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Saturday, January 20th, 2007
5:29 pm - target

Okay, I'm working really hard on coming up with a target- a visualization of what I want from myself in the future, what I'm hoping to achieve with this weight loss and body change. Mine isn't as simple as a special outfit or size whatever jeans and I'm having a hard time narrowing all my feelings down to something that can remind me of my goal in an instant. I'm hoping that you ladies are willing to talk about your own target or focus and if you don't already have one, to find one with me. Here's an excerpt from the article that got me thinking about it Read more...Collapse )

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
2:37 pm - FREE Weight Loss blinkies

I've made some Weight Loss blinkies and have them up on the website I run (YoungMommies.com). They are free to use for personal use so long as they are not modified or sold, etc.

Here's mine, based on my current weight loss stats (I'd actually lost 65lbs, but gained 25lbs of that back over this summer, so it's added back on to my "to go" pounds):

<img src="http://www.youngmommies.com/blinkies/blinkie_scale40lbsdown.gif" />
<img src="http://www.youngmommies.com/blinkies/blinkie_apple40lbstogo.gif" />

If you would like one, please click on the link below to check them out!

Enjoy! :)

<a href="http://www.youngmommies.com/blinkies/blinkies_weightloss.html"><img src="http://www.youngmommies.com/blinkies/blinkie_FREEweightlossblinkies.gif" border="0" /></a>

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
3:25 pm - Hi

Hello. I found this community when I was looking for communities for moms. I read through several of the posts here and decided that this was a community I could quite happily be a part of.

Ok, onto the details. My name, if you're curious, is Alison. I have three children - 2 girls and a boy - ages 3, 18 months, and 4 months. I'm 5'3" and I weigh 210 lbs. I had my son back in July. I weighed 250 lbs when he was born. I never really got the chance to drop my baby weight from my second child due to the fact that I got pregnant again when she was only 4 months old.

My goal is to lose 50 lbs. by December 31st, 2007. I'm hoping I can do it, as Thanksgiving and Christmas are two holidays where whatever diet I'm on goes out the window rather rapidly because I love the food we cook for those days.

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
9:17 am - Back in the saddle....

So I admit, I've been a fairly inactive member here since the last few months I have been consumed w/wedding planning schtuffs.But now that the honeymoons over (*schnicker*) I am ready to get back on track here!

So I figured since I am always so proud and inspired by others before & after and/or progress picture posts on other communities that I'd actually make one of my own here....

An uphill battleCollapse )

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Friday, August 11th, 2006
11:27 am - 13 months and on the way to feel fit!

My daughter is 13 months old. Tonight, for the first time in a long while, my husband and I are going to have a date night. I was going through my closet trying on things I haven't touched in a while and I came across a pair of Old Navy low-rise courduroy pants that used to be my "skinny" jeans. 

OMG they fit!

How did that happen?

Oh yes, I still have a little "muffin top" so no belly shirts for me, but the low-rise pants look good!

Just wanted to share the joy.

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Sunday, July 16th, 2006
10:41 am - back on

Okay, I have started re-establishing my exercise pattern and now I have decided to do the Atkins two week induction phase again. I lost a good amount of weight last time and I felt good doing it. Tomorrow will be my official start date, I'm busy getting all of the high carb food out of my house right now.

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Saturday, June 24th, 2006
2:28 pm - Ab toning despite neck injury?


Does anyone know any good exercises that will help tone your abs/obliques but are also relatively safe and gentle for the neck/back? I've had a recent re-injury of my neck (whiplash from a car accident years ago - they think it might be a disk herniation), but still need to work on my post-pregnancy belly!

I do other cardio and fitness activities and have been very active for a year and a half (I've lost 67lbs - down from size 18+ to a size 10), but find that my abs are still soo flabby so I need to target those a little more!

~~~TIA~~~ :)


current mood: hopeful

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Friday, May 26th, 2006
10:23 am - whining


I took my daughter to the pediatrician the other day and while we were there, I weighed myself. We don't have a scale at home so I pretty much judge my progress by how my clothes are fitting. My partner and I did the South Beach Diet a couple of weeks ago, with good results I think. I admit after the first two weeks I didn't really stick with it. I am eating less sugar now but I *do* love my carbs!

So, I am back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. Which is good, right? Cause for rejoicing and all that, right? Then why don't my pants freakin' fit?? I put on a pair of jeans today that *used* to be my "fat jeans." You know the ones. The ones I used to wear when my period was coming and i was totally bloated. I can pull them on AND button them but breathing is a challenge. I guess my body has just changed. My hips are wider, my tummy is poochier, and I am just going to have to lose *more*weight or buy new jeans. I refuse to graduate to mom jeans. Not gonna do it. Maybe I will try Ye Old South Beach for another week or so?

Also, we just bought a bike trailer. Lake path here I come! Going to the gym has been a challenge because the daycare is full half the time! And with summer coming, I think it's only going to get worse. I think we will cancel the membership to the YMCA and get out biking and walking more.

Okay, I'm done now.

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Friday, May 5th, 2006
1:33 pm - x-posted with my regular LJ

I've lost 7 or 8 pounds.

Wow, who would have thought I could do this? Not me, that's for sure. I was resigned to the fact that I would never lose weight, that I would stay this size forever. But then again, I wasn't actually doing anything to lose weight and now I am.

I am proud of myself. I literally stared at the scale for about 1 minute, I couldn't believe i

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Sunday, April 30th, 2006
3:19 pm - Hi there!

Hey I'm new to this community so I thought I's say hi:) I've recently decided that I need to get off my butt and lose the 50+ pounds I have gained over the last 5 years. I've been doing weight watchers off and on for almost a year and have managaed to lose 15 pounds but I know I need to workout more.

Height: 5'1"
Start Weight: 185
Current Weight: 170
Goal Weight: 130

current mood: hopeful

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9:46 am - South Beach Diet

My honey and I are going to try the South Beach Diet. I've had the book for some time now and I think we'll have better success if we both do it together. I made a big batch of oatmeal cookies earlier this week and announced that once the oatmeal cookie orgy was over, it was South Beach Diet time.

I'm curious to see how/if this works. I really don't have a LOT to lose, just about 9 or 10 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Has anyone here tried it? I have a suspicion that my sweetie will do it half-heartedly and lose 20 pounds. I'll follow the book and lose only three or four! We'll see.

I am going to make these quiche cup things today to eat for my breakfast this week.

Wish me luck!

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Saturday, April 29th, 2006
11:55 am

So I've been trying to stick to my "diet". I watch what I eat (not much snacking), stop eating when I am full, no eating after around 9:00pm, and eat less. I have noticed that I just don't want to eat as much, that I get full more quickly. I haven't really changed what I eat, I just don't eat as much.

And I am happy to say it's working. I've lost about 5 pounds in the past few weeks. My pants are getting a little big; they tend to slip down my ass and hips when I am walking. Not enough to justify going out and buying new clothes but still, it's good to see it's working.

And to be honest, it's really not that hard. The only thing that sucks is that I still crave sugary sweets at night. But I don't eat it. And if I do, it's just a little something, a couple of Swedish Fish or a small Tootsie Roll. I stopped drinkiing huge glasses of iced tea, too, so I am sure that's helping.

I'm pretty fucking happy with myself. Only about 25 more pounds to go. I'd be happy with anouther 15.

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
12:44 am

For the past week I have tried to watch what I eat. I don't eat after 9:00PM (we eat dinner at around 7:30 and I don't go to bed until 1 or 2, so I figure this okay). Jeff came home with with yummy Easter treats today and I didn't eat any of them. I cut down on the amount of sugar I put in my tea each morning. I've been trying.

I don't want to diet because I know they don't work so I figure if I can watch my portion size and stop eating when I am full, then that's a better plan for me.

I'm starving right now but I won't eat anything...it's too late in the evening. Maybe I'll have some more water.

Anyway, I wanted to put this out there, maybe to try to keep myself in check. I just weighed myself and I haven't lost anything this week...but then again, I didn't weigh myself last week so I have no idea if I actually have stayed the same or not lost or what. I know weight isn't the end all, be all of my existence but I hate the way I look. All I know is that I cannot look at myself naked because it really makes me want to cry. I catch glimpses of myself in windows at the store and it makes me sad. I don't want to be a size 6 but I also don't want to be a size 16 for the rest of my life, either.

I need to get more exercise. I really do think that's the key I'm missing...I am too damn lazy. One step at a time, right?

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
11:22 am - SELF Challenge

I'm a little late with this but if anyone is interested in doing the SELF Challenge you can find it at that link. And if you sign up as part of the RAINN Team:, The charity that has the most participants will win $5000. Additionally, for each RAINN supporter that subscribes to the magazine, SELF will contribute $1 to RAINN.

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Monday, February 20th, 2006
5:40 pm - Freaked the hell out....

Well I am in the process of getting this wedding thing going for the fall time frame and I've just run into the 'brick wall' in my head that I only have about 7m (or less, really) to get in decent shape enough to fit in a wedding gown!!I have to lose at least 20pds to be anywhere even close to my prepreggy weight (though 30-40 was my ideal weight loss goal) and therefore almost still resemble the woman that my fiance fell in love with.

This shouldn't be an unnattainable goal but considering since Slaters birth over 2yrs ago all I've done is gain 30pds and then only managed to lose 20 of that so far(not to mention the preggy weight that is still here).:(

Hence the freak out mode and reason I'm not feeling to hot about this whole predicament.

Not really sure what kinda of responses I was looking for here, just more really wanted to vent and put that out there.

Thanks for reading/listening.:)

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2:04 pm - Introduction...

Hello! I just wanted to share with you a little bit of me and my personality so, I did a little survey! Here it is!

Name: Pamela
Age: 20
Height: 5'0
Children: 1...Nathan, 8 months old!
Weight before pregnancy: 150lbs
Weight after pregnancy: 200lbs
Weight goal:140lbs
size before pregancy: 13 in Juniors
size after pregnancy: 17-18 in juniors
size you want to be: 9 in juniors
What area of your body, do you want to loose the most weight: belly area, butt
Favorite fatty food(s): Pizza Rolls!
Favorite healthy food(s): Muscle Milk!
photo's!Collapse )

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
2:18 pm - chocolate cupcake

I just got back from the gym. Yayy, me. I got an appointment with one of the trainers there, so I'll be meeting with her next week. Why is it that when I get home from the gym I immediately have this craving for chocolate cupcakes or similar? I have the WORST cravings right now! Fortunately, we don't have any chocolate cupcakes in the house. But that doesn't mean I can't whip some up! I try to eat healthy, I really do. In fact we are getting a delivery of organic fruits and vegetables tonight. But dammit I don't WANT a nice crisp apple. I want chocolate cupcakes! OK I am just going to have to stop saying the word because it just makes me want them even more.

Going to eat some lentils now.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
3:46 pm - Hey ya'll, watch this!

HI Moms! Today I started a diet. Well, its just more like watching what I eat better and not eating as much. I hope this is not too out of taste, but here are some pics of me in a belly dancing outfit. Im going to try to do this behind an LJ cut, so keep your fingers crossed that it works. These were taken on Oct 1, 2005.

MECollapse )

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006
9:39 am - I've got the food crazies

The last couple days have been like a gluttony spree for me. It was as if I could not stop eating. I was compelled to eat and eat and eat. Then last night it seems to have ended abruptly, leaving me with nothing but a feeling of severe disgust for myself. I want to recover what little dignity and health I can and move on. I'm not even sure what to eat at this point. I am hungry right now (actual real hunger, for breakfast), for example, but part of me is so disgusted with myself that I don't WANT to eat (logically I know that is a bad option because if I let myself get to a point where I am starving, I end up with no willpower) and part of me doesn't know WHAT to eat. I ate a lot of sweet foods during my binge and now the taste of sweetness in my mouth is vile to me, so I want nothing sweet. I have an orange here, and I have maple/brown sugar oatmeal, and both of those are two sweet for me right now.

Perhaps part of my problem is that I don't really ever want to eat, no matter how hungry I am, unless I have a 'taste' for a specific food. I'm sure my husband thinks I'm nuts because I always need to know what we're planning on having for dinner, because I need to build up a 'taste' for it beforehand - otherwise I don't want to eat. I love food, but I love all the things that are bad for me, and frequently the things I have a 'taste' for are the things I shouldn't be eating but once in a blue moon...and I find it very difficult to move past having a 'taste' for one thing and eating another.

I sabotage myself sometimes too. I can bring all the food I'm 'supposed' to eat in a day with me to work, and sometimes I won't even eat the food I bring with because I decide I want to run across the street and go to McDonald's or something.

There comes a point after the birth of your child where you are no longer carrying 'baby fat' and it just graduates to 'fat'. My son will be 18 months old in three days. If I haven't worn out the 'baby fat' grace period already, I feel that I'm surely fast approaching it. I want to have another baby, or at least entertain the thought, but I want to lose most of this weight first. I want to breathe better and be able to move better and have more energy, and losing this weight will help.

I was fat before I had the baby. I ate more than I was supposed to even then. But I ate LESS than I do now. I'm 20 pounds heavier than I was before I got pregnant. Clearly I am eating more than I did before pregnancy since I am maintaining this weight. What changed that made it OK in my head to eat this much??

I don't know how to stop eating what's bad and start eating the right amounts of what's good. I have the knowledge; I could probably be a friggin nutritionist at this point, I've learned so much about food and what is and isn't good and what amounts people should eat and so on. What I don't seem to know how to do is apply that knowledge to my life. I feel like a failure, almost every day. I KNOW what's bad but I do it anyway. I have told myself for years it is just a question of willpower. I'm a pretty strong-willed girl, in most areas of my life. Why don't I have the willpower to conquer my bad food habits? Do I need help? If so, how do i get help for something like this? Who is supposed to help me, if I can't even help myself?

This has been going on for YEARS. I'm so frustrated by it I don't even know where to turn.

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
2:26 pm - I have a love/hate relationship with my body

It really is magical and amazing what our bodies can do. Women's bodies can grow and nourish a child. We can sustain that child for the first year of it's life. It really is miraculous and I honor the fact that my body put on the weight it needed to grow Aislin.

At the same time, I feel alienated from myself. This is not the body I'm used to having! We went out for a date on Saturday night for the first time in weeks. I went through the whole "dig through my closet for something cute that fits" routine. And I found a skirt and managed to zip up my big black boots. I felt cute but when I looked in the mirror I looked pudgy. I ddn't feel cute then, I just felt fat. I know I shouldn't complain because I know women who put on a lot more weight than I did during their pregnancies. And I am still smaller than just about everyone I know. But I am used to being a certain size. I am used to wearing my old clothes. And I feel like my body is not my own.

I used to have abdominal muscles. Not anything to brag about. It's not like I could 100 sit-ups without breaking a sweat. But I used to be able to do A sit-up! Now I can't even do that. And (TMI but...) I have a lot less strength in the PC muscle as well which means when I DO manage a sit-up, I wet my pants a little. How discouraging! But that's what 4 hours of pushing will do, I guess.

Anyway, I made it to the YMCA today. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill and the some stretching. Maybe I will go to Bikram yoga tonight if LM is feeling better.

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