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FIT_MOMMY_OF2
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7/27/14 5:03 A

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Just keep plugging away. It will eventually come off. I did a low-carb diet at first, lost a large chunk, but quickly realized that it was not the best way to diet because it is not the way i'd be eating after. I put back on a few of that. But, I really like the way I'm doing things now with Spark. Higher calories, balanced diet.

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7/23/14 4:51 P

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I had this problem after my bio-daughter was born. I have always had a high metabolism, and that didn't change, but the weight I gained during pregnancy didn't magically drop off either. Eventually, I joined the Biggest Loser's online program (not their current one, which is awful). That got me started, but I didn't need most of what they offered, so I ended up using an online calorie counter, Nutrimirror, which I still use. Once I hit maintenance mode, I stopped counting calories, since it stresses me out to an amazing degree, and only do so when, like now, I climb a little higher than I am comfortable with.



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7/23/14 4:34 P

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Hi there. I also experienced this. Gaining weight when I gave birth to my first baby. It's been a while because my son is a grown up boy now. I was overweight and search for an answer almost 11 years. Thank God I found one. Just don't give up...



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Hi there, I sound a lot like you. Had my first baby (a beautiful baby boy) 6 weeks ago, and I had been jogging a fair amount before I got pregnant and was actually using SP to get from 145lb to 135lb (which I nearly did), then I went on vacation and got pregnant. I was horribly sick well into 2nd trimester and did not start to gain weight until I was 6 months along. I made up for not eating the first half of pregnancy by eating literally whatever I wanted the 2nd half, and I like food. I was b/w 185 and 190lb when I checked into the hospital to have Kaius, was 170lb when I got home. Another 10lb came off pretty easily the first few weeks home. Now, I'm stuck at 160lb and need to get back down between 130 and 135lb. I started tracking my food this week and doing some aggressive walking (too out of shape to do a lot of the things I used to d/t a year of inactivity and emergency c-section). I go back to work in a week. I'll be supportive!



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My son is turning 6 in August and I gained 60 lbs from gestational diabetes and was already 20 lbs overweight. My goal is 80 lbs and I'm still at the weight I was when my son was first born. I'm learning, for me, its all about the food.

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7/10/14 12:46 A

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My daughter is 14 months old and I'm still breast feeding. It was definitely NOT the miracle to losing the weight like I hoped it would be. I gained about 50 pounds during my pregnancy and I'm still 27 pounds away from where I was before I got pregnant. But my goal is to be even healthier than before. So I still have a lot of work ahead of me.



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6/12/14 1:44 P

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Im thinking....what does your diet look like? Do you count all the calories you consume? Even drinks?
Dont get discouraged it sounds like you are doing a good job on keeping things on track.
Just keep up the good work and you`ll get there.




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5/22/14 2:36 P

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Hello everyone I am a mother of 1 and my baby girl turned 1 a month ago and ever since i had her i have been struggling with losing my baby weight until recently. I came across It Works body wraps through a friend of mine. I started using the wraps and drinking detox water ( water with lemon limes and cucumbers in it) and doing some exercises and i began to notice a major change right away. The body wraps i wore on my stomach and it tighten and toned my stomach as well as targeted the toxins in my body. As i drank the detox water I flushed out the toxins as well as attacked the fats that were in my body. My results were so amazing that i signed up to become an Independent Distributor for the company. I went from size 258 to size 248 in about a week and a half. I went from 48 inches to 42 inches. If anyone is interested in trying the wraps you can visit this website www.ladychanc3.myitworks.com or you can send me a private message and i can help you out. Good Luck everyone and God bless emoticon



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4/24/14 11:40 A

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I'm becoming extremely frustrated with my fitness "progress". I have been dieting for 2 weeks (cutting 500 calories from my diet on average) and exercising 6 days a week (burning on average 500 calories with cardio) and I have GAINED 2 pounds. I just don't get this! Someone please help me understand what I'm doing wrong.

*My ticker states that I lost 2 pounds because I have the weights reversed by mistake and can't change them right now*

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4/23/14 4:16 A

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Hi there.
I had my first baby 4 months ago. A little baby girl (that drives me crazy but thats for another topic :D)
While pregnant I gained so much weight. I put on almost 50lbs. emoticon
I think that maybe because I was active 5 days a week before getting pregnant and I ate healthy vegetarian diet, but while pregnant all I wanted to do was sleep and in the first few months the only thing I could eat was fries, greasy and salty fries! everything else made me sick.
So now here I am, 4 months after giving birth, with 20lbs to lose and the belly fat.
Right now exercise is not an option for me, but I am trying to lose weight trough my food.
So maybe we can be a support for each other. Someone to talk to and share the ups and downs while we go trough this. Weight loss buddy :D emoticon What do you say?



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4/19/14 8:49 A

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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5/8/13 2:07 P

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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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3/14/13 12:53 A

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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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1WESLEYSWIFE
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3/12/13 11:39 A

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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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1WESLEYSWIFE
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3/12/13 11:35 A

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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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HPRATT7
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3/11/13 11:36 P

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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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EHNA888
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3/10/13 6:01 A

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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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3/8/13 12:17 A

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



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3/7/13 9:58 P

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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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3/5/13 6:40 P

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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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2/24/13 4:17 P

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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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2/16/13 10:40 A

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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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1/19/13 4:56 P

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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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1/16/13 3:25 P

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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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1/12/13 4:10 P

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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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1/7/13 8:08 P

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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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