Speedy Weight-Loss Success
These four women gave our workout plan a try. Their results — more energy, less fat, and abs they're actually ready to reveal! — speak for themselves.
I Lost 12 Pounds!
Debra Lee Murrow, 40
Her Baby-Body Blues: "I wanted to lose about 20 pounds, but between work and my kids it was hard to find time."
Amazing Results: In addition to the 12 pounds, Debra dropped at least one dress size. "I put on a stretchy top that I got six years ago. When my husband saw me, all he could say was 'Wow!'"
What She Loved About the Workout: "How quickly I got back into shape. Plus, it was a great way to help me relax."
Advice to New Moms: "Make a commitment to another person. A friend and I made a deal to exercise together at least once a week. It forced me to stick with it and made it more fun."
I Dropped 2 Dress Sizes
Molly Castelloe Fong, 42
Her Baby-Body Blues: "I really wanted to get my shape back, but with a 4-1/2-month-old and 2-year-old and not much help, it was hard."
Amazing Results: Molly lost 8 pounds, 3 inches around her waist, 1.5 inches off her hips, and .75 inches off her thighs. "I went from a size 10 to a 6."
What She Loved About the Workout: "Exercising has become my 'me time.' It feels good that I'm caring for myself."
Advice to New Moms: "Don't attach great expectations of what your weight, size, and shape should be."
I Look Slimmer Now Than Before I Was Pregnant
Gretchen Freydl Jeanes, 38
Her Baby-Body Blues: "Before I had my daughter, I was very active, but during my pregnancy I got completely out of shape."
Amazing Results: Gretchen lost eight pounds and lost inches all over. "I'm much happier about my body."
What She Loved About the Workout: "Having a specific plan. I'd exercise at 5:30 a.m., when my daughter was still sleeping, so I didn't feel guilty spending time on myself."
Advice to New Moms: "Be realistic. I realized that on days when I was too tired, it was okay if I skipped a workout."
I Whittled 3 Inches from My Waist!
Abigail Honor, 31
Her Baby-Body Blues: "I was dying to get back to exercising, but with work and taking care of my daughter, going to the gym seemed impossible."
Amazing Results: Abby lost 10 pounds, 3 inches around her waist, .5 inches off her thighs, and 1.5 inches off her hips. "I can easily fasten a pair of pants that didn't come close to buttoning before."
What She Loved About the Workout: "I could do it late at night when my daughter was asleep. But most important, it helped me feel fitter and happier."
Advice to New Moms: "Stick with it. The second week, I was exhausted, but I battled on with the exercises and felt refreshed by week three."
More Post-Pregnancy Info!
For super-personal information no one else will tell you about what really happens to your body after birth, answers to your top health questions, and exercise moves and diet advice to get your body back, check out our body-after-baby section:
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2007.