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I just CANNOT lose weight!

I am a 30 yr old female, I have had 1 child and ever since I cannot lose weight!

Before baby, I was 5'4" 115 lbs. Now I am 5'4" and about 135 lbs.

I feel bloated all the time, I carry a lot of weight in my stomach (under clothes I look small, but my tummy is nowhere near toned), and my arms are flabby and disgusting! I just can't seem to tone up!

I watch what I eat, exercise vigorously, but the scale is stuck and my clothes are still ill fitting.

What gives?

I'm by no means overweight, but I've thought of joining Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig to get to the bottom of this dilemma.

Any ideas on how I can shake this weight? Only healthy means, please :)

Mon. Aug 27, 9:39am

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Do you drink 8 glasses of water
2 servings of dairy
2-3 servings of protien
5 fruits and veggies
a few healthy carbs ( high fiber)
Excercise( I am sure you do with a baby. Sometimes straving can make you gain weight
Are you mindlessly eating Are you in a group. Godd Luck You will find away !

Monday, August 27, 2007, 9:50 AM

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Try Weight Watchers online. It's an easy plan, and online makes it very accessible, without the weigh ins.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 9:58 AM

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your probably not eating enough and probably not taking in proper amount of protein. Everyone assumes that if you eat less and do tons of cardio that you will lose weight. Initially you will but in the long term you want to cut down your body fat percentage. By eating a diet high in protein you will feel full gain more muscle and it will help burning fat. Do some sort of weight training and eat a diet high in protein and drink tons of water and you will see results!

Monday, August 27, 2007, 10:21 AM

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Are you REALLY watching what you eat though? And how much are you exercising? Anytime I've been in a "Hmm, why am I not losing weight?" period of time, it's usually not because of a plateau and more because of the little things I'm eating that I'm forgetting about.

Do you have other children and eat their leftovers so as not to waste? A bite of ice cream here and there? Do you graze all day? If you aren't already, log every bite you eat (a lot of people use this site but don't really log everything)- and if you can, add up the calories you are taking in for a couple of days to get an idea of what you are averaging. You may be taking in just enough calories to maintain, and need to shave a few off to lose weight. Also, sometimes we underestimate how big portions are and that means we are taking in way more calories than we want to.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 12:40 PM

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Whether you think you can or you can not, you are right.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 12:42 PM

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What is your username? If you tell us, we can go to your log and see what you're doing, and possibly see something you're not.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 12:48 PM

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Since your weight is totally healthy (and at 115, you were actually on the cusp of being underweight), you should probably be worrying less about food and more about doing the right kind of exercises for your body issues. You sound like the perfect candidate to see incredible results from those "Six-week Bootcamp" programs where they work the hell out of you 3-4x a week.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 4:21 PM

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I had the same problem after having children. I never could (and still haven't) been able to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight. Something changed for me and it has never changed back. Although I am still trying (it's been 12 years, sorry, hope that doesn't discourage you) I think something in my hormonal makeup changed and it has prevented me from losing. I focused for many, many months in a row on losing weight and nothing, not a pound, the scale was stuck. Then, I literally would eat anything I wanted (coz I was discouraged and thought, why not?)for months on end and wouldn't gain a pound either. It was the weirdest thing. I think for some of us, having children does something to our metabolism. Oh, and in case you're wondering, I went to the doctor several times over this problem thinking it was my thyroid, but I always tested in the "normal" range.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 6:11 PM

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I agree with 12:40 and 12:48, it's easy to think you're eating pretty healthy but are taking in more calories than you think you are - we could look and see if you made you log public and posted your username. I would also suggest counting calories (every bite!) and weighing and measuring your food (it's easy for those portion sizes to magically get just a little bigger!). If that's not the culprit, you may need to step up the intensity of your exercise. Although 4:21 is right, your BMI is right in the middle of a healthy weight, maybe you just need to do more strength training to tone up.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 6:55 PM

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I was in the same boat for many years after my kid was born, but truth was - I really wasn't doing what I needed to do to lose weight. I was eating off my kids plate, I was eating as I was making a meal - all these litlte bites here and there that add up fast. The second I stop journaling what I eat on a daily basis my calories easily go up by about 200-300 if not more - it's just so easy for it to get away from you, especially once your time is no longer your own (to the same degree it was, anyway.)

Monday, August 27, 2007, 10:10 PM

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