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My DS is just over 4 months now. I gained about 30lbs during my pregnancy and I am about 5lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight (however my muscle def. is totally gone) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I fit into my old clothes but they are a bit tight and look funny since my body shape has also changed a bit (helloooo big boobs!)<br><br>
I have just now started to try and exercise 3-4 times a week (usually a run of 2-3 miles or long walk) and also have just now tried to start and make healthy/better decisions about food as well but I am not really losing anything yet.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that"> this is also my problem as well, as is, when I am able to eat, I only have a few minutes sometime and literally eat without swallowing (or so it feels like it) so I dont get to do this 'chew/eat slowly/mindful eating' which it seems all diets recommend.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Its hard because sometimes I eat junk because the option of getting to the store just isn't there.. I want a salad, I am craving a salad but all we have in the house is cheese and white bread or spaghetti. Its really frustrating.
 

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Hi Kitteh! I have been doing really great with exercise. My dd will be 12 weeks on friday and I have been doing some form of exercise at least 3 days a week for about 6 weeks now. I have really stepped it up the past 3 weeks at the gym, though. I haven't lost any weight. My problem is snacks. I do fine in the morning and for lunch but it seems like I just eat constantly from the time ds gets home from school (3pm) until I go to bed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">.<br>
I am a size 4 or 6 prepregnancy and I am now a 10. I can squeeze into some 5/6 shorts, but I look like a sausage and would never leave the house like that. I am confident that the weight will come off, though, it did for my son, I was even smaller than before when it was all said and done. We can do it, ladies!<br>
Ithappened, that's awesome to only be 5 pounds above your pp weight, it's probably all boobs!
 

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I wish it was all boobs nola79! . . . Most everything looks pretty normal again sadly I still look 5 months pregnant in my stomach/uterine area, esp bad after I eat anything.. its really depressing.<br><br>
Does that ever go away? this bloating..?
 

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What are peoples favorite healthy/diet friendly snacks? postworkout or evening friendly?<br><br>
I find I get super hungry at night and usually end up eating cereal before bed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
lately if I have it, I have started to try and make a 'protein pudding' if I want something sweet.. basically I just put some protein powder into a little milk (to get the consistency of pudding) then I add some fresh or frozen fruit to it and mix it up.. The protein powder is usually pretty sweet so I don't even need sugar..
 

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Hi, I have been drinking tea first if I feel like a snack. Like a replacement behavior. I am still trying to get 5 fruits and veggies a day, so I am also snacking on fruit. I haven't lost any weight this week, but my energy level is much better. I didn't start to lose the weight after my other kids were born until they were like 3 months old. Thankfully, I have much healthier habits now.
 

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I've been eating fruit, too. Apples, oranges, also carrot sticks.<br>
Question- if you had to choose between cardio and weight training, which would you think is more effective in losing weight/getting back in shape? I can do both, but one maybe 1 or 2 times and the other 3 times.
 

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I am jumping in here too. My ds will be three months in two days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I need to lose a lot of weight, however I would just be happy to not look pregnant anymore. I recently cut out red meat, like a month ago and already feel better. I'm sure it's only in my mind, but I have since added more veggies in lieu of red meat.Fruit gets eaten practically within th ehour of bringing it home, so I am going to have to look into buying twice the amount I normally purchase. DH is going to buy me a bike for our 7th wedding anniversary tomorrow which isn't romantic but what I wanted. I got him 2 new cell phones <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">. I got new laces for my shoes, but they are still awfully tight, so I may look into another pair but hate to see $150 just sitting in the closet.<br><br>
I did the 30 day shred once, and I cannot believe how out of shape I am. I was so sore that I had to give myself three days to recover <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. I knew I was a mess, but my goddness that workout wouldn't have even phased me three years ago. It is really depressing.<br><br>
So bike riding combined with 30 day shred, gym workouts and my usual family yoga should solve my problem if only I didn't have three kiddos to take care of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">. Maybe if they would let me watch the dvd I could actually do it while they are awake, but I have to wait until they're asleep, otherwise... And if by the time everyone is asleep if I could stay up long enough to get back out of bed to do the darn workout, maybe something would happen. Uh, I really disgust myself with my excuses too. Moment over. Off to do the dishes.
 

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yeah I was looking at my belly shots today- my stomach at the moment looks about the same as it did when I was 26 weeks pregnant.<br><br>
sad.
 

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Hi ladies...<br><br>
I don't know if I belong here, as my DS is 17 months old! LOL. Yes I am still trying to shake the last 12-13 pg pounds. My ppg weight is well within my BMI range, so I would be fine there, but would be happy to lose an extra<br>
5-10 as long as I am healthy. Heck, I've always wanted to be a size 0-2 (thanks, media!) but that ain't gonna happen. Oh and my most of adulthood normal size has been 8. Sometimes a 6 -depends on the clothes. BTW DS is my 3rd born and I had no trouble getting down to ppg weight after my girls! Within the first year I was down and then some, no diet or special exercise. And they each nursed more than 2 years.<br><br>
I am currently running; started last summer and slowly upping mileage. I love it but it has only helped minimally with weight loss so far. I haven't changed my diet. i naturally ate less ad DS grew older. He is still BFing a ton, esp at night though he eats solids too.<br><br>
Thanks to a PP comment, I suddenly realized just now that <i>some</i> of this extra weight has <i>got</i> to be boobs! Awesome!
 

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Oh yeah, if I let my belly out, I look a good 5-6 months pregnant....but I am always, always sucking it in. I hate it, so gross. The worst is I just want to tell people, I'm not this size, really, I swear, I'm small! But I'm not anymore. ok, depressing myself here.
 

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when does the not having to suck it in go away? ever? I feel like my uterus is still swollen.. or something.. because its not fat it just looks bloated <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Well, I remember my son being 5 1/2 months old and I was completely back to normal. No sucking in, nothing, just back to where I was pp looking like I'd never even had a baby. Maybe it was just luck, who knows b/c now I'm wondering the same thing. Although I gained more weight with ds, dd was a bigger baby, maybe that makes a difference?
 

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that gives me hope since Im only 4 months pp. . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ithappened- this may be a stupid question, but are you drinking lots and lots of water? That should help with the bloated feeling. I have made it a point to increase my water intake, even though that's all I drink anyway. It helps me to stay full, too.
 

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Nola- aw sweetie, don't be so hard on yourself, please. You just gave birth less than 3 months ago...
 

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Oh, thanks, Tara, I know you are right. That's what DH keeps telling me. It's just very frustrating that life goes on and absolutely nothing fits. That's where it's coming from. I guess I need to remind myself every now and again that it hasn't been that much time after all.
 

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My LO is now 3 weeks old. I delivered via an emergency c-section, and I'm pretty sure I'm not completely recovered from the rather unexpected surgery. I have about 20 pounds to lose. I have been walking daily, or trying to at least. My body is not always happy with that plan -- my abdomen will hurt and bleeding will increase when I do too much. I'd be interested in hearing from other mamas who have had c-sections -- how long did it take for you to get back to your pre-pregnancy activity levels? I'm so anxious to go back to yoga and walk the amounts I used to.<br><br>
I guess for now I need to focus on diet and slowly increase the exercise as I am able. It has been difficult though. I am really craving the comfort foods -- simple carbs and sugars. Also, I find that when I am sleep deprived, my body tries to make up for the energy deficiency with sweets, which is clearly not the best way to lose weight. Or the best diet, for that matter. Then there's the matter of time. I get so hungry that I tend to grab what's fast and easy and appeals, and that's seldom the best choice, although my husband has been fantastic, and has been making large batches of healthy things. There's quinoa and tofu casserole in the fridge right now, but what do I eat for lunch? An instant soup, a handful of chocolate chips and half a cup of cold tea from the morning.<br><br>
It's also been a very, very long time since I've intentionally tried to lose weight. The last time I think I was a teenager and did some sort of combination of starvation, diet pop and sugarless gum in order to offset the beer drinking on the weekend! I don't think I even lost any weight then, haha! What are the best things to eat? Should I be avoiding certain things? My husband eschews all carbs when he's trying to drop weight (like, ALL...as in no grains or even carrots) and focusses on lean proteins and leafy greens. That seems extreme to me, esp. for a lactating mother.<br><br>
Anyway, it's encouraging to just read your stories & know I'm not alone.
 

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I think thats my problem much more then the weight. I brought out my summer clothes a week or so ago, as its suddenly gotten hot here, and nothing fits me, its really tight in 'weird' places.. like my shoulders, arms or chest. . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I don't know what I am going to do about this summer. I am getting really sick of wearing the same 2 pairs of jeans and 3 shirts that fit for the last 4 months and I dont want to have to wear them all summer too. meh.
 

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Yup, exactly! I have a wedding to go to this afternoon. After an hour (at least) of trying on too small clothes, I finally find an acceptable outfit. Not chic (in fact, a little dowdy) but at least it KIND OF fits. It was very discouraging, as I was going through the pre-pregnancy clothes, picking out the ones I remembered hung loosely on me and discovering that for the most part, they either wouldn't go up past my thighs or down over my boobs. On the plus side, I have boobs now (even if they do leak!). I never did before, never had to bother with a bra or anything -- and no one ever noticed.
 
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