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!
I did it! I am officially at my goal weight
of 130 pounds. My first step in realizing this was to throw away my scale.
(Well, I donated it to my local thrift store.) The reason? When I weighed
myself first thing in the morning, I was 130 lbs. However, if I did so in the
afternoon/evening, I was 131-132. Sure, this little silver scale may seem
innocuous, but I don't want to be chained to it for the rest of my life.
Here's the truth about losing weight: It is
really, really hard. Like, sweat and tears hard. Celebrities always claim to
shed weight when their children are born by "chasing them around the house."
This line is a bunch of crap. They lose the weight through amazing personal
trainers like David, and having a live-in chef. Come on, celeb mamas, let's get
real—we would all benefit from it. But,
if you make enough tiny changes, and truly incorporate exercise as a routine in
your week (even if that means pushing your double stroller up a hill while two
babies chuck their sippy cups at your forehead and scream "Out!"), you gotta lace
up your sneakers and get out there.
Also, as moms we deserve a grace period after
having a baby. Kind of like the freshman 15 for the nursing bra-wearing crowd.
I started this program 9 months after my second son was born. I'm thinking
lately of having bambino #3, and learning healthy habits now will hopefully
keep me from gaining 80 pounds again because, man, it is really hard to take
off! A little secret no one ever tells you about slimming down: As long as you
eat really, really healthily for breakfast, lunch and your two between-meal
snacks, you can eat whatever the heck you want for dinner. This helped me,
because it wasn't always easy to eat yogurt or a salad for lunch. But if I knew
I could enjoy my dinner no matter what, doing without fattening foods
throughout the day became easier.
While I had a pretty good sense of self
before losing the weight, I notice I no longer stand with my arm draped across
my stomach, and I have more confidance about wearing clothing such as shorts or
tank tops. I really feel that if I can do this, even having been born with a
seriously lazy set of bones, you can too. Now, the question is, "How on God's
green earth will I keep the weight off?" For help, I emailed David:
Ways to Keep Weight off Once You've Lost It
Three days a week, complete a 45-minute cardio sculpting workout. Don't have a
block of 45 minutes to spare? Break it down into three 15-minute express workouts.
2. One day a week, work on your pet peeves or your "trouble spots"—abs, legs or butt, and then follow it up with 30 to 40 minutes of cardio.
3. Make the most of your "off days." Rather than laying on the couch
munching potato chips, go ahead and take your dog to the park, go for a walk with your
spouse, take a hike or chase your kids around the yard. Now that you have the
strength and energy, you may as well use it!
4. Continue to find ways to add unstructured exercise to your daily routine.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk or bike to work instead of
driving. Get up and walk over to chat with a coworker instead of sending an
5. Drink alcohol sparingly and stick to red wine. Stay away
from bread and other starchy carbs, and opt for whole grain varieties like quinoa or
lentils; choose organic, low-fat versions of milk and yogurt, and choose
lower-carb and lower-calorie fruits like kiwis or berries.
quote I used to get me through: "Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was
26. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a
bikini and don't take it off until you're 34." –Nora
Song: "On Top of the World"
by Imagine Dragons
Meals: Michelle Obama's "Lets Move" campaign has
some killer healthy recipes. This week my husband and I made one of her
favorites, Carne Asada Tacos with avocado pico de gallo. I would recommend
using some light toppings such as shredded cheddar, lettuce and nonfat
Exercises: I am still on vacation, and am loving
outdoor exercise. This week my husband and I rented bikes with seats on the
backs for our little beans, and rode 12 miles! Yes, I had a sore butt by the
end, but at least it was a toned one. This week's move from David kicked it old
school with step aerobics. Don't have a platform at home? I've tried this both
on my son's Bjorn step stool (not a whole lot of room for your foot to land,
but it will work in a pinch) and on the back steps of my house.
Step onto the platform, and raise your right
knee waist-high. Pause. Step down and switch legs. Step onto the platform and
raise your left knee waist-high. Pause. Step down. Repeat 15 times for each
Right Lift, Left Lift
Step onto the platform and gain your balance.
Raise your right leg out to the side. Pause. Lower leg and step down. Switch sides, and lift your left leg out to the side. Pause. Repeat 15 times for each leg.