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Progress:

It’s the middle of week five and I have still not had any alcohol or soda. I had a couple moments of weakness in the form of a piece of candy last week and a Girl Scout Cookie over the weekend. It made me feel crappy, but I’m over it now. Onward and upward! 😊 I’ve been great about getting my workouts in and sticking to my planned meals and snacks. I even had a trip to my home town for a “Bubbly Brunch” and turned down a donut cake (yes, there is such a thing as a donut cake!) and said no to the bubbly. It feels good to have self-control most of the time, even if I have a few minor slip ups.

Success Strategies:

My most successful strategy so far is planning. From my meals to my workouts, planning is key. I can’t get down on myself when I do have slip ups. I won’t let one bad decision (er, cookie) derail my progress and success. On Body Back days, when I am especially hungry, I pack a snack bag with my favorites. I’m not tempted to buy something unhealthy on the go when I went through the effort of packing a snack...

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Progress:

It’s the middle of week four and I have still not had any alcohol, wine or dessert. While the scale did move some last week, I’m much more excited to see the changes in the way my clothes fit. We had a snow day last Friday, so I had a little extra time to plan out my week. It is amazing how writing out my meals sets me up for a week of success. I could have all the ingredients in my house for a recipe, but if it isn’t written out and if I lack motivation, then it doesn’t happen. When these eight weeks are up, I WILL continue this habit of planning our weekly meals. (note to self for later😊)

Success Strategies:

Plan, plan, plan! We have eaten a couple meals out lately and the key is to review the menu and decide what I’m having before I get there. This is very helpful to ensure that when I get to the restaurant I don’t have to read the menu eight times. Knowing I’m getting a salad or something healthy keeps me from being tempted by the appetizer and dessert sections. When I’m not doing Body Back, I like them to bring me #alltheappetizers....

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Teaches: Stroller Strides in Evanston. I'm also getting certified to teach Body Back!

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Mom to: 20 month old twins Paige and Madison

How did you first get introduced to FIT4MOM/Stroller Strides?

I had heard about Stroller Strides from another mom in a new mom’s group I was in. When my friend Bailey told me that she did Stroller Strides and invited me to class, I was hooked!

What made you want to become an instructor?

I loved how strong I felt coming to classes and wanted to make other moms feel strong too.

I also love the friendships formed through FIT4MOM!

What did you do before becoming an instructor?

I managed social media and customer service for a few restaurant franchises.

What is your favorite part of instructing? Favorite song/exercise?

I love singing silly songs and making the moms laugh (or they might be laughing at my bad singing skills) I...

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Progress:

It has been sixteen days since I have had any wine and not only have I survived, but I am thriving! Breaking habits is certainly the most difficult part of the first two weeks of Body Back. Now that those two weeks are behind me, I am craving wine and dessert even less. It’s funny how once you stop doing the things you’ve always done, your body resets and easily drops the old habits.

I didn’t lose any weight this week, and that is ok. The changes I can feel are much more important than any pounds dropped off the scale. This week I felt less bloated. I also don’t feel like I’m starving all the time. My body is recognizing the difference between feeling full and feeling satisfied. When making unhealthy food choices, I feel like I need to eat more and more to feel full. When making healthy choices, I can eat less and still feel satisfied.

Success Strategies:

I continue to pack my snacks to ensure success while on the go. It has gotten so much easier and part of my regular routine…

Challenges:

I still want wine, and chocolate, don’t get...

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Week 2

Progress:

That first week is always the hardest and it is behind me! I had lost five pounds by my first weigh in. This significant drop happened last time at the beginning of my Body Back program and I have seen this happen to many clients as well. Ridding your body of all the processed food (especially salt!) tends to drop some easy pounds at the beginning. While that five pound kick start sure is nice, it would be considered an unhealthy loss if it happened every week.

Success strategies:

I was a rockstar planner this week. On days I knew I wouldn’t be home, I packed my snacks. This is key when you have a tendency to buy unhealthy snacks on the go. I stuck to every meal I planned and avoided all my temptations. I even picked out all of the croutons out of a salad! I hit my water and exercise goals as well. I have given myself an A+ for week one!

Challenges:

My biggest challenge this week was wine, especially once I got to the weekend. Wine is my go-to after a hard day, or in this case, a challenging week. I realize I use it as...

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Name: Tamara Janoscik

Child name and age: William (7) and Leo (4)

Where are you from: Toronto, Canada

Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: My favorite thing about Fit4Mom is the Body Back program. I love the challenge of the HIIT workouts, the accountability, the real results, and of course the amazing women and the positive vibe they bring to the journey.

Favorite Exercise: I actually kind of love Squat Jumps (for the first 12 seconds); and I love to hate Mountain Climbers.

Favorite Mom-me time of the day: Other than going to Body Back? That cup of coffee in a quiet house first thing in the morning.

What motivates you to exercise: Of course there are so many great reasons to exercise, but sometimes just knowing that the other moms in my class will be there and are expecting me is what gets me up and going.

How has FIT4MOM changed your life? It's changed my life in so many ways! I've gained friends while losing weight, and it's empowered me to take control and ownership of my health. I did my first Body Back session 5 years ago...

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Week 1

The first week of Body Back is all about prepping your mind for the next eight weeks. It is essential to my success to document my goals and pre-assessment.

Goals: Weight, Eating, Personal

While my goals include losing weight, specifically I want to lose about ten pounds, I also want to focus on eating better. I want to get back into the rhythm of meal planning and eating healthy with, maybe, some not great choices sprinkled in. Recently I have been making not great choices with some healthy sprinkled in. I am committed to clean eating (the biggest challenge being no WINE!) and keeping up with my exercise schedule. I am also committed to planning my meals the next eight weeks (one week at a time, easy peasy) and prepping on the weekend as much as possible. The final piece of my goal is committing to two hours a week where I can disconnect from the outside world. I’m going to hand my phone to my instructor and really focus on me during this class.

Assessment:

My assessments were quite an eye opener. The last time I stepped on a scale was last...

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January 14, 2018

T-minus 1 week until Body Back!

It has been 5 years since I have taken Body Back as a client. The first time, I lost 14 pounds and 6.5 inches off my waist. I’m not all the way back to where I was then (then as before those 8 weeks), but not far. I’ve tried to do Body Back alongside of my clients for years, but I was missing a key point of this program, accountability. I can follow the meal plan pretty well (and we have eaten generally healthy since my first session), but I am the queen of excuses. “I can have this glass of wine, it’s just one,” “I can eat this fried (fill in the blank), I ran today,” “I can eat this dessert, I had a bad day and I deserve it!” You know what I deserve, I deserve to take care of myself the same way I encourage my clients to take care of themselves. Each session I tell them that you get out of Body Back what you put into it. You follow the program 100%, you will see results. (It’s been proven😊)

What I’m excited about – I’m excited about working out with other moms. They are going to accept me as I am and...

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There are lots of family traditions I grew up with including eating at the Walnut Room in *Marshall Fields*; a holiday cookie baking day with my sisters, Mom, aunts, cousins, and now all our kids; attending Midnight Mass; and going downtown to look at the windows of Field’s and Carson’s.

As I’ve started my own family, I wanted to create some new traditions that are more accessible for my family right now, and that are also age appropriate with little kids. So. One of my favorite holiday traditions has become making handmade ornaments and winter decorations with my older son, Joaquín, and next year we will incorporate Timo! Some of my favorites have been snowflakes made from popsicle sticks with glued on white buttons (and then later the addition of sparkly “jewels” as Joaquín calls them) - these can be hung on a tree or all over the house! ; a ball covered in bright colored Pom-Poms; Christmas trees made from painted popsicle sticks, puffy paint and ribbon; and a snowman.

We’re spending quality time together laughing and being creative, and most importantly,...

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A staple at my in-laws' house around the holidays, these chocolate chip cookies are amazingly gooey. This recipe yields a huge amount, so busy moms can freeze leftover dough to pop in the oven and have fresh-baked cookies within minutes. Enjoy! I know I will.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (yields 6-7 dozen)

1 stick butter (softened)

1 stick margarine (softened)

3/4 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

3 eggs

4 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter, margarine, shortening, and sugars together in a large bowl. Add eggs and mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add to the wet ingredients and stir carefully until all flour mixture is moistened. Add chocolate chips until evenly mixed. Form into small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Freeze dough for at least 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool on wire rack and store in airtight container....

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