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 ofHeidi
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!
It seems that despite my rebellious eating last week, I still managed to drop 3 pounds, and am only another 3 away from my
target weight of 130. I feel like 130 is perfect on my 5'4" frame. My husband
likes me a little curvy, and I know I'll never be a size 4, like I was in high
school, because in high school I was a girl, not the woman of two babies I am
now. I'm also fine with still having little squiggly white lines running the
length of my belly, with the smiley face of my C-section smiling up at me from
below, as my stomach is much flatter than it was 7 weeks ago. I feel like there
has to come a point where we stop bullying ourselves, wishing for different
bodies, isolating our thighs, butts, shoulders, to whine about. Enough's
enough. Also, I now fit into all my size 8 clothes. What a joy it's been to
throw open the doors of my closet and wear all my old crap! Seeing dresses I
haven't worn in three years was like greeting old friends. I can't wait to have
a date night to take these tops, dresses and short skirts out on the town!
Meals: I asked David to email me his favorite summer salad. I can safely
report back it was super yum, and at only 98 calories, guilt-free:
1 cup thinly sliced seedless cucumbers
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
In a small bowl, combine the cucumber, onion, vinegar
and pepper flakes
Toss to mix
Cover and refrigerate, or set aside at room temperature
for two to three hours before serving to allow the flavors to blend.
Exercises: In addition to David's two moves of the
week, while on vacation I took a yoga class on the beach at sunrise. It was
perfect, as it forced me out of my routine; I hadn't done yoga since my
mid-20s, and I'd forgotten how much I'd loved it. I even got halfway
through training to become a yoga instructor before getting pregnant with my
first son and dropping out. Just taking this one class awakened my desire to
renew my practice. For me, there is nothing like excercising out of doors,
whether it's yoga, bicycling, jogging, or anything else your heart desires.
Here are two moves that don't require a gym membership:
1. Dumbbell Raises
two 5-pound dumbbells. Keeping your left arm at your side and knees slightly bent, raise your right arm (palm down), holding the other dumbbell straight out in front of you.
Continue to slowly raise the arm, keeping it straight, until it is above your
head. Now lower.
Repeat 15 to 20 times and switch to the left side, or alternate right and left for
a total of 15 to 20 reps on each side.
2. Medicine Ball Squats
legs slightly apart, raise medicine ball in front of you at level with your
heart. Bend knees without overextending over toes, and squat. Rise slowly.
Repeat 15 times.
Stay tuned next week to read Kate's final installment, and see if she reached her goal!