Member Story

"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 find a big group of women intimidating. I was nervous and excited. I expected Stroller Strides to be a walk in the park, literally! It far exceeded my expectations.

After the first class, I realized just how out of shape I was! It's amazing what a 9 months will to do your body. Even though I couldn't run the fastest, I found it comforting to be surrounded by women who were all there for the same reason. When I felt winded and defeated, I heard them cheering me on encouraging me to go further. Bethany is the driving force of the whole group. She's so inviting and pushes you beyond what you think you're capable of doing. Especially with her being pregnant, doing all the exercises alongside us!

After the first day, I was hooked. I expected Stroller Strides to be a good place to meet other mommies, but I had know idea what it would do for me emotionally. I had some postpartum depression and I feel like Stroller Strides was the best medicine. Paired with healthy eating, I have lost 30 lbs in 3 months. That's a lot of weight to lose in such a short period of time, but remember that I was and still am overweight, thus making it easier to lose weight quicker.

I cannot say more positive things about Stroller Strides. This has been the BEST thing I have done for myself since having a baby. My baby, is almost 5 months old and I am already excited for his birthday, because of all his friends we will get to invite! My husband calls Stroller Strides my "mommy sorority". haha I guess it is! Never have I looked forward to working out as I do now!

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