Help with losing weight

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I only gained 10 pounds during my pregnancy, due to my craving being only chewing gum. My son just turned 1 and I have gained 25 pounds since his birth. I am breastfeeding and I thought I was supposed to lose weight and not to mention the fact that I am chasing after him all day. We can't afford a gym membership and I have a bunch of exercise tapes but no motivation and I'm way too tired. Does antone have suggestions please... Thanx

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Donielle - posted on 02/12/2009

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Try doing group workouts with friends. It's sort of like a Biggest Loser competition. Challenging someone always motivates people. For me, I love music and once I get my headphones on I can excercise for hours. If you love music try it. Also, for now, cut back on your diet. I'm not a fan of this route b/c it will all come back if u start eating those things again. Just eat healthier and lean. Eat protein and veggies (cut out the rice and potatoes). However, when u start working out, u need to eat carbs! Your body needs it to function properly but choose better carbs like sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes and brown rice not white.

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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Quoting Mandy:

Hey, Jennifer : ) I'm in the process of trying to lose 60 pounds...while I have been going to the gym for an hour 4 times a week, for the past month & a half, I have found that there are other ways to lose it. I'm enrolled in this free online site http://www.fitday.com/fitness/Login.html you would be surprised at the little extra things you could do around the house and the little bit of calories you could cut back on to lose the weight. The plus to this- you lose weight at a safe pace, it becomes a lifestyle (not just a diet), and you keep it off! The important thing to remember (and you are breastfeeding so I'm unsure of how many calories you need a day) but 3,500 calories= 1 pound...just make sure you are burning more calories than you eat and things should start looking up : ) hope that helps and good luck!



Thank you, I am trying this site and now that spring is on the way I can't wait to get outside. I live in Mass

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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i gained a ton. It was terrible I hated the way I felt and looked. I kept putting on Weight I was my biggest after my second girl 205lbs and I am 5 foot 3 inches you do the math I was fat.I breast fed too and gained weight I was super depressed. After I turned 30 I couldn't just drop weight like I used to it was like an alien took over my body. I   tried so many programs and failed at most.. I hated to exercise although now I enjoy it.  I actually was looking for something to do at home to stay home with my kids and what I ended up doing was in the health and nutrition Industry. I got on Herbalife's ultimate program and with the help of my coach I lost over 80lbs in 7 months and wow it was like steppin out of my skin. I don't think I realized how fat I was. I got off 3 meds too. Now I am a coach and help other people get the same results I did. It feels really good to feel good and help others feel good to.I mean who wants to feel aweful all the time like I did. Iam a much happier mom.

Rachel - posted on 02/12/2009

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I gained weight too. I had gained quite a bit when I was pregnant and afterwards I thought I would lose it all because I'm nursing. We just got Wii Fit and I think it's helping a lot. It really keeps me motivated which is a big thing because I have exercise tapes too but never do them. Hope that helps

Mandy - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hey, Jennifer : ) I'm in the process of trying to lose 60 pounds...while I have been going to the gym for an hour 4 times a week, for the past month & a half, I have found that there are other ways to lose it. I'm enrolled in this free online site http://www.fitday.com/fitness/Login.html you would be surprised at the little extra things you could do around the house and the little bit of calories you could cut back on to lose the weight. The plus to this- you lose weight at a safe pace, it becomes a lifestyle (not just a diet), and you keep it off! The important thing to remember (and you are breastfeeding so I'm unsure of how many calories you need a day) but 3,500 calories= 1 pound...just make sure you are burning more calories than you eat and things should start looking up : ) hope that helps and good luck!

Marie - posted on 02/11/2009

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With my second, after I had her.... I walked everyday at the gym on the tread mill for one hour on a speed of 30 or above, I also cut out most sweets and that did the trick!

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Many women do actually lose weight while breastfeeding, but it isn't true for everyone.  I didn't lose weight from breastfeeding and for some women they lose quite a bit, but hold on to an extra 10-15 pounds until they stop nursing.  I also barely gained weight during my pregnancy, but I gained afterwards.  My daughter was a preemie and wasn't allowed to be around people for many, many months.  She also wouldn't let me put her down EVER so I put on some weight.  I'm now looking to lose it too.  I don't really have any advice, just wanted to let you know you aren't alone.  I am also chasing after my daughter all the time (she's 2) but it doesn't make much difference.

Shannon - posted on 02/11/2009

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I joined a group called Stroller Strides. It is a great way to work out with you and your baby. I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy, my son is now 9 months old and I have lost 52 pounds doing Stroller Strides. It does cost $, but it is well worth it. We love going to class and being outside. Not sure where you live, but they have indoor classes for places that get snow and rain. On a side note, I read somewhere that it is a myth that you lose weight breastfeeding.

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