Lose 55 Pounds Baby Weight

by Melissa
(maryland)

I am a stay at home mother of 3 boys. I am a pear shape. I have most of my weight in my hips and butt. I am 5'10 240 lbs, size 16. I would love to be around 185lbs and size 12.

All my weight gain is due to pregnancies. I gained about 80lbs with each one. I have seemed to keep the weight on with this last one. What can I do to lose all this extra baby weight?

I have about an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon to workout. I have a slim in 6 dvd. I use that and we live on the 3rd floor so I use the stairs alot. I would say my fitness level is maybe a medium level. Please help me!

Thank you
Melissa

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Jan 12, 2010
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Long Term Weightloss Plan
by: Monica

Hi Melissa

Thanks for posting your question. The first thing I do when I start working with a client who needs to lose more than 50 pounds is to come up with a step by step long term weightloss plan.

Month 1 aim to lose 10-15 pounds by drastically improving the quality of the foods you eat, by implementing portion control, and by working out 3 days a week using the workout plan outlined below plus 2-3 additional days of fitness dvds, outdoor cardio, or other activity. 45 minutes is enough just make sure it's challenging.

7 minutes of warm-up (cardio and/or bodyweight exercises)
25 minutes of total body weightloss exercises
15 minutes of challenging cardio intervals and ab exercises

The key the first month is to be consistent with workouts and to really make an effort to clean up your diet and cut down on portions. Another trick I use with clients who need to lose more than 50 lb is weekly intermittent fasting. I make this optional but what I've noticed is the people who choose to do it usually get faster results. It's up to you how fast you want to lose and whether you can handle the 24 hour fast. Click the link to read more about it.

Month 2 & 3 is when I typically switch a client to 45 minute workouts 3 times a week that include only strength training plus 30-40 minute workouts 3 times a week that include tougher cardio intervals plus isolation work for trouble zones. I also take them off fasting and introduce them to carb rotation. These two changes will typically result in another 16 pounds of weightloss (8 pounds per month).

workout schedule for months 2 & 3
M chest back legs
T cardio glutes
W legs arms shoulders
Th cardio abs
F total body
S cardio glutes
S active recovery

You can find all types of workouts to fit this schedule here on the site or just get started with my 30 Minute Workout Plan.

Losing the first 30 pounds is actually the easy part. The hard part starts after the 3rd month. If you can get to the third month with these suggestions let me know and I'll take you the rest of the way until you reach your goal. The last 20 is a little trickier but I don't want you to focus on that just yet.

Let me know if you have any other questions or if you get stuck and don't forget to have fun and be patient. Long term weight loss goals can be frustrating but you can also learn a lot about your body along the way. Expect setbacks and bad days but most importantly have a plan to help you get back on track right away if you get off plan. Post here if you need help.




Jan 19, 2010
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results so far
by: Melissa

Monica

I have lost 3lbs. That's in just a week. I'm very happy. Thank you so much for your help.

Melissa

Jan 25, 2010
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week 2
by: Melissa

Monica, Another 3lbs. I am very happy. I have been doing just about everything you said. There are a few exercises I can't do yet. I want to thank you again, and I will let you know more next week. Thanks Melissa

Jan 26, 2010
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Rapid Weightloss
by: Monica

Woohoo! Great job. All this stuff works so well especially when you implement it all at the same time. If you just keep challenging yourself a bit more each workout (not crazy but just slighly more) you'll be doing those tougher exercises in no time and you'll get be able to drop another 4-9 pounds by the end of the month.

Just keep pushing. Once you get past this 15 pounds it will get a little easier before you really have to start getting a little more intense. If you have a bad day just get right back on track and don't look back.

Awesome job. So proud of you!!

Feb 01, 2010
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week3
by: Melissa

Monica, This has been a hard week. Two of my sons have been sick. I got sick on Thursday. I have lost 1lb this week. I know you cant just eat right you have to exercise also. This week has shown that. This week we are still trying to feel better, but at least I feel good enough to do something. I had a road block and I hope I am getting over it. Melissa

Feb 01, 2010
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workout options when sick
by: Monica

When I get sick I just do a tiny bit each day to boost my immune system. Any more than that can actually be bad for you. Try not to feel discouraged. We all have sick weeks and it's only a minor set back. The great news is you're still on track with your eating (eating tons of greens, brown rice, homemade chicken soup, and steamed veggies will help you get well faster).

What I do if I can't workout at all is I just cut my portions a tiny bit (nothing crazy) just enough to make up for the not working out.

Later this week once you feel better you can get back into your workouts. Hope you and our little ones get well soon and thanks for keeping me posted.

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