I Found My People!
Elated…encouraged…accepted…empowered. And sweaty! That’s how I felt after I completed my first Stroller Strides class here in Virginia Beach. I have felt that way after every class thereafter. Now let’s back up two months. I was a new mom, in a new place, without any family around and I knew nobody. My anxiety was through the roof and I was terrified to leave the house for longer than an hour and a half because I was breastfeeding my daughter and it wasn’t pretty those first few months. Basically…I felt like I had to know how to be a mom, how to breastfeed successfully, how to get my emotional spirit healthy and how to get my physical body back after growing and birthing a human. I quickly realized that I was not going to be able to accomplish all of that alone and I desperately needed to get out of my house! I went online and started to look for activities and groups I could take my daughter to while meeting other moms. Stroller Strides caught my eye. I have always enjoyed working out and was struggling to actually do the home workout videos that were collecting dust in my living room. I emailed the contact person and vowed to show up that Monday. Monday came and went…I didn’t go. The next week I vowed to go…and didn’t. This went on for two months. I was anxious, nervous about what it would be like and insecure about my mommy skills. I finally got on the phone with the owner and confided to her about what I was struggling with. I felt listened to, understood, and she could relate to what I was going through. The next Monday, I packed up my baby and my stroller and we went to class.
It takes a village, it really does. A mom village. That is exactly what I walked into that first day. If your baby gets fussy, they help you so you can enjoy the workout. If you need to stop to feed your baby or to change a diaper it’s totally ok. The relationships I have made with other moms and their kids these past months have been so fulfilling and the workouts are challenging with varying levels so everyone can participate to the best of their ability. It’s so much more than a kick butt workout though. The instructors and other mommas have helped me to not only set and reach fitness goals, but to build confidence as a parent. For me, being a mom is the hardest job in the world for sure, but when you find your people and can support one another through it, it’s the best feeling ever.