Guest author Katy Myers is the face behind Macaroni Kid Pasadena and a member of our Fit4Mom Tribe! She participated in Body Back during our Spring 2016 session, and is now a Body Back Boost member.
At the end of last year, I made a decision that I needed to get in shape if I was going to be able to keep up with my boys this summer. I have three wild, rowdy, and FAST boys. I've never been athletic, in shape, skinny or fit. I started working out in December, and I thought I was really pushing myself.
I had heard of Stroller Strides, but I really didn't know that Fit4Mom Severn offered other programs. When I discovered Body Back, I thought, "Well, this could be a good idea!" The description reads, "Body Back® is a results-based workout designed specifically for moms to focus on themselves. Full 8 week session enrollment includes before & after assessments, 2 classes per week, Mama Wants Her Body Back DVD's and Food Journals."
I know that for me to succeed, I need accountability--yes, there was someone checking my food journal, and there were a group of women waiting for me when I showed up on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, but they weren't just my work-out buddies, they were my cheerleaders! They were the ones telling me I had five more reps in me when I didn't think I could do one more--and celebrating with me when I did! They were my teammates, my partners, pushing me to do and be more, and cheering me on the whole way.
These ladies are amazing. The strength and determination in this group...I literally think it could move a mountain. I mean, have you seen their viral video of #swingburpees?!!
Each workout is different-a different type, tabata, rounds, team challenge, but each one ends with stretching and a mediation. But the whole time you're working, pushing yourself, sweating, even sometimes dying--there's a dozen other women encouraging you, pushing you, cheering you on! And at the end you're laying there on the ground-the ground you just pounded through an incredible work out on, looking up at that huge sky-and you feel STRONG. You know that you just rocked a work-out. That you just beat whatever number you hit on burpees in the last round, you did one more sit up, you did one more push up-you did one new exercise that you looked at and thought 'there's no way in hell I can do that'...except you did. And you rocked it. That's how I felt every single time I left Body Back. Empowered-empowered to take on the world, empowered to make changes in my life, empowered to chase my boys around the playground and not even be out of breath.
I lost 11lbs and 7.5 inches doing this round of the Body Back program with Fit4Mom Severn-but what I gained was SO much more. During the last meditation of the session, I found myself literally brought to tears as Krissy told us about the symbol of a butterfly representing the transformation in Body Back. About us being strong warriors-and I realized that although I had the goal to lose weight-somewhere along the way, it became much more about strength than the scale. During the initial fitness assessment, I did one push up. After 8 weeks, I did FOURTEEN push ups-and not the kind on my knees! Real push ups! Initially, I held a plank for two minutes (which is something I never thought I could do) but after the 8 weeks, I held a plank for three minutes and two seconds. THREE MINUTES!! Before Body Back, I couldn't run a mile without walking for most of it-now I'm running at least 3 miles a few times a week--and running all of it!
I took a picture of my bicep last week-wanna know why? Because for the first time in my life, I have a bicep!
Not only have I gained physical strength, but I've gained confidence. I love working out now-it's a stress relief for me-but I also just enjoy it. That's something I've never in my life said before. A couple of months ago, while I was working out in the garage, my oldest son walked in with my niece and said, 'look how strong my mom is!' That was an amazing feeling-and I want him to always think I'm strong-and I truly want to be strong.
If you want to be a strong mom too-I highly encourage you to check out Fit4Mom's programs-they are all fantastic. I have a special place in my heart for Body Back. Seriously, it's the best thing I've ever done for myself.
It's hard to do things for you when you're a mom-try this-I promise, you won't regret it! Join me and come to their Body Back Preview Class 80's Night on June 30th! I hope to see you there with your legwarmers and crimped hair!
(Guest author Katy Myers is the face behind Macaroni Kid Pasadena and a member of our Fit4Mom Tribe!)