I have had a membership with Body Fit for a couple of years but took 6 months off during my pregnancy and after having a baby in October. Understandably, I was finding it difficult to make the time and find the energy and motivation to get back to the gym. Due to the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn, I was living off of caffeine and take-out food. I was lacking in energy and I felt horrible. Each month I would see the membership fees come out of my account and think “this month I’m going to make a change!”
I debated cancelling until I saw a friend on Facebook (Michelle Steckley) post about the challenge and her success after having two kids. I knew this was a good opportunity for me to make my health a priority, gain back my strength and lose the 15lbs of pregnancy weight. To be honest, I thought it couldn’t be that difficult.
The first week was really hard. I had to give up my daily extra-large café mocha from Tim Hortons and all of the sweets and junk food. I also had to start making and preparing food for the week. By week 3 the caffeine headaches had subsided and I was used to the diet; I could also feel myself getting stronger. Week 5-7 were really hard. There were times when I wanted to give up. If it weren’t for the support from my family and the other members of the challenge, I probably would have.
I am so proud of myself for pushing through and finishing the challenge. I have more energy to play with my daughter and I am sleeping better at night (when I do sleep). Now that I have carved out the time for the gym and made it part of my weekly routine, I am excited to continue with this lifestyle and look forward to wearing all of my pre-pregnancy clothes again this summer!
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the challenge. It was a really good experience and I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in making a change – it works!