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To just have no idea how to loose remaining baby weight?

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Robertalara Wed 26-Mar-14 14:00:34

Dc 2 is 11 months and I still carry too much excess weight. With my first baby most of the weight came off after about six months.

Granted, I did walk much more everyday after I had dc1, whereas now I drive mostly and don't work out. I don't eat a lot of crap, am still bf but feel very hungry in the evenings so have a bowl of shredded wheats or similar before going to bed. Dc2 is still waking for nightly feeds about a couple of times a night so I feel like I need some food before the night to handle the frequent waking.

My biggest 'sin' is eating dark chocolate I guess, which being so tired from broken sleep is a hard habit to break. I have a post section overhang too, which bothers me slightly less but I am feeling rather down on myself. I am a size 14-16 at the moment but used to be a 10-12.

Today a colleague asked if I was pregnant which I am not. hmm. Aibu to think this weight is never going to come off?

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Wed 26-Mar-14 14:17:00

Well I think you have answered your own question:-

you don't walk anywhere anymore
you don't work out
you snack on stuff like cereal and chocolate before bed

Start walking and moving more, cut out the snacking and that will make a massive diffference.

How much do you want to lose? MFP is great, maybe think about joining, log every thing you eat and see how you go.

The weight won't come off if you don't make an effort to change your habits.

MamaPain Wed 26-Mar-14 14:25:55

If you are still doing night feeds then don't overwhelm yourself.

What area would you prefer to work on first, exercise or diet. I like exercise so I would start with that and then try to find healthier snacks to replace my current snacks then probably try to cut out snacks all together.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Wed 26-Mar-14 14:29:08

The weight won't come off if you don't make an effort to change your habits. true and sure you know it. start concentrating on eating well, lots of fruit and veg, plenty of water, lean meat (veggie alternatives) fish, salads, cut down the treats and try to eat full meals during the day not just before bed. you can eat well and feel better about yourself as you get more energy, the best thing though would be a bit of exercise, go out with the buggy for walks, swim, even an exercise DVD at home. It will help you feel more energised and

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Wed 26-Mar-14 14:29:54

more able to tackle the sleepless nights.

BuntyCollocks Wed 26-Mar-14 16:08:04

I feel the same, except I'm 9 months further down the line! I'm still 9 lbs over my pre pregnancy weight, and I was a stone heavier than I wanted then anyway.

I've even been doing meal replacement and averaging <900 - 1000 cals a day and I'm losing nothing except my sanity.

Pissed. Off.

TravelinColour Wed 26-Mar-14 16:09:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Wheresmysocks Wed 26-Mar-14 16:14:50

I've always found exercise is the key.

I weigh less then I did before dd was born (7 weeks) but my body is a different shape. I'm wearing size 8 but my stomach is hideous!

I'm bf but need to do something asap as i can't tolerate how I look.

Dahlen Wed 26-Mar-14 16:21:38

Some weight will get easier to lose when you are sleeping better. Sleep deprivation encourages us to store fat. As does a diet high in sugar (chocolate and cereal).

Exercise will not only help you lose weight, but a fitter, healthier body can also help you cope better with broken sleep, so it will help in two ways.

My advice would be to start taking more exercise and ditch the cereals/chocolate snacks late at night. Protein often makes you feel fuller, so try replacing it with natural yoghurt or something.

Good luck.

eurochick Wed 26-Mar-14 16:30:34

I agree with betty. I was struck when reading your OP that you have already identified what you are doing wrong. The next step is to remedy that. G' luck.

QueenofallIsee Wed 26-Mar-14 16:34:35

I lost my baby weight following Low GI diet principles (Was 14st after baby No 4 and went down to and kept it off until I started eating mostly rubbish)...I have recently lost 2 stone (still losing but now down to just under 12st) on the Low Carb Bootcamp which is not vastly different

Can recommend Low GI eating for high energy and health but as with anything, you need to find some motivation

mumminio Wed 26-Mar-14 16:55:42

Eat your greens, and move more smile

Breastfeeding is exhausting, so don't be too hard on yourself. Are you drinking enough water? The hunger might actually be thirst.

Sovaysovay Wed 26-Mar-14 17:09:46

Ditch the Shredded Wheat - that's just sugary grain you'll burn through too fast. Eat protein. Walk more places. Smaller portions.

It is really hard when you're tired, through, as you feel you need to survive on the sugar-hits of junk food or you'll fall asleep on the spot. I only started to tackle the weight once DD was sleeping through, but it's dropped off now that I'm paying attention to it (no junk, less carbs, no white carbs, more protein, weightlifting.)

Tiredtomybones Wed 26-Mar-14 17:53:25

Any tips on losing the c-section overhang? I put on 17lb in my pregnancy, and it's mostly back off but I have a shelf that wasn't there before. I walk for about an hour a day at a good pace and eat a healthy (vegetarian) diet with very few snacks or treats. Will my shelf just disappear in time??

specialsubject Wed 26-Mar-14 17:55:10

the time you eat doesn't matter, there's no magic clock in your stomach.

it is input versus output. But a demanding baby, don't push it too hard.

fuckwittery Wed 26-Mar-14 18:04:42

Go totally sugar free for a bit (2 week detox) and then gradually reintroduce occasional treats like dark chocolate but break the every day habit. You will feel like shit initially but I promise it is so worth it. I am still waking 3 x a night with my 5m baby but the sugar detox (took a couple of unsuccessful goes before I managed it) and healthy eating now means I don't have that horrendous energy slump and need to stuff myself with sugary foods whenever I'm tired. I now eat lots of nuts and seeds as snacks and massive bowl of porridge for breakfast. Greek yoghurt and berries instead of sugar added yoghurt. No squash, fruit juice or fizzy drinks, water with lemon only. Lots of eggs. I got a buggy board for my toddler and a pedometer and walk everywhere. I calorie count on my fitness pal app but look to achieve a weekly average rather than depriving myself every day. I still have occasional treats but no cravings. I do a buggy fitness class twice a week. Have lost more than 20lbs of baby weight since January and it's been pretty easy once I stopped the sugar!

NoodleOodle Wed 26-Mar-14 18:06:46

Do you have any support? Generally, we all know the principles of healthy eating and loosing weight, most of the difficulties come from motivation. I suggest keeping an honest and accurate food diary for two weeks and start from there. Write down not only what you are eating but also why, eg hunger, boredom, finishing a meal that would otherwise be binned. You'll know what to do once you have an accurate picture of what you're currently doing.

Make one change a week, and stick to it, make the next change once the first one has become habit, or moving towards coming that way. Doing things or making changes too quickly will typically result in the yo yo diet syndrome, scuppering your metabolism and thwarting future efforts. Keep writing in the food diary once you've starting making changes, write down what difficulties you had, if any, making any of the changes, and what worked to overcome it - this will help when you feel frustrated, you can look back through it and see how far you've come, and get ideas of how to deal with difficulties from what has previously worked.

Be kind to yourself, healthy is the best goal, in mind and in body.

Ubik1 Wed 26-Mar-14 18:07:18

Are you able to fit in exercise class a few times a week? I would start with that. You are snacking because you are tired but I think that if you git a bit fitter you may not feel so tired.

Also it's early days, and tough with small children, sometimes you need chocolate.

fuckwittery Wed 26-Mar-14 18:08:30

Tiredtomybones can you get to a Pilates class or a post natal exercise class? If not, do you know how to do a plank? Do them up against a wall, sofa, on the floor watching telly, on the side of the cot while shushing your baby, any chance you get, hold for up to 60s, best exercise for tightening your core and getting rid of the overhang! Had 2 sections and planking all the time is really working for me (although I look like a bit of a plonker smile)

brettgirl2 Wed 26-Mar-14 18:13:16

yanbu dd2 is now 2 blush . I'm now forcing my additional stone off via weightwatchers. gawd knows why I didn't do it a year ago hmm

ImAThrillseekerHoney Wed 26-Mar-14 18:13:35

Downloading a pedometer onto your phone might help with motivating yourself to walk more.

LateBear Wed 26-Mar-14 18:16:49

Fuckwittery are you still bf? What calorie goal do you set in mfp? I am really trying to get off sugar too - I seem to have a daily pig out at about 4pm, huge appetite. Currently Bfing a 3 month old. OP it's hard isn't it?

fuckwittery Wed 26-Mar-14 18:29:35

Latebear I'm only doing one breastfeed a day now, so have stopped adding my bf cals in, I seem to be doing ok at 1200 cals a day as long as I add my exercise cals on and eat lots of good fats. On MFP it looks like I'm eating way more than the recommended fats per day on the nutrition breakdown but I have found this is the way to stay full and not overeat (veggie as well)

PenguinDancer Wed 26-Mar-14 18:30:33

Eat less, move more.

It is as simple as that, and yet so hard to actually do grin

Forgotmytiara Wed 26-Mar-14 20:29:17

Oh, lots of great and kind posts. Thank you smile flowers. Too bone tired to respond in more detail right now but will in the morning.

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