As a first time mom, trying to juggle everything is way more intense than I could have imagined. My little guy is really pretty easy and great, but still, it is always thinking about him 24/7. So when it comes to needing to plan out meals or make a choice for dinner, I gravitate way too much to the high satisfaction foods for a quick pick-me-up. Why yes, I would like dessert....yes, more chips would be great....well it doesn't count if I'm eating off of someone else plate...ect. And when I look back at the day I'm ashamed. I can do pretty well with breakfast and lunch, since I'm at work I can pack and plan those out, but in the evening when my husband suggests something fast, I cave all the time. It just feels unfair that if I want to have a healthy dinner at home, I have to be the one to do all of the work for it! And once I get home I can't start cooking dinner, because I have to nurse him right away and sometimes he falls asleep on me and there I'm stuck for who knows how long. Urg! Ok, end of rant. Just need some support. Thanks all!
Corky, I agree! I love sweets and for whatever reason, we've had a lot of them around this summer! I also feel like I have more cravings than I did during pregnancy...and I also feel hungrier, yet I'm not losing weight so I'm certain I'm getting more than enough calories!!
It's so hard right now. Some days I feel so motivated, but then the next day comes and I'm exhuasted. Tired people made bad decisions, especially about food!!
Not that I want any of us to go through this but it does make me feel a little bit better than I'm not the only one! I've been struggling with finding that sweet spot as well. But I definitely haven't been having trouble finding the sweets! I definitely have worse cravings now than I did when I was pregnant!!! Eeeek!
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NEWDAYGIRL23, glad that worked for you. I know what you are going through, for me I seem to crave more than when I was pregnant and I am nervous about my milk supply as I have already seen a dip since returning to work. It doesn't seem to be an exact science, I think you are right when you said you need to find the sweet spot that works for you. Good Luck!
Thanks so much WINNIEANNE84 ! I think that did the trick. Not that I've been doing great staying on track, haha. I hope it's not just me who uses breastfeeding as this excuse in my mind to eat more than I should...not like I'm going crazy, but a little extra here a little extra there. I keep thinking that if I dip too low in calories that my milk will suffer and I might stall loosing weight anyways. I need to find that sweet spot of calories that works for me...haven't found it yet!
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I think I might know what the problem is. If you go to your nutrition tracker and click the "change nutrition goals" button it opens up your program setup where you would make changes to your calories. If you scroll down that screen the bottom category is "How my daily calories are determined." If you have your fitness tracker communicating with your nutrition tracker you need to change that because that makes it so your calorie goal is based on how much exercise you do/how many calories you burn. I hope this helps.
So on this topic, how are you all putting your calorie goal into SparkPeople? I keep putting in the number that I've calculated else where (I'm aiming for between 1,700 - 2,100 a day) it to my goal range, but every day it seems to be re-calibrating it to a lower range. I think it's because I've got my goal weight set for lower and a shorter amount of time than what a normal person, not breastfeeding, would lose if they were eating that many calories. Does that make sense? Anyone else having this issue? Thanks!
I'm only 1 month postpartum and just getting into exercising and paying attention to my food.
After searching around a ton I found this calorie calculator that actually takes into account if you are lactating. http://nutritiondata.self.com/tools/calori es-burned
I can't believe how many calories I'm supposed to eat. I thought that the general rule was whatever is recommended for weight loss +500 for breastfeeding. It's so hard to know, since every mama is different.
I'm going to shoot for 2000-2200 a day and see how that goes with my exercising.
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Sounds like you have a good plan! I agree, I'd be miserable in 1400 calories! The past month my weightloss has been completely stalled. Scratch that- the past like 3 months? Despite changing it up. I'm a terribly diligent exerciser and I just don't eat that much junk food I don't think... I just think figuring how much you actually need while breastfeeding us such a struggle. My body is behaving so differently from how it used to... I knew exactly how to care for it before, I had maintained my weight if 116-120 for a couple years. And now? Hungry all the time, exercising like a mad woman, breastfeeding round the clock and stuck here at 130. On Babyfit the nutritionist is suggesting I need even more food, upwards of 3000 calories while I'm training for a half marathon. Which just sounds absurd to me... BUT it's true I was stalled on far fewer calories and adding more did not cause any gain... Well, just processing. Ill check back in after trying even more calories in case someone someday finds this wondering if they should be eating more or not- ;))
Thanks for sharing your story, C-Merrie-11. I'm just starting this journey. I gained so much more weight with my second child than I did with my first. I've never been this heavy (and I'm not that big....) and I'm sorting of enjoying the challenge of losing weight. I've never really struggled with it before. So. Here we go!
I couldn't quite figure out how many calories to eat per day. Thanks for the tip about not eating too few. When I entered my weight and goal weight into sparkspeople it came back with 1400 calories... I would starve on that few calories. So, I'm planning to eat 2200 and exercise everyday for 30-45 minutes. We'll see how it goes.
Hi there! I also have a 7 month old who nurses pretty heavily and Ive been having a bear of a time peeling off the last few pregnancy pounds as well. When I first started watching what I ate and exercising I was averaging 2200 calories and the pounds fell off. And then I added more exercise and cut down to about 2100 calories and... NOTHING for a whole month! And I felt like complete and total crap. So: discouraged (working so hard and for what?) I bumped up my cals a bit and cut down my exercise and lost a pound :)... :/ ....and then the last two months Ive lost two pounds. SO. No success story yet. I still have 9 lbs before I reach the top end of my prepreggo weight. BUT two separate dieticians plus the stats from myplate.gov have suggested that I am not eating enough. Crazy to think, especially when you read so much about 1500-1800 calories being adequate, starving people still making quality milk, etc etc etc. I guess thats why I havent truly done what those dieticians have said. So Im going to shelve my hang-ups about eating so much and just try it. Who knows, maybe I really did knock my body into a preservation mode if there is such a thing. How much have I been recommended to eat? AT LEAST 2300 calories on non exercise days and upwards of 2700 cals on days I exercise! Why am I sharing all this? Well maybe its something you want to try :) And at the very least, if interested, you can check back on my progress, and if it works for me, then you might want to try it :) I should add that Im pretty active- I workout at least 5 days a week, an hour each time, doing kickboxing, circuit training, Insanity, dancing, heavy lifting... really anything that gets me pumped to move that day. Anyway! Rooting for all the moms that they meet their goals while caring for their LOs! Cant wait to get my rocking bod back ;) haha lolz
I don't think there's a catch-all answer for this as it is so mama-dependent. I didn't find great resources for estimating calorie intake for weight-loss, even this one, which is pretty good: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/breastfee ding_calorie_calculator.htm
If I wasn't breastfeeding, I'd aim for 1600-1800 calories/day for weight loss - that's what had worked for me in the past. So, I added 300-500 calories to that, and I've been trying to stay in the 2000-2100 calorie range. This is a reduction from what I was eating. I'm also trying to eat less refined flour and sugar (read: no baked goods) and more healthy fats (read: lots of avocado and some coconut oil).
I work a desk job. I typically get in in one serious gym workout with strength training per week, and aim for two additional cardio sessions (usually a light hike around my house and a swim workout) per week.
I've lost 8 pounds in about 4 weeks. So this seems to be working pretty well for me...
Hope that helps!
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I have a 7 month old that nurses on demand and also eats one pureed meal a day plus tiny amounts of whatever I'm eating throughout the day. I've read that nursing moms should consume no less than 1500-1800 calories a day as to not effect their supply. I'm wondering, does the amount of calories needed change with the amount you work out? If I were to burn a bunch of calories would I need to increase my intake or keep in the 1500-1800 range to keep my supply up. I have a pretty high goal of losing 10lbs in the next month, I know it's not likely but I'm giving it a shot and want to make sure I do it without messing up my supply. When all is well and good I have a good supply, but its a little finicky depending on my water intake and calories and such so I'll be combatting a dip with oatmeal for breakfast each morning, TONS of water, mothers milk tea daily, lactation cookies and a good amount of protein each day. Any other ideas on how to keep my supply up while trying to reach my goal or info on my above question would be greatly appreciated.
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