Married to: Ryan
Kids: Jonathan, 9 months
Occupation: Mom (former school teacher)
Charity Rossiter says she knows what it feels like to be sad, lonely and — above all — hungry. At 24 years old, she was 225 pounds, alone and miserable.
And she decided she wasn’t going to take it anymore.
She started an exercise and nutrition program and quickly lost 40 pounds, and it was the change that started her on a series of changes. She met a man, Ryan Rossiter, who would later become her husband. The two enjoyed exercise of all kinds — cycling, running, weight lifting, hiking and more — and are now enjoying their first child, 9-month-old Jonathan.
Charity says she’s ready to reclaim the body she worked so hard for before her pregnancy.
“After getting pregnant, I referred to myself as ‘The Old Charity,’ because I see myself going back,” she said. Instead of the confident, energetic woman she’d grown to know, she was struggling with the woman she saw staring back in the mirror.
Charity said she’s looking forward to finding the enthusiasm and confidence she’s been missing since a bit of the weight came back.
“I’ve been such an emotional roller coaster,” she said with a laugh recently. “Some of it you can blame on hormones, but nine months later, can you really blame it on hormones?”
In addition to finding the confident Charity again, she said, frankly, she’s looking forward to working in a gym alongside someone older than 9 months.
“When you’re at home with a 9-month-old, there’s only so much socializing you can do,” she said with a chuckle.
While she’s already lost a good deal of the pregnancy weight, her goal is to lose all of her baby weight by Jonathan’s birthday, May 8, she said. That, and not to have to buy more clothes.
Charity said she has all the support in the world in her cycling-enthusiast husband, Ryan.
“He’s hoping that this will put the spark back in me,” she said.
We’re betting it will.
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Check out the results from our weight-loss project
The Mommy Makeover challenge has come to an end. The three participants in the eight-week project worked out three times a week with a personal trainer, ramped up their cardiovascular exercise and buckled down on their nutrition.
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Taking the first steps to lose weight and get it off is far harder than keeping it off, he says.
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Back to work-a-day world
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Key to results is working smarter, not harder
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