I am the proud mama of an adorable little man Lukas, who is 2 years old and we are expecting another little man in March of 2018.
I first attended a Stroller Strides class in my hometown of Houston, Texas in October of 2016 when my son was 11 months old. I remember kicking myself thinking "why didn't I join sooner!" We relocated to Ashburn three months later and as a stay-at-home mom in a new area I was desperate to get out of the house. I immediately looked up FIT4MOM. My first class was in January of 2017 and the night before I received a text from instructor Eliza saying she looked forward to meeting me and my little one. That text alone made me feel so welcome. I remember telling my husband that night "look! I got a text!" I felt so far away from home, family and friends and as soon as I introduced myself I felt I was a part of a community.
At first attending Stroller Strides was just a way for my son and I to get out in the morning, but quickly I started making "mom friends." My husband could always tell by my mood if I went to class that day and it gave me another way to interact with my son. I love that he can watch mommy get strong and that exercise isn't a have to, but a want to. My son also made play buddies and loved the crafts and play dates after classes. The connection I searched for I had found.
I cherish FIT4MOM and the connections I have made and wanted to be involved in someway. I became a stroller strides instructor in August of 2017. As a former elementary school teacher I love that I can combine workouts with songs and activities for the kiddos. I don't know how many times I get asked "Wait! You workout with the baby in the stroller?" and the answer is "Yup! We sure do!" I am beyond happy to be apart of this amazing village of strong mamas!!!