Rachel's Body Back Blog

Follow Rachel on her 8 week journey through our Body Back® program as she works towards balancing work, family, fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

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It’s been a few weeks since the program ended and I already miss it. It was such a fun 8 weeks of focused improvement and I am missing the accountability and consistency it provided. Body Back really was exactly what I needed in my life to get me back on track and remind me how much better it feels to be eating well and moving my body. Colleen will be providing a work-outs only session this summer that starts on Wednesday night, July 7 th , and then another full 8-week program in the Fall – and you bessa believe I will be at both! I encourage anyone in the area that is curious about it to come check out the free work out tonight at Fleet Feet in Birkdale at 7:30pm. I will be there and would love to see ya!

Okay, no more chit chat, I know everyone is anxious to hear my results. Here is a reminder of where I started and where I was at the mid-way mark:

Week One

Timed mile: 9:14

Sit ups: 11

Bicep curls: 27

Push ups: 1

Squats: 26

Plank: 1:28

Side plank: :46

Week Four

Timed mile: 8:32

Sit ups: 26

Bicep...

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I cannot believe this 8-weeks is almost over. I also cannot believe how I am feeling about it. In the beginning, I found myself counting down and looking forward to the end, but now, it’s all changed. I have gone from dreading the work-outs to hating to miss them. Last Saturday I had to miss class. I had a very stressful week at work and it affected my sleep. I was up most of Friday evening and finally started to fall asleep about 6am when it was time for me to be waking to get ready to head to the work out. So, I decided to listen to my body, not feel any guilt, and sleep. As much as I hated to miss class (this was the 3 rd time I missed this session - one was planned and made up, the second was due to the stomach bug), it was the right decision for me. Colleen called me later that day to make sure I was doing alright and gave me a very sweet pep talk. She’s the best, y’all!

The following Tuesday evening we had an “intense” exercise session. “Intense” was the word that Colleen used when she posted on our group page earlier that day. We had several stations to move through,...

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Here were are in the throws of week 5! I owed you all a BLOG last week about week 4 rap-up and assessment results and I am just now sitting down to do it. I had a few people ask me where it was and I was tickled to know that enough people are reading this enough to have noticed its absence.

Week 4 was a tough one in this house! We had a stomach bug rip through each one of us and looking back on those 5 days is like a dreamy blur. Less like a nice dream and more like a nightmare. I seriously felt like I had PTSD after that week was over. I do not wish the tummy bug on anyone. It is not fun. At. All. Luckily though, I only missed one work out on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to feeling better in time to make it up. Colleen is planning to offer a few Sunday make up classes, so I will try to make it for one of those. She’s so great!

On to the good stuff! Saturday’s work-out was Half-way Assessment Day. I am very proud to say that I saw awesome improvement. Here are my numbers compared to week one:

Week One

Timed mile: 9:14

Sit ups: 11...

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Week Three Recap and the start of Week Four

Roadblocks. Even the best intentioned people hit them. It’s hard to fit it all in. The demands of work, our children’s busy schedules, changes in your spouse’s schedule, illness, etc. ::insert whatever reason here::

Last week started out great. We did a tabata-style work out and I LOVED it!! As I told the gals in class, this work out felt intense but at the same time, kind to my body. It was several stations that we rotated around. All of which were strength moves where we knocked out as many reps as we could in 1 minute intervals. The moves consisted of kettle bell squats, push ups, weighted lunges, speed skaters and so on.

Colleen worked in some outdoor cardio too where we paired up with another member in the class alternating high knees, bumper kickers and sprints. We ended the work out with abs and you guessed it…LAVENDAR SPRAY!! Yay! It was my favorite work out so far. Some of the girls in class said they liked the higher intensity stuff because they equate a good work out with a lot of sweat. How do you...

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Hey, everybody! It’s me again with a recap of the last week. Something happened to me this week that I have to share with you. I had 3 different people approach me about reading this blog and being motivated by my words and experience. I cannot begin to tell you how much that means! I genuinely hope that I can continue to inspire because it provides me with so much motivation. And I need all of that I can get!

Last week’s goal was to make it both Body Back work outs, walk and work on my cardio health with internal training, eat right and do a 1 minute plank each day. I completed both Body Back work outs, did 1 interval training and walked a couple of times. I did complete my daily one minute planks by going ahead and knocking it out in the morning. I ate right for the most part. A few days I went to the cereal for a quick meal and I did have a celebratory glass (or two) of champagne at a closing. I can tell that cereal is an immediate fat burning blocker. I am going to avoid that this week by having prepped meals and healthy quick go-tos for those moments of hunger....

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Week one is done!! I am so excited to officially have the first week completed! Seven more weeks to go! It’s been great so far and today, my thighs are only whining, not screaming like yesterday.

So, here is how week one went down…

Last Saturday was our first class. During this class, we completed about 8 exercises to gauge our fitness level and give us a barometer to measure against so we can see improvement. We had our weight and measurements taken and recorded. We ran a timed mile, and then had to do as many sit ups, bicep curls, push ups and squats as we could complete in one minute. Next, we held a plank followed by a side plank for as long as we could. Here are my results:

Timed mile: 9:14

Sit ups: 11

Bicep curls: 27

Push ups: 1

Squats: 26

Plank: 1:28

Side plank: :46 (right side)

On the plank, we got to choose which side we felt was our strongest. Whichever muscle it takes to hold a side plank is virtually non-existent in my body and will be a goal for me to improve upon. I have some work to do on the...

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Full disclosure. I've been here before. Many, many times. So, what's going to make this time different? You guys. I'm hoping with some accountability and announcing my goals to the world - through this blog - I'll be too embarrassed to fail.

Another reason this is going to work and probably the biggest reason. The program. Along with Body Back and leader Colleen Varnum, I will accomplish my goals.

A little about me: I am a happily married, mother of two boys, full-time working, woman. I have my own real estate team through Keller Williams serving the Charlotte metro area (shameless plug) and I volunteer for my neighborhood and my son's school. I work crazy hours and spend most of my downtime at the ballfield with my boys and socializing with friends.

Historically I've been very good at making time for physical activity. I even ran a half marathon in 2013 and I've done sprint triathlons a few times. But, about a year ago I stopped wanting to move my body and it has been difficult to get back into it. When you're the slowest one in a class or the only one that...

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