4.22.2014

When the going gets tough...

Today's post is going to be full of a lot of bitching, that's just the mood I'm in today. My weight is just NOT. FREAKING. MOVING.
It's just so frustrating to be putting in so much work and not getting any results. I spend 200 bucks a week keeping a stock of fresh produce and healthy food in my house, I get my ass to the gym even when I'm up with a new baby at night, I track all the foods that go in my mouth. You know what's a load of BS? 'Weight loss is simple, just burn more than you take in'.


My alarm went off at 4:15am this morning and I weighed myself, when I saw that same weight as last week I honestly just wanted to skip my workout and go back to bed. I was tired and that little nagging voice in the back of my mind was chanting 'what's the point?'


I went though because for all the years I've been doing this I know this: if I do nothing then nothing will change. 

Top is from Fancy Fit Boutique.

I tried to change my attitude, all I saw when I looked in the mirror were my flaws. I hate those days. I wanted to come home and just put on sweats while I snacked on Easter candy and snuggled my baby. That sounds fun, but it sure wouldn't improve my attitude. So I stayed at the gym until I sweat a good sweat and felt those endorphins throughout my body. 



I came home, snuggled my baby and made myself pretty. It helped, I felt better. I may still be rockin' the flowy shirts and leggings, but a little hair and makeup go a long way.

Today I won't give up, I will track my food, I will make good choices, I will be positive. It will happen, I know, but please weight loss Gods, through a girl a bone! 

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  1. I needed this today as well! After all that damn Easter candy!!!

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  2. Skinny Meg, I feel the same way! Ever since I had my second daughter, it is like pulling teeth to lose a pound! I also get up at 4:30 to work out before work, doing a mix of running, weights and barre classes, eat healthy/clean about 85% of the time and the scale stays the same. It is so frustrating, but keep at it! If nothing else, the sanity that working out provides me is priceless! :)

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  3. OMG. I am having the very same day, different circumstances. I was in a car accident a few weeks ago, and I'm on the DL for who knows how long. I "could" get up and still ride the bicycle in the mornings, but it just pisses me off sooo bad that I can't do what I want that I've been just rolling over in the morning and going back to bed. It scares me because I'm looking at having possible back surgery (major, down for 4-6 weeks, with months of PT recovery time)...and I know for that I need to be in the best shape possible before so recovery doesn't suck. I am seriously freaked out and start to cry every time I think about it...it all just seems very overwhelming. Sigh. You do look adorable and that baby is just the cutest. You are loved and that's the most important part about life! Praying for a better day for us both! XOXO, J

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  4. You look amazing! And you have cute babies..........winning :) But I hate those days too!!!! Are you taking measurements of yourself? Maybe you are losing inches and the scale just isn't moving? Regardless like I said you are a very beautiful Mommy!!!

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  5. I am in the same boat. Baby number 3 is 5 weeks old and I cannot get that number on the scale to budge. Here's to better days for the both of us! We

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  6. It took me a good 4-5 months for my weight to budge.. and then again at around 9 months... 2nd and 3rd babies are a tad bit more work (post body) to get it down. My son just turned 1 on easter and I still have about 15 lbs to drop. C-sections and breast feeding are a tricky chemistry to get where it'll be steady loss too. You're doing so well though! <3 Keep on pushing!! :)

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  7. Oh Meg, I read this and got tears in my eyes. I completely remember feeling this way when I first had my son. My body was holding onto the baby weight like it was the only way to get to heaven. I felt so defeated ALL.THE.FREAKING.TIME. I hated it.

    However, just like you said, sometimes it takes time. And time it did take... months, which sucked but I got through them. So will you.

    You are such an awesome Mommy. You inspire me every day.

    Keep it up, Girlfriend!!

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  8. Could be you aren't sleeping enough mama. I don't get enough rest and my weight doesn't move sometimes. I hate it :( but I can't seem to get to bed early. It's hard with a new born to get adequate rest. We gotta be patient.

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  9. I totally feel ya! Story of my life. The scale never moves for me no matter how hard i work, but at the end of the day mentally you feel better by at least trying! Way to get yourself there!!!!! BTW i love that top, i've never heard of that store, any chance there is a promo code =)

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  10. Awwww!!!! Those are hard days, but you know what you're doing, the weight will come off. I'm crossing my fingers for a big loss coming for you soon! One thing I know for sure is for every week we feel "stagnate" there are also those awesome weeks when the numbers start dropping! You got this!

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  11. Maybe hide the scale for a bit? You are doing great, Meg, nourishing your body, and your sweet baby. I *know* it seems hard, but we can all see by your pictures that you are making body progress! Keep it up, and don't sweat the number for a while!

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  12. Good for you for keeping with it! Well done. I have those days too, but I've never been pregnant so I can't 100% sympathize.

    I will say, that the scale might not be changing cause you're toning up and gaining muscle. I know that's not fun though, seeing the number stay the same, but just know you are helping your body! GO MEG GO!

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  13. You're such a beautiful person. Inside as well as out. Keep going!

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  14. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one! I am motivated. I workout 5-6 days a week and mix it up. I track what I eat. I've been starting to eat more thinking that's it. The scale does NOT MOVE! Come on, go down just 1 pound and I would be SUPER PUMPED. But until, I trudge on!

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  15. Such a universal truth. We all have those days. I weighed one pound MORE this morning. I effing hate the scale. I did the same thing. Just keep going. Eventually it will all pay off. Glad we are all here to encourage each other. And, you look amazing, by the way!

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  16. The scale might not be moving, but I can definitely see a difference in your pictures! Keep up the good work, girl! My hat goes off to you. It took me six months after I had my son to get back to working out on a regular basis. You are kicking butt!

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  17. Totally relate to how you feel and have been in your shoes. You are doing everything right and your body will eventually respond. Good job with sticking to your plan and making yourself feel better with hair and makeup instead of chocolate bunnies and jelly beans.

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  18. Oh girl, you are motivating me today!! About 7 months post-baby, I realized that breastfeeding (and cramming my face with all the sweets in the world) wasn't going to make me skinny. That's when I got serious about diet and exercise. I started tracking everything I ate and working out. After two months of "going hard," I lost ten pounds, with only about six more pounds to reach my goal weight. That's when I started slacking. Hell, I lost ten pounds...I got this. I don't need to track my eating. I know what I'm doing. Um, NOT. EVEN. CLOSE! I've gained back a few of those pounds and now, I'm trying to get back into the "going hard" mindsight with my eating and fitness. This post reminded me of why I'm doing what I'm doing and that, if you can get up at 4:15am after being up at night with your wee little lad, then I sure as hell can fit in a 45 minute workout on my lunch break!

    THANK YOU for being real! THANK YOU for sparing us the "smoke and mirrors." You're a motivation, girl!

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  19. Well if it makes you feel any better, while the scale may not be moving, you are looking fiiiiiinnne. Really though, you're strengthening muscles, your metabolism is going cray-cray because you're breast feeding too, soon, it will all come together and the scale will show your progress. For now, the mirror is showing it. :)

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  20. This is sooo me today too but I keep thinking about you saying if you do nothing nothing will change! It sucks and this is hard but we can do this! Something else I try to think about is all these things have to be making small changes and hopefully those will add up to big changes!

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    1. But thank you so much for being honest with us makes me feel like it's normal to be struggling.

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  21. You go girl! I'm 10 weeks post partum today after putting on 50 lbs during pregnancy, trying to run and work out 6 days a week and watching what I eat...it's SO hard! You are doing a great job. Tough days are only meant to build character :) Our babies will thank us one day for being able to chase them around the backyard! Keep up the great work Meg...you'll get there. We both will! You're quite the inspiration.

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  22. PLEASE, for your sanity's sake, do not give the number on the scale so much power! I know you know this, but as you are loosing fat, you are gaining muscle, which weighs more than fat. I know we all know this, and we nod our heads, yeah yeah, yet we keep being a slave to the scale. Take measurements, weekly if you want, measure your body fat %, and take weekly progress pics - those are all a million times more reliable than the number on the scale. And give yourself some grace friend, hello, YOU JUST HAD A BABY! You are doing great, and your dedication is truly inspiring!

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  23. Love, Love this post......you are such an inspiration.

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  24. Same spot here, good for you for getting up and doing it though!!!

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  25. That was my day yesterday. Pure hell are those days. But you just push through.

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  26. The scale is the devil! Don't pay attention to it! I don't have children so I don't know if this holds true after giving birth (so don't kill me or hate me for saying this!) But maybe the scale won't budge for a while and instead you'll see a reduction in inches or possibly pant size? Maybe your body is just readjusting to being without baby so everything is settling and although the weight is the same, your body is different?! That's a WIN in my book! I've lost nearly 80 lbs and recently I started with a trainer because I wanted HUGE results. Well my weight has only changed by 5 lbs :( but my body is changing in leaps and bounds! I'm down 2 sizes. So the scale can suck it!! You look great, you have beautiful children and you've been on this journey before so you got this!! :)

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  27. And all the people said Amen. This post is exactly where I am in life. Stil grindin but not budging.

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  28. Regardless of what's happening with your weight loss now, YOU'RE AN INSPIRATION!!! Don't ever forget that.

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  29. Keep going. You know better than anyone that muscle weighs more than fat. Don't give up.

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  30. Honestly when I breastfeed I hold the weight. But I would say keep what your doing and don't give up breastfeeding to lose weight. You have your whole life to look skinny and only a limited amount of time to breastfeed. Off soapbox.

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  31. I feel your pain girl! You're doing awesome though and are such an inspiration to some of us lazy girls out here. You should be so proud of yourself and give yourself some grace, you just had a baby. I'm afraid you've already done way more than others do in one whole year.

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  32. That's how I'm feeling today!!! I've been stuck at the same weight for about 6 days now and it's so damn frustrating when you feel like you're giving it your all!! Thanks for this today, I needed it!

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  33. Thank you for sharing exactly how I have been feeling!

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  34. I think you look amazing and your working out ethic is the best! Keep doing what you do and the weight will come off. I tell myself that daily. ;)
    Thank you for being so real. It makes it so easy to relate to you.

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  35. I'm all for the hair and makeup to help your mood and outlook. It doesn't always help as much as I need but hell, it makes a difference and sometimes that difference it what keeps me going :)

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  37. I know it doesn't feel good to not see that number move, but I wanted to let you know that you are so inspiring anyway. I honestly have stopped reading some bloggers because all they do is post about how wonderful their progress is. I want to see someone who is real, sharing her struggles and celebrating the small victories. I love that you share about your little ones and that you keep them the center of your life. The fake "you can do it, it's not impossible! I'm SUCH an inspiration to you ALL!" crap is so old. These posts make you real, these struggles suck but they are the reason that your readers keep coming back AND the reason that we all KNOW you will overcome it. You are awesome!

    Sorry I deleted the last comment...it was under the wrong profile! Gotta love work!

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  38. Take it easy on yourself girlfriend. I am pretty sure your hormones are still getting back to normal. You are a beautiful young women, with two beautiful healthy children, a great husband etc etc etc. Give it some time. You will be back to your normal chipper, annoying self in no time. Big HUG, your Aunt Connie

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  39. SO frustrating!

    Keep in mind that you're still healing from just having grown and birthed a baby and you're still providing all nourishment for said baby (as if you could forget!). Hormones are a funny thing and I would bet that all the changes your body is going through related to baby growing/birthing/feeding probably is at the root of why you're body is holding on to weight. Hopefully things will settle down soon and you'll start seeing some results. Til then, just keep truckin'! You're doing great!

    And I totally want to throat punch people who say {insert whiny know-it-all-voice from naturally skinny person} "weight loss is eaasy, just burn more calories than you eat. It's simple maaaaath" ::throat punch:: They clearly have never had to work at losing weight because if they had they would never say things like that!

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  40. You are AWESOME Megan, no matter what you may think! So many of us look up to you (myself included) and you should be SO proud for all you have accomplished and will continue to accomplish! Just take it one day at a time, that's all we can do or we will drive ourselves insane!

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  41. On these bad days, just sit back and look at the beautiful things in your life and enjoy them. Two precious kids! As long as you are all healthy and happy, don't worry about what your weight is today...or tomorrow. Your kids will be grown so fast, so do sit home and snuggle that precious little guy...maybe skip the candy part, but enjoy the little things in your life right now. Keep your head up girl and keep moving forward!!

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  42. I seriously know exactly how you feel!! When I was nursing I worked out daily, ate great, chugged water and didn't lose an ounce. Even some weeks I gained and wanted to literally curl up in a ball and cry. Bodies are just weird when it comes to getting back to normal after baby. Just remember that either way you are building your muscle back up which will help burn calories and make you leaner. And even though the scale doesn't relfect it now, it will soon. Just keep going! You look beautiful as always!! :)

    ~Devon @ laduit2it.blogspot.com

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  43. I am with you. I have been in the same place for three weeks, I even kind of watched what I consumed at Easter. I have 2 lbs to lose to get to my short term goal and I can't even get it to budge. There are days I just want to crawl back into bed and eat all the crap food I can get a hold of. When I got on the scale this morning and it didn't move again I got so aggravated that I kicked the scale back under the dresser and walked away swearing I was never getting back on that thing but I will never give up. You look great, you've got this!

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  44. I LOVE when you're honest about your struggles in weight loss or other areas. Sometimes your high energy, good attitude and motivation feel so far away that I can't relate, but these posts remind me that you're not perfect either, yet you still push forward, so I should too. You're awesome!!

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  45. *HUGS*!! I just read through all of the comments, and I have to say, it is actually pretty darn nice to read that there are NORMAL women out there like you and all of your readers who struggle to lose the babyweight. I'm so freaking tired of feeling like I'm surrounded by women who a) gain the recommended pregnancy weight and then lose it within a month, and b) have no pudginess, fat roles, cellulite or baby tummy but look completely normal again only weeks after having said baby. oh and I don't want to leave out c) women who just melt pounds off of their body from breastfeeding.

    Ugh!! I see women like that, and though that has got to be AWESOME to be them, it makes me feel like crap and like there is something seriously wrong with me because I, like you, have to work 10 times harder to lose even just 1 pound. And because I refuse to stop breastfeeding before a year, it takes me that entire first year just to lose what takes these other women the first 6 weeks to get off.

    With that said, have your bitching session and vent all you want. And then get yourself together (like you have done) and try harder. Again. And don't forget that the scale is only a device that weighs our gravity pull towards the earth. :) It is not a reflection of your true beauty, your hard work, how your clothes are fitting on you, and of course all of the things that come with JUST having a baby - like organs shifting back into place, hormones fluctuating, fluid levels rising and lowering to provide breastmilk, body storing and accessing fat for baby, uterus still shrinking back to normal size (my lower belly is still so puffy!), all the stomach muscles trying to slowly go back to normal after being stretched out like a rubber band, and more. You've GOT this! The scale just isn't going to tell you all the time. If I were you I would seriously hide the scale for a month. And then in 1 month come back and weigh in.

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  46. Oh girl...I hear you. I was there a little while back (my baby is 11 months old today). I had such a hard time losing this time and I swear it was my age (36). Have you heard of Beach Body's 21 day fix program? If you're interested let me know. It's a comprehensive exercise and nutrition plan that totally works! I saw results the entire time and I'm still in love with this program. I'm running a challenge group at the beginning of may and would love to have you join us. I lost all my extra baby weight in those 21 days (10 lbs) and I have not seen it since! My website is: www.beachbodycoach.com/jmuaphi

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  47. Thank you for being so real and so relatable. You got this girl! You're already looking amazing!!

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  48. I am at 37 weeks pregnant right now and I SOOOOO APPRECIATE your blog Megan! Your honesty, positivity and motivation keeps me going! Because of you posts I am still at the gym, working out, lifting weights, because you inspired me to keep healthy!

    I know you are in a struggle right now but GOOD for you for being honest with yourself and not letting that nagging voice get to you. The work you have put in already is amazing. In your time it will come off, right now I see your strength and muscles returning. Keep up and your hard work and motivation will pay off!!!!

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  49. You just totally rock! You are an inspiration! Thank you for this post<3

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  50. A freakin men!!!!!!!! Seriously, the best post ever! I'm in the SAME boat! It's so frustrating! I'm busting my butt and the scale is NOT moving! Love reading that other people have the same struggles as me. Thank you!!!!!

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  51. Today I found out that I have PCOS...which is why my weight hasn't moved (except up) for 2 years. I FEEL YOUR PAIN! You can do this!

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  52. I, like the others, can 100% understand. After not working out or eating healthy for 9 weeks post c-section, I started going back to the gym, walking more and eating healthy and over a month and a half, I gained 7pounds! I felt so defeated even though I lost a few inches. I struggle every day to keep going but I sit and think about my options. I could give up and then be in a worse position in 5 months with an extra 20 pounds on top of what I already have to lose. Because if we choose to give up, it's only a matter of time before we are back in the position of wanting to be healthier. I remind myself that there really is no other option. I'm not going to live an unhealthy lifestyle no matter what. I may have bad days, but those days will pass and we start anew. Good luck and know that many of us are cheering you on and with you every step of the way.

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  53. Your honesty is inspiring! Thank you!

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  54. I really love your blog, you are always inspiring. You will start losing again, you know you will.

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  55. You are beautiful and you will make progress! Such an inspiration :)

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  56. Have you checked out ETP? I wasn't seeing progress AT ALL, then I worked with them and their calculator... I need 2500 calories a day!! twice as much as I was eating, but i immediately started seeing results! Something to look into.... You're working HARD and breastfeeding, you need probably upwards of 3000 calories a day! :)

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  57. I have the same issue but I had my fourth baby on March 1st. I know that I have a really hard time losing weight while breast feeding. Once I wean, the weight literally falls off and quickly. I guess my body is waiting for a famine.

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  58. Here is another angle for you. I was trying to lose five pounds. Yes five, I know - it sounds ridicule. However, that darn scale would NOT budge for like five months!! I was so frustrated. I was eating right, working out four to five times per week and could see the clothes dropping off me. Well after five months, I got on the scale again, and its seven pounds down. So it was a sustained long term loss. It just took time. Not sure why it happened this way, but it did. You are looking much slimmer than three weeks ago. It will happen, do not give up!

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  59. Girl you are such an inspiration to me. You are beautiful inside and out. Thank you for keeping it real. I can't wait to see all you accomplish this year as you rock this weight loss.

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  60. Keep going, you got this!!! You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for always sharing-the good, bad, and ugly. You are always being true. Great job! :)

    Allie @ www.adeezyyy.wordpress.com

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  61. Man, I needed this! Thank you SO MUCH.

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  62. Way to keep at it and stay real. A postbaby body wants to keep all the fat it can... but it will come off :).

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  63. I'm almost in tears because I can so relate!! My second boy is 8 months and I am struggling to get the scale moving! I'm also eating healthy, tracking every bit, doing crossfit and cardio.. the scale is up and down monthly and it's defeating. Thanks for sharing your journey, there are many more woman like us out there than there are those fake fitness blog moms.. Even if you're having a bad day, week or month you are still inspiring all of us. We'll get there:)

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  64. I was able to shove off all of my baby weight after my second, but then it crept back. I was a lucky one that was able to stay busy and breastfeed like a moo cow halfass eat right and exercise and lose the baby weight (not the weight that was already there prebaby). After I stopped breastfeeding it came back on. Today I weigh what I weighed when I was seven months pregnant. My "baby" is three. You are doing it right, you are getting yourself and family in habits that will be a life of success, not "let me breastfeed and halfass eat right and exercise and get down to a suitable weight" but real life success. My family is used to me starting a failing and so my husband isn't quick to rearrange his life (i.e. set alarms to get up in time to allow me to work out in the morning). Be proud of what you are doing, be proud of Oliver and your family's healthy lifestyle. And know that we can see change, even if you don't. You look great.

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  65. gahhhh, this post hit the NAIL ON THE mothafucken HEAD! Excuse the language but OMG you took the thoughts out of MY head and put them on this blog. I weighed in this morning. It's official. I've GAINED 10 pounds since my life started to get "sticky" we'll say in October. Multiple family deaths, a couple diagnoses of cancer, a lot of stress from work... it’s been a rough 6 months. When i finally admitted this morning that I have gained 10lbs and its not just a little water weight, or that TOM weight... i cried. When i read this blog post, i cried. thank you for being SO REAL and keeping going... b/c i sure felt like quitting when i saw the scale this morning. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to work out before work, but this has motivated me to get my ass in gear tonight when i get off. I swear, if I ever have the money, I'm coming to Texas to meet you! You’re such an inspiration and you motivate me so much!! thank you thank you thank you.

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  66. Those days are so tough but honestly your attitude is amazing! You actually got to the gym and did a solid workout. I feel worse when I make up an excuse to stay in bed.

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  67. You got this sista! Just keep going! I dibbs you delete someone from your MFP and add me...ha ha..come on...;)

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  68. You are amazing! I saw you at the soccer field the other day- our kids were playing each other and were the same number (ha)! Have you ever gotten a bountiful basket? They are $15 and full of fruit and veggies! They are amazing and you can pick them up on Saturday morning. Check out www.bountifulbasket.org

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