“When am I going to get my mojo back?” I once asked Twin Mom Ashley (who has a killer figure and always has). She said, “Carrie, it is going to take at least as long as you were pregnant.” So I knew it would take at least nine to 10 months. And in reality, for me it took about a year and a half and required correcting what I was eating in the end to lose those last few pounds.
Today, I weigh the same as I did pre-pregnancy. My tummy still does not look quite the same, but it is close. And I was stretched to the gills, so I am proud of where I am now. I gained over 60 pounds with my twins, Drew and Celeste.
Getting back into your skinny jeans is possible. For me, it took a combination of watching my diet and doing cardio workouts, strength training, and yoga whenever and wherever I could fit them in. Here are some lessons I learned along the way:
- Do some form of cardio twice a week for an hour. My husband, Andy, and I run with the babies in the jogging stroller. He pushes them, and we go at my pace on 2.5-mile runs. This was huge for me in losing those last few pounds. And it has provided us with some great family time. I like that the babies are exercising with me, and they see how important fitness is at an early age.
- Find an in-home workout that works for you. For me, it has been two different Tracy Anderson videos. The first is the amazing five-minute arm routine that Gwenyth Paltrow shared in a GOOP newsletter a few years ago. Gwenyth was speaking the truth when she said that the short routine works. My arms look great, and I do this routine as many times as I can during the course of a week. Often I am surrounded by crawling babies, but I try to make it fun for them. At times, I even close my office door and do the workout during my lunch hour. I also am a huge proponent of Tracy Anderson’s Post-Pregnancy Workout DVD. This DVD works your tummy specifically, and it also targets your bum and thighs. I love Tracy’s relaxing tone, and the music in the video is calming and sophisticated. There’s a reason celebrities flock to Tracy: Her methods work. She is passionate about helping women post-pregnancy, which meant (and still means) very much to me, especially on days when I felt just terrible about my figure.
- Make the time. Though I do not believe it is at all practical or even realistic for any new mom to devote two hours five times a week to working out, I think you owe it to yourself to find some time, even if it is 45 minutes three to five times a week. Ask your partner to help you achieve this goal, as it is so good for you mentally to get moving physically. It can even become Daddy’s special time of day with the twins.
- Watch what you eat. To really see the effects of all your hard work, you are absolutely going to need to eat right too. For me, that means watching my carb intake closely (no matter how good that piece of coconut layer cake looks), eating fish and protein, snacking healthfully on foods like nuts and carrots, drinking lots of water, and avoiding sodas and excess sugars. I don’t think a fit body happens without a healthy diet, which is why I love a dear friend’s expression: “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.” My plan is to always watch what I eat and what I feed the twins, as I want them to see me living a healthy life and do the same as they grow.
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