Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Post-Baby Makeover
Gaining Better Body Confidence
FITNESS: The program included a psychology component. What was that like?
EH: At first I didn't want to do that part. I just wanted to look good in a bathing suit! But I learned so much about the relationship between the body and the mind. Deborah Yamin, the therapist, had me do objective-thinking exercises. One of them was to describe myself, from head to toe, as a child would describe me. The idea is to use neutral words -- like "I have long hair or blond hair?-- not "My hair looks really bad today." It makes you realize how many critical things we say about our appearance that children would never say. It helped me see what I really wanted from this program, which was to do something so one day my daughter, Grace, can look at these photos and say, "Wow, my mommy is strong."
FITNESS: Do you ever have moments of self-doubt about your body?
EH: I used to have them all the time -- "I feel fat" or whatever. Depending on whether I got my run in that day -- or if I indulged in something I ate -- I'd think of myself as perfectly fine or perfectly not. No matter how big or small, women have those thoughts. Body image has nothing to do with scale numbers, it's how you feel inside. This is the first time I've felt free from that, because I am working out in a way where I feel so strong that there's no room for those doubts.
FITNESS: Which body part has your new routine made you most proud of?
EH: Oddly enough, my back. I'd had back spasms for two and a half years. I thought it was because my back muscles were too big and too tight, but Pat showed me it was the opposite. He gave me a series of exercises to do, and I've seen a real change; the pain is gone. Also, I came to grips with my bum. Before, I always tied a shirt around my waist when I went for a run. It was ridiculous. Here I am trying to wean my daughter from her blankie, and meanwhile I'm hanging a shirt around me to cover my rear like my own security blanket. I finally told myself, "I'm not doing this anymore -- I have nothing to hide." I've got some curves, I've got a bubble butt, but I don't mind, because it's what powers me forward when I run. And, of course, being a new mom, I'm proud of the work we did toning up my tummy.
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