Two years ago, I thought I’d be living the happiest times in my life. I just had a baby that I had dreamed of my whole life. No one can fully prepare you for motherhood, though. While I was completely in love with this new little girl, I was feeling lost, alone, and overwhelmed. Yes, I had a very supportive family and friends, but my whole life was turned upside down. I suddenly found myself completely forgetting about myself as I navigated through the long days (and nights) of caring for a child.
By the time my daughter was 6 months old, I realized I needed to take better care of myself in order to better care for her. I was still 20 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight (which was still overweight) and was struggling with first-time-mom anxiety. I always second-guessed the decisions I made for my family. I lacked self-confidence. My social life had completely dwindled. I felt overwhelmed, exhausted, and alone.
My best friend, Betsy, had been asking me for months to try Body Back. I was completely hesitant and had a laundry list of reasons why I couldn’t. It was expensive. I didn’t work out (like EVER.) I had countless gym memberships that ended up unused. I had tried every diet under the sun (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, Low sugar, etc.) Why would I throw more money away for another fitness program that I was sure I wouldn’t stick with?
As a step in the right direction, I decided to try Stroller Strides. I’m a teacher and was looking for something to do with my daughter over the summer, so why not start there? I made a deal with myself that if I went the whole summer, I would sign up for a BodyBack session in the fall. Well, I did. And, holy cow, was is one of the best decisions of my life.
When I first started, I struggled big time. I didn’t have a clue how to eat healthy and I was in the worst shape of my life physically. I cried for the first two weeks of the workouts. They were so hard that I felt physically ill afterwards. As a perfectionist, I felt like a failure because I couldn’t do what others in the class could. My coach, Sara, helped me through each workout one by one. She motivated me to keep going and keep trying. She helped me figure out my eating patterns and what I needed to do during the workouts to increase my stamina and strength. She constantly reminded me that this was not a competition with others, but one with myself. I will forever be grateful to her for what she did for me just in that first session. She really changed my life and put me on a path of self-improvement.