Can you lose weight by working out 1x a week?

Well the short answer to my question is "nope"!  After you have a baby you have to use your muscles consistently to get them to bounce back!


Do you ever look at somebody and just assume they have it easy?  Like when I looked at a mom with a 7-month old in her cart at Target thinking gosh she has it easy.  Or like when you look at moms walking their kids into school and think she can eat what she wants or she has time to work out and I don't.

I went straight to our moms and asked how they do it.  Get to know the moms you see on DVD everyday, well almost everyday:)

Michele (Full-Time-Job, mom of twin girls)  How I fit it in….I have a wonderfully flexible and supportive husband! We both have full time careers so the week is hectic but even with unexpected events, we stay on task.  My husband manages the kids on Monday and Thursday nights while I teach and also Saturday mornings for my 8:15am class.  I run home from class on Saturday and we return to Lifetime for 10:45am swim lessons while he gets a workout in.  He also takes Tuesday and Wednesday for his gym days and I get the girls to gymnastics.  We get up on Sunday, make strawberry banana and blueberry pancakes and head to Lifetime so the girls can play in the Child Center while we get a mid-morning workout in.  The girls enjoy doing this once a week and they never let us leave without a strawberry smoothie from the LifeCafe.  Wednesday is my day for Pretty Fierce before I pick up the girls from day care at 5:15.  This is a good balance for my husband and I but even with splitting the week between us, we still get quality time with the girls, always make sure we have dinner together each night and squeeze in our TV shows!!!

Amy (Stay-At-Home-Mom of 3 boys) To get my workouts in, I focus on two things. First, I plan ahead that days workout, so if it is written down it is harder to ignore.  Second, if at first I don't succeed try try again.  In other words if the 630am treadmill run was interrupted by a "mommy, I want!" Then I move it to another time of day, and try try again.  Because,  I will succeed!!

Me - Lindsay (Work-At-Home-Mom of 3)  Weight Maintenance = 4x/week, Weight Loss = 5-6x/week.  And I do my best to stick to it.  Every other Sunday I do 2 things 1)  Cook and freeze dinners for those 2 weeks and 2) Schedule my workouts in my iPhone.  Because my routine never seems to stay routine.  Somebody is always sick, somebody at work always needs something, house chores etc.  Usually 2 days a week I wake up at 5am and 2 days a week I workout at night.  I always try to get to a class once a week as part of my workout routine!  Lately it's between Boot Camp, Bikram Yoga and the Bar Method.

Stephanie (Part-Time-Job, mom of 1)  I absolutely have to schedule social workouts a few times a week.  I've been doing the 5am classes for years now and it also works with my work schedule. Not only is it more fun to work out in a group but it keeps me accountable. When I don't have scheduled workouts I usually fit in a quick workout either during nap or a run after hubby gets home.

Katy (Full-Time-Job, mom of 2)  Being a full-time working mother with a husband out of town most days of the week makes it important for me to have my workouts scheduled.   I utilize any free time that is available to me (which is not much)…that may mean an early morning workout when my husband is in town or possibly hitting the gym at the end of my workday before going home to the kiddos.  I find I am a better mom and employee as long as I can carve out an hour for me…no matter what time of day it is!  Making exercise a priority and scheduling it is key to making it happen!



Tiffany (Stay-at-home-mom of 4) 
I workout around 5:45 AM every morning. If I don't get it in early, the chances of it getting done are much less likely. If I happen to miss an early morning workout (which DOES happen sometimes), my workout clothes come on first thing in the morning and it becomes my main personal goal for the day! 

Jana (Creator of Baby Steals, mom of 3) I fit in my workouts by making sure I don't let myself go to bed without a workout! It's really difficult getting the energy to workout at midnight (or later) so it motivates me to shoot for earlier the next day. I have to be realistic being a full-time mom & running a company- but you have to make that time to keep yourself active and healthy! 

Jennifer (Work-at-home-mom of 2)
Being a working mom, I treat my workouts like an appointment. I schedule it and don't miss it...just like a work appointment!

Deidra (Stay-at-home-mom of 6) With all the busyness that comes with having a large family, I have found the only time to consistently get in my workout is in the early morning.  I have gotten up at 5am to workout for years. It's a non-negotiable part of my day. 

I have come to enjoy getting up before the sun to workout even though I am NOT a morning person. The house is quiet and I am able to do something that's just for me.  I want my kids to see me practically and consistently walking out a healthy lifestyle. What they see me doing will have more impact than just my words. If I wait to workout until later in the day, it NEVER happens.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! I think it's easy to assume someone else has it easier than you do, and I think we are all guilty of it at times. I was part of the R&D program for Lean Out and I loved it. I was working part time when doing the program and have since gone back full time and I've been struggling with getting in more than 2-3 work outs per week. This is just the motivation I need to get back to working out more consistently as summer is upon us and the pounds are creeping back on! Thank you ladies for sharing your lives and your journeys with us. It's inspiring and motivating! Keep it up!

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  3. Hi, Lindsay! I am a stay-at-home Mom of two--ages 3 and 4 1/2. I have struggled with my weight all my life, and specifically carrying weight around my middle. Of course all this just got worse after having kids. I have never been a fitness person, but am changing that now so that I can be a better wife and mom. I have been doing pretty well losing the lbs (18 down from the 90 I originally had to lose), but can't seem to lose from around my middle. I recently found out that I have Diastasis Recti, and ordered your postnatal DVD Pack for Beginners. Until it comes, I am using one of your youtube videos for Diastasis Recti. My question is this: How often should I do the core exercises to heal my DR? The gap between my abs is about 2 fingers width. Thank you for all you do! I am genuinely looking forward to getting your DVDs in a couple days!

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    1. Erin, well I am glad you are moving over to becoming a fitness person!

      Sorry for the delayed response...work has been crazy! And then we left for a 3 day weekend at a dental conference. I am guessing you got the DVDs by now. Follow the calendar and do CFS Method Phase 1 according to plan. And if you think about it do the CFS Homework (in the video) and a few moves form the youtube video every night before bed. Since the are activation moves, every night is ok.

      I bet in 3 weeks you will be ready to move on. Do the diastasis test and if you are under 2 fingers go to Phase 2 and follow the calendar w/o diastasis.

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  4. thanks for sharing your "routines" ladies! it's helpful to see that you guys work so hard to look as great as you do!! second time i read this... needing the inspiration!! thanks!!! :)

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  5. Well, these tips are very much beneficial for all moms and will allow them to be fit always and to maintain the level of fitness for ever. There are thousands of ways to maintain the fitness, but to know about real life experiences is the best way to know what is most beneficial and effective. These real experiences are going to be help lots of ladies in their life.

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  6. Hi Lindsay! Love your down to earth and real approach to motherhood and fitness! I am really hoping to purchase your Fierce workouts for this summer because I know with all four of my boys home, my time will be limited and I don't want to compromise my fitness goals so I know this will be perfect! I am just wondering if you have any specials coming up maybe for mother's day or the summer before I make my order?? Thanks for all you do to make us moms feel empowered and strong!!

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    1. You are in luck! Take a peek at Facebook tomorrow 5-1-13!

      4 boys sounds like a busy summer. So glad you are going to join the Fierce Moms!

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  7. Lindsay,

    This last entry brought tears to my eyes when I found it! I have been searching for advice on when and how to manage working out and balancing a family. Thank you so much for everything you do! It is such a relief to feel encouraged and supported as a mommy of four.

    I am wondering if you have any advice for someone seeking a career similar to yours (without the fame... ha,ha i'm a little shy:) I really have a heart to serve moms in my community in achieving their personal goals; including family friendly fitness and nutrition. I would love to work one on one or in small groups... What training would you recommend? A degree in physical education, personal fitness, nutrition, or...?? Thank you!!!

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    1. Kristina, I am so glad you asked! And funny thing, I just met with the University 2 weeks ago and we are forming a pre/post-natal certification so moms like you can take it into your community. BUT it is several months out. Shoot me an email with the envelope icon at the top of my blog. I can send you several resources and a "plan of attack"!

      It's nice to know we all miss workouts, but just do the best we can as moms!

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  8. Thank you for this post! I also believe that having workout once a week is not beneficial especially for moms who wanted to get back in shape after pregnancy. Sure enough they would miss workouts. For me, having 3-4 times of workout schedule each week is more than enough. But that's just me.

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  9. Hey Lindsey! I am such a fan! I found your prenatal exercise DVDs at Target when I was just 12 weeks pregnant with number 3 at 39 years old. I attribute those exercises with only a5 hour labor to push natural delivery with my third baby. Now, after two babies in 3 years, I really feel out of shape. Before my 3 your old was born, when I was 36 years old, I was in the best shape of my life. I was biking 5 to 10 miles a day on a stationary bike, and 27 miles every other weekend. but now, not only do I have diastisis recti, I have an ongoing issue with the stability of my SI joint, and near constant lower back pain. I had some hormonal issues with the previous two pregnancies that cause strange joint and back pain postpartum at about 6 or 7 months. But with this child who is nearly 11 months old, the joint pain started a little late. So I am looking for a little advice. Where should I start, what should I do, and for how long? I trust you, and your programs, but need a little advice and some recommendations. Thank you so very much for all you do!

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    1. So glad you asked! And we will get you back on that bike!

      I do believe that a weaker core (due to diastasis recti) can increase the SI pain. So maybe if we start with some core work for the diastasis, both will get better. What do you think about starting a DR core workout for 1-3 weeks, then we can see how you are, then add in some total body workouts to get you back where you were?

      I would recommend starting with our Pretty Fierce Weight Loss Core A workout, which is in the free trial. Give that a try and see if you like it (just Core A for now). Then get in touch with me on your progress and we can judge your plan from there!

      Click Free Trial under the video here:
      http://www.momsintofitness.com/shop/pretty-fierce-weight-loss/

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  12. I like your concept very much. I will come and visit your site often.

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  13. This is great, thanks for sharing.

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  14. I'm also a mom of 6 boys had twins also and u can get fit !! Any mom can u have be focused and determine !! I commend all moms here ! great job ladies !!

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