Try to remember, it took almost 2 years for you to get to how you look and feel today. It's not going to change over night :)
Start with little things. Go for a walk with the kids every morning. Make sure you eat at least 2 types of vegetables and 2 types of fruit every day. Don't drink soda or juice. See how that is, and then start adding other little things as you go. You could also start with going to your Dr. or OB and asking them to test your thyroid. It's not uncommon for pregnancy hormones to mess with your thyroid. It's a simple fix, but having thyroid issues can make it almost impossible to lose weight. Good luck!
Once you get into a good walking routine (give yourself a good month) add in some strength training. It doesn't have to be complicated (3 sets of 10-12 reps using your own body as resistance like push ups and squats). Building up some muscle will really do a good job of revving up your metabolism so that you burn more calories at rest. One of my favorite places to find exercise ideas is fitness magazines....that I "borrow" from my hairdresser, doctor's office, etc.
Also set some short term goals. I see your long term goal is to lose the weight by next year but you might need some mini steps to keep yourself from feeling like next year is soooo... far away. Start with one or two pounds, or better yet one or two inches, so that you can feel a sence of accomplishment. I know it sounds silly but it really does work. And reward yourself with a treat (not food) for meeting those goals but don't punish yourself if you miss the mark one month. If you want some more tips you are welcome to friend me and then send a message to me. I took a great class in college that was about this very subject and was required to do a big project on it. It was an eye opening experience!
I know it's hard but just take it one day at a time. Like Jen said, it took 2 years to get to this point so cut yourself some slack!!
Hello, I have 2 children also. Not close in age but once you have children yourbody is NEVER the same... LOL!! Wish I knew you cause I love to work out!!! You can actually use your children to work out... I hold my 16 month old and do squats and lunges.Just get yourself into a routine of walking and try not to overwelm yourself as far as your diet. Try smaller portions of whatever you eat but eat those portions more through out the day. I wish u luck and if you have anyother questions please feel free to send me a message anytime.
U should try the special k challenge and walk everyday...I tried the special k diet and lost weight. Try leaving out fried foods and just in general eat smaller than what u normally do. I'm u will see some kind of difference in ur body.