My Sister is my fitness role model. Sure, her body type is polar opposite from mine, her natural cravings are different, her lifestyle is different, WE are different. However, we are also the same. We are Moms. We have carried a human life to term, we have sacrificed sleep, our own nutrition, our life for the sake of our child. When she moved to Las Vegas she needed to find herself, FIT4MOM helped her, and the rest is history.
Ever since the birth of my second child (August 2015) my super inspirational Sister has been throwing little pebbles of reminders at me to check out the FIT4MOM community, more specifically the Body Back series. She would rave about the hour long sessions dedicated to JUST you, the killer workout, the break from "mommyhood," the bond that was formed while holding a plank with other Moms. She swore by it. I wasn't ready, I was scared.
I was scared about who I was as a person. I'm a great Mom, I'm a loving wife, I'm a good person, but how did that look in the mirror? Overweight, unhappy, unmotivated. I've spent the last 4 years dedicated to raising babies, supporting a husband through a career change and making do with what is left of me. My Sister never lost sight of what she knew I could become, if I put everything else to the side and put myself first. She mentioned Body Back one more time and I finally decided to give it a try.
How did I feel before my class? Nervous. I was nervous. I was SO nervous in fact that I couldn't sleep. What was I nervous about? Here are a few of the things that went through my mind:
Not knowing anyone
Would I be able to keep up?
Can I sweat THAT hard in front of strangers?
What if I puke?
I set my alarm for 4:50 AM, I was going to commit 1 hour to myself before I spent the rest of the day taking care of others, like we do as Moms, every day. When I arrived I was greeted by the incredibly warm instructor with a hug. A hug! It's 5:30 in the morning and people are hugging. The fear of not knowing anyone was slowly fading as I realized these women were all here for the same reason, to focus on Mom. The music was energetic, motivating and inspiring. The workout was HARD, but doable. Not once did I feel alone, or unable to keep up. I pushed through and finished strong. I did it.
I walked away from this first experience with FIT4MOM with an overall sense of pride, eager to take on my next class. Beyond excited to start the Body Back series and find that balance between being a Mom and also ME.