February 2013 Moms

still haven't lost 1lb

No thyroid problem, just fat. vegetarian for 20 years, even went vegan 6 weeks post partum. no soda, or cake, candy etcever. i am 5 lbs lower than 9 months pg. Sorry for brevity errorstyping from phone, but anyone at all in this boat??
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Re: still haven't lost 1lb

  • When I was vegan I had to work to hit 1200. Still nothing! I am 5'5" and weighed 137 prepregnancy. 150 or 155 was high for me previously.
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  • Thank you very much for trying to help me out!
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  • I would say be patient with yourself. The whole 9 months on, 9 months off thing. Are you able to take walks with the baby? Are you working out? You might just need a kick-start followed by tracking your calories. I know it's not easy, but it can be done. I lost 40 pounds leading up to my wedding three years ago, and kept it off until I started TTC. I now have about 10 more to go to get to my pre-TTC weight. Good luck!
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  • I'm similar to you except my normal PP was 145 to 150lbs. I've been a vegetarian for 13 years and I've tried Vegan but I can't stick with it especially not since I'm BFing. Currently I'm 165. I gained about 50 lbs while pregnant and it's been a pain to lose anything so I feel ya. I aim to eat 1500 calories to lose 1 lb and week and about 1200 to lose 2 lbs a week. However I generally need to get some exercise in there to get the weight loss going. I try to walk or run 3 times a week and it seems to be working. I've slowly started to lose some weight. Keep at it. I've given myself until Christmas to lose the weight. If I don't manage, I won't be mad at myself, I'll just keep working at it. GL!
  • Are you really bloated? If you can't lose weight on 1200 kcal then something is not right. Are you actually counting calories or just estimating? 
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  • Thank you all. I used to LOVE going to the gym but with 3 kids would have to get up at 4am. We live on a rural hwy, so a little scary but maybe when the kids go back to school. Thank you ALL and gl to you too!
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  • Where are you getting your carbs? Not all calories are created equal...
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  • 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!

        
  • Another thought for you - the vegan thing.  I was a vegetarian for over a decade of my life and started eating meat due to health reasons after #1 was born.  I have found that the more protein I eat, the easier it is to lose weight.  It's really hard to get good sources of protein on a vegan diet, so that could be part of it for you. 
        
  • It's possible that you're eating more than you think also.. People grossly overestimate what an actual portion of an item is. I try to spend a few weeks every so often actually measuring/weighing things out to keep it all in perspective.
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