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are you really fat or fat for you?
are you BF and your body is holding on to the weight?
are you eating too much or too little?
is 174 a lot for you, are you short or tall?
1500 may be too many calories. i am appalled at how little i can eat when i am trying to lose weight. you may need to shoot for 1200. it can make all the difference.
I just saw that this was your third kid. The third was what did it to me - my body changed forever and seemed to hold on to the weight much more than it did with the previous babies. I as at my lowest weight in my adult life shortly after baby #2, but after baby #3 no matter how hard I tried the weight wouldn't come off. And my body shape changed on top of it, so even if I did get back to my pre-pg weight, I don't think my clothes would have fit the same way.
I eat well - organic, local, whole foods. My problem is that I have an insane hunger because of BFing, so I consume a lot of calories to keep up. Exercise is hard for me to do while nursing because it effects my supply.
I don't really have advice for you. I'm in the same boat. My older sister had four kids and her body was pretty wrecked. She got into triathlon and she is super fit now, but she works out hardcore for hours every day. I think that serious workouts are what are required to get that fit after you've had so many kids and it's just not a lifestyle that is possible for most of us with little ones.
Eventually, one day when my kids are older, I'll get this weight off. For now I'm trying to give myself a little grace.
Hang in there, mama!
ETA - My target weight is 145. I am 5'9". I was 150 when I started the last pregnancy and got up to 190+ (I stopped caring because at two weeks overdue, who does?). After the baby I dropped down to 175 and am now at 167ish and have been there for about three months. I just can't lose past that right now. 20+ pounds to go is really depressing!