Extra Special Bean Burrito

I am Amanda

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 breakfast and lunch just fine. But dinner is always so tough. From the time I pick up my daughter from school, get the kids a snack, clean up the snack mess, nurse the baby, break up the millionth fight between the 2 & 4 year olds, drive kids around for dance, swimming and Girl Scouts, I don't want to cook.

With Easter this past weekend, meal planning was harder than usual. With all of the family and food, I was overwhelmed. But I did have a few weeknight dinner wins where I was able to pull together a healthy BBT meal with what I had in the house. So, while I don’t have all of my meals planned out and prepped on Sunday nights, ready for the week, I’m working on it. Planning meals ahead is a goal I continue to have.

While I still have things I need to work on even after 13 weeks of BBT, I try to remember the positives. Today I am grateful for another day with my family & friends. Today I am stronger. Today I am healthier. Today I’m a step closer to crushing my goals.