She's Not My Grandma - Happy Father's Day!

"My journey through motherhood at age 39 and my goal to keep up with my energetic child!"

Happy Father's Day to the greatest father ever...my husband. And your husband too!

When I first began attending Stroller Strides classes, I came home to the same question: "Did you stride it out??" [Insert snicker.] I think my husband was very amused that I was taking our baby to a class called Stroller Strides.

I have no doubt he knew we were working hard, but I am confident that he did not fully appreciate the level of intensity until he attended a post-Thanksgiving family class. I was amused, to say the least, when I looked over at him to find a sopping wet, out of breath man. At the end of class, I asked him whether he still thought we just "stride it out." Of course the answer was no. And I knew all along he was kidding about Stroller Strides, but I felt much better knowing that he knew the workouts were no joke.

When I became an instructor, my first solo class was outdoors. I invited my husband to attend. Of course I was nervous. I wanted to make a good impression on the ladies who showed up to class, and I wanted to impress my husband. Halfway through the workout, I looked over at him to find him sopping wet and out of breath! I think I passed my own personal test that day.

Since then, I've heard a comment or two that some of the husbands thought my classes were tough, or they woke up sore the following morning. I'm pleased to hear this because it instills the fact that Stroller Strides workouts are intense; they are challenging. The most important part, however, is that you control the intensity, and you are challenging yourself.

When I am not teaching, I attend class. Some days, I crank up the level and really challenge myself. Other days I don't have the energy, so I take it at my own pace. We push each other, but we are not PUSHING each other, if that makes sense.

Today, I attended a Father's Day class. When I looked over at the two fathers who attended, and saw them working hard and being challenged, I quietly smiled to myself. No, we don't "stride it out".

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