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Week One of Body Back - Balance

I have officially made it to the end of the first week of my 3rd session of Body Back. I have to say, this week has not been easy, and there have been ups and downs, but in the end, I am very proud of myself.

I have maintained my food journal everyday this week, and planned meals ahead of time, as well as healthy snacks. This has taken some of my limited free time away, as it takes time to prepare the food, coordinate and plan meals, and do the grocery shopping. For some reason, I always seem to forget one or two things at the store and have to make another trip, which takes more time. This being said, I am slowly getting the hang of it, and this process is getting quicker. I have found some ways to speed things along, like make a pile of snacks prepped in the fridge, so I can just grab a few when I leave, and prepare my breakfast and lunch the night before, and have my dinner choice already picked out. I am also happy that I was able to complete a workout of some sort every day this week. In terms of my food choices, I am making progress at sweet temptations, which have always been my weak spot. I used to think, “I can eat that because I earned it from working out.” I am working hard on changing some of these thoughts and behaviors. At a formal work function this week, there was a plated desert in front of me, which included both a brownie and a piece of cheese cake. Instead of eating both of them, which I gladly would have done in the past, I ate only the brownie, enjoyed it, and then set the plate aside and left the cheesecake.

I think some of my above success from this week came from the fact that this Body Back session has a slightly new component to it than the previous ones. Like I said in my last post, the element of surprise that comes from these workouts and class, is what keeps me wanting more . This session, Heather has two people co-teaching the class with her (Tiffany and Verenice) and they have introduced a point system. And for as long as I can remember, I have AWLAYS been motivated by points. It must be the competitive edge in me that has a bizarre drive to get “more” of whatever it is I’m working for. I know I should want to complete my food journal for me, and shouldn’t just do it to earn another “point.” Because really, what is a “point” anyways? I know I want to participate in all components of this program for ME, but it is so much easier when I have something on the line to earn or not. So, I hope my motivation with points continues for the next 7 weeks.

The hardest part of this week for me was balancing my busy toddler at home (who was sick this week and extra needy) with my effort and time put into these classes, extra workouts, and nutrition, in combination with work. The balancing act of life is one I have always had to work on. I have the nasty habit of trying to commit myself to too much, and take on more than I can handle. Since returning to work from my maternity leave (a year ago this month) I have worked really hard to balance my family and work time; to only work my allotted salary hours, and not take work home with me. Sometimes when I’m striving to split my time evenly among all of my obligations, I forget about the “me” part of this delicate balance. And so, I have decided this class is for “me.” If life were a piece of pie, then I deserve the same size slice for myself, as my family and work deserve. This might mean that I sleep a little less, that Dax plays on his own a little more, and I respond to a work email in two days instead of one. With this thought process in mind, somehow I was able to put my health and my family, in even balance with work, and I found success. One day at a time.

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