Week 1 is done.. AGAIN! Congrats to all the new moms.. you survived & you’re all doing amazing! And welcome back to all of us returning form session 1 who were crazy enough to sign up for another 8 weeks!
Yesterday I walked into the gym with a big goal of running for an entire hour at 5.8 on the treadmill without stopping! A part of me (old me) thought that I wouldn’t be able to finish, that I’d have to slow down half way through, or that I might actually die while doing it, but new FIT4MOM me pushed through & ran almost 6 miles in 60 minutes. Holy crap, HUGE win! 9 weeks ago that goal would have been literally impossible for me. Before my first session of Body Back, I hadn’t run at all since before having my two boys. Well, except to chase my then 2 year old who would often take off at the park & after a few yards to get him I’d feel as if I’d ran a marathon. Nine weeks ago, after my first week of Body Back session 1, I got back on the treadmill for the first time in years & attempted to run one mile at a 10 minute pace. I use to do this no problem so I thought for sure I could make it through. Not so much!! I actually felt like I was dying about half way through then had to stop and walk. Major fail! I was so out of shape, had zero energy, weighed the most I had in my life, & was making terrible food choices. After seeing FIT4MOM Oswego's Body Back advertised on Facebook a switch flipped inside me, and I decided it was time to make a change. No more excuses.
When I first signed up for session one I was pretty skeptical about how much your body could change in just two months. I was excited but super nervous I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the workouts. It was rough, but I did it anyway & LOVED it! I learned each week that your body is capable of anything & was amazed how quickly it could adapt & change. Much like my hour run, the 8 week session was a complete mental game for me. After the first couple of weeks, just like after the first couple of miles, I was exhausted & unsure that I would actually come out of it alive. There were feelings of doubt & I was so sore I could barely walk after those first few workouts, but new FIT4MOM me knew I had to stick with it. After 4 weeks at the halfway point of class, like at the 30 min. mark during my long run when I felt like I couldn’t go on, I knew I was at a crossroads of pushing through & making new behaviors become habits or letting them fall by the wayside. After completing the 8 weeks of body back & seeing my results at the post assessment I felt exactly like I did at the end of my hour long run: stronger, healthier, & more proud of myself than I have felt in years! In those 8 weeks I had completed workouts that I thought were impossible and made some AWESOME new mom friends. I mean, I didn’t even know what a burpee, mountain climber, or man maker were, yet alone was I able to do them all in one workout, and let’s be serious that neon 90’s workout was insane & it’s a miracle I made it out alive. But the AMAZING moms in our group motivated me, supported me & pushed me to do things I didn’t think I could or would ever do again.
I almost didn’t sign up for Body Back Session 2 because I had felt so successful at the end of session 1. I could totally do this on my own now, I thought, but I decided another 8 weeks would bring me closer to my goals. THANK GOD! Enter the “week off” between sessions. I feel off the wagon… HARD! I hadn’t really cheated at all during the first session with my food choices & it showed in my results. I noticed my jeans were now way too big & my muffin top was getting much less muffiney. So I spent the week off saying hello to all of my old friends: Panera Asiago Cheese Bagel & frozen mocha, boneless buffalo wings, Starbucks, and my bff, who I had missed so much, a cheeseburger and fries. I was actually terrified to weigh back in for session 2 & do pre assessments. Luckily I had gotten off my butt to do a couple of workouts & runs so I hadn’t ruined my hard work from session 1 too terribly, but last week I learned that signing up for session 2 was definitely a smart choice.
Reflecting on where I was just 9 weeks ago, how far I’ve come, and the progress I’ve made makes me even more excited for the next 7 weeks! I can’t wait to see what goals we’ll all accomplish & how much everyone will change. I know the same challenges will be there (weekly meal planning, making time for workouts outside of class, avoiding bad food choices and alcohol) but I also know I’m much better off with the support of “our village” then I would be on my own!
Bring on week 2!