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For many women there is no greater joy than
giving birth to a healthy baby boy or girl. Sadly, for many new moms theres
also no bigger dilemma than figuring out an effective way to shed the dreaded
Mom-of-two Angelina Wallent has been there,
done that... with the help of
eDiets, the leading online weight loss and fitness website.
During each of her pregnancies, Angelina gained 70 to 80 pounds. After the
birth of daughter Peri four years ago, our 5'6" featured dieter struggled, but
managed to drop the extra pounds. The weight loss proved even tougher when her
son John came into the world two years ago.
It was really scary having gained so
much weight being pregnant, she tells eDiets from her Washington home.
Thats a lot more than you are supposed to gain. It was terrifying
with both kids. I would think, what if it doesnt go away?
It was so unattractive and so unhealthy. It would
have been really easy not to do anything and just become obese. Im sure it
happens to a lot of women. You hear about it all the time. Its a hopeless
feeling to have a baby and youre enormous.
Well, this lady is no longer singing the
blues. Angelina now weighs a svelte 126 pounds -- she's 44 pounds lighter and a
lot healthier than shes ever been. Although she reached her goal weight
last April, Angelina has remained an eDieter. Why hasn't she cut the cord?
She's grown too attached to the support, guidance and accountability that
helped her lose those pregnancy pounds and keep them off!
After she had her son (see Mom and baby in
BEFORE picture), Angelinas weight leveled out around 170 pounds. Quite a jump
for a gal who had hovered in the mid-130s for most of her adult life. It was
the fear of remaining overweight for life that drove Angelina
to link up with eDiets.
I didnt want to go to Weight
Watchers after they moved their franchise," she says. "I needed some kind of
support and wanted to read about what other people were doing. I also wanted to
have a place where I could record my weight and be accountable.
In July 2000, she clicked with eDiets.
With resources such as a healthy meal plan,
support boards, experts, and a fitness option at her fingertips, Angelina was
on her way to weight loss glory. Even if she didnt use all the available
tools, she found comfort in knowing they were there at her fingertips 24/7.
The nursing mother was in a precarious
situation: she sorely wanted to lose weight but she couldnt "diet"
because that could sabotage her milk production. She turned to her fellow
eDieters for help.
I visited the support boards and read
what other ladies who were nursing were doing," she notes. "They would talk
about it on the different bulletin boards. Its a unique situation to try and
lose weight while breastfeeding.
An exercise plan proved to be the answer.
She started with a cardio and weight training mix (a few days of each over the
course of the week). With the help of a trainer, she stepped up her efforts and
put her weight woes to rest for good.
After her workout habits were forged, she
dropped the trainer and went solo. She now runs twice a week -- inside on a
treadmill or outside in the open air. She has also become a spinning
enthusiast. She devotes two days a week to weight training.
Angelina has progressed to where she
recently completed a 5K race! It was a monumental occasion for a gal who grew
up a non-athlete.
A regular exercise regimen doubles as a
mood booster for Angelina... even in the toughest times. It has also helped
stave off emotional eating binges. Now when the going gets tough, Angelina gets
Emotional eating was a very big
struggle for me," she tells eDiets. "Its been helpful to read the support
boards and see that other people struggle with the same issues. People need to
look at whats wrong inside -- to look at why they are eating emotionally
-- and try to fix that.
Angelina found her fix in fitness. Not only
is she using exercise to benefit herself, but shes also setting a great
example for her children.
My daughter wants to go running with
me. She puts on her sneakers and we run to the mailbox and back," she says. "It
makes me really proud that she sees fitness as something that is cool...
something that she wants to emulate. I am so proud of her.
I have to think that if shes
athletic that maybe she will be able to avoid the stuff I went through growing
up. Feeling strong and liking your body are great feelings for somebody growing
One of the biggest challenges Angelina now
faces is maintaining a healthy weight. Although her weight sank as low as 118
(which for a woman her height and build was too low), she is happiest and
healthiest at 126 pounds, her current weight.
This weight is a good place for me to
be," she says. "I have a good amount of muscle. I love being able to buy size 2
or size 4 clothes. I feel cute. I have a lot more self-confidence and I think
I tuck my clothes in. I wear a belt.
Im not hiding myself. When I was pregnant or right after I had my kids, I
was wearing really loose clothing that made me look bigger than I was. I felt
uncomfortable and tried not to draw attention to my body.
Today, Angelina is on a good run, happy
she's been able to stick with a program that is helping her go the distance.