Wow — five whole weeks have FLOWN by! I can’t believe it! The 8-week journey for this Spring session of Body Back has been incredible, and I can officially say, I’m hooked! The closer we get to the finish line, the more anxious I get to see how far we’ve all come.
In typical “sappy Ashley” fashion, I really can’t express enough how thankful I am for this Village of Mommas. Joining Stroller Strides saved my sanity, joining Body Back has saved my health — but honestly, joining this Village of Mommas has saved my life. Their support, camaraderie, and unwavering friendship really means so much to me, and I’ll be forever grateful.
WEEK FIVE!!! We are MORE THAN halfway done! Wow.
This week has been incredible, despite having a gain on the scale — which I blame Mother Nature for. 😉 Even though we skipped the weigh-in last week, I was expecting a slight gain when we came to Monday — I went from 150.0lbs in Week Three to 153.4lbs in the start of Week Five. No sweat though — I was feeling pretty groggy and bloated, so chances are, it’s just my body working.
Nutrition was pretty good this week, although I skipped breakfast 4 out of the 7 days — SHAME! I did manage to snack healthier — traded my usual cracker craving with fruit, raisins, and yogurt. I did indulge a few times: I had 2 pieces of dark chocolate on Wednesday, 1 rice krispie treat on Thursday (dang, Tot School treats!), and 1/2 Cinnamon bagel on Saturday. But, you know — I didn’t beat myself up about it. I acknowledged that I could have made better choices, but I work HARD — and sometimes it’s nice to “treat yo’self!”
Speaking of “treat yo’self”…… I got my SWAG in this week! Shipping was incredibly fast, and I was so pumped when I opened it! I’m going to wear this gear with pride! #fit4momrocks Ella looks super cute in her “Mom’s Workout Buddy” shirt! 🙂
Workouts …. phew. Our workouts were AWESOME this week! Our Body Back sessions this week were killer — sprints, mountain climbers, and PLANKS oh my! Not to mention, I managed to do an additional at-home workout each day too — on top of a daily walk with Ella.
Thursday’s at home workout was the the best though — a group of us got together at my house, and somehow, these crazy ladies entrusted ME to give them a good workout while the kids played. There were 6 Mommas and 7 little ones (all under the age of 3) running around as we busted out some squats, push-ups, sprint/hill climbs, and crunches. To top it off, we all did the 5 minute plank hold challenge — and EVERYONE DID IT!! It was amazing! Afterward, one of the Mommas said she felt she could go again, so we held for an additional 4 minutes — all while our kids were climbing on us, crying, and sitting on us. It was absolute chaos — but we pushed through, and I’ll tell you — although holding an extra 30lbs on my lap as I held a reverse plank was HARD, my heart was so happy watching my friends push themselves beyond what they thought they could do.
Saturday, Raux and I attended a beautiful wedding for two of our friends. Saturday was the first day in these 8 weeks that I actually had a REST day. And, it felt great! Plus, I got to spend the afternoon with my favorite person in the world — then went home to spend a lovely evening with family and my beautiful little girl. It’s the little things. <3
Week Six is in session now, and I can’t WAIT to tell you all about it next week!
Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!