The diet slowly got easier but eating tofu twice a day was making me very irritated. I had my ups and downs with this because the only protein I was able to eat was tofu. Have you had tofu? It’s not too bad covered in sauce or fried but sauce and oil are not on the diet. I struggled with that. With that said, I have learned to think about what I was eating and the effect it will have on my body. Too often I would think “oh, it’s just a little cookie” and 5 cookies later I was still going. Now I understand that treats are fine to have on occasion and in moderation but they should not be an every day occurrence. I have also come to appreciate portion sizes and what my body needs for energy. Food is something to be enjoyed but not for over indulgence. I am at a point now where I do not want to sabotage all the hard work I have put in the last 6 weeks. Eventually I started to look forward to the workouts. I actually had fun with my group (who were all lovely people by the way) and there were many laughs. Each week was something new and the circuits kept the hour interesting and sometimes very entertaining. The workouts we did on our own were also different and made me feel like jelly after (not to eat but how my muscles felt). Christina always took into account the limitations my back pain would put on me and would give me options on how to complete the exercises. When I was in pain I would carry on with either lighter weights or use an exercise ball to support my back. As my core got stronger I was able to eliminate the exercise ball and use heavier weights more often. I was asking my husband every day if he saw a difference in me and of course there wouldn’t be after a couple of weeks. I kept at it. As tired as I was, my body started to want the workouts and I wasn’t as sore after them. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment after each training session. I felt like I was doing something for myself after every workout, and I liked it. The first three weeks were so difficult but the last 3 have just flown by and the second someone said to me “wow, you can really see a difference” was the second I realized that I only want to keep going, to keep getting stronger and to keep taking care of myself so that I can be the best mom to my boys. Thank you to everyone who has supported, encouraged and listened to me vent when needed.