Thank God for them.
It’s amazing how they function and raise us with
so little sleep.
I recently did an interview with a sleep-deprived
mother of 2 little ones who lost – get this –
7 pounds in 10 days.
Today I have an interview with her for you on exactly
how she did it.
Oh yeah, there’s a “twist” to the interview too.
I took the liberty of including it below so there are
no pesky links to click.
Enjoy and be inspired.
The following is an interview with one of the most time-crushed people I know, (and someone I know very, very well) – a mother of two: A 3-year old boy and a 7-month old girl, my wife, Courtney.
GN: Thanks Babe, for doing this interview. I know the kids keep you running all day long and you have “better” things to do than answer questions about kettlebell training. But I know your story and I think it will be very helpful not only to ladies out there struggling with their weight, but also guys who are crushed by the demands of work and a family life who feel like they have very little time to work out.
Tell us a little bit about your professional and training background just to give people a feel for who you are.
CN: Professionally I was a physical therapist, but am now a stay at home mom. I went to PT school at Duke where I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and then worked in outpatient orthopedics/sports PT for about 8 years until our son was born.
As far as training is concerned, I’ve always been an athlete – that is until the children came along. I grew up doing gymnastics and track, and then played volleyball in high school and college. I was always really strong, fast, and in pretty good shape (with the exception of a few years after college sports burned me out) To give you an idea of where I was as an athlete here are a few numbers: at 5′ 5.5″ and 140-145 lbs I had a 29.5″ inch vertical, could back squat 265 as a 4 rep max, could bench 160, hang clean 135, and could snatch grip deadlift 225 cold. In high school I had a 12.0 second 100 meters and anchored our 4×100 M relay team, which qualified for the CA state meet. Finally, when I was 40 weeks pregnant with our son, I was still doing chin-ups. All this not to brag, but just to demonstrate what kind of athlete I was used to being.
GN: What is your current biggest frustration or your current biggest frustrations? How do they make you feel?
CN: Hmm, biggest frustration…. where do I start? The post-pregnancy body compared to my former athletic self is pretty discouraging. It’s a huge identity crisis really. The person I see in the mirror is not who I expect to see in the mirror if you know what I mean. Add to that the difficulty achieving consistent or rapid progress due to the ups and downs of life (lack of sleep, kids and myself getting sick every few weeks etc). Failure to see results is tough on a recovering perfectionist J
In addition to body shape, feeling like I can’t run around/jump or wrestle with my son without hurting myself is also pretty frustrating. Especially considering my former athleticism.
GN: Yeah, I know how frustrating that is for you. I’m sure someone reading this can relate. Coming from an athletic background where you often practiced 3 to 4 hours a day, and having trained for and earned your RKC, what’s the biggest appeal for you right now about shorter workouts? How do they compare to the longer workouts you’ve done over your lifetime?
CN: I suffered some pretty severe burnout after college, so one the most appealing things about shorter workouts is that they are easier to handle mentally. Also of course, it’s easier to fit shorter workouts into a busy/demanding schedule. (It’s pretty tough to get a workout longer than 5 minutes when you are bouncing around like a ping-pong ball between the young’uns…)
GN: That’s a good point about shorter workouts being easier to handle mentally. So many people have this preconceived notion that workouts have to be a certain length of time in order to be any good or of any benefit. Yet you and I both know that’s not the case: You had some pretty big results recently doing some short – really short workouts. Can you tell us a little about them?
CN: I finally decided that something was better than nothing, and I needed something consistent and manageable to start making progress. So… I decided to commit to just doing 100 swings/day, and if I had extra time or energy I would do whatever else I felt like at the moment, usually double KB front squats (12 kg or 16 kg), double KB presses, or push-ups. Depending on the weight (12kg, 16 kg, or 24 kg) and style (1 hand, 2 hand, or hand to hand), I decided to use on that particular day, the swings would take me anywhere from 5-10 min. I usually did the strength work at a different time since a kid would inevitably start screaming, for another 5-10 min, usually about 3 days/week.
Anyway, just by adding those short workouts in, and then switching from stress-eating chocolate and other tasty carbs in the afternoon to drinking coffee or Advocare Spark for an energy boost, I dropped 7 lbs in 10 days. Even now that I’ve slid back into some stress eating habits (we had some issues with teething and stomach flu….) I’ve at least been able to maintain a steady weight instead of bouncing right back up again.
GN: Seven pounds in 10 days! Nice! I remember how proud I was of you when you told me. It practically happened overnight once you decided to commit, once again proving that little levers move big rocks. Switching gears… I’ve been doing some shorter workouts lately as you know. As a wife, how do you feel about these compared to some of the longer workouts I used to do?
CN: Better. I really appreciate the super short workouts (like your crawling and dips day), but at least on your heavy days it’s not as long as it used to be! I remember feeling like you were having an affair with weightlifting back in the day, so although I still complain about the amount of time you lift (mostly because it’s when both kids are screaming and I’m trying to get dinner on the table…), it’s a huge improvement.
GN: Yeah, it’s much different than it was. And I’ll start training at 4 like we talked about instead of 5 so I can help you more with the kids. Honest.
What would you say to the skeptic reading this – the woman who’s been programmed that she needs an hour a day doing something “intense” – like a high volume of swings, or a guy who used to spend an hour or two in the gym when he was younger, but now has a family and can no longer afford that time? Is it really possible for them to lose body fat or to get back the lean strong body they may have once had?
CN: Well, I haven’t gotten to where I want to be yet, but I can tell that I am at least making progress. I am definitely getting stronger and seeing improvements in body composition. I am always tempted to go harder and longer to see faster progress, but I know that with the amount of stress and fatigue I face on a daily basis, that would be REALLY stupid! Consistency is key, and it is much, much, much easier to be consistent when you are doing short workouts that still leave some energy in the bank compared to burning yourself out mentally and physically with long super intense workouts.
Here’s a real life example about the power and effectiveness of short workouts: I occasionally go to the gym to get a quick workout in without interruption (yay for childcare but boo for the kids getting sick EVERY time we go…). There is a woman there with whom I am acquainted who goes to the gym EVERY day and works out for about 2-3 hours doing weights, aerobics classes, and spinning etc. She has done this for the last year at least after her youngest was born. I have not seen ANY noticeable changes in her body over the last year in spite of her efforts, yet I have seen changes in myself in as little as 2 weeks with comparatively little effort. Go figure…..
If you are a skeptic about short workouts but haven’t gone that route yet, keep an open mind and give it a good try. You will be pleasantly surprised.
GN: Thanks, Honey. I appreciate you taking the time out to do this interview for my readers. Of course it might have been a welcome reprieve from taking care of the kids! LOL.
By the way, what’s for dinner?
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to make big
In fact, more often than not, it takes LESS not MORE
to get the changes you want to see –
Whether it’s losing fat…
Or getting stronger…
Or just feeling better about the person you see in
Tomorrow at approximately High Noon EST, I’ll be
releasing Kettlebell Express! ULTRA: Reloaded.
In it, you’ll have a smorgasbord of short, time
efficient kettlebell programs that you do in as little
as an hour a week.
In fact, there are 100 of them. Each lasts between
4 and 12 weeks.
Kettlebell Express! ULTRA: Reloaded is the most time
efficient programs you can use – they’re designed
to be used with a PAIR of kettlebells.
What if you don’t know how to use a pair of KBs?
Or don’t have a pair of KBs?
That’s what Kettlebell Express! Reloaded is for.
It’s 100 time efficient SINGLE kettlebell programs
that can be done in as little as 60 minute / 1 hour
I’ll give you details tomorrow on how you can get