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I debated with myself on writing my Body Back story because I’m still so new to the program and really in the middle of my journey, but another mom convinced me that all the stories are important whether they’re just at the beginning, have reached their goals, or in the thick of it so to speak. If hearing how my Body Back journey is going so far will help one other momma decide to give Body Back a try, then it is worth it to write this.

Let me first say, like many people in the area, I am a transplant to Maryland having moved here in January 2015 from Kentucky. I found out soon after I moved that I was pregnant. Knowing I wanted to stay home with my kiddo, I didn’t start working. Fast forward about a year and a half and I was a stay at home mom and the only human contact I had was with my 8-month-old daughter, my husband, and the cashier at the grocery store. I was in the worst shape of my life, the heaviest I had ever been, and generally just didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin.

That’s when I found FIT4MOM. For a few months, I attended regular Stroller Strides...

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Two years ago, I thought I’d be living the happiest times in my life. I just had a baby that I had dreamed of my whole life. No one can fully prepare you for motherhood, though. While I was completely in love with this new little girl, I was feeling lost, alone, and overwhelmed. Yes, I had a very supportive family and friends, but my whole life was turned upside down. I suddenly found myself completely forgetting about myself as I navigated through the long days (and nights) of caring for a child.

By the time my daughter was 6 months old, I realized I needed to take better care of myself in order to better care for her. I was still 20 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight (which was still overweight) and was struggling with first-time-mom anxiety. I always second-guessed the decisions I made for my family. I lacked self-confidence. My social life had completely dwindled. I felt overwhelmed, exhausted, and alone.

My best friend, Betsy, had been asking me for months to try Body Back. I was completely hesitant and had a laundry list of reasons why I couldn’t. It was...

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