Des Moines Parent FXB Challenge: Week One

Des Moines Parent FXB Challenge: Week One

Week one is officially in the books! Wowzers am I sore, but it definitely is a good type of sore.

Alright, how did week one go? Great! My main struggles this week:

  • Getting up at 4:45 a.m. (but, I did it!)
  • Learning all of the moves

I am amazed how welcoming and supportive everyone is. Our 5:15 a.m. class is pretty big, so this was a huge chunk of class that had no idea what was going on. The FIT members (those are members who have already done the 10-week challenge), coaches and instructors were all so patient.


Nutrition. It was hard this week. I had several headaches. Ever since I had my daughter I have always had huge sugar cravings and I love my baked goods. By Wednesday, I could definitely begin to feel the side effects. I have not eliminated all the sugar, but obviously I was eating way too much.

I made sure to meal prep for the week. I made a batch of quinoa and roasted a huge batch of red onion and sliced bell peppers, which I drizzled in olive oil. These I could quickly throw these two items with leftover shredded chicken or any other source of protein I had on hand such as black beans for lunch. It was yummy and satisfying.

One dish that was a hit this week was Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps! It was a super easy recipe and I had plenty of shredded chicken leftover for the week. This recipe can also be changed up however you like, if you are not a big hot sauce fan. Use BBQ sauce, add chopped red onions and shredded cheddar cheese instead. We may do that next week!

Breakfast? Two eggs on a piece of gluten free bread with a small amount of spicy avocado mayo. YUMMMY! Because I have been getting the skillet out to my eggs, the kids have been enjoying scrambled eggs in the morning too. Much better option for them then a granola bar.

We ate out once this week! We like to go to the Hy-Vee Market Grill on Tuesday’s because they are our busiest days AND kids eat free. I ordered the Cobb Salad, no crutons and dressing on the side! It was served with basically a whole chicken breast on top and was delicious.


As mentioned above, this week was all about learning the moves properly. It is important to take your time to learn the correct way to do the exercises, so you do not end up hurting yourself. Classes consist of kickboxing and bands. My favorite day = kickboxing. I love the upbeat music and loudness on kickboxing day! How could you not?


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Bands day is important and I learned it is actually more important then kickboxing day. Even though you may feel more breathless and that you get a better workout kickboxing, a bands workout sticks with you all day. Nicole, owner of FXB Grimes, explained that when you do bands your body continues to burn calories ALL day long. Kickboxing is more like a burst.

Don’t forget to follow #DSMParentFXB on social media throughout the week!

Bring on week two!!

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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