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Putting Myself First

Hi! I'm Sarah, and currently in my second session of Body Back. I have spent the last 20 years taking care of and putting others first -- so much of my adult life. First, it was as a mental health counselor. Then, I was a stay at home mom and wife for my three girls, now ages 11,14, & 16, and my husband. I also spent these 20 years thinking my needs were second to those who I care about.

I had consistently been working out for about 4 years, but with little results. When I took a moment to think about this, I decided to take Lesley up on her offer to try a Body Back Transformation session. My initial motivation was to lose the weight I had been carrying since my youngest was born - yes, that’s 10 years of baby weight! I suffer from arthritis in both knees though, and found whenever I pushed myself, I would become injured, and then that was the end of my working out. It was a cycle I was sick of being stuck in and needed a change.

I quickly "gained" some amazing things during that first Body Back session: accountability, friendships, support from other moms dealing with the same issues, good habits of healthy eating, and regular, appropriate exercise. I "lost" 10 pounds. I also lost something I didn't realize I needed to lose more than weight: excuses! No more excuses about why I couldn’t workout. And I lost my sense of self-dependence on my family. I started putting my needs first, which actually has made me a better wife and mother. I have gained more respect from my kids and become a role model for healthy living.

Now in my second Body Back session, I have gained an understanding that this is a lifestyle, not a quick temporary goal. It feels so good to be strong physically and mentally. It's so easy to forget who you are when you’re a mother – even when your children have grown into teenagers! FIT4MOM Body Back has helped me find myself again, and I am forever grateful!

Join me and a village full of amazing women in the upcoming Spring Body Back sessions in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Lombard and Elmhurst. Find out more about the program and how to try a free class!