Nicol A. Hodges aka "Nic" is a certified fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned nationwide status as a top 400m high school runner. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8 "Big 12" Track and Field titles, as well as a 4X400m relay championship.
Nicol is a fitness ambassador for ZeroWater, SlimClip and is an Athleta FitPro. Nicol has been featured in Women's Running magazine, San Diego's 92128 magazine and modeled for Les Mills, ElliptiGo and ACE Fitness. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local running and duathlon events.
The Baby Fat Challenge
Losing weight and reshaping your body after pregnancy is challenging but it can be done. You have to be willing to put in the work and make no excuses.
Baby #1 was a physical challenge. I was 27 years old and afraid to run during my pregnancy because I truly believed I would hurt my baby and she would fall right out! LOL! So, I didn't do anything but eat. I gained nearly 65 lbs. The good and bad part after the pregnancy, I quickly lost the weight but it was too much weight, too fast. I was underweight and extremely weak. I lost my appetite and would go hours without eating. I was extremely stressed with being a new mom and working at the same time. My doctor put me on a plan and my mother "fed me back to health".
Baby #2 was a mental challenge. I gained 35 lbs and was a lot more active, mainly because I was already a busy, working mom. It was tough, but I made sure to eat, exercise and sleep. I suffered from separation anxiety but with the help of my mother and a great day care provider, I was able to make the transition back to "healthy and fit".
It is important to eat right, exercise and surround yourself with supportive family/friends. If you want to be healthy and strong, BE HEALTHY and STRONG! Stop making excuses and do the work, pregnant or not. Exercise with or without the baby and get your family involved. Your goal should be...HEALTHY and FIT so you can enjoy those little nuggets you call children! :)