Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 1, 2010

Back to work-a-day world

Mommy Makeover contestant forms strategy to balance job, family, fitness

By Carla Knapp
Tribune night editor

— Rebecca Hampton expects next week to be a challenge — probably one of the biggest she’s faced so far during Mommy Makeover.

<div align="center"><a href=" http://www.anytimefitness.com/en-us/clubs/1495/Kokomo-IN-health-club"><img src="http://static.cnhi.zope.net/flashpromo/kokomotribune/flashpromo/support/MommyMakeover.jpg"></a></div> For the first time since giving birth to her son, Miles, Hampton will return to work Monday. As every working mother knows, balancing a job and family can be difficult even without the pressures of trying to lose weight. But Hampton already has a plan in place that she hopes will ensure her continued success, not just for the remaining weeks of the competition but for the long term.

“I’m a little nervous about going back to work next week,” she said. “It could be a little tricky. I’ve been home since November and I’ve been working out every morning at 9. Next week I’ll start working out at 5 in the morning, so that means I’ll have to get up at 4:30. I think that will be a challenge for sure. I think it would be a challenge for anybody, let alone someone who just had a baby.

“But I’ll survive. There’s just three weeks left and I can do anything for three more weeks.”

Hampton, who works as an elementary school music teacher, has an hour-long commute every day to the school in Zionsville. She said she’s hoping to use the time in the car after her daily workout to “wake myself up a little more and get motivated for the day.”

But when it comes to the competition, Hampton said her results have so far provided enough motivation to keep her going as the weeks have gone on and the workouts have gotten harder.

“That might change next week when the alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning,” she added with a laugh.

With the results she’s seen thus far from her sessions with Anytime Fitness personal trainer Rob Land, Hampton said she is almost back to her pre-pregnancy weight. Though she said she’s still about one clothing size above where she was when she left work, her progress means she’ll only need a few transition pieces for her closet rather than a whole new wardrobe.

She’s hoping the return to work will help her drop those last few pounds, since she’ll be more active at school than she is in a normal day at home.

With as much time as Hampton will spend away from home once she returns to work, she will also need a nutrition plan to get her through the day. She said she got a healthy chili recipe from her mother and plans to make a large batch that she can portion out ahead of time and take with her each day along with an apple for a simple snack.

However, with the return to work, Hampton knows she’ll have to deal with added temptations.

“I don’t have cake and brownies and cookies at home, but everybody brings that stuff in that they don’t want at home,” she said. “I’ll probably stay out of the teacher’s lounge so I can avoid some of those temptations. ... But that’s something I wouldn’t have thought twice about before.”

Like Hampton, Charity Rossiter said she expects to have some temptations to face soon when her family gets together for the Easter holiday.

Though she’s upped the intensity of her workouts to break through a recent plateau, Rossiter said she wants to focus on eating healthy this weekend so she can continue her progress.

“It’s probably going to be a challenge. With the get-togethers and the large family meals, it can be hard to make good choices while at the same time trying to enjoy myself and my family,” she said. “You get into a routine at home and you know what you’re going to have, but when you go to a family get-together, we have a pitch-in so I try to bring something I know that’s good for me that I can eat.”