Des Moines Parent FXB Challenge: Intro

Disclosure: This blog series is sponsored by Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.

Happy New Year parent’s! It’s that time where we all make goals, resolutions or whatever you wish to call them. How often do we keep these goals though? I think in general it’s hard to keep any goal, but as a parent I think it may be 10 times harder. Not only do we have our lives to live, we also need to make sure the kiddos we brought into this world are healthy, growing, learning and changing. What better way to make sure our children are doing all these things, then by living by example?! If your children see you making good food choices, offering good food choices and being more active, they will follow in your footsteps.

This year, I decided to make my health a priority and as a family we are going to make some changes! That is why I have signed up for the 10-Week Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping. No, my children are not participating in this, but they are going to watch me work hard at something I want to achieve and overall we are going to become a healthier family because of it.

For the next 10-weeks I will be sharing my journey on social media (follow along #DSMParentFXB) and on the blog. My goal is to share my personal struggles, achievements and show how we are making healthier decisions as a family.


Today was orientation! I was pretty nervous this morning. I kind of knew what was going to happen, but when you make such a mighty commitment to make some huge changes, it can be nerve wrecking for anyone. When I entered the facility, I was greeted with open arms and smiles. Within about 20 minutes of chatting and doing our testing, I felt completely supported.

Each person is put in a group with 1-3 coaches depending on the size of your group. I am taking the 5:15 a.m. class ? which is a popular time, so we have a fairly large group. Why 5:15 A.M?! Here is my thinking … Get it done and out of the way for the day! I like to think I could commit to an evening time, but with children there are kids activities, dinner to be made, and most of the time I just want to relax for the evening. It may be tough at first, but I’m hoping it will become easier over time, right? :/

What does orientation consist of?

1. Measurements

2. Testing push-ups, sit-ups and sit-and-reach

3. Picture (Side note: this may be the most challenging for some, but only one person will see you and they make you feel very comfortable).

4. The 1-mile run. This normally would not have bothered me very much, but it was cold, which made it tough.  Good thing I brought along some hand warmers and applied some Energy essential oil! My coach also jogged the last 1/4 mile with me, which really motivated me too.


5. Small introduction from the owner. Nicole Hill is the owner of the location I am attending (Grimes) and I love her outgoing, funny and straightforward attitude. She really got me psyched for this challenge!

After orientation today, I am exhausted and definitely dehydrated *takes a sip of water* but I am looking forward to Monday. I feel well supported by my coaches, who have already e-mailed me to congratulate me on my awesome work today! Now, excuse me while I take a hot bath 🙂





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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