Ali treats herself at the end of the night with a sweet bite. (Photo courtesy Hershey's Simple Pleasures)
Ali Landry has been kicking it up a notch at the gym. As a mother of two (daughter Estela was born in 2007 and her son Marcelo 10 months ago), she and hubby Alejandro Monteverde are planning a little getaway to Hawaii. "I have 7 pounds of baby weight left, and I'm on a mission to get them off!" she told us when chatting recently about her latest partnership with Hershey's Simple Pleasures. Read on to see Landry's baby weight plan of attack, her diet and why she'd never give up her chocolate. (That's out kind of gal!)
While I was pregnant both times, I worked out through the pregnancy. It really helped not only physically but mentally as well. But once I had the kids, I made sure to not feel pressured to drop the baby weight immediately. Our society is a little crazy with that, with all the magazine covers of celebrities getting back into a bikini three weeks after giving birth–I am just not one of those people! It's a little unrealistic, and the average person does not bounce back that quickly. People also claim you lose weight nursing, but I nursed both of my kids and felt like a linebacker! I just made sure to eat healthy and drink water constantly. Even with that, once I finished nursing Estela, I had 10 pounds left to lose. With Marcelo, I have 7. I think that's just the way my body is built.
What kind of exercises did you do while pregnant?
I did mostly the same workouts I normally do, just less intense. I ran in the beginning and then switched to the elliptical for cardio. For strength training I did a lot on the BOSU ball which was great because it worked more than one muscle at a time.
What are your workouts like now with such a busy schedule?
I try to make it to the gym two to three times a week with two days of strength training and some Spinning thrown in the mix as well. I do eat a very balanced, healthy diet and that probably makes the biggest impact. When I was younger, I would train and eat whatever I wanted and wouldn't see any results. Now I can see such a difference.
So what is your diet like?
I use Chefs Diet (a food delivery system) from time to time, but if I'm cooking for myself I usually have oatmeal with chia or flax seeds in the morning or a few hard-boiled eggs. For lunch I make a whole grain wrap with low sodium turkey, arugula and avocado. At night, it's usually steamed fish in parchment paper with veggies and brown rice. And every night I have chocolate, whether I'm on a diet or not. I really believe in balance and not feeling guilty about a little indulgence, which is why I love the Simple Pleasure's line, one serving (about 6 pieces) is 180 calories, so they are only 30 calories apiece!
You ran the Boston Marathon in 2002! Do you think you'd ever do another one?
I have a great story about that! First off, I am a treadmill girl; I'm not a runner. But I did it for the Boys & Girls Club of America for charity, so it was a great challenge and in general I love being active. The day of the race, I'm at the front with the other charity runners and then the super fast pros. Within the first mile I had to use the bathroom, but I couldn't find a Porta-Potty. This nice family on the sidelines let me into their house to use the bathroom and when I came out, the woman who lived there showed me all these cookies she made the night before. She kept saying, "Here, have one!" So I'm sitting at their kitchen table, eating chocolate chip cookies! Finally I said, "I have to go, I should be racing!" thinking the majority of the runners I started with would still be in the area. I was so wrong, everyone had passed! I was stuck in the back for the rest of the race, but I did finish!