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Joana Roush

This mother of two young children has been on quite a fitness journey, and now she's in the best shape of her life.

Joana Roush

Written by Joana Roush

I've been blessed to be picked to write and share my fitness story. I call it my "FIT 2 FAT 2 FIT" journey. Growing up, I was always long and lean, all booty and personality. I had nicknames like “olive oil," "breadstick," and "linguine.” Come to think of it now, I think those people just needed some Italian food in their life!

I graduated high school in 2004 weighing 135 pounds at 5’6". Fast forward to my first pregnancy in 2011: I worked out until I was 8 months pregnant. I gained 60 pounds, with my starting weight at 175 pounds (with lots of muscle) to 242 pounds on the delivery table. My pregnancy was easy, healing was easy and I was back in the gym within four weeks, versus the normal six weeks after a C-section. I breastfed for a year and trained as often as I could, doing the new “gluten-free” fad. I lost 75 pounds in 10 months post-partum and weighed 165 pounds.

But for my second pregnancy in 2014, I hadn't worked out in a year. I was sick of measuring, watching what I ate, cutting this, dodging that, so my starting weight was 200 pounds. I weighed 245 pounds on the delivery table for my second C-section. I gained 45 pounds of pure fat. I looked awful, I felt awful, the pregnancy was hard, recovery was hard, and I fell into post-partum depression.

I didn't care about anything but my kids. I breastfed for 19 months and used every excuse in the...

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