Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Trainer Momma Spotlights Me! And Working Out With Ali Sweeney's The Mommy Diet

I was a fan of the Biggest Loser for several years -- I don't watch it as much now, but I still think it's an awesome show. Very inspirational & moving. Watching that show made me a huge Ali Sweeney fan. I watched her several seasons ago, as she was pregnant and then the next season as she was losing/ had lost her baby weight. I thought she looked amazing, and I felt as though she was an inspiration herself -- separate from the show.

She has released a new book called The Mommy Diet about her journey before, through, and after pregnancy. I'm not a mother, and I've never been pregnant or had a child. However, her workout routine and healthful eating was something I was very interested in. I just flipped through many sections (the pregnancy details, for instance), but there were also many great tips I wanted to use. Those I read in detail -- and actually have been using.

Last night before I left for the gym, I jotted down the detailed, 45-minute treadmill workout she shares in the book. It is a kind of HIIT workout, where you pair intervals of pushing yourself to the limit with periods of "active rest." It kicked my tail, but I felt accomplished when I completed it. I made one adjustment, but for the most part finished it as she laid it out in The Mommy Diet. Eventually, I'll  master it and move on to the 60-minute workout.

Before I picked up Sweeney's The Mommy Diet, however, I had been a longtime fan of a fitness and healthy-living blog called Trainer Momma. The site offers a wide range of helpful hints and inspiration: video workouts, print-and-use training sheets for the gym, an Eat With Me post each week (probably my favorite part of the blog), questions from readers, inspirational stories, and much more. When I had been working out for a couple of months, I emailed Trainer Momma for help. I had been running, and I (thought) I had been eating better, but I wasn't seeing the results I wanted to see.

My email back was inspiring, but frank. I probably wasn't making the changes necessary in my eating habits to lose weight and maintain it. But my running? Really good. Trainer Momma made me see that I still had some changes to make, and it pushed me to do so. It also offered me the help & support I needed to actually do it.

Since March 2010, I've lost 32 pounds (and counting). I eat much better -- both food-wise and portion-wise. I workout 3-4 times a week. And as a result, I'm the Before & After feature for this week. Click on over to Trainer Momma's blog to discover all the amazing offerings she has, and also to read my interview.


  1. Thanks for posting this! You look great, and I'm definitely going to be following Trainer Momma now. :o)

  2. Congratulations on your weight loss and thank you for sharing the Mommy Diet. I will definitely check this one out. I'm finishing another good book on losing weight called, Full: A Life Without Dieting by Michael Snyder, M.D. The doctor has personally been through diet changes and offers helpful tips on how to get off the diet rabbit trail and adopt a healthy eating lifestyle where you can eat less, yet stay full longer. This book has totally changed my thinking and has inspired me take realistic steps in my weight loss journey.

  3. Hope you girls have been enjoying Trainer Momma's blog lately. Sign up for her newsletter, too; so far, they have been amazing & inspirational.



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