Weight loss after pregnancy

As a busy mum of 5 I expected to be back in my size 10 skinny jeans not long after having my baby.With my previous pregnancies the only time I had trouble losing the weight was after my first pregnancy.That said,even though I worked as a Special needs assistant at a Special need school until my 37th week,there is only so many cakes you can eat before they take there toll.I put on approximately 3 and a half-4 stone during my first pregnancy and naively believed the weight would just drop off.It did eventually,after about a year.With my 2nd,3rd and 4th pregnancies I gained less weight during the pregnancies and lost the weight within 2-3 months,thanks to running around after the kids and walking a lot.I gave up smoking before my 5th pregnancy so had gained a bit of weight then fell pregnant and put on just under 3 stone,this time it is proving to be more of a challenge to lose the weight.I also need to tone up my arms and tummy.I have bought an ab belt as I don’t have the time or money to go to a gym and am currently considering either the Zumba Wii game or DVD.This past year,although I have had preschool runs to do,my husband has picked our daughter up when able to do so and I have walked a lot less than ever before.This seems to prove how I have stayed slim for so many years,I’m not big by any means and probably not overweight but I am feeling extremely unfit and feel I need to do something.I do not like diets,and am not obsessed by weighing myself as have had bad experiences in the past.I don’t even own a set of scales and haven’t done for years.I now go by the fit of my clothes and my wobbly bits.I try to eat a balanced diet.My worst vices are biscuits and coffee.I know I need to drink more water and eat more fruit,I buy lots of fruit but usually leave it for the kids.I am determined to loose my muffin top and tone up.I have a feeling that in September when my daughter starts school I’ll loose more weight as I’ll be walking more again as I’ll have 2 different school runs to do at opposite ends of the village and then in January my son starts pre-school so I’ll be backwards and forwards a lot.

Please check out this post which further explores a similar theme- http://dollysanddaydreams.blogspot.com/2011/05/to-diet-or-not-to-diet.html