Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Healthy Living for Mom: Tasks and Travel

I spent part of last week in Yellowstone.

I spent the other part getting ready for the trip.

One of the more memorable parts of my trip prep was seeing if I could fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans. (I haven’t worn them since May 2010.) Looking back on this, I had an inkling that letting my 3 1/2 year old join me for this task was a bad idea.

As I rifled through my closet to find my jeans, I began to be peppered with the standard:

What are you doing? Why are you doing that? What are those pants? Why do you need those? 

That should have been the sign to turn on Yo Gabba Gabba and reunite with my jeans in peace. But I kept plodding on. Digging for jeans.

Mom, why are those pants too small?

How come they won’t zip up? Do you need my help?

Why are you trying on those jeans now?

Did you get bigger?  Do you need new jeans because you are a big girl now? 

What are those jeans? Do they fit?

What’s the matter, Mom?

Needless to say, my jeans didn’t fit.

Lucky for me, I had hung onto a few pairs of bigger jeans (pre-pre-pregnancy) so I didn’t have to go bottomless while in Yellowstone.

After my lack-of-plan weight gain, I settled on a plan. It was an easy one:

Enjoy the trip. Walk, hike and play. Don’t eat like a crazy woman…except when it’s time to make S’mores. Or have a Margarita. 

Not an intense plan, I’ll grant you, but a plan nonetheless.

So I took a little hike to the Lower Falls. (With 20 extra pounds strapped to my chest.)

I rocked the swings at the KOA with my girl.

And I enjoyed my Margarita by the campfire.

In the end it worked out. I lost one pound last week. Not an epic achievement on paper, but for a week that was jam-packed with to-do’s, activities, and S’mores I am happy with it.

I’m rejuvenated from my vacation and I’m ready to kick some serious booty. Mostly because I don’t want to still be wearing my “big jeans” when the weather cools down here.


  • Starting Weight: 195.5 pounds
  • Week Three Weight: 191 pounds (-1 pound this week / 4.5 pounds total)
  • Goal Weight: 165 lbs

Do you have any rules for staying healthy while you travel?


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  1. dmd 09/26/2011 at 12:40 pm

    Well, if this makes you feel any better: you do not look like you are anywhere in the 190s vicinity! I just weighed myself this morning to see that I am near 195. And baby weight is long behind me. It’s fully work full time, parent full time, too many commitments weight. I’m hoping to get my head in the game and get rid of it, and not sabotage myself along the way.

  2. Carina 09/22/2011 at 6:15 pm

    “Do you need new jeans because you are a big girl now?”

    Hahahahaha! She’s hilarious. At least you know that you’re a good mom because she *clearly* has been loved and taken care of.

    • Erin Oltmanns 09/22/2011 at 8:49 pm

      Ha! Thanks for calling out that silver lining. 🙂

  3. stephanie peterson 09/22/2011 at 3:17 pm

    Love that Bryce! Good Job for not having a major meltdown with her in there:)

    • Erin Oltmanns 09/22/2011 at 8:49 pm

      I came REALLY close to blowing it. But 2 minutes later I could see the humor and realize that she had written most of my post for me!

  4. Stephanie Porter 09/22/2011 at 1:34 pm

    3YOs rule. CONGRATS!!! I think I’m almost done getting rid of all the “baby weight.” Let’s not notice that my baby is nearly 5, mmmkay… thanks.

    • Erin Oltmanns 09/22/2011 at 8:48 pm

      LOL! As long as the weight comes off eventually, that’s all that counts! Good on YOU.

  5. Erica 09/22/2011 at 7:22 am

    Oh my goodness, cracking up at the 3yo questions. Wait until you’re huffing and puffing through a workout and the questions DON’T STOP. Why are you doing that? Can I sit on your back? Why are you breathing hard? Can I have some juice? Crackers? Anything to distract you?

    • Erin Oltmanns 09/22/2011 at 8:31 am

      Yeah, I don’t think I’m going to tackle a workout with her around. You are highly committed! I love to get on the treadmill after the kiddos are in bed and listen to inappropriate music on my iPhone. 😉