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Annie R., 28
Before Pregnancy: 130 lbs. Gained: 37 lbs. Total Lost: 27 lbs.
Time: 5 months (with 10 lbs. to go)
How I did it: This was my third pregnancy, so I knew what I was in for, and it was easier for me to lose the weight than it was after my older children. This time, I started exercising more and eating better before I even got pregnant again and throughout pregnancy, so I felt prepared and confident to lose the weight after I gave birth to my son Trey. Taking classes at the gym probably had the biggest impact on my slimming down; I try to work out there about three times a week. I love my Turbo Kick class -- the music is great, and it's so much fun -- it's like being out with your friends and not at the gym. I also take a core strengthening class and do cardio on the elliptical once a week.
My biggest challenge: I was so afraid I wouldn't have time for the gym, but I found ways to make it work. My girlfriends and I took turns watching each others' babies, and my husband came home from work early twice a week. For me, it wasn't just about exercise -- I wasn't working and I needed this time to get out of the house and talk to other adults.
What kept me motivated: My friends/fellow moms at the gym -- if I skipped a day, they asked where I was. Plus, I found that exercise helped me sleep better and have more patience with my kids. It's better than a hot shower!
My best advice: You're in your own little world after baby arrives, and it's important to try to keep busy and get out there. Go to moms' groups, take a walk -- don't sit home all day, because that's when you'll start snacking.
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