Losing weight

Jenniifer - posted on 12/05/2009 ( 47 moms have responded )

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I had my 2 sons pretty much back to back. 2 and a half and 16 months. I an having a very hard time losing weight. I am acutally runninh into some health problems. Ive gone to the doctor already. And they told me if i dont lose weight they are goin to have to put me on medication for high cholesterol. Does anyone know of any good diets or exercises i can do at home. I am a stay at home mom tp. Which i know has not helped alot.:( I REALLY NEED SOME HELP!!!!! I am going crazy being over weight.

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D. L. - posted on 12/06/2009

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Dear Jennifer: Of the last 40 months, 18 of those your body was in a pregnancy state [nearly 50%]. For the past 3.5 years your body has been working hard to produce healthy children and keep you at a relative state of health to cope with the pregnancies and post-birth/pre-birth/post-birth cycles of healthy coping. It will take at least 3.5 years to re-achieve the health you were at previously with that weight...and possibly your new 'mature' weight. First though, even though you say you have 'been to the doctor', you do not indicate what tests he has ordered for you to do. The main one is to have a complete blood count to assure your 'levels' are all in a normal range for your age, height and weight. That will also give the doctor a reading on hormonal levels [which will be altered from previous readings because of pregnancies]. After the doctor determines that all is in the ‘normal’ range of blood count readings, you can begin consultation on how to achieve optimum health specific to your body needs. There are many ‘diets’ [DIE-ts] that are good for assisting a person lose weight. But, dietary intake especially designed for your metabolism, activity and hormonal balance is what you need to achieve for immediate weight loss and to maintain a long-term health regime that will keep the weight off and help you stay healthy as your age increases. A consultation with a registered nutritional would be good in assisting you after all the complete blood tests are read and a determination has been made between you and your doctor on the best dietary regiment to undertake and that suit your body type. Although you are holding onto that ‘baby weight’, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will instantly get high cholesterol. It predisposes you to increased health risks when we are over our acceptable body weight for our body build and metabolic functions, but not a positive indicator. All the best, I have been struggling with the same concerns for years. There does come a point when you have to remain as healthy as you can, be happy with that and know you are amore mature body than pre-babies. I am not a medical specialist, but Ihave worked in the medical field and know that consulting with the doctor and getting the blood test results for hormonal levels is always the best place to start. Kind regards, Denise L. Clair.

Rachel - posted on 12/06/2009

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Healthy eating and exercise are the keys to losing weight. Because you don't want to push yourself too hard too fast with a workout plan, start with walking 15 minutes every day. Then every week increase that time by 5 minutes until you are walking 30 minutes every day. If you want to be really dedicated, try to get in 60 minutes a couple days a week. The longer you can walk, the more fat you will burn. And, because you aren't exercising strenuously, you don't need to take a day off from this. Try getting your pace up to where you can still talk, but can feel the effort. I like to work up to 3.5 to 4 mph on the treadmill. I'll start much lower to warm up for 5-15 minutes, then slowly increase it until I can reach that level. I'll hold that speed for as long as my legs/lungs will let me, then slow down to get my breath back and repeat. As time goes on, you will condition your body to be able to walk faster, burn more fat (not just calories!) and increase your stamina and lung capacity. It feels great!

Once you are being consistent with the daily walking (I bought a treadmill for my basement and watch tv while walking, or watch a movie with my son to be able to get the time in - this keeps me from getting so bored, which is my major obstacle to working out), add some light weights or other strength training options to your routine. Go to fitnessmagazine.com for some great ideas and ways to mix up your workout (with and without weights). They have videos for how to do things that I have found really helpful. I recommend starting with just 5-15 minutes 3x per week, such as a Monday-Wednesday-Friday. As you find it easier to fit this in your schedule, increase to between 20 and 30 minutes a few times per week - or focus on certain exercises rather than time. Doing strengthening exercises with weights, or even Yoga or Pilates, burns more fat and increases your metabolism. It is important to combine the strengthening exercises to increase muscle tone and metabolism, while also doing the cardio (walking) to increase stamina and lose the fat.

No, as far as healthy eating, there are a lot of crappy diet books out there. Ignore those. There's a lot of advice out there that does not have a basis in health science. If you want to really learn about what is and is not healthy, if you don't want to count calories (which I HATE! - and have no time for as a working mom), and want your children to be healthy, learn the science behind our food. Two excellent books, based entirely on solid science (not opinion!) are Dr. Fuhrman's "Eat to Live" (http://drfuhrman.com/) and The China Study by T. Colin Campbell (see http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1932100...). I love information based on fact, not opinion. These two books were very empowering for me and have really helped me change my lifestyle and habits - and even convinced my husband to do the same (miracle of miracles, lol!)!

I've seen a lot of people/friends try Weight Watchers. And though a lot of people lose weight short term, few stick with it long term and most gain it back. Here's an article about why: http://drfuhrman.com/library/article4.as...

One last thing, from someone in your shoes, don't stress out when you fail... and fail again... and fail again... in your efforts. I was really good at sticking with an eating plan and exercise plan - for about two weeks at a time! lol. I tried it over and over. But, I'd get bored, I'd get tired, I'd get frustrated, I'd get cravings! I thought about giving up so many times. I thought that if I couldn't be consistent all the time, that I might as well just quit trying. BUT, I realized that I just HAVE to keep trying. No matter what, no matter how many times I fall off the bandwagon, no matter what physical condition gets thrown in my way (I got a herniated disk and am now pregnant again) - I'm going to keep doing the best I can do with what I've got because it is worth it! It is worth getting healthy and losing weight. So what if I'm losing it at a snails pace of 1-2 lbs a week or even a month. I'm still going in the right direction! My dad died of complications with diabetes at the age of 48. It was the most terrible thing that ever happened to me, my mom and my sisters. I am determined to not follow that fate! I'm going to be here for my kids, I'm going to enjoy my life with my husband and I can only do that if I keep picking myself back up and trying again and again and again. Failure lasts only as long as we stop trying. So, don't quit! Do your research, understand what it takes, figure out how to fit it into your life, slowly change your habits, and keep trying no matter what happens. You will feel good about yourself, you will see slow and consistent changes, and you will find yourself so much happier and confident.

Regards,
Rachel

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Bernice - posted on 09/14/2016

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After one week I lost 9 pounds and then full stop. Yet, I had to lose 29 pounds (big deal ha). Thanks to Mummy magic weight loss tea that helped me a lot. Started drinking the supplement right after 8 weeks pp and after a few weeks was back to my pre-pregnancy shape while bfing my LO.

Moira - posted on 12/10/2009

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High protein, low carb diet was the only thing that worked for me. I live in Australia and you can get a diet called Bodytrim (maybe it's available overseas too? not sure. it's just a book and DVDs so you can possible order it online). Basically it's modelled on a hunter gatherer diet, where you have 6 small meals a day to get your metabolism going. Otherwise your body stores fat because it doesn't know where the next mealis coming rom. The key is to have protein with EVERY main meal (100g), and snacks should be 50–90g of protein only. This will stop insulin from spiking, which will result in a sugar low. Which means you will crave carbs!



Never leave more than 3 hours between eating. Walk 30 mins a day. Drink heaps of water. You have can have one serve of starchy carbs at breakfast (or 1 serve fruit), eg I have 2 eggs on 1 piece of toast) but lunch and dinner can be protein with unlimited salad or vegies. You also have one free day per week, but the next day is protein only. So you can have whatever you like.



I was worried at how my body would go without much carbs, but I am finding I have more energy and I don't have carb cravings (or carb lows).



I lost 4kg (which is around 8 pounds I think) in 2 weeks, and have gone on to lose 7kg in 6 weeks.



Hope this helps!

Eve - posted on 12/10/2009

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hi, struggling with the weight thing too and no motivation to get moving! I had really high cholesterol and fish oil 3 times a day reduced it so much that I didn't have to go on medication. I went from 8 to 5 so it is worth a try.

Rebecca - posted on 12/09/2009

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Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. You do it right in your living room for 25 minutes a day and it works wonders! I also eat Special K for breakfast and eating smaller portions. By doing all over this i lost over 20lbs in 2-3 months.
Good luck!

Joanne - posted on 12/09/2009

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Hia i did weight watchers but i found slimming world much better its so easy and you can get pretty much what you want i lost 2 and a half stone through it before i got married but put it all on when i fell pregnant, but using it again by myself the weight is dropping off again. But if u are breastfeeding dont do it until you have finished, your baby needs all the goodness. Good luck

Bianca - posted on 12/09/2009

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hi jenniifer,if your serious about losing weight,join a gym that has babysitting,exercise for 1hr a day there are lots of gyms that look after your kids while you exercise.Go to classes as this will motivate you more than going on the tread milll by yourself.i go to sutherland pools which is also a gym i am a mum of two kids and i find having an hour to myself and exercising is great i only pay $20 a week for five days a week babysitting is $45 for 40 visits if you are willing to give up a few things that you dont need it is definetly affordable and a great investment to your health,it will be cheaper than medication and weight watchers .give it a go it will get you out of the house and you won't eat as much.

Cassie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting nicole:

everyone says weight watchers is great BUT the cost isnt--just make sure you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and eat 3 meals a day (limited portions) stay away from sweets all the time (you can have some just not all!) and exersize--walking ,jogging in place,stuff like that. dont starve yourself because all that does is fools your body into taking the food you do eat and storing it , which laed to weight gain
good luck


EXACTLY!!!



I found a book written by Denise Austin called "Shrink Your Female Fat Zones". It's a complete dietary and exercise guide. She gives you a six week meal plan and tells you exactly what and how much to eat with exact recipes. She also gives you different exercises for each day and a step by step instruction guide. I've lost over forty pounds and am in great shape, thanks to this diet plan. The exercises can be pretty basic or more advanced. The best part, when the exercises get too easy (and they will if you follow through) you can move on to more advanced fitness trainers, and stick with Denise's diet plan.



Good Luck.

Kari - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have been going to Total Health and Fitness. It is very nice to have a nutritionist help educate me on how and what to eat when. It's important to eat every 2 to 3 hours small portioned meals that have the required calories you need to keep your metabolism going in order to burn fat not muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat but a pound of fat covers more surface area. I would totally avoid a doctor and check out nutritionist, it doesn't sound like you are sick, but just need a little education and help in what your body needs to be healthy. I gained over 40 lbs. with my 1st and only pregnancy so far. I've lost it all and more (my baby is 7 months today.) I have a more lean body mass than before I got pregnant.

Paulina - posted on 12/08/2009

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okay i have a boy of 5 and a boy of 4 {the 14th he will be] so after i stopped nursing him i broke down my three meals a day to 6 seperate them to every 3 hours or so then i also was taking them to the park and walking {when it was hot} i actually got an exercising ball and did some work outs with that and bought {might sound silly but totally worked for me} the videos of turbo jam in the beginning i would do 10/20 min a day while they would sleep that way they wont bother and later on as i got use to did an hour a day and you have to switch your work outs so your body doesn't come acoustome to them and i also got the firm with weight {you can get that at walmart now instead of ordering on line} and through roughly 6 months i had lost 67 pounds or so make sure you eat healthy take vitamins and first of all dont forget to take of the kiddos and don't stress it wont let u losse wieght if you do and if u splerge do it one hour and get back into things it wont effect that much if you do it like that good luck

Crystal - posted on 12/07/2009

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If you can free up 45 mins to an hour a day for 4-5 days a week, you should try the Tracy Anderson Mat workout DVD. It works great, you can FEEL the difference. She also has a post pregnancy workoug DVD. I gained over 35 pounds with my pregnancy and had a knee injury where i was unable to workout for about two months after i had my baby and so it became hard to slim down. If you get one of these dvds and get bored of the background music on the dvd, turn down the volume on the tv and turn on some music you like on the radio or a cd.

Hope this helps! Its working for me.

Crystal

Rasika - posted on 12/07/2009

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hi, i had the same problem: i d put on 4 stone during pregnancy and was 11 st when I fell pregnant which for me was 1 st overweight. The day I came back from the hospital with my baby son, I thoight i lost some, due to delivering the baby and everything else that comes as "a package", i.e. placenta, water, etc. But guess what: nothing!I was still 15 st due to huge water retension. I treid everything: weight watchers, not eating after 6 pm, gentle exercise, nothing worked. Then I heard about Lighter life program and in 3 months I lost over 3 st, then managed my weight loss myself for awhile, so now I am 10 st and a quarter. Just went back to Lighter Life again llast week to lose this last stone: i still have a podgy belly. I know it is expensive, but nothing compares to the feeling when you look at yourself in the mirror and see you, not some "fatty" person that you think just can not be you! lighter Life is brillaint, somehow you do not even feel hungry, and you have so much more energy +counceling on top which helps you to sort out your behavior around food. Good luck anyway!!

Thea - posted on 12/07/2009

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You might look into the Candida diet. It's super restrictive in that you cut out ALL sugar, most carbs, dairy (except for plain yogurt and maybe cottage cheese) caffeine, alcohol... Your health problems may be stemming from Candida overgrowth in your gut. It's really crazy how this fungus can wreck your body. I was having recurrent yeast infections on my nipples from breastfeeding and figured out that it was much more serious that just my nipples. The problems it causes are WAY more far reaching in your body than just yeast infections, though. I have been on the Candida diet for 2 weeks now and feel absolutely incredible! The detoxing is SO good for you and I have lost 5 pounds, I have more energy, and everything is clearer - my thoughts, my vision, my emotions! It's super hard to stick to at the beginning but it's TOTALLY worth it. It calls for a pretty major shift in most people's diets though, so I don't know if you're up for it. For the first couple weeks, you eat mostly veggies (and low carb ones at that) and protein - some carbs are good like Quinoa, Millet, or brown rice. And it's important to eat high quality protein too - we are in a unique situation in that we raise our own pigs and eat a lot of wild game, so no hormones to think about. You can do a bunch of research yourself and even take a quiz to see if you may have Candida. This is not something very recognized by the medical profession, so if you talk to your doctor about it, he'll probably tell you that it only happens to people with severely compromised immune systems, like people with AIDS. But as I've discovered, it's way more common that you'd think, and often has to do with people taking way too many antibiotics and having poor diets. Let me know if you want any more info. I can help you if you want to try. Take care of yourself.

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I worked for years in a weight management program before having my two girls. Pregnancy weight is difficult to lose, especially if you don't breastfeed...it's like your body stores Calories for the baby to eat, and then you don't spend them. Gee, thanks body!

But anyway, the best approach is to count total Calories and Calories from fat. Your Calories from fat should be less than 30% of your total Calories. Your Calorie count should not go over 2200 per day, and ideally, you want to hit 2000. I suggest you use caloriecount.about.com. It is a free online weight loss service.

Remember this tip: the size of the portion of food is crucial in determining how many Calories are in it. So measure your food with measuring cups. I had many clients use measuring cups as their serving spoons at meals.

Second piece: eat small meals frequently. Since you've got two toddlers, you're probably preparing snacks for them pretty much all day. Try eating something small every time they eat - and make sure to count all snacks and beverages in your daily Calorie count.

Finally - you've got toddlers, but that doesn't mean you're active. I managed to sit on my butt for long periods of time during my second pregnancy, while my older daughter was a toddler. Be purposeful about taking them out to do active things. Outdoors is the best, but if weather does not permit, turn on music videos or even cartoons and dance to them.

Hope this helps!

Connie - posted on 12/07/2009

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To those whom say 'eat lots of vegetables and fruit', they are high in calories as well.

Keep an open mind and be positive.

Portion control is the best advice, even if you don't exercise and you never deprive yourself. Sometimes, investing in a food scale is worth it if you have trouble determining portion size. Mentally preparing yourself and maintainning self-control is the key to any weight loss. Never expect results overnight, but do expect to be on the road to healthy living for the rest of your life. Research by reading food labels for a better understanding of calories, carbs and sodium intake. Stay away from condiments, cheaply made butters and salad dressings. Take a normal daily vitamin for energy and for anything you lack in your diet. (See your doctor about the best daily vitamins for you.)

Go for a walk with the kids around the mall, around the neighborhood, a track, hiking trail, or forrest park trail for 30 minutes to an hour daily. It's free and you can get your daily vitamin D by being in the sun longer than 15 minutes. Or even walking around the mall if it's soggy weather.

Try using extra virgin olive oil, balsalmic vinegar, Aquafina Flavor Splash water (it's zero calories and the lowest in sodium of most bottled waters without losing flavor if you dislike plain water), baked or grilled lightly chicken, baked or grilled fish and oatmeal that's low sodium-low sugar and it helps lower high cholesterol (which is a proven fact!) are just a few things I use in my diet. Steaming vegetables is so much better..For every two weeks, pick one FAVE meal and one FAVE sweet to treat yourself. If you're into wine, most doctor's suggest at least 2 to 3 portioned glasses a week is fine, but not in one sitting. Try various spices in meals besides salt and pepper. If you must use salt, try sea salt. Watch out for certains things that say it's healthy/low cal/0 trans fat sodium is usually very high in anything that's supposidly considered "healthy".

Dieabetic cook books have some great meal ideas.

I've personally yo-yoed with my weight because I simply give into temptations. Starbucks hot chocolate and tall frapps are my weakness! It really doesn't help because I work across the way from it. Weight watchers took up too much of my time (since I work fulltime with no family help between me or my husband nor babysitters) and the Atkins diet caused kidney stones. Nothing else really fit into my busy lifestyle besides what I've tried above and it has worked the longest.

I hope some of these suggestions help. Stay positive!

Heba - posted on 12/06/2009

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hi Jennifer, I'm not gonna advice u of a diet but with a style u could keep 4 the rest of ur life.
I've a 14 months baby girl and now i'm the same weight i was before pregnancy!

So, here is my advice:

1- Eat lots & lots of salad.
2- Minimize as much as u can ur amout of rice & macraoni, concentrate on vegetables (try cooking them in different ways so that u wouldn't get bored).
3- Drink alot of WATER
4-Eat fruit alot
5-Forget all about fast food, pepsi, coca....etc
6- Try 2 exercise (if it's hard at least try to walk)

And Good Luck Jenny.

Suzanne - posted on 12/06/2009

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I was stuck in a rut after my second too. I was fed up by the 7th month. So I did the math with the calories I was eating. I cut everything I ate in half literally. I forced myself to eat breakfast (I used to just drink coffee). I lost the weight quickly and have kept it off. I continue my new way of eating and haven't gained any back. My son will be 2 in January.

One more tip - I used www.dailyplate.com or www.livestrong.com. It helps you figure out what you need vs weight loss and I was actually shocked at some of the junk I was eating so it really helped and changed me for the better. Best of luck to you!

Krista - posted on 12/06/2009

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Quoting Rachel:



Quoting Mattee:

high protein and low carbs does wonders for me! also, eat 2 oranges and 2 cups or hot tea or coffee ( they are diuretics) before noon. along with walking a few miles a day it works wonders!





Just remember - coffee dehydrates and tea hydrates :)






 






Also, beware that it has been scientifically proven that high protein diets (non-vegetable protein) contributes to cancer.  See the book "The China Study" for the evidence - this is NOT opinion, this is based on scientific study over 30 years.





HERBAL teas hydrate.  Regular orange pekoe tea has MORE caffeine in it than coffee does.

Marie - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hi! I can totally relate! I've gone up and down in my weight and on different diets -- I finally found the greatest health program called Isagenix - it is nutritional cleansing that not only did I lose 50lbs but I improved my health, more energy better sleep and made my immune system stronger. I used to get sick a lot as a teacher as well. I never found anything like this that with all the nutrition your body doesn't have all those cravings for sugar etc... and I don't feel hungry like I did!!! Also of course moderate exercise and drink lots of waters and stay away from soda and caffeine!!! I can help you out if you want to know more about it -- I know people who are using Isagenix who were able to get their cholesterol and hormones in balance as well --

Krista - posted on 12/06/2009

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Quoting nicole:

everyone says weight watchers is great BUT the cost isnt--just make sure you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and eat 3 meals a day (limited portions) stay away from sweets all the time (you can have some just not all!) and exersize--walking ,jogging in place,stuff like that. dont starve yourself because all that does is fools your body into taking the food you do eat and storing it , which laed to weight gain
good luck


I actually didn't think that it was the expensive.  You pay for membership and that's it.  The food is stuff that you'd buy anyways.  And you can't just say "eat 3 meals a day" because it's not how many meals she's eating, but WHAT she's eating and how much of each.



 



If you don't want to do the weight watchers route, or you can't, keep in mind that meat should be no larger than a deck of cards.  Pasta's no larger than half a cup.  Vegetables can be eaten in multitudes as long as they aren't coated in butter.  Steamed or boiled are obviously your best choice. And starches.....keep those extremely limited.

Nicole - posted on 12/06/2009

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everyone says weight watchers is great BUT the cost isnt--just make sure you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and eat 3 meals a day (limited portions) stay away from sweets all the time (you can have some just not all!) and exersize--walking ,jogging in place,stuff like that. dont starve yourself because all that does is fools your body into taking the food you do eat and storing it , which laed to weight gain
good luck

Krista - posted on 12/06/2009

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The ONLY thing that worked for me was Weight Watchers, which is REALLY easy to be on. You eat what you want, you just eat less of it. It has to do with the glycemic index so you're never hungry. If you can, invest in a treadmill that you can use and watch tv when the kids are in bed. Walking and running are the best thing for you.

Anita - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hi Jennifer, I am in the same boat as yourself - my 2 kids are 14mths apart (2 1/2 & 16mths) and at the start of this year I was very overweight. I started on the Tony Ferguson shakes but didn't stick to it completely (eg if I went to a BBQ I'd have a couple of drinks and whatever food without going overboard) but at home I'd stick to it as best I could. I also did Windsor Pilates (you can buy this online at danoz.com.au) 5 times a week. I lost 16kgs within a couple of months and I've kept it off all year :) The pilates is really awesome and it works your whole body and takes cms off every week!! I was losing up to 15cms a week all over my body :) arms, legs, bum, thighs, everywhere :) Its great and I can't recommend it enough. Good luck & I hope you find something that works for you :) Anita

Rachel - posted on 12/06/2009

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Quoting Mattee:

high protein and low carbs does wonders for me! also, eat 2 oranges and 2 cups or hot tea or coffee ( they are diuretics) before noon. along with walking a few miles a day it works wonders!


Just remember - coffee dehydrates and tea hydrates :)



 



Also, beware that it has been scientifically proven that high protein diets (non-vegetable protein) contributes to cancer.  See the book "The China Study" for the evidence - this is NOT opinion, this is based on scientific study over 30 years.

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2009

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I am a mother of a 4 year old and after i had her i still weight about 35lbs over from what i used to weight. A good diet for each meal consists of a lean protein (chicken breast, fish, protein shake) a fruit and a vegetable to keep your levels Balanced. I don't eat past 7pm if i do it is a very low carb like salad or just snack on veggies..
For exercise i do comcast on demand.. I hope this helps a little
Michelle

Mattee - posted on 12/06/2009

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high protein and low carbs does wonders for me! also, eat 2 oranges and 2 cups or hot tea or coffee ( they are diuretics) before noon. along with walking a few miles a day it works wonders!

Valerie - posted on 12/06/2009

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Have you tried a treadmill at home or the gazelle.....I like the gazelle and you can do it while watching tv and they take there naps. I have a hard time too...you are def. not alone!!

Andrina - posted on 12/06/2009

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I so understand! I have two daughters and have struggled with my weight both before and after each of them. And still do if truth be told!! However, before I concieved D2 I bought a book called 'the great Australian diet' by Dr John Tickell. He is the guy they often have on Channel 9 talking about diets etc. It is quite hard but I lost 10 kgs in 2.5 months and kept it off until just recently. I am going to start again after Christmas!!. It has some little exercises and a fairly lean diet but it works. One of the reason I think it might be helpful for you too, is that it has heaps of vegies! Not much meat. I know that meat is not the only source of cholesterol but it might be of some help!! I found the exercises excellent! Can just do them with the kids in front of the tele! There is also an on line support group which I joined for a while! Good Luck It can be so hard!! Oh and the other thing I found really great was pushing the stroller around the park an few days a week. Good for the soul too!

Diana - posted on 12/06/2009

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I would like to tell you that there are hundreds of moms out there with the same problem. Have you ever heard of Stroller Strides? This is a group of moms that go to a park of any place with child in stroller or without and excercise. It is a great way to meet moms and great for the kids to get out. They sing nursery rhymes while working out every part of their body. It is really intense and it really helps. Ask around and join it is a great way to lose weight.

User - posted on 12/06/2009

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Weight Watchers - Weight Watchers - Weight Watchers! It's not some fad diet or magic fix. It's just a way to learn how to monitor your food intake and exercise. I've lost about 30 pounds so far. Yes, it can be a little time consuming tracking points and all... but isn't it worth the extra effort? And if it weren't for weekly weigh-ins to keep me in check and the support I get from the awesome group at our weekly meetings, I probably wouldn't be able to keep it up. It's all about portion control, exercise, and support. You get those 3 things in check, and it's a winning recipe! :)

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Hi Jennifer :) I too am having the same problem. My doc just put me on heart medication and pretty much said I'm headed for major heart disease. I think I'm too damn big to even exercise! But I've lost 7 lbs so far JUST by replacing all of my drinks with water. Your body and organs are like a car engine and if you're dehydrated, that's like car running with no oil to lube the parts. Start slow, don't stress over it. Just be consistant and confident. Good luck!

Mary - posted on 12/06/2009

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Lots of great advice here--I'd like to add that oatmeal is good for lowering cholesterol--make it with water, add a little cinnamon agave nectar or honey, and some raw nuts and you have a filling healthy breakfast.

Exercise is going to be your best friend, especially since you are home all the time (like me). If the weather is nice, a brisk stroll daily will make a big difference. Also, my husband and I worked out a schedule where MWF after he's done with work I run to the gym for a class. It's worked wonders for my figure, health and overall happiness. I also have a couple DVD's I do while baby naps. Do what you can when you can and you will feel much better! Good luck!

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For me, going vegetarian and yoga worked. I was severely overweight...315lbs, and it took a while -- 2-3 yrs -- but I lost more than 100lbs. After I lost the target weight, I started adding meat slowly back into my diet, but even now 7 years later, I don't eat red meat. I eat turkey, chicken, fish...meat like that.

I had to lose the weight and didn't have any money to spend on a program, so this worked really well. I could go to the library and check out books on vegetarian meals and yoga as well as yoga videos. Everyone has opinions on cutting carbs or cutting this or that, but I ate lots of potatoes, rice, bread, and even sugar (I LOVE soft drinks, and just couldn't stop drinking them). My results may have been better or faster had I cut all that out, but for me, this was a lifestyle change, and not just a diet. There's no way I could change my lifestyle to not eat potatoes, breads, and rice again...I just enjoy those foods too much. So, basically, I just cut the meat and limited fried foods to no more than twice a month and did yoga for 20-30 minutes a day 5 times a week. Pretty simple as long as you can do without the meat.

Not saying this way will work for you, but it may be worth a shot. :) The coolest thing about it, at least for me, is that it changed how I see food now, and I feel like I finally have gotten control over myself and food. I am still losing weight in small amounts (which has actually been a problem since I'm pregnant) and it is 7 years later.

If you don't want to do the vegetarian thing, the most recommended foods to lower cholesterol are: oatmeal and other whole grains, oily fish like tuna and salmon, and foods high in fiber including broccoli, leafy greens, and other veggies.

No matter how you decide to go about your journey, I wish you lots of success!!! You will feel so much better.

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Weight Watchers is definitely the way to go as far as diet is concerned. You can be on a diet without depriving yourself and with the online support you really can only go wrong if you try. As far as exercise goes, get at least 30 minutes of cardio at least 5 days a week. You can do that just by getting the kids out for a walk. But, put them both in the stroller so you can get going at a fast enough pace to get your heart rate up. Don't skip out on weight, though. Try Harley Pasternak's 5 factor fitness. I didn't like his diet plan, but the workouts are great! And all you need are hand weights and an exercise ball. You can get the book and the equipment for $50 or less.

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If you have on demand there are a ton of different workouts on exercise tv, they are all different levels. You should also look and see if there is a stroller strides in your neighborhood. When things get tough remember, if you don't take care of yourself you cant take care of anyone else.

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Many of my friends have had great luck with Weight Watchers. As for your cholesterol, may I suggest that you go as light as you can on animal fats and use some veggie fats- i.e.: don't have rolls with butter, have whole-grain french bread with olive oil. Also, perhaps you could go back on an OTC prental vitamin- many of the nutrients might give you more energy and some of the other ones will help with heart health. I have twin 1 y/o boys and a 5 yr old. As for the exercise part, that too will help with your cholesterol. You could google some Army or military exercises- as a veteran I remember getting into great shape with nothing but effort- no gym, no weights, nothing! It's hard- I was able to loose the weight, but I'm stuggling with screwy cholesterol levels myself! (the army man. for exercises is AFM 21-20... push-ups, sit-ups, 2 mile run)

Tina - posted on 12/06/2009

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I have two boys, the second is a month old and after the inital weight loss from actually giving birth (big baby and lots of fluid so worked out about a stone) I've got stuck too, on the plus side I haven't put any of the weight back on but haven't lost anymore, I think that is down to the breatfeeding and drinking lots of water. So I'm rejoining weight watchers in January to help lose some more weight again, it really worked last time for me and hoping it will do the same again, so it may help you too. Good luck.

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I use to date a personal trainer and what he always had his clients do was eat 5 smalls meals a day instead of 3 big meals, also cut out all sodas and try sticking to ice water, it take more calories to burn ice water than room temp water. try to cut cheese out of your diet too, almonds are a great in between meal snack,and celery takes more calories to burn and break down in your body than there is actually in it :] ! try not to lay down right after eating too, try to stay active like spot cleaning around the house for an hour,and believe it or not eating breakfast! eating in the morning tells myour body that your going to eat that day, if you dont your body thinks its not going to have any food and stores fat. Also Speed walking is the same as jogging to your body if you dont like to run like me. Im a dance teacher and can tell you for a fact if you can take a dance class at your local gym that will help you in a fun way too!

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Im not sure if you still breastfeeding or if you would take pills but after my first child I was abit over weight and I wanted to lose weight before my wedding and I went to the doctor and got a weigh loss tablet called Reductil.I was great didnt have to do much exercise and it stops you feeling hungry.This may not be the thng for you but it helped me.

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I know what you mean about "being overweight" - it's bad enough when you're pregnant, but it was really getting to me, being bigger than I was used to.

When I as pregnant, I had Gestational Diabetes. I learned a lot about weight control that I never knew during that time. If you follow a diabetic diet, you should be able to lose the weight pretty quickly. (It's similar to those diets that are low in carbs and high in protein.) After my most recent pregnancy, I kept following the "rules" of my GD diet and now I'm at the same weight I was when I got married.

Plus, I'm breast feeding, too, which I believe has helped immensely.

Here are some quick rules to follow that helped me:

* 1 serving of carbs is 15 grams. 1 slice of bread is = to 1 serving of carbs. (That means a sandwich has 2 servings of carbs before you even fill it with anything!)

* Keep your carbs to 10 servings per day. This includes meals and snacks. You can distribute those carbs in any way throughout the day. And remember that "incidental" items like condiments can have lots of sugar/carbs, so be aware of that - they can mess up your "carb count" in a jiffy.

* Cut out dairy as much as possible. Low-fat cottage cheese is ok - it has enough protein to count as a "meat." But no milk - VERY high in carbs.

* Cut out cereal for breakfast. Cereal is LOADED with carbs. Eat toast w/peanut butter or eggs.

* Nuts, nut butters, cottage cheese, and veggies must become your best friends!

Once you loose the weight, roughly following the rules of this "diet" is a good way to keep a healthy weight. Make is a life-long change.

Hope this helps - good luck!

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The most difficult thing, I've found, is finding time for yourself. When you do have the time, you're too tired to move and you get very little done if you don't push yourself (making yourself even MORE exhausted!). I know this as I work an hour from home, spent about eight months COMPLETELY alone taking care of my son (NO family or friends helping out, just day care), and still had 16 hour days all in all. I've recently joined YMCA which offered a total of four hours day care and a sliding scale membership for me and try to make sensible choices when I have to eat out (Jason's Deli healthy meals v. Drive thru fast food). Losing weight is about balancing your life with the rest of life's demands. As far as reducing the cholesterol quick - eat dark green vegetables and brown rice. The vegetables are for the cholesterol and the rice is to make you feel fuller quicker. Don't forget to drink LOTS of water! You can do it!

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I would also agree with Weight Watchers. I have 2 kids (18 months apart) and Weight Watchers really helped me. I lost 33 lbs, starting in August of 2008, I still have about 15 more lbs to go... and the last 15 have been the hardest. You may also do it online, however, I was more successful physically going to the meetings. Best Wishes

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Hi. I am a firm believer in clean eating and daily exercise as a regular lifestyle. Fad or crash diets don't work. I do hear weight watchers is good although I've never tried it, as I have never been overweight. I do know, for a fact, that you can lose a significant amount of weight, by just changing what you eat even if you don't do a single exercise. That being said, exercise is still extremely important for your overall health. For at home, I would invest in a resistant band so you can begin some strength training exercises. ( It comes with a booklet on what exercises you can do.) You can pretty much work out every muscle group with one band. As for your diet, don't cut out any one food group, just modify your portions. Lean proteins, lot's of veggies, fruits, whole grains (brown breads, brown pasta, brown rice etc...) Eat 5 or 6 meals a day - or 3 meals and two snacks - but in smaller portions. Steer clear of fatty, processed foods or high sugar / high sodium foods and you should be fine.
I have two children close in age as yours are too, and believe me it can be done. I wish you the best of luck :)

Emily - posted on 12/05/2009

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I hear Weight Watchers is great. I have a lot of family and friends that have had great results with it, plus they show you how to get active and exercise.

Sharon - posted on 12/05/2009

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Hiya, Join weight watchers. I joined in May and so far have lost 2 stone. Its really easy to work it into everyone's meals at night. My husband loves some of the things I have made just from the mags. You can Join on line so Its easy. Good Luck. x

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