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Battlin' the Bulge
Posted 3:50 PM on Thu-20-Sep-2012
For a decade now I've been having this on and off battle with my body weight and I don't want to admit defeat -- yet.

After I got pregnant with my first child, I gained supposedly only 11kg on the scale, but looked like I added twice the weight. I wasn't able to lose much, save for maybe 2kg of water. Breastfeeding, and exclusively for the first 6 months should have helped me shed those unwanted kilos, but that didn't happen. My baby boy sucked like there was no tomorrow and left me drained and hungry in between feedings (when I wasn't nodding off to sleep). So I ate with a vengeance and had no energy to exercise.

2 years and 3 months later, I weaned by son off my breastmilk and went back to the gym. 2 months later, I was pregnant with my daughter and put on a bedrest due to spotting and early cramping.

I not only kept the weight, but added another 10kg and that stayed for another 2 years. By then, I was already 35 and got into public relations and corporate event management -- always in a hotel or posh restaurant, wining and dining the media and with clients.

I now need to lose 30kg to have a healthy BMI. alt

I've been on almost every popular diet out there and tried carb blockers and fat burners (natural and otherwise), with gym memberships that didn't go anywhere except trim my thighs. I'd lose as much as 8kg and then gradually gain them back in time. When you're a (working) mum, things go out of your control and all plans/schedules can go amok when they do. Including diets and exercise.

So I'm back at square one and hoping against hope that there is a true solution out there that can really jumpstart my weightloss and help me get fit and live long enough to be part of my kids's lives until they have kids of their own.
Posted by cherrytf

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cherrytf - 2:09 PM on Thu-18-Oct-2012  
Thanks dayaun!
dayauon - 2:07 PM on Thu-18-Oct-2012  
i like what someone said, love your bulges (if you cannot get rid of them hahaha!) because its a reminder of your journey to motherhood. however, i also believe that to be healthy is a what you said, so we all live long enough for our kids. Good luck and just don't be too hard on yourself.
TanesMummy - 11:01 PM on Fri-5-Oct-2012  
I havn't put a lot of weight on after my pregnancy, but I have parts that I can't stand and don't feel confident with anymore. Even with my partner. Like thighs! They say walk and run, I've tried that and exercise dvds etc. Im so unfit it's ridiculous. I thought of playing netball again but with 2 years of no exercise I almost died when I got half way round the block. I wish there was an easy (but safe) way for unwanted floppy, flabby, wobbly bits to just disappear! It's also hard because a lot of weight loss programs require a lot of dedication which can be hard with toddlers demanding your attention, plus work etc. you just don't have the time for yourself to do things! And they can also require quite a bit of money which again, with kids, you can't always spare! I guess it's just a matter of carrying on finding things to suit your life style and see what happens :( but sometimes it can be so unmotivating and you look in the mirror and just want to cry!!
cherrytf - 12:29 PM on Thu-4-Oct-2012  
Thanks theboysmummy. Let's work on getting control of our bodies together!
cherrytf - 5:22 PM on Fri-21-Sep-2012  
Thanks heaps!
thecoffeelady - 5:09 PM on Fri-21-Sep-2012  
the Cohen diet...... google it and see what you come up with. good luck!
cherrytf - 8:47 PM on Thu-20-Sep-2012  
Hey, that's mighty interesting. Look forward to getting more details about this from you. Cheers!
thecoffeelady - 8:42 PM on Thu-20-Sep-2012  
My sister has recently lost a lot of weight doing this diet based in Christchurch. It is hormone related and quite strict but works amazingly... it is done by a Dr, I will try and think of the name for you 'Dr something' anyway she lost about 20kgs in 6 months and the best thing about this one is it is designed specifically for you. You have blood tests and a book with your requirements for daily dieting. Works well but doesn't come cheap. Good luck. I was lucky enough to lose a lot of weight after having my baby as before that I was overweight.
cherrytf - 8:38 PM on Thu-20-Sep-2012  
Thanks heaps ladies. I'll check Weight Watchers when I get back from a 3-week overseas holiday (leaving on Sunday already). I aim to not put on weight at the very least by only eating fresh fruits for breakfast and walking as much as I can during the day.
thecoffeelady - 8:23 PM on Thu-20-Sep-2012  
I agree with SarahK that weightwatchers is excellent. I did a 10 week online course of WW and lost 7kgs, I didn't need to lose more at that time but I know going to meetings would of motivated me more.
SarahK - 8:18 PM on Thu-20-Sep-2012  
after having my second i also had 30kg to loose. it was the scariest thing!!! I honestly thought it couldn't be done. I joined weight watchers, set small goals of 5kgs a time. The first week was rather hard, but that week i also lost 2kg. it was slow going from there though. only about 500 - 700g a week. but after 30 weeks i was almost at my goal and I felt amazing. i have learned alot, and have managed to keep it off for 11 years nearly. well i did gain weight again for a short time, but i think being pregnant at the time is a good excuse :P i had no trouble loosing it after having her, i just used all the things i learned from ww and was back in my size 10 jeans 10 weeks after birth.
Im a working mum, and have found ww great for working in with work and busy family life :)
LIVINGLIFE - 7:05 PM on Thu-20-Sep-2012  
Have a look at Dr oz's website it is full of great info and little tricks to help kick start your metabolishm etc and it is the heatlhy things to lose weight and feel better.

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