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    [–] DISCUSSION THREAD: Sharing Weight Loss with Family and Friends GetMotivatedNow 2 points ago in team_CoMC

    Whether or not I share (and how much I share) depends on the person:

    *My husband gets his poor ears talked off, so it's a good thing he's totally supportive and now he's also on the weight loss bandwagon with me, which is awesome! I mostly talk about practical stuff with him (meal planning, etc).

    *My brother is my off-and-on accountability person, so we share our struggles with each other.

    *My dad/stepmom are the people I said nothing to initially because I wanted to surprise them when they saw me periodically. Once they saw how much weight I was losing, they asked me for what I was doing and are now on their own weight loss/getting healthier journeys. They are 100% supportive.

    *My mom is a different story... I share almost nothing of my life with her except the superficial things (the weather today, what I watched on Netflix last week, etc), so we don't talk about weight loss or anything important to me.

    So far, this has all worked out really well for me! Supportive people are supportive, and non-supportive or apathetic people I don't discuss with.

    [–] “Did you try to breastfeed?” And other things not to say to exclusively pumping moms. GetMotivatedNow 1 points ago in beyondthebump

    Sure, if you have a third hand to punch with! I’m very much for staring at someone while they blather on at me and then just continue staring once they’ve stopped. Say nothing. It makes them so uncomfortable that they just slink away.

    [–] What was the best piece of advice/wisdom you were given about parenthood? GetMotivatedNow 1 points ago in beyondthebump

    Ha! I’m a Paeds reg (training to become a paediatrician). I’m so used to calling parents out (in the gentlest way possible) professionally at work, but even I get intimidated with some of the parents outside of work.

    [–] What was the best piece of advice/wisdom you were given about parenthood? GetMotivatedNow 1 points ago in beyondthebump

    Not so obvious, unfortunately. So many people who don’t use car seats properly, will use unsafe products, etc. Not to mention all the parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids when it’s safe to do so.

    [–] “Did you try to breastfeed?” And other things not to say to exclusively pumping moms. GetMotivatedNow 27 points ago in beyondthebump

    How are you supposed to win?!?

    By doing what's best for you and the baby while staring down anyone who dares oppose you. Peeing in a circle around your seat to mark your territory could help too.

    [–] What have you done in the last week that you are proud of? GetMotivatedNow 9 points ago in team_CoMC

    I’m back to eating at a deficit in the last week after so much unplanned extra eating when I went to visit my husband interstate for a couple weeks. I’ve yet to see any difference on the scale, but I’m feeling less bloated and gross! Not a huge success. More like I started falling off the wagon and caught myself just before falling off.

    [–] I was mommy shamed because of music GetMotivatedNow 15 points ago in beyondthebump

    She’s being ridiculous. Does she only ever eat Mexican food? Dress only in Mexican clothing/styles? Speak only Spanish? Read books only published by Mexicans or about Mexico? If she doesn’t, she’s a frigging hypocrite.

    [–] I always imagined having two children, but after having one baby, I don’t know if I could do it again. GetMotivatedNow 2 points ago in Parenting

    I’m already fully expecting to feel this way, which is why I’m so hesitant. I never had that feeling of missing my pre-baby life (not much, anyway) since I wanted a child so much, but I’m scared of how a new baby might disrupt our happy little family. On the other hand, I do feel like I’ll have a second kid and then, 5 years from now, wonder what on earth I was so scared of!

    [–] I always imagined having two children, but after having one baby, I don’t know if I could do it again. GetMotivatedNow 2 points ago in Parenting

    Thanks so much for replying to such a personal question. The main reason I’m open to having a kid now is because I want my daughter to have a sibling and my husband wants another kid, but I feel like those are not “good enough” reasons to have another child and I’m scared I’ll end up resentful. It’s nice to hear that you weren’t sure sure and things still worked out!

    [–] I always imagined having two children, but after having one baby, I don’t know if I could do it again. GetMotivatedNow 7 points ago in Parenting

    My daughter just turned 3 and I've only now started feeling like I could have a second child. How did you feel when you started trying for a second child? Did you feel open to the idea, or did you feel more strongly, like you were CERTAIN that you wanted another child? I just think of how hard the first 18 months were and that stops me from being super-excited like I was the first time I was trying to get pregnant.

    [–] One Month of Decluttering GetMotivatedNow 5 points ago in declutter

    Would homeless shelters take coats?

    [–] Pajama day everyday? GetMotivatedNow 1 points ago in toddlers

    We have the same approach. As long as the clothes are clean, dry, weather-appropriate, and fit reasonably well, then my daughter can wear whatever she wants. She loves the independence that comes with choosing her own outfits! My only job is to make sure that her chest of drawers is stocked with appropriate clothing.

    [–] Pajama day everyday? GetMotivatedNow 1 points ago in toddlers

    My kid doesn't have PJs, she just has normal comfy clothes. She changes in the evening into her clothes for the next day and sleeps in those. We do it this way because she needs to be up so early already, only the things that MUST be done in the morning (you know, teeth and breakfast essentially) are done so she can sleep in as much as possible. You can't tell that she's wearing clothes she's slept in and no one's ever made a comment.

    [–] Allergic to pickles? Okay. GetMotivatedNow 1 points ago in MaliciousCompliance

    When I was a kid, I used to tell my teacher that I was allergic to apple juice so that I would get chocolate milk instead on Pizza Day, which only happened once a month at school. Totally worth it.

    [–] Small Victory: I have DRASTICALLY cut down on tv time. GetMotivatedNow 2 points ago in beyondthebump

    I've actually been wondering about screen time recently. My daughter's 3 years old and we don't live anywhere close to her extended family, so she spends a couple hours on FaceTime/Skype every weekend talking with them. I mean, it would count as screen time, surely, since she's looking at a screen, but at the same time it's completely interactive and she's building relationships with family members that she's only met in person a few times. This is reassuring. Thanks for posting!

    [–] [Challenge] Wizarding World of Weight Loss - SIGN UPS OPEN GetMotivatedNow 3 points ago in loseit

    Oh, I thought 128 lb was your current weight! I got down to 55kg/121lbs January 2018 but then gained a couple kilos during the year, then "skyrocketed" back up to almost 61kg in January. I've been struggling to get back down (it seemed so much easier the first time!) and just sit in the 59s now, which is so frustrating. I'm trying to reach 55kg by June 5th, so that goal fits in well with this challenge! Looks like we're both aiming to lose about 4kg/9lbs this challenge. We can do it!

    [–] What’s everyone doing to prepare for the challenge? GetMotivatedNow 3 points ago in team_CoMC

    I'm getting back on track with CICO after having an unplanned break while on holiday. I still did CICO, just didn't restrict as I would have liked (ate at or above maintenance most days). Fitness-wise, I'm going for small changes, so I'm going to introduce a second dog walk (which will be a forest hike with lots of hills) to my day now that it's starting to cool down (I'm in Australia). The latter benefits my dogs as well, since they both need to lose some weight too!

    [–] [Challenge] Wizarding World of Weight Loss - SIGN UPS OPEN GetMotivatedNow 3 points ago in loseit

    Hey, we're pretty close! I'm 34 and 5'3". Are you planning to hit goal weight during this challenge too?

    [–] Introduction to Care of Magical Creatures GetMotivatedNow 1 points ago in team_CoMC

    I’m glad to have gotten out of it as well! Thanks for the motivation. We can all do this together!

    [–] [Challenge] Wizarding World of Weight Loss - SIGN UPS OPEN GetMotivatedNow 8 points ago in loseit

    Hagrid guided Harry through a life-changing transition and he'll do the same for us! (we'll just ignore Professor Grubbly-Plank...)

    [–] Introduction to Care of Magical Creatures GetMotivatedNow 1 points ago in team_CoMC

    Hi everyone! I'm 160cm (5'3") and almost 60kg. Previously reached my goal weight early last year but then gained back some of the weight during a toxic year at work. I have now quit said job (and career) and am back at school. I'm married and have a daughter and dogs, which would make the wizarding world my ... 5th love! The plan is to get back to ultimate goal weight during this challenge. A lot of my hobbies have fallen by the wayside because of my job last year, so this year is 12 months of rediscovery, almost like a gap year, but at the age of 34, and I plan to have a healthy, strong body to boot!