FIT4MOM Tri-Cities Member of the Month - Gwen Ralston

Meet Gwen! She's FIT4MOM Tri-Cities Member of the Month! Gwen is one of the sweetest mamas we have ever met, she shows up to class with the cutest little cowboy and works out HARD and always has a smile on her face.

Gwen is also going through our second round of Body Back and we are so excited to have her blog about her journey. Follow along and cheer her on, we can't wait to see her transformation!

Without further ado:

Name: Gwen Ralston

Workout buddy/ies and age: Cord – 21 months and Trenten - 9

Originally from: Prosser, Washington

Favorite thing about FIT4MOM: That I get an awesome workout and Cord can come! When did you join FIT4MOM? April 2017??

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home? I am staying home with my kids and watching 5 month old twin boys but I was a Dental assistant when I worked outside of the home.

What is your favorite food? Pizza, anything Italian.

What is your favorite beverage? Dr. Pepper

What is your favorite book? Before Amen by Max Lucado

You are given four free hours of babysitting, what would you do? Mani/pedi and lunch

What is your dream kid free vacation? Hawaii

What is your dream family vacation? Ireland

How has becoming a mother changed you? In every way. Always putting another’s needs before my own and sleep, I really miss uninterrupted sleep.

Fondest childhood memory? That would be swimming at my Grandparents house. We spent practically our entire summer’s there. I miss them every day

Your favorite "go to" family friendly recipe? We love tacos at our house! Super easy and quick!

Gwen's Body Back Blog:

Body Back: Week 1

Well as this first week is coming to an end I am so thankful for being able to go on this journey AND I am so excited to see where it takes me! Starting with the first night, seeing where we were at, I realized that I have a way to go in getting my ideal body. Getting on a scale in front of someone was really hard! But I did it and it made me want to change that number and my body even more! The classes are really, REALLY hard but the feeling of accomplishment once complete, is amazing! This group of ladies I am on this journey with are amazing also. They push themselves and in turn, me, when I think I can’t keep going!

I thought changing my diet and changing the way I thought about food would be hard but I have found in this first week that when you choose healthy whole food, eating them is quite enjoyable! I realize that this is week one and I haven’t had to turn down something at my Mother in laws Sunday dinner but I will make a healthy switch and try not to beat myself up if I slip.

Body Back: Week 2

This week was slightly more challenging, during the week I did great eating right, exercising, keeping my food journal, but this weekend I went out of town with my husband because he made the Pro West Finals in Cour d' alene and I had a few cheat meals and drinks Friday and Saturday night. I find myself beating myself up for that one thing I knew I should have passed up but I realize that one meal won’t make or break me and tomorrow is a new day.

I lost 4 pounds at weigh in this week and that feels great! I have been working hard and seeing results! I did the body back mini rounds at home this week and they were killer but I loved them! When I get that workout in, in the morning I feel better throughout my entire day!

I start watching 5 month old twins this next week so that will bring a whole new set of challenges but I am determined to work out when I get home, meal plan and take my food with me so I’m not tempted with bad choices.

Body Back: Week 3

This week has been tough. I woke up Monday morning with a head cold which progressively got worse throughout the week. I made it to Monday’s class but the rest of the week this thing got the best of me. I didn’t get a work out it until Saturday morning but It felt great to get back at it! I also did a mini round on Sunday!

This was the first week of watching 5 month old twin boys and I made it! This next week will be a piece of cake seeing that I made through week one being sick. I did well prepping and taking my food with me this week and even though I was not feeling well, stuck to my healthy plan.

I am ready to take on this next week and make up for my missed workouts!

Body Back: Week 4

This week has been tough since last week I only worked out three days and I am getting over a killer cold but I am feeling stronger. I am beginning to see small changes in my body, like the skin around my arms is getting smaller! Ha! My clothes look and feel better! I am not a fan of tight fitting clothes so when you notice that they are looser, it feels amazing!

I have been drinking tons of water and now I notice that if I’m not getting my usual, I start to feel sluggish. So I down a glass and feel back to normal. I’ve been prepping and planning our meals and it worked really well this week. Planning healthy meals makes making better choices easy. In the past we ate out a ton, because I was always deciding our meal at dinner time.

The dreaded scale though! I didn’t lose this week but I’m hoping this next week will show all my hard work. I’m not going to let the scale define me. This is hard for me because I have always wished I was skinnier and smaller. I am working on loving the body GOD gave me.

At the end of Saturday’s workout, I loved the meditation! It was about loving ourselves the way our children love us! This is how I want to see myself!

Body Back: Week 5

As this week comes to an end I am seeing my body change but also the way I think about myself. I am trying to be more forgiving of myself . Trying to love the body I have. I am feeling stronger everyday. A huge accomplishment for me this week was I was able to run for 1.8 miles without feeling like I was dying. I enjoyed the run and the time with my boys.

I did really good sticking to a healthy diet this week. This weekend was a bit harder. I had a few meals I could have done without.

We had a broken pipe in the kitchen Friday which flooded my kitchen. I really didn’t want to go to class Saturday but I AM SO GLAD I DID! I felt so much better after excersizing .

Body Back: Week 6

Well this week has been tough and that’s putting it mildly. As far as Body back I feel like I did well. I feel stronger everyday and I’m loving the changes in my body I’m seeing! The scale hasn’t budged but I feel amazing and that’s what matters.

Now, I had a harder time this weekend sticking to a healthy diet because of stress but I think for the most part, I did well! I prepped and made all our meals during the week but due to a busy weekend, we ate out a few times.

I am excited to continue to see the changes in the next two weeks!

Body Back: Week 7

This week has been bad and by bad, I mean I did terrible this week but I am trying to show myself a little grace and forgiveness. We ate out entirely too much, I ate way to much Halloween candy and I only got a workout in on Monday. I was doing great Monday and Tuesday, I hadn’t had any added sugar! Then it all fell apart, my husband called Wednesday morning and said he was hurt, he tweaked his neck which had already been injured because of the accident he was in last Wednesday. We spent all day at the ER and then all Friday afternoon at doctors appointments. I also woke up Wednesday sick, again. I have not felt good on top of everything else! BUT, I am going to rock this next last week of Body back!!

I have loved this journey , I have learned so much about eating healthy, loving my body and loving a good workout. I will continue to use what I have learned to keep getting to my healthiest self!

Body Back: Week 8

This last week of class has been hard, I’ve been very sick and not putting in my full effort. I’ve tried to listen to my body and rest and heal. But this transformation has taught me so much about myself and it made me want to work hard to achieve my healthiest self! I have loved working out with this amazing group of ladies and building friendships with them. I loved spending my Monday and Wednesday evenings with them! Aprill has been an amazing coach, she has pushed us when we didn’t think we could continue and encouraged us every step of the way.

I saw changes in my body and confidence. I feel better in my skin and I feel healthy!