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Mama with the gym hair- a Body Back Tranformation Story: Week 1

Week one of Body Back--done!

On the first day of the session, Jeanine took aside those of us participating in the Transformation program for assessments. She took our measurements (weight was self-reported) and then we did some fitness tests, like measuring how long you can plank, and how many bicep curls with 10-pound weights can you do in a minute.

Here are my stats:

Weight: 148.5 lbs.

Chest: 39 ⅜”

Waist: 39 ¼”

Hips: 41 ¾”

Thigh: 23”

Run: 1 minute 3 seconds

Bicep curls in one minute: 22

Plank: 52 seconds

Push ups in one minute: 30

Sit-ups: 0

Squats in one minute: 36

Side bridge: 31 seconds

I’m closer to my goal of a minute-long plank than I thought! We’ll see where I am with that as well as the other measurements in seven weeks.

During assessments, the rest of the class rotated through stations with different exercises at them; we joined in after assessments. My surprise favorite had paper plates. Instead of doing regular burpees, we were supposed to slide our feet back on the plates instead of jumping back into the plank position. That slide made for an extra core challenge while also being gentler on my knees.

Here’s a sample of my food journal. I kind of went overboard on restaurant meals, though I hadn’t intended to.

Breakfast: Bran muffin, strawberries, 1 cup milk

Snack: Granola bar

Lunch: Indian buffet - 1 full plate (1 scoop rice, veggies, curries), ¼ naan round, mixed fruit

Snack: Mixed berries with yogurt and nuts

Dinner: Noodles & Co. carry-out -- whole grain pasta with spinach and chicken; broccoli; banana

Water: 7 glasses

Workout: 20-minute video

We’re usually pretty good about menu planning, but that Friday Elena had an appointment that got out at 6pm, and our dinners for the week had run out, so off we went to Noodles & Co. After dinner I took a closer look at the menu and realized they had main course salads, which would have been a better choice after a heavy lunch. Oh well. I pledged to get back on track the next day.

Jeanine’s comments on this entry: She recognized that I didn’t fill up my plate twice at the buffet, which I would normally do, and cheered me on for going to an extra Body Back class on Saturday.

One of the things I’m working on during this session is snacking! I’m usually okay with a midmorning snack before lunch, but that stretch between lunch and dinner feels extra long, even with an afternoon snack; I find myself eating random salty or sweet stuff during dinner prep, and after the kids are in bed too. Jeanine suggested having some water when those cravings hit (I like herbal tea when it’s chilly out) and that’s been working well for me for the past few days.

The unseasonably warm winter and fake-out blizzard we had are gone, spring finally seems here to stay, and the daytime Fit4Mom classes will be moving outside soon. The first outdoor Body Back class is this Saturday. I can’t wait to get some vitamin D during my workouts!

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