Mom Blog - My Body Back Transformation

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Success. I've been at it for 5 full months now! Body Back Transformation works! The nutrition, the workouts, the accountability, the support, the desire is all there. It's such a good mix of emotions right now. I barely recognize myself in photos. I mean I see myself everyday in the mirror but when I see pictures of me, I can't stop looking and asking who that woman is. After 3 sessions, I've seen physical changes and emotional changes. I am the healthiest and strongest I've been since high school. I'm happier and have more energy for my family. I'm comfortable in my body. I'm more confident with my food choices. I'm more in control of my life.

Has it been easy? Heck no! Will I always want sweets? Probably. But I have a better hold on my food choices. I understand food better and know what I'm putting in my body and making healthier choices for me and my family. Body Back Transformation teaches you how to really look at food and read labels. I have a purpose now when grocery shopping. (I don't let my husband do it anymore because he brought home so much junk!)

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Two weeks left of this short journey and the nutrition or maybe the cravings for sweets is still kicking my butt. I was left home alone, which rarely ever happens and for many hours, and the chocolate temptations kicked in. I was cleaning up the house and finally going through containers worth of Easter candy, and I just couldn't stop myself. They were mini chocolates but still, I had too many. And I'm feeling it in my face. My complexion over the past few days has not been so pretty.

However with this set back, I still have Nicole checking in on me by sending her my daily meal plan and what I actually ate each day. I am grateful for this extra push as the last few weeks get tough. Meal planning had definitely gotten easier and not as tedious as before. We are spending more time at home as a family and eating healthier.

I've met my goals already. I'm healthier than I've ever been. I'm running more. I'm more confident. I'm stronger.

For this week I really want my focus to be the workouts. Making sure I get ALL the extras in and pushing myself to do even...

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Week FIVE

"As it turns out, one of the most wonderful joys of motherhood is the other mothers." -Anna Jordan

This week was truly about motherhood and how we support each other every single day. I am so lucky to be part of an amazing village of strong, beautiful, & healthy role models I look up to and turn to when need be.

As chaotic as my life may be at home, Fit4Mom Bartlett-Barrington has been my core. When our HIIT Live workouts get tough, I hear another momma cheering me on. When I feel like I can't get one more push-up in before time is up, my partner pushes me to do it. When getting started on a 4 mile run just seems impossible, there's a momma there to motivate me to get going. The truth is, we need each other. I need them. I need them to let me know I'm kicking butt at this mommying thing. I need them to help me understand that I need to come first before I can take care of others.

Food continued to be a challenge this week. I had my meals and snacks planned but fell to too many sweet temptations between my husband's birthday (leftover...

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Half Way Point

Half way to a lifetime of healthy choices and happy living. I'm feeling pretty motivated even though our workouts have been pretty intense (thanks Nicole). We are given weekly challenges, on top of our weekly workout plan, and then Nicole throws a surprise challenge/workout in, just for fun! But the workouts keep me going. I am sore but I like it! I'm running more, doing more strength training and pushing to get to the next level. Knowing that my body is working in places it hasn't before (or hasn't in a long time) motivates me. I look at myself in the mirror and I'm hardly recognizable. I'm feeling more confident and in control of my life.

I started back at Stroller Strides this past week after taking a month off because I knew the at home workouts with Body Back would be hard for me to complete. Our SS instructors give us a kick @$$ workout and it's great that it's already imbedded in my schedule. If it wasn't, I'd probably have only gotten half the workouts in. I've been able to keep up with the challenges and feel stronger when completing them. Although the challenges...

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Over the past week I've kept thinking about my why. The Fit4Mom Stratford studio has a HUGE sign that says "remember why you started". I began this journey in January because I wanted to lose weight and feel better about myself. I wanted to be stronger and find myself. As mothers, wives, women, we are constantly giving. And not giving enough back to ourselves. After having 4 pregnancies and 4 kids in 6 years, I needed to find myself again! I wasn't sad or depressed. I was just tired. Really tired. I was tired of being a mom and wife. I NEEDED to be myself and to remember who I was and who I am now. My first session gave me back myself. I was eating healthier. I was taking care of myself. I was planning out my days and weeks. I was fitting into my clothes better. People were complementing me on my appearance. I was happier. I had more energy for my family. I was feeling great. I lost a good amount of weight and challenged myself to the next round.

In session two I wanted to get stronger, run a faster mile, see if I could maintain the weight loss. And I did.

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Week TWO! Exhausted. That's what I am this week. Not sure if it's a combo of the workouts, the weather getting nicer, the kids tantrums or possibly getting my period; but I am tired. Mentally, emotionally and physically. I am so drained. With the help of my BBT ladies, I keep going. I see their struggles and successes and tell myself that I'm in it for me but also for them. We support and motivate each other.

Meal planning had been a challenge since the start of session one. However, this week I had ALL my meals planned and everything I needed stocked in my kitchen! Did I actually cook everything I had planned? No. Surprisingly the dinner recipes make more food than expected. My husband is being a trooper and eating what I cook but has not been taking the leftovers for lunch. So that leaves me eating the leftovers pretty much all week. Plus we've had some leftover Easter food that I've replaced meals with alongside half a plate of veggies. I have been trying new recipes though and really enjoyed the Overnight Oatmeal & 4 Bean Veggie Slow Cooker Chili. This week I've...

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I'm Amanda. I’m a wife, mother, teacher, woman. I’m strong, determined, motivated and so much more. I’ve been married to my husband for 8 years and we have FOUR very energetic children ages 6, 4, 2, & 7 months. They keep me going day to day and also drive me a bit crazy. Being home with the kids has definitely been a challenge but I found my outlet with Fit4Mom Bartlett-Barrington. I started taking Stroller Strides two years ago and haven’t looked back.

I’m so hooked on the support and encouragement Fit4Mom classes give me. After my fourth was born I made a promise to myself that I would start taking care of me. I needed to feel like myself again, not only for me but for my family as well. Some of my friends had a lot of success with Body Back Transformation, so I decided to take a session.

So now I am in my third session of BBT. This is week ONE. Probably one of the hardest weeks of the program. Literally. My body is still adjusting to eating clean even after 13 weeks of no sugar, soft drinks, or candy. Meal planning is still a struggle for me. I can do...

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