Peta Murgatroyd is in wedding mode, and that means she has just a few weeks to shed any remaining post-baby weight to make sure she fits into her sure-to-be-gorgeous gown. While Peta looked great just weeks after delivering her first baby with fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she is now in overdrive as the second biggest day of the couple’s life looms ahead.
Murgatroyd’s trainer says he’s mixing things up with a combination of nutrition and fitness that includes water and protein intake and carb-free dinners like chicken and fish. During the day, Peta is also chowing down on healthy carbs like brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes. Murgatroyd has pretty much cut out all alcohol, but she added two healthy snacks like cashews and avocado to her diet in an effort to stimulate metabolism. Murgatroyd’s trainer says Peta is “doing the opposite of what most people do and seeing that eating more is beneficial.”
Although Peta got quite a workout when she recently competed on Dancing with the Stars (the multi-tasking mom started work on the show when her baby boy, Shai, was just seven weeks old), the pro dancer’s personal trainer, Tim Hartwig, told E! News he has been helping her get even more fit. Hartwig says he is using the same techniques on Murgatroyd that the most recent DWTS winner Rashad Jennings uses before football season starts.
As for that wedding dress she wants to make sure she fits in to, Peta previously told that People the top half of the dress is very fitted, so that may be why she is in overdrive to make sure it fits just right.
While she is already way over the hump, Peta Murgatroyd has been vocal about her postpartum weight struggles. Less than three weeks after giving birth to Shai in January, Murgatroyd shared a candid postpartum selfie, telling fans she was feeling good about the rate at which her body was “shrinking back.”
“After 2 days back at the gym I’m feeling like the old Peta again,” Murgatroyd wrote at the time. “I definitely don’t have my 6 pack, and I still have excess skin and rolls on my belly, however, I feel good. … I cannot jump yet and still can’t run a mile, but the exercises I’ve planned out are a good start.”
Love thy self ❤ #Day17 postpartum. I think I'm doing ok….and I'm actually fine with the rate at which my body is shrinking back. After 2 days back at the gym I'm feeling like the old Peta again. I definitely don't have my 6 pack, and I still have excess skin and rolls on my belly, however I feel good. After all, slow and steady wins the race! I knew I needed to get back into the gym for my own sanity, but I also remind myself (as does Maks ????) that I still need to take it easy. I cannot jump yet and still can't run a mile, but the exercises I've planned out are a good start. Honestly, the hardest part for me is getting my core strength back. Day 1 I couldn't do a sit up, here's day 17 and I'm doing 70+ ???????????????????????? Ladies, we all have to start somewhere…being an athlete I pride myself on having a lean, strong physique, so believe me this has been a challenge to work through, but as long as you have a loving support network around you, you will be fine ❤ #theresnothinglikehardwork
Peta, who will marry Maksim Chmerkovskiy at the posh Oheka Castle on Long Island has been an inspiration to other new moms. In addition to her honest look at her post-baby body, Murgatroyd has shown other women that they can balance work with motherhood. Just ahead of her Dancing with the Stars return in March, Peta Murgatroyd launched her All Things Fam and Glam website, touting it as the go-to place for moms who want it all.
Check out Peta Murgatroyd shredding for her wedding below.
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