This week, you’re in for a real treat. I am Nick, Jeannie’s husband. Jeannie turned the keys to the blog over to me this week to provide a bit of a different perspective on Body Back.
So, before we get into it, a couple public service announcements:
PSA #1 - I’ve frequently told people that one of my biggest accomplishments was marrying up. Jeannie is better than me on most dimensions - looks, humor and most definitely blog writing. Unfortunately, you’re stuck with me here. Don’t worry, it will be over soon.
PSA #2 - Everyone’s situation is different. What this blog post is not meant to do is tell you how to live your life. What works for Jeannie and I may not work for you. That’s okay. This is just one additional perspective as you explore Body Back.
Alright, let’s get to it…
When Jeannie asked me to give my perspective, I thought it might be helpful to discuss the biggest positives I’ve seen from Body Back, as well as the areas that I had the most concerns going in. First, the positives…
Personal goals. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in raising kids that we lose sight of what drives us as individuals. Body Back has been great for Jeannie to rebuild her own goals beyond being a great mom. She’s more focused and driven now than ever before (and it makes her a better mom too...)
Time away. It’s tough being a parent. It’s doubly tough being a mom where the world has placed massive, unattainable expectations to be perfect. Body Back has provided a perfect outlet for Jeannie to step away from the craziness of our house a few hours a week, and do something that is just for her. Does she miss a few bedtimes here and there? Yes, but the time away allows her to actually be more mentally present the rest of the time.
The group. Sometimes, being a parent can feel like you are totally on your own and are the only one in the world dealing with whatever the issue of the day is. Having a group of people who are going through similar life stages is huge. Body Back goes well beyond the workout/nutrition - it is a group of people who all “get it”. They are all in the weeds of parenthood as well.
When Jeannie was considering joining Body Back, I definitely had some reservations. Admittedly, I am a creature of habit, so anything that changes my well established routines is tough. So here’s what I was concerned about - spoiler alert...it all worked out okay…
Nutrition. I did not have good nutrition habits. I still probably don’t. I really didn’t want to be trying to choke down overly healthy food every night. At the same time, I knew that if I wasn’t supportive of changing our eating habits, Jeannie could never be successful with the change. At the end of the day, it’s been kind of a non-event. We eat similar food, but make some small tweaks along the way (e.g. we’ve basically 100% switched from ground beef to ground turkey). There are still occasionally foods that I find I will never eat again - *cough cough* black bean brownies - but they are few and far between.
Time away. I mentioned above that Jeannie having time away is one of the best benefits of Body Back. This one isn’t about her, it’s about me. I was not looking forward to changing my schedule. My work schedule does not always guarantee that I’ll be home in time for Jeannie to get to Body Back on Wednesday nights. Saturday class means I am up early with the kids fighting on my own to get them both ready for various Saturday sports. Full disclosure, this one is still tough. But at the end of the day, Body Back is such a positive for Jeannie, that whatever small sacrifices are required in my routine to enable it are well worth it.
So, there it is, a perspective from the other side. Body Back has been such a positive experience for Jeannie, well beyond the workouts and nutrition that I thought it was all about.