Hi :) I'm new here. Ready to lose some weight!!

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Joined: Jan 11
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Posted: 01 Jan 2011, 11:06
Hey! Smile
My name is Melissa, and I'm a new Mommy to the most amazing little boy in the world. (In my world, anyways) Wink I had him in July of 2010, and I'm SO ready to lose the baby weight, and probably some of the 1am cravings, weight, too!! I hit a real rough patch in my self esteem, and when I saw some pictures my husband snapped of me holding my son, I decided, THAT'S IT! I want to be in a picture when I'm happy, and healthy looking, and I don't have to crop it!
I want to be healthy, and active in my sons life..I'm ready to do this, 2011 is going to be a great year!! Smile
~*Elijah's Mommy*~

Joined: Oct 07
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Posted: 01 Jan 2011, 11:57
my sister Elaine reynolds was 279 and shes now 145 she is an inspiration to all you can add her on face book and see her weight loss journal just tell her your story and that your a friend of mine and shell add you!! I just have about 25 pounds to lose and cant get it ff grrr
Going to Tops!!

Joined: Dec 10
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Posted: 01 Jan 2011, 15:49
Happy New Year Melissa and congratulations on your new son, Elijah!

First let me say there are no easy answers. Everyone is different. I hope you are going to your doctor on a regular basis. You don't mention if you are breast feeding or not. That is important because it will mean huge differences in the amount of calories you need. My wife breast fed our first born for almost a year and lost all her "baby weight" and a whole bunch more (pre-pregnancy ~130 lbs, and a year after birth ~98 lbs.!). Later we found out she had an over active thyroid (hyperthyroidism). She did not breast feed our other two children past 6-8 weeks. For her, that was enough. Most everyone else, not so. My mom (I'm the middle of five) was over weight most of her life. She struggled with diets and programs but never gave up (86 years young!). She finally found what worked for her was to just eat less. She started using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. She told me she could eat anything she wanted but always in moderation. Sometimes it was only a bite (hey, a bite is better than nothing, right?). It must have been hard for her, because she is the best cook I know, but she finally did lose the weight. I am telling you this because this worked for me too. I was very over weight and diagnosed with diabetes July 2010. I've lost over 60 lbs. since...a couple pounds per week, so I am not starving. I have problems with my joints so exercise was a problem. Solved that one by taking a deep water aerobics class at my local high school. Since the weight has come off, I feel so much better. I can even walk without the pain I had.

Finally, you need to come up with a plan. Don't get discouraged easily. Use this website to its fullest. Keep track of everything you eat including amounts, the amount of exercise you do (yes, playing with the baby counts!) and track your progress. Do see your doctor if you are having difficulties. Your doctor may want you to see a dietician, which I can tell you is a very good idea. The more you know, the more you are likely to help yourself succeed. Don't be afraid to change your plan if it is not working. Be flexible.

Good luck and God Bless.

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
-Samual Beckett

Joined: Jan 11
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Posted: 14 Jan 2011, 13:24
Melissa, I am in the same situation. I had my baby Valentina Juny 21 and I feel the same way you do. I decided today to start and make this year to be one of the best years. I want to enjoy my daughter and feel good about myself. Lets do it! We can do it!

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