I can’t believe it’s been 8 weeks since I wrote my last boot camp update! Time flies when you’re lifting heavy stuff.  Hah.

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Definitely check out the first update to see what my boot camp classes are all about and how it helped transform my post-baby body into a stronger and healthier version of me!  The first 6 weeks had an incredible impact on my body.  Not only did I get much stronger, but I also lost a bit more of the baby weight I was carrying around (I gained 45 pounds with Claire).  Most importantly, however, I reaped tremendous benefits in terms of comfort and physical ability – my back didn’t hurt as much, I could climb the stairs without getting winded, etc. 


Okay – here are the progress reports for the Week 14 check-in.  This is a comparison of when I started to today!



I am so proud of myself for several reasons:


I STUCK WITH IT.  I have never maintained a strength-training program for 6 weeks, let alone 14! 

I can do so many more moves without modifications than I could at Week 6.  Especially when it comes to ab work.

I’ve gotten to the point where I just GO to class – I don’t have to motivate myself to get there. It’s become a habit.


I’ve made some friends in class!  Seriously, people at my boot camp are so friendly, but getting more familiar with people has been nice.

My fitness from boot camp is translating to other areas.  I found the obstacles at last weekend’s Warrior Dash to be super easy – mainly thanks to my new upper body strength!  And I ran the 5K at the end of my last triathlon at a nice clip without much effort.

I have learned to LOVE burpees.  They are so hard!  I also LOVE weighted squats.  I still hate twisting crunches. 

I am in THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE.  Seriously.  Two babies later, and I am stronger, fitter, faster than ever before.  I never, ever thought I could get in better shape post-children, but here I am!  I’m even stronger than I was when I trained for my Half Ironman. 

I’ve lost an additional 5.5 pounds, putting me under my pre-pregnancy weight by a pound.  I’m not super into using weight as a progress tracker, but I did step on the scale for the purpose of this post.  I was not surprised at all – all of my clothes fit and some are even loose!  The nicest part is I’m FIT – I have awesome muscle definition in my arms and legs that I have never seen before.  Love it.  Strength training really does change your body in a way that cardio alone just can’t. 


The one thing that I want to work on with boot camp is to clean up my diet.  As many busy people find, healthy eating often ends up the last on my list of priorities… I often just grab random things while my kids enjoy balanced meals!  And if I don’t do food prep, I rely on fast stuff like frozen pizzas way too often.  Heck, I ate an entire batch of Rice Krispy Treats for dinner the other day (so good).   I know that healthier eating would be beneficial to me in so many ways, but I can’t seem to get my act together.  So that’s my goal for the next few weeks!


A big THANK YOU to the children for being happy to hang out in my gym’s childcare while I boot camp!  Your mother is very appreciative of her “me time!”


Do you have a strength training transformation story to share?



  • E June 10, 2015, 7:28 am

    You are looking amazing! Wish I had your commitment…

  • emily June 10, 2015, 7:55 am

    Nice job! It’s great that you’ve had such measurable gains. I know it’s not totally the point, but you look awesome 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 10, 2015, 8:04 am

    Congrats on your progress and commitment! I LOVE strength training… lifting heavy things is the best. I also loving having a set schedule, it makes hitting the gym so much easier. And having gym buddies that know if you miss, definitely a huge motivator 🙂

  • Sagan June 10, 2015, 8:10 am

    “I’ve gotten to the point where I just GO to class – I don’t have to motivate myself to get there. It’s become a habit.”

    That is my favorite thing right now with my workout routine, too 🙂

    Congratulations! You look great and feeling more comfortable & energetic is SO important.

  • alan June 10, 2015, 8:14 am

    I think I commented on your first Boot camp update, and I continue to be amazed. Your body transformation is even more amazing than the pregnancy transformation (which–for women of course–is a beautiful transformation in its own right).

    You look lean, tough, and in great shape, and you sound amazing. Can I ask how long you do this per day and how many days per week? I work often 70 hours per week and between getting to and from work, taking care of kids, cooking, etc, I don’t know where I’d find time to do it. But I look more like your first picture above than I care to 🙂

    • Caitlin June 10, 2015, 8:29 am

      Classes are only 20-30 minutes and I try to go three times a week! I also do cardio for about an hour another 2-3 days. You can make a big difference with HIIT training. Good luck and thanks!

      • Samantha D June 10, 2015, 10:14 am

        Wow! 20-30 minutes is awesome. All of the bootcamps near me are an hour, which seems really intimidating.

        • Sasha M June 11, 2015, 6:41 am

          Sorry, but I had to chime in!
          If hour-long bootcamps and making time in general is tough for you, maybe you can consider an online program?
          I have been using Holly Rigsby’s Fit Yummy Mummy program since 2009 and cannot recommend it enough.
          She even has an online (paid) community forum for support – that’s optional but very useful in the initial months when you’re trying to set a routine for yourself and the added accountability helps.
          Then there is Flavia Del Monte’s program as well. Also Tracey Mallet.
          Gina Harney ( offers free 4-week challenges every summer & winter.
          My point is, there are tons of options to get in a good strength-training workout at home. You don’t necessarily have to invest in driving out to a gym/bootcamp class when you’re pressed for time.
          Sorry for the long response! Hope this helps.

  • Elise June 10, 2015, 8:14 am

    Way to go Mama! You should be so proud! You are a huge inspiration to me. I’ve lost 35lbs since January and my pre pregnancy jeans are too big! Keep it up! You are amazing!

  • Nikki June 10, 2015, 8:15 am

    So great to hear you’re in the best shape of your life! There’s hope! Lol. I’m 2 months postpartum and trying to get back into shape. I was in the best shape of my life before I got pregnant so I’m trying to regain my strength but it’s frustrating to think about how much I’ve lost. I know through consistent work I’ll get there again though. You look GREAT!!

  • Kim L. June 10, 2015, 8:48 am

    My 22 year old daughter, who was a D1 college soccer player, has written up a strength training program for me. I just started it last week and I am making it a priority over cardio (which has been my standby for years!!!!). I am a good kind of sore every morning and love having a plan to follow. It’s the closest thing to a personal trainer that I will ever have and it’s free : ) Hoping to get stronger and fitter over time. Thanks for sharing your success story- it’s motivating!

  • Tiff June 10, 2015, 9:03 am

    I hope you feel as good as you look because you look fantastic! I hope to find a good class of program after baby #2 makes his appearance.

  • Katie June 10, 2015, 9:06 am

    Congrats! You look awesome. You inspired me to start taking boot camp at my gym ;). Can you remind me how many days a week you go to this class? Thanks and well done again!

  • Julie June 10, 2015, 9:26 am

    So cool to see the transformation in the pics! I’m amazed that you’re in even better shape than when you did your Half Ironman. That’s incredible! There is nothing better than feeling good about yourself & feeling great in your clothes. You’re right about diet, too – I actually think it’s even more important than exercise when trying to tone up and/or lose weight. Thanks for sharing your results & congrats!

  • Emily June 10, 2015, 9:29 am

    I go to an all-women bootcamp 2-3x week before class (at 5:30 in the morning ugh! lol) and it makes a HUGE difference in my body shape. I tend to carry my extra weight in my middle (apple shape) and when I go consistently the waist of all my clothing fits so much better. They also do these 6 weeks nutrition “challenges” that focus on cutting out processed food and increasing protein, fiber, and veggie intake. Last time I did one of those in combo with consistently going to class, I started getting lots of comments about the muscle definition in my legs and how “lean” I looked overall, which was a great motivator to keep it up!

  • Christine June 10, 2015, 9:47 am

    You look AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your progress; it’s really inspiring.

  • Amanda June 10, 2015, 9:51 am

    It’s almost time (ahhhhh!) for my husband and I to start a family, and (jeez this is embarrassing to admit) I have always feared what that would do to my body. Thank you for (repeatedly) showing that having a baby is not the end of fitness!

  • Kelli June 10, 2015, 10:13 am

    I have always been a cardio “junkie” Until about 6 months ago? My husband was telling forever to up my weights lift heavy cut out the cardio and finally did . I am 38 and two kids can now see my abs never have I ever had a ab definition and I logged some serious miles !! Love that I am also pushing 40 and in the best shape of my life!!!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen June 10, 2015, 10:55 am

    Congratulations!! 🙂 You really look great!!!

  • Casey June 10, 2015, 11:41 am

    You look fantastic! And this post totally motivated me to get up and work out this morning lol I would love to know what kind of tricks you use to eat healthier with a busy schedule!

    Congratulations on everything–looking good and having adorable, well-behaved kids to boot! 🙂

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 10, 2015, 12:33 pm

    Get it girl! You look AWESOME!

  • Dottie (@crazyfitmommy) June 10, 2015, 12:51 pm

    I’m just the opposite of how you used to be — I love weight training but I sometimes have trouble forcing myself to do cardio. There’s just something so satisfying about looking over at the guys in the gym and realizing that you’re lifting more than a lot of them are 😛

  • Gracie Francisco June 10, 2015, 3:11 pm

    You look so beautiful and radiant and happy! I am graduating from college this week and moving back to my hometown and I’d love to find a bootcamp. They intimidate the heck out of me, but they also seem like a great new challenge. Great job!

  • Kate @KateMovingForward June 10, 2015, 4:50 pm

    Dang girl! You look fantastic–yay for being a strong and happy mama! I do strength train, but I think I would benefit from a concrete plan and a class environment to push me. I am a bit too aimless and certainly don’t really challenge myself.

  • Elizabeth June 10, 2015, 5:38 pm

    I am due in September and find this very inspirational! I love cardio but never do strength and it took me ages to lose the weight after my last kids. How often per week do you strength train?

    • Caitlin June 10, 2015, 5:39 pm

      3 days!

  • Sara June 10, 2015, 8:50 pm

    Honestly I was going to skip reading today when I saw the title. I have been in such a battle with my body lately and I didn’t want to feel worse about it.
    But something about the way you have gone about it gives me so much hope and makes me proud for you. Great job Caitlin!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork June 11, 2015, 1:53 pm

    Congratulations! You look fabulous, but more importantly, it sounds like you feel fabulous! Isn’t it amazing how your body can change? And how rewarding it is to be able to no longer need to do modification or pull your own body weight. Not to mention the muscle definition!
    I’m a little over halfway through the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution program. I did it for fun, not to lose weight, and am so amazed by the strength I’ve gained! I was playing around on our doorjamb pull-up bar and couldn’t believe how easily I was able to do multiple pull-ups–I’ve never, ever been able to do that before!

  • Emily June 11, 2015, 5:43 pm

    I don’t really have any transformation pictures but… I have visible progress that I’ve seen. Yours is AMAZING!

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