This month marked my one year anniversary of attending Stroller Strides classes. I started attending classes at the end of October last year and have loved every class I've gone to.
I have always struggled with my weight and have suffered with a variety of eating disorders; from bulimia to emotional overeating. I have never been able to find contentment with my body. Food has always been an enemy, and working out has always been either extreme or non-existent. During pregnancy, I joined a gym, went once to walk on a treadmill, and then never returned.
I gave birth to my son on June 16th, 2012 via C-Section and during my pregnancy, I had managed to gain close to 45 lbs. Being that I was already overweight (and on Weight Watchers), the extra 45 lbs. tipped the scales to over 200 lbs. For someone who is only 5 feet tall, that's pretty significant. I was massively unhealthy.
I had decided after looking in the mirror and hating what I saw, a mushy belly, massive boobs, and a horribly distorted version of myself, I wanted to get in shape. I wanted to learn what it meant to actually be healthy and have a good relationship with food and exercise. I wanted my son to grow up and see what it meant for mommy to be important and for my health to be a priority.
I had found out about Stroller Strides through a friend in my breastfeeding support group and couldn't wait to try it out. A class where I could exercise, meet other moms, and bring my son?! Sign me up! So, I went to my first class. With Liz. Oh my word. I could barely walk afterwards, but hey, that meant I was getting healthy right?! So, I kept going and committed to attend three classes per week. I had the opportunity to talk to the instructors about nutrition and working out and what being healthy really meant. It was also really nice to meet other moms who were going through similar stages with their kiddos.
With the help of Stroller Strides, I have managed to lose 65 lbs. I'm still working on that last 10. Prior to being pregnant, I was a size 14 and had no idea what it meant to look in the mirror and be happy with what I saw. I have since gone down to a size 8-10 and have a very healthy relationship with my body. Food is no longer an enemy, and I'm content with what I see in the mirror most days. The instructors at Stroller Strides have not only helped me to lose weight, but they've taught me what it means to have confidence in my body. Thank you Jennifer, Amy, Liz, and Kim!