Mary Lou Retton talks about staying healthy for her kids

Not many women can lay claim to being at their pre-mommy weight after giving birth to four kids — but not many women are former Olympic gold medalists, either. Mary Lou Retton says that she maintains her figure with a steady mix of early morning cardio and weight training sessions five times per week, and that her motivation is not "to look good in a leotard" — but is instead to stay healthy.

The 40-year-old motivational speaker hopes to set a good example for daughters Shayla Rae, 12, McKenna Lane, 10, Skyla Brae, 7, and Emma Jean, 5, — with the eldest two being gymnasts-in-training, themselves. Mary Lou says she tries to make sure that both she and the kids eat a lot of "lean, healthy and natural" meals, which has no doubt helped her stay at the 93-95 lb weight she was at upon winning five Olympic medals at the Los Angeles games in 1984. Says Mary Lou,

I don’t get caught up in numbers, but I figure I was pregnant or getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight for 10 years.

The girls are Mary Lou’s children with husband Shannon Kelly.

Source: Columbus Dispatch

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