Sep 5, 2013 6:10pm
What do you mean, 35 pounds is not a lot? Of course it is! In your case, that is a 30% increase of your overall weight within a year.
You might want to figure out your body fat and monitor your diet by using apps like MyFitnessPal to see if you are not having too much of one thing and not enough of another. Having a baby probably changed your diet as well, and while that diet was good for a pregnant woman, it might not work for a young mom (you probably took up some habits during pregnancy that you are still carrying on with).
Whatever changes you make, don't try to turn everything around overnight. Instead of switching toward your ideal diet tomorrow morning, work towards it gradually. Same thing for workouts. You will find that it is easier to be motivated and keep it up. You can't get into a bunch of habits all at once.
Don't try losing all of the 35 pounds by this and that date. Work with milestones instead. Shorter deadlines, less weight. It's easier to manage and you will have less trouble staying motivated because your goal is in the near future, not in a year.
Also, you might not need to lose all of the 35 pounds. You might only need to lose 32. Pregnancy and birthing change your body forever. As long as you are healthy and look good, don't try to fight those permanent changes. Otherwise, you might end up yoyo dieting. When you get close to your ultimate goal, instead of concentrating on a number, concentrate on how you feel and how you look. If you feel good about yourself, it would be futile to lose some extra weight.