Don’t Diet, Do Wellness Challenges


Dieting is so last decade. Over the past several years, fitness has been the rage – I see almost as many crossfit gyms as I see Starbucks. Today, we are smarter and combine eating right and exercise when we talk about wellness. Wellness refers to “well-being,” which in turn is doing what is best for your body for the long run. That means creating healthier eating habitsmaking better choices for your body and mind, and treating exercise as a priority and part of your weekly routine. 

Wellness is about sustainability

For some, dieting is about restricting or changing the way you normally eat in order to reach a particular goal. The changes can be temporary or permanent, but in either case, it can be taxing on your system. Wellness is about making changes and better choices for your body that you can continue to do for the rest of your life.

Last year, I experimented with the Paleo diet in addition to the MOLO Fitness Challenge. I lost weight quickly, and learned some really interesting recipes. However, I didn’t continue the Paleo Diet after the MOLO Fitness Challenge, so my results were short lived. I didn’t gain all the weight back or turn into my “before” picture, but this time around, I’m going to do things differently. Little things like limiting desserts (which I love) and replacing an ingredient on occasion are some of the new things I will change. (Baby Boot Camp’s MOLO Wellness Challenge participants receive a calendar with daily challenges, which takes the guesswork out of what to do!)

Wellness is about making better choices

I’m not sure if Baby Boot Camp’s MOLO Wellness Challenge intentionally coincides with Catholic Lent or not, but that works for me! When I was young, 40 days of giving something up felt like forever. Baby Boot Camp’s MOLO Wellness Challenge is three months long!  Last year, the challenge did feel incredibly long, but part of feeling victorious is finishing. I’m ready for this year’s challenge and welcome it.

The best thing about taking on a wellness challenge is trying different things, talking about them with friends, and seeing what works best for you. (Baby Boot Camp’s MOLO Wellness Challenge participants join a secret Facebook group where we encourage one another and post about the daily challenges!)

Wellness is about making exercise a priority

More doctors are enforcing the importance of exercise to their patients. Not enough doctors prescribe it, but probably should. Some people like the solitude of the gym, but I prefer the camaraderie of a class. By taking regular classes, exercise becomes consistent, enjoyable, and social. Not only that, but when you take a class such as Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey), your instructors are certified group fitness trainers who specialize in training pregnancy and postpartum clients!

Here is a good way to start


Last year, I participated in Baby Boot Camp’s MOLO Fitness Challenge. This year, I am doing it again. Now it is called Baby Boot Camp’s MOLO Wellness Challenge. It starts February 1st and runs for three months.

If you haven’t read it already, here are five reasons why you should do Baby Boot Camp’s MOLO Challenge.

The Baby Boot Camp® Mother Love Wellness Challenge (MOLO), held each year from February-April, is a 12-week wellness challenge that focuses on helping moms across America to achieve their health and wellness goals safely and effectively, and to help them make their own health and wellness goals a priority. In addition to fitness and nutrition, the challenge also be focuses on communication, relationships, self-esteem, and emotional support. click here to learn more

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Baby Boot Camp is an innovative stroller fitness program designed to balance the fitness needs of new moms while spending time with their children. Delivered by nationally certified fitness professionals throughout the United States, Baby Boot Camp stroller-fitness classes include STROLLFIT, STROLLGA, 5K Training Program, and Nutrition Solutions. Created in 2001 by Kristen Horler, Baby Boot Camp strives to help moms regain or enhance their pre-pregnancy fitness levels and meet the physical challenges of parenting by emphasizing strength training in a supportive environment.

Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey): Melinda and Elizabeth, co-owners

Elizabeth and Melinda, owners of Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey)
Elizabeth and Melinda, owners of Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey)


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I am a new mom to a baby girl. I live in West Los Angeles. This blog is about my experiences as a new mom and navigating my way through kid-friendly L.A.

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