Here we are---the final blog post. On September 1, this day seemed so very far away. But now that I have completed the program, it’s hard to believe it! Since last week had such an interesting start and taught me a great lesson, I felt realistic and optimistic going into the final week. As I stated in last week’s post, I have been very consistent with my eating habits and workout habits throughout Body Back. This final week was no exception. So imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale and had lost three pounds! What?!? I believe I said, “Holy crap!” Of course I was pleased but I also would have been pleased with losing half a pound. I think what’s most important in weight loss and developing a healthier lifestyle is consistency. That’s a HUGE lesson I have learned during the last eight weeks and something that will help me maintain what I have achieved and help me continue to progress in my “after Body Back” life. Well, technically, I’m not actually done with Body Back but more on that at the end of the post (plus my final results)! And before I move on, there are my final comparison pictures at the top of the page! Pretty awesome, right? The middle comparison makes me laugh because it’s very obvious that my rear end is now smaller as accentuated by those now baggy workout pants. :-) Looks like I need to go shopping!
I’ve been thinking about those post since the very beginning and kind of wondering what it would look like. I’ll be honest. I’m sitting here (listening to Adele’s “Hello” for the one hundredth time because I’m obsessed and can’t turn it off!), still trying to figure out how to sum up what the last eight weeks have taught me. Everything I’ve thought about seems so cliche but is also so very true so prepare yourselves for a whole lot of cliches. Here we go.
At the first Body Back class, we shared why we decided to do Body Back. My two reasons: I wanted to get my “body back” and whatever I was doing, or not doing, wasn’t getting me the results I desired. When I got pregnant with Aaron, I was ten pounds more than when I got pregnant with Eli and fourteen months after having Aaron, I was ten pounds more than when I got pregnant. I think I mentioned this in last week’s blog but what was more important to me than the number on the scale was that I would be able to fit into two specific pairs of jeans by the end of the session. Done. Check. Completed! My other reason was that I had realized how little focus I placed on myself and that I needed to take care of myself so I could be the best person possible. I’m doing better with this one but I think there’s always room for improvement here. I am definitely proud of myself for taking full advantage of this opportunity and completing it with no regrets. I don’t feel like I could have tried any harder than I did.
One of the reasons I struggle with self-care is that it makes me feel selfish. It makes me feel like by doing something special for myself, I am neglecting something else, most often my family. It was hard for me to commit to leaving two nights each week for two months. I have an incredibly supportive husband and amazing children and none of them made me feel bad for leaving. They were so supportive and encouraging during all of it. I just always want my family to be happy, fulfilled, and loved. Something that Body Back really cemented for me was that in order for me to care for my family to the best of my ability, I need to be happy with myself, fulfilling my needs, and loving myself. I also needed to give myself grace. I want to be and do everything all of the time and that’s simply not realistic. What’s more important is that I am present in the lives of those I love and in order to truly be present, I need to be healthy--physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Right now, I feel healthier than I have in a very very very long time and I thank God for using Body Back as the resource I needed to get to this place.
Going forward, I am thankful for the habits I have formed in this program. I have developed an eating schedule that is realistic and works well for my needs. I have healthy food options that I actually like that will help me maintain the better eating habits I have created. (Nope. Haven’t figured out quinoa yet. Planned to this week and it just didn’t happen so I guess you will just have to live your life with no closure on how I truly feel about this strange food.) I love how fit I feel and value the hard work that it has taken to get to this point. I was working out six days/week and I am planning on continuing with two Stroller Strides classes each week, one workout at home, and one Body Back workout. Wait! What?! A Body Back workout? You thought I was done with those workouts, didn’t you? So did I! And then our instructor told us they will be offering a “light” version of Body Back during the holiday season! The ladies in my session are really excited about this! It won’t offer meal plan coaching but will offer six infamous Body Back workouts (three in November and three in December) and great accountability and support. For me, I know that these next few weeks are crucial for making sure that what I learned during this session is here to stay and Body Back BOOST is going to play a huge role. Yes, that’s my total shameless plug for the program because I think it will be great for those who have done Body Back before, for those who want to test out the program before committing to the next session in January, and for those who are already planning on the next session and want to get a great start.
I’m sure this blog will be posted and then I’ll remember all of these other great and motivational things I wanted to say. But one thing I definitely want to leave you with is that if you can’t decide whether or not to do Body Back, take the leap and do it. I never thought I would do it and I’m so glad that I did. You will not regret it. I’m proud of my improvements. I’m over the moon about the inches and pounds that I lost and the huge changes in my fitness tests. I accomplished something phenomenal and in doing so, I have shown myself and others that I have value, that I am important, and that I am enough. My time, energy, focus, commitment-- my everything is enough. And that’s a great feeling.
Thanks for reading my posts these last eight weeks. I put a lot of time and thought into each post and I hope that it showed to everyone who was reading. Thank you, Marissa, for keeping FIT4MOM Grand Rapids in tact so that Body Back could become a program that was offered and I could become a participant. Thank you, Nicole, for your dedication to pushing all of us to be the best versions of ourselves and for reminding us of the importance of taking care of ourselves. And, most importantly, thank you to my “Whys”--Jake, Eli, & Aaron. Thank you for letting me know everyday, even on the days when I feel like I haven’t been the best wife or mom or person, that I am loved and that I am enough for all of you. I love you three more than I can possibly express.
And, drum roll please, here are my final results! I am so proud of these numbers. Hard work pays off!
Weight-- Weight lost: 11.8 pounds
Chest-- Inches lost: 1.5 inches
Waist-- Inches lost: 2 inches
Hips-- Inches lost: 2.75 inches
Thighs-- Inches lost: 2 inches
Total inches lost: 8.25 inches
Run (high knees in place)-- 94% improvement
Plank-- 106% improvement
Side bridge/plank -- 77% improvement
Bicep curls (one minute)-- 23% improvement
Push ups (one minute)-- 67% improvement
Sit ups (one minute)-- 31% improvement
Squats (one minute)-- 21% improvement