body changes and not to happy bout it...

Sam - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i was petite before i had my son. i wasnt a zero or 2 i was like 7-9. while i was pregnant i gained 80 pounds!!!! since my son was born 2 years ago.. ive lost 20 pounds only to gain 15 back... and i havent been happy with my apperance. i use to waer cute clothes and shorts no i wear loose fitting clothes and capris and jeans. i have tons of strech mark from head to toe. i tried dieting diet pills walking(which i still do) and i cant seem to lose the weight... its really depressing me..i dont know what to do..

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Jamie - posted on 09/15/2009

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Diet pills do nothing, and while walking is good for you, you need to really get your heart going and cardio pumping to lose any calories. And you have to burn more calories a day then you eat. So you have to not only watch what you eat but how much. My husband managed to keep his breakfast and lunch under 250 claories total then allow 500 calories at dinner. he managed to lose 50lbs in just 6 weeks, after he got the bulk of the weight off he started working out and biking a couple hours a day. Its low impact which he needs for his foot.



If your serious about weight loss you have to make a life style change, not a fad diet.

Esmeralda - posted on 09/15/2009

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have you tried doing the cycle or elliptical machine?

or even taking an arobics/cardio class 3 times a week would be great!

(i know as a mommy,we dont get much time,but if you can find someone to watch your son for an hour 3 times a week,that would help tremendously!)



plus,are you doing a low carb diet? not NO carb,just low carb?



good luck!

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Nicole - posted on 09/18/2009

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I can totally relate!! I was around 125 when I got pregnant with my first and gained 75 lbs! I topped out right at 200. After he was born I was able to drop about a total of 25 and got pregnant with my second. That time I only gained 25, but still ended up at 200 (because I started so much higher.) My youngest just turned 5 and I am finally getting to the point where I'm almost happy with my body again. I started about 18 months ago and have made my way down to 135. Yes, I have a ton of stretch marks still and my belly is definitely my "problem area" but overall, I'm starting to get back to where I was.

I wanted to find a way to work out at home, cuz I have 2 boys and we can't afford a gym. So I bought a Gazelle. I love it! I'd seen the infomercials with Tony Little but when I came across it at Kmart for $80, I figured I'd give it a try. For about the past 1.5 years now, I've worked out 30-45 minutes per day at least 4 (usually 5 or 6) days a week. I DVR TV shows I like and work out while I catch up on my favorites and the boys play. I also started tracking my calories (only actually kept a "journal" for about 2 months, but it helped a ton!) Once I was able to see how much "snacking" I was doing, I was able to cut it out.It wasn't easy and it wasn't fast, but it's been consistent and I feel like I can keep it off. It took me almost 4 years to even get started, but it was SO worth it in the end. Now I'm working on taking off those last few pounds and toning. It seems impossible, but you can do it!

Miranda - posted on 09/18/2009

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What I did to lose the weight was while my daughter would be sleeping, I'd do jumping jacks, run in place, speedy squats, walk up and down the stairs..anything I coiuld think of. I also eliminated pasta, icecream and pizza from my diet for a few months until my stomach shrunk back. Those were my "problem foods". If you REALLY want to lose the weight, you might think of the three things you eat most often, and limit yourself to only having the recommended serving size once a week. {unless of course your favorite foods are carrots and apples} :) And as lame as it sounds, I did those work out videos that were hand me downs from my mom toward the end to lose the last few pounds. I was a size zero or one before the baby, and I'm now back down to a 1 or 3. Although 0 sounds crazy, I'm really short95 foot 1 inch)and not big boned. I wasn't annorexic skinny or anything, I have curves. lol. Just so you know you're not being advised by some stick or something. And plus, now that my daughter is up and moving and all, she likes to either laugh at me while I jump up and down losing the weight she made me gain, or she does it with me! lol. Any little bit of exercise helps, even if you're jamming out and dancing around to Blue's Clues! Good luck, and don't rush yourself! (But I know several people who have tried diet pills and been unsuccessful, so you should probably just invest in some new clothes for when you do lose the weight!!) and wear what you're comfortable in, but anyone that matters shouldn't care what you look like or how you weigh, as long as you're a good mom. Oh, and stretch marks aren't a bad thing. My man calls them beauty scars because I was so worried about him being unattracted to me. I think it's a sweet, smart nickname! Good luck!!

Allison - posted on 09/18/2009

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Find a gym that has child care and then going to the gym will be easy, and not depressing because you can't find anyone to watch the kids. My gym has playcare and both my girls go, I'm due in 6 weeks for my third and I ride the bike for 60mins and do weights for 30mins. Stay positive, if you see what you accomplished already and don't worry about what you have left to go. You can do it.

Valerie - posted on 09/18/2009

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Take Jamie Massie's and Jamie Webb's advice. I promise it will work!! I'm doing it myself after 4 kids, and have noticed wonderful results!! Good luck.

Brittany - posted on 09/18/2009

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Drinking green tea and taking green tea supplements helped me lose weight after I had my son, it's also good for your skin. Mederma and also cocoa butter lotion helped lighten my stretchmarks a bit.

Lucy - posted on 09/18/2009

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Sam,

With my first baby, my doctor gave me the best advice with my first visit. You put it on, you gotta take it off. That was 6 children and 29 years ago. The women in my family have always had to struggle with their weight so I'm not a tiny little thing. I'm 5'9" and comfortably wear anywhere from a size 12 to a size 16, depending on the store that the item came from. With my height, I'm slender but try not to get carried away on letting myself go.



I love sweets and know that they're hard to give up so I compensate with keeping myself involved in activities that keep me mobile. I know that if I'm not in a mobile state that I would definitely have to cut back on the comfort foods, and it is okay to wear comfortable clothes. As for the stretch marks--they do take time.



There are cute clothes out there when we have to carry some extra unwanted weight around--you just may have to look for them. But, feeling comfortable is a very important thing. I know that after one of my boys' were born the extra weight made it very uncomfortable to walk up and down the stairs and I didn't like this feeling so I made an effort to work a little harder that time. One of the things that I do is something as simple as parking at the back of the parking lot when I go shopping, making me walk a little farther to and from the car. I use sweetners instead of sugar, but remember not to do that while you're pregnant or breast feeding.



When the body weight isn't dropping off immediately, go have your hair done or get a facial and/or manicure. When you're craving comfort foods, satisfy your craving--get it out of the way--just don't do it day after day after day. Eat popcorn instead of chips. Definitely get some healthy snacks into the mix of your day--even it the budget may be limited--popcorn is still relatively cheap. Drink water instead of pop or juice. Incorporate juices, ice cream, pies, etc. into your daily calorie count.



Everything has some nutritional value--you just have to check the label to see how much you can vary one way or another. Speaking of labels--CHECK THEM. Also, there are some sweets out there that have some very good nutritional properties to them such as dark chocolate covered pomegranates.



Change your mindset--look for the good in foods--not as comfort, but as a nutrient. Eat to live, don't live to eat--well, maybe sometimes ;). Know your body--when it's that time of the month--a women's body has cravings--recognize those cravings.



Drink herbal teas with antioxidants and extra water to flush your body. All of the advise given to you, whether from your mom, your best friend, or from a nutrition article--take, at least, a little something from them. Something from what they say will help and you'll recognize it, even if it's after-the-fact.



Most of all--cheer up! You've got a wonderful little boy that needs a cheerful mom and when you're happy on the inside then you become beautiful on the inside. And, when you're beautiful on the inside, you become beautiful on the outside. So, hang in there.

~Lucy

Jamie - posted on 09/15/2009

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Journal... it really does make a difference. Write down everything that you put in your mouth, count your calories and exercise. Good luck

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