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My Mission to Shed 15 Pounds: Week 5

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 4, click here

Current Weight: 137 pounds

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 afraid?" –Sheryl Sandberg

Workout Song: "22," by Taylor Swift

Snacks: Kosher pickles, pumpkin seeds

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.

Exercises:

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.

C. Modification: Instead of both legs at the same time, do one leg at a time to work each individual side.

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

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