A Better Body After Baby
Erin Bowman, 35, 5'7"
Before: 204 lb.
Dress size: Maternity/14 I thought pregnancy gave me license to eat whatever I wanted—and so I did. My downfall: Mexican food, along with whatever fast food my husband brought home. Since I'm a surgeon who spends my days in elastic-waistband scrubs, it was hard to gauge my gain. During my last trimester, I noticed that my face, arms and legs had expanded along with my belly. By the time I gave birth to my daughter, Ava Gabrielle, at the end of March 2012, I had put on 58 pounds.
Two months after giving birth, I signed up for Weight Watchers online. Its point system (I allowed myself 26 daily points) helped me make better food choices. I stopped scarfing down plates of 11-point fries in favor of healthier picks, such as zucchini tots (3 points) and shrimp-and-avocado salads (5 points). With my new eating habits, the baby weight fell off. By November, I had reached my 146-pound goal. Being a size 8 again felt amazing, but I wasn't satisfied. So I set a new goal: getting back to my wedding weight.
Next up: bikini
Until I stopped breast-feeding one year after giving birth, exercise had been nonexistent. When I was finally ready to sweat, I forced myself out of bed at 5:30 a.m. four to five times a week to run. My first few were horrible. But I stuck with it, eventually trading my run-walk intervals for steady 45-minute jogs. I also began working with the trainer who had whipped me into shape for my wedding. By summer I had erased 11 pounds, was at my 2010 "I do" weight and even fit into my wedding dress! A few weeks later, on our childless Caribbean vacation, I rocked my bikini. It was like being on our beachy honeymoon again—bridal body and all.
After: 135 lb.
Dress size: 6
Total lost: 69 lb.
Sizes lost: 4
Patrick Molnar My Fit Celeb Inspiration: Beyoncé
She embraces her curves and she had a baby almost two years ago and is on tour right now showing off her flawless figure in skimpy outfits!
My Sweet, Savory Indulgence: Peanut M&M's
I can find a bag in any store. The peanuts curb my salt cravings, while the chocolate adds a nice hint of sweetness.
My Favorite Healthy Website: skinnytaste.com
I am completely addicted to this website. The blogger, Gina Homolka, posts healthy recipes daily and even includes the number of Weight Watchers points for each meal. Some of my favorites: Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk with Tomatoes and Cilantro, Turkey-Stuffed Peppers and Pumpkin Cupcakes. It shows that you can enjoy good food and still eat well.
My Exercise Mantra: Get Fine, Stay Fine
My trainer said this to me during a training session once, and I thought it was so corny, but it kind of stuck with me. Plus, it's the truth—you don't do all this work to just fall off again.