It wouldn’t be right to be blogging about motherhood without sharing about my journey with Fit4Mom here in Lexington, Ky! Before having Savannah, my life consisted of working out and eating healthy. (Well, until pregnancy!) Once I gave birth, something happened. Between hormones, no sleep, and pain, you are not the same person you once were. I suffered with a mild form of depression, or baby blues. I remember crying for no reason and put me and Savannah together, and my poor husband! Although he did so great with us! Focusing on your marriage is another subject for further discussion.
Around the 5 month mark in October, my husband stumbled upon Stroller Strides online (one of Fit4Moms exercise programs). The class met at Veterans Park which is super close to our house, and you bring your babies to work out! I had seen a group of moms pushing strollers so many times when driving by, but didn’t know what this group was! I signed up and went to my first class on a Saturday and Tina was teaching. And to this day, she is one of my friends. These moms are not just instructors. They have many similar stories to mine. They are here for you! No more guilt over not having time to workout in the day. No more guilt about putting her in the crib to nap (or cry) while I try to get a workout and shower in! Each workout is different and fun! We sing to the babies, do squats, jumping jacks, run, and much more. After class all the kids get out of the strollers to run around and play. Not only is mama making friends, but so are the kiddos!
But the part where I gained the most was this community. A group of mamas who tell me I’m doing a good job, tell me it’s ok she fell into the dresser this morning since I’m still upset about it, and a group that motivates me on days when I barely made it and have slept a total of 4 hours. Some of the mamas are pregnant, others have two kids, and some are just getting by with their one (ME!) But the one thing we all have in common is we love our kids and we are trying to be the best version of ourselves. I never expected to gain so much; friendships that will last a lifetime. Going to class has also been great for Savannah’s schedule. We wake up, eat breakfast, go to class, then come home and have nap time/shower for mama! And somewhere we fit in lots of COFFEE!Classes are offered 6 days a week (mornings and evenings) and we do fun mom’s night outs, have playdates for the kids, and family days. I really can’t say enough about how this group has changed my life. I guess my husband can get brownie points here! Not sure where this lonely stay at home mom would be without my village. So I tell every mom I know! Ha, hope you come join us!! Visit their website to see if there is one in your area! COFFEE, STROLLER STRIDES, REPEAT!(photo courtesy of Fit4Mom)