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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
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
So even though the 5-mile race I
signed up for isn't for several months, I learned that having a long-term goal
can be really inspiring. I splurged on fun, new purple running shoes and, even
though my running outfits aren't all that hot (I usually just throw on a pair
of my husband's boxers and a stretched-out sports bra I've had since middle
school), having new sneakers gave me a little pep in my step when I did each of
the three 3-mile runs this week. On the other hand, I've been slacking big
time in the weight training department: I've decided I am simply not a
weight-training kind of gal. The monotony of it bores me; I'd so much rather be
outdoors and in motion. I think it's OK to have fun with getting in shape,
instead of forcing oneself to use weights if you don't want to. In other
news, I've figured out ways to sneak in exercise! When I took the subway to go
meet a friend for lunch in New York, I got off at the wrong stop—about a mile-and-a-half away from where we were designated to meet. My first instinct was to
hail a cab, but when I asked someone for directions and realized it was a
straight shot, I set forth and ducked into little boutiques along the way. I'm
not sure shopping is directly related to weight loss, but it should be!
Motivational quote I used to get me through: "What would you do if you weren't
Workout Song: "22," by Taylor Swift
Snacks: Kosher pickles, pumpkin
Meals: My one
indulgence this week was ice cream. (It's so hot out!) However, I modified my
usual container of coffee Haagen Dazs with this adorable mini-version. Look how much
smaller it is than my husband's favorite brand! Haagen Dazs cups are 3.6 ounces and
220 calories. If you can eat only half in a sitting, you deserve the Nobel
prize, because I ate the whole thing. Where I kicked ass this week was my veggie
intake—I took David's advice of trying to add a vegetable to lunch and dinner,
every day. To find out which veggies are the most healthy I found Jo Robinson's book Eating on the
Wild Side helpful. She stresses the importance of buying purple
cauliflower and green Romanesco broccoli instead of the white cauliflower (twice as many
antioxidants, who knew!) and choosing carrots with the greens still attached
over baby carrots (antioxidants get stripped when their outer layers are
skinned). We have been grilling a lot this summer, and I've managed to avoid
cheese on my burgers by adding other interesting goodies such as portobello
mushrooms, grilled peppers, and sweet potatoes. I also make a super easy sesame
sauce to drizzle over grilled veggies: 3 tablespoons soy sauce + 2 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar + 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds + 1 teaspoon sesame oil.
1. Reverse Oblique
Crunch (legs together)
2. Reverse Oblique
Crunch (one leg at a time)
A. Lie on your back.
Place a stability ball between your knees and shins (if you don't have a
stability ball, just pretend there's one there and position your legs
accordingly). Extend your legs toward the ceiling, forming a 90-degree angle
with your torso. Bend your elbows out to the sides and place your fingertips
behind your head.
B. Exhale as you
curl your tailbone toward your navel, and rotate your legs, bringing your left
foot and knee closer to your torso and right foot and knee farther away. Lower, and repeat on the other side, bringing your right foot and knee closer to your
torso and left foot and knee farther away. Continue to alternate right and left
20 to 30 times.
Instead of both legs at the same time, do one leg at a time to work each
Stay tuned next week to see how far along Kate has come!