how to lose a few pounds?

Robin - posted on 01/24/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )

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So i used to be a proud size two. after my son i'm size 4, which i'm not complaining about, but i still need to lose a few pounds. i have that 3 month prego pouch looking thing. i've heard cardio is the best thing to lose baby weight, but i'd like to know something more specific. i kinda feel bad like i shouldn't care that i'm 119 but i'm only 5'3" so my goal weight is 110. i don't have much time, something i'm sure you all understand so i'm looking for suggestions.

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Sarh - posted on 01/26/2011

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Drink water, eat yogurt daily (helps clean out your system and you arent' carrying around old waste which makes a bigger tummy), try to avoid stress is a big one. haha.
After my son was born I took daily walks with him and my daughter. I also did exercises that focused on my abdomen as that is the only area I cared about.
I wish I was a size 2, I don't think I have EVER been a size 2, but then again I have "child barring hips".

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2011

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I understand where you are coming from sweetheart. A lot of the suggestions so far are right on track! Drink lots of water, cut the sodas(including diet, those are known to leach calcium from your bones as you age), eat healthier, and exercise. Yet I also suggest when it comes to eating, not only watch what you are eating as well as your portion size. In this day and age people eat 2-3xs bigger portions than they should. Also SLOW DOWN when you're eating. We are always in a rush to do something so we scarf down our meals, BIG NO NO!. Scarfing down your food doesn't allow enough time for you body/brain to signal that they are satisfied. That's right, I said satisfied, not FULL. Look at it this way, if you eat till you are satisfied, you wont feel miserable. And there will always be more food for the next meal or snack.lol ( this was a hard one for me to learn since I was raised in a house where you were expected to clean you plate).



Eating better combined with a good workout helps so much. I found after having my LO that I wasn't able to jump rope, jumping jacks, and sometimes even sneeze with out nearly wetting my pants. So I had to opt for yoga and pilates. Lol I guess I assumed that after being flexible enough for delivery I would just glide into yoga and pilates gracefully. Was I ever wrong! lol my body was so much stiffer and had lost a lot of flexibility during my pregnancy. Yet continuing helped me stretch out and man did it make a difference with preparing for my son to being more active as well as lightening up my post baby mood. Once I was able to do my routine without darn near dying, I moved onto a combo of cardio and toning workouts.( I also walked during the time I was doing yoga). It has made a big difference and I'm really starting to see progress! I'm now doing the 30 day shred (again) daily (its only 20 mins long) and then either go for a walk with the munchkin or do a 10 minute yoga stretch some where in the same day.The dvd is cheap to buy and it also has some great moves for that lower kangaroo pouch(as my momma calls it). I hope this all helped, sorry it was so long.lol I hope you reach your goals quickly and effectively! And keep your head up sweety! :)

Azza Jamila - posted on 01/26/2011

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Try the plank position for 20 seconds, then lower yourself down. Do it for 5 minutes. It will make you core muscles stronger. Look for the "Plank Position" on Youtube, it's really easy to do.

Renee - posted on 01/24/2011

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I found the best way to lose my baby weight was going for walks. Granted my son was born in May...but I had one of those snugglie backpacks and I put my son in that and would go for walks. I actually lost all my pregnancy weight plus more. I am thinner now after having 2 kids then before I got pregnant in the first place. Unfortunately I think my stomach muscles are shot and I just can't get rid of the pouch stomach. My sister did pallotties (sp?) to get her pouch stomach smaller- she gained A LOT more weight than I did with my pregnancies.
I am 5'10" and 160lbs now but am in a size 6/8 pending on brand. I just have a muscular build-and muscle weighs more than fat. Before getting pregnant I was in a size 12/14. I was a size 10 when I got married.

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Ashlee - posted on 02/01/2011

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I was also 110 before my son. I was stuck at 117 up until recently. I'm down to 110 now. I used to be a size 2 but I am still a size 4. My hips are much wider after my son. I list the weight because I am training for my first half marathon. BUT..... I didn't focus enough on cross training. So I still have a pouch. So my advice to you is cardio, cardio, cardio AND abs. Cycling is killer! Pilates is phenomenal for your core. Watch what eat and you'll drop it in no time. Good luck!

Joy - posted on 02/01/2011

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I got the Basic (beginner) Zumba workout DVD and I'm now @ 140lbs & I'm about 5'7"! I have to get back on it so i can loose the last 10lbs but i weigh less than I did in high school (160lbs) plus 6 small meals a day (doesn't matter what it is, teddy grahams, oreos, yogurt, etc) will jump start your metabolism!! When i was doing both i went from 160lbs to 130lbs in a less than 3 months!!

Jenna - posted on 01/31/2011

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iam in the same baot! but we can do it! i have done it 2 times before so i know this third time i can do it!

Cathleen - posted on 01/31/2011

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It sounds like your almost where you want to be. You have a BMI of 21 according to your measurements which IS within normal range (which normal is pretty wacky these days) but if you would like to be smaller than there are lots of things you can do. Remember, everyone is different (you have a fussed spine...thats pretty different) and so not everything out there is for everyone. I am a personal trainer and so of course I would suggest that you hire a trainer to help you. I train clients online http://vieandconquer.com/ if that is something that will help you. I know it can be hard to find time as a new mother but it can be done! Best of luck.

Brianna - posted on 01/30/2011

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I got a wii fit and its great i do it for a hour every day during nap time also im eating healthier and ive lost 6 lbs in 2 weeks so far

Sarh - posted on 01/30/2011

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7/9 is a squeeze for me, if I don't eat then not so bad.... if I eat then my kagaroo pouch has become muffin tops. :(
Even 3.5yrs after having my daughter I still had the kangaroo pouch, then I got pregnant. After having my so I started a workout and looked/felt great, but got lazy.

Sarah - posted on 01/30/2011

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tehe, I also have child bearing hips.... would just like to be a 7/9. My son is 2.5 years old and I still have the kangaroo pouch and thunder thighs!

Taylor - posted on 01/29/2011

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If you have a supportive partner or even a friend...work out together. I am a full time student at our community college and I work out with my older sister. Also you should make a goal if it ain't possible to go out...do so many crunches a day. Every little bit helps. You go girl and good Luck : ]

Sarah - posted on 01/28/2011

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I divorced my abusive husband and lost 20 lbs from the stress. (Not the best diet plan, but good for life in general.)

Annick - posted on 01/28/2011

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i lost all of my baby weight and then some by going for walks everyday (during the summer months) and doing the elliptical. but, i must say that even after i had lost all of the baby weight, i still didn't have my pre-pregnancy body. i too am lucky to be slim, and i wanted my tummy gone! i signed up for bootcamp which was amazing!! i lost a total of 4.25 inches and love the way my stomach looks and how i feel now. we did alot of core exercise and muscle building exercises... not so much cardio. so i toned my body big time... which is probably what you're looking to do as well, since you're already a size 4! another thing i wanted to say to you was that i know that what really annoyed me was when people told me that i looked great and didn't need to lose anything... well i got fed up with that because i wanted to feel good about myself again. so even though you're probably hearing from everyone that you look great, do what you need to do so that YOU feel good about yourself! because it pays off :D good luck!!

Trish - posted on 01/27/2011

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I've been doing Wii fit and counting calories, I have lost 8lbs in about 3 weeks...for belly I suggest hula hoop on the fit or just stand and swing your hips....I saw results in just a couple of days from this...plus i do yoga on it too...i have a 1200 calorie diet daily and work off 500+ cals daily...I was 207lbs now im 199 my goal is 160 at most

Jessica - posted on 01/27/2011

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Working out! Lots of Cardio. Thats what I did.Still do.Yeah I totally agree with the whole "no dieting" business.I eat what I want , I just watch how much of it I am actually eating.GoodLuck!!

Jannelle - posted on 01/26/2011

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Cardio is great but if you're not toning you're going to have extra skin from the pregnancy. You may not have much being so small though so cardio might do the trick. Cardio is necessary for overall health but you still may need to tone your stomach muscles. If you can't do crunches or bending of that nature then I would follow Laura's advice and flex and release throughout the day.

Laura - posted on 01/26/2011

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I have had four kids and am expecting my 5th in June. I have always used a little trick my mom told me about when I got pregnant with my first at 19. She said while your doing laundry, feeding the baby, doing dishes, or anything else. flex your stomach, hold for about 10 sec. release and then do it again. My before pregnancy weight for this child was 130 lbs., I'm 5'9". So I don't thing that is too bad. also my mom used it with all four of her pregnancies and the last was twins and she is a size 5 right now, and still looks good in a bikini.

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2011

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Cardio is always the best way to loose weight go for walks or run. If you have a treadmill or elliptical or bike. Also if you watch your calories. After I had my girls I lost about 40 lbs. I did my elliptical I started of slow only 10 minutes then I would do it longer when it felt like it was getting to easy. Then I would only eat about 2,000 calories a day. I would eat a lot of fruit and veggies. Veggies are good to eat for dinner because they have less calories but they are filling. Eating food that is high in fiber and protein will make you fill full. It's hard but if you are that determined you could do it. I did it in about 2 months. Good Luck!

Karrie - posted on 01/26/2011

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With the concern of rods in your back try sitting on an exercise ball this makes you use your "core" it may or may not help with the pooch but walking is always a good way to loose some weight.

Berryessa - posted on 01/26/2011

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This may sound silly but my mother and i did "Just Dance 2" for the Wii console and saw improvement in a week. my daughters 4 months old and the pouch was really starting to get on my nerves lol.

Emma - posted on 01/26/2011

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just used a convertor its a size 6 gosh thats tiny you dont need to loose any am sure you look great! :)

Emma - posted on 01/26/2011

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what is size 4 in uk clothes? may be you dont need to loose the weight much may be you should concentrate more on the toning as size 4 sounds very slim anyway!

Robin - posted on 01/26/2011

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well here's my big problem actually, i can't do yoga or even a lot of pilates exercises because i have metal rods in my back and most of my spine in fused into one bone. so i can't do the stretching and bending type exercises.

Mimi - posted on 01/26/2011

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I also am lucky to be small, I weigh 107 and am a size 0. To get rid of the tummy pouch you have to do core excercises ie yoga, pilates, zumba is a great one. I wouldnt listen to the people that are talking about dieting though. It's unhealthy, eat whatever you feel you want just dont eat a whole pie if you crave apple pie.

Rachel - posted on 01/26/2011

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After baby #2, I walked up and down hills and did pilates. That is the best I've looked in a long time! I plan on doing that again, soon! My stomache muscles are shot so I'll probably start with Yoga and move into pilates after a while. Just had baby #4 and I'm ready to be losing weight already and only 1 1/2 weeks postpardum. And don't feel bad about wanting to lose weight. No matter how small a person is, they still want to be the size and shape they were. I also probably haven't been a size 2 since I was 2!!! LOL!!! At my best, I'm about an 8. Good luck!!!

Nicole - posted on 01/25/2011

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to lose weight its all about what you eat, how much you eat, and CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO. walks are great. going up hill raises heart rate which burns more calories. im trying to lose the last 10 lbs from my 3rd baby. so far its def an up hill battle cause i love food :)

Kristy - posted on 01/25/2011

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Drink lots of water, watch what you put in your mouth and go for a walk. Even if it is just 15 mins to the corner shop for bread, it all adds up.

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