In a little over two and a half days, I will start a new chapter in my life.
A new book.
I will be attending a weekend training to become a FITNESS INSTRUCTOR! I know, right? To be specific, a Stroller Strides and Body Back instructor, which I think is the best kind there is. Yeah, I'm biased, but you will be, too, once I tell you why.
Six months ago, I hauled my sleepy, bleary-eyed self out of bed at 4:50 a.m., put on an (as you'll see in the October 2011 photos below) ill-fitting shirt and pants, laced up my shoes and drove downtown for my first day of Body Back. I seriously had no idea what to expect and was pretty nervous, as I had heard there would be running involved and I couldn't even remember the last time I had run without being chased. By something scary and possible dangerous.
Anyway, yes, there was running (only a half-mile, but that's a lot for someone who, again, doesn't run unless it's to save herself from certain death), as well as push ups, sit ups, bicep curls, planks, a weigh-in and measurements and photos.
After that first eight-week session (October to December 2011), it was really difficult for me to pick out what I liked best about the Body Back program. You workout with a group of mamas (score!) who, like you, hauled themselves out of bed insanely early for a super tough workout (score!), you are accountable to yourself for the food you eat and the work you put in (score!), you may even start feeling like you are accountable to your fellow mamas (score!), you meet the most amazing women you will ever know (double score!) and you make changes in your life, not just in your body (triple score!).
Then Kim Bauer, our Stroller Strides and Body Back maven and one of my favorite people, sent me my before and after photos. That's when I realized that my favorite thing about those first two months of Body Back was that everything I mentioned above leads to this: it works.
More to come!