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Benefits of Weight Training (Anonymous)

I had my daughter 12 years ago at the age of 25. I gained 50+ pounds during my pregnancy. I worked hard to drop the weight, but didn’t discover weight training until last year. This photo was taken 2 months ago after 9 months of training 2-3x a week. You can still see that my stomach pooches out a bit and has stretch marks, but I feel strong. I am 5’4″ and weigh 120lbs. Prepregnancy weight was 110lbs. I weighed 163lbs before giving birth.

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  • I-dra Saturday, December 20, 2008, 5:36 pm

    my body responds really well to exercise, too, but i can’t really afford a gym or class membership right now. do you do it at home with any specific equipment? have any tips? i’d like to discipline myself to a home routine, but it’s hard to get motivated. i appreciate your hard work & your gentle motivation here. you’re not out to berate or make us feel bad, and looking at you, i think i could do it, too. thanks, beautiful!

  • lisa Sunday, December 21, 2008, 8:54 am

    to the l-dra who wonders how to weight train at home – if you have a fireplace with a hearth you are in luck! that is where i work out! i bought some ankle weights and a set of 5 lb hand weights. the hearth is really useful for stepping up on (quads) doing toe raises (calves)standing leg curls (hamstrings), laying on the floor with your feet up on it and doing pelvic thrusts (butt), and also using for putting your feet on for doing crunches (abs). good luck to you! and to the lady whose photos are posted – you look great!

  • Lela Sunday, December 21, 2008, 7:03 pm

    I think you look great!

    to the other poster..
    I found some used tapes at a yard sale last year and they are great. Me and some friends have been using them. They are a combo of aerobics and light weights. Saves us hundreds of dollars for a gym membership!

  • Ali Monday, December 22, 2008, 7:17 am

    WOW, you look great! I’m 8 months PP and I’ve been doing cardio and weight training over the last 6 months or so. I’ve seen improvement but the one thing that hasn’t gotten better is the cellulite on my butt/thighs. I’ve been doing leg extension/curls twice a week. Since you’ve been training do you happen to have any advice on this? I know for some women, it probably never goes away. Thanks and congrats again! Weight training is a great thing for the body and mind. It does make you feel strong inside and out!

  • MilkMama Monday, December 22, 2008, 9:28 pm

    You look great, Mama! :D

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