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Friday, June 10, 2011

BodyBack Workout: Week 8 - The Final Review

I wanted to lose a ton of weight.

That was my goal.

I didn't have a goal of doing a push up.  Or running 4 miles.  Or running 4 miles that included a killer hill while carrying a 10 pound weight over my head.  Or running 4 miles carrying a 10 pound boulder the entire time.  Or doing a 45 minute kick boxing class holding two 10 pound weights.

Jumping, running, sit ups, planks, push ups.


Not my goal.

Overcoming sweet cravings, being more cautious about what/when I'm eating, and learning to make my health a higher priority...


Developing friendships with other women who push you to succeed instead of playing caddy "girl games" behind your back.  Finding confidence when I was sure there was none left.  Surprising myself when I realized how strong I could be...

It didn't happen.

I didn't lose a ton of weight.

The "official" scale said 5 pounds.  My scale (which, by the way, matched my doctor's scale) said 10 pounds.  Three inches off my waist, 1 inch off my chest, 1/4 inch off my arms.

I went from doing ZERO push ups in a minute to doing 8.
I went from holding a plank for 30 seconds to holding a plank for a little over 3 minutes.
I went from doing 20 bicep curls in a minute using 8 pound weights to doing 29 in a minute using 10 pound weights.

Instead of losing a ton of weight, I gained so much more.  I laid a foundation that I'm ready to build on.

I don't know how long it will take me.

But I'm not giving up.  I plan to start a second BodyBack session next week.

Maybe, just MAYBE, I'll be ready to share my before and after pictures at the end of the next 8 weeks.  

If you're a mother who is struggling, I'd highly recommend this program.  Most of my readers are mothers who are raising a child with type 1 diabetes.  To my D Mamas, I just want to say that I believe you're still in there.  

I know it doesn't feel like it sometimes.  I know you may feel as if diabetes has stormed into your life and swallowed you whole.  I know you wake up, and can hardly recognize the woman in the mirror staring back at you.  I know you wonder where these crazy emotions are coming from...and you worry that you won't be able to get them in check.  

I know you're overwhelmed.  I know you get scared, anxious, and intimidated by the challenges your facing everyday.  I know you're constantly second guessing yourself, worried that you'll make a decision that could be devastating for your child.  

But I also know this:

You have a fighting spirit.  You are capable of doing things you never imagined.  You are stronger than you think.  You have the ability to make genuine changes.  You thrive under pressure.  

You are amazing.

To read all about my BodyBack journey, click HERE.

Body Back® is the newest program release from Stroller Strides’ founder Lisa Druxman. Body Back is a results based workout program for moms of any age. Inspired by the Mama Wants Her Body BackDVD series, it offers high intensity, interval workouts along with before and after fitness assessments, a nutrition plan, coaching and support in a motivating and inspirational program. The workouts have been clinically proven in a University research study to help moms lose the weight and get their pre-baby body back. Moms all over the country are achieving results that they never dreamed possible. 100% of the weight lost was pure body fat! You will see that anything is possible!

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  1. You are an inspiration, Wendy. I don't know how you do all you do - working, diabetes, mothering 3 sweet children AND the Body Back workouts? You Da Mama!

  2. I think this is so amazing that you are taking this much important time for yourself so you can actually set a good example for your T1 child!

  3. That is amazing! I'm so proud of you! I really need to get on the bandwagon myself, it's sure not easy, and that's the truth!

  4. You simply amaze me! You've done an awesome job sticking with it. You never gave up. You're such an inspiration! Love you!!!

  5. Such an amazing post by an incredible woman! So much strength for such a big world! It's inspiring.

  6. I'm so proud of you Wendy! I feel like I'm in the mouth of diabetes at this point. I MUST make changes for my emotional and physical health. Please know that you're an inspiration to me. Way to go!!!!!

  7. Bravo my incredible friend!!!! The others have said it before me, but I'll say it again: you are an inspiration!!!

  8. so proud of you!!! youre amazing. such an inspiratiob to all 3 of your girls!

  9. Needed that reminder and inspiration today! Thanks, Wendy! Bummer that you didn't lose the weight you wanted, but sometimes the number isn't what it's all about! ;)

  10. Big SMILES...You inspire us all Wendy with your spirit and your sense of "TRY". It is contagious. xoxo...and congrats on signing up for session #2. You are gonna be ready for the photo op I am sure of it.

  11. Very nice Wendy!!! So inspiring, this makes me want to get outside and move! :)

  12. Wow! I am so proud of you! You truly inspire me. I know just what you say... the whole not recognizing yourself and feeling like you were swallowed whole by this life... Thanks for the encouragement!

  13. YOU are amazing!! And as for weight? You don't realize it, you gained MUSCLE!! I'm so impressed! And you gained friends and support. You are right-I feel swallowed whole too. Glad you made it out of the whale's mouth ; )

  14. You are such an inspiration!!!! I honestly mean that - I've been thinking of you and your workouts on days when I don't feel like exercising. You are helping to drive me to stick with it. You. Are. Awesome!!


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While I'm happy to share our experiences with what works, and what doesn't work, for the management of Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease in our house, please do not mistake anything you read here for medical advice. Decisions regarding your/your child's health care should be made only with the assistance of your medical care team. Use any information from this blog at your own risk.