Member Story

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 liked me or what if I couldn't keep up? I was so out of shape. Bethany greeted me instantly, along with the other girls, and everyone made me feel welcome. I struggled a lot with the first workout finding it very hard to keep up. I was unsure if I could do this, but Bethany was encouraging and just getting out of the house and being with other moms made me want to come back and try again. Each day I did better and better, and each day I met more and more other Moms and felt like I was becoming apart of the group. I now enjoy working out and look forward to each class. I am pushing myself in ways I never thought possible and I am making some wonderful friends. Bethany is a wonderful leader and has encouraged me to be a better healthier Mom. I am still working on getting my body back, but I have lost 15 pounds and I feel better about myself than I have in a long time! I feel so much healthier! I love Stroller Strides and I can't imagine where I would be without it.