Rachael, FIT4MOM Las Vegas Client since January '13
My Stroller Strides journey started in California when my daughter was 7 months old. My husband's job had relocated us to a new area where I had no family or friends. After 2 months of feeling lonely being home alone with the kids all day plus I still hadn't lost all my pregnancy weight I decided I had to do something about it. I began scouring the Internet for meet-up groups and fitness programs and stumbled across Stroller Strides. Everything I was looking for in one package! Now like a lot of people, at first I was skeptical. I wondered what kind of workout I could really get with the kids in tow. I decided one morning to go to the park where one of the classes was held and sit in my car and see what it was all about. I was amazed! There was this group of women all shapes and sizes warming up next to a row of strollers. Everyone was smiling and no one was phased by fussy babies. I went straight home and emailed the owner to set up my free trial class.
My first day I felt so welcomed and boy was the workout intense. I was very out of shape at the time and loved that the instructors had modifications for all fitness levels. They encouraged you to push yourself and do your best, but to listen to your bodies limits. I signed up for a monthly unlimited membership before I left class that day. 8 weeks later I had lost 12 pounds and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight.
More important than the weight loss has been the amazing friends I made. We spent every day together. When we didn't have class we would gather and take the kids to zoos, the beach, water parks, museums, go shopping, just about everything you can think of we did together. They helped me through my miscarriage, we brought each other food when babies were born, exchanged clothes as our kids grew, etc.Those ladies will always be a part of my life.
Three years later when my family relocated again the first thing I did was look for a Stroller Strides group in our new area. Luckily, a new franchise had just opened up here in Las Vegas. I had recently had another baby and couldn't wait to work on shedding the pregnancy weight and make some new friends. It has been just over 2 months and I've already shed over 20 pounds! I love that each location and instructor is different so your workout never gets boring. Even better though, is that the ladies here are amazing! When I'm having a bad day I know that coming to class will quickly perk my day up.
My daughter is now three and a half and I love the example I'm leading for her. She sees exercise as fun! And my husband, well he says that the membership fee is the best money he spends every month. Not just because of the weight loss, but also because I'm so much happier having women to socialize with that can truly relate to me.
I'm excited to see where my continued journey with Stroller Strides takes me.
***UPDATE: Just this August, Rachael has hit her 50 pound weight loss mark and recently has completed her training as a Certified Fitness Instructor to help inspire and motivate other moms here in the Valley!