Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!


Work It! Week 1

If this isn't motivation, I'm not sure what is...

This week starts my first week of getting healthy again! This past Sunday I went back to the gym AND I didn’t eat any junk food. I think the hardest part of this little challenge is going to be finding time to cook nutritious meals. I LOVE to cook, but I honestly cannot remember the last time I did so. I always have a reflux-y baby on my shoulder or I opt to nap instead of doing anything else. I am on the lookout for anything that may help with that, whether it be kitchen gadgets or cookbooks and such. I’ll be sure to post anything that I find useful.

So my first day back at the gym consisted of (can you guess?) legs and abs. Figured I’d dive right into it. I did not, however, get to do cardio. The baby had to eat and we didn’t have any bottles ready or milk defrosted. Getting to the gym for an hour was a really great feeling though.

Here was my routine:

Warm up 10 minutes on treadmill


My poor butt...I'm pretty sure it migrated south about 6 inches.

Legs routine:

Sit-in leg press 3×12 @ 50 pounds

Smith machine lunges (ouch) 3×10 @ 20 pounds

Leg extension machine (quads) 3×12 @ 35 pounds

Leg extension machine (hamstrings) 3×12 @ 30 pounds

Glute machine 3×12 @ 25 pounds

Hip adductor/abductor machine 3×16 each @ 50 pounds

Abs routine:

Laying leg raises (ouch) 3×12

Push-up planks 3×10

Bicycle crunches 2×50

Oblique twists (ouch) 3×16

I plan to weigh in every Sunday and this Sunday I was 164. Although moms out there should know that it really isn’t how much you weigh, but what you measure. If you’re like me and have no muscle left, you are gonna gain a whole bunch back if you are lifting weights so you need to remember that muscle weighs more than fat! To show you this, I am going to tape myself and hopefully get my body fat percentage at least once a month. I’m not going to be obsessed about a number on the scale because that’s a good way to fail. I also know that unfortunately my body will never look the same again. It pushed out an almost 8 pound baby girl. It’s awesome and my stretch marks show the work it did. At least that’s what I have to tell myself…

Check back next week for my next weigh-in!

How was your week? What did you do to shred some pounds?

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3 Comments on “Work It! Week 1”

  • Katie June 14th, 2011 8:15 am

    As far as finding time for healthy meals, check out e-mealz.,com. They are a meal planning site. You can pick different plans, such as low fat or portion control (which is actually done with weight watchers points). We have done e-mealz for almost 6 months…we love it! They also give you an itemized shopping list according to where the items are in the store….very cool!

  • Kelly Mulder Kelly June 15th, 2011 7:54 am

    Hey Alexis,

    Two cookbooks my family likes are Crazy Plates and Looney Spoons. They have funny titles to their meals but they’re all heathy and low fat variations of things. I got mine of of amazon.

    I also wanted to recommend that you look into Stroller Warriors. It’s a free running club for moms who push their baby/babies in jogging strollers and then do other exercises at the park afterwards. Right now they meet on Tuesdays and Fridays. It’s soo much fun and it’s really motivational to meet and hang out with other moms who love to exercise.

    Best of luck with your goals!

  • Alexis Schulman June 15th, 2011 6:24 pm

    WOW! Thanks ladies! Both awesome tips!

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