Pre-pregnancy (2004) at about 120 pounds
At my non-pregnant heaviest (2006), about 155 pounds
January 2008, at 125 pounds, wearing "the" dress (see blog)!
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I am now thoroughly convinced that "baby weight" is a highly evolved specialty fat -- fat on a mission -- ensuring your children do not starve while you're nursing them. And making sure you look as unappealing to the opposite sex as possible -- this unfortunate aspect is part of "natural family planning."
See that pic over there? Used to be me! But after three pregnancies in two years, I was considering using that red bikini to tie a roast turkey -- because it certainly wasn't going on the beach again!
I've been very thin most of my life and don't have a chronic dieting history. But I have to say, SparkPeople is the most reasonable diet strategy I've ever encountered. Here's my experience with weight loss:
During my first pregnancy in 2005, I started "eating for two" about seven seconds after the positive pregnancy test, and shockingly gained 60 pounds. Seven pounds were the baby, 20 pounds were fluids, and the other 30-35 pounds were . . . well . . . me. Before most of it had budged, I added another 10 pounds during two more failed pregnancies in 2007.
So I ended up somewhere around a size 12-14 with "udderly" humongous size 34G nursing boobs (it is too a real bra size!). I couldn't figure out where that closet full of size-zero jeans and clingy XS tops came from. Who the heck was ever this skinny? Oh yeah, me . . . . . . hmm.
Finally, in August 2007, after spending over two years pregnant, or breastfeeding, or pregnant AND breastfeeding, I reclaimed my body as my own. My first act as sole proprietor of my own body was to declare war on the 30+ extra "mommy pounds" I'd accumulated.
Praise the Lord, as of January 2008, I've lost it all. The closet full of clothes are mine again.
My success came through a very aggressive, cardio-heavy workout regimen (30-60 minutes most days -- pretty aggressive for a mommy) and a 1200-1550 calorie per day diet plan.
Thanks for reading, and best of luck to all of you in meeting your own personal goals!
7-16-11: Here's the short version: three-year hiatus while we had another baby, pregnancy weight gone and then some, but I'm still 10 pounds up from where I want to be, which is about 125 lbs. Yes, I still have that little black dress over there. I still have the red bikini too ;D
SparkPeople kindly allows me 1200-1550 calories a day. As for food choices, I place a heavy emphasis on veggies, lean protein, and complex carbs (in that order).
For strength exercises, I see a personal trainer once a week, and I replicate the workout later in the week. For cardio, I jog or push a stroller through the abundant and interconnected Nutley park system. Or I sigh heavily and find an elliptical machine.
I'm an ex-research scientist, now a scientific director at a medical communications company. I live in Nutley, New Jersey, with my wonderful husband of eight years, my beautiful five-year-old daughter, and my sweet little one-year-old son.
That background image is of the enemy -- those are fat cells viewed under a microscope. They have no power here!
| current weight: 156.0
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1601 days ago
Congratulations on losing the weight you gained while pregnant! I could relate to some things in your introduction -- I spent most of my life the same weight. Could eat what I wanted. The last few years that has changed -- I am using SparkPeople to try to train myself to eat right and be consistent with exercising.
Best of luck on your future goals!!
1758 days ago
Hi! I live in Gardendale. Saw your message in the Birmingham neighborhoods thread. Congrats on your success!!!
Your story is inspiring to current moms trying to lose baby weight and future moms (me) who fear whether they will be able to lose it once they gain it.
2313 days ago
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Good luck & BE BLESSED!
2670 days ago
I haven't been a good 'friend' these past months and finally wanted to pop in again and see how you're doing?
I see, you're in the one running team too? Are you still running on a regular routine? I just started the c25k program and loving it myself!
I wish everything is well for you, have a nice rest of your Sunday and let's keep in touch if you like!
2822 days ago