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My Mission to Shed 15 Pounds: Week 2

Hey there mom friends, my name is Kate Rockland and I am on a mission to lose 15 pounds in 8 weeks, just in time for bikini season! (OK, the bikini part is a lie. I am totally wearing a one-piece.) The point is, I woke up one morning truly missing my size 8 clothes, all hung up neatly in my closet since I gave birth to two boys in two years. I am determined, with the help of Heidi Klum's personal trainer David Kirsch, to drop the baby weight once and for all through healthy recipes, new workouts, and a hell of a lot of moxie. I hope you'll join me on my journey, and feel free to try this at home!

To read Week 1, click here

Current Weight: 146

I'm feeling pretty psyched, despite the odd mystery of my weight going up 1 pound. I blame Aunt Flo.

I gave my maternity leggings to a pregnant friend with strict instructions not to return them (even if I beg). I brushed the cobwebs off my jogging stroller, hauled it out of the garage and actually used it to jog for 30 minutes! I felt heavy and sluggish at first, and was very aware of my stomach bouncing up and down, but I reminded myself that my husband tells me I'm sexy at any weight. I took David Kirsch's rational advice to check my heart rate: You should still be able to talk through your workout, but not sing.

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I did a big shopping trip at the organic grocery store, as well as at the farmers market. I swapped white sugar for raw in my daily coffee, bought (and learned how to pronounce) quinoa and tried turkey bacon for the first time (yum!). David suggests making changes, not deprivation. Therefore, instead of sharing my kid's snacks, I put a few bags of nuts and Luna bars on a high shelf away from tiny hands for my very own "snack shelf."

Motivational quote I used to get me through: "I realize it has become too easy to find a diet to fit in with whatever you happen to feel like eating and that diets are not there to be picked and mixed but picked and stuck to. Which is exactly what I shall begin to do once I've eaten this chocolate croissant."― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

Workout song: "Love on Top" by Beyonce

Snacks: Blueberries, cashews

Meals: I made small changes to my diet. Instead of eating my kid's frozen chicken fingers (gross, I know), I made us David's healthy alternative one day for lunch. Over the weekend, my husband made his mother's famous chicken noodle soup. The first night I ate it with the noodles, but on the second I realized my error and ate the soup sans noodles; it tasted great anyway! One night I craved crackers and cheese so I allowed myself 2, and ate them slowly. When the family ordered a pizza I opted for a caesar salad from the same takeout restaurant, and asked for the dressing on the side. I tried only using half the dressing but ended up using the whole container, but gave myself kudos for inhaling yummy pizza smells and not giving in to temptation!

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Exercises: I worked out three times this week. My two new stregnth-training moves this week are lateral lunges (3 sets of 12) and push-ups (3 sets of 5 with elbows in, and 3 sets of 5 with elbows out) which I loved. My legs feel sore but in a good way, like I'm working toward something, and the push-ups were something I can practice anywhere, even in my backyard while my kids are playing.

Stay tuned next week to see how far along Kate has come!

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