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Stephanie's Journey: Week 5

As I enter into the second half of this program, I can see some real results. These small changes I've made to my life a little at a time have proven to be effective in big ways. There are a couple things I want to touch on this week, my wardrobe and my workouts.

One day in the middle of the week, my kids had an excellent nap day. I used the opportunity to sort through my closet and get it to where I want it to be. I created a pretty significant donation pile which immediately made its way out of the house. The next thing I'm about to tell you is so exciting for me. I plucked each and every maternity item from my closet! These pieces found a new home in a bin settled in the back of the closet. I am at a place where I don't feel like I need them in my daily rotation, but also not too far removed from my comfort zone. Keeping these clothing items just far enough away but still close enough to access is motivation to keep moving toward my goals and also a reminder that slip-ups are ok.

We had another intense and effective round of workouts this week. I left feeling accomplished and centered, and also sore and spent. The one that stuck out to me was appropriately entitled "The Square of Despair." To give you a mental snapshot I will quickly describe it. Four cones are arranged in a square in the outfield of a baseball field. Each station has a series of two exercises to complete. Once all four stations are completed, participants take a lap around all four cones and head to the middle for a series of core exercises. The process is repeated until time runs out! This workout pushed my mental limits. I could feel my body getting tired half way through, but my mind kept needling and saying, "You have a job to do tonight!" I was reluctant when enough time allowed for me to reach the burpee station for the fourth time, but I still got half way through it. I don't think I can say that before Thursday I'd ever done 70 burpees in one day, let alone within an hour. Once again Body Back is proving that my body can do things I didn't think I could.

Thank you to my friends who have contributed support by commenting on my progress and my blog, and reminding me that I can do this. Those are just the things I need to hear!

I may regret introducing a Miley Cyrus song to my blog, but this song totally sums my feelings for the week! Besides, this is pre-"Wrecking Ball."

Song of the week: http://youtu.be/NG2zyeVRcbs

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