What happened - post partum?

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Registered: 02-06-2013
What happened - post partum?
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 5:42pm

Prior to pregnancy, I was a gym rat that  spent 30 mins lifting weights then an hour in spin class....everyday. I counted every calorie that passed my lips, averaging 1800-2000 calories a day, generally very healthy calories.

During pregnancy, I pretty much stopped exercising and ate an unknown, but reasonable, amount of calories. I allowed myself to indulge in those 'bad' things I otherwise wouldn't eat -- chips, whoppers & pasta/bread!

Post partum,  (18 months)  I haven't kicked my pregnancy habits yet (whoppers & no exercise) yet but I want to get back in to exercising & healthier eating habits! I work full time & haven't made time to work out but I know it's amout making time, not necessarily having time.

Here's the ODD issue: Prior to preggo I was a fit 155lbs, I am currently 130lbs and appear fit (still toned, just slow mph). My Dr tested my thyroid & Ive had a full physical, so as far as I know there's no health issues. When I was dedicated to workouts & calories I weighed more & wasn't as toned - now, eating whatever & not working out Im at a comfortable weight. Having an eating issue through my 20's, I am now worried about getting back at workouts and eating healthy. I don't want to lose weight, and I certainly don't want to gain - I don't know where my happy-medium is. I don't think it's right that I eat 2500+ calories a day but is it possible thats what I need?

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Registered: 07-04-2011
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 8:33am

Are you a stay-at-home mom? Maybe you are far busier and more active now that you've got a toddler than you realize. It may be that you are burning quite a few calories chasing after the baby,cooking, and cleaning, etc. I wish that were the case with me. I tend to sit and watch my daughter play but I am trying to get more involved by getting down on the floor with her, playing on the playground, walking etc. I've still got quite a few pounds to lose and my daughter is 3.

I would think that if your doctor doesn't see anything wrong with you and you are feeling good, then count your blessings and enjoy your ability to eat anything you want without gaining weight.