5 Weeks Post-Baby #3

Not one ounce down on the scale!  Although my stomach is getting flatter.  But I am weaning breastfeeding so I am sure my body is adjusting to that and slowing my metabolism!
Good news...I get to start working out this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!







20 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for posting that. I'm 4 weeks post partum & I haven't lost a freakin ounce either. Frustrating but I just started working out also.I'm so happy I can look to you for guidance.

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  2. Baby #3, was our surprise to us but not to God baby, just 12 months younger than baby #2. He was 18 months younger than #1! I gained 60 pounds with #3! She weighed 9# 8 oz and when I came home from the hospital, I weighed MORE than before her birth! Depressing. I've breastfed all 8 of our children and am now 115-120 pounds 5 ft 6 and"baby" #8 is 4, but I miscarried our 12th and final baby 3 years ago. All the weight does finally come off when I wasn't in birthing baby mode and totally switched gears back. I struggled with infertility if I didn't keep my weight up and keep my cycles healthier. Seeing an NFP only Dr. who monitored my very short luteal phases, these were causing miscarriage/infertility, helped me tremendously. Maybe your body is like mine and that 10 extra pounds helps you conceive on your own...wouldn't that be a blessing for the extra weight? It was for me too!

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  3. I had short leutel phases too! I went to a NaPro Technology Dr (she did med school then went and did more training to become a NaPro doctor) and it was only after they had me chart my cycles using the Creighton method (a form of NFP) that I conceievd. I actually needed natural bioidentical progesterone suppositories to get and stay pregnant and correct teh LP defect. I basically would've kept miscarrying my babies had this awesome doc not stepped in and heped me! I gained weight on some of the other fertility treatments they had me on...no one could figure out why I had fertility issues as I was so 'healthy'....just goes to show that the steotypes aren't true. Lots of very healthy people have fertility issues these days.

    Anyhow, I am REALLY looking forward to Lindsay's post about how she's kept the weight off for 10 years! I am always way more encouraged to try tips given out by someone who has made a conscious decision to be healthy than by someone who eats whatever they want and just lucks out genetically :). Even though she says she hasn't lost an ounce this week, she looks amazing! I have friends who have not had a single child who would give anything to have her post pregnancy body right now - they'd wear that white bikini with pride right now lol!!! :)

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  4. Lindsay! Looking good, momma! I came here to tell you that I've re-introduced your shed 5 fast and CMJ back into my weekly routine, along with some additional toning (with my hubby) and I've noticed HUGE changed! It's been 1.5 weeks since adding your DVDs back into my routine and the results have been incredible! YAY!

    So I think my starting place is very similar to yours and I'm looking forward to seeing my progress next to yours :)

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  5. Love the pics, Lindsay! You look fantastic! And although you say you haven't lost an ounce, now that you are cleared for doing workouts, I am sure the weight is going to melt off. Pretty soon, we'll be seeing those pics of you with your six-pack abs holding a baby and a toddler with a preschooler at your side! (Those pics, btw, are my inspiration!)

    My youngest is 15 months and I started your DVDs two months ago. I am now down to my goal weight, having lost 7 lbs, and I dropped from 30% to 24.5% total body fat. Many inches lost, including 2 5/8" from my waist and 1 3/4" from my hips. Fitting into all my clothes again. I am ecstatic!

    Leah

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  6. So today my plan on completing BC2 in 30 took about 2 hours - here's how it went: fed 7 week old to try to make sure he was good and full before work out, placed 2 year old in playard with toys: warm up (baby a little fussy in his swing, nothing major), core 1 (crying baby, pause, breastfeed, put back in swing), 4-5 min in to cardio & toning 1, baby decides he's hungry - pause - feed baby, put back in swing hoping he'll sleep for the remainder - completed cardio & toning 1 with last min or 2 of baby crying - picked baby up, fed again!, and then he didn't want to be put down and kept crying - so workout was put on hold until he settled, then it was time for my 2 year olds lunch/nap so had to feed him lunch put him for his nap and then finally 7 week old stayed in swing for 20 more minutes (was able to do cardio & toning 2 and cardio 3), then cool down with baby crying. Gosh, I hope the broken up intervals are just as good. Ironically my 2 year old was playing happily in his playard until it was time for his lunch. Does this just happen to me? Any tips? At least I could get it all done :)

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  7. Hey Melissa :),

    So far what works for me is getting up wayyyyy early in the morning to workout. Sucks, I know! But I refuse to be a porky mama just because working out later in the day is a gong show now that I have a little one lol...I feel like once your a mom, it's probably better to just get the workout out of the way whenever time of day your baby is either resting/away for you consistently (at least 90% of the time!). So whether that's morning or night, whatever time is a 'guaranteed' slot for you is the one to root for, I think.

    But I'm not a fitness trainer or anything, so likely Lindsay will have some better ideas!!! :) Good luck!

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  8. Hi Marci, thanks for your advice :) I know, I have thought of waking first thing in the morning before everyone but we're still on the broken sleep every 2-3 hours to feed so I'm exhausted early in the morning (I'm breastfeeding so I have to be the one to wake up with the baby). And then at night, yes it is a gong show here too lol and trying to get my 2 year old to bed and then I just want to relax after having the kids all day. I don't want to be a porker either lol which is why I opted to try to work out with the kids... but ideally I'd like to be showered and ready for the day with workout done and then have the day to relax and play with the kids (I used to always do my workout first thing). I just put the workout as top priority (well not above the kids but I make sure I get my workout in at least 4 times/week). Once my little one (7 week old) starts being on a more regular schedule, I will definetly be doing the workouts first thing in the a.m. It's hard because breastfeeding a baby this young, there is no guaranteed me time lol. Tempted to start some bottle feeding soon. Lindsay, do you have any advice? And you've got the 3 now, what are your plans to get your exercise in?

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  9. Hi Lindsay,

    I am in my second trimester of pregnancy at 22 weeks. I bought your pregnancy work out DVDS when I first found out I was expecting. I did the first DVD maybe two times because I just felt so unmotivated. Now I'm starting to get some more motivation and have a bit more energy. Anyway, thanks for showing us all how to have a sexy pregnancy! You look amazing and seem like a really sweet person!

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  10. BTW, I was wondering if you have any other tips on keeping your body in tact? Like how to prevent or reduce stretchmarks. You don't appear to have any and I would love to know what's worked for you!

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  11. Marci,
    I used the Creighton Method too with the natural progesteron to maintain my pregnancies. I'm so thankful for finding my doctor and his wisdom. I have a special needs son and his condition is genetic with only 10% chance of survival at birth. The other miscarriages may have been due to that or for sure my ongoing severe anemia. Gaining my extra 10 # regulated my cycles tremendously chart wise, but the luteal phase was still a bit too short to support life on my own. We are a couple who went from extreme fertility to secondary infertility. I always say, nothing makes you appreciate your fertility more than loosing it.

    Congratulations to all moms...

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  12. I coudln't agree more that a little extra weight helps during infertility helps make things happen. Although IVF #4 (Rylan, my 18 momth old) I was at my lowest weight and it worked. And it took me 3 IVFS to get Taylor. But I guess that's why I am not a Reprodcutive Endocrinilogist:) They also pretty much had my hormones figured out by IVF #4:)

    Many people do use progesterone to support the baby. I am one of them!

    8 babies, wow! We all need advice from you and how you do it! How do you get yoru workouts in? I know you mentioned your smallest is 4, so you must be in the car A LOT with activities/school!

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  13. Stretchmarks and such...the best way to prevent them is through toning and consistent weight gain (plus keeping yoru weight gain in check). BUT they are also very hereditary, and my mom has maybe 1-2 stretchmarks and she is 60. So for me, I have the non-stretchmark gene on my side.

    I wish I could say there is a magic creme. But no cremes are strong enough to penetrate the skin. Although moisturizing form the inside (drinking water) and the outside (lotion) help in my opinion!

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  14. Vanessa and Leah...love results! They are super motivating. I am gonna have to see something on that scale soon for me to keep up my motivation!

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  15. jgalke, misery loves company:)

    Leah, I am flattered my pic is a motivator!

    Sean Marie, so glad you are starting to find some energy again. I remember the unmotivated stage all too easily...

    Marci-Marci (sorry that's what I clal my friend Marci!) - you got it with the schedule thing. Some of my most consistent moms do the early a.m. Which totally sucks waking up, but do you feel better getting it out of the way?

    Melissa, I had to laugh at your post. And re-read it cause I couldn't understand why BC2 took you 2 hours! I had to give up all together today because my workout was going the same way. But you shoudl know short intense bouts are the most productive and calorie blasting! I gave up cause my husband gets off work early and I will be taking myself (and only myself) outside for a workout.

    But the best advice is finding a rythym for yourself. Which right now is probably not the early a.m. Whip out a calendar and schedule your workout 3-4x/week. It can be different times each day. Maybe 2-3 days during naptime and 1-2 when your partner is home.

    The good news is it does not matter what time of day you workout, your metabolism will treat it the same. Just make sure you don't do it right before bed...so you can fall asleep! Although falling asleep may not be too tough right now:)

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  16. Thanks Lindsay! So far this is working, I have been able to do 5 times per week since I last wrote. Best method I find is not having an actual schedule for the day so that when my 2 year old goes for his nap (which varies), he'll usually go for at least 2 hours so I will make sure to workout in that 2 hours sometime when my little 8 weeker is settled (fed, etc. and almost asleep). This has been working for me. I end up doing more some days because I'm not sure what the next day will bring and might not get my workout in. For example, yesterday I did Shed 5 Fast workout 1 plus 2 PNBC intervals and then the Pilates 1 and then my little one woke up. But that way if I didn't get to workout today I at least got a good workout in yesterday when I could :) I did get to workout today (eliptical for 30 min intervaled) so yay but I find doing extra if I can helps. Thanks! Hope you're feeling great and that you're getting some sleep :)

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  17. Oh, and I also find it good to put on my workout gear when I get up in the morning, that way, when time permits all I have to do is throw in the dvd and put on my sneakers :)

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  18. Melissa, you are doing better than me! I only got in 3 workouts last week!

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  19. Yes, but you do have an 'extra' child in there. I'm only trying to master having 2, not sure if I'd get anything in with 3 :)
    In a post I had written that you responded to as one of the comments in a post after this, you had said to do PNBC and BC2 until 14-16 weeks post baby and then add in the downloads. I have been doing S5F mostly and then some of PNBC (and a little of BC2) is that okay too or should it just be the boot camps? Thanks! And I joined your FB group - love it!!

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  20. Melissa, I think you're alright with S5F as long as you feel good! You can always add in an extra ab workout from Boot Camp 2 to really hit up the inner core.

    I know...the Facebook Group is awesome. I love all the motivation and hearing how everybody else does it!

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