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 classes with my daughter. I loved spending time away from my home and meeting other moms. I was losing a little weight and felling stronger, but I was convinced I couldn’t do Body Back and barely gave it a thought.
However, as the fall session this last September approached the coaches and moms really began to talk up the Body Back program and I was talked into attending a Body Back preview session. Before I could attend the preview session I learned the upcoming session was selling out fast, so I made a split-second decision to sign before I could talk myself out of it. To be completely honest, I was terrified of Body Back and cried for days nearly convincing myself I was nuts for signing up because I wasn’t strong enough and would not be able to do the program.
Then I got to the preview session. To say the workout was hard would be an understatement, but I got through it and I felt amazing afterward. More importantly, I got to hear the testimony of Body Back veterans who praised the welcoming and supportive way in which body back has helped them regardless of their physical fitness and where they are in their lives. It was so comforting and encouraging to hear how many different mothers found such support and encouragement to be a better version of themselves. It was even more encouraging to see firsthand the strength of this amazing community. I left that class excited about starting Body Back.
That was several months ago. I have since finished a full Body Back session and am in the middle of a mini session. In an ideal world I will just keep signing up for Body Back because I am so in love with this program. There have definitely been physical changes that I couldn’t have imagined since starting.
In my first session alone, I lost 9.8lbs, 10.5in, and am in the best shape of my adult life, but those changes pale in comparison to the emotional changes I’ve experienced. I am so much more confident in myself. My anxiety about working out and meeting new people has decreased significantly. I feel like I have found my tribe. Having such a strong, supportive, loving community has been one of the biggest blessings in my life helping me be the best version of myself both for me and my family.