By DANA HUGHEY
Finding time to hit the gym between a new baby and family can be tough. That’s a commitment an East Texas mom made about a year and a half ago to squeeze in time for Fit City Success.
Tracy Ogg had her first child 17 months ago. She only gained 28 pounds with her pregnancy but didn’t want to keep those pounds. She wasn’t quite where she wanted to be before she got pregnant either. So for her health, she joined a gym.
Mrs. Ogg, 27, transitioned to a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her son, Tripp.
“I figured if I didn’t do something, my health would just spiral out of control because I am at home all day with my son,” she said.
Three weeks after becoming a mom, Tracy and her mother joined Anytime Fitness in Tyler.
“We had to change everything we ate; everything we did; where we went. Everything about our lives had to change,” Mrs. Ogg said.
Mrs. Ogg started out with 30-minute workouts on the elliptical daily. Soon, she was attempting workouts she never thought possible.
“From there, we went to the spin to Iron Pump to the SWAT class. Finally, we ventured back to iron man,” she said.
That’s where Mrs. Ogg now spends six days a week cross training, including box jumps and pull ups.
“It’s challenging and different, and I just love everything about it.”
She also loves the rush of adrenalin each gym workout gives her. That’s why she spends about 12 hours a week at Anytime Fitness.
“I never thought I would be in the shape to do what I do now, and I push myself everyday, and it is just something you have to want to do for yourself,” she said.
Mrs. Ogg also wanted to complete the Tyler Rose Half Marathon and, she did.
“Once I got going, I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to stop because I would be disappointed with myself if I quit. So, I pushed myself through it.”
She wants other moms to know they can, too.
“If you don’t give up and push yourself, you will get the results you want,” she said.
Mrs. Ogg achieved a lot of her goals, but she still wants to lose 10 more pounds. She plans on doing that by continuing to count calories and log hours in the gym. She’s not done running half marathons. She has another planned for February in Dallas.
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