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8 years 9 months ago #149225 by Ladybird
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Hi, DocJuan

Welcome to the Moomie community, we are very chaffed to have you on board.

Unfortunately I don't have any medical figures and facts to quote, my question is more of a general nature. Combine the words "weight loss" and "specialist" and you're bound to have my attention. :laugh:

I gave birth about 2.5 years ago and really struggled to lose most of the weight I gained both pre- and postpartum. It took a looooot of hard work, lots of tears, and a whole lot of discipline for me to feel almost comfortable in my skin again.

About 1.5 years ago, I was so freaked out at the weight gain, I went for some thyroid tests. I'm afraid I'm terrible with medical terms, so please bear with me. They took blood samples and also I had to drink a very awful-tasting concoction within a specific time period (maybe half-hour?). All my tests came back normal, which is great but not exactly what one wants to hear when you really want to blame something for all the sudden extra weight.

I am only now at a point where I am ok with myself, but I cannot seem to lose the last few kilos and just keep it off. My BMI has stabilised at the very high end of the "Normal" range for my height and I'm not comfortable with that as I have a petite build so every kilo shows.

So my question really is, what it is that you do :blush: and can you help people like myself who don't really have a diagnosed thyroid disorder but who really need some extra help losing some weight? PS I do tend to eat quite healthily (with some cheats) and I exercise also. It is really only since having a child that weight has become an issue for me.

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8 years 9 months ago #149262 by gloeiwurmpie
Replied by gloeiwurmpie on topic General question
Ladybird....

I am in the same boat!

I have never had any weight problems with my weight before the arival with my child. I could eat anything and still stay at around 58 kg.

After the birth of my LO, I almost lost everything at about 6 weeks and then I picked it up again 6 kg's. I have managed to loose 3 kg's of the 6 kg's permantly, but the last 3kg's doesn't seem to move.

I have followed a low GI diet. I do believe it is a very good way to loose weight. The only problem is that if I stress, I eat. I try to snack on healthy things, but alas, I know I must be a lot more strict to expect results.

I think I am at the point where I have to accept that those last few killos are with me till the end of time....I just don't have the energy to eat salad and nuts everyday :)

I know if you are determined, you can loose it. I just don't have that determination anymore.


Sorry, don't think I am of any help!

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8 years 9 months ago #149279 by Ladybird
Replied by Ladybird on topic General question
Ai, Gloei. Jy maak my lag. :laugh:

But I really do seriously need help, though. I am not going to embark on a lose-gain cycle. I'd like to lose at least about 5kg (which may not seem much but is about 10% of my ideal body weight so it is significant for me). I know I can lose it, when I white-knuckle and cut out carbs and restrict my portion sizes to near-nothing. But I am not going to do that. I genuinely feel like my body's ability to burn the same quantity of food has decreased when comparing myself pre-pregnancy to now. I understand that one's metabolism decreases with age, but what I don't understand is how - if I exercise more now than ever before - I am struggling to just keep off this extra weight. I keep re-gaining it. Which would be fine, and I've tried to accept it but I just cannot. It is not me. It does not fit the image I have of myself mentally.

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8 years 9 months ago #149281 by Nayeela
Replied by Nayeela on topic General question
Hi Ladybird,

I am also in the same boat. I lost my pregnancy weight quite quickly after the birth and went back to pre-pregnanct weight which was 55kgs. I lost a further 5 kilos with zumba but on getting to my goal weight, I started slacking a bit and now after the holidays, I have 8 kilos to lose in total!

I have tried dieting on my own but I fall off the wagon each and every time. I am now on weighless since Saturday and hoping the change of lifestyle will make me healthier as well. I need to be accountable for my weight so a group meeting where the leader sees the number on the scale keeps me on the wagon :)

Island Princess,
Mom to Kamilah born at Constantiaberg Medi Clinic, Cape Town - 18th of June 2009
Missed Miscarriage Survivor, 1 sleeping angel - 28th of June 2007

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8 years 9 months ago #149295 by gloeiwurmpie
Replied by gloeiwurmpie on topic General question
Ladybird,

I know what you are talking about...I just don't feel good about myself with the extra weight.

I think if you are really desperate, maybe go see a dietician or even a good GP (if you know one).

I know these Low-GI diets and weigh less works, the problem is, that it is something that you have to do for the rest of your life.
I am still struggling to come to terms with this, as I was used to eat whatever I liked!

Drinking lots of water has been of great help for me. If you have to drink 2 liters of water a day, you would be surprised at the hunger monster stepping away.... for me that was.

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8 years 9 months ago #149305 by Ladybird
Replied by Ladybird on topic General question
Gloei, Nayeela
Thanks for the responses, ladies.

I am trying to say that I do follow a healthy lifestyle, perhaps not that eloquently? I do eat healthy foods, make sure I eat mostly whole-grain, stay away from processed foods and sugars, no red meat or pork (only chicken, fish and ostrich meat), I eat my veggies, I eat my fruits, I make sure I have breakfast in the morning and snack on fruit between meals. I do have choccies occasionally, and a glass of wine now and then, but this is what one does when one leads a healthy lifestyle, in moderation. I don't think my diet is the problem, I have seen a dietician and he also thought I'm pretty good (although he suggested I eat more i.e. bigger portions), I have done the reading, sureslim, weight watchers, etc. According to these programmes, I should be fine just because I am at a "normal" BMI but I am not. A BMI of 24.8 vs a BMI of 19 (which is what I was pre-pregnancy) is just not acceptable for me. I am trying to be realistic and would be willing to accept a BMI of about 22 (based on the scale number that I am happy with lately) because I know that I am not a girl anymore.
Something has changed in my body since falling pregnant and although I love some of the changes and embrace my new womanly body, the only time currently that my body goes to a weight (a size and shape) that I feel comfortable and look good to myself, is after a very restricted diet eg Atkins.

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8 years 9 months ago #149306 by Nayeela
Replied by Nayeela on topic General question
for me it was more of a question of learning how to eat properly and weighless teaches you that. I have not been hungry since starting weighless. At least now I am learning what to eat and what portions should I be eating. I have started to incorporate that in my family meals as well.

Its something that I will have to do for the rest of my life and I have accepted that fact :)

Island Princess,
Mom to Kamilah born at Constantiaberg Medi Clinic, Cape Town - 18th of June 2009
Missed Miscarriage Survivor, 1 sleeping angel - 28th of June 2007

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