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1/16/13 10:01 P

My second child is now 9 months old, and I'm happy with my weight loss so far. It's been slow but steady. Rule #1: NO JUNK IN THE HOUSE! That's pretty much the only rule, actually. I also try my best to not take in any liquid calories (no juice, sugary coffee drinks, or alcohol). I've only been "dieting" for a few weeks now. Previously, because I was nursing, I just focused on eating healthy. I try to exercise with the baby as much as possible. For example, once his head and neck were stable enough (around 6 months) I got a running stroller. Prior to that, we went on lots of walks. When he's having "tummy time", so am I. I do push-ups, crunches, and other floor exercises. I've also recently started doing Zumba at home (on my xbox) and the baby jumps and dances in his jolly jumper while he watches. My last secret: I have a dog. I'm obviously not saying go out and get a dog if you are not interested, but she is great for keeping me in shape and my kids love her. I walk her 2 miles a day on average.

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1/16/13 12:38 P

My second child is 5 months old. With both children I found that 2 things really helped me start exercising again:
1. Joining a mom and baby fitness class (look for things like StrollerFit, Fit4Two, Mommy and Me, etc. in your area).
2. Agreeing with my husband that we would each get 1 night off a week to hit the gym, go for a run, etc. Making exercise part of my "me" time helped reduce my stress and the baby weight.

As for eating healthy, I have to plan it out. We make a menu and get all our groceries on the weekend when my husband is home. I make snacks ahead of time so I have something healthy I can grab when I am busy juggling my needs with my two children's needs.

Good luck!

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1/16/13 9:46 A

I am in the same situation as you LORI_TAPPER (though trying for a second, and not a vegetarian) it is so hard to get motivated when you don't have the support. My husband could care less about supporting my weight loss, and when he does show some interest it usually is negative like ( are you really gonna put that in your mouth, or should you be eating that at all) he's just to busy with being his lazy self for him to care, you'd think i'd lose alot of weight cooking, cleaning, running around, taking care of the baby ...BUT NO!!!! So lets hope I find some more motivation soon :)

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1/15/13 10:55 P

I had my second baby 6 months ago and have never lost the weight, after my first it just fell off, but this time it seems to be adding on :s
I am so unmotivated and nothing I do will motivate me, my boyfriend doesn't motivate me at all and my friends seem to put my choices down whenever i discuss healthy options. for example, I recently decided to become vegetarian, I was a long time ago and have decided to do it again that way I will pay more attention to what I put into my mouth, all my friends who I have told thus far have nothing but negative feedback about it.
I am aiming to lost 50 pounds through healthy eating and hopefully exercise while still spending as much time as possible with my little angels.
Any words or advice as to how to stay motivated with all the negativity around me?

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1/15/13 9:14 P

I lost 25 pounds after I had my second child. I finally got tired of not fitting into my old clothes and I had poor self esteem. When I finally got fed up, I started slow. I kept my eyes on the prize and kept telling myself that I was changing for life. Don't beat yourself up when you slip up, just get going again. YOU CAN DO THIS!! emoticon

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1/14/13 8:19 P

Ain't nothin' to it but to do it. If you're a SAHM, you have the added advantage of NAP TIME. Throw on some of the spark cardio videos, a work out DVD, or get on whatever piece of exercise equipment you have for 30 minutes. If you have a baby swing, put the baby in the swing while you get your sweat on.

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1/14/13 1:12 P

Hey I'm natasha and I am kind of in the same boat my little boy is 6 months old today, and I find it so hard to concentrate on my diet, I just take it one day at a time,, and try and remember that you are trying to do this to play and be more active with your little one. So essentially you are doing it in fact for them. Another thing that I try is to keep junk out of the house as much as I can, out of sight out of mind. Hope some of this works, have a great day.

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1/9/13 12:07 P

Hello All,

I was a more frequent user of SparkPeople previously but I got pregnant last October and had my beautiful son in June. Long story short, he's now 6 months old and I still have all of my pregnancy weight plus about 10 lbs.

I have to admit the facts:

A. I weigh 230 lbs. which is by FAR the most I've ever weighed (I weighed 120 in high school and college)
B. I can't seem to find any time to work out and I honestly can't remember the last thing that made me sweat - other than labor!
C. It's incredibly hard for me to find the motivation and the time to eat properly.

and most importantly...
D. I do want to change. I don't like the way I feel at this size and I want to be able to play and have fun with my son.

Any advice/motivation/anything that you all can help me out with, I'd greatly appreciate it!

Thank you! emoticon

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