only thing that's gonna do it.
 

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I get discouraged r/e muscles UNDER my fat, but I lose weight much easier, and when I screw up it doesn't hit me as hard. Muscles burn more calories than fat tissue, so you're upping your metabolism.<br><br>
It's definitely not instantaneous, which drives me mad, but there's lots of time, and I want to feel good about my bod whilst I raise my kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yep, I lost a lot and fit into my high school size (before getting pg with this one, that is!) and things were not the same...but I do have muscles because I lost it by weight watchers combined with running. There's really nothing like it for body transformation, and really any fairly intense cardio will do it. I've heard Pilates does wonders for toning too, but haven't gotten on that wagon yet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good luck, mama bodies are different but they can be whipped into shape too.
 

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I would think that the above advice is great!<br><br>
I'm not at the point you are now but I can already see where the tone isn't there in what I've already lost. I've already taken steps to put this advice into action. I can already see a difference.
 

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Yes I know what you mean!<br>
Things just change after a baby don't they? (How in the world do I get my nipples to go back to the way they were before LOL)<br>
I agree that exercise and diet are the key. I've only worked out 2 days a week for the last year and half and have noticed a big different...mainly cardio, not much weight training.<br>
I also including walking/hiking into our lifestyle as much as possible.<br>
Good luck!<br>
Mel.
 
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