Still trying to loose the baby weight over a year later....any advice??

Ashley - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 111 moms have responded )

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im embarrassed to admit it but i gained over 50 lbs with my son(i was on bedrest for most of my pregnancy) who is 16 months old now and ive only lost about 20 lbs. I try to exercise as much as i can and try to eat right but i just cant seem to get the weight off.im terrified i will never get back down to my pre-baby weigh. I would appreciate any advice you could give me!

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Jeri - posted on 10/03/2009

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My best friend lost 75 lbs in the last year and a half. She has fibromyalgia, like me, and was 250 lbs at her heaviest. She just began walking everyday as much as was comfortable, but challenging herself at the same time, and started taking yoga classes.



She also changed her portion sizes. She allowed herself to eat whatever she wanted, but stopped buying chips, cookies, soda, etc. Then for meals she would eat just until she started to feel full, and stop. If she felt hungry 20 minutes later, she would allow herself to eat more, again just until the feeling of fullness, then stopping again.



I swear, I have never seen her look more fantastic. She is a mom of 3.

Amanda - posted on 09/19/2009

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Do not be embarrassed about your baby weight, you have a baby from it. :) The best advice I can give is to set a time to work out and/or work out with your baby. I do both and I am now down to below my pre-baby weight. I also adjusted my eating habits.



I work out for about 15 minutes after I lay my baby boy down. I do simple things like stretches, squats, leg lifts, push-ups, and crunches. The great thing about these are they can be done anywhere and even while watching tv. I also do what I call baby push-ups. I lay on my back and hold my son above my head. I lift him up then bring him down to give him a kiss and repeat. I also set him on my legs, while still laying down, and lift him up and down with my legs. This does wonders for you leg muscles, you can really feel it. Plus my baby boy loves it, we do airplane noise and sometimes horsie noises.



For eating habits I just started eating more vegetables. I started buying bagged lettuce for salads so they would be quicker to make. Plus when you eat more veggies it gets your baby to eat more veggies. My baby fights me for my salad so now that he is older I have to make him his own too.



The main thing is to not get discouraged. You can do it. Do not push yourself too hard. Have a 5lb goal then when you reach it, have another 5lb goal. Think thin!

Hiba - posted on 08/14/2011

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the best way is to breast feed your baby.. that way i lost the weight quite soon. in about a year or less actually.. all the mothers i know breast feed their baby and they too have lost weight in no time!! Good Luck!!

Mickelle - posted on 08/14/2011

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Sharon - posted on 10/03/2009

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I had my son 3.5 months ago & gained 55 lbs while pregnant. I had initially lost 30 lbs pretty quickly but noticed a few days ago that I had stopped losing and was starting to creep back up. I've seen this happen with enough people to know it's common. I was running half marathons before getting pregnant. Now I walk 1.5 miles and I'm wiped out. My dress shoes don't fit and I can't wear my wedding ring. A few days ago I started using a free website called FitDay that I had used a couple years ago. It takes a little discipline to log in your food at first but it's already become routine for me and you can approximate. Logging in my food just helps me keep track of how much I've really had and what foods give me the most bang for my calorie buck. As far as working in exercise goes...I got nothing, by the time I'm done with work and taking care of the baby I have no energy left. I've lost two pounds in the last couple of days. In a week or so I'll be able to tell how well tracking my food is helping but I'm trying to be careful not to do too much calorie restriction since I'm still nursing.

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Cassandra - posted on 09/25/2009

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dont stress buy a taebo dvd, drink green tea, 8 glassess of water and your 5 a day eveyday and u will loss weight. i have 4 children my last one is going to be 3 in january and i have gone to a size 10 from a size 16 in 6 momth

Laura - posted on 09/22/2009

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Did you breast feed? Breast feeding can be a huge contributor to weight loss -



Now, that it's too late to start that up - exercise and diet, of course, are key. Try to find a gym with child care. If not, there's always the track! I'm a personal trainer, my husband has done some bodybuilding in the past. To really help you, I'd need to know your exercise schedule right now, calorie intake, weight and height (if you want to message me this, I can make a diet plan for you).

Try cutting your calories and gradually increasing your activity. My favorite stimulant that will give you a CLEAN energy boost, suppress your appetite, and has very little thermogenic effects and is made for stim sensitive people is Slim Xtreme by Anabolic Xtreme. Be careful with it though - it'll raise your heart rate (which helps burn extra calories) and can give extreme dry mouth. Other than that~ it's an AMAZING product! It, with diet and exercise will do the job :)

Kamilah - posted on 09/21/2009

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Pole Dancing and healthy snacks. During my second pregnancy I was very sedentary. I gained apprx. 30-40 pounds during my pregnancy and almost 10 immediately after. About 4 post birth I started back teaching beginner pole dancing sometimes twice a week. After 1 month I lost several inches and started to rebuild muscle which burns fat now 4 nearly months later at once weekly intervals I'm back down to my pre-birth weight. In addition I changed my eating habits. I just love shoveling S*&$! into my face particularly chocolate and I keep late hours. So I eat what I want (in moderation) during the day and limit my snacking at night to carrots, salad, triscuits or special K chocolate delight. I don't quite have my six pack abs back yet but I'm definetly a 26-27 in my waist as opposed to the 34-36 I was 6 months ago. Take a class and buy a pole for at home use and grocery shop accordingly. hope this works!

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It's really tough losing the preggy weight. Exercise and low GI food are working for me....and, as others have said, sleep is also very important.

Good luck and don't give up. :)

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It's really tough losing the preggy weight. Exercise and low GI food are working for me....and, as others have said, sleep is also very important.

Good luck and don't give up. :)

Kirsty - posted on 09/20/2009

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hi ashley, sounds like you have the right attitude...thats the most important key to loosing weight! Try the reading the book 'Blood Type Diet'..i've tried this recently and kilos are dropping off. Its more of a lifestyle, you know the foods that make you tired/gain weight and foods that drop weight quickly and make your body burn fat faster. The principles are simple. Follow this for a month and see how you go!

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Being consistent with your workouts is so important. It is key. Make it part of your day at least 5 days a week. Oh yeah get the BOB baby jogger. Then you can bring your baby walking and running with you. World of difference. It's hard being a mom so it makes it harder to lose the weight. You can do it!

Sally - posted on 09/20/2009

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hey dont feel bad i gain 40pounds lost 20 my son is 3yr and only just started losing the rest

Karen - posted on 09/20/2009

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i highly recomend weight watchers. i got down to my pre baby weight and lost an additional 30lbs. it is anawesome program.

dont feel bad you gained so much i gained 50 myself and i wasnt on bedrest

Clea - posted on 09/20/2009

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hi ashley...just focus on having an exercise everyday if you can...then veggies and fruits...dont be so worried ...sooner or later you'll just be surprised with the results... I was 92 kilos for 10 years ash but I was able to make it to 62 ..in less than 2 years..determination and discipline are the keys to being successful in losing weight,on my experience..goodluck!

Laura - posted on 09/19/2009

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I gained a lot of weight having 2 children, like 70lbs all together.I felt awful and acted like it didn't matter but it did, to me. I used the weight watchers point system to lose weight and do yoga to tone up... there are also yoga programs that involve the kids! so much fun.

Naomi - posted on 09/19/2009

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well i too put lots of weight on whilst pregnant with my first (dont know how much in lb's but i went from a 14 to an 18) the biggest i had been but after my son was born 8lb 14oz in 2004 i found it so hard to loose any weight and i too breast fed two yrs later and i fell pregnant again 2007 and this time went up to a size 20 two yrs on 2009 and i'm still a 20 now still finding it hard.
there is no easy answer or quick fix its hard work being a mom and working that something has to give and i guess with me its ever being a size 14 again

take care of yourself and if your lucky then one day you will achieve your goal
naomi xxx

Kerry - posted on 09/19/2009

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Well bless you, it seems most of us today are in the same boat of gaining around 50 lbs, my baby was a whopper at 11lb 9 but it still didnt hide the fact that I had gained so much weight something to do with a 5 a day problem .....not veg but mars bars!. Please don't beat yourself up over it as long as you and baby are healthy that is all that matters, It took me a good two years before I could get my head around a complete life change before I could contemplate dieting. Slimming world did it for me first time around, I managed to lose 3 stone, and then fell pregnant again to another big baby only 10lb 1 this time, but put on more. I have lost it this time with weight watchers, neither times have I excercised as I have been too exhausted running around after children, but have still lost the weight again, you will only be able to do it when you really are in the right mind set. Enjoy being mummy don't feel pressured by time it will come off when it is meant to. You will be there again.be kind to yourself ;-)

Jo-anne - posted on 09/19/2009

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sorry but who cares after year only 1 ur pleasing is u or so it should b b extra proud of ur body its just done an amazing job

Rachael - posted on 09/19/2009

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I feel you, my son just turned two and I'm still trying to shed the 50 lbs I gained. My best advice: slow and steady wins the race. Don't freak out, focus on losing 1 or 2 lbs a week. For me, that meant joining Weight Watchers, first online and more recently attending the meetings. I've lost 45 pounds so far, at an excruciatingly slow rate of 1lb/wk. Commit to working out just a little bit each day (15-30 continuous minutes). I prefer walking and videos at home, but whatever it is make it a priority each day. Be proud and patient. And buy clothes that fit you along the way, I stayed in my maternity clothes much too long, it's not good for the psyche.

Good luck. You can do it.

Shannon - posted on 09/19/2009

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I got the same kind of problem, when i was pregnant i lost weight then only gained 11 pounds after that, but my daughter is 3 and half months now, after i had her i went down to 126, and in 3 months i gained 30 pounds. if ur on medications or are depressed that can make it harder to lose weight. once u have a baby ur horomones are messed up. just keep ur head up, if ur not confident and u stress over it, it wont go away.

Lisa - posted on 09/18/2009

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I'm finally (a year later) down to pre-pregnancy, and the last 5 kgs (10 lbs) I had to take some real action - eating, exercising etc. I think the things that worked best for me were drinking 2 litres water per day, NO sugar or sweets, no unhealthy carbs (ie. only eating brown rice, multigrain bread etc) and NO carbs for dinner and after dinner. It gets interesting finding meals that are all meat and veg for dinner, but I think that it makes a huge difference not going to sleep with a tummy full of energy and nothing to do to burn it!

Rachel - posted on 09/18/2009

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I lost my baby weight below pre prego weight two days before my son turned one. The biggest thing I found to help me lose weight was to start weight lifting. A took a class at my local gym and lifted 3 times a week. I built some nice muscle and tone and don't forget muscle burns more fat. The more muscle you have the more fat you will burn. For cardio I did Water Aerobics-it is not just for old ladies LOL-you burn twice as many calories in the water as you do on land-just running in the pool by yourself will help. And of course eat healthy-watch your salt if you want to cut down on your belly budge-it will just make you retain more water-Good Luck

Gina - posted on 09/18/2009

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This week my sister-in-law recommended that I try the post pregnancy weight watchers diet. I am trying to decide if I should do it. I am breastfeeding my baby and I know that it hurts the milk supply if I loose weight too quickly.

Ashley - posted on 09/18/2009

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Thanks to everyone! i will try those suggestions! Also thanks for the encouragement and kind words!

Anastasia - posted on 09/18/2009

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Well.. I gained about 60lbs... I breast fed and all the good stuff that was supposed to help me lose weight, but it didn't seem to be working. I agree with Stephanie. I lost most of my weight by playing with my son. Dancing with him lifting him in the air.. Etc. I would take him roller blading in his stoller. And when he'd go to bed, I'd go to my apartment fitness center and run on the tread mill. I think I lost more weight than I gained. lol.

Gina - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hang in there and keep exercising and eating healthy foods. Remember the key is to burn more than you consume, so keep moving. Start writting down everything you eat and the calories and you will be shocked. Also times you ideal weight by 10 and that is the number of calories you can have for the day. Try to set small goals at first and then move them up. You can do it I did. I also gained 45 lbs with all four of my kids and by just following a good diet and moving I lost it all and then some.

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i gained 80 pounds and have lost 70 my son is 6 months i am not breastfeeding. i have done this by eating 15 hundred callories a day i eat mostly chicken fish and veggies i have just recently started using the tredmill so we will see what happens now. watch your callories that you take in your body will naturaly burn about 2000 callories a day without vigerous excersize high fiber also helps to pull the fat and colesterol from your body and helps it leave your body. if your only 30 pounds over weight i wouldnt worry about it a little meat on a woman gives her shape and makes her look healthy. good luck

Lorrie - posted on 09/18/2009

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The old rule still remains, you must eat a healthy diet. Exercise. Drink plenty of water. You should snack on low calorie snacks throughout the day to increase your metabolism. Spicy foods also can help to increase your metabolism. Decrease your portions.

Ingrid - posted on 09/18/2009

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Two words... weight watchers... I gained 45 lbs. with my daughter and didn't try to really lose the weight until after she was one year old. I never went to more than the first meeting (where I bought the starter information package) and I lost the last 20 lbs in 4 months. I am back to pre baby weight and am happy to be a size 6 again. A little more squishy than before, but that is because I hate exercise. If you are ready to change the way that you see food then this will work... if you see it as a temporary fix, you will just gain it back.

Hope this helps.

Inga

Jackie - posted on 09/18/2009

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I was 102lbs pre-pregnancy (9.5 years ago), and now I weight about 118lbs. It's been an adjustment, but my body just can't be as thin as I was before, because your body changes so drastically in pregnancy. I have hips now, where I didn't before - my whole body is different, and I'd literally have to starve myself in order to get back down to that weight. The lowest I'm able to go is like 115lbs, but that's pretty much ONLY when I'm sick and can't eat.

I find that depriving yourself just to be thin is an extremely bad idea, as others have said, because you just end up binging. You have to find a balance - eat what you like, but in moderation, and find good substitutes for bad foods. This has been my biggest help. Plus, I stopped eating meat and find it easier to maintain my weight when I don't. I also eat a more balanced diet by default when I'm not eating meat because I have to be creative. LOTS of fruits and veggies (and this comes from a person that hates veggies) will help, you just have to find the ones you like. I don't think it matters if you eat the same ones day in and day out as long as you like them and will stick to eating them. Forcing yourself to eat things you hate is the worst thing you can do. It feels like punishment and you don't want to be miserable, so stay away from that.

Good Luck!

Rosalyn - posted on 09/18/2009

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hiya i havnt read back too many answers and i dont have much time at the mo , i gained nearly 2 stone [ 28 pounds] with my daughter she weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces so i cant say i had a large baby lol when she was 9 months old i was still wearing maternity clothes , my husband was so fed up of me complaining and me being so upset all the time he joined my to a gym and encouraged me to go three times a week , it was excellent for both of us as he got to spend time alone with his new daughter and her older sister and i got 'me' time and also lost the weight , it was hard , bloody hard but i stuck to it and by the time of her first birthday i was not only back to my old weight i looked toned and had masses of energy , good luck and be strong xxxxxx

Kayla - posted on 09/18/2009

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I have an 8 1/2 month old daughter, and i would realy like to loose the weight, but it seems like i have no motivation. I gained 60 Lbs during my pregnance and still have 20 more pounds to loose untill im at my regular weight.

Yesterday i tried on my jeans (that wouldnt fit befor) AND THEY FIT!

However, i had a C-section, and my back and sides are fine in my pants, but i have this flab of skin hanging over the front of my pants and its so embarrasing. So im back wearing the same only shorts ive been wearing all summer again, untill it gets real cold and that i HAVE to put those jeans back on.

Lori - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hello Ashley,
first of all Dont be embarrassed! i think its fantastic that you have lost 20 lbs after being on bedrest for such a long time.... that must have been a tremendous ordeal. Your muscles must have lost some (alot) of their strength. I was wondering if your clothes fit better and after exercising if your muscle tone seems to be increasing. if so, you arent going to lose as many pounds as quickly. Secondly, if you feel like you are eating well and exercising, you could always see a nutritionist.... they may have good advice,based on your goals and lifestyle on how to most effectively get back to your pre baby weight.
best of luck... lori

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I am a KISS -- Keep It Stupid Simple -- :o)
Too complicated, I don't do it...therefore NO diets for me.
I gained over 40 pounds for each of my 2 kids (4 years apart). Interval Cardio (going "hard" for 8 minutes, then going "normal" for 3 and back up and down again) for about 30-40 minutes 3-5 times a week. I use one of those heart workout monitors to make sure I'm reaching the target heart rate. (jumping rope or running fast in place, at the gym or at the park can accomplish this) STRENGTH training 2-4 days a week. You can do gym or not...there are a million DVD's out there that focus on strength and the more muscle you have the faster the fat will come off. And NO, no matter how heavy the weights are, you will not look like a man unless you start using steroids. I love the definition on my legs and arms...my abs are another story since I had 2 cesareans...
Be patient and do try your best to eat healthy (I've managed to have mixed nuts and fresh fruits available so I don't have an excuse to reach for the brownies only, but I do eat my brownies and ENJOY them too from time to time. Hope this helps and good luck!

Michelle - posted on 09/17/2009

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I'm sure you've heard of the Weight Watchers point system, give it a try it really works. I did it and went from 136 to 107lbs. in 8 months. Along with the diet I walked 2 miles a day, 5 days a week. Good Luck

Megan - posted on 09/17/2009

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Now I got this email which said all the wonders of combining honey and cinammon - who knows if it works but I am about to give it a go too - what can it hurt? I put on 20kg and my baby is approaching 11 months - I have started exercising but am also scared of turning the fat to muscle. Still breastfeeding so don't want to take any detox diets etc. So below I have copied the "recipe" for weight loss - Good luck!



WEIGHT LOSS:



Ø Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

Heather - posted on 09/17/2009

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I'm working on getting 17 pounds off so I can be pre baby weight again. I'm thinking about trying ZUMBA. It's a dance class they offer at the Y and other gyms. Everbody that does it loves it. It looks like fun and it really burns some cal. GOOD LUCK!!!

Jody - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have 5 kids. All under 9 and the youngest is nearly 16 months. I have 4-5 kilos to go to pre preg weight. I am still breastfeeding and have not started menstruating yet. I have found in the past the hormones are the key factor. As soon as I wean the last kilos usually melt away without doing anything within 3-4 months. My current weight is 52 kilos. I am normally 48 or 47. I am planning to wean soon and I am hoping that this will trigger things in this department. I feel like a whinger as everyone says I am so slim but for me I feel heavy still. I have sore knees too! I have a milk padding! I have noticed in the past that when I start ovulating, this is when I lose it. One time I lost 4 kilos in a week when my period returned which brought me rapidly to my pre-preg weight! I did nothing to lose it. I think you carry alot more water too when you are feeding. I love chocolate too and recently cut this out for a couple of months but this made only the tiniest difference.

Don't forget your skin actually grows when you are pregnant which is why you end up with so much of it on your stomach post preg! This would certainly weigh a couple of kilos and will not change. It can be normal for this extra weight to never shift ie gain a kilo or 2 extra over your pre baby weight with each child. Goodluck everyone! Try to stay happy whatever happens because motherhood is so much better than everything else! Enjoy it!

Lori - posted on 09/17/2009

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Oh I feel your gain, I mean pain..... I just went for my checkup with my OBGYN - my daughter is 5 months old and my weight checked in the same as when I was in my 9th month of pregnancy...OMG - I took for granted I would drop the pounds as easily as I did with my first baby.... I totally understand how you are feeling. But its true evry baby is different and every pregnancy is different .... I wish you luck !!!! :)

Alison - posted on 09/17/2009

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my daughter is almost 14 months old and i gained 40 lbs with her. of that 40 i have lost about 15lbs. like you i was on bed rest from 6 1/2 months on. the way i have found that i have lost the most weight is taking a walk with her in the stroller daily. i also make sure i eat something small for breakfast like a cup of tea and toast or oatmeal. by eating healthy you are also teaching your baby to eat healthy. i asked my doctor about it and he said figure 9 months up and 2 years down. i know its depressing to think about but you have to keep thinking about that end goal.

Joleen - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi there
I had the same problem. I even joined a gym and went three times a week except when my little man was sick and that was OFTEN and still the weight stayed!! I found counting calories is starting to help me get rid of the last 5 kg that I cant seem to get rid of. Try this website to help, www.calorieking.com.au. You might be surprised at where the calories come from (I know my love of flat white coffees was my downfall). I also ask a personal trainer to design a fitball program for me that I can do at home on the days my baby is sick. The kg are starting to fall off now after 18 months! Hope this helps.

Maggie - posted on 09/17/2009

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There are a million posts to this question already, so I have nothing new or helpful to add. I just want to say there are MANY of us that gained 50+ lbs with pregnancy. I'm 5'6" and weighed 115 lbs before pregnancy. I deliverd at 175 lbs! My baby was only 7.5 lbs! My doctor said that it takes 9 months to put that weight on, so give yourself 9+ months to take it off. Be patient with yourself. I bet the worrying about weight loss isn't helping. I was stuck in the 140's FOREVER! The more I obsessed about it, the longer I stayed at that weight. Finally I threw away my scale batteries, ate whate I wanted (in moderation), drank tons of water, parked in the back of the parking lot if I was running a lot of errands so I'd take a few extra steps every day, and voila, now I'm 120 lbs and happy about that!

Sharon - posted on 09/17/2009

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A year after I gave birth I too had only lost 20lbs. In January I got serious and have lost another 20lbs so far this year. I do go to the gym as much as I can, alot of treadmill walking.
I also bought the Eat This Not That book (especially the supermarket book). I never realized how much sugar was in foods and we know sugar = fat. These books will help you change your diet without being on a diet!

Raine - posted on 09/17/2009

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Whatever you do, please don't go on any type of low-fat diet. There is a ploy by the medical and health industries to villanize meat, dairy products, and fat. What should be villanized is unnatural products and processed foods that take the fat out of what you are eating to make it "healthier". Don't buy this; nature knows what it's doing. If you have a weight problem, your body still needs proper nutrition and you won't get it from diet foods and fad diet products. Don't be afraid of fat and cholesterol, you will lose weight if you eat the following: organic, grass-fed meats and poultry, organic, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, raw nuts, and legumes. The problems people have with disease and weight gain are as a result of eating industrially-produced, conventional foods. Heart disease is caused by eating meats, poultry, and dairy products from animals who are not pastured, are fed corn, soy, and grain (most of those are also genetically-modified). If you stick to real, whole foods that are as nature intended, your health will reach heights you never imagined. Visit my web site about sustainable living and nutrition through whole, traditional foods...www.agriculturesociety.com.
-Raine Saunders

Jillian - posted on 09/17/2009

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I feel your pain! I gained so much weight I asked the nurses to stop telling me my weight! my son is now 21 months old and over the past month I have started doing P90X. Its a great workout and I already see a difference! you can get more information on beachbody.com I know many people who do it and we all highly recomend it.

Julie - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hey there, just letting you know that I've been doing the keto system - if you can afford it - it's fantastic and you'll have a new lease on life. You can do this through your local naturopath - you can also check it out online (free) and just use the recipes from the website - which are YUM (you don't have to go to the naturopath - but they do help as you're accountable to someone)! There's even a really healthy MUDCAKE (yes believe it or not!) which you can have as a snack! The Keto bars are delish too! Especially the Caramel - tastes like a Mars bar! And another similar to a Cherry Ripe! If you can't do this - then do yourself a favour and check out the Bodytrim website - this guy totally knows what he's talking about - granted the first week is tough (BTW - these eating systems are very similar and you can cross between the two) to sort of detox the crappy carbs out of your diet - but seriously if you stick to the plan and steer clear of the crappy carbs for a week - you'll find you'll feel SO much better for it. I've lost 17 pounds in 2.5 months and I'm also feeling better - I don't have horrible mood swings or feel emotional anymore and my energy levels have increased - and all you have to do is a half hour walk everyday and stay clear of the naughty carbs and stick with the good ones!! Good luck!!

Angela - posted on 09/17/2009

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I would highly recommend joining Weight Watchers if you are up for it. I just had my first baby 9 months ago and I was also getting frustrated with not dropping the last 20 pounds of baby weight. I joined WW 4 weeks ago and I have been losing weight every week & I can already see a difference in how my clothes are fitting. Good luck & I hope this helps!

Melissa - posted on 09/17/2009

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I only gained 18 with my son, but I worked really hard to get back in shape. I made a deal with my husband that for 1 1/2 hours a day he would let me do something active without interruption (go to the gym, run, bike, walk, etc). It also helps if you have a goal set for yourself like a 5K or a mini triathalon. For weights (b/c I never had time for those) I would (and still do) use my son. We make it a game. I lie on my back and press him to the ceiling like a chest press; I hold him in my hands and do bicep curls with him; I put him on my lap and do tricep dips.

Kasha - posted on 09/17/2009

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omg i know exactly how you feel. i am a mother of four, and 3 of them were c sections, so i had tha annying flab...lol. i jut recently got a work out mechine that i was up one night listning to the tv and doing laundry and i have never inmy life orderd anything off tv but this one really cought my eye. it is an abb workout, "the abb circle" its fun and easy and think it was the best choice i have ever mad. i have lost over 40 pounds in just under 3 months, and it feels like im playing. it is simple and cheap an fun. i prob sound like i am trying to sell you something but im not i just think this is the best thing ever for busy moms. im only on it for around 10 mins a day. trust me you will love it. just look into. and you will be happy with the transformation of your body. i know i am. :)
good luck
smooches,
kash!

Tania - posted on 09/17/2009

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If you enjoy working out like I do, I would recommend that you hire a personal trainer at a local gym. It's a considerable chunk of money, but it really works. I had twin boys in March and by the end of my pregnancy I was 184 pounds. It was scary 'cause I was about 135 when I got pregnant. I am now at 152. I actually lost a lot of the weight after giving birth, but I got stuck at 160 and that's when I went to they gym and paid for the personal training. After two months of gym and eating healthy (whole grain, small meals especially at night), I've lost 10 pounds, which is not a whole lot, but I prefer to lose the weight slowly and do it right (gym twice or three times a week, and no strict diets, just making smart healthy changes). My body is also much, much tighter and I feel strong and energetic (I need all the energy I can get with twin boys:).

Jamie - posted on 09/17/2009

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me too I was on bedrest and feel the same way my daughter is 18 months gained 40 and lost 8...

Stina - posted on 09/17/2009

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20 pounds off- Good for you! That's a lot. Keep exercising- I found walking/jogging with a stroller very helpful- Hills are best if you have some good steep ones nearby. And keep eating right- minimal sweets and junk... Frequent small healthful meals are the best way I've found.



You started with 50 pounds... you have 30 left. The best way to lose weight is slowly since it's a sign that you are making healthy ways a part of your permanent lifestyle.



I too find my body reluctant to shed the last 25 pounds of what I put on with this recent baby.

Susan - posted on 09/17/2009

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It is not easy to lose - we all know, its easier to pick something up and run with it. Make sure you drink alot of water, less salty things and no white bread. And don't worry so much, when your son starts to walk you will lose quick.

Don't be so hard on yourself, your stronger than you think. So keep picturing that smaller pair of jeans and soon you'll be in them......

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