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I am SO overweight!

I joined a gym, but have not yet stepped in the door. We are TTC baby #2 and I know I need to lose weight, but I can't find the motivation. I actually wore my maternity jeans over the weekend because  I liked how they looked with my blouse. Ouch! Am I the only one that can't find the motivation to work out?

Re: I am SO overweight!

  • I am really motivated but can never find the time! It is so hard to balance it all and still find time to work out!  I would need to exercise at 5am or 9pm to get it in and I am exhausted at both of those hours.  GL to you! Share your tips if you have success!
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  • I have always been one who needs to work out, so I make time for it no matter what.  What has helped me post-baby is that we bought a treadmill.  I will get on that sucker every night for an hour no matter what after DD goes to sleep. 

    Otherwise, if the weather is nice I will take DD for a 4 mile walk at least each evening.  I drink at least 100 oz. of water per day and count my calories. 

    I eat tons of veggies and fruit and do not eat after 7 p.m. and my only snacks are fruit.   You can do it!  You can.  You will feel better if you do work out.  It just makes such a difference! 

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  • It's hard! I did really well when I was on leave and when I first got back to work but about 2 months in I completely flaked out. I stopped exercising regularly, let soda and cookies creep back in my diet, etc. I had to start from scratch -- my old exercise routine (3-4 hours a week at the gym, yoga on Saturdays) just wasn't working with my schedule so I not do 15-20 minutes at home every other night. Here's an example: http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/workouts/workout-with-exercise-ball-00000000045486/index.html

    Also, be active when you socialize. My friend and I meet with the babies early on Sunday mornings for a 2 hour walk on a paved trail. It gives us a chance to get together, gets everyone outside and gets us some exercise. Before babies we would meet in coffee shops or bars once a week. This is much better for us. Smile

    I also involve DD in my exercise as much as one can involve a non-walking baby. If the weather cooperates, I put her in a back carrier and we go hiking. DH and I take turns swimming laps while the other holds her and cheers and we walk around the neighborhood and look at yards and dogs. I bounce on the exercise ball while holding her on my lap and we often dance together. When I'm not feeling motivated I remind myself that I'm trying to model how I want her to feel about exercising and being active -- it's fun, it's part of life and it isn't a chore.

    Good luck! You can do it.

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  • I have zero motivation to work out and even more so when I sit down and figure out how long it would take to lose any kind of significant weight from working out alone.  So, I try and muster up the motivation to eat better/diet and lose weight that way and figure that maybe at some point, once I'm actually losing weight, that might motivate me to work out.

    Kelly, Mom to Christopher Shannon 9.27.06, Catherine Quinn 2.24.09, Trey Barton lost on 12.28.09, Therese Barton lost on 6.10.10, Joseph Sullivan 7.23.11, and our latest, Victoria Maren 11.15.12

    Secondary infertility success with IVF, then two losses, one at 14 weeks and one at 10 weeks, then success with IUI and then success with condoms! Who would ever have guessed.

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  • Start out slow.  Even walking on your days off will give you more energy.  I started running/walking when DD was 9 months old and have just started to run 5K's.  I have a super supportive husband who watches DD when I work out for an hour 3 times a week with a running group.  Find a support system out there and I know you can do it!!!  Eat more veggies and fruit too - its a constant battle for me but your body will feel so much better :)  Good luck!! 
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  • I didn't take of any weight between baby 1 and 2. It was just too much for me. I joined weight watchers in the spring and I'm down about 20 pounds (with 35+ to go) with just watching what I eat. I don't work out still  but I am feeling better overall. I'm hoping next year I can fit working out in, particularly in the fall once both kids are in daycare full time.
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  • I started doing Lesley Sansone's walking/eating plan. It worked for me before, so I don't see why it won't now. The goal is to walk 2 miles a day (equivalent to a 30 min walk) and to modify your diet, drink more water, etc.

    I'll be honest, I was eating so much junk food before, it was so very bad. I literally went through our cabinets and threw out all the junk food this past weekend. I only kept pretzels and light popcorn. And then I stocked us up on fresh fruits, veggies and cheese.

    And DH and I made a pact to lose a collective 10 pounds by Thanksgiving (so about 5 lbs a piece in 4 w) - which should be doable.

    GL!

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  • Losing weight is 80% diet, and 20% exercise.  Since getting to the gym seems difficult, maybe you can try to work on the diet.  

    LO is almost a year old (next Monday) and it took me until this past July to light a fire under my butt to get going. (Lots of jealousy because my friends are all running half marathons and I wasn't fit for a 5k) I am finally down to my pre-prego weight and hoping to lose more.  Sometimes the motivation just has to hit you at the right time.  

    PS.  I was wearing maternity clothes until I could fit into my pre-prego clothes...that just happened a month ago. :/ For shame!

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