I'm 25 years old and in the past three years I've grown and birthed three children. Okay, I lied. The oldest and youngest are 3 years and 5 days apart, so not exactly three years. But you get the idea. I'm 40 pounds overweight and have fallen into a dangerous mental trap: "I'm pregnant and/or breastfeeding. I'm going to gain weight and need some extra calories anyway, might as well make it count!" After the birth of our third child in October 2014, I knew something needed to change on this slippery slope and that I needed to be setting a good, healthy relationship with food and exercise for our children to mirror.
At 7 weeks postpartum, with my doctor's blessing and the great support of my amazing husband, I began my Body Back journey and haven't looked back. Through Fit4Mom's Body Back program, I have learned to change the way I think about food and exercise. Exercise is something I *get* to do, not *have* to do. The small group environment of other moms who are in the same boat is so encouraging and inspiring. I never once felt judged (even after my initial assessments in December 2014 when I LITERALLY crawled up the stairs because I was so exhausted!) and the positive encouragement and camaraderie amongst peers has been invaluable. These are women whom I look to for inspiration and encouragement and have made healthy friendships with. Healthy as in "Hey, want to meet up for a workout?" instead of the normal, "Hey, want to go catch up over a bite to eat?"
In addition to the moral support, these friends and the awesome trainers have made me accountable. I've learned the benefit of a spoken/written goal. I'm more likely to follow through if someone knows I plan to do something. With someone checking in on my food journal/activity log weekly and giving positive feedback and suggestions, it really helped motivate me to make good decisions. Not to please whoever was reading my log, because that's not what it's about. It's about making the best decisions for my health and being held accountable to that!
I'm not an overly-emotional person, but I am nearly moved to tears when I stop and think about where I started and where I am today and think about where I'm headed to. I am forever grateful for Fit4Mom Front Range and the Body Back program and the honest, "old-fashioned" approach of mindfulness in real food, fitness choices and no gimmicky "quick fix" methods. The journal recipes I was provided are all awesome and so...every day! Thank you, thank you, Fit4Mom Front Range for helping me get my body back and turning my life around to live it the best I can...and for introducing me to the awesomeness that is a side plank. Cheers!