Losing the Baby Weight (The Second Time Around)

Two days before Whoorlita turned 3 months old, the local daily deal on Plum District was a month-long boot camp. I stared at the screen for all of 4 seconds before clicking the purchase button. I knew that if I allowed myself even a minute to stew over it, I would make 1,000 excuses as to why a boot camp would be all wrong for me. (New baby! Bad timing! Waking up at ungodly hours after an already sleepless night! Breastfeeding/pumping issues! The list goes on and on…)

It was too late now. The purchase had been made.

I really had no idea what to expect. After baby #1, I used the C25K program as my baby weight loss program, and it did the job. So why would I subject myself to an exercise program modeled after military conditioning? Had the postpartum hormones caused me to lose my mind? (Probably.)

I started boot camp (3x/week) in mid-October. Honestly, I felt like my lungs were going to implode on the first day. I was OUT O’ SHAPE. The day after was pretty brutal – in fact, I recall spending upwards of 10 minutes trying to walk down my stairs the next morning from muscle soreness. But guess what? I felt completely energized driving home from class (pretty impressive, considering the sun was just coming up), and I didn’t have my usual 2-3pm slump. By the end of week one, I felt pretty damn good. The end of week two? I was a convert. My energy levels were through the roof, and that was saying a lot for a mom of a newborn and a 4-year-old that NEVER STOPS MOVING AND/OR TALKING.

Some of you might be wondering exactly what a boot camp entails. Although every program is different, the gist is exercise through resistance and cardiovascular training. (Such as running short distances, push-ups, sprints, lunges, jumping jacks, jump rope, mat work, weight training, stability ball/medicine ball training, stretching, cone drills, and obstacle courses. Um, not all in the same session. I swear.) What I like best about boot camp is that my trainer completely switches up every class. I never know what she’s planning for us, which keeps it totally fresh. Keeping exercise interesting is a huge motivator for me, and is probably why videos like 30-Day Shred don’t work for me in the long run. I have videos practically memorized by the end of week 2, which bores me right back into indolence.

After completing my first month of boot camp, I had lost several pounds and several inches. My pre-pregnancy jeans that previously screamed for mercy upon reaching my thigh area were all the way up and buttoned. (Although, let’s be honest, not QUITE ready for public viewing.) Suddenly, all of those 4:50am breast pumping sessions in preparation for class (while the rest of my family slept soundly in the pitch dark) were beginning to pay off. I decided to sign up for another month, and after completing that session, I was within two pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight and wearing almost all of my pre-pregnancy clothing again. Two months, you guys. Two months! It was no cake walk, but so worth it.

The best part for me personally is that my body is morphing into a shape that I’ve never had before. (Even pre-babies!) When I was exclusively running after baby #1, I lost the weight, but I was just a smaller me, shape-wise. Now, all of the toning and weight training I’ve completed in boot camp has really changed the overall look and shape of my body. My muscles are leaner, and I actually don’t cringe when I look at my legs, which have ALWAYS been my least favorite body part. (I even busted out a mini-skirt recently, and that’s saying something.)

Before boot camp (this past August):

(Yes, that is cellulite on my upper arm. Oy.)

After completing 2 months of boot camp 3x/week (uh, as well as a 2-week holiday hiatus consisting of cookies, cake and pie…shhhhhhpleasedon’ttellmytrainer):

I still have a fair share of work ahead of me, but I couldn’t be happier about the progress I’ve made in the past two months. I love boot camp. Period. I started my third session this morning, and I couldn’t wait to get going after these past two weeks of food, beer, food, cocktails, and MORE FOOD.

If your New Year’s resolution is to drop some pounds and gain a ton of energy, definitely consider a boot camp. And if you are in the Orange County area, I can’t recommend Total Training by Tammy enough! (It’s really no wonder her program was voted Best Workout Program in Orange County by Citysearch. It is AWESOME. Tammy is Motivation, personified.)

Tammy is offering a free kick-off week (starting today, Jan 3, and going through Friday, Jan 7) of Boot Camp for the new year, so you have no reason not to try it out. Plus, she has 5 locations around the OC and several different times throughout the day that you can mix and match, so don’t be trying to make up excuses over there on your couch. DO IT. (And tell her I sent ya!) It might be the best thing you’ll do for yourself all year.

  • martymankins

    January 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Yowza! D is one lucky guy. Way to go.

  • Mama Bub

    January 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I want to hate you SO much, but mostly I just envy you. I have been dying to start a boot camp, but the husband leaves at 5:30am and doesn’t come home until 6:00pm. Not that you, or anyone, can solve that problem. I just need some motivation. Big time. And some sort of space time continuum that allows two 5:30ams in the day.

    I don’t know if it’s too close to your husband’s arrival, but Tammy has a 6:30pm M-F! I go to that one on occasion. :)

  • Roxanna

    January 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    You look hot! And you’re motivating me to hit the gym. I’m ashamed that I’m dreading getting up at 5:30 — you’re getting up at 4:30 and pumping. Go you!

  • Jackie

    January 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    WOW. That’s some serious motivation even for a confirmed exercise-hater like me. Will you please do a post about how you eat, too?

  • Kirsten

    January 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I participated in a 5:30 am bootcamp class in Orange County (a different one than you are doing, but still awesome) and I can’t recommend it enough. I miss it now that I moved up to Portland. I felt great and to have my workout done by 6:30 am every morning – totally worth it.

    You look fantastic – keep it up!

  • MauraLessa

    January 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Wow, lady. I am TOTALLY impressed. And shamed. Mostly impressed.

  • Kelley

    January 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm


    I’ve been hanging onto my post-baby weight for almost a year and a half (yes, post….I was back in my pre-pregnancy pants within a month of having baby #2, then promptly gained 30 pounds. Yeah….sucks.). I feel like a whale. Must find a boot-camp nearby!

  • steph

    January 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Awesome. So awesome! :)

  • whoorl

    January 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Jackie!

    You know, I don’t really follow any sort of rigid guidelines when it comes to eating. I will say that I don’t eat fast food (except for the occasional In-N-Out Burger) and I haven’t drank any type of soda for years and years. I drink lots and lots of water!

    Otherwise, we eat a lot of salads, chicken, crockpot meals, pasta, beef…basically just about everything BUT in moderation. I’ve always noticed that the times I start counting calories and/or stressing about my meal choices are the times I start gaining weight. ;)

  • Nothing But Bonfires

    January 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Holy shit, you look amazing! I think I had a better comment planned out in my head but now I can’t even articulate it because I’m so impressed with your boot camp results. Go you! This is just the motivation I need.

  • metalia

    January 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    You look FANTASTIC, mama!

  • Sarah

    January 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Just 3 words: You look fantastic!

    As a stark raving fan of my own gym, I can relate to your enthusiasm! All the best for a lovely 2011!

  • amanda

    January 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Hot mama! You look great – good for you!

  • Camels & Chocolate

    January 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    WOW! Hot mama! I’ve never looked that good, and I don’t even have any babies!

  • Mary Sue

    January 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    You look awesome! Congrats! I do think it is amazing what are bodies can do when they are pushed. I am sorry you wake up at 4:30 though – that is not a time to wake up.

  • sizzle

    January 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Those are some great results! You should be Tammy’s spokesperson. (Maybe you are?) ;-)

    Hmm, thinking I will add to my Life List: post public photo of myself in sports bra and work out pants and feel proud. Something to aspire to!

    Nope, just a huge fan. And I’m super proud of my progress so far – I worked extremely hard!

  • whoorl

    January 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    THANK YOU, EVERYONE!!! Seriously, when I start to feel unmotivated, I’m going to re-read these comments over and over. :)

  • Angella

    January 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Go, YOU!!

    My Boot Camp ended mid-December and doesn’t start again until next week, so I don’t look quite as buff as you (warning for next weekend. ;) )

    I totally hear you on this, though. I love how good it feels to work out and how much ENERGY it gives you.

    You look amazing, lady. Well done!

    Thanks, Angella! (Although, WHATEVER on the buff comment. Your buffness is what I aspire to be!)

  • slynnro

    January 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    You look fab Sarah!

  • curlystraight

    January 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm


    And I just finished eating a piece of fudge.

    Bootcamp, here I come. Someday. Soon.




  • Isabel @AlphaMom

    January 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    wow! You look amazing!

    I can totally see what you mean about the definition and the lean muscle. You should be really proud of yourself. 3x per week in the wee-early am requires commitment.

  • Mia

    January 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Good God, woman! You look better than most of my early-twenties-never-had-a-baby friends! I was so impressed by this post, I showed it to my fiance who’s sitting next to me, and he agreed; you look great! Off to look for a bootcamp in my area right now. I had a wedding dress to fit into in 8 months!

    Okay, that comment made me verrrrry happy. ;) And yes, sign up for a boot camp! You’ll love it!

  • lucy s.

    January 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    wow, thanks for the inspiration. you look fantastic!

  • Kerri Anne

    January 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    You are so awesome. And so inspiring. And just so lovely.

    And right this second I am signing up for my very first! boot camp, that won’t start for awhile because apparently it’s outside, in a park nearby my house, but I’m SO EXCITED. And scared. But mostly excited!

    Here’s to biceps, and triceps, and abs, oh my!

    AWESOME, Kerr. I think this is right up your alley. You are going to love it! Ours is outside too, and I was the only one who showed up in the rain today. I felt like I should have had the Rocky theme blasting. ;)

  • Siera

    January 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    You know, I think I will look into a boot camp in my area after reading this. Thanks, and keep up the good work.

  • Jackie Mittman

    January 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks! You know, I’m so relieved to hear you say you eat like a person…I’m always afraid that the secret to losing the last 8 pounds is to starve myself. The truth is I need to get off my butt! Now, to find the time and $$…argh.

  • alison

    January 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    so impressive – i’m inspired!

  • lisa

    January 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    You rock!!!!! And, you do it in the rain and cold!!!! I am almost thinking that I could do the 5:30 am….maybe a couple of days a week?!

    C’MON, LISA! You know you want to do it!!

  • Mama in the City

    January 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    You look fantastic! Way to go!

  • Tina

    January 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    You look fabulous! If I didn’t work out at 5:00 a.m., I’d never get my workouts in. I do two boot camp-like classes twice a week. I too get very bored in other cardio classes like spin or step. I find the time flies and I like how my instructors mix it up every week.
    I started taking a Pilates Reformer class a couple of months ago and am really hooked on that as well.

  • Sharon

    January 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

    You look fantastic. I have been going to a boot camp class for over a year now, 3x per week. It is the best thing I have ever done as far as exercise goes. I didn’t really need to lose weight, but I am so much stronger and toned. There’s a real sense of accomplishment for me in being able to do pull ups and push ups and lift more than 5 pound weights. It’s worth getting up at ungodly hours.

  • Jen

    January 4, 2011 at 7:23 am

    You look great!
    Just curious what type of crockpot meals you make. That sounds fantastic for simplicity sake!

    Thanks, Jen! I’ve used the Relish Meal Planning System for several years, and they have tons of awesome crockpot recipes. I posted about Relish here:


  • stickyheels

    January 4, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Hold on a second while I pick my jaw up off the floor.
    Damn, Gina.

    I’m 26 and NO babies and you have a six pack? You look smokin, and you may say you “have a long way to go” but, let’s be honest – you’re there already!

  • Louise

    January 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for the motivation! I need to lose ten pounds and no matter how much I watch what I eat, it’s not going to happen without exercise. I have PCOS and so my metabolism is painfully slow. I always feel great after I exercise and I never regret it. It is just making myself do it that is the challenge. If you can do it with two kids and a nursing schedule, surely I can do it with no kids. Thanks!

  • GreenInOC

    January 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Training by Tammy is today’s “Screamin Daily Deal” – $39 for 1 month.


    Not that I am going to be signing up. Class members would probably think I was the real life show-and-cautionary-tale of what NOT to do!!

    Oh, come on. I think you’d surprise yourself!

  • HK

    January 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

    You look awesome and I appreciate the motivation as I get back into my workout routine after the holidays. For those who don’t live near a bootcamp or can’t get out of the house, there are LOTS of great workout options you can do at home – that are like an electronic bootcamp. I’m doing the Active 2 “game” for Playstation 3 and there are lots and lots of options like it. It’s an electronic personal trainer and it changes up your workouts daily and it KICKS YOUR ASS. That’s my own personal endorsement in case anyone who doesn’t think an actual bootcamp is feasible is looking for other options.

    Keep up the great work – you should be so proud!

  • Renee

    January 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Long-time lurker here! I had to come out of hiding for a minute to say that this post TOTALLY inspired me. You look SO AMAZING. And you can see that you feel confident about your body now – what a great feeling! I need a post-baby #3 shape-up and am now trying to find a boot camp in my area. But, I need to ask you: honestly, exactly how out of shape are you? Because I really have barely worked out in a year and a half. And I get winded running to catch the train to work. I’m worried I won’t even make it through the first hour, and everybody will point at me and laugh…And did you have to take Tylenol/Advil for the soreness on the second day?Did it prevent you from doing the next class on Day 3? I need some tips and moral support! (And love your blog, by the way!)
    Kisses to your cute kiddies…

  • Renee

    January 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    whoops – i meant “how out of shape WERE you” obviously, you’re no longer out of shape at all!

  • Ninabi

    January 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Great job. You look fantastic and you earned it!

  • whoorl

    January 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm


    I didn’t work out AT ALL during my pregnancy. I think I went on two walks total. (Totally embarrassing to say, but it’s the truth.) So, when I started boot camp, I hadn’t worked out for over a year. I was very out of shape.

    The great thing about boot camp is that you can go at your own speed. There are modifications for almost every exercise and you can move at your own pace. For instance, during the first couple of weeks, I was always one of the last in the pack while running. However, now I’m usually one of the people in the front. Everybody goes at their own pace, and that’s why all levels of fitness can work out together.

    I didn’t take Advil or anything for the soreness because, frankly, it actually felt good to be sore. You know what I mean? I loved knowing that my muscles got a great workout!

    Do it, Renee. What’s there to lose? If it doesn’t work out for you in the long run, you will always know you tried. (But I think you will fall in love!)

  • Elizabeth

    January 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Your abs are truly a thing of wonder. I had one child four years ago, and my abs are STILL messed up. Working out does not seem at help at all, even though I am now fit enough to boast that I weigh less than what I weighed in high school, and I can show off my arms in tank tops and actually feel good about myself. What on earth are you doing for those abs? I’ve tried nearly everything, but my stomach is still as soft as can be. Counsel me, Mrs. Whoorl.

  • whoorl

    January 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you, Elizabeth! I wish you could come spend some time with Tammy. She BLASTS my abs – seriously, I silently pray for mercy during our ab work. All of our workouts include tons of basic crunches, bicycle crunches and planks, but then she always throws in some others that kill me. I’ll see if I can find some links to those exercises and send them your way. :)

  • Elizabeth

    January 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Yah you! You look wonderful. Boot camps – if taught well – are miraculous. I went to one about 18 months ago when I was unemployed. Dropped 13 pounds in one month then another 7 the next month.

    I was one of 4 in the class and the only one that wasnt a size 0 and in shape. Everything had to be modified for me and I was at the back of the pack for everyt run, but it didnt matter.

    Once I went back to work – and added 2.5 hours of commuting on a good day to my life – I havent been able to get back into a bootcamp. Sadly have 30 pounds left to loose but am trying the same interval style training on my own now to see if I can chip away at it without the bootcamp instructors yelling (um, encouraging me :-)

  • Kathleen

    January 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Way to Go Lady!

    I too am plowing my way to a fitter body. Motrin in the Gel form – 400 mm is my BFF right now. Don’t even get me started about how to sit down on the potty or stand up for that matter today.

    Keep up the hard work, I’m right behind you. – K

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  • Kristen

    January 5, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Wow. Just … wow! You look absolutely fantastic, but I’m even more excited to hear how much you love it. How amazing is it that something that brings you so much happiness also makes you look like a movie star?

  • sarahbeanne

    January 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Oh, hell. We had our babies within days of each other, and I worked out a LOT when I was pregnant (1/2 marathon @ 12 weeks, aquamoms every week, swimming whenever possible, videos, etc), and since getting the go ahead @ my six week check up.
    I look nothing like you do now. I need to step it up.

  • Kate

    January 5, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I did the exact same thing…talked myself into it because of a Groupon, and now I’m obsessed with it! Such a great energy booster, and I’ve been in such a better mood the last month or two, which I’m sure everyone around me is happy about too!

  • Deidre

    January 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Whoorl, you like GREAT! seriously, well done. It takes a lot of motivation to get up early and work it…

  • Kate

    January 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Don’t think I’ve ever commented, but had to chime in here and echo everyone else…WOW!

    But I have to ask…how on earth do you function all day with two children if you’re getting up before 4:50 a.m.?! I really, really need to do something like this to lose my baby weight (I’m several months post-baby right now and my thighs/ab are majorly jigglicious), but I work full time and can’t imagine getting up that early every day. Do you go to bed super early? Squeeze in a nap every day? Function well on little sleep?

  • whoorl

    January 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks, Kate! It’s lights out for me at 9pm, so I get almost 8 hours of sleep. Luckily, I’ve been able to go to an evening class on occasion, so the 5:00am wakeup call only happens about twice a week.

  • Sad Abs Elizabeth

    January 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    If you have any examples of your power ab workout, and if you have the time to share them, please do send them my way! Not even Gwyneth Paltrow’s trainer’s post-baby major ab workout video has been able to melt the softness of my tummy. I would love any tips or new tricks!

    (And how funny is it that another Elizabeth posted a comment directly after mine? That made me do a double take when I first saw it.)

  • Kristen

    January 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    You look amazing!! So my girl is almost 2 and I still haven’t gotten down . . . perhaps because I’m pretending that there is such a thing as “adoption weight”. This is very inspiring . . . ALMOST inspiring enough to make me join you. But 5am?? Whhyyyy? If you find a 9am class, I’m there. :)

  • whoorl

    January 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Kristen, Tammy has a 10am…right you your alley! I just emailed you. :)

  • Iowamom

    January 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    WOW! I tried to comment the other day but the dang computer locked up. I am so impressed and happy for you!

    Keep up the good work. It’s so difficult but time after the babies definitely helps. I finally felt back to normal when my third child was 2. Looks like you’re on the right track!

  • Cecilia

    January 8, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Wow! Good job, you look amazing! wish they had boot camp over here….

  • mbbored

    January 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    OK, so I’ve read your blog forever, even if I don’t comment (sorry!) I admit to a lot of jealousy of your picture post 2nd baby,when I’ve got no kids and oh say 20 extra pounds in the last year (boo grad school.) My groupon just came up with my own boot camp deal so I bought it. So I’m saying thanks now, but I doubt I will in a week.

  • giselle

    January 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I signed up a for a boot camp from a groupon a couple of days ago and I am both excited and absolutely terrified. I look NOTHING like that you looked like before you started, so I’m so nervous that I won’t be able to do any of it or that everyone will laugh at me or that I’ll pass out. :( I want to lose weight so bad, I hope I can do it.

  • Torrie @ a place to share...

    January 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Wow. As so many others have shared, this post and that picture(!!) is incredibly inspiring. I have been extremely inactive (blogging hasn’t helped in this category!) and have given myself until my BIL’s wedding- which I am in- to get in shape.

    I could go on, and on about this, but I just wanted to say thank you for inspiring me. Because of this post, I searched “bootcamp in Glendora” thinking that I would find nothing, and found an amazing deal. I just signed up!! I am incredibly nervous because on the video, it shows them climbing over walls, in the mud, etc- Survivor-like!! I’ve never done anything like this before- nothing! But if I allowed myself to think about that, I wouldn’t have done it. So- thank you so very much.

  • angie

    January 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Looking good, girl! I totally get why you dig boot camp. If I were in the OC I’d be there!

  • Courtney

    January 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Um, can I have your stomach? I’m post baby #2, with 6.5lbs to go, no exercise, but I’m BFing and off of soy and dairy. I know I need the exercise. Yet, I do nothing and baby isn’t sleeping through the night yet… After baby #1, I was off those and eggs and nuts–babies have an intolerance, or else I’d be eating everything. Not in your neck of the woods but I need some stomach help so I need to look into this bootcamp business. For starters, how does your belly button look so good? Mine looks like a crater got hit upside the head. JEALOUS. Good for you!

  • Carrie

    January 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Holy sh*t you look amazing!! I switch my Jillian videos out week by week and get mad results from her, but you seriously make me consider letting someone blast me out in person. Great job!!


  • SarahD

    January 19, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration…I just started bootcamp (only once a week), and am trying to do an intense step class and a DVD (30 day shred) to cover 3x a week at least of major exercise. I am 3yrs post-3rdbaby and need to finally get rid of my tummy. I hope I can keep as motivated as you are to finally get a good “AFTER” photo to share!!

  • Caroline

    January 28, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I am so inspired! Would you consider sharing your time management tips? How do you organize your life to fit in exercise and great hair? Seriously. I’m home with a 9 month old and can’t quite figure out how squeeze it all in.