Strong > Skinny; fitness and strength are more important to the body and soul than a skinny body.
I have never enjoyed exercise and I was never very good at keeping up with an exercise routine. I would start one and then quit after a couple weeks. Starting about midway through college I started gaining weight. I never thought I would have that problem, because before then I could eat anything I wanted and not gain weight. I've struggled with my weight and my self imagine ever since then and have not been able to get quite where I want to be. I gained about 45 pounds during my pregnancy and hit a mark in my weight that I never thought I would get to. Each time I went to the doctor I feared hitting that point, and finally near the end of my third trimester, I hit it and I was devastated. I thought, how will I ever get my body back again, even to the point I was already unhappy with? After having my son, I was lonely and started looking for some other Moms to connect with. None of my friends had babies yet. One of my friends from another town talked about trying out Stroller Strides and so I decided to look it up and give it a try. I was very nervous, what if no one...more
I am a stay at home mom of 2. I started shortly after I released by the doctor to exercise again after having a C-section with my second child. I had a lot of work to do because I hadn't lost all of my weight from my first pregnancy (I gained A LOT) and then I put more on with the second. I love to exercise and I love running and with both pregnancies I had to stop. So day 1 I was anxious, excited, nervous not sure what to expect but I fell in love. It was exactly what I was looking for a way that I could lose my baby weight, exercise with my boys (teach them about exercise) and make amazing friendships. Stroller Strides is great because it can be as easy or as hard as you make it. I was challenged the first day I came and now 9 months later I am still challenged.more
"After my son was born, I was depressed about my 'new' body..."
I gained 65 lbs throughout my pregnancy. I believe I gained the majority of my weight during the last 2 months of my pregnancy, as I became addicted to chocolate, root beer, and my couch. I was anemic, which fueled me being lethargic. Right before my son was born I was at my heaviest.
After my son was born, I was depressed about my "new" body and how over weight I was. I initially lost 20 lbs, but the rest of the weight seemed glued to me. There were times I would emotionally break down, because my weight made me feel defeated.
I have struggled with eating disorders in the past; quick fixes, diet pills, and even other things that I am ashamed to admit. I didn't want to lose weight the unhealthy way, because I was breastfeeding, but more importantly, I wanted to live a healthy life style.
I had heard about Stroller Strides through a friend. I remember the first day, having mixed emotions. Hoping my friend was already there so that I wasn't alone. For some reason I...more
In August 2011 we moved from California to Texas, and my husband had to stay behind for a few more months, and I was becoming a first time stay-at-home mom of my two children ages 2.5 and 1, at the time. I had had many SAHM friends in California who raved about Stroller Strides, but I had never had the opportunity to try it out.
My first class was the grand opening of Saturdays at Bear Creek. I expected the class to be simple, yet better than just walking around my neighborhood alone and the bonus my kids possibly making new friends in Texas. I completely under estimated the class! I had never had such a great workout, not even in my 4 years in the Marine Corps. I attribute that to the support and encouragement I received through out the workout.
With Stroller Strides my children get to watch me workout, and they know how to do lunges, jumping jacks, crunches, and so much more. I am able to promote healthy living with them already, instead of having them play in a gym child care and watch movies. Since joining Stroller Strides I am the most physically fit that I...more
I am probably the most shy & quiet person you will ever meet. (that is, until you get to know me). I have a difficult time opening up to new people and trying new things. Much to my dismay, my son is showing signs of being the same way. So when we moved back to Fort Worth, I made it my mission to find activities for my son to join. Never did I imagine finding something that would benefit us both.
After spending most of our day at home just my son and I while my husband was at work, Stroller Strides was exactly what we needed. I registered for our free class an entire month before I finally got the courage to get up, get dressed and get us out there. I was so nervous and had no idea what to expect.
Bethany introduced herself immediately and everyone was so welcoming and friendly!
I am not normally a fitness kind of person, but the workouts are so creative and fun. Stroller Strides has given me the chance to get out of the house, get a great workout (which is exactly what I need during this pregnancy), make amazing friendships with wonderful ladies and all...more
Motherhood was a completely unexpected surprise for me. But they say the best surprises are the unexpected ones :). My sons are my whole world and I would do anything for them; this includes stepping out of my comfort zone. I am by nature a VERY shy person. I always have been. After my first son was born the fall and winter came. My sister would visit monthly and that was good enough as far as friends were concerned. But I had NO mommy friends whatsoever. I used to walk Keller Pointe with my son in his stroller and wish i knew another mom with a kiddo so we could walk and chat together. Instead, i settled for the weekends when we would take family walks. I was at the Galleria in Dallas one day shopping (what i do best) when i saw a flier posted to one of those kiosks advertising Stroller Strides. I went home and researched it, and thought how perfect! I joined online. However, it was still months before i actually went to any outings or classes with the group.
I received a notification that Meetup had posted a new event with SS: "Pictures in the Bluebonnets," for a nominal...more
I am a SAHM of a 9 month old little boy. I have always been on the chubby side and never really enjoyed dieting and exercise. I have tried many ways to get myself motivated to loose weight but I have never been very successful until I joined Stroller Strides.
Several years ago my sister told me she started a SS class in Corpus Christi to get out of the house and meet new people as she had just moved to a new town and had no friends. So I knew once I decided to have children i too would join SS. But I had no idea how amazing and how life changing this class would be.
The first day I was very nervous, I kept asking myself are the other mommies going to like me, what should I wear, how will i ever be able to keep up. But once I met my instructor, Bethany Gregory, I knew everything was going to be just fine and all of those worries went away. At 20 weeks pregnant, she greeted me with a warm and inviting smile and told me "she was happy I decided to come give it a try." The women I met with and talked to were so forthcoming with good advice for child rearing and...more