Unlike you, I remember wearing a size 9 jeans as a freshman. I thought I was fat then (and I was overweight for my short height at that time - I'm about 3 inches taller now). What I wouldn't give to be a 9 now! lol.
I am right with you on wanting to be a good role model for my kids. I have a 10 and 7 year old and just this past year they both put on weight and look chubby and that really bothers me because I don't want them to struggle their whole life. What's odd is that my parents are not heavy and none of my 5 siblings are either. My mom is fairly skinny (except for that little pooch from having 6 kids) and my dad is short and stocky but keeps his weight in check pretty well. My sibs are all totally normal sized or even on the skinny side. What happened to me????
Anyway, I did lose 45 pounds right before I got pregnant so I know I can lose successfully. It's just the 40 pound gain in pregnancy that's got me down since this little 9 month detour was not in my plan! Thanks for the encouragement!!!
I was never very fit before DD was born. I was 180 in high school (5' 4, although I have a pretty big build, esp my legs). By the end of college I was 196, I was 205 after my first son was born and after DD I was 220. I had neve rbeen happy in my body but never had the drive to do a thing about it. DD's birth was a life-changing experience for me, it was everything I ever wanted and dreamed of, and for some reason having a DAUGHTER kicked me in the butt hard about my fitness. My own mom is really overweight, I remember being embarrassed by her growing up, and wishing even now that she could make the life changes she needed to. I felt like I owed it to both of my kids, but ESPECIALLY to my daughter to have a healthy body image and self esteem (something I was always, always lacking when I was younger). Shortly after DD was born, I started running. When she was 3 months old I joined a boot camp at the Y, kept walking on off days, started watching what I ate. I was 216 in January, down to 200 in March, out of the 190s around May or so. I finally broke into the 170s this winter, and am down to 170 right now (Thank you Jillian Michaels and her whole eating clean philosophy!!) You absolutely CAN do it. I don't remember EVER weighing what I do now. I'm in a size 10/12, i started in a 22. I don't remember ever being able to wear anything below a 14, even in HS.
Angela Mommy to Hypnobabies Garrett (5/2006) and Summer (9/2008-born at home!), Haylee the Jack Russell and Aspen the Weimaraner.
http://comptonfamily.blogspot.com Starting weight (October 2008-220lbs). Running my way out of the 170s!!
current weight: 163.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,308) Posts: 2,676 3/22/10 5:43 P
I know exactly what you mean. I have a pair of size 16 khaki shorts that are a type that may or may not be out of style when I finally fit in them again. They are now about 13 years old, but they are the smallest pair I own and I am determined to fit back in them again. I have kept them all these years, knowing that it will be very gratifying when I do finally slip them on and button them. I can't wait for that day!
For a while I was worried I'd never see 14's again. I cleaned out my closet last year and got rid of all my skinny clothes...but I kept the jeans. I'm not sure what made me keep them, but I've had them folded in a pile with the biggest on the top and smallest at the bottom. Somehow, being able to fit into the top of the pile means more to me than going to the store to buy a smaller size. Working my way down that jeans pile is real progress.
Fitness Minutes: (8,308) Posts: 2,676 3/21/10 11:16 P
I have a similar story. I gained 46 pounds while pregnant. In the first three weeks PP, I lost 36 pounds...then I started gaining :( I was doing everything in the world to pump breastmilk for my son, including taking a medication from Europe called domperidone, which makes you hungry. I ended up gaining back 19 pounds.
I tried WW last summer and only lost 7 pounds. I knew something goofy was going on with my metabolism, and I was still doing a lot of emotional eating.
I was diagnosed with type II diabetes in October of last year. After starting medication I got down to 216 by Jan 1. Since then I started exercising, using mainly the Leslie Sansone walk at home dvd's, and counting my calories using the tracker on SP. I have been substituting slim fast for one or two meals a day, and have been working hard to skip fast foods and fried foods, and to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. I have lost about 20 pounds to date, and am continuing to do well :) I was wearing a size 20 pants at my biggest, and today I was able for the first time since before I was pregnant to put on my favorite size 14 khaki capris!
It took me a long time to get my head straight about what I needed to do to lose weight, but I'm finally there. I still struggle, but the more I make the healthy choice, the easier it becomes to make the healthy choice.
Fitness Minutes: (8,308) Posts: 2,676 3/20/10 11:25 A
I just posted my intro on the other thread but basically I lost 45 pounds and then got pregnant and gained it all back. It's been really hard on me emotionally. I had post-partum depression with my other two and so I have NEVER experiences losing any baby weight after delivery - I have only known weight gain. This time I am determined but it sure would help to hear of the success other team members have had!
- How much weight did you gain in pregnancy? - How much weight did you lose in delivery? - How much did you lose in the following weeks and did you have work for it or did it kind of fall off? - Once the "easy" stuff was off how hard did you have to work to get the rest off (or are currently still working on) and was it at a decent pace? - How long did it take you to get back into your pre-pregnancy clothes? - What food/exercise modifications did you have to make (ex - I was working out 5 times a week for 45-60 minutes before baby but I know that probably won't be feasible after he is born....)?
Anything that anyone has to share would all be really helpful to me since, as I stated earlier, this will the first time I will actually be LOSING weight after baby (and yes, I am confident that this time will be different!).
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