LOST MY WAY: I had my son 9 months ago... - Weight Loss Support

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I had my son 9 months ago and I assumed that all the weight that I gained would just fall off me by itself. This hasn’t happened surprisingly. I am still 2 stone 10lbs heavier than I was before falling pregnant. I feel horrible! As if my entire body shape has changed! I look at before and after pictures of myself and it looks like it should be the other way around! I always start the day with good intentions then end up with a “start again tomorrow” attitude. I find the idea of hardcore exercise so off putting. I’m to anxious to go to the gym by myself as it’s always full of spicy beefy boys, they aren’t looking at me but I feel like they are! I don’t even know what to do at the gym! I just use the equipment that I find less intimidating like the bike, treadmill or rowing machine. Baring in mind it’s veen 18 months since I last step foot in a gym! I used to also love swimming but feel like I can ask people to watch Him in an evening if they have watched him during the day while I’m at work.

This morning I’ve had a toffee apple porridge sachet with semi skimmed milk. I shared this with my son. Going into town for some Xmas shopping today. Maybe make a quick stop at Aldi for some food for meal prep. Anyone know of any freezer friendly healthy meals I could be making?

Apologies for the rant.

Thanks for reading x

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Hi Lauren2019

Meal planning sounds like a good idea to help you make a start. Eating the right amount of food and the right foods is more beneficial than exercise, although exercise at some point will help as well - but it doesn't have to be of the intensive type if you don't want!

Freezer meals - it depends on what your taste is but stews are a good one this time of year - packed full of veg.

Curries are a great one - as is anything mince based ... so a Bolognese, chilli, savoury mince.

Soups are great to make for lunches and also freeze well.

That's just a few off the top of my head which are staples for me, especially this time of year!

Hi. I have just joined this forum. I gave up smoking last year and was already quite overweight and was worried about it spirralling. Like you, I did not fancy a gym and did not want to join a class. My daughter lent me her Wii, which had a wifit board. I started off doing yoga and some of the easier excercises. It monitors your weight and BMI and lets you know how many calories you are burning. I have also bought 'My Fitness Coach' for the Wii, which is a workout personal to your own limits. These I do in my own home with the curtains closed. I did lose weight and felt a lot healthier. Regarding food; I find cooking from scratch is a good healthy way to eat. Soups, casseroles, stews, curries are all easy and great with no added sugars. And fun as well.

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You don't look horrible, I am sure, Lauren. You look like a mum who had a beautiful baby only nine months ago (not that long!) Your body shape will have changed, and most of us, unlike Posh Spice or Princess Kate, never actually completely regain our old body shape. This is particularly true if you had your baby after the age of 30. But you can and will lose all the weight gradually.

My advice (based on my daughter, aged 36, who had my gorgeous grandson 15 months ago) is go steady, take your time. If you are still feeding, that will help. I'm sure baby is on solids now and can start to share what you are eating. In my opinion (which would be backed up by most people on here) you should focus on what you eat and how much, and forget the exercise for now. Weight loss is about 10% exercise and 90% diet (and by diet I mean what you eat, nothing restrictive). As for meals for the freezer, buy yourself any of the Hairy Dieters cookbooks, or you can find a few of their recipes online without buying the books, but having a book helps you plan before you go shopping. I cook from these, and lost over a stone, counting the calories. They are usually for four people, and I put half in the freezer. It won't happen overnight Lauren, but if you start now, you can lose 1-2lb per week, and be two stone lighter by the spring. Good luck!

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13ValerieHealthy BMI

Well done Lauren

It takes time to adjust after having a baby. You're getting there now.

One meal at a time. You know what to do.

Best wishes to you ♥️

Stoozie profile image

well done for starting, my baby was nearly 4 before I kicked myself up the bum :)

I batch cook for my family of 6, and find a slow cooker great for this. I calorie count each meal using MyFitnessPal, then I can log it as soon as I defrost it, if that makes sense? ie 'root veg stew' 325 cals, and then just log my rice/couscous.

All the best!

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