It took you nine months to get to your final pregnancy weight, it'll take longer than that to get back. Patience is a virtue. :) Your body is different, now; pregnancy changes how you look, feel, and how you carry the weight you have. Your pre-pregnant weight may or may not be a healthy place for you, and it's going to take a while to get back close to it.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
How did you set your 1,200 calorie diet? Frankly, I doubt you are eating enough. That amount is the *minimum* for the average sedentary woman to eat to support basic bodily functions. If you are exercising as well, your body thinks it is in crisis and has slowed down your metabolism. It is biologically programmed to save you from famine. It has no idea you are doing this on purpose.
I encourage you to use the tools on this site to set your calorie range and match it with your exercise routine.
BTW, the scale lies and only indicates weight. Being healthy and fit should be the goal. There is no magic number.
And, you must accept the fact that your body just created an incredible human being. It may not ever go back to the same size and shape. That's not to say you don't want to eat healthy and exercise. Just be open that it may be different, but just as beautiful and strong.
I agree with A1Hotdog. I too haven't seen much change in weight on the scale but my clothes fit MUCH better and my energy level is high. Still it is hard not weighing myself so I can see the number going down and feel discourged when it's the same or up a pound or two, so I totally get that.
Thanks A1Hotdog for the article I am going to read that right now!
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how often are you weighing yourself? weight in once a week just to chart yourself but rely more on the fact that you feel great and just keep doing the plan: chart foods/exercise. tweek where you need to and forge on. it took me six months to get my pregnancy weight off. It will happen. believe! Read this great article by sparkpeople: Break Free from the Scale!
When you start/increase a workout program, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water. This increase in your lean mass can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale even as you are burning fat.
However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat. So typically this will show up as inches lost,even if the scale is being unco-operative.
The tape is a much better means of tracking your progress than the scale. And if you haven't been measuring to date, are you noticing your clothes fitting better?
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
I had a baby August 2nd, I am currently trying to get down to my pre pregnancy weight. My workout strategy so far has been to abide by the 1200 calorie diet with exercise. My routine for a month has been power walking or jogging 1.5 to 2.5 miles per day (I live in Arizona so I sweat like crazy and I drink 5 16 oz bottles of water per day) then when I get home I do some Valerie Waters videos with an 8lb dumb bell. I have a smaller frame so my body is taking its sweet time to its endurance up. Since I've started exercising I haven't lost a single lb in a month and I feel worried... I am not breast feeding anymore so I'm okay doing just the 1200 calories. I've cut out soda completely and skip dessert with treating myself very rarely. Please help! :)
Pre pregnancy weight 125 weight on August 2nd 175 Weight on September 10th 147 Weight Today 147
I feel like I am on the road to recovery but then I get on the scale and automatically feel discouraged =/
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