I am 30 years old and my youngest is 6.5 weeks old. We have a 6 year old son and our daughter will be two in August. After I had my oldest, I literally walked 6 miles a day, 5 days a week to lose the weight- I gained about 50 pounds with him on my 5'4" frame!. It took almost 2.5 years to get to a place I was happy with- with being strong and toned and healthy...and tiny! Haha. One of my biggest fears of having another baby was the thought of not wanting to get fat. But as selfish as it may sound, it was my reality. I gained about 40 pounds with our daughter, although I ate much healthier and was very active during her pregnancy. Unfortunately, the weight just would not bdge. I could say I tried everything, but the truth is, I didn't really. The only struggle there was was my inner dialogue of feeling awful about my body and being over weight. I did lose some weight and was eventually able to *squeeze* into my size 10's, but the weight didn't stay off.I blamed it on breastfeeding and said it will come off when she weans.
Fast forward to a surprise third pregnancy! Our wonderful little man was born May 16 2013. Seeing as how I already weighed 186 lbs, I was dertemined not to gain too much weight. I ended up losing a pound or two some weeks, but being a healthy gainer, I put on 'only' 30 lbs to rounnd off my final 40 week weight of 216. My highest ever. Ugh.
But 6 weeks later I am down to 190! Woooot!! I'm encouraged to be just a few lbs away from my starting pre pregnancy weight from #3, but know I have such a long way to go!!! My goal is to drop between 40 and 50 pounds, but it is also to be strong and toned (hence a goal range and not a specific weight). I have a fairly muscular body, so I would like to lose even more than 50 for a good number, but 140- 145 is a happy weight for my body. I don't know how long it will take but I am determined to do it!! I am not interested at all in losing the weight in any unhealthy ways or to beat myself up over anything. Now its time to get started!!!