100 lb. Club - How do I start again?

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10-25-2005, 01:05 PM
Oh.. it's been soooo long! After Elijah was born I dropped weight like it was cool (oh.. yeah.. it is cool.. anyhow) now I gained a bunch back since I finished nursing. (whole other topic!)
This week - I stopped drinking regular soda! (yeah for me :carrot: ) I also bought "light" butter.. 50% less calories and fat.
I MUST take baby steps!! So.. what's next? I don't want to lose it all... but I must START losing.

Thanks for the support.


10-25-2005, 01:12 PM
you might want to consider incorporating exercise if you haven't already. Anything from a walk to marching in place, whatever you like.

If you'd rather stick to the diet right now, you might want to consider finding ways to add fruits and veggies.

water drinking is always good too.

Hope that helps.

10-25-2005, 01:15 PM
what works for me is exactly what you're doing. Making small changes here and there like cutting out soda, switching to lower-fat foods, making healthier choices, etc. I find the more I tell myself I CAN'T have something, the more I want it. I didn't 'diet' at all this weekend and the halloween candy was far far from my mind, now today since I'm making a conscious effort to eat better, that candy is calling my name!! So my goal is to quit making a CONSCIOUS effort and start making my efforts SUBconscious :)

i think you're off to a great start! good luck!

10-25-2005, 01:18 PM
Hi Dana! :wave: Welcome back!

I think the best steps for you might depend on where you're running into trouble. Maybe you could address your biggest trouble spot first. Are you munching late at night? Are you overeating at dinner? Are you snacking on fatty sweets salty/high fat snacks? I'd suggest looking at your problem behaviors and then addressing them one by one.

Great start! :)

10-25-2005, 01:57 PM
Good advice all. Welcome back Dana. You can do this.
Another couple of questions to ask yourself is what are you willing to change at this time? Are you willing to add in exercise, take out certain foods? If you're not then you need to work on other areas that you are until you are willing to make those changes.

You've been down this road before so you have all the knowledge you need to get there. There are days when I'm willing to eat 100% OP and there are days when I'm not. I accept that the more days I'm not willing then the longer it will take me to become more healthy and lose weight.

10-25-2005, 02:02 PM
Dawnyal, you rock, man! :high:

10-25-2005, 02:23 PM
There are days when I'm willing to eat 100% OP and there are days when I'm not. I accept that the more days I'm not willing then the longer it will take me to become more healthy and lose weight.That is so true, Dawnyal! :yes:

10-25-2005, 02:25 PM
Hi gals..

Sarah.. my problem area? - you name it! I'm not sure.. maybe boredom. I know I need more structure in my life. I know that chocolate is a weekness.

Marge.. I just came back from a walk with Eli - felt great! - I'm going to try to keep this up until it snows (could be anyday now here!!)
I think the water is a good idea. I think I'll start with crystal light first.

Mandy.. small changes.. yep. One of my favourite lines comes from the movie "what about bob" - big believer in "baby steps" - don't you just love that movie!?

Dawnyal.. what am I willing to change? Honestly.. I really don't wan to change anything! I just want to be smaller. But I'm beginning to realize that's not going to happen.. no fun, eh? I think I'm commented to stop drinking the reg soda (this is a big deal for me.. I don't drink coffee) You are so right.. I've been down this road.. I have the knowlege.. just do it, right?

Thanks Ladies!


10-25-2005, 03:12 PM
I've been down this road.. I have the knowlege.. just do it, right?

That's it sweetie, welcome back! BTW, that new avatar pic is just too cute for words!! :D


10-25-2005, 03:15 PM
Coming back is a great start, Dana. :) I love the new avatar, too. Taking baby photos is so much fun.

I think you've got the right idea about taking small steps like changing from regular soda to something lighter. And walking is always great. I've heard there are videos of exercises you can do with your baby (using him like a weight) that are fun for him and good for you. You could do those inside when it's cold outside.

10-25-2005, 04:56 PM
One of my favourite lines comes from the movie "what about bob" - big believer in "baby steps" - don't you just love that movie!?
Oh man, I love that movie!! In fact, when Lorraine and I want to call someone - or one another - annoying, we call them "Bobs." :lol3:

Bill Murray rocks!

10-25-2005, 05:06 PM
Dana, there have been some great suggestions here. May I add to maybe start to keep a food journal to figure out how much you are really eating every day. I really shocked myself when I started to track what I ate every day, I was totally underestimating how many calories I would eat in one day.

10-26-2005, 05:46 PM
Just wanted to say welocme back my dear friend. You have gotten tons of great advice here. I know you can do this!! :carrot:

BTW - avatar - too cute!!!

10-27-2005, 05:51 AM
Dana: Been there, doing that. My baby is 15 months. I lost during the preg and nursing (It is cool...eat anything, lose it all!) but alas it all comes to a screeching halt, when the nursing stops. I gained 20 pounds back right away and then started making a concerted effort to regain the ground I lost. However, I found that I really didn't have much "get up and go" to do it until my baby was sleeping more and I had some energy. I started with being aware what I was eating (journal!), I upped my water and started doing WW (on my own with a co-worker). 3 months into those changes, I added exercise. I found that with a new baby, working, and life in general, I was unable to make all the changes at once. I started with one thing, added to it as I could (babysteps). My biggest motivator is that I am doing this for me, to be around to raise my little one (I'm 43, surprise baby). You can do this, you will, just allow yourself the time you need.

10-27-2005, 01:27 PM
Wow, I hope Gretchen reads this.....

10-27-2005, 02:23 PM
Welcome back!!

I too have heard others say that they gained weight back once done with nursing. (I am in a similar situation in that I am nursing my 16 month old and after about 10 months, it became excruciatingly HARD to lose weight while nursing...the easy gravy train ended for me).

Warning: the following is an extreme idea and potentially controversial. I am not a doctor. I just play one on the internet.

I am wondering if you might benefit from doing a two week self-imposed boot camp of sorts (very Oprahesque). I say this because your body has just gone through a major change -- both in terms of caloric intake and outgo AND especially hormonally. Maybe if you eat super clean for 2 weeks and work out consistently, you might jolt your body into the change. Now, I know some might read this and think that I am nuts, but the fact is that the post-partum hormones and the nursing hormones are quite strong and fluctuate a lot. I have been told by formerly nursing moms that it took months and months for their hormones to straighten out after finishing (one mom still got nursing hot flashes 2 years later -- until she started working out). I guess what I am getting at is that you need to sort of kick your hormones in the butt a bit. The best way to straighten your hormones out is to eat really really well and to exercise consistently (this is how I got pregnant in the first place. My hormones were so messed up, I couldn't get pregnant. I did my own little boot camp for 2 months and --WHAM -- Knocked up). Now, this is not to say you should go run 10 miles and do 100 push-ups everyday. But you might consider removing all junk/sugars/processed foods/hormonal foods (like processed soy, non-organic dairy and non-organic meats) etc. for 2 weeks and also exercising daily for an hour (very gently if need be). I know this sounds extreme and it is obviosuly not easy and obviously just one persepctive. I just thought I would throw it out there because I am a person who likes some sort of quick result in the beginning to motivate me and because I have struggled with hormonal issues in the past -- and the only way I have successfully straightened out my hormones was by removing all junk -- without even counting calories -- and exercising daily.

Or just ignore this. Just wanted to offer another idea.

10-28-2005, 11:32 AM
Welcome back! I agree with Sarah and Dawnyal. Recognize your weak points and start making changes to help overcome them. For me exercise is a huge factor, so perhaps you can make changes or add things in that area too. Good luck and keep us posted.


10-28-2005, 11:41 AM
Well, since this is my initial post I'll be brief and to the point.

"Diets" seldom work. It takes lifestyle change to really make a difference.

You have been given great advice by those here. As always (remember I am a newbie so be gentle on me) change takes time. Quick loss programs are seldom what they seem to be and usually are short term at both ends -- losing and gaining back.

Any type of exercise will help many aspects of weight loss. The more important point is patience.