Out and about
It started about two weeks after giving birth to my third
daughter. I was in line at the grocery store and noticed a headline
about Trista from "The Bachelorette" losing all of her baby weight
in five months. A huge photo of her with a string bikini grabbed my
attention and the next thing I knew, I added it to the heap of food
I was buying for my family.
I decided I wanted to see how long it would take to get back to
the weight I was before my third child. I started out at 145 pounds
in June 2007, my first pregnancy appointment. My last weigh-in one
week before giving birth was 175 pounds. At my six-week checkup I
weighed in at 156 pounds.
My pre-natal swim instructor talked me into joining her boot
camp class. I didn't know how I was going to get up so early (a 6
a.m. class) but figured I'd try. With my husband's blessing, the
next thing I knew I was up at 5:20 a.m. so I could pump a supply of
milk before heading out the door.
I'll never forget my first week at boot camp. I felt every extra
pound, my joints were weak and not quite back where they should be.
I was slow and felt out of my league amongst women who were in much
better shape. It helped that 99 percent of the women in my class
were mothers who encouraged me and praised me for even showing up
with a 7-week-old baby and two toddlers (ages 2 and 3) at home.
Each week got easier and I felt stronger. I also took spin classes,
kickboxing, yoga and spent time swimming laps on the other two days
At the end of my second session of boot camp, I stepped into the
locker room and onto the scale. Much to my surprise, I weighed in
at 145 pounds. I felt tears in my eyes, tears of joy that I really
was able to get close to my original weight in less than five
While I'm not working out because of my livelihood, like Trista,
I am working out to maintain the energy needed to raise three
beautiful daughters, who I also want to be a good role model
For all those women out there, it can be done! I do not have the
six-pack or the bikini body ready to be displayed on a magazine
cover, but I do know that it can be done, realistically, without
too much lifestyle change and a lot of hard work.
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