During my pregnancy, I gained 60lbs. Yeah that's right and yeah I said it! Whoever said you can eat whatever you want during pregnancy must have had a plastic surgeon on speed dial in the delivery room. NO CAN DO! You can't eat a whole pint of ice cream even if its low-fat. Whatever fat is in there always has to hit your body somewhere!
Of course, I allowed myself the obligatory 3 month " 1st time Mom Adjustment Period" (isn't that what its officially called?) by the end of which I was ready to pull my hair out and was feeling very lonely. That's another thing they don't mention in the "What to Expect" books- how alone you feel, spending a whole day alone with your kid, talking to them and actually getting mad when no one responds. And in my case, my husband works crazy long hours which means days of this on end. So you can imagine my need for adult interaction often resulted in long, often uncomfortable conversations with cashiers at the supermarket, the poor shlub who waited on me at the bagel store, the UPS guy delivering gifts- you get the jist. Finally and not a moment too soon, my best friend (and savior) told me about this program she was doing in VA. I decided it was time to make things happen for myself.
I went to my first Stroller Strides class alone (with Jonah of course but without friend accompaniment). I went into it thinking what most of us probably did- a walk in the park. Well, LA DE DA it wasn't!!! Let's just say that muscles I had never used woke up and said "Finally! Some attention." I was sore for DAYS! Despite my soreness and the weird way I was walking because of it- I went back. Not only did I go back to that class, but I sought out other locations. I went more than once a week. I started forcing myself & Jonah out of the house each morning to Stroller Strides because I knew that if I didn't, my apartment would devour me and I would devour everything in it.
Once I got the ball rolling, getting myself to Stroller Strides became my priority. I can honestly say it has changed my outlook on my life. With Stroller Strides in my life, I accomplish 3 things everytime I go - I get myself off the couch, I get fit, and I meet new people. What keeps me motivated 2 years after starting it? Why do I keep at it? The reasons are endless, but here is a short list;
- I know this is going to sound selfish and I never felt this way in the past, but I AM A #1 PRIORITY.If I don't take care of myself , then I cannot take care of everything else, namely my son and hubby, the way they need me to and the way that I want to. I am a vital factor to my life and my family. I want to live a long, happy life and be there for my loved ones in any way that I can . And that begins with taking care of myself mentally and physically
- Not only has Stroller Strides influenced me physically, but mentally. I actually believe that I can do things that make me feel accomplished. I believe in my talents now more than I ever did. I started doing some of the things I put off doing for so long. I'm being more creative and more productive now than I ever was in the past. Not only does being productive keep me from eating everything in sight out of pure boredom, but it makes me feel so accomplished that I want to do more things.
Thanks for being one of my cheerleaders, Adele!
(Lisa has been a Stroller Strides member since August 2010 and continues to inspire us all)