To lose or not to lose...
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After the delivery and the month that followed, I lost six pounds. It has been over two months now, and I have not been able to lose any of the eight or nine pounds remaining. I have been eating healthy (not starving myself or gorging myself), and I have been exercising four to five times a week for the last five weeks (weights, Pilates, cardio).
Sometimes, I swear that scale teases me. It will show that I lost a pound or half a pound only to show that I gained it back the next day. I can tell my arms look more toned than they did while I was pregnant, so I know the Pilates and the weights are working. It's just frustrating to work so hard and to not see the results I was hoping for. Most of the "problem" areas seems to be in my upper legs and my stomach. Y'all, I am a short girl. Any weight gain is noticeable.
So, this is me. Being completely honest. I need some ideas from gals who have struggled with getting rid of those extra pounds that just linger. What did you do that helped? I completely admit that I am not obese nor am I considered "over-weight," but I would really like for my old clothes to fit the way they used to. Not out of vanity, mind you, but out of being a good steward of what we have. I can't justify buying a new wardrobe just because I can't lose these extra pounds/inches. Because I wished for things to feel more normal, I gave all of the maternity clothes I had borrowed months ago back to their owners. So. I'm left with the things hanging in my closet, and y'all, I just can't keep wearing the same two pairs of shorts and same three shirts over and over again this summer. When fall and winter hit, I need to be able to wear more than just the four dresses I can fit into. I have to be able to shimmy into my jeans and slacks again. Being able to zip and button them would be a beautiful bonus...
We are on a limited income right now, so purchasing something new is not really an option. We have a prepaid year-long membership to the gym that's not up until November (thank you, Lord!), and we have healthy food in the refrigerator.
I have the will-power. I just need the know-how.
If you have helpful hints, please share them.
If you have a word or two of encouragement, I'd love to read those, too.
Funny stories regarding standing on your head in order to get your jeans to slide just one more inch? By all means, type away.
I'd love to read about others who have struggled with this and who have succeeded.
On your mark.