Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is teaming up with UnitedHealthcare’s® Generations of Wellness® program to encourage others to live well and pass it on. Although I received some form of compensation, all opinions remain my own. Recently, I took a trip to Carnegie Science Center with my little explorer. She gravitated towards Space Place, a section that teaches kids what it’s like to be an astronaut. We designed and launched rockets, dropped payload parachutes and conducted stimulated hands-on experiments. Then, we stepped on a scale. The scale converted our weight on several planets and the moon. I weighed 25 pounds–as an astronaut! I quickly hopped off and looked around to ensure there weren’t any handsome single dads peering over my shoulder at the earthly calculations. Then, I silently listed all of the reasons why I gained weight after having a baby and after I stopped breastfeeding.This year, I underwent surgery. I also have a demanding job and a demanding daughter. And unlike Jay Z who swears 30 is the new 20, I’m not a spring chicken! He has enough money to buy the fountain of youth and keep up with his gorgeous wife Beyoncé. Me–well, my check only cashes in a sip. Pre-baby, when I went up a dress size, I went on a mission to lose weight and eat right. As a television host in the Cayman Islands, I organized a workplace health and wellness competition and landed on the moon–well, more like the second place spot. I woke up before the sun came up and attended boot camp. I went to yoga, water aerobics, zumba, spinning and karate classes. I ate salads at lunch and drank water at happy hour. Post-baby, I lost my motivation. Maybe it fell into one of those deep, dark craters on the moon. Fortunately, I found a new website Live Well Pass It On. The website is connected to UnitedHealthcare’s® Generations of Wellness® program. The site provides culturally relevant health information to help African Americans enhance their quality of life. There are lots of fitness tips for new moms too! What’s more, it offers members new ways to improve their health outcomes through educational campaigns. When you log on to the Live Well Pass It On website, you can take a health and wellness quiz and enter to win weekly $25 gift cards or monthly grand prizes. In April, you can score a Ninja Ultima Blender. Before I became a boot camp drop out, I used to make protein smoothies in the morning before I jogged or swam. Those activities worked up an appetite. Thankfully, Celebrity Chef Marvin Woods dishes about how to cook with soul and serves up downloadable recipes on the Live Well website. Maybe this is just what I need to jumpstart my fitness and diet program. The weather is warming up, and I want to fit my clothes this summer! Hey DFTM Family–How are you getting in shape now that you’re a mom? What healthy and yummy recipes are you whipping up at home? One Response Christine St.Vil April 11, 2014 I’m definitely finding it harder to maintain a workout schedule the older I get. But I’m also finding that my metabolism is nowhere what it used to be so I have no choice but to find time to do it. lol Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.