Lose That Baby Fat!

How I Did It!

Amber Brooks holding baby

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Amber Brooks

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Amber Brooks of Puyallup, Washington, lost 54 pounds in 10 months.

"I love being that mom who can chase my son around the yard. I want to stay that way as he grows."

My Strategy
I indulged my cravings during pregnancy, but afterward, I returned to my eat-clean regimen of whole foods.

My Meals
Fave breakfast: Oatmeal with a banana and dried cranberries
Fave lunch: I make my salads with spinach, avocado chunks, corn, quinoa, blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, and a splash of vinaigrette.
Fave dinner: Baked salmon with a cup of steamed broccoli
Worth-it splurge: Frozen yogurt topped with yogurt chips and cool whip

My Workout
I like to use the Stair Master at my gym.

My Advice
The extra weight is temporary. It's going to take some effort, but you can take it off.

Amanda Bruno pregnant

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Amanda Bruno

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Amanda Bruno of Manorville, New York, lost 35 pounds in 4 months.

"When I'm comfortable with my weight, I'm a happier person and a better mom."

My Strategy
I got dressed in my real clothes even when they were tight, to remind me to eat healthily. I wanted to lose that belly roll!

My Meals
Fave breakfast: Smoothie with coconut milk, strawberries, bananas, and yogurt
Fave lunch: Baked or grilled chicken with vegetables
Fave dinner: Homemade veggie pizza; I buy the dough and make my own tomato sauce. Then I sprinkle mozzarella and spinach and zucchini (from my husband's farm!) on it before baking.
Worth-it splurge: My husband and I are dessert people. I buy pre-made cookie dough and bake just four cookies at a time for us.

My Workout
I'm not a gym rat, but at home I am nonstop. I don't mind going up and down the stairs with the laundry, because it pays off.

My Advice
Breastfeeding really helped me lose weight. When friends say, "Oh, nursing is so hard," I tell them, "Well, pregnancy is hard, and you did that."

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