i'm not loosing weight

Emma - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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i am a breastfeeding mum
i was always being told that breastfeeding your baby helps you loose weoght
i am not loosing any just putting it on???
even when i am on a real heathy buz and its bring me down can anyone help?
all advise will be taken

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Kure - posted on 05/05/2010

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Breastfeeding helps you loose weight because the nutrients of what you eat go to milk for the baby and it helps shrink back the uterus which is contracting for the next 6 weeks back into shape. It's definitely a boost to the before baby weight, but you'll have to excercise, eat well, and stay up with the breastfeeding to really take advantage of it. If not, don't stress, just invest in P90X, hehe and you'll loose it fast enough, or just try to work out 3-4 times a week. Your true concern though should be loving and playing with your kids, and realize those wonderful kids came from that tummy and it's the most wonderful tummy in your world. Enjoy & good luck!

Nichole - posted on 05/10/2010

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Don't feel discouraged! I gained about 30lbs during my pregnancy and I exclusively breastfed my son until he turned 6 months. By this time I was ready to be more independent! Up until this point, however, I had only lost about maybe 15 lbs immediately from birth and I STRUGGLED with trying to at least keep the weight off. I ate everything in sight! I was always so hungry! I managed to work out 15-20mins a day and ate relatively healthy. Still no luck. Amazingly, 2 weeks after I completely stopped breastfeeding (after I had spent a month weaning him), I lost 10pounds. I am now 3 pounds away from my prepregnancy weight. My appetite has COMPLETELy changed and I feel like a new person. Everyone's different!!

Kayla - posted on 04/30/2010

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Do you eat regularly? I still exclusively breast feed and I have lost 40since giving birth. I work out mostly on a daily basis...do you? Also, you may want to intake your water, because if you aren't drinking and eating properly then your body won't burn calories. You have to intake calories to burn them and to keep up your metabolism. Are you eating healthy or just eating on the go? I know I was eating on the go and it was getting me in trouble and I wasn't loosing weight. So I decided when I was hungry I would eat a yogurt, maybe some fruit and granola. It is filling and semi sweet. It's not bad to eat sweet stuff in moderation, just not as your main source of food. LOL! I hope you can figure out what's going for you. Try a light workout everyday or 3-4 days a week, maybe going on walks with your baby. Good Luck and chin up, I had a hard time loosing weight after my first was born. I had to wisen up and eat right and do something for me like getting out.

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Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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My period finally restarted a few weeks ago, and the weight is falling off for me now. Where I was losing 1-2 lbs per month no matter what I did, I've lost about 2 lbs ever week since my period restarted.

I noticed that no matter how much or little I ate or worked out, it didn't make a difference in my weight loss. There was a week when I went on vacation and ate a ton (3.5k more calories than my goal for the week), and it didn't make a difference either.

Now, I'm not trying to work out other than a little yard work. I'm just watching calories and really not doing a very good job of keeping on my budget. I'm able to squeeze into my pre-pregnancy pants finally (after I had given up and bought some pants at my new size),

For me, it was definitely hormonal. For child #2, I'm not going to stress about weight loss until after my period restarts.

Lindsay - posted on 05/13/2010

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I would definitely have your thyroid checked. But there are other symptoms that go along with it. Research hypothyroidism and see if you have any other symptoms. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after my daughter. She is now 7 months and I still weigh more than I did when I delivered. I went 4 months un diagnosed and trust me it is very hard. My doctor keeps telling me that once I get on the right dose of medication the weight will just fall off. I'm still waiting for that day :(
Either way keep your chin up. Eat right and excersize

Tricia - posted on 05/12/2010

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I am a mother of two boys, 2 1/2 years and 7 months. After my first baby I was completely unable to lose weight and I exercised everyday, breast fed for 2 months, and I've always had a healthy diet. When I got pregnant with my second, I had some complications, and found out that I am Hypo Thyroid (aka thryoid disease) and that can cause you to gain weight and not be able to lose weight. Once they put me on synthetic hormones to make up for the ones my body was putting out, I started losing weight immediately. Now that I've been on the synthetic hormones for over a year, I have been able to lose 40lbs since the birth of my second in Oct.
Ask you doctor about your thyroid...It's a simple blood test to find out if you could be hypo or hyper thyroid and is quite common!! Good luck!

Katie - posted on 05/12/2010

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Are you possibly pregnant? If not, just remember everyone is different. Also, for medical reasons I follow the 'Eat Right for Your Blood Type' Diet. If you get a chance check it out. Good luck to you!

Jacey - posted on 05/12/2010

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Im a new mom, So Im not quit sure how my bofy will change over the next year. But my sister has three kids, and everytime she stops breastfeeding she starts loosing weight. As far as me, I had twins so my belly got real big and I was really swollen, and the swelling has gone down but i havent really lost weight. But Ive done a lot of reserch and have decided that the best way to loose weight is 30min yoga three times a week, jump rope and a walk around the block every night, with the stroller of course. Hope something I said helped

Maria - posted on 05/12/2010

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i dont know what i weighed before i had my boy but i lost weight but my legs r still hugh and no matter how much walking i do i cant get rifd of the fat on them! very annoying!! i am goin to get an exercise bike as my boyfriend told me it would be good, he better be telling the truth!!

Katie - posted on 05/11/2010

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Didn't read all of the posts, so some of this might be repeat, but I thought I might be able to offer some suggestions.
1. You must eat breakfast! Even if it's just juice or something, you need to get your metabolism going to get it out of the "hibernation" zone it's in during the night. You also need food for your body to absorb any vitamins you might be taking.
2. Work out in the fat burning zone. Starvation dieting won't work because your body will start storing any fat and calories because it's afraid it won't get more. Your body's main goal is to nourish your baby and if it thinks it's not getting enough food, it will conserve anything it gets... the oposite of losing weight. :)
3. Limit carbs after lunch. If you have carbs early in the day, your body will have time to burn them before you go to bed. If you eat carbs late in the day your body will store them... turning them into fat.
4. It's ok to snack, just try to find healthy and protien rich snacks. Snacking keeps your body from going into starvation mode and will help burn more calories. I like trail mix bars that have dried fruit and nuts. Or, just a handful of nuts is good too.
5. Walk with the baby. I know it's hard to get time to work out when you've got a baby (or more than one). Plan a time when the baby should be content and go for a walk. Think how much more work it is to push a stroller or walk with an infant carrier. I actually do both b/c I have three kids and a dog. I feel like I get a pretty good workout. I also try to plan my walks during baby's nap time so he's not getting too much sleep if he falls asleep and so I know he'll probably be content longer.

There are probably other things. I've recently been put on dairy restrictions as we try to figure out what's making my baby so fussy. Not having cheese, milk, yogurt, and ice cream has made me lose some weight too. Although, I don't recommend it if yo don't have to... I miss my dairy! Hopefully some of this helps!

Jen - posted on 05/11/2010

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I had a lot of trouble in the first 5 months and really started losing at 6 months. Write down what you're eating and have a good look at it. The other thing is, try and get as much sleep as you can. (I know, I know:) Your body is working really hard to heal itself, to do everything it has to do to keep you healthy, as well as producing milk to feed your baby. Hang in there, I know it sucks.

Kathryn - posted on 05/10/2010

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i'm a mum of two i have a daughter thats 'nearl 3 and a son who's 6 months. i walk and do zumba class but i dont eat regularly and i dont get mch sleep so i have zero motivation to exercise most days. i also have a sweet tooth whixh doesnt help.. i was 55kg's before my son was born and got up to around 75kg even though i was exercising during pregnancy. im now stuck at 65kg and feel really unhealthy and tired all the time :(

Brittany - posted on 05/10/2010

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have u tried exercising. you cant just rely on breast feeding to do the trick. if ur not burning more calories than ur eating ur not gonna lose weight. and if ur healthy buz is on and off its not gonna work. i weighed 249 in oct after i had my baby. and now i weigh 187. ive had a csection and an ankle surgery with 12 weeks of each other and just got release to walk and more just in feb. i just cut back on my intake and what i ate and worked on finding exercises that fit my current activity level so it can be done, you can get back to ur preprego weight.

Tillie - posted on 05/10/2010

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I haven't lost all my pregnancy weight either in fact I would not be surprised if I had gained some. I exercise quite a bit and eat healthily. While my son is still breastfeeding I've decided not worry too much about it considering he is sharing my body and he doesn't care!! I was told that 35% of women don't lose weight through breastfeeding but will lose the weight after they stop breastfeeding but please don't stop just to lose weight. The most important person in you life your baby adores you anyway

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My daughter is 7 months old and I am 16lbs less than I was before I started cookin' her! I'm very proud and I don't mean to brag to you.
Are you exercising? Sometimes we take 2 walks a day (over 1 hr total) and everynight I strap her into her baby bjorn and do step aerobics on the Nintendo Wii Fit. I also eat very healthy but enough to not jeopardize my milk supply.
Definitely give walking a try. It's important to get your body healthy to keep up with your kid as he/she grows! Also you'll meet other mom's on the way! Go to breastfeeding support groups too even if you aren't having any difficulty feeding your sweetie. Just talking to other mom's will raise your spirits.
I hope this helps! Try to keep your chin up! Your baby loves you!

Angelika - posted on 05/09/2010

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I've had problems but they are linked to postpartum thyroiditis. It sucks. WIth my first I lost all my weight and more (40 lbs in 3 months). With the second only 15 lbs in 3 months and then I gained 10 pounds in the last 2 months. It's a yo-yo thing while the thyroid figures out what it's doing. Check with your doctor. It can last up to 2 years and also become permanent.

Eva-Lotta - posted on 05/08/2010

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I agree with the above comments - everyone is soo different. I know heaps of people that have been breast feeding but it hasn't done anything for their weight... I advise that you: have a cup of warm / hot water with lemon first thing when you get up (this will kick start your metabolism) and then have a good breakfast. Have a snack at morning tea (a piece of fruit, or a yoghurt or a handful of mixed unprocessed nuts), lunch (as healthy as possible), afternoon tea (snack as morning tea) and dinner). By eating all those little meals you will keep your metabolism at work. Make sure you keep an eye on your portion size as that is most often the reason that people don't loose weight.
Go out for a walk everyday (minimum 30 minutes), the advise above of carrying your baby in a sling or carrier is great but make sure your core muscles are strong as you will otherwise end up with a very sore back)... Find a personal trainer who is willing to come yto your home and help you write up a program that you can do in your home (it may cost you the fee of the trainer but it will be a good investment), find a mothers group that meets in the park and do some training in the park together or go for walks with the babies. My girl is now 6 months, I am a personal trainer and have been training since I got home from hospital and my baby comes with me everywhere. Sometimes we train at home, sometimes in the park. I also run a mothers group training group in the park (wether allowing), if the weather doesn't allow for outdoor training we meet at someones house and do the training their. The mums love it and so does the babies!
It can be tricky to find a solution that works for you but it s worth it when you find "your" solution... Good luck.

Christin - posted on 05/08/2010

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i lost about 20lbs in the first 3 month. that felt great! still have 30lbs to go but seems like they dont want to. still breastfeeding my 7month old daughter. its a long, hard way to go....good luck

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Emma...I definately understand how frustrating it is when you can't lose weight. Unfortunately everybody is different when it comes to weight loss. You really need to keep in mind that we are all sleep deprived..and that really doesn't help with weight loss. As well, although you can burn up to 500 calories a day breast feeding...you do need to fuel your body to produce that milk. When you are breast feeding you really should not eat less then 2000 calories a day(3 meals and 2 snacks). It really is not healthy for you to eat less and your body needs energy to burn energy. If you eat less your body can go into survival mode and hold onto all the calories it possibly can. As well when you are breast feeding you should really only lose 2-4lbs a month...anything else is just not considered healthy for the average person. There are those few lucky women out there that just shed the weight without work...i'm not one of them..and by the sounds of it neither are you. In the end all you can do is attempt to stay active..If you are really active you should be consuming more then 2000 calories a day...and don't worry too much...too much weight loss too quickly can sabotage things in the end. Relax and try and destress ..if possible..that can stop weight loss as well....oh and one last thing...always make sure you eat lean protein (no more then 28grs...its all your body can use at one time)and complex carbs at every meal.

good luck

Judith - posted on 05/08/2010

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i was size 4 bofere my son now i am a size 12 i hate it nothing fit me. that,s why i went to the doctor so i can lose it

Rachel - posted on 05/08/2010

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I must admit I've been the same this time round whereas last time I lost the weight and then some within 3 weeks. About 3 weeks ago when he finally started solids and wanting less milk I finally started to feel less hungry all the time (snacking on 2 kitkat not just 1) and suddenly I've started to lose a bit. Before anyone thinks I'm advicating not bfing this is really not the case as I am extremely proBFing.
I think it's just a sacrifice we have to make...carrying a little extra weight in order to make the milk.
The one pece of advice I can give.....if you feel hungry have a drink first and wait 15 mins..if you're stil hungry then eat something.....or go for a walk...in fact taking the pram out every day will definitely help.

Alexandria - posted on 05/08/2010

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i think i must be completely the opposite, i was a size 14 before i had my 7month old caitlyn, i struggled to eat alot when i was pregnant because i could feel her pushing up on my diaphragm which was really uncomfortable. after she was born i dropped down to my pre pregnancy weight within 2months, but it just kept coming off, i eat large home made meals all the time and dont work out. i am now a size 8 and weigh just over 8stone, i think i was about 12 the last time i weighed this little, i miss my curves so much, i have an underdeveloped body of a small child now, so its not so great when u do lose it. but everyone is different , and i think u just need to learn to love ur body.

Judith - posted on 05/08/2010

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I just went to the doctor in geogia for way to lose weight. call bio-life just started yesterday. so far so good

Jennifer - posted on 05/07/2010

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You may have insulin resistance, so you will need to watch your carbohydrate intake and increase your good fats. I had no problem losing with my ds, but with my dd it's been harder. I did lose all the pregnancy weight right away, but then I haven't lost any more yet. Last time I lost an additional 30 pounds within six months (lost the pregnancy weight right away as in practically the same day I gave birth).

Hope - posted on 05/07/2010

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Do you have a baby sling or snugli? Something to carry your baby in instead of stroller? That's what has helped me lose weight. I started going for 10 minute walks and I've gradually done it for 3 hours of walking a day with my baby in his snugly. I didn't lose a lot of weight but I did tone my stomach and legs up a lot.

Heather - posted on 05/07/2010

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I put on about 6 stone during pregnancy (!) which was really hard to cope with because I was size 10 to begin with... after my daughter was born, I was wearing size 18 and it really got me down so I know where you're coming from :( I have been breastfeeding her, and have found that ive lost weight steadily since she was born. I generally eat healthy snacks, and all our meals are home made. Now that my daughter is 7 months and is eating 3 solid meals a day, Im only feeding her from the breast twice, mayble three times daily, and have found that Im loosing weight much faster and my appitite has lessened too.

Im now comfortably wearing size 12, and am feeling much happier. I think the best thing you can do is just make sure if you have a big appitite that you fill up on healthy food, and drink loads and loads of water. It'll fill up your tummy. :)

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I am breastfeeding my 3rd child now. With my first, I lost the weight by the 6 weeks, with my 2nd child, it took a bit longer, and now with the 3rd....it doesn't seem to be coming off at all. However, I also didn't gain much weight during my pregnancies...about 20 with the 1st, then around 15 with the other 2 pregnancies. Since I was diabetic in all of them I had to keep a really strict diet. I also had 3 C sections, and a tubal with the last one. My body has been through A LOT in 5 years! So I am not worrying about the weight this time. I try to eat healthy, try to be active, and yes -- breastfeeding is probably ensuring that at least I don't gain any weight. But I am busy, busy, busy everyday. With a preschooler, a toddler and a baby....how would I fit in a workout every day? Also, my doctor told me that sometimes when you are breastfeeding your body will hold onto some of the weight in order to sustain your milk supply....because remember you actually need more calories than during your pregnancy to help with breastfeeding. I know some mommies who were desperate to get back in their skinny jeans by the 6 week appt. and then couldn't figure out why their baby was always hungry....and eventually their milk stopped. So I say, give yourself a break right now. Your main priority is to give your baby a healthy start and that is what you are doing. There will be more time for you in the future as the baby gets older. Just remember to watch your calories when you are done breastfeeding!!! Your body will be used to the extra calories....but you won't be burning them the same as when you were BFing. I made that mistake and put on more weight after my pregnancy and had a harder time getting that weight off than the pregnancy weight!

Robyn - posted on 05/06/2010

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You will in time. Give your body a full year to fully recover from pregnancy. Remember it took 9months to carry your bub and your body went though some dramatic changes. Just do as you are with the eating and keep walking as and when you can, don't stress too much, most of us are in the same boat :) Enjoy your time now!

Dujon - posted on 05/06/2010

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Hi, well all i can say to you is that everyone is different aye.... i was the opposite. I started loosing alot of wieght, everyone thought that i wasnt eating at all lol. But yeah dont worry about it aye. I drank alot of water and was always on my feet, I have a demanded lot of males in my house...i.e Da and older brother LOL. So yeh its probably nothing dont worry about it....everyone is different.

Katie - posted on 05/05/2010

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I started walking most days around two months.
I didnt lose anything until then.
I walked for 30-60 mins depending on how I felt.
But I am lucky that I can walk, as we have heaps of sunlight.
You need to exercise to keep your metabolism raised.
You need to eat enough to tell your body you are not starving it!
You should try to balance the calories you eat and expend.
Eating more regularly is better. I eat 5-6 smaller meals a day!
I actually am eating about 2000 calories a day, and still losing weight. I have exercised on and off since I was in school. Some people's bodies might be better at burning energy than other's.
So you've just got to stick to something for 3-4 weeks to see if it works, before changing or giving up.

Try a video like suggested above, so you can exercise in the house. Possibly if they use weights or the stretchy resistance things, might make it more interesting.

My best advise is exercise with a friend or several friends on different days of the week!
I have been swimming and walking with a friend, and it's great!

Our bodies respond better to doing different activities, or using different muscles, either from one workout to the next or within the same workout.
So while walking is great at maintaining a raised heart rate, it is also good to do some interval training, or things like aerobics, and probably the Jillian Michaels stuff, to use different muscles, as your body doesnt get used to the same thing all the time (like walking or swimming) and burns energy better!

Best of luck!

Josephine - posted on 05/05/2010

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I haven't lost any weight either.....and its an adjustment. But I don't exercise, or eat "healthy" I just eat what I want. I'm just embracing my "new" body, it took me 2yrs to get to my pre-baby weight after my first and only the 6wks after my second child and now I'm just 10lbs over my pre-baby weight after my last. But I also had a c-section & a tubal. So technically my body is still not back to normal. Give yourself time, they say a normal, healthy woman it takes their body a year to get back to "normal". It will happen try not to stress over it.

Ashlee - posted on 05/05/2010

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Try the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Video. When I do it I feel great and it only takes 20 minutes of time. It's an intense workout but only for 20 minutes. I wasnt losing weight until I tried that and also after I stopped nursing but that was just me.

Jenny - posted on 05/05/2010

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Hi, I have 4 children, my first a boy, after his birth I lost all the baby fat, from breast feeding him, I got really small and used to eat everything in sight, my two middle children girls, the baby fat would not come off at all, breast fed my last girl until she reached 4yrs old. My last baby a son, born the 1st of oct 09, still breast feeding him and losing all the baby fat, the clothes I used to wear before my pregnancy, feeling a bit full on me, even my tummy is going away. I don't have time to exercise because I rise early to go to work on mornings and evenings well that's another story, but my breast feeding boys seems to work for me. I do encourage you to continue exercising and best wishes

Kamala - posted on 05/05/2010

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Hi!
i am not bf this time round but i do recommend the Body Trim System. if you youtube it, you will see more details. i am a mum of two. a girl who is turning 3 soon and a boy who is just 6 months. It took me 3 to 4 months after he was born to realise my weight wasnt going anywhere and i had no motivation either cause im at home and have an active toddler to run after:-) I started body trim a few weeks ago and i have already lost over 4 kgs . its all about eating regularly like the other girls said and bases its self on 3 meals and 3 snacks a day and protein. plus they dont recommend you do heavy gym workouts either so we are all good to do this anywhere even at home. also all the foods you need are all the good stuff for the kiddies too. i will stop writing essays now. but it never hurts to try something???
Good luck. hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2010

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I've been having problems losing weight, too. I almost exclusively BF: baby gets a 4oz jar of food a day. I started exercising at around 6 weeks everyday doing low impact stuff for 30min and ate what I wanted. Lost about 3 lbs after 2 months. Then I started counting calories, and cut myself back to 1500/day, which should have been enough to lose just under 1.5 lbs / week without breastfeeding. After another few weeks of losing next to nothing, I increased my work out intensity some and started walking whenever the weather permitted for 1-2 hrs. In the last 10 weeks, I've only managed to lose 6 lbs. I'm still almost 15lbs up from my pre-pregnancy weight. Its very frustrating.

Emma - posted on 05/04/2010

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yea i have atleast three meals a day breakfast lunch and dinner. i am trying to drink more water even adding lemon juice to help give it flavour. i try go for walks but its getting cold here. i cant find anything fun to do for exercise :( and everything is so expensive

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