Sally Gruman Makes Managing Weight Gain & Loss through 3 Pregnancies Look Easy—Learn Her Tricks!

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Sally Gruman Makes Managing Weight Gain & Loss through 3 Pregnancies Look Easy—Learn Her Tricks!

Sally Gruman, a busy, working mom of three in Saint Paul, MN, was an athlete growing up. She actively participated in gymnastics, track and field, and swimming, so it didn’t come easy when she wasn’t able to exercise during her pregnancies. During two of her three pregnancies, Sally suffered from hyperemesis, extreme and persistent nausea and vomiting that affects an estimate of only 0.5 to 2.0% of pregnant women.

She gained 45 pounds during each of her pregnancies, embraced her once cursed inability to stay still and need to stay on the move, and successfully shed the pounds after each pregnancy. Doing it once would have been hard enough, but staying motivated to do it three times was a feat. “I lost the weight with the help of counting calories on MyFitnessPal and keeping track of my workouts with Pact,” says Sally. “And of course my husband was a huge support, reminding me it would be over soon.”

“I originally joined Pact about 2 years ago to maintain my weight and keep my exercise schedule on the right track. While I couldn’t exercise during my final pregnancy, I kept Pact and MyFitnessPal on the front page of my phone as a reminder that I’d get back into the swing of things after having my son,” says Sally. And she did! After each of her pregnancies, she got right back into her health and fitness groove, lost the extra weight, and maintained it.

Sally made no room for excuses, and instead filled her calendar with healthy, fun activities, including her kids as often as possible. “A favorite is walking with the double stroller while trying to keep up with my oldest on her bike. I know a lot of moms say this, but I really believe keeping up with three kids is one of the toughest forms of exercise. A grocery trip with all three kids could easily be counted!” she says.

Sally also attributes her food logging habit to helping her lose and maintain her weight. “I like the daily routine of logging into MyFitnessPal and I love when I can log in for 200+ days at a time—it really bothers me when I miss a day. The last time I missed a day, it was the day my third baby was born. I gave myself the OK to miss that day,” she says.

Sally’s also clever about fitting it in: “I normally get about 5 minutes at each meal where my kids are eating quietly and that’s when I log my meals for the day.” Making it a priority to log in to MyFitnessPal at each meal, allows her to see how many how many calories she has left for the day.“Logging has really helped me take the guessing game out of how many calories are in things, which is huge for me to maintain my current weight,” says Sally.

“I think my best advice is to give your goals a realistic timeline—it won’t happen overnight,” says Sally. “I’m also a big believer in still living life. If there is a birthday party or special occasion, I will indulge in some cake or some chips and salsa. Everything in moderation,” she adds.

Another great tip: “Have fun with your workouts! If I feel like I’m getting tired of a certain workout I will switch to something new—you have to mix it up a bit to stay motivated.”

Way to go, Sally! Thanks for sharing your story and motivating others to use Pact and MyFitnessPal to reach their health goals!



  • Great story MFP. Love to read about the success of others. I really enjoy the direction that the blog is taking. Way to go Sally, and what a healthy attitude to pass on to your children.

  • KM

    OMG! Awsome.. I stayed active with my two kids and shed 10lbs in a month. 100% effective and kids stay healthy and happy too. Thanks for sharing this story. Good luck to all the moms!

  • Dmillz

    I’d love to see an option on MFP for pregnant women! I’m still using it with my pregnancy just to track, but it’s a little disheartening to see the “If every day was like today, you’d weigh…in 5 weeks” when I know that in 5 weeks I’ll be bigger no matter what!

    • Juni

      You can choose as your goals to gain 2 lbs a week instead of losing two pounds a week. I know it doesn’t really add up the same if you’re pregnant. But there may be a pregnancy app that you can find that does this. 🙂

  • Dominique Stockhaus

    Thanks, Sally. I just found MyFitnessPal and can’t wait to star using it to track my food. I need to be more accountable for my activity no matter how difficult it might be to accomplish sometimes.

  • Arial

    I’m really hoping to get pregnant, but I’d love to know what options there are for pregnant woman

  • Papageno Lacoss

    I’ve been overweight for 10 years and tried so many things. Different things work for different people and I was lucky enough to find one that worked for me. I lost 24 pounds in one month without exercise and it’s been a life changer. I’m a little embarrased to post my before and after photos here but if anyone actually cares to hear what I’ve been doing then I’d be happy to help in any way. Just shoot me an email at and I’ll show you my before and after photos, and tell you about how things are going for me with the stuff I’ve tried. I wish someone would have helped me out when I was struggling to find a solution so if I can help you then it would make my day