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MJALEXIADES
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4/2/14 10:03 P

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Hi everyone, my name is Maria and I am 30 years old. I am new to Spark People. I found this message board because 8 months ago i gave birth to my beautiful baby girl. I've been battling my weight my entire life. I more than ever want to loose weight not only for myself health wise, but to be able to keep up with my daughter. I know once she starts walking, I'm going to be busy and I want to be healthy and be a great role model for her. I've failed at all other attempts at loosing weight and I'm fed up looking and feeling the way I do. I use to many excuses not to eat healthy or go to the gym. I wake up with horrible back pains, which I know is the result of my weight plus the constant lifting of my baby girl. I don't want to feel this way anymore. I found this site and I love that I can talk to people who are going through or have reached their goals. I know I can do it this time. If not for me, for my daughter



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im having issues with my weight as well. I always have had weight issues and self confidence problems. I was 140 before I got pregnant got up to 215 then after I delivered I was able to get back down to 170 but stress hit and I got back up to 200 and hit a point where I just couldn't lose anything. no matter what I do it seems like nothing is going to help me lose this weight. im very active, I work a lot take care of my soon to b 6 month old and all of the house work. being 19 I know my body metabolism should b good but i've never had a fast metabolism. im eating healthy foods, working out and still no results. this past week I just started hydroxicut hardcore and with my active life style I've already lost five pounds so hopefully I can keep this up and get back to being a small and size 5 butt lol.



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11/19/13 1:48 P

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I am on the SAME page!
I commute for an hour each way and by the time I get home I need to prepare my baby to go to sleep. and I am dead tired by then.
He doen't sleep through the night entirely so I'm up every so often - still trying to keep positive, with healthy eating and Instagram!

We'll see

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11/15/13 9:00 A

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I to am having issues with losing the baby weight, he is 7 months old and i have only lost one pound since my 6 week check up. I only have 3 pound to get to my prepegancy with ryan, but i have an additional 40 pounds to lose to get to where i was before i had my other 5 kids. Oldest is 9, so i have been struggling for just a few years at getting off the weight.

I have made the mistake and was trying to cut to many calories, sparks set my cal in take at 1200 to 1550, but i need to have that 300 to 500 cals to still breastfeed Ryan. so today i am correcting that and hopefully my body will respond better to workouts and not be shaky like i have been. I learned that if i cut those calories my body goes into starvation mode. so that could be why i am not losing the weight.

I just do not know if i should add the 300 or the 500. Ryan is 7months and eating 3 times a day regular food, but he still is nursing just as much as before he started eating solid food.

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11/6/13 1:17 A

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Your baby needs nutrients to grow. So you need to increase your nutritional intake to about 300 kcal a day. Be careful to eat healthy meals and snacks. You can take natural foods like green tea, green coffee bean,white kidney beans etc to boost your weight loss metabolism.




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11/4/13 8:34 A

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I am having issues losing the weight too. I am struggling I work full time and I am a single mother so I don't have much time to myself. Don't get me wrong I love being a mother wouldn't change it for the world she is everything to me. I am just having a hard time losing the weight and making time to work out. This is my week two of waking up at 4:30 am to work out. that is the only time that I have to be able to work out after work I get home until 7pm and I just have enough time to spend some time with her and get ready for the next day.



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11/3/13 10:53 A

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I had a c section 16 weeks ago tomorrow but my baby was stillborn. I lost about 17lb after birth but since September have been struggling to lose anymore. I have tried everything and I just am stuck at the same weight. If I put on 6lb like I did on holiday it came off quickly but I just can't get over 182lbs. I put about 42lbs on, I am back to work and exercising (maybe not the same before pregnancy) I just need to know I am not the only one.



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10/6/13 12:56 P

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oh come on! we all got the same problem, we are all struggling to lose the weight after our babies, its a real problem and can even cause obesity ( no offence, but true).
no one really wants that, we all want our pre-pregnancy weight or even want to weigh less than that, for example me, i gained (to be precise) 14.6kg and i just cant get it of, no matter what i do it either stays the same or i gain more and more and I'm getting kind of tired of it, i have always had a problem with losing weight but i was happy with myself before i got pregnant. i have a healthy 1 year old and i love him to bits but its driving me CRAZY that I can not lose the weight. i have to admit that I have always HATED any exercise that comes my way, what usually worked for me was starving myself, it really worked i once lost 7kg in a week. i was so proud of myself, but now all that is down the drain, please help me to find the best diet plan with most efficient results emoticon



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9/13/13 12:31 P

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Losing weight after a child can be a slow process, not only because your body resists losing some of that fat to ensure you can breastfeed, but you are also giving so much of your time to caring for your new baby. Be kind to yourself and celebrate what you are doing right -- learning to be a mother to your child, focusing on your health and water intake, and making a plan for success with your new schedule and responsibilities. You are on the right track. If you don't lose now, you will hold steady and stay healthy until your body is ready to let go of those extra pounds.



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9/10/13 12:54 P

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Everything I read was very helpful.. my baby is due in November and I've been thinking about it how to get these added pounds OFF of me healthily. My plan is to log what I eat and drink plenty of water. I really pray I can breastfeed so my little one can get those nutrients BUT I'm hoping that doesn't leave me completely drained.

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9/9/13 11:20 P

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Initially I lost the bulk of it right away---I gained close to 50 lbs! Now I'm struggling with the last 20 to get back to prepregnancy weight. I know I can do it, but it's really hard sometimes!



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9/6/13 11:21 A

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I fit in with this topic. My daughter will be 21 months next week and I still have most of the baby weight on. I have started to lose it slowly. My goal is to be as healthy as I can be and keep up with her. I figure the scale will reflect the better choices eventually. I am also taking my measurements once a month. Sometimes I have to see those to realize the changes that are happening.



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It was really hard for me to loose the baby weight after my first child. I ate mostly the same and worked out, and it took 6-7 months to loose the weight. Last year I dropped an additional 15 pounds before getting pregnant. I just had my second child 3 months ago and it came off a lot easier this time because I focused more on diet first and then incorporated working out.

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emoticon Hi, after having my 4th child, I weighted 260lbs and only lost 10lbs breast feeding the first two months. There were other woman in my circle who were pregnant and gained but not as much as I did and they have all lost relatively all of it. I'm only down to 240lbs and my daughter is now 8 months. I just started wanting it for myself, not my husband, not to for everyone else but me..... It's hard because everyone expects you to magically lose the baby weight but, I just keep doing it for me and that's the motivator. Yes, I'm tired with 3 boys school age and 1 baby girl, I started the 30 day shred at home while my baby is asleep or I'll give her to her dad and let them spend there time . In just 6 days my energy level is great and man that Jillian is no joke, soreness and pain but you just got to keep pressing through it. I also, ask God a lot to help through this I pray before workouts and sometimes during them and thank him at the end of it. I believe I'm going to make it to day 30, 60, 90 and a lifetime.

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8/21/13 12:18 P

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Okay, now that I'm reading all this I feel like I'm doing something "wrong"...but it's working for me, so I don't think I'll stop lol. I am breastfeeding my 3-week-old and I have been tracking my food intake for about 2 weeks now- and I have kept my calories in below 2,000 a day, and more recently down around 1750-1950 range. I haven't felt like I was starving, and sometimes I don't manage to get breakfast until around noon- maybe since I'm so busy I don't notice if I'm hungry or not. Anyhow, I say do restrict calories if you want to lose- it's all numbers, and if you don't like the number on the scale, you have to adjust the numbers you take it. Though my tip is look for more protein and don't cut out fat- they keep you satiated.

"If you do not overcome your tendency to give up easily, your life leads to nothing." - Mas Oyama


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Omg, struggling is a tame word for what I'm feeling. My son is about to turn 3 and I weigh more now than I did when he was born. I'm finding it hard to have enough energy to keep up and I'm just so non motivated for reasons I just don't know. I think I'm just so discouraged that I don't feel that motivation. I keep trying though. It is nice to see I'm not the only one.

Oh, and I strictly workout by dvds...well, except for walking and stuff like that. I worked great for me before. I had lost quite a bit of weight before baby using spark and those videos. Just have to get back there again.....









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8/16/13 5:49 P

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I am in the same boat. My daughter just turned 2 years old. I am not overweight or anything like that, but I still do not fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I have two entire suitcase full of clothes I no longer fit into and wonder if I need to donate the clothes and accept my new body. Pre-pregnancy, I used to be a very active person. I used to train and run races regularly, swim and go to yoga classes. Even during pregnancy, I swam regularly and went to pre-natal yoga classes. My problem is that I have a very hard time leaving my daughter to go exercise. I work and so when I have free time, I would rather spend it with her than go to a gym, go for a run or go to the pool. I already feel "deprived" of the time I don't have with her because of work. Anyone have this problem too?

The most I have been able to do is very short runs or walks with my jogging stroller. I take her to the pool, but mostly she is the one splashing around and playing, etc. I am now thinking of trying work out DVDs from home. Maybe that will work? I thought that maybe I could do them while she sleeps (early morning or in the evening).

Has that worked for anyone? I notice that I don't feel as good emotionally and psychologically since I no longer work out regularly. In the past, regular exercise was an important way for me to relieve stress, get grounded and feel good about myself.



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7/23/13 10:19 P

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I am also a mother of twins, mine are 1 1/2 yrs old. Right now i am struggling with motivation and time for healthy meals and exercise. I am exhausted by the time they are in bed!! I feel like I have no time for keeping my house tidy let alone getting myself to the gym. Meal times are crazy and I just eat whatever i can throw in my mouth at the moment lol



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OK, I'll start with saying that I'm a guy. My wife and I have clients on our nursing mother's program and thought I would reply, but wisdom prevailed and I'm turning the keyboard over to her now. See - not all guys are clueless ;-) !!

Hi! I'm Cristian, the mother of six children! I breast fed all of them for different lengths of time, most for a year. I had three of them preemie and had to pump/nurse in the beginning. For some women, this is the time when the weight just falls off, but the reality is that most women do not lose weight during this postpartum period. When we are producing milk, we actually hold on to our calories in order to make milk and not stress the body more. That was the case for me, and it drove me crazy! :)

As a health coach, I am so excited to have access to a portion-controlled weight loss program for new mothers that really works! We have one that is specifically for nursing mothers, and our other programs work for those moms who aren't nursing.

The key is balancing blood sugars by eating six small meals every 2-3 hours, and not letting yourself get to the starving point where you will eat everything in sight! :) Notice I said small meals--not a huge 12-inch plate of food six times a day. Portion control is important, as well as eating balanced amounts of lean protein and complex carbs (for us that means veggies, fruits,and whole grains). If you are having a hard time with being able to actually do this with your busy schedules, this is where our plan really helps! Spark message my husband if you have questions about it!

As I incorporated these changes into my diet, the weight came off very consistently, and I had energy and was able to do the things I needed to do without dragging myself around like a zombie :). I also drink about 100 oz. of water a day to stay hydrated and feel more full. Sometimes I would think I was hungry, when I was really just needing to drink.

Hope that helps!



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I remember when I was breastfeeding I was starving. I was eating an entire meal like every three hours. She was a preemie, and would only eat 2 oz every meal, and every three hours. I gained a huge amount of weight during that. I have some small issues losing weight. It's hard because she always wants to snack and it's difficult not to constantly snack with her. It's always goldfish, pretzels, chips. Since I switched her to fruit instead of junk it helps alot. But I'm also trying to break the need to constantly snack.



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7/14/13 5:49 P

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my baby is 11 months and Im still struggling 2 loose weight.I tried exercises and apetite control pills bt I kip gaining and not losing.Im breastfeeding and starving. help



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6/21/13 2:00 A

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Every ounce I gained was worth it my daughter is perfect



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Just had my first baby- gained 45 pounds. When I got pregnant, thanks in part to Sparkpeople, I was only 2 pounds away from my "ultimate" goal weight and in pretty good shape (ran a lot of half marathons). Since giving birth, I easily lost 20 pounds, but the scale stopped moving about 2 weeks after my daughter was born. She's now a little over a month, and I have 25 to go to get to pre-pregnancy weight and 27 to get to my goal weight.

I'm breastfeeding, and they say not to restrict calories while breastfeeding cause it can interfere with milk production. Even if I wanted to I couldn't- breastfeeding makes me so HUNGRY, and I'm eating (sensibly) to my hunger- a lot of high fiber foods, lean proteins, fruits and veggies. At this point, there's no way I could restrict my calories- I'd just be thinking about eating all day long. So I'm hoping just getting back to running will make the scale start going down again until I can start dieting too. I'm setting long term goals for myself so as not to get discouraged- I want to lose 17 more by the time she's 6 months old and then take another 6 months to lose the last 10, so by the time it's been a year, I'll be back to pre-pregnancy weight and then some. Wish me luck!!



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I have found that using Fat Fighters and the Ultimate Body Applicator have helped me. They work great with any diet and exercise program. They have helped me tone and tighten from recent weight loss. I have several friends who have used the Body Applicator to get rid of their "pooch" after pregnancy. You can get more info on the products at www.franklinwrap.com



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struggling big time. my youngest turns two soon, been doin as many work outs as i can and ive only lost 5 lbs then GAINED weight! any tips????

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Im actually just at the 6 week mark with my newborn but I have not struggled losing the weight in the first place (melted off almost before left the hospital...natural birth no breastfeeding). My struggle is keeping it off. I eat one burger and I promise I seem to gain 3 pounds! Its crazy the struggle!



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STRUGGLE! my daughter was born in 2002 I got pregnant and had my son in 2012 10 years difference, I've always been a big girl and when my daughter turned 5 I finally made the choice to make a change. It took 3 years to get down 50lbs do to on and off up and down weight loss. But when I was at that point finally of 50lbs I was really getting it I was feeling all the improvements and seeing it as well. My son came as a shock and selfishly the first thing I thought was oh no how am I going keep the weight off?! I wish I could say I stayed tough and active while pregnant but I didn't I went downhill fast forgetting all the knowledge that before seemed to flow out of my mouth like I was a professional. After having him I tried again to get back into it about 6 wks post csection. But just couldn't get the momentum I once had. I wallowed in self pity for year while gradually gaining everything I had lost. My son turned 1 year in January and I made the decision to get back into it. Slowly! Now Its March I have more motivation then ever I would be at the gym from the moment I got off work to the moment I fell asleep If I could, But now there is another hurdle. My son has separation anxiety and has a fit every time I leave him in the child care to the extent that they will come pull me out of class!!! AAAAHHHHHHH. How can I make this work? I just don't know, but I'm taking it one day at a time.



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Before I became pregnant with my eldest child I weighed 135-140. By the end of my first pregnancy I weighed 206 pounds. After I gave birth I got my weight down to the 170-180 range. By the time I was pregnant with her sister 3 years later my weight had crept up to the 190 pound range. I ate very healthy during my second pregnancy and did my very best not to gain weight. Unfortunately I had pre-gestational diabetes and was retaining water like crazy. By the end of my second pregnancy I weighed 240 pounds, 100 pounds more than I weighed when I met my husband. I have since not been able to get my weight under 182. My current weight is 217. I am certain that this time around I am going to get the weight off for 2 reasons.
1. I am not having any more children, so I don't have to worry about making the problem worse again.
2. I have a much better grasp of healthy eating thanks to the sparkcoach feature of sparkpeople.com.




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Before I became pregnant with my eldest child I weighed 135-140. By the end of my first pregnancy I weighed 206 pounds. After I gave birth I got my weight down to the 170-180 range. By the time I was pregnant with her sister 3 years later my weight had crept up to the 190 pound range. I ate very healthy during my second pregnancy and did my very best not to gain weight. Unfortunately I had pre-gestational diabetes and was retaining water like crazy. By the end of my second pregnancy I weighed 240 pounds, 100 pounds more than I weighed when I met my husband. I have since not been able to get my weight under 182. My current weight is 217. I am certain that this time around I am going to get the weight off for 2 reasons.
1. I am not having any more children, so I don't have to worry about making the problem worse again.
2. I have a much better grasp of healthy eating thanks to the sparkcoach feature of sparkpeople.com.




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I was 190 before I got pregnant not gonna lie.. I ate a lot of fast food but still went for daily walks every day anyways when I stepped on the scale at 42 weeks pregnantI was 280!! After giving birth i was still 268 pounds..almost gained 100 pounds during my pregnancyI was in shock, I see girls eat and eat and still not gain a lot of weight.. I felt so guilty. My son is now 15 months old and I have only started losing weight recently. Down 20 pounds and not stopping till I hit pre-pregnancy weight at least! but I feel like the only women in the world to gain so much weight during pregnancy. im ashamed.

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My youngest turned 2yo last december and im still 5lbs overweight. I have a full time job so it's a struggle squeezing time for workouts and eating out healthy at work is a challenge because i have to rely on fastfoods.



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I'm stil struggling and I am 4 years post baby!



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Ugh. You have no idea! I had twins in September - I gained 50 lbs and lost 37 within 2 weeks. Then the holidays came... and I'm a big time stress eater... and who can exercise with newborn twins? By Jan 1, I had gained back 15 lbs! Unless I am absolutely perfect with my eating every day, I just go up and down 1 or 2 lbs every day. I'm trying to be focused - they are 6 months old now, I could still get the weight all off by the time they are one...

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YES!!!!! I lost the weight (many years) after my first born. I had the suprise of a life time when I got pregnant again after nearly eight years (of using no protection). I lost the weight directly after my son was born. I got pregnant yet again and gained 70 pounds. I waited longer this time to get back at working out (my daugher was about to turn 1) and it is SO MUCH harder this time around. I exercise 5 days out of the week as well as track my food 5 days out of the week. The weight seems like it is just sitting there no matter what I do. It gets very discouraging but I keep right on at it. It will take a lot more time and a lot of hard work to get to where I need to be but in the end it will all be worth it.



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Right there along with you. I was overweight before having kids. Finally - after 3 kids I decided to lose the weight and lost around 40 pounds. I was ecstatic - and it felt really good too. I didn't lose it by following and diet or anything - just by eating healthier and working out. Then - got pregnant with #4. So - I am back where I started - AGAIN - but I know I can do this. It is going to be harder this time - because now I have more on my plate - so fitting in exercise isn't going to be as easy - but I am determined.

My progress may be a bit slower than last time - but it will come!

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I'm having this exact issue now ! I have 2 kids my first was born 3-31-11 and before and after her I could lose weight without really trying. Now with my son born 6-25-12 I lost weight right after I had him BUT after 7 weeks I got the mirena. I started craving sweets (which I normally never do) and gained up to my weight when I 9 months pregnant. So as of jan 1st me and my husband decided to change out diet and join a gym . Working out and eating healthy a month straight NOTHING . So I decided to get the mirena taken out 3 weeks taken out and lost about 6 Lbs. I am so down about it and feel like giving up ! But I won't



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SPARKYS_GIRL
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1/27/13 2:02 P

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I am really struggling on losing the baby weight. I had a rough pregnancy and gained nearly 50 lbs. My little one is 14 weeks old and doesn't nap much which makes it difficult to exercise or prepare healthy meals.



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Dear gals, I can relate to many of you here. My baby girl is 12 weeks old and before I had her I was in excellent shape. During pregnancy I gained 46 lbs, which was too much for my little frame. I was hoping that I'd loose it all simply by breastfeeding and walking. Umm no! Didn't quite work that way. I still have 25 lbs to loose and those darn pounds won't come off. I've been on exercise strike for past 3 weeks doing Kettleworx and zumba class once a week. All together I work out 5-6 days a week and eat healthy. For the past 3 weeks I haven't shed a single pound!!! I'm getting discouraged some days, but my husband is being very supportive and says despite the weight I look a lot more toned. I just don't understand how come breastfeeding doesn't help to burn fat. Some ladies swear by it I guess I'm not that lucky. I do understand that everyone is different and this is the way my body deals with post pregnancy stage.
I too would appreciate any advice and words of encouragement. I know it takes time, it's just so hard to see those fat rolls in the mirror :)



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1/19/13 1:25 A

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My name is Trish Moore and this is my first post here. I wanted to join this forum because I have just started a couple of sites, one on weight loss after pregnancy and the other on parenting, and wanted to be where I can hear what people are talking about, helpful hints and comments that I can share on my sites.

I believe there might be some information and a program called "Be a Yummy Mummy" on my site that could possibly help. It takes into consideration diet, exercise and setting goals in a co-ordinated way.

I would appreciate if you come and have a look and let me know what you think.


weightlossgoalsafterpregnancy.info parentwithloveandlogic.net



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I'm getting back into exercise and eating well again. My baby is 5 months. I was in such great shape before baby and I just want to feel great again. I have about 30 pounds to lose and I don't care about the actual number, but I just want to fit back into my clothes and have a better shape than I do now.

I'm struggling a bit with exercise though. I use to looove the Jillian Michael's dvds, but now I can't do them because of the size of my chest. The girls are so big that I can't do jumping jacks, or any kind of movement like that.

Any suggestions?



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1/15/13 9:41 A

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I just started exercising again two weeks ago, my baby is 5 weeks old. It feels good to be back on Sparkpeople. I need to lose 13 pounds to be back to pre-pregnancy weight, have lost half a pound so far, and I know its going to be a challenge just because of the life style change. I thought it was hard finding time before he was born, but I am determined to loose it. Being in the house all day surrounded by food is a struggle, so I try not to buy any junk food, lucky for me my husband is also trying to lose his baby weight too. I am going to stick to it and do my best.



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I'm nine months after birth and still struggling.. I gained close to 50 lbs during pregnancy and I can't stand to look at my fugure in the mirror.. I've always been quite skinny and fit. for some reason, I had this stupid belief that the weight will just come off after giving birth...and I thought that breastfeeding will speed things up since you burn so much calories - I was wrong! I lost a bunch of weight the first month but then I started gaining even more weight! Two months ago I decided that I hadn't "Just had a baby" (as I was constantly telling myself) and got fed up looking 7 months pregnant (eventhough I had my baby 6 months ago). Eating healthy and working out had very little effect on my weight (I think that something changed in my body's abbility to lose weight after giving birth, a slower metabolism perhaps). Anyways, it made me really depressed so I decided to jumpstart my weight loss with some crash diets which I know are very UNHEALTHY and normally I do not recommend them as a way to lose weight (but I was at a very low point). In just six weeks I lost 24 lbs! I'm now trying to follow a healthy eating plan and exercise more often but its going very slow. All I can say is don't give up - it took 9 months for your body to get this way it just might take 9 months to get the weight off!
I wrote some tips for losing weight after birth that helped (and are still helping) me to lose weight, click the link if you're intersted in reading them
Good luck to all moms trying to lose their baby fat tamar27.wix.com/nina



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Prepreggo clothes were my motivation. Don't buy the junk and you won't eat it is my best suggestion. I totally understand the convenience factor, but there are tons of healthier alternatives. Greek yogurt, apples, fiber one brownies and bars where what I made sure to keep on hand. Lean pockets are easy and somewhat healthy. When I had my baby I made large crockpot batches of food and froze them so there was always only healthy options.



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1/7/13 1:44 A

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I just had my third baby on November 15, 2012. I had a c-section so I am just now getting back to regular exercise. I don't have any problem with working out, I really need help with the eating part. My diet is horrible and I tend to opt for fast food because I am so busy with EVERYTHING!!! I also snack way too much and its usually chips, popcorn, and cookies (BLEH!!!). I really need tips on how to stay motivated and I would also like to find quick healthy meals that I can make when I am strapped for time!!! I say don't give up and keep trying until you figure out what works best for you and Good Luck ;-).



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1/6/13 9:29 P

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I am still trying to lose baby weight and my twins will be 3 in March! Don't get frustrate! Keep up the good work...it will pay off emoticon



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I have a six month old daughter. When I had my daughter I was 205 lbs. At my five week check up I was 186 lbs, and got the Mirena IUD. Now six months later I'm 207 lbs! Yikes! Now I'm not blaming the Mirena, I know for a fact 99% of that was me! I wasn't working out, wasn't watching what I was eating and drinking a lot of soda. Finally I decided to start eating healthy and working out! I might have not been losing the weight just yet. But I'm happy to say I have more energy and my body feels better. I will lose this weight!



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LEANBR
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1/5/13 10:52 A

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Are you getting enough sleep and protein?

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1/5/13 10:50 A

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Almost to your goal weight! Keep it up! You have worked so hard, don't stop now!

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1/5/13 10:42 A

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Your story rings a familiar sound in my ear. I too struggled with breast feeding until the doc told me to stop because it was causing me more stress than it was producing milk for my son.

Anyway, I let all these feelings of being an 'unfit mother' enter my head which had a direct effect on my energy / motivation level to eat right and exercise. Don't do this, please, and if you already are, stop. You can be an amazing mom to your child without breast feeding and it sounds like you are finding a way to do the bonding with your baby in different ways- awesome! Keep this up!

One thing that I have been doing lately is if you for some reason 'need' to have junk food in the house- which socially there are times- put a stop sign on the bag where it is opened and even a piece of gum on it with a note saying- 'this instead!'. The visual cue helps you to take that extra second to decide if you really want that food, and the gum can give you a chewy alternative.

Now, if you don't 'need' junk food in the house- DON'T buy it. Sounds easy, but like you said time, is a factor for moms esp. new moms. Also, food companies spend a lot of time and $ making their foods and packaging appealing for us making them more difficult to turn down when we are tired, lonely (due to the changes in lifestyle), and not ecstatic with our bodies. If you find that you don't have the will power to say no to them right now, don't go shopping by yourself. Have a friend, neighbor, in law come with you and hold you accountable for what goes into your cart. Lists help, but if you are anything like me who is held captive by the 'mommy brain', you suddenly remember things that you need when you are at the grocery store, healthy and otherwise so another person who knows your goals and who will hold firm to them works better.

Another thing that I have found is to drink enough water and get enough sleep. Personally, I need more sleep now that my two kids need me day in and day out than I did when I was in the corporate world. Again, get your support network to help you out when and wherever possible. I'm a night owl, but my kids go to sleep by 8 so that means that they get me up earlier in the morning than I'm ready to wake up. Luckily, my husband is supports me and will get the kids set up with fresh diapers, breakfasts, etc in the am letting me sleep until he walks out of the door at 7:30am. I hope that you have someone who can support you in a similar fashion no matter if its taking the overnight feeding shift or letting you go to bed early.

You CAN do this, mom, you can. Remember the first step of getting back to your healthy beautiful body is believing you already are beautiful, just updating to a newer version.

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1/5/13 10:12 A

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I, too, struggle with not getting a true work out in. One of the things that has helped me is to 'rebrand' what a work out is for me. I utilize carrying laundry (and my kids) up and down the stairs, lifting gallons of milk and laundry detergent, as well as squatting and doing lunges while cleaning up toys. I may not get 30 minutes all in a row, but the 5-10 minutes at a time adds up and helps me to feel better. I am still looking for ways to get my cardio in- my kids dance with me in my kitchen, but there again it is 5-10 minutes before I lose their attention.

If you really, really need to get away (because you are a better mommy when you feel like a full person and it is okay to need to get away from your kids and house once in awhile), see if there are any other moms that you could exchange childcare with in your area or your gym. After all, we are all in this together!

Keep it up, mom, it may not seem like it sometimes, but by fulfilling your mommy duties day in and day out, you are setting your kid up with the best start possible.

Best, Leanbr

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MISSIEM28
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1/1/13 4:44 P

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I know what you mean. My baby girl is 5months old and it is hard to get away. I am a stay at home mom. I have 3 boys also. They all keep me on my feet. Im tired all the time. It was always easy for me to crab junk food over cooking. I recently began tring again on healthy eating. i cut 99% of soda n snack cakes out. Way more water now. But working out right now is what I am struggling with. I would love people in my corner to push me. I dont really have that.



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1/1/13 2:22 P

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I had a baby girl back in Feb 9 2012 and I have been struggling to take the weight off I just don't know what to do. Before I got pregnant I was working out 4-6 days a week now I can't even barely get 1 day in. I do not work and taking care of my daughter all day I feel so exhausted and can't seem to find the right time to get my work out in? Does anyone have any good advice to give me I would really appreciate it because I really want to get back in my routine and lose about 40-45 lbs? Thank you



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12/30/12 10:38 A

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with all my children....and yes i have had 7 i never started to loose the weight until i stopped breastfeeding.......all my kids were breastfed for 6 months ......after that the weight just dropped off



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12/5/12 2:05 P

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Just remember ladies, we all found the strength to carry our children. We all found the strength for that one last push when we didn't think we could push anymore. We all found the strength to make it through sleepless nights, exploding diapers and the other challenges that motherhood has brought us. Our reward for our efforts has been one of the most rewarding experiences life can offer.

We are strong enough to do this too! Remember that what your body can do is so much more important than how much it weighs. So in those moments when it seems like the weight will never come off, remember how hard it was to do that first sit up after giving birth and think of how many sit ups you can do now. Or how many push ups you can do or how much longer you can run around after your kids at the park or whatever measure you have of your improving health.



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12/5/12 1:03 P

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After the birth of my second (and final) child I have been struggling to lose my baby weight. I am about 5lbs away from pre-prego weight, which by all means is great considering my baby girl is 3 months old today. BUT my body is much different after this child then my first. Hopefully I can continue to lose the weight! Slowly but surely right?



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I was doing really well before getting pregnant. Even during the pregnancy, I was craving healthy foods instead of junk food. Now after having my baby all I eat is junk. Been trying to get in the habit of exercising again also. It's been a struggle. I'm a first time mom and this is my first time not working full time, so I've been trying to adjust emotionally and mentally, as well as general changes. So, needless to say, I've put my health on a back burner. I think a big part of the change for me was the fact that I had trouble breastfeeding and ended up losing the ability to do so all together. Within the first month (while I was still trying to breastfeed) I lost all but 6 lbs of my baby weight. Since I have not been able to, I've gained 17 lbs back. It's so discouraging! Before tracking was a huge part of my progress, so now while my baby girl is napping; I'm tracking. This is my first day back. Going to make extra effort to do this every day. I've also been integrating mommy/baby workouts. My daughter loves these! It's been a great bonding experience for us and she has so much fun doing them! I just need to make sure I'm doing them more consistently and more often. Right now I'm doing them 2-3 times a week, but I haven't been overly consistent doing them on a weekly basis. I guess a lot of it is just trial and error and finding the right routine. Please let me know if anyone out there has anything else that is working for them! And also if you have any suggestions on keeping with routines with an infant (this is a major struggle for me).



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UAGARCIA
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I too am having a problem losing weight. I have five kids 8 and under and feel like I have no time for exercise. I start what seems to be easy enough: walking, jumping jacks, stretching, and other things like that but after a week I get unmotivated and stop, I say I will tomorrow and it doesn't happen. Plus I am tired all of the time! I take medicine for really bad back pain and migraines which works pretty well but still really takes over me about 5 times a month. I lost 17 pounds in first three weeks after the baby (born June 2012- weighed myself day after having baby) but after that it has been such a struggle. Also frustrating because I reduce calories, exercise more, and watch not to eat bad things and nothing happens! I mean I can just be me and do nothing & I maintain, so what's the point? Looked all over online and nothing really works. I have tired exercise, low calorie diet, low carb diet, tracking what I eat and exercise I do, tried diet pills, and more. I do not have a lot of money and do not have home equipment. I do not have time to go the the gym either. Anyone have any suggestions other than keep trying?



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I am having a hell of a time losing weight as well. I only gained 35 lbs while pregnant. First preganancy. I immediately lost 20 right after having baby and cannot lose the last 15. I am 8 months post partum and the scale will literally not move. I breastfed for 6 months and did not lose any while breastfeeding but told myself I would probably lose it after. I exercised my entire preganancy and I mean exercised! I did Crossfit 3 times a week and modified the workouts but did not slow down. I ate well while pregnant and am continuing to try and do so but I feel like something is wrong with my body. I've had bloodwork down, gotten my thryroid checked and my iron levels and everything is normal. I just can't lose a pound. In the beginning, I actually gained weight when I monitored my eating so I stopped. Now, I'm just trying to eat healthy, limiting carbs, trying to eat good fats like nuts and dried fruits, etc. I know they say to be patient, and I'm trying to be, but shouldn't I lose at least a 1 lb a week? I wanted to try for my second around the year mark but just can't even think about it when I'm still overweight. This is having a serious effect on me. I'm petite, 5'2" and my clothes don't fit, I can't afford a new wardrobe!!



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10/30/12 10:16 A

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I am in same situation. baby is 2 months now. lost 20 pounds in first month and just stopped losing weight. Trying to figure out how to work in the workout especially since baby refuses to nap more than 20 mins at a time. Not getting any support from husband at this point. any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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10/30/12 2:01 A

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I have a huge problem with stress and overeating. I am 6 weeks into lifestyle changes that left that habit behind. Still working on finding good stress relief. I am now 14 months post pardum and I am starting to finally lose weight. I had 3 consecutive pregnancies in 09 10 and 11. We finished nursing 3 months ago and have lost 20 lbs over the last 6 weeks. I have started adding regular exercise each week. I could use some tips on good stress relief that isn't yoga or eating.

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FUNNYGIRLJESS
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10/27/12 9:27 P

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i agree with the previous commentator...stress keeps the weight on. And I also have a sweet tooth that helps me with stressful situations.
So I still have my baby weight, but i am finally hittin the gym and my babies are 14 mon old!
Keep taking care of yourself!



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10/27/12 1:10 P

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oh and btw guys, stress is a killer, i have a HUGE sweet tooth and stress makes me love cake. so cardio is a a huge help to lower my stress, so try to do meditation or anything even in the shower to lower stress, because not stressing helps me loose weight as well. when i stress man i gain too much for no apparent reason. just a helpful hint



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i went from 115 before being pregnant to 187 after giving birth (the baby was 1 day old when i measured this and i was high risk so i ate my life away and layed on the couch the last 4 months not a good idea =] ) to 135 6 months after having the baby, and then after 1.5 years i measured back to 125 lbs:

well this is what i do to exercise : i do the elliptical climber for 30 min or an hour twice a week. and then try to squeeze in some reps for my strength (thighs hips, stomach and hands). since i know that i would like to reach my goal faster what i also do is i do exercise at home.

i do this before bed everynight: I do not have time and energy to do crazy intensive workout but what i do is vigorous jumping jacks, 30 reps jumping strength, and 20 reps jumping in all the directions, (since technically you are jumping three times per rep your are actually doing 60 reps but this way you are moving your whole body off the ground consistently). and i make sure to this every night, (it only takes about5 to ten minutes before i go to bed).

on days when i have some more time i add 3 minutes of crunches, 5 minutes of sittups, 15-20 pushups, and then i'll do my jumping jacks one more time, (same reps). when all is said and done its not a crazy workout nor is it gonna be a huge time consumer (with this addition about 30 minute workout in total), but it works.

ladies it takes nine months to gain the weight so expect 12 months to loose the weight. after a year i tell you my weight dropped thats when a lot of my water weight left my body too, but at first weight loss seems like impossible. do not give up because the weight eventually comes off just keep trying. good luck everyone!



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10/26/12 5:11 P

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Thanks Deb. I can honestly say im trying the best I can. its been about 8 since since i was clearedfor exercise and have fiiinnaally started to lose some lbs. Ive been doing the turbo fire inferno plan the last five days to prepare for a trip thhis weekend while i dont think ill fit into my pre preg clothes yet im getting close i can button them but have to much fluff sticking out the top. Im going to try changing up my doet like you said ive been thinking about trying to cut dairy out for 2 weeks and see if that speeds up results. I had an allergy to it when i was a baby and now that im older i dont notice feeling bad after eating dairy, i feel fine, but i wonderif its something you never completely outgrow. Pluse i eat the same things allll the time. anyone is welcome to look at my food log :)



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10/25/12 1:11 A

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this sounds like a great thread. I have been using sp for the last 5 weeks and have consistantly stuck with my planned weekly meals and snacks and workout 3-4 days a week and I have dropped 23 lbs. I have 7 children with the last three being consecutive pregnancies in 2009, 2010, and 2011. I didn't take very good care of myself and breastfeeding did not help with weight loss. When my little one turned one in July, I looked at myself in a dept store full mirror and was just disgusted. It took till August to pull myself off the ground and then in Sept joined sp and started reading about health and weight loss. I started at 205 and gained to 208 before getting serious. I think I just got really angry with myself over my lack of motivation and couchpotatoness. While I don't expect to lose 23lbs every month, I have set goals for myself over the next 8 months for a 90lbs weightloss. I started focusing on fitness and how I feel about my body and then making choices everyday to meet those goals. I am going to check back in with this thread see how everyone is faring. Maybe we can support one another, because there is nothing like a crying baby to kill a workout and starving kids that make ordering a pizza justifiable. Keep working everyone, babies don't mean fat mamas. We just got to get creative and figure this thing out.

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10/24/12 6:28 A

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Nikki_Baylee - It sound like you are doing the right things in regards to exercise. I've done Insanity, TF, and am currently running and doing Les Mills Pump. If you are plateaued, chances are your body is telling you you need to change things up with your diet (maybe eating different types of food, not necessarily less) and your exercise (you may actually be doing too much and your body doesn't have a chance to rest and repair). I'm sorry you're struggling with this - don't let your whole focus narrow down to these 10 lbs - enjoy your baby - get in a place of gratitude. The 10 lbs will come off!



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10/22/12 11:27 A

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3.5 years later.... still trying to get that 50 pounds off. :(



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I've been struggling with losing weight after having my baby in June. My hubby is fairly active. He used to run track in high school and still likes to take a job after coming home from work (regardless of how late it is).

My hubby's parents are coming to meet me and our baby for the first time on November 1. I'm nervous as apparently they've always lived a healthy lifestyle whereas I have struggled with alcoholism and depression. I'm even on medication now for postpartum depression/anxiety. I just hope they still think as much of me when they meet me as they did after talking to me on the phone.



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I know exactly how you feel. I have two kids and I was NEVER able to lose weight with breastfeeding so after I had my daughter I was 190lbs, the heaviest I had ever been! When she was about 10 months old I was freaking miserable, not just from juggling two kids, working 2 days a week, but also because I hated myself. I did not feel sexy for my husband at all! My husband and I decided to try the Insanity workout, which was so scary! It was the hardest thing ever, but for the first time I followed a meal plan and stuck to it for 60 days. I lost about 20 lbs now recently I decided to try it again and I use myfitnesspal on m phone to log my calories. I lost another 20! I am also a type 1 diabetic, which always made weight loss really freaking hard for me, but this time I've been able to do it. Yea I made some changes, but small changes with big pay offs. I just wanted to tell you I know how you feel because I was there, no time, no sleep, its awful. I'd like to show you before and after pictures if you would be interested. I just want to encourage you to find something you enjoy doing and stick to it. I feel like my entire life I have been trying to lose weight and getting no where, this is literally the first time I have ever been able to. I've learned so much through the process and about myself, I believe anyone can do it if I was able to! Insanity is just what we did because I was inpatient and wanted results FAST! There are so many other workouts that are fun and great. I could go on and on just because I was in your place last year. Now I am here and I know it can be done. I am not going to lie I am a beachbody coach, only recently did I decide to do this because I want to share with people my success, my struggles, I am not like everyone else, I had to scratch and fight to get to where I am now. So if you had any questions about anything, please contact me, honestly, I am here to help! you should just check out my before and after pics on my site, just to see me, i'm 29, two kids, ages 4 and 2. i was 190 and am now 155. www.beachbodycoach.com/ashleypino no pressure at all, just use it as motivation!!

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Me me me! I'm definitely struggling with losing this weight! I had my daughter 8 months ago.. I gained 42 lbs and within the first 2 weeks lost 32 of it.. Now I'm still struggling with the last 10 lbs PLUS some extras. I am breastfeeding and everyone keeps telling me my body will hold on to the fat for milk production but seriously NOTHING seems to help.. Not to mention that I'm always hungry and want sugar! BLEHHH! I need to get back on my workout kick because I have been so exhausted.



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WOW!!!! Where do i start??!! I have 2 children...a 6 years old daughter and a 6 month old son. I was 120 before having my daughter....after her i was stuck at 140 and climbing. Over 5 years i could not rid stubborn fat. So my 2nd pregnancy just added to fat that was already stuck there. My 2nd pregnancy i got up to 190 while pregnant...with my son being 6 months i have lost 30lbs. I am 163lbs and nothing i seem to do moves the scale. I think its more so my determination and my life style. I get frustrated very easily when i dont see any results, especially if ive been doing sooooo much and nothing changes. I was told things are much easier when you have a partner....so i joined SP and i guess i'll see how it goes from here.

Determined to be DETERMINED.......NO EXCUSES!


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WOW!!!! Where do i start??!! I have 2 children...a 6 years old daughter and a 6 month old son. I was 120 before having my daughter....after her i was stuck at 140 and climbing. Over 5 years i could not rid stubborn fat. So my 2nd pregnancy just added to fat that was already stuck there. My 2nd pregnancy i got up to 190 while pregnant...with my son being 6 months i have lost 30lbs. I am 163lbs and nothing i seem to do moves the scale. I think its more so my determination and my life style. I get frustrated very easily when i dont see any results, especially if ive been doing sooooo much and nothing changes. I was told things are much easier when you have a partner....so i joined SP and i guess i'll see how it goes from here.

Determined to be DETERMINED.......NO EXCUSES!


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CARMEN327
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9/24/12 7:26 P

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I am just checking back here. Since I posted last, I have been meticulously tracking and exercising moderately (my goal is 1300 cal/week) and I have been seeing great progress. I have lost 12 lbs and am confident I will shed the rest if I can keep this up.



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CM.ANDREA
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9/19/12 4:19 P

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I had the problem of not Quite getting back to pre-pregnancy weight before getting pregnant again...and with five pregnancies my weight was quite high after my last one. But stick with it...and use SP consistently. You WILL get there!



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I gained 50 lbs while I was pregnant with my daughter. She's almost 7 months old now, and I just got back to pre-pregnancy weight. I had to meticulously count calories for the last 3-4 months, but once I did that, I started seeing a difference.

I had started P90X at about 8 weeks post-partem, but I noticed that my weight stalled out. I don't think I was eating enough calories to make up the deficit, and my body was not happy. After that, I stopped working out (great, I know). I was back to work and I didn't really have the time, anyway. Breastfeeding was helping me burn an extra 500 calories/day, so that helped, but if I hadn't been tracking calories, I definitely would have been overeating.

I started running again last week, and I feel great. Though I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I'd love to lose another 10-15lbs. I'm going to be sad when I stop BFing, though - I like that extra 500 calories/day!

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

What is right is not always easy, and what is easy is not always right.


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Breastfeeding does NOT help you drop off the pounds. I have over 100 to reduce and I breastfed for the last 2 1/2 years of which 18 months I have been on an eating plan, reduced only 15 pounds and nothing else. I have been to three doctors and two dieticians, but finally went "public" and found that I was NOT alone in trying very hard to reduce and not being able to when nursing. I just stopped nursing recently and will see what happens now.... the hormonal changes are very hard though but will cease eventually.



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My children are 2 and 3 I had them 11 months apart and gained 35 lbs with each. I am also a full time college student so it makes it hard for me to work out and go to school and work my job then come home and be a wife, mother, and house keeper. I am out of energy all the time yes I am struggling a little.



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my youngest is 15 adn i still ahve a little kangaroo pouch



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My son is 8 months old and I have been struggling with that last ten pounds. I was so confident with nursing I'd drop all my weight, but no such luck! I only gained about 30/35 pounds with him, and I'm glad to have lost what I lost, but it seems all my weight shifted to my butt and thighs. I'm trying to lose it before I have another/before he gets too old for me to plop in front of toys while I work out.

I'd love a buddy if anyone is interested!



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9/6/12 7:01 P

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i know this was an older post but i wanted to check in and see if insanity helped you lose your weight?? I did it before i was pregnant and got into the best shape i have been in. I am currently doing a mix up of insanity les mills pump and turbo fire...oh and running. i havent been able to get the scale to move and somedays i workout for an hour and a half!



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NIKKI_BAYLEE
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9/6/12 5:21 P

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ohhh im so glad i stumbled across this. I had 2 c sections- my daughter my first i gained 65 lbs and lost it all plus 10 rather quickley. my second i only gained 30 and lost 20 now i have been stuck with these 10 lbs for 9 weeks and i cant get them to budge no matter what i do. In fact the amount of work i have been putting in is crazy so nowim starting to think i have a problem. I called my dr. and i am going to have my thyroid levels checked. I should be losing something when i dont eat more than 1500 cal a day and im exercising to burn 2500-3000 (insanity, turbofire, lesmills pump, and running)cals a week its been so depressing that i cant help myself to cry everyday.



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I agree I'm struggling too. I gained 40lbs with the baby and I still have them at the baby's first birthday. I seem to be stuck too. I'm trying not to stress about it but get at least 10mins a day exercise , all my water and good food choices. Whatever happens after that is icing lol :-)



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7/28/12 12:29 P

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My twin sons are 2 1/2 years old now.. In the beginning I lost a ton of weight.. While I am having slow but sure success with my weight loss, it is more the area I am struggling with. My tummy is just huge! I know cardio is the thing that I am supposed to do. I still look like I am 3 months pregnant. It is very hot in Texas and my sons don't tolerate the out doors well. I am going to try the Zumba wii game in hopes that it will be fun and helpful..



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my boy is 17 months and i cant shift my weight before i had him i was size 12-14 now im 18-20 im not used to this ive always yoyoed with weight but norm i can lose it in a few weeks tried all diets working out everything dont no what to do



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6/18/12 9:13 A

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I am in the same situation. Baby is 8 months old and I have swung back and forth between trying to diet and daily binging. I haven't really lost any substantiative weight and I have mostly been gaining. It is so depressing. I am about 25 lbs over what I'd like to be. I realize if I don't try I will continue to gain.



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Ladies I hear you! Man I haven't lost a pound since my baby was 1 week. I dropped 25 straight away and still have 10-15 to lose. It does make me want to give in and binge because what good has eating right and working out done. However I figure by keeping to a healthy diet I'll be in a better position to lose once I'm done nursing. I'm just frustrated with the lack of clothes to wear while still not fitting in all my pre-pregnancy clothes. Thank goodness maxi dresses are the style because I sure like flowing over form fitting right now!

Let your light shine!


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6/13/12 2:15 P

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RitaLouise - I hear you - I try SO hard and finally I just get a point where I say - to HELL with this!!!!!! If the weight isn't going to come off, why am i knocking myself out trying and NOT totally enjoying what i eat and enjoying sitting my butt down on the couch for an entire night. I do that once, and then feel so guilty and then get back on the bandwagon again. But still, each time, nothing happens. And here is the worst part - I'm actually starting to GAIN weight. I've noticed over the past 3 weeks, i've gained a pound each week - WHAT?????? Needless to say i have an appointment at the doctors on the 25th.....i'm going to get them to do blood tests for thyroid and hormone levels i think. Working full time, part time with 2 jobs, chasing a 2 year old, STRESSING about my weight all the time and just trying to make ends meet - I'm pretty sure my cortisol levels are through the roof - that could throw off a thyroid. Lets hope its something that can be fixed - i can't imagine how depressing it will be if this size is my fate. emoticon



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It's so hard isn't it? I was used to being the same weight all the time pre kids and I just hate the extra weight I am carrying. I feel down and defeated! I do really well then BINGE!!!!! I hate myself for doing that. My youngest is nearly 2 and I just can't get off this roller coaster. I go to the gym regularly and eat well. It when the scales don't budge I sabotage everything. Help. It's effecting every part of my life!!



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You're body has gone through a lot of hormonal changes and is continuing to go through change - especially if breastfeeding. Hang in there and try to look at your workouts as a moment of time to yourself away from all the demands of being a new mother. The weight will come off eventually - just hang in there.

- Lovin' Life!
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6/4/12 5:08 P

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eugh I'm so with everyone that has the spare tire after having a baby! where does it come from?? two weeks after giving birth by some miracle I was only 3 pounds up from me pre pregnancy weight (I thank 20 weeks of morning sickness, pre eclampsia and a d + v virus a week after my c-section ..yes that was painful lol)

anyway, I may now be BELOW my pre pregnancy weight, but omg my stomach! People keep commenting on how my face and chest look thinner, nooooo I need my stomach to go down lol I'll keep at the exercise and healthy eating..surely it has to go at some point...

SW - 155
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first goal - 150
second goal - 146 (lightest I've been in my adult life!)

ultimate goal is 135!


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6/1/12 9:35 P

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I am too. And I go to the gym 5 times a week.. Also bf.. but starting wean my 13 month old because i think I am storing fat.. But with this site which I just started yeterday. I know I have eat more good things ( more often) and drink water.. My Keep it up.. I have been pregnant or bf since Nov 2009 and have not been able to get under 160.. ( pre baby I was 139 ). I hope I keep my motivation.. My family had pizza today and I made fish on the grill. It is hard.. Especially seeing other people who seem to have it so easy.



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6/1/12 1:39 P

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My son just turned 1!!! I am actually a couple pounds below what I was before I got pregnant....but my body is definitely not the same. This time 2 years ago I would have been at the river in a bikini! Now I can't cover up enough stretch marks and wrinkled belly. It's a really self-esteem killer to not feel like yourself.

Nicole :)
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Yes it take time... keep going and never give up.





 
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