10 years ago when I weighed the same as I do now prego with #3!

My parents and bro 1999
So I am 5'11/2", always wanted a few extra inches, 37 weeks prego and 134 lbs.  As I was nesting for baby #3 I came across some old photos from college.  I weighed the same then as I do 37 weeks prego with baby #3.  So I thought I'd share some humility.
Summer 2000 in London

University of Kansas Graduation 2001



Naples FL 2001

24 comments:

  1. Wow!! I thought you were always tiny tiny tiny. Can you blog about this process???

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  2. Totally agree I thought you were just a skinny girl who liked to dance. I'm the same height as you but your heaviest is more like my smallest. I was looking for a some extra motivation, thanks!

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  3. There is the kick in the butt I needed to start the Boot Camp DVDs that have been staring at me for the last 2 weeks *now 8 weeks post partum*. Thanks!

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  4. Would love to know more about how you lost the college weight!

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  5. I think this is great motivation for all of us out here. To know that it's not just you being naturally thin, but that you work your butt off for it is that much more inspiring. It shows that anyone can do it if they actually commit. Thanks Lindsay :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing! Like others, I assumed you were always thin and have never struggled with your weight aside from pregnancy. Tell us more (but only after you have another adorable baby!!(.

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  7. WOW, I am like all the others. Thought you were also small. It really makes me feel better since I am 135 now after 3 kids, except I am 5'8. Before I had kids I was much smaller at 105lbs. I would like to lose 10lbs. and tone up but I am so dang lazy....well, maybe not lazy, but I have 3 kids (4,3,&18months) and you know how that is. This is motivating to me ;) I can do this.

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  8. I will post all of the details Monday! Gotta get some rest while Rylan is down since I am feeling like Miss Harper is falling out right now.

    Glad you all enjoyed the pics...I am sure I can find some even better ones:)

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  9. I too am curious. I'm an inch taller and always hover around 125, but then, I've never pushed myself with exercise either. Now 9.5 weeks postpartum with #2 and having gained 40 pounds, I'm pretty motivated to push myself. I'm down to 137 1 month into the 60 day slimdown (I started at 143), and I'm so excited by how much stronger I am. Thank you for sharing your journey!

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  10. I thought you were just always skinny, so this is really encouraging!!! I've been so down on myself this week - I gave birth at 200 pounds Sept 3rd 2010, and I've lost 62 pounds so far (1st 30 pounds fell off one week after I gave birth...I think it was water weight).....but I was really hoping to be back to the weight I was before fertility treatments (120 pounds) by now, and I've been struggling with discouragement.

    Even worse is when people assume that, since I've breastfed my little one for 9 months now, the weight should've all disappeared by now...like I'm doing something wrong. I count calories, eat healthy (quality food and correct portion sizes) I do cardio hardcore and I do weight training 3xs per week...and I eat around 1400 cals per day, yet I'm struggling to lose the last 18 pounds. Not sure what else to do...

    It's at least encouraging to know that you've gone through the process of having to lose weight. It's always easier to take advice from someone who has had to manage their weight in the past, rather than someone who is just genetically gifted and never gains weight no matter how they eat :)

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  11. lilmars:

    I've save the science to Lindsay, but I wanted to share my experience with breastfeeding, because I was doing just what you were doing and feeling really frustrated. I realized that my body was holding onto everything I ate because 1400 really wasn't enough for me to be healthy myself, feed my son, and exercise! It wasn't until I upped my intake that my weight began to drop. It dropped even more after I finished breastfeeding. People assume that breastfeeding=fast weight loss, which makes those of us who don't lose weight right away feel like we're doing something wrong. I've come to appreciate my body for reacting in a way that is best for me, not necessarily my photo album.

    I'm sure Lindsay can offer more specifics about exercise schedule and caloric intake.

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  12. Lindsay, I also always thought you were naturally tiny. I don't think you're "huge" by any means, but it's a real eye opener to see that you were not always fit!

    To the nursing mom ... I am 4'8" and was also going through what you are. I am at the end of my nursing relationship with my daughter at 14 months. I nursed my son until 12 months.

    Seeing as how I'm tiny, I was limiting my intake to 1300-1400 cals per day... it wasn't until I upped them to 1750 m-f and then 2000-2200 on Sat and Sun that I started dropping lbs. I got down to the lowest I've been in the past 7 years and I never would have believed it eating that much.

    I didn't consume that many cals with junk food, I did have cheat treats here and there but most of my food was made up of whole foods.. I'm sure Lindsay will have more input, but I'd suggest upping your cals for the amount of working out you're doing. You body is protecting your baby's survival...

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  13. Hi Anonymous and Vanessa :),

    I wonder if raising calories would help? I used to consume 1600 cals a day when I was exclusively nursing, but lowered my calories now that my daughter nurses but also takes some solids. I was losing on 1600, but figured that if I'd maintained that caloric intake once introducing solids, I'd start gaining. Should I have kept my intake up? I'll give it a whirl this week and see what happens...

    Thanks for all your imput and sharing your experiences; this really helps :)!!!

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  14. P.S. Is 1600 cals still too low? Should it be higher?

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  15. Hi Marci,

    I'd say start at 1600 then work your way up 100 per week to see when weight loss starts again. This is assuming you are keeping active.

    I know on moms into fitness.com lindsay has a "find your metabolism" link with a calculator.

    You can plug your info in there and then add between 300-500 add'l cals if nursing. I'm sure you're creating a large deficit with your workouts :)

    BTW, Lindsay you are adorable!!! I'm so jealous of you baby body! Too cute!

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  16. Congrats on Harper. She's just a week younger than my little guy. Now I can follow you even more closely for workouts etc. post c-sec. Hope everyone is doing well :)

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  17. Marci,

    I'm glad you feel encouraged. I think Vanessa offered good advice. Just keep in mind that everyone's body is unique and is acting upon what it needs to do to ensure your health and the health of your baby. While I was nursing (which I did for around 15 months), I finally decided to stop trying to force my body to look a certain way (that's when I increased my intake) and, not only did I end up losing weight, I felt so much better because my focus was health and energy, not weight loss. After I stopped nursing, I didn't decrease my intake, but I did add some cardio, and I loss even more weight. Women who don't lose weight easily while they're breastfeeding sometimes end up losing the weight after weaning, because their bodies don't feel the need to store any extra energy.
    I'd really encourage you to eat for health and energy and try to avoid being a calculator right now. Moms have enough pressure as it is!

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  18. Thanks for sharing! This helps encourage me that after 3 kids it is possible to be fit again :) I've lost 10 lbs halfway through the 60 day slim down. Still have more to go! I'd love to hear your story as well :)

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  19. Thanks again to everyone who responded to my 'nursing and trying to lose weight dilemma' - this has helped me so much. It's hard when the weight just 'melts off' all your friends after they have babies (without so much as a workout!), and I've been trying so hard. I will raise my calories as suggested and keep up the hardcore workouts and see what happens. It would be really nice to have more energy too; maybe the lower calorie amount I was eating was really contributing to me feeling very tired too.

    Thanks so much you all!!!

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  20. I agree Lindsay. I love your blog and LOVE your monthly workouts. Sometimes its a struggle to keep at it and see the light at the end of the tunnel. I too would love to hear more about your journey to getting and staying fit. You are such an inspiration.

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  21. I loved following along with your baby #3 pregnancy and thank you for being really honest about how much hard work it takes to stay fit! All of the extra pregnancy workouts you posted here in the last few weeks are great, too. Good luck with little babe!

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  22. lilmars, marci and vanessa - you all don't need me! i am so glad you helped each other out. and you are all so right!

    i'd say it's 70/30 regarding the weight falling off after bf. for 70% it does and 30% it doesn't. but tetering with your caloric intake, esppecially upping it, will give your body the signal its ok to release stored fats. when it doesn't think its getting enough it keeps the stored fat!

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  23. here are some specifics on breastfeeding and weight loss http://www.momsintofitness.com/post-pregnancy-breastfeeding

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  24. Thanks so much for this info Lindsay - it's so so helpful. I agree with teh 70/30 thing too! (Although anyone in the "70' category will almost always swear that breastfeeding works for 100% of women for weight loss lol...). I have upped my intake, and it seems the weight loss is happening again, which is so encouraging :)

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