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Mommy Makeover

September 7, 2010

Extra push

Mommy Makeover participants fit in extra workouts.

Final weigh-ins for the Mommy Makeover participants took place Friday and the moms were pretty excited to see their final results.

During the final week, all three participants seemed to have the same strategy: to fit in as many workouts as possible, with the hope of shedding just a few extra pounds.

Participant Christina Artrip kept pushing herself to the fullest potential.

“I was a little disappointed,” she said. “I wanted to get a little further. I’m going to work hard and keep pushing.”

Overall, Artrip feels that she did well during the 13-week challenge. She even has plans to challenge and compete against herself, in a way.

“Once the baby is six months, I’m going to try and do it again,” she said.

After she goes through a second 13-week challenge, she will take the opportunity to compare the results from both times.

Although she would have liked to lose more weight in the end, she hasn’t given up on her self yet.

Artrip explained she still has her “pregnancy line,” a line which appears on a woman’s abdominal area while she is pregnant.

When her line disappears, she will check her weight. If she is not where she wants to be at that point, then she will be disappointed.

Since she is still breastfeeding, she said, it is difficult to lose weight.

“I want to push harder, which I could, but I can’t starve myself,” she said.

The last week of Mommy Makeover was challenging for Artrip. Even though she did not look forward to working out, she did so every day. She was worn out from working out and tired from lack of sleep, which also added to her stress.

Her most challenging moments have been trying to get all three sons to sleep at once so she, in turn, can sleep.

The most frustrating part of her experience during Mommy Makeover was trying to find a baby-sitter for her children.

“That’s probably what most moms would say,” she said. “It’s hard to give up a time when you can’t find someone. One hour is a long time and for me to go exercise and come back, it takes an hour and a half.”

Exercising at home didn’t always work either, since she would get interrupted.

So for Artrip, the most enjoyable part of participating with Mommy Makeover was using her membership at the Cass County Family Y.

She also enjoyed all the resources available to her including talking to trainers and participating in nutrition classes. As far as her nutrition, Artrip said she had resisted drinking soft drinks and eating sweets, as well as breads and cheese.

“I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, but take one day a week to treat myself,” she said. “At least once a week give into my craving in moderation.”

She doesn’t have any worries about getting off track either, since she is letting herself “cheat” one day of the week.

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