Tiffany's Body Back Journey - Week 1

Yep. It’s time to get my body back. It’s one thing to think it. It’s one thing to say it. But it’s another thing to actually sign up for the program, re­arrange the family schedule with the husband, and then commit to going for it and sticking with it. And it is now time. It is time to get my body back.

My body has been through a lot in the last three years. I’ve been pregnant for a total of 83 weeks and I’ve nursed for a total of 23 months (and counting). In non­mom talk, that equates to two long pregnancies and two healthy babies. With both pregnancies, the extra baby weight came off pretty easily, but I am left with a softness to my midsection that needs to be toned back up. And I need to build my endurance back up as well. I’ve got two babies to keep up with, and I’ve signed up for my longest running relay race this summer, which I feel so unprepared for. So those are my two main goals – strengthen and tone up my core and build up my endurance.

The very first day of Body Back is assessments. Who doesn’t love getting their body measured, stepping on that scale, running a mile for time, and doing a bunch of timed rep exercises?! I just checked my humility at the door and kept telling myself that these are all starting points – my numbers to beat in 8 weeks. I was pleasantly surprised with my mile time, even though it was two minutes slower than I could run it in high school. My arm and leg rep exercises were fine; thank you for that, Stroller Strides. But my sit-­ups, oh man, my sit­ups.... Well, like I said, I need to work on my core!

I can already tell that I’m going to love this Body Back program. There are weekly challenges, recipes to try, health and fitness tips, an awesome support group, and of course – tough workouts. I’m going to give it my all at the workouts – now that I’ve got my assessment numbers written down, I want to improve on ALL of them at the end.

The second part of Body Back, and probably the more important factor, is the food. Oy. I’ve never dieted a day in my life. When it comes to food and drinks, I don’t have a lot of self­ discipline. But I want to see results, so I need to put in the effort. That is easier said than done, but I’m going to try.

So... it’s time to get my body back. Challenge accepted, let’s do this!

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