Amanda Beard began her Olympic swimming career at the 1996 Atlanta games (at age 14!), winning three medals (two silver, one Gold). As a four-time Olympian she's won seven medals and looking for more as she trains for the 2012 games. But being under the microscope at such a young age isn't always a great thing as Amanda shared the ups-and-downs swimming with the New York Times yesterday. But regardless of previous expectations, Amanda has managed to do it all -- whether it's been her broadcast career, spread in Playboy, or anti-fur campaign for PETA, Amanda is a super-athlete -- and now a super-mom.
MindBodyGreen: How is your training and preparation different for the 2012 Olympics than your other Olympics?
Amanda Beard: My schedule is 100 times more hectic then ever. With my son occupying every free second. That changes everything! My training is a lot more intense in and out of the water then it has been in years. I am lifting a lot more then I ever have. I also just started doing a lot of kettle bell work. My pool workouts are pretty similar to what I've always done but I only do one pool workout a day now instead of two.
MBG: How did you lose weight after giving birth?
AB: It's probably the hardest thing I've done in awhile. I've never had to lose weight before, but I put myself on a strict paleo diet and workout everyday.
MBG: How has becoming a mom changed your attitude about food?
AB: Since having Blaise my diet has completely changed. I want him to eat healthy and he learns by how mommy and daddy eat. So we try to set a good example.
MBG: So what does a typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner look like in your house?
AB: Breakfast would be eggs with a side of fruit.
Lunch would probably be a salad with lots of veggies and some protein like chicken on top
Dinner would be lots of veggies and a protein. Either red meat or chicken. We grill a lot of our meats so they are tasty without adding a lot of sauces.