Kourtney Kardashian: I Schedule Early Morning Workouts to Avoid "Mom Guilt"

Celebrity Moms Feb. 19, 2013 AT 9:15AM
Kourtney Kardashian running in Miami, FL on October 3, 2012. Kourtney Kardashian running in Miami, FL on October 3, 2012. Credit: INFphoto.com

Kourtney Kardashian appears on two reality shows, co-owns a handful of DASH boutiques with her sisters Kim and Khloe and raises two adorable children -- all while looking effortlessly chic. How does she do it? By budgeting her time very wisely!

Gaining 45 lbs. during her second pregnancy with daughter Penelope, 7 months, the 33-year-old was determined to shed her unwanted baby weight in a healthy way -- especially after struggling to look picture-perfect within months of having son Mason in 2009. "I was comparing myself to other people and putting all this pressure on myself," she admitted to Us Weekly in January. "I was working out and not eating enough. I definitely pushed myself too hard."

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Delivering her daughter with boyfriend Scott Disick in July 2012, Kardashian made it a priority to lose weight slowly -- and vowed not to miss a moment of her kids' development in the slim-down process. "This time, the focus is early on being a mom and being present, knowing my priorities," explained the 5-foot, 106 pound star, who scheduled sweat sessions with pregnant sister Kim and tackled pro Tracy Anderson's 90-minute dance-focused workouts when she couldn't meet with her personal trainer.

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"The trainer comes over at 7 in the morning when my kids are still asleep so I don't have any mom guilt," says Kardashian of her key to weight loss success. "Sometimes I think, Why should I work out when I can spend time with my kids? I feel guilty doing something for me. So working out at home is really nice. And when I don't do that, I go for a jog or do morning yoga. Sometimes when I'm playing on the floor with Penelope, I'll do a few sit-ups."

Kourtney Kardashian on April 17, 2012, and December 13, 2012.
Kourtney Kardashian on April 17, 2012, and December 13, 2012.
Credit: Brian Prahl/Splash News, Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com

Keeping trim by employing the tried and true trick of eating everything in moderation, Kardashian says she indulges once in a while on her son's snacks. "Lately I've been obsessed with these little gluten-free animal crackers that I give Mason. They're called KinniKritters," she tells Us. "Mason and I bake a lot too, but we make healthy things, like gluten-free cupcakes. I love to eat the dough!"

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As she lost the weight, Kardashian kept things in perspective. "I definitely had some moments when the weight was at a standstill," she recalls. "It was frustrating and I'd start to wonder, Am I ever going to get my body back? Then I'd be like, OK, you just had two kids. Take it easy."

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