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My Body Back Journey: Week 1

Welcome to the first week of my Body Back journey! My name is Allison and I am really excited about the opportunity to share my journey through this program with you! (Here’s a link with some additional info about Body Back.)

For those of you who don’t know me and my “FIT4MOM story”, I have two sons (an almost 4 year old and a 14 month old) and joined Stroller Strides when my oldest was six months old. I was the first of my friends to have a baby and was lonely and in need of a community of fellow moms. One of my friends sent me information about the FIT4MOM GR 3rd Birthday Party and the rest is history. I am incredibly thankful for the physical, mental, and emotional support that this group has offered me and love how much my children also benefit from this group.

Now that my youngest is over a year old, it feels like it’s time for me to take an additional step in my “fit and healthy” journey. I’m excited and intimidated by the challenges ahead and appreciate the extra accountability that this blog will provide.

I wasn’t quite prepared for the emotional/mental aspect of Body Back. I had never done a preview class and didn’t know much more than bits and pieces I had heard about during Stroller Strides classes. It is so much more than working out and food journaling/meal and snack planning. As a very emotional person (just ask my husband…), I really appreciate the extra dimension and focus that caring for your emotional self adds to this journey.

This first week has been overwhelming yet hopeful. The workouts have been TOUGH but the satisfaction at the end is worth it. I love how much support and encouragement is present during each session and that you are competing with yourself and not each other. As for the food aspect of this program, I have been meal planning for years but that really only applied to suppers. I usually would just pick up random things that I figured I could eat for breakfast or lunch but had no specific plans in place. I’m realizing that doing that created a habit of snacking throughout the day with no true purpose or intent. Throw in being a busy mom and you find me eating a granola bar here, a peanut butter sandwich there, a couple small cookies to tide me over until supper, etc. It has been nice having a plan set in place for what I will be eating for the day, although it is taking some getting used it and retraining of my brain and stomach. And, in all honesty, I’m really craving chocolate chip cookies right now. When I’ve felt discouraged, I keep reminding myself that what I was doing (or not doing) wasn’t working to get my “body back” after two pregnancies and things won’t change unless I change.

Without a doubt, I know that I will be changed (both physically and mentally) by the end of this 8 week session. My biggest challenge this first week has been food. Having restricted food choices is tough and having to turn down my son’s request to eat something with him that doesn’t fit my current plan is tough. I know that I won’t be looking at the same 20-ish options for breakfast/lunch/supper/snacks forever but it is definitely a mental battle. Again, I know this is worth it and I’m excited about the lifelong impact that these changes will make but I think a little honesty is always good, too. :-)

I’ll be sharing a picture from each week and decided to hold off one more week to share my “before” picture so that I could compare it to my two week picture. So I’ll do comparison pictures weeks two, four, six, and eight. This week I thought I would share a picture of my favorite BB snack so far--baked chips (made from 100% whole wheat tortillas) & salsa (tomato, avocado, onion, garlic, salt, & pepper). Simple and so very delicious! week (almost) down. Seven to go. I can do this! Thanks for reading!

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