My Holiday Weight GAIN, gone!

Yup, happened to me too. For the last 4 New Years I have basically been pregnant or losing baby weight so my goal was always to get my body back. This year was different!

I started December 1st as my normal self. I started January 1st as my normal self + 4-5 lbs and a lot of empty Puppy Chow & Chex Mix tins!

Got myself back on the Pretty Fierce: Lean out Calendar. I do my own workouts, on mute and with some modifications to the calendar so I don't workout with myself everyday:(

Week 4 of the calendar - the recovery week - yielded my December 1st body! I mean my workout clothes were even uncomfortable, as you can see.  My legs slimmed back down and my tummy fit back into the spandex.

The good news is at age 34 (yikes I just hit my mid-thirties!) it is easier to lose weight than when I was 20.  So all the hard work over the last 5 years comes into play!

34 comments:

  1. Wow incredible!!You look amazing!

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  2. Whoa, talk about motivating! You look awesome. My baby is six months and I am now starting to get back into working out and losing some of the weight so this gives me a little push to work out hard.

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  3. well, you are teeny...but you look super tired and like it was a lot of work to lose those 5 pounds! Eek!

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  4. You look great! I let myself go over the holidays too and was really looking forward to reigning it back in after the new year...and then I found out I was pregnant. Not exactly the shape I wanted to start my next pregnancy out in BUT all the more motivation to eat healthy and continue working out so I stay on top of it during my pregnancy. I'm excited to try out your new dvds this fall!

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  5. You look amazing Linsday! That's the total inspiration I needed. I'm doing Pretty Fierce and it's killing me but I love it. Thank you for always being so real. You totally get it.

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  6. Wow, sorry Becki D, you shouldn't focus on negatives!

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  7. You look amazing! How do you do it??!!!!!

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  8. Wow 5 lbs seems so little but it made a huge difference...but I guess 5 is a lot when you're already tiny! Thanks for the motivation. I'm almost done with week three on lean out and seeing a little improvement in my body fat! Yay! Thank you so much!

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  9. Great job girl! So inspiring! I love your blog and your website! Seriously so thankful for it. :) I'm 26 weeks pregnant with my first, and look forward to using your tips post-pregnancy and during. I haven't bought the workout video's yet, but will be soon!

    Thanks for showing us that we CAN stay in shape and get back in shape after pregnancy. :)

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  10. Thanks y'all! You all are my motivation!

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  11. Hey Lindsay I know one time I read a post or something you wrote about exercising when sick but can't remember where. Anyway, I'm sick...like sore throat and congested (a couple days out so not terrible still) and kind of tight in the chest? What kind of illness is ok to exercise with?

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    1. Above the neck = ok. Below the neck = not ok. Of course very general guidelines. I woudl say tightness in the chest= no no for now! Feel better!

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  12. I did your 2nd and 3rd trimester videos and now am working Boot Camp 2. I've been evangelizing it, bought your Boot Camp 2 DVD for a friend in India, and just sent your website to my obstetrician's office. Which meant that I just checked it out more thoroughly and am amazed to find that you live where I do, and we seem to share many commonalities. I'm also so grateful and respect that you posted pics of yourself at various post partum intervals, so it gives me hope and strength.

    To introduce myself, I'm 35, had my son a month ago, and have been pretty fit. I'm a runner and I did a happy half marathon (MO Cowbell in Oct) when I was 5.5 months pregnant, and enjoyed a YMCA aerobics class twice a week. I'm 4'-9", also gained 15+lbs in my first year of college, prefer salt over sweet, prefer flared leg jeans to skinny leggings, love to dance, and enjoy working out (although I prefer seeing the results in the mirror more than some of my workouts). I coach runners (to raise funds for a charity group that I also coordinate), and have loved seeing new runners get through their first half marathon. I'm back to a few pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight (not shape), and I appreciated your comment in your video about how smaller bodies hang on to some extras while nursing.

    I really like how you are down to earth, not judgmental and seem to be a pretty happy, bubbly person. I also love that you prioritize excercise in your life in a balanced way, and acknowledge your weaknesses and failures with perspective (loved that you admitted to eating an entire bag of peanut M&M's after Baby 3 without too much concern). You are altogether very accessible as a real person, not a hollywood fitness freak, and I absolutely appreciate what you are offering to the world. Several people talk to me about fitness and motivation and I'd love to be able to talk to & encourage people with the attitude that you have - without judgement and acknowledging the uniqueness of every person.

    I would be happy and honored to help your career as a maternity and post-maternity fitness expert (just because I believe in the cause and think you're good), so let me know if I can help you with any endorsements in town, demonstrations etc. As I said, I let my doctor's office know to let their patients know about you and your DVD's. I've told my colleagues, FB friends and other new mom's / mom-to-be's. Since I'm Indian, I may have access to a market you haven't targeted. I work for Metro (the transit Agency), and I'm thinking also that my wellness department would be happy to host a talk / workout by you at one of the bus garages or at HQ, or even on the Arch grounds when the weather is warmer.

    Feel free to contact me at my username at gmail dot com. Your fan,
    Anjana Mohan.

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    1. Anjana, wow, thank you! I think I just laughed, giggled and smiled through your entire post. Glad I am not the only one that hates skinny jeans:)

      You are so right and I really appreciate all of your help. Would you email Jess at themoms@momsintofitness.com. We can oput all of our heads together and come up with a plan.

      We are currently working on a nationwide OB office thingy, but it's not even close to being ready!

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  13. hi >>> you look great as usual <3<3


    i want to ask you about the weights i should use .. i just started to use your DVDs this week ?

    my weight is 47 ..

    thanx

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    1. How often do you workout? Are you new or an ole veteran?

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    2. hi ... no im new with exercising ...
      i had my daughter 5 years ago but never did workouts before :(

      and if i may ask another question , please
      I'm confused on wich of your DVDs to use ??
      i bought Boot camp2 , And Core fitness for moms >>>
      my problem is with my belly , i want to know wich dvd is better

      thaaaanx

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    3. The short answer is both! Try this schedule:

      Mon: Core Fitness Express or Full Core Scluptling
      Tues: Boot Camp 2 warm up, 2 cardios (each 10 min), cool down
      Wed: Boot Camp 2 warmup, core 1, 2 of the 10 minute workouts, core 2, cool down
      Thurs: same as Tues
      Fri: same as Wed

      Since both DVDs have lots of options I recommend doing core 3 and core 4 (from Boot Camp 2) after the inittial 2 weeks. Then core 5 and core 6. Hope this helps! Emails us if you need more assistance!

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    4. thank you :)

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    1. It comes and gos! Those darn Girl Scout Cookies just showed up at my door:)

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  15. I just wanted to say Lindsay, that this is my 5th pregnancy in 6 years. Yes, I have 4 kids 6 and under and I'm 30 weeks prego and this is the first pregnancy I've been commited to working out 4-5 x per week...mostly with your pregnancy videos. I have had less back pain and I've had a more stable weight gain. My midwives are always worried about gestational diabetes because my babies are all big: 9 and 10 lbs! But, my sugar test came back this time - no Diabetes!! And, I've only gained 16 lbs which they are very happy with - I was 180 to start and 5'7" so I'm no skinny minny and according to ACOG don't need to gain that much anyway. I can tell a big difference in how I look and feel and can't wait to work out with you after the baby - I own Boot Camp #1 and I never was super committed after my other babies to do it much. This time - watch out!! Thanks Lindsay for all you do!

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    1. Holy smokes Jennifer! Do you drive a minivan? j/k but I just gave into minvan purchase for my 3 kiddos.

      And Yay for you! I LOVE hearing that!!!

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  16. Lindsay what program did you actually do to get those holiday pounds off. I have finished the 60 day challenge and then faced Easter. I also got sick with a chest infection which made me stop exercising for a week and made me miserable. I turned to comfort food. Now I feel bloated and don't know where to start on my journey back to fitness. I am also don't want to get sick again.

    Sandra

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    1. Sandra, I hear ya! 1 step forward, 2 steps back sometimes!

      I did Pretty Fierce Lean Out - free trial is here
      http://www.momsintofitness.com/shop/pretty-fierce-lean-out/

      The good news is your body/muscles remember quickly. So it will get right back on track after 1 week. And get that nutrition back on track - remember that after 3 days your body will get used to better nutrition and stop cravings too!

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  17. Your round 3, 5 wks postpartum was not even big! U are so lucky, u must not have gained that much weight. I am currently pregnant right now with baby #3 and am hoping to achieve your body afterwards. You look great and I hope I can too!

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    1. 28 lbs for me and I hung onto 22 lbs until about 6 weeks postpartum. Congrats on #3! I know you will achieve the body you want, although I will admit it ain't easy with 3 kiddos, you can do it.

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  18. What brand of work out clothes are those in your pic? So cute!

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    1. These are Lululemon. Don't start, it's addicting:)

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  19. Hello I am 6 weeks postpartum and breast feeding. I am 10 lbs from pre pregnant weight but would like to lose an additional 10 to reach my goal weight of 107 (which was what the MIF calculator showed me). My biggest fear is diminishing my milk supply. The website calculated 1200 calories plus two additional snacks. My question is do I replace with a snack the calories I burn working out or does the meal plan compensate for exercise? And how often should I be doing boot camp 1? I worked out regularly to your pregnancy videos and loved them! Thank you

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    1. Congrats on the new baby! Yep, you will need an additional 350-500 calories for breastfeeding, and that is without exercise. The best way to know is to monitor yourself, eat before and after your workout, and keep protein in every meal and snack.

      I would recommend Boot Camp 4x/week. If you woudl like a calendar email Jess at themoms@momsintofitness.com and she can send one to you!

      BTW, there is some green envy hearing you are 10 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight at 6 weeks pp:)

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  20. Funny, I wish I could look like you do in your "post holiday" pics, never mind the after pics. My sweet tooth, will just not allow.

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  21. Hi There. I'm about to start week 3 of the program and my knees and ankles are hurting! Is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain. I don't want to stop working out. Hoping that when I get into the strength section of the calendar it will give my ankles a break, but the aerobic/anarobic workouts are rough and I don't even feel like there is a ridiculous amount of jumping or pressure in them. Maybe I'm working muscles I haven't before?? Muscles in my ankles...who knows, ha! I manage my way through the workouts, but the next day I'm gimping around. I'm only 29. Good grief

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    1. There could definitely be some truth to it being a new workout and challenging your body in a lot of ways. But let's start with your shoes…how old are they? And form, do you tend to land like an elephant or a bird? If you have a mirror watch your form. And keep me posted over the next week, ok!

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