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Hot Mamas: How 4 Moms Got Their Fitness Back

Even when life is crazy busy with cooking, cleaning, and kids, your own fitness shouldn't fall to the bottom of your to-do list. Here's how four moms shed the guilt, the pounds, and the excuses to reclaim their move groove -- and how you can, too.
Mary after weight loss The Teacher

Teacher and Mother of Two Mary Casebolt, 42, Becomes a Healthy Role Model

Returning to my old job as a high school teacher last fall after taking off four years to be a stay-at-home mom was rough. On top of the 45-minute commute each way, I had to face my old colleagues weighing 40 pounds more.

Coming home after work, I'd spend time with my husband and two boys, Logan and Duncan, and then grade papers. If this was going to be my new normal, I had to find a way to make it healthier.

FITNESS arranged for me to work out with a trainer, April Pansy, at the nearby Elevations Health Club. April had me schedule my week in advance to eliminate any question of when I could exercise. At first I felt bad about leaving my sons in the kid-friendly area of the gym, until I realized they liked playing with new pals and new toys.

Also, by writing down my day's meals beforehand -- if it isn't on my list, I can't eat it -- I've lost two pants sizes so far. Recently, while our kids were at day care, I took a spur-of-the-moment 23-mile bike ride with my athletic husband. I haven't had that much energy in a long time!