Anyone recently had a baby and want a support thread for losing weight?

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MsFiremanSam Sat 04-Jan-14 23:52:06

Wondering if any new mums want to support each other in losing weight. I know there are a lot of new year weight loss threads at the moment but hoping to find others with similar goals - I'm 4 months post partum and breastfeeding so not keen on extreme dieting and too sleep deprived for extreme exercise!

I've got at least a stone to lose but ideally want to lose another half as well.

Anyone in the same boat?

HappyGoLuckyGirl Sun 05-Jan-14 01:45:13

Oh God yes, me.

I'm 6 months post-partum and need to lose just over 2.5st.

I feel like a huge fat mess. I bought some size 14 bum and tum jeans in the George sale last week and they wouldn't even button up. I was so upset. sad

I joined slimming world on Thursday because I really want to slim down before going back to work in April.

If you don't want to do an extreme diet then maybe SW could be for you too? I was surprised about all the foods I can still eat and the amount I'm allowed!

I'll definitely be your weight loss buddy. thanks

MsFiremanSam Sun 05-Jan-14 10:32:13

Hi HappyGoLuckyGirl,

Great to have a weight loss buddy! Can identify with the huge fat mess feeling. Only just packed my maternity clothes away and still nowhere near fitting into my 'normal' clothes - living in leggings and stretchy jeggings at the mo. Have no idea what's fashionable anymore and when I've been shopping have looked at vast array of small strange clothes in horror! Need a total makeover!

Not sure I could manage SW. I tend to adopt a haphazard approach to weight loss really, not keen on being restricted to certain foods. Been using MyFitnessPal - just to see how much I'm actually eating - walking and doing the Shred. Gained 3 stone 4 llbs in pregnancy (the shame) and lost 10llbs in delivery then another stone or so since, very slowly.

Due back at work June/July so aiming to lose just over a stone to get back to pre-preg weight, tho would like to lose a bit more really. Be interested to see how you get on with SW. Are you going to the meetings as well?

Started off well today with porridge for breakfast...unfortunately there's still remnants of Christmas chocolates to deal with..!

Congrats on your baby smile

angeltattoo Sun 05-Jan-14 20:51:27

Hi ladies,

I had DD in April, and am a big fat fattie. I have set myself the goal of losing my baby weight by April this year, as after DD is one it's not baby weight, it's just fat - at least that's what I'm telling myself.

I didn't put on too much weight when pg, although was overweight to begin with, but the combination of morning sickness and no wine meant that I actually lost weight at first.

BUT since giving birth, and BF, my goodness, the hunger! I hoover cake, and I never even ate cake before :-(

I want to be back in my old clothes as nothing fits. Cutting out/down on alcohol and using myfitnesspal is where I'm starting.

Can I join you?

Cakeismymaster Sun 05-Jan-14 22:15:48

Hi ladies, I will join you!
Am nearly identical to the OP - 4 month old baby, a stone to lose but preferably 1.5 and still breast feeding.
Previously had good results on low carb and restricting food intake (controlling hunger) but currently appetite is outpf control! No time for exercise other than walking with pushchair. Dd doesn't sleep thru so coffee tea etc needed for energy boosts..
Did a weigh in on Saturday, diet starts tomorrow. Weekly weigh ins on Friday morning - I use nhs bmi tracker app on iPhone to keep record of weight.
Would like to lose a stone by feb half term - plan is carbs at breakfast allowed, lunch light and low carb, dinner very low carb and control portion sizes. No more chocolate binges and cut down on beloved cake :-((

niknak888 Mon 06-Jan-14 07:48:55

Hi ladies! I'll join. I'm 6 weeks postpartum now, I have two kids, newborn DS and 2 year old DD. After my first pregnancy I put on 1.5 stone. I've put on another stone after this pregnancy taking me to 13 stone sad. I'm getting quite depressed about it all and just want to make sure I seta healthy good example for my kids, especially DD. I'm still in maternity clothes and my size 16 coat won't zip up anymore sad. I refuse to buy another one though and am determined to lose the weight.

Since it's still early days since having DS I'm going to start with davina post natal DVD and tracking calories on MFP. I'm hoping to add in some swimming in the evenings and walking at the weekend as a family. On a f

niknak888 Mon 06-Jan-14 07:52:56

Posted too soon....
In a few months if like to start a couch to 5k. Not figured out yet where I'll find the time to fit all this in especially in my sleep deprived state but I'm hoping it'll work out. I breastfeeding as well so hopefully that should help!

Today's plan: eat sensibly, drink lots of water and exercise DVD this eve once DD is In bed.

For those BF, how many calories are you aiming for a day?

Juvenilesuccess Mon 06-Jan-14 08:14:02

I'm in!

Also 4 month post-partum. It's not so much loosing my pregnancy weight gain but the weight I've put on since DD arrived.I tried on one of my maternity tops the other day and it was too small on the arms. Another one wondering what it is I should be wearing.

I'm going to try and see how I get on just eating healthy and doing a bit of exercise to begin with and if that doesn't work will consider signing up to a proper diet.

I'm breast feeding (what happened to magically loosing the weight?!) and struggling to find time for myself at the moment but hoping that exercise will give me a push to get out of house without baby!

Juvenilesuccess Mon 06-Jan-14 08:23:08

Aims for today: drink plenty of water, don't eat crap, hour walk and 30 sit ups. Might put shred DVD in just to see what it's all about. Weigh myself at boots. Need to download some of these apps too!

tortoisesarefab Mon 06-Jan-14 10:36:15

Can i join? Dd is 6 months old and ds is 22 months. I have put on over 2 stone since getting married not even4 years ago! Looking at wedding photos is both depressing and motivating.
I have 2 beautiful children yet i have no photos of them with me that i like. I look huge on all of them and have decided enough is enough. I plan to do weight watchers and go to the gym. Ambitious maybe with 2 little ones but i have to try.
Plan for today is to just stick to weight watchers. Dd isnt well so i cant go out walking today but i plan to walk everyday

HoratiaDrelincourt Mon 06-Jan-14 11:49:11

Yes please! DC3 is 8wo so no hurry except that we have a family wedding in spring/summer (date not yet confirmed) and I don't want to look like the proverbial sack of spuds! grin

Put on three stone during pgy, but was already a stone over normal weight which is half a stone over ideal weight ... so although I've lost nearly two stone of the pgy weight I've still got a way to go.

Will hang around for tips but in the meantime drinking plenty sounds good.

Cakeismymaster Mon 06-Jan-14 12:07:19

I think I'm going to aim for 1200 calories a day of which there is minimum carbs. Lots of fresh stuff instead of processed. Having lost 3 stone before I found it all about the food and much less about the exercise if you see what I mean.
Agree that bf ing doesn't cause weight loss but looking at it if I wasn't bf'ing then I would have piled on lots of weight by now..have been the sane weight since 4 weeks post partum.

tortoisesarefab Mon 06-Jan-14 13:09:59

I agree cake i have tried just getting out and walking loads, sometimes for 2 hours a day but its not enough. I plan to go to the gym to tone up though because that makes me feel slimmer quicker. I must admit i feel lighter already (day 3) but i am putting that down to eating loads less carbs. We will do this!!!

MsFiremanSam Mon 06-Jan-14 13:32:48

Hi everyone,

Great to have lots of company on this thread. Interested in the low carbing as I have IBS as well. Anyone got any good ideas for meals? Pasta is a bit of a staple in our house.

I'm really confused over the bf thing - some say you don't need any extra calories at all, some say up to 500 more. Personally I think it makes it harder for me to lose weight and I didn't lose the last stone with DS until I stopped bf. Have ebf DD so far and seem to be carrying most of the weight around my middle, which isn't where I usually put it on.

I've put 1700 as my target on mfp, and added 300 for bf, which had resulted in slow steady loss so far. Also trying to burn 400 or so through exercise. Reading your targets tho, is that too many calories?

Just been shopping to try to pick up a couple of new tips in the sale - epic disaster. Tried on a large in Oasis - massive arms and too tight in huge bf boobs. No clothes fit me! hmm

MsFiremanSam Mon 06-Jan-14 13:34:04

*tops, not tips!
Sorry for all the mistakes - on my phone!

Helspopje Mon 06-Jan-14 13:36:25

I am on MFP
BFing a 7mth old, 5ft10, 5*5km/wk and have a target of 1500/day.
1 stone up, but the lbs are stubborn to come off whilst feeding. I have had barely 1000 net days and the rate of loss is painfully slow.

angeltattoo Mon 06-Jan-14 14:44:44

Hi All,

I have set up MFP with an aim of 1500 calories per day - it should be less but hoping that BF means I can eat a bit more? Will start with this and lower if I need to.

I am also trying for January to be alcohol and take away free...hmmmmm.

Aiming to get back into my old clothes and work clothes as a first stop. Weighing in on Wednesday!!!

jimblejambles Mon 06-Jan-14 14:51:07

Ooh can I join please?
I had dd in May and need to lose about 2.5 stone. I go back to work in March and my uniform doesn't fit.
Have restarted mfp today

Mrswellyboot Mon 06-Jan-14 14:56:19

I would love to join in too. I have done well at losing some of the baby weight but had a good bit on before I got bpf and it does get me down. I am living in baggy jeans and long cardigans and reluctant to buy clothes yet.

I always had weight on hips and thighs, now it's upper arms and tummy too.i go to ww. I like it but preferred the old points way.

I went off the rails but back on track since New Year's Day. Cut out sugar, not touched a biscuit. Woke starving this morning a five am! That's no good.

Cakeismymaster Mon 06-Jan-14 15:23:41

firemansam same here re it all going on the middle - I'm not too unhappy with arms (possibly toned from carrying 15lb baby around half the day?!) and legs bit tummy is just bleurgh. Can get some jeans on but can't do up button (whereas before the thighs would be the prob)
It's only the first week for me but have done a meal plan, and when I did low carb before had things like: omelettes and salad, stir frys, slow roast pork and veg, beef stews and veg, spag Bol with courgette ribbons instead of pasta, chicken currys with cauliflower rice or spinach instead of rice. Dinners I don't find a prob but struggle with finding something low carb for lunch - I used to end up eating cheese,not bothering at all or having a protein shake..
I am a real scale addict though so will find it hard not to peek till Friday!
Has anyone here stopped or cut down on bf and notice that helped with weight loss?
Also no periods returned for me yet either, no idea if that means anything water retention wise..

HappyGoLuckyGirl Tue 07-Jan-14 08:49:00

How are we all doing ladies?

Have we managed to stick to our small goals? drinking more water, walking for 30 mins, exercise dvd, etc?

Anyone had any slip ups and needs support?

I've been doing SW since Friday last week and I love it so far! I can eat as much pasta as I want grin The hardest thing for me is making myself eat breakfast. And I'm aware that skipping breakfast is one of the cardinal sins of dieting. sad

I hope you're all doing as well as you want to, I think baby steps are definitely the way forward.

Patilla Tue 07-Jan-14 09:38:13

Can I join please? DD is nearly 9 months so might he pushing the "had a baby recently" but she sleeps poorly and am still bfeeding so still feel in baby world!

Started on ww in june and have lost 3 stone well lost 3.5 stone but put an epic 7 pounds on over Christmas

Battling to get back on track but DD has been unwell and it's hard not to eat out of tiredness.

I also have an unquenchable sweet tooth when bfeeding so that's always a battle and I swear that I hold onto a few pounds until I stop bf.

I've got another 10 pounds to go before in BMI but really want to lose another 1.5 stone in total. The big plan over Christmas was to start an evening exercise DVD as after two cs my stomach is trashed and the muscles are very weak which causes me backache. Unfortunately I got ill so not started it yet but hope to next week one DD has recovered and starts sleeping a little bit

MsFiremanSam Tue 07-Jan-14 11:17:39

Morning everyone,

Welcome Patilla smile well done on your amazing weight loss so far! How did you do it? Did you follow a plan, or just healthier eating in general? Agree about bf making it hard to lose weight - and the sweet tooth! Afternoon coffee and cake is my survival mechanism!

Done well with exercise this week / DVDs Sunday and yesterday, and an hours walk this morning. Went to Holland and Barratt and bought some healthy snacks, seeds for porridge etc. unfortunately come down with yet another cold tho so feeling a bit rubbish hmm. Immune system is useless and can't take usual echinacea while bf.

How's everyone doing?

MsFiremanSam Tue 07-Jan-14 11:19:23

Also Patilla I'm doing core exercises from the MuTu system - narrowed my stomach gap from 4 to 2 fingers so far.

Patilla Tue 07-Jan-14 11:41:16

What's the MuTu system please?

They checked my stomach gap and said its fine but that my lower abs are very weak. And that was the end of my NHS advice!

I think that probably contributed to the pgp/spd I had during pg which started my unfitness when it stopped me walking more than ten metres!

Funnily enough I was fitter when heavier before pg than I am now.

I was going to dig out a pregnancy fitness DVD I got but couldn't do due to spd but I think it has a post delivery section. I used to do Jillian Michaels Shred but I'm a long long way off that level of exercise!

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