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Moms Talk: Losing the Baby Weight!

Summer is just around the corner ... are we ready?

A friend recently confessed to me she is having trouble shedding the pounds she gained from her second born. Breastfeeding isn't working as some claim it does, and she would like to avoid a membership to Weight Watchers.

Personally, I weighed less those first six weeks after delivering than I do today. However, muscle weighs more than fat. So while the scale read low, my pants size was double. If only I could get to the weight with the muscle of those early six weeks, or even 10 pounds lighter!

We all see the Hollywood moms slim down to smaller than prebirth weight in as little as three weeks, but we can't afford personal trainers, nannies and chefs. How do we do it? If you've lost the weight without a struggle, we want to know how. And if you're still hiding your waistline under your belly band, we want to hear from you too!

Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:07 PM
I have found, as studies have claimed, that breast feeding helps shrink your stomach.
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Breastfeeding worked for me, too. But I think what helped the most was being in shape before preganancy and staying in shape during pregnancy. I did yoga up until the day I went into labor, and I was back to my pre-preganancy weight within days of giving birth.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I enjoy being outside, so I would try to stay active by walking and gardening.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I wasn't that fortunate
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:14 PM
I breast fed and thy definitely helped kick off the start of getting back to shape. I drank plenty of water needed for breast feeding as well as weight loss and by the three month after giving birth mark, I returned to the gym. It was hard, and I still struggle with loss of firmness in my stomach.
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:15 PM
I don't think of it as good fortune. I think of it as hardwork. The last thing I wanted to do while I was 9 months pregnant was exercise, but I new it would be beneficial in the long run. Being in shape helped during labor too. I have heard that the second pregnancy and birth can be a lot different. Now that I have son to look after, I don't think I'd have time to do yoga everyday if I were to get pregnant.
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Me too. And that's the thing. I might weight the same as I did before pregnancy, but the consistency of my body is different. I've got a lot more jiggle going on.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:18 PM
I think it does get harder with the second, and as your baby grows...
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:22 PM
It's a simple math equation, you burn more than your taking in. However, things become harder as your baby grows and say, doesn't want to rid ein the stroller, but wants to walk. Its important that you let that child walk and explore, and suddenly you find yourself moving at snails pace as you follow around those waddeling legs through the grass. We're busy all day long, but not at the pace of burning a huge amount of calories. We're feeding baby, doing dishes, folding laundry, but we don't have our heart rate up enough to burn more than we're taking in. To hit that high level of cardiovascular need, we have to make it happen by taking an hour out of the day to hit the gym or go for a run, but an hour out the day just for oursleves? Thats impossible to find!!!
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Thinking back, I realize that I was doing a lot of walking right after my son was born. It was spring, so I'd take him out in the stroller or carrier. We'd walk for an hour, sometimes more. I think that probably helped burn some of the calories from the monstrous meals I was eating--breastfeeding made me sooo hungry! I think I read that breastfeeding burns 400 calories a day, but you're also still "eating for two."
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:26 PM
That's exactly where I'm at, Lindsay! My son is Mr. Independent these days. I know some women who can squeeze in a half hour or hour of exercise at home after their child goes to sleep, but not me! When the day's over, I'm too tired to do much. Plus, I don't want to boost my energy by exercising right before bed.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Yes, the time of year your baby is born greatly impacts your fitness level! In the dead of winter, we're not always willing to take a 6 lb newborn out into the cold to get to a mall to walk around in. They can't go to the local pool until at least 6 months of age, and even then the inhalation of chlorine chemicals is warned against. Spring is great, and walking with a stroller is a great way to get moving, but as I said, the stroller days can be limited. My 3 yr old son is done with strollers, so now my sister in law and I have worked out very strategic plans for visits to the park, taking turns watching all the kids so we can alter walking/running. But my clingy 3 yr old? We'll see how long he allows me to do that.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Location of your home is another barrier to losing the weight. If you live in a subdivision, walking is much more do-able as opppose to someone living off a busy street. For the past 6 years, I have made it my weekly goal to get up to the gym at least 4 times a week. THere are months when I am so busy, or my husband is so busy at work and cant get home in time, it just doesnt happen. These days I try to fit in a dvd work out, but again, with kids little under me feet while I'm trying to finish my pilates, is a tough one. When I do get to the gym, I feel wonderful! That feeling can't be beat! And the much needed break rejuvenates me for another day.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Eating right goes hand and hand with exercising when trying to get into shape. There are still people out there eating white bread and pasta. Our bodies break down and utilize whole grains, where as with white breads are made mostly of sugar. A great habit to kick off weightloss is switching to whole grain. Another easy switch is from pop to water. Don't like the blandness of water? Try mixing it with a shot of v8 tropical juice. I stay away form artificial sweetners, because they can bloat you, and "trick" you into thinking you've saved on some calories causing a potential binge later.
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:35 PM
I was just thinking the same thing. Losing the weight isn't so much about vanity as it is about feeling good. Even when I don't exercise all month then exercise one time, I feel awesome--and I know I don't look any different after that one-time session. When I've had the time to exercise several times a week, I feel like a better person, which makes me feel like a better mom. It lengthens my fuse.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I try to squeeze in that hour while my sons naps, but I will say this. I am behind on laundry, dishes and by the time my husband gets home, I'm cranky and exhausted at being up since 6:30 am with no break from the kids except for 1 hour where I ran a few miles. At what point is what I'm doing healthy, and at what point is it considered running myself ragged? And after all this, I still have the jiggle!
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Good points, Lindsay. And I like the idea of adding a shot of juice to water. The eating well thing can work during pregnancy too. I think a lot of women use pregnacy as an excuse to eat whatever they want for 9 months. I admit that ate whatever I wanted during pregnancy, but I had a rule: no oreoes until I'd eaten 5 servings of vegetables.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Exactly, and I think its those endorphins that are keeping our bodies healthy, not necessarily how much we're witteling away. I do my absolute best, but sometimes its just not good enough, but when I try I feel so much better. We're most critical of ourselves, yet how out of shape can I look when I have been working out for 6 yrs (since high school if you count prior babies) ?
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:45 PM
I agree Tina. I was really fortunate with my pregnancies that I didn't have cravings. My eating changed only for the better. In stead f a tuna sandwhich, I had a tuna sandwhich with a slice of tomato, some lettuce and a side of sliced apples. Thats another great tip: Your body actually uses more energy to break down certain fruits and vegtables. That means in some cases you could be burning more calories your eating just by eating right!
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:45 PM
It's funny how feeling crappy makes us feel like we look crappy.
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:48 PM
That's interesting. I was pretty fortunate, too. I craved cantaloupe all day long when I was pregnant. Even if I did crave something "bad," a sense of guilt kicked in almost automatically: "Eating that 3rd doughnut isn't good for you, Tina, but, more importantly, it's not good for the baby."
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Weight watchers, weight loss pills and such, can be dangerous and here's my opinion of why. I've seen countless women go on these crash diets or complete make overs of their diets and sure they lose weight- fr a while. It almost always seems to pile back on these individuals, and usually more than they had prior. In psychology I learned that by the age of 24 the person we are is pretty much set in stone. It would take a huge amount of will for a person to change and they cant do it for anyone but themselves. This includes their dietary habits. This is why little changes amde gradually over time amount to so much more. Its the little changes done one at a time that "stick". Trying to overhaul an entire lifestyle just isn't going to last done all at once.
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:50 PM
That's one of the cool things about kids. If you're feeding them wholesome, healthy foods and helping them get their exercise, then you should be eating well and working out a little too just by being a mom!
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:54 PM
As for being ready for summer, here's my thoughts. Be healthy. Be active with your kids this spring. Go to a park, play ball, anything to avoid tie being spent on your tush. I'm 32, and unless I'm at a resort alone with other other adults, I'm not going to be wearing an y bikins. I have kids to chase around and it wouldn't be appropriate. The more we can worry less about whether or not we're as thin as that Hollywood so and so, the more we can find ourselves enjoiyng the outdoors, and time with our kids. We need to realize the difference between being healthy and being thin.
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:54 PM
I don't know anyone who has had good results with pills or weight loss plans. And I agree that it's difficult to make changes to your lifestyle, but it's sooo worth it and probably the only thing that really works.
Tina DeBord April 27, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Amen! Thanks for hosting another great discussion, Lindsay! Hope to see you here next week. My son slept this entire time and he doesn't usually do that.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Tina, Thank you so much for chatting with me! I agree, doing right by our kids eating habits and getting them exercise naturally helps us out as well!
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 05:58 PM
and to think, you could've been exercising instead of chatting with me!) Just kididng.
Lindsay Leppek April 27, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Now if only the rain would stop so we could get outside to stretch our legs!
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