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BARBWMS Posts: 1,259
10/30/12 9:07 P

Breathe.. you're juggling a lot here at the same time your body is changing madly... make sure everything is right healthwise.. then take it slowly.. drink water, give yourself a few minutes to yourself when you can, savor the wonder of a baby.... and take it slowly... you're worth taking care of and I hope you find the balance you need. Bit by bit... it's so hard to be patient and see a long view when you're taking care of so much!

Best wishes...

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10/27/12 10:29 A

IHEARTDEBOOKS,

I just had a baby in July and the same thing happened to me during my initial PP period/time off work-- I gained about 20 pounds in just 7 weeks after having her!!- I went back to work on 9/11 (to a desk job making appts all day dealing with consults etc) luckily we have a gym and so I started working out the same day/dieting and tracking everything....I am now back down 27 pounds so it can be done!! Do you have help w/ your baby??? My husband takes the older kids to school and care of her during the day so I dont have daycare dropoff/pickup to worry about-I just leave them sleeping and go to the gym at 0500-0645 and am able to be at my desk by 0700 to start work. I am an all or nothing person so I threw myself right in and am making it work for me!! I hope you have the help you need!- It is taking that first step which is the hardest and I have faith that you can do it!! If you dont have help at home try a gym membership with a children's club (LA Fitness was awesome when I needed it) They let you have 2 hours and I would pay a montly fee of $20 for the first child and $10 for each of the others)--Crystal emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon mmmm

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10/27/12 8:33 A

I think that even one minute exercise breaks throughout the day will at least get you in the habit of getting up and moving around more often. On my low days I just set a timer to get a certain amount of minutes in and turn it on even for one minute of walking in place and turn it off again when I am dome. Leter on, I will do it again. It may seem petty to some but it encourages me when can log 30 minutes of exercise a day. When the grandchildren are over are when my health is down, I do that trick.

On water, I can drink it when I'm exercising but I flavor it with crystal lite when I crave sodas. If caffeine is an issue, they have caffeinated packs too. Probably not the best advice; however, i thought I'd tell you how I dealt with changing my habits initially.

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10/27/12 5:56 A

IHEARTDEBOOKS,

Don't worry ! You can make a change ! The first thing I suggest to new members and even not so new members is this,"Don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction.

Start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple weekly goals. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. it doesn't start with all or nothing. One small change CAN change your life !

As far as exercise at work, do you get a lunch hour ? If so, take a 10-20 minute walk at lunch. walking is not only great exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. I know things may seem overwhelming, but there are ways to sneak in exercise and eat more healthfully.

BUT... you have to be patient with yourself and your body !! Set reasonable goals. You'll get there, but it's going to take time. thus the need for patience.



IHEARTDEBOOKS Posts: 81
10/26/12 11:36 P

I had a baby in January and while most moms may lose weight after birth, I ballooned like crazy! I had to return to work when my daughter was 3 weeks old. I was in training for 2 months with my job and then worked a transitional phase for another 2 months. My job involves sitting down and being on a phone all day. Coffee wasn't working well for me so I stupidly started snacking to stay awake. Now I am at my heaviest weight and desperately need a kickstart to get healthy. I know the first step is the hardest but my feet seem to be cemented to the floor ...help!!!!!


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