Wow... 8 weeks. It sounded like an eternity when I first thought about it. In reality, it flew by so incredibly fast!!! When I first began the Body Back program I thought, 'How am I going to be able to handle TWO workouts a day?' 'There is no way I am going to succeed with the meal plan!' I am proud to say that despite my insecurities about having a successful BB session, I am so happy with my results! More than anything, Body Back made me realize that I have a great support system, not just in my family, but also the women going through this journey with me. Every time I thought I couldn't do one more push up, or run any further, there was a voice in my ear saying "Come on mama, you got this!" or "Let's do five more reps, count with me!", and that is an incredible feeling to know that we were all there for each other. In the beginning I was only expecting BB to be about the weight loss and strength gain- I had no idea it was going to be such an emotional experience, and I feel like I have an unbreakable bond with these strong women now, and while the inches lost are amazing, the friendships are even better.
As for the physical results, I was shocked at how much of a change I actually made. I lost a total of 8.4 lbs, lost inches (yes, plural- inches) from my chest and waist (I forgot the exact numbers... but it was around 2 inches) I improved by at least a minute on all of the 'endurance' tests like push ups, high knees, etc. But the icing on the cake (just a figure of speech, there is no cake on the BB menu ;) ) was my 11 minute plank. That was an experience I will NEVER forget!!! My previous time was 2:12, so that was a huge improvement! Overall, I feel better about the way I look, I have WAY more energy, I am able to workout harder, I feel stronger and I LOVE IT!!!!
I took this program seriously, because I wanted to see how far and hard I could push myself. I thought that after 8 weeks, I would be tired of the two workouts and thinking about if I was 'proud' about what I was eating, and I would go back to my old lifestyle. I surprised myself because I am still thinking about what to do for workout #2 and I am actually not craving junk food. This was a lifestyle change, intentional or not- I wouldn't change these new habits now, I feel too good. I loved this program- it changed my life. I thought I was doomed to have a post baby body forever, and that was that. Now I see what I am capable of, how strong I can be and the changes I can make for the better. I am sure that the people around me think that I am obsessed with BB, but it is just that phenomenal. It was a challenge that I needed, and I enjoyed every travelling class, push up, shoulder press, kick boxing with 10lb weights, minute of it.