steph before and after.png

Body Back - The Secret to Success

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 expensive. I didn’t work out (like EVER.) I had countless gym memberships that ended up unused. I had tried every diet under the sun (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, Low sugar, etc.) Why would I throw more money away for another fitness program that I was sure I wouldn’t stick with?

As a step in the right direction, I decided to try Stroller Strides. I’m a teacher and was looking for something to do with my daughter over the summer, so why not start there? I made a deal with myself that if I went the whole summer, I would sign up for a BodyBack session in the fall. Well, I did. And, holy cow, was is one of the best decisions of my life.

When I first started, I struggled big time. I didn’t have a clue how to eat healthy and I was in the worst shape of my life physically. I cried for the first two weeks of the workouts. They were so hard that I felt physically ill afterwards. As a perfectionist, I felt like a failure because I couldn’t do what others in the class could. My coach, Sara, helped me through each workout one by one. She motivated me to keep going and keep trying. She helped me figure out my eating patterns and what I needed to do during the workouts to increase my stamina and strength. She constantly reminded me that this was not a competition with others, but one with myself. I will forever be grateful to her for what she did for me just in that first session. She really changed my life and put me on a path of self-improvement.

IMG_8094.JPG

Fast forward 3 full sessions and a mini session later and I am a completely new woman. I lost over 35 pounds and a total of 30 inches off my body. This is what I expected out of the program and why I initially joined. BUT, what I unexpectedly gained is what I am most thankful for.

I gained strength. I could physically do things I never thought possible. When I started, I could do 5 pushups and could barely hold a plank for a minute. I “ran” a 12 minute mile. After 8 months of hard work, I was up to 45 pushups, held a plank for over 5 minutes, and got my mile time down to under 8 minutes! My confidence in my abilities soared. This confidence permeated other aspects of my life- being a mom, coworker, and wife. The self-doubt and lack of self-esteem that weighed on me after I became a mother was finally lifted.

I also gained an amazing support system. I have met some of my best friends through this program. I have a tribe of positive, supportive women that have my back any time of the day. I have coaches that I can lean on (even when not in session) to get through the days I don’t feel like eating right or working out. I never feel alone anymore. The days I feel like laughing about something my toddler did, cry when I feel like pulling my hair out, or just ask advice when I feel like I don’t have a clue of what I’m doing, I have someone. Unfortunately as a woman, it’s hard to find a group of females who don’t tear you down or talk behind your back. This group of women is the complete opposite of that. Non-judgmental, supportive, and encouraging. Exactly what I need as I try to navigate this crazy ride called motherhood.

It’s hard to encompass everything this program has done for me in words. It has forever changed me for the better. I am confident, strong, and empowered. I know I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. I am so proud of the woman I am today. Body Back has given me all of that. I am eternally grateful to this program, the incredible women who run it, and the amazing women who participate in it. It truly is life-changing.

For more information on the Body Back program or to sign-up, click here.

sidebar ad.png
soccershotslogo.jpg
macaronikidad.jpg
P&Clogo-1.jpg
CC_horNELogo (2).png