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It's not easy standing in front of one of your friends with only your sports bra on and some tight workout capris for a picture. Amiright?! But, I did it. I was hesitant to share at first, but quickly got over the fear. Body Back has taught me that.

I need to take up space. I need to be proud of my accomplishments. I need to be thrilled that my body has carried and birthed two healthy, happy boys within the last two years.

So I'm going to work hard, honor my body, and be OK with posting my photos and results. It's not all about the looks. There are a lot of other facts that blew my mind!

Total Inches Lost {waist, bust, hips, thighs}: 5 inches

Total Weight Lost: 8 pounds

BMI: Overweight range down to a Normal range

Body Fat Percentage: 11.5% change

Number of Push-ups until exhaustion: increased by 21 pushups

Number of Bicep Curls in a minute: increased by 5 curls

Holding a plank: increased by almost a minute

I started this program just four months post-partum with my second baby. And I finished this program with my...

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This journey has been one of the best and most challenging I’ve taken in a while that was just for me. When you have kids, your world just shifts a bit to focus on them and their needs. Somewhere along the line my priorities went from shopping, girl nights, and dates with my husband to diapers, kids books, and mommy moments. And I am OK with that. I love my two boys and would never change having kids in the whole world.

Now that Jude is two and Benji just hit 6 months, it was time to carve out a little bit of time for me to focus on me. And it was a great decision. So for twice a week, at 8pm, I would leave behind the diapers, wipes, bottles, dishes, and laundry and drive the 15 minutes to the gym: music blaring and me singing at the top of my lungs.

And I would work. I would laugh. I would encourage and be encouraged. I would listen and be coached. I would warm up, work out, stretch and cool down. Then I would drive home feeling energized and confident and renewed to tackle the days to come.

Body Back was more than just a workout for me — it was time for me...

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My mom was in town this past week and before I left for Body Back I explained what it was we were doing and how excited I was to go. And she sarcastically responded, “Oh yes, so exciting. Working out for an hour after a long day!” She was still encouraging and was happy for me to have found something I enjoy, but at the same time didn’t quite understand why I would want to spend my evening working out.

And that’s when I realized how much I loved Body Back.

I didn’t feel like driving 15 minutes across town in a cold car, leaving my warm sweatpants and family at home. I didn’t want to push myself and push my body physically after a long day. I didn’t want to move from the sofa.

But something draws me to go, twice a week, for the past seven weeks. And it’s the community. It’s the other moms. It’s the instructor who knows how to push me. It’s the accountability. It’s the thought of being kid-free. It’s for the feeling when the workout is over, and we lay on our yoga mats for five minutes at the end. It’s for the encouragement. It’s for the challenge that awaits...

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Last week was Thanksgiving week and we kept rolling right along, working out and giving thanks, watching what we ate and being sure to enjoy ourselves while making healthy choices. Some would say the holiday’s are the worse time to do an intense results-based workout program, but I would disagree. It’s been one of the best times to get back on track instead of letting go and giving in to the abundance of food that is constantly available to us at this time of year.

These last two weeks have been hard mentally — the stress of the holidays, balancing family time with couple time, working hard at the workouts and also keeping close tabs on food we put in our mouths.

Which leads me to what has turned out to my favorite part of each workout, the meditation portion. At the end of every grueling workout, we turn the lights low, lay on our yoga mats, and breathe. We lay there in silence for about three to five minutes, let our bodies sink into the floor, and breathe while listening quietly to instrumental music and some food for thought.

Topics such as confidence,...

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It’s hard to stay motivated. Eating clean is a struggle. Pushing myself to workout after a long, tiring day isn’t easy. But being in this small group of mommas, working through all of this together has helped me stay accountable and has lead me to take a step ahead in my fitness journey. We also got an email from Lindsay, our fearless instructor, telling us it's now half way through the program. It will seem like we aren't making much progress, we might feel like giving up. BUT DON'T. Keep working hard, keep coming back. The effort will pay off.

So now I am ready to kick it into high gear for the second half of the program!

Part of the reason why Body Back has been successful for me so far is the heart rate monitors we strap to ourselves before every workout. It’s just one more layer of motivation. The monitors are linked to an iPad throughout the class, so we can see what zone we are in and how hard we are working. It’s a great way to be able to gage if we need to turn it up a bit.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, there are summaries after each workout that are...

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I’ve been pretty steady in my weight loss over the past three weeks; one pound each week. At first I was discouraged, immediately thinking I must not have worked hard enough or ate the right things, or drank enough water. But I quickly dismissed those negative thoughts and instead used some of my positive self-talk I’ve been learning at body back.

I am strong.

I am worth it.

I will work hard.

I will accomplish my goals.

I can do this.

And losing weight isn’t the only objective. I feel more toned, more confident, and stronger. And it’s only been three weeks. A big part of body back is gaining self confidence that so many women, mothers or not, lack.

I am excited to be using the meal plan and food diary. At the beginning of body back, we were given two meal journals with ideas for every meal of the day, including snacks. Being able to refer to these have been really helpful.

Instead of the hand-written diary, I’ve been tracking my progress on My Fitness Pal. It’s a free app that allows you to see exactly what you’re eating, and lets...

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Monday: These mommas even meet on Halloween night, after all our sugar-filled children are in bed! That’s dedication! We all showed up ready to work, with a bit more energy than normal after an exciting night of trick-or-treating.

The workout did not disappoint. We warmed up together, focused on positive self-talk, and started our interval workout, switching between grueling stations of cardio, strength, and core. Lindsay, our instructor, kept pushing us throughout the night. But the entire time I saw little high fives between moms, small smiles, and “you got this, girl!’ muttered to each other. Encouragement and teamwork.

Wednesday: Weigh-ins happened before our work out, and I was hopeful. Even though it’s only week two, we have all been trying to eat healthy, whole foods and workout with every ounce of energy our bodies can muster. And I lost one pound! I'm sure it will take a while to get my body to catch up with the rockin' workouts.

This upcoming week, I'm focusing on being more intentional with my food shopping and eating. For a real change to happen in...

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Monday: Assessment Day! We were able to discuss the real reason behind the name “Body Back” which isn’t just about weight, but about getting our body back in alignment, back into action, back to where we can move, live, and feel confident.

Then we dove in to sit ups, push ups, crunches, and bicep curls, trying to do as many as we could, as long as we could go. What I loved most about it was we were competing against each other and ourselves during this time, but we all encouraged each other too. It was so positive the entire time, which is one of the reasons I love these ladies!

After the physical assessments, we started the weigh-ins, measurements, before photos, and BMI assessment. I was in charge of taking pictures and the scale. And do you want to know one thing in common of every woman, including me?

We all were speaking negative-self-talk. When the pictures were taken, there was some sort of comment along the lines of “I don’t ever want to see those pictures!” or “Those pictures are going to turn out so bad.” Almost every foot that stepped on that scale...

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Whew. Body Back is no joke. The free preview class was Wednesday night and I am sore, tired, excited, and determined all at the same time. This eight week session is going to be life-changing, I’m sure of it. Workouts, meal plans and ideas, food journals, daily motivational words, and encouragement from other mommas in the same boat as me. But let me back up and let me tell you how this all started…

I’m 29 years old, 5’4” {on a good day}, and have two boys-- Jude {2} and Benji {4 months}. They are my joy, and my reason to work hard. I want to be fit and confident as their mom and that is pushing me to do my best.

Currently I am a Stroller Strides instructor with Fit4Mom and have thoroughly enjoyed my tribe. My village of moms and babies. Fit4Mom has several programs, but Body Back is the adventure I’m embarking on with a small group of brave women. Body Back is a results-based workout designed specifically for moms— we will be focusing on personal possibilities in an inspiring and powerful environment.

And let me tell you, Wednesday's preview class was...

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